WALINDI PLANTATION RESORT
Wonderful things start to happen from the time you arrive in Papua New Guinea; the vivid colours and startling faces coupled with that marvellous smell of warm earth, sunshine and tropical plants immediately convey to your senses you are on vacation. On your Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby to Hoskins in West New Britain, you will also realise that this is no ordinary vacation. Mountain ranges that top 14,000 feet divide the main island. The deeper valleys remained isolated until early this century; the land you fly over is occupied by people who have 700 different languages and cultures that are just as diverse.
Walindi, located on the north coast of New Britain is world renowned. The resort's guest book reads like a Who is Who in the world of sport diving and underwater photography. Voted as 'the best diving resort anywhere in the world' by reader surveys, the staff and hospitality at Walindi will ensure your stay is memorable. Above water, fern draped bungalows nestle amongst the rainforest along the beach front. Walindi is not a large dive resort and that's the way we like to keep it. Catering for a maximum of twenty-four guests means you receive the undivided attention you deserve, yet the freedom to feel every dive has been made for you alone. Good company, great food, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere provide the perfect background while you enjoy the delights of Kimbe Bay. Underwater, Kimbe Bay supports an incredibly diverse marine habitat. World famous dives with names like Ema, South Bay, Inglis Shoal, North Ema, Christine's, Susan's, and Restorff Island are only a few of the more than 200 reefs and dive sites sprinkled throughout Kimbe Bay. All are pristine and untouched by a rigid policy of "Look but don't touch."
70% of all coral species in the Indo-Pacific region are found in Walindi's waters. No other dive area in the world can boast such diversity. Walindi management policy is committed to supporting this unique ecology both below and above the water. To this end, the resort is supporting the establishment by the European Union of a Nature and Marine Research Centre within the resort grounds, which will continue to monitor and research all aspects of Kimbe Bay and West New Britain ecosystems.
Accommodation: 9 x Beachfront Bungalows with private facilities, available as single, twin, double or triple rooms. 3 x Plantation Lodge rooms with communal bathrooms, available as single, twin, or double rooms.
Lounge & Library: Situated in the main Plantation House, with comfortable seating and extensive range of marine, fiction & non-fiction literature.
Bar: Comprehensive with mixed drinks, beer & selection of wines.
Dining Room: Next to lounge area - buffet meals with a large range of tasty dishes, specialising in Asian cuisine.
Coffee & Tea: Teas and freshly ground coffee available at all times in dining room. Coffee & tea making facilities also available in bungalows.
Meal Times: Breakfast 7.30am to 9.00am; Lunch 12.30pm; Dinner 7.30pm. Children's' meals are available earlier on request.
Power: 240V 50Hz from a generator between 6.00am & midnight. Flashlights provided in all bungalows. Special charging facilities available at dive shop.
Water: Spring water at Walindi is perfectly sound & completely free of added chemicals.
Laundry: Included at no extra charge & laundry bags are provided in each bungalow.
Baby Sitting & Child Minding: Available day or night, please enquire.
Tipping: Not expected - if you wish to tip please ask the management.
Recreational Facilities: Swimming pool - next to lounge area. Snorkelling equipment - available for hire. Swimming - anywhere is suitable - the pool or jetty. Scuba diving - operates everyday on a 2 dive per day basis. Comprehensive equipment available for hire from dive shop. Boating - outboard powered boats available for hire with a driver. Fishing - available with a guide. Walking - casual short walks with a guide available. Tennis Court - next to main house - racquets & balls available for guest use.
Video: Small library - culture and diving.
Artifacts: A range of artifiacts & souvenirs available for sale.