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Walindi Plantation Resort

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Province of Verona, Italy
Reviewed January 22, 2017

I had a great time in this wonderful resort where I held my Open Water Diving course with Liz, the best instructor I could ever have. The diving was amazing and Liz is a very Knowledgeable diver, patient and fun. Highly recommended!

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Walindi, Owner at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and for visiting us Alberto! We hope you continue to enjoy the underwater world. Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

Reviewed November 8, 2016

2016 June - 10 day SCUBA Dive trip Shore based. Party of 4 people including a friend who is paraplegic. The resort built a ramp to our room and the restaurant especially for us and future patrons. The resort was everything I had hoped for and more. The room was spacious and with a full sized bed and a day...

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Walindi, Owner at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear Melvin P, Thank you so much for your kind review. It was such a pleasure having your group here at Walindi and I am glad we could assist in making the trip enjoyable for everyone! Designs have been made to build a permanent ramp to the central resort building and to one of our rooms. We do hope you...

San Diego, California
Reviewed September 19, 2016

Walindi is doing its best and gets a lot of leeway for its employment of locals, fine facility under constant pressure by the elements, conservation and putting back into the community (building a school). However, the diving is unsafe and not up to international safety standards. You should bring your own equipment and not bring anyone under 40 dives unless...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear WRLDTraveler45 First of all, thank you for taking the time to review us; we appreciate your feedback. I am the first to admit we are not perfect and can always improve our service, however we take guest safety extremely seriously and have a proud history of that. Our “poorly trained locals” have an average of over 10-15 years’ experience...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Walindi resort is an incredible place to stay!Perched right on the coast of a stunning bay, surrounded by volcanoes and dense jungle. There is a great community feel about the place, with groups of divers, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts all talking about their epic daily adventures. What remarkable place to call home! The food is great, the staff are...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear mattk2112, We greatly appreciate your review and I am glad you got to escape Port Moresby for a few nights to visit us and experience the underwater world of Kimbe Bay. Good luck with your work and perhaps we might see you again. Regards Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

Paris France
Reviewed August 27, 2016

Kimbe bay in New Britain is a very beautiful part of PNG with fabulous snorkelling opportunities. Walindi resort is very well run : the rooms in the plantation house are very pleasant staff is friendly and the location is stunning in a very nice garden surrounded by the volcano landscapes of the bay. Even if you are not a diver...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear vincentParisFrance Thank you for your review. It is always gratifying to read our guests have had such a great experience with us! We look forward to your return! Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

Palm Cove, Australia
Reviewed August 8, 2016

We had an absolute ball!! Between the seven of us we have dived almost all over the world and the diving here at Walindi was spectacular. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, the staff were friendly, attentive and helpful and the food was always tasty and plentiful and most importantly, the beer was ice cold! We had a huge...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear Bryan M, Thank you so much for your review, your group was such fun it was a pleasure to meet you all. Our 'dolphin nets' are certainly an incredible way to observe wild dolphins playing in front of the boat, certainly one of the highlights. Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

Caloundra, Australia
Reviewed August 3, 2016

We were accommodated in a bungalow which was spacious and quiet. Diving operations were professional and friendly. The opportunity to snorkel at Restorf Island between dives and after the last dive each day was as good as the diving itself. Staff were outstanding. All staff appeared to be able to handle any requests themselves (eg meal service, bar service, travel...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear lee488, Thank you for your kind review and I am very happy to read that our staff were able to handle all requests well. Please do visit again one day! Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed July 13, 2016

This resort was a really pleasant place to stay that is family run and not a multi national set up. All your food is included in the price of your stay which is a good thing as there is no where else to eat. The food was simple and basic that could appeal to all guests staying. What was fabulous...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear 704RichardW2014 Just wanted to say thank you very much for your review, it was an absolute pleasure to have met you both and I do hope to see again in the future. Regards Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

Mullumbimby, Australia
Reviewed July 3, 2016

Just spent a week at this beautiful resort on a diving holiday with a group from Sundive, Byron Bay. Couldn't fault it, the diving was out of the world with unspoilt reefs full of fish of every colour, amazing corals and warm water - who needs a wetsuit with water temp of 30+? Our dive crew were brilliant, taking the...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear vicki498, Thank you so much for your review. Our dive crew certainly go out of their way to ensure everybody has a great time. We do hope to see you all again one day! Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

Mackay, Australia
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Top secret, don't tell a soul, the diving from here is actually still the best in the world no kidding. go see for yourself, the resort staff are great and the dive crew very professional, the location perfect for remote access to divine and uncrowded dive sites. Only tip is take your own gear if you can as hire can...

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Walindi, General Manager at Walindi Plantation Resort, responded to this review

Dear 123kate8, Thank you for your kind words - we certainly appreciate the review and thank you for visiting. Just a note for anyone reading this Air Niugini does have an allowance of 15kgs extra for dive gear if you are concerned about your weight limit - which is rather handy! Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Walindi Plantation Resort, established in 1983, is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Celebrating over 30 years of operation, the resort is world famous for its quality of diving, international award-winning photography and warm hospitality. The resort's guest book reads like a Who's Who in the world of Sport Diving and Underwater Photography and the resort has been voted to have the "best diving from a resort anywhere in the world" by reader surveys. Walindi Resort offers 12 traditional style, self-contained bungalows spread along the beachfront and surrounded by rainforest gardens along with 8 Plantation House rooms. Bungalow facilities include en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, large windows to catch the tropical breezes, kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, and private verandas overlooking the beach and gardens. The central resort area is the social hub of Walindi and includes the tropical and airy reception and dining room, lounge and bar area, swimming pool, sundeck, boutique and a comprehensive library with computers for guest internet connection. Wireless internet is available in the main resort area. Catering to a small number of guests at the resort means you receive undivided attention, yet the freedom to feel every dive has been made for you alone. Good company, great food, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere provide a perfect backdrop while you enjoy the delights of Kimbe Bay diving. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Walindi Plantation Resort

Address: Talasea Highway, Kimbe, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea
Location: Papua New Guinea > Islands Region > New Britain Island > Kimbe
Price Range: $254 - $415 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Walindi Plantation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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“Bungalow is my choice. All of which are excellent free standing separate structures. The plantation house has common walls.”
  • Our bungalow - paraplegic dive buddy and they built ramp to accomadate us.
 of 5 bubbles 598melvinp, Nov 8, 2016 | Read review
“Can't Miss”
 of 5 bubbles WRLDTraveler45, Sep 19, 2016 | Read review
“Enjoy your private hut”
 of 5 bubbles 704RichardW2014, Jul 13, 2016 | Read review
“Pick a bungalow (free-standing) over a plantation house room (adjoining)”
 of 5 bubbles NettyBrook, Apr 24, 2016 | Read review
“Pay the extra for a bungalow. Numbers 5, 6, and 7 have the best views. 8 is nice but lacks privacy on the balcony on its left side.”
 of 5 bubbles 480lizt, Sep 3, 2015 | Read review
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