About Walindi Resort
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 it's 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.
Good company, great food, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere provide a perfect backdrop while you enjoy the delights of Kimbe Bay diving, explore the local area, join a birdwatching tour or just relax the day away.
Walindi has two styles of accommodation ... Bungalows are our premium accommodation and Plantation House Rooms are our standard room type.
The central resort area is the social hub of Walindi and includes the tropical and airy reception and dining room (Casuarina Restaurant), lounge and bar area (Planters Bar), swimming pool, sundeck, Blue Taro Boutique and a comprehensive library with computers for guest internet connection. Wireless internet is available in the main resort area.
We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.
Frequently Asked Questions
PNG sits just south of the equator and only 160km north of Australia. Yet it feels a world away. The nation itself is made up of the eastern half of New Guinea island (the western half is a part of Indonesia) and many off shore islands. It is made up of several islands, the largest being West New Britain. It is here that you find the divers' paradise of Walinidi Plantation and Febrina.
Weather and Climate
PNG has a climate that mirrors much of the South Pacific. Officially the wet season runs from December to March, whilst the dry season is between May and October. However, the rainfall can be very localised and what happens on 1 island may not be happening on another one nearby! The conditions remain fairly warm and humid all year round, with average air temps ranging between 25-29C.
There are several routes to PNG, with a total flying time of around 19 hours. Air New Zealand, Quantas, Cathay Pacific and Singapore airlines are the most common flight options. Most routings will require the final leg of your journey to be completed on a Air Nuigini code share flight. You will generally by flying overnight in both directions. We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Port Moresby, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
Popular stop over destinations include Hong Kong, Singapore or Australia. Please speak to your travel consultant if you would like to add a few days in any of these locations and we will be able to adapt your flight routing accordingly.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders will be given a tourist visa on arrival in Port Moresby. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
Your exact arrival arrangements will vary. If you are connecting straight onto a domestic flight to Hoskins, please follow the directions in Port Moresby airport. Alternatively, if you are staying in the Holiday Inn hotel, please make your way to the hotel shuttle meeting point in the airport. Walinidi Plantation and Febrina are approx a 1hr drive from Hoskins airport. If you have any issues, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Transfers in PNG are usually either provided by your liveaboard, a private transfer or airport shuttle.
You will be advised locally of your departure transfer arrangements. There is a departure tax of 30PGK per person
Included in your holiday
Plugs and electricity
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
Walindi Dive runs three purpose built day boats to take you on an amazing adventure to Kimbe Bay Reefs each day. "Cheyne" and "Charmaine" are our two larger purpose built day dive vessels, complemented by "Ema", a slightly smaller vessel. We have a variety of different sorts of dive sites - underwater sea mounts where you are more likely to see bigger fish, unbelievable sheer walls, fabulous coral gardens, huge fans and funky critters. Our dive sites are suitable for all levels of diver and whatever the length of your stay we will try and give you a great selection - the one thing we can promise is that you won't be bored! The dive operation's over-riding mission is to provide our guests with the very best world class diving experience and acquaint them with the incredible biodiversity of Kimbe Bay. We strive to ensure the highest standard of diving services and training for our guests and staff whilst conserving the waters and reefs of Kimbe Bay in their natural, pristine state. Walindi Plantation resort has a dedicated, international Dive Manager who's mandate is to lead and mentor a team of national staff to ensure an enjoyable, world class diving experience for our guests. The dive team harnesses the knowledge, training and experience of a truly passionate, caring collection of talented national professional divers.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Walindi Resort