Walindi Plantation Resort is a beautiful resort for a land-based diving holiday. It is more than 29 years, that the owners Max & Cecilie Benjamin opened the resort to visiting divers to explore Kimbe Bay's spectacular reefs. Great diving and luxury accommodation are the reason that Walindi is one of the most sought after destinations in Papua New Guinea. This is true not only for divers, but also for non-divers.
The beauty of its coral reefs is next to none. Conditions are near perfect year round. A lot of those stunning magazine cover photographs have been taken here. The tropical ambience in the resort itself ensures a pleasant stay.
Walindi is approximately a 45 minutes drive from the airport in Hoskins. The unique tropical setting under age old rainforest trees makes Walindi Plantation resort a very special place. This is a place by divers for divers. Although there is a small beach (dark lava sand), it is not a place for a typical beach holiday. Spending time on the veranda of your bungalow with clear views of the bay seems to be the favourite pastime in between dives.
Walindi features a large common area with bar, souvenir shop, al fresco and indoor dining and a pool.
Even your laundry will be done for you in Walindi, where you don't need many clothes anyway. (Laundry service is included in the costs for the Bungalows and the Plantation House Rooms.) You can wear shorts and T-shirts all the time, no formal clothes are necessary. The western style food, mixed with local dishes, is very good and offered as buffet. If you come with your family and have kids, babysitting is also available.
Near the waterfront there are 12 private bungalows sheltered by large rainforest trees. The bungalows are equipped with fridge, coffee and tea facilities, private bathrooms and verandas and are a very comfortable place to be. Bungalows are available as single, twin/double or triple share.
Walindi also has a second option for accommodation, the 8 "Plantation House Rooms". They share a large common verandah, the rooms are bit smaller, but have all the same facilities as the bungalows, and are not directly at the waterfront. However, they are a very good low cost alternative with private bathrooms to each room. These rooms are available as single or twin/double share.
Both, Bungalows and Plantation House rooms, are non-airconditioned and have ceiling fans. A natural breeze will cool down the rooms nicely.
All rooms at Walindi have been fitted with a double power point with international sockets, making it much more convenient for international travellers.
Artifacts and souvenirs are available from the Blue Taro Boutique, situated next to the reception area. Items for sale include a range of PNG artifacts and crafts, Walindi and PNG T-shirts, jewellery, postcards, resort wear, maps and snorkelling equipment. Cecilie's shop is well stocked with lots of PNG paraphernalia.
You can ask the staff for guided trekking tours or go bird-watching into the rainforests nearby. An attraction not to miss are the various hot springs in the volcanic mountains. During your walks you may also encounter some of the plane wrecks and tanks - all leftovers from WWII. After these activities the resort pool invites for a cooling swim. The resort has a couple of kayaks for use - which is a great activity in the calm and sheltered bay.
Mahonia Na Dari Conservation & Research Centre
The centre is located a 5-minute walk from the actual resort and was established in 1996. It is operated by a local non-governmental organisation that is dedicated to the preservation of Kimbe Bay's marine and terrestrial environments. They educate school kids and adults about the importance of looking after the reef. Walindi Resort has been very supportive of Mahonia in donating fuel, food and money to the centre. You can visit the centre and talk to resident researchers. Donations are, of course, always welcome.
Make sure you bring your own photo/video gear. There is a guest computer mainly used for emailing, but you may use it to download your digital photos in case you cannot bring your own laptop.
Walindi Plantation Resort has stable mobile phone reception. Common areas have wireless internet access available for guests. A computer with internet access is available upon request.