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Walindi Plantation Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kimbe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 February 2011

I stayed at Walindi before and after a liveaboard trip. The owners and staff looked after me fabulously. I was particularly impresses with the integrity with which they operate respective to the community.. not just some colonial-types out to live a dream at the expense and labor of the locals. Their obvious love of the country and care for the staff was refreshing.
Bungalows are great, airy and roomy! Food was always varied, and I never lacked for enough condiments, sauces, etc... despite the high costs of such imported items in this remote place!
I hope to return to Walindi to dive with them at their great local reefs!

  • Stayed: November 2010
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3  Thank Takoyaki47
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

Just excellent, wonderful diving, a nice but not luxurious hotel and stuff that welcomes you as a part of the family - they couldn't do any better. I liked very much to spend a vacation in a nice and safe place in PNG without having the impression to life in a completely isolated resort. The stuff lives with their families on the area of the hotel, this results in a very familiar atmosphere. The diving is just world class by any meaning - sea life, diversity, dive guides and service at the base.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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4  Thank crik-ch
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Reviewed 2 February 2010

I've already written a review for this hotel, but my wife and I went back again to Walindi in April of 2009 for a day before and a day after a dive cruise. Unfortunately, this trip was plagued with problems and I think it's important to mention that without the kindness of the Walindi staff these problems would have made this trip more of a disaster than it was.
On the way in JetStar Airlines lost all my photo gear (Two complete digital SLR underwater photo systems.). The manager of the on-site dive operation loaned me all his very high end gear for the entire cruise which leads me to problem number two.
About two thirds of the way through the cruise we received word that my father in law had passed away in California. We were in the middle of the Bismark Sea on a boat. One phone call and the Walindi staff rearranged all of our flights out of PNG, canceled our reservations for the night after the cruise was over and I have yet to see a bill for any of it including a bunch of long distance phone calls to JetStar in Singapore to find my photo gear. By the way they also found my gear and had it waiting at the resort when we docked.
I think the true measure of any business, resort or otherwise is how they perform in a difficult situation. Walindi gets 5 stars from me for that category and my wife and I will never forget what they did for us without hesitation.
I'm hoping to go back to PNG in 2011 and I am looking forward to staying at Walindi again.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Galindenba
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

I stayed here a few weeks ago.
And had a nice time.
Food is realy good, bufet style
Diving is expencive, but one of the best in the world
free laundry
beach is not realy nice in front of hotel

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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2  Thank backpacker2107
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Reviewed 16 December 2009

This resort is located in Kimbe Bay on New Britain Island, near to the small town of Kimbe, in the Bismarck Sea area of north east Papua New Guinea. The resort is seafront and has very large grounds that you can stroll around, looking at the flowers and butterflies. It is well kept, I’m sure partly due to the prolific number of staff that Walindi seems to employ. Most times, it appears that there are far more staff than guests! There is a pleasant atmosphere about the place, with the local staff seeming to enjoy playing a part in the enterprise.

The rooms are good and clean. There is a daily service, including a free-of-charge daily laundry. There is a small kitchenette where you can make tea/coffee etc. No TV or internet in the rooms, but the main communal areas do have free wifi internet access, albeit frustratingly slow.

There is a small swimming pool and beach volleyball court, a bar and an indoor and outdoor dining area. The food is served buffet style, and is pretty much all simple Western fare with salads. There is usually a choice of a few meat or fish dishes. However, being vegetarian this set up did not suit me since there was next-to-nothing for me to eat at the buffets. I did try to rectify this situation by sending advanced recipes, by providing detailed descriptions on arrival of the food I eat, but it took several days and the intervention of one concerned Divemaster, before I finally began to get food that I even vaguely appreciated. The food was the biggest let down to me. Only on the final 3 days of the 9 was I offered dinners that were interesting and tasty. Prior to that, the food offered was bland and very much starch-based. There was often no dessert either. It seems that Walindi would benefit with having 1 member of staff being responsible for guests dining; currently no one seems to be in charge and that was the problem.

The dive operation at the resort employs local Papuans as dive guides and this works well as they are well trained in spotting small critters. The dive day tends to be 2 or 3 dives per day and per trip, depending on guest preference. The dive boat is pretty robust and efficient (18-20 knots). It is not the most comfortable boat in the world due to small size, but it is at least carpeted for basic comfort. The biggest drawback here is that there is no lavatory on board – can be a big problem after lunch! The dive sites I’d rate as “good” (better than average but below very good). Most sites offer wall diving with hard corals, huge gorgonian fans and sea whips. The inner sites are pretty enough but lack big fish. The outer sea mounts have big fish, but these sites are limited in number.

One of my pet hates is that the dive centre insists on all divers having dive computers – a good way to make extra money out of equipment rentals. Firstly, they must inform you of this condition before you book (they do not do this), and secondly the reason given is that it improves safety. However, this is not always the case and is against PADI standards.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Zambezikid
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Reviewed 26 January 2009

My wife doesn’t understand why dive resorts can’t also be upscale resorts. Our Plantation room accommodation was basic; but large, clean and comfortable. Not that we’re vain, but a mirror in the bathroom would’ve been handy. Maybe for hard-core divers having no mirror is a macho thing.

No air-conditioning was no problem, the ceiling fan was enough to keep us comfortable in June. We should’ve brought earplugs because it took several nights to get used to the nighttime tree frogs. And the grounds were beautifully kept gardens under towering trees. Food was good with plenty of local dishes, although the staff were too eager to clear our plates. That said, of the 3 places we stayed in PNG the staff at Walindi were the best.

Diving in New Britain was outstanding. Better than Alotau in PNG, and better than the Great Barrier Reef. The resort's rental equipment, boats, and dive guides were all top notch and they could find every animal you asked to see.

Despite being beachfront property, the beach isn’t the sort you’d lounge on. And the pool isn’t the sort you’d lounge in either. The bar is good, as are the expats who seem to be at the bar every hour of the day. As for activities there’s diving, and that’s about it. Since you’re barred from diving before flying, the resort has a short list of non-diving activities designed to consume your last day before flying out. We went for the hot river which was fun and unusual despite the mossies and tarnished jewelry.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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6  Thank 5starwannabe
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Reviewed 3 January 2008

We were very relaxed and comfortable at the Walindi resort which has huge ceiling fans and great air circulation to very satisfactorily cool the large and accommodating individual bungalows (12). The rooms had small refrigerators and camera tables for divers and were well spaced so one had adequate privacy and quiet. The diving is outstanding and the dive guides very helpful and able to find the novel creatures of the area. We were joined by schools of barracuda on many dives, and reef sharks were very commonly sighted--mandarin fish, twin spot gobies, nudibranchs, schools of fusiliers, a wide variety of angel and anemone fish--thriving and colorful coral and sea whips--a beautiful underwater world. For nondivers, there are several possible alternative activities and the resort will motor you to a nearby island for a picnic lunch on a beautiful beach with excellent snorkeling. Thus, this spot is not just for divers. The food is quite good and served buffet style. We recommend Walindi and only wish that the airlines in PNG would comply with their own schedules to make travel there just a bit easier. Suggestion--leave plenty of time for any flight connections within Papua New Guinea.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank aerotraveller
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Address: Talasea Highway, Kimbe, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea
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Region: Papua New Guinea > Islands Region > New Britain Island > Kimbe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kimbe
Price Range: £167 - £212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Walindi Plantation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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