Papua New Guinea is located within the coral triangle, a global centre of marine biodiversity with the highest number and most diverse corals, tropical fish and other marine life, in the world.
Fringing dormant volcanoes create a dramatic backdrop to the waters of Kimbe Bay. Countless submerged reefs and sea mounts play host to over 900 species of fish and 400 species of coral.
Walindi Plantation Resort, established in 1983, is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain. Celebrating over 35 years of operation, the resort is world famous for its quality of diving, international award-winning photography and warm hospitality. Snorkelling, birdwatching and nature tours are also featured activities.
Secluded bures or plantation house rooms are nestled along the beachfront and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Delicious meals featuring fresh seafood and beef, fruits and vegetables are included in the tariff. Dive sites in Kimbe Bay are a five to 45-minute ride from the resort on covered, specially designed day boats. Boom netting with the resident pods of dolphins is a highlight and keep an eye out for passing orcas and migrating whales.
Walindi is the home port for two unique live-aboard dive vessels, the new MV Oceania and the MV FeBrina. Both vessels offer various dive itineraries around New Britain, the Bismarck Sea and further afield. The signature diving areas visited in addition to the reefs of Kimbe Bay are the offshore Father’s Reefs and the remote pinnacles and black sand bays of the Witu Islands. Rabaul is an option in certain months and MV Oceania visits the spectacular Milne Bay for selected itineraries. MV FeBrina dives with rare and unusual critters along the Southern coastline of New Britain in the early months of the year.
MV Oceania is an 88 ft catamaran, extensively refurbished in 2019, and offering above deck queen and twin cabins for up to 16 guests, all with ensuite facilities and ocean views. Spacious lounge and dining areas, along with a sun deck and well set out dive deck are all features of the vessel. MV FeBrina is a 73 ft, traditional style liveaboard catering for 10-12 guests. All cabins are ensuite, with up to four single cabin options.
Both vessels are specially set up for divers and underwater photographers, with water level duckboards, experienced and friendly crews, excellent service and meals, all of which add up to the ultimate diving experience.