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Walindi Plantation Resort

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Talasea Highway, Kimbe 621 Papua New Guinea
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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 35 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.
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Talasea Highway, Kimbe 621 Papua New Guinea
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Nestled in the shadow of an active volcano along the edge of a tropical rainforest is this splayed out waterfront resort called Walindi Plantation. The property is umbrellaed by old growth trees with a large assortment of flora and fauna surrounded by a sprawling palm oil plantation. The bungalows were quaint but comfortable with all the amenities a world traveler would need. There was an absence of air conditioning but, the ceiling fan was more than adequate and I did not long for the chill of artificial climate control the entire two-weeks of my stay. The restaurant dished out some very tasty meals using local ingredients and the bar area with pool in the central part of the resort was a perfect place to unwind with a cold beer or a glass of wine after a wonderful day of diving. Kimbe Bay yielded some of the best reef diving I have experienced and due less to one singular feature but more the sum of its parts. Upon descending to the reefs, it doesn't take long to notice that PNG has the highest marine biodiversity in the world. The variety of fish and coral species is immense. The tiered layers of hard corals are majestic and surrounded by magnificent sea anemones, enormous barrel sponges and gorgonians. Within this multi-dimensional reef are a community of fascinating species with elegant names such as ghost pipe fish, devil scorpions, pygmy sea horse, star-gazers and, Nemo's cousins, the false clown and spine cheek anemone fish. The extent of the diving doesn't stop there. Unlike other destinations, that have been noticeably "fished-out", the reefs of Kimbe Bay have larger reef inhabitants and a plethora of pelagic fishes. Schools of trevaly patrol in circles, dog-tooth tuna and Napoleon wrasse can be seen on the fringes with large schools of barracuda circling above. If that isn't enough, toss in an occasional shark as an added bonus. Grant it there are no manta rays or whale sharks but this should not deter anyone from visiting this dive destination. It is a true paradisal wonderland under the waves with so many smaller tangents merging together to create the "big picture".
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Response from Walindi, Owner at Walindi Plantation Resort
Responded Nov 23, 2019
Dear Michael G, Thank you very much for your kind review, it was a pleasure to meet you and thank you for visiting. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kimbe Bay! Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager
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The resort is located along the coast of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain & provides an assortment of very nice accomodation that is comfortable and serviced daily. The main building contains a large veranda with bar, air conditioned lounge & dining area if you prefer to eat inside as well as a swimming pool. During our stay there was a delicious mix of buffet and a le carte meals. All the staff are friendly, polite and nothing is too much trouble. The dive operation is well run by Wontae and the dive guides have an excellent knowledge of the area. There are 3 dive boats which enable them to cater for a number of divers at any time. During our stay we dived a variety of dives sites with Bradford shoal and Otto reef being our favourites. This is essentially a reef diving destination with an abundance of brightly coloured soft corals, clown fish and dolphins. Bradford shoal is famous for its schooling Baracuda. There is also Zero plane in fairly shallow water which makes an interesting dive. Trips include visiting the islands in the bay and there are many suitable places for snorkelling. Besides diving the resort offers day and short trips to a volcano, village, bird watching, fire flies and hot spring. So there is plenty to do !
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Response from Walindi, Owner at Walindi Plantation Resort
Responded Mar 5, 2019
Dear kevannc, Thank you so much for your amazing review and we love your photos! I have passed on your review to the staff who appreciate the feedback. Hope to see you both again one day. Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager
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I had a wonderful stay at wailindi resort. I came with my sailing boat and Cheyne, the General Manager, offered me to use one of the moorings. The diving was fantastic! Saw some clownfish, scorpionfish, mandarinfish, ornate ghost pipefish, white and black tip reefshark, turtles, octopus and cuttlefish. The dive guides are super friendly and equipment is excellent. I had to repair my autopilot on the boat and the staff helped me with their workshop. Food is great and the staff is very friendly and helpful. In particular I liked the cats which add to the relaxed and familiar atmosphere. Thanks!
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Response from Walindi, Owner at Walindi Plantation Resort
Responded Nov 23, 2019
Dear Philip276, Thank you very much for your review and we are very happy we could make your sailing journey a little easier! Good luck with the rest of your adventures. Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager
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My colleague and I spent 1 night in Walindi for work and celebratory dinner. We initially booked a Plantation house but we were upgraded to Bungalow (Thank you!). The Plantation Resort is situated at the far end of the town. When I entered the resort grounds, I feel like I was transported to a "secret garden". It was full of trees and bushes. The staff at the reception provided details about the resort. Only the fan, bedside light and bathroom light will be on after 11 pm. I enjoyed my bungalow, it has all the essential things I needed. The bed is comfortable and clean. The housekeeping placed hibiscus and greens in the room which I loved! Insect spray is readily available. The accommodation fee includes laundry services. The housekeeping staff collected my clothes in the morning and returned it after an hour. I hope to go back someday and try diving!
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Response from Walindi, Owner at Walindi Plantation Resort
Responded Nov 11, 2019
Dear fallingstars26, Thank you so much for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you both back again in the future. Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager
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This place's reputation precedes it, as it is a famous "dive resort". We weren't there for the diving but that didn't stop us enjoying it. It is set on the coast and our bungalow had good views of the sea. The only problem with its setting is that you have to travel for about an hour through palm oil plantations to get to it. However there are some magnificent volcanoes to enjoy in the distance. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. There is a liberal supply of tea and coffee throughout the day. Our bungalow was a little basic but that didn't matter in the climate there. Our bed was comfortable enough. One good thing is that laundry is included in the cost of staying there. It is set in beautiful grounds, with well tended gardens, which you can enjoy the sunset from. While not diving, we did do a short snorkel and found the staff on the boat to be particularly friendly and helpful.
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Response from Walindi, Owner at Walindi Plantation Resort
Responded Nov 5, 2019
Dear John G, Thank you very much for your review and kind words, particularly about our staff. Regards, Cheyne Benjamin General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$179 - $329 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
walindi plantation hotel kimbe
LOCATION
Papua New GuineaIslands RegionWest New BritainKimbe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Walindi Plantation Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Walindi Plantation Resort?
Nearby attractions include Kimbe Bay (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Walindi Plantation Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Walindi Plantation Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Walindi Plantation Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Walindi Plantation Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Walindi Plantation Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Walindi Plantation Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Walindi Plantation Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Korean.
Does Walindi Plantation Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.