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Walindi Plantation Resort

Papua New Guinea

Walindi Plantation Resort is nestled on the north coast of New Britain Island in Kimbe Bay amid white sand beaches and mangroves. It is the area¡¯s only dive resort . The surrounding area consists of oil palm plantations, virgin rain forest, and barren calderas of spent volcanoes . Although only 5 are active, this area has the highest concentration of volcanoes in Papua New Guinea . It is one of the least developed regions in the country and also one of the most beautiful ¨C a fact that has not gone unnoticed by conservationists.

Kimbe Bay is a sprawling expanse of water bordered by picture perfect volcanoes and dotted with coral reefs, sea mounts, and islands. Scientific surveys have identified a staggering 400 species of corals (more than 50% of the world¡¯s total) and over 900 species of fishes here.

The resort is owned and run by long-time residents, Max and Cecily Benjamin, who concentrate on providing an easy-going atmosphere at a small resort with some of the world¡¯s finest diving . The bungalows are tucked into clearings in the vegetation and are built from natural materials . Tropical butterflies, birds, and lizards pop up along the paths between bungalows. 

The bar and open-air lounge has a small library, comfortable chairs, a sofa and a hammock. There¡¯s also cable TV and email if you want outside contact.  Hors d'oeuvres accompany drinks in late afternoon at this natural gathering place. Meals are in the dining room and the food is plentiful & tasty. Max & Cecily make a point of mingling with the guests at dinner.

 Dive sites are 30-60 minutes from the resort. The boats are comfortable, roomy, and covered. The sites are world-class. The reefs offer everything from grand vistas to muck sites. Schools of fishes of all sizes swarm the reefs, stands of lettuce corals, sea whips, and gorgonians add color. On our last visit, we saw scores of dolphins and even got to swim with them one day. We also found pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefishes, sea moths, and nudibranchs. Topside, there's hikes in the rain forest that delight birders and butterfly lovers. There are hot springs to visit too.

For more information about the resort, contact Walindi Plantation Resort.

Contact Reef and Rainforest, 1-800-794-9767, for  reservations.  

 

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