Walindi Plantation Resort nestles on the shores of Kimbe Bay, and it's staff have been proudly showing off the Kimbe Bay reefs to visiting divers for over 25 years. Walindi Resort is also home port to their boutique Liveaboard Dive Vessel, MV FeBrina. With Captain Alan Raabe at the helm, FeBrina has been exploring the waters of New Britain further afield from Kimbe Bay for over 17 years.
While Walindi Resort has much to offer tourist of all types, the primary attraction for visitors to the resort and MV FeBrina is the spectacular diving, pristine reefs and amazing marine life. The images displayed throughout this site are just a small selection of what you will see on the reefs of Kimbe Bay and New Britain.
The coral reefs around Walindi are extraordinarily rich. A recent coral count of Kimbe Bay revealed an incredible 413 species of hard coral. This is over half the total world species in one Bay, a truly remarkable statistic which makes Kimbe Bay the "Coral Capital of the World". Over 900 species of fish have been recorded and this number will continue to grow as more research is done.
Witu Islands, to the north west of Kimbe Bay, are a remote group of islands with a wide variety of dive types to visit. The islands and reef are of volcanic origin and rise from very deep water. Garove Harbour is actually a submerged volcanic crater. Nutrient rich currents frequently waft across most reefs and as a result there is a profusion of life. Schools of pelagic fishes abound on the world renowned Lama Shoals, a sea mount rising to within 15 feet of the surface from the surrounding deep waters.
Fathers Reefs, to the north east of Kimbe Bay along the northern coast line of New Britain, are a series of off shore reefs, which are the sunken remains of a huge extinct volcanic caldera. The reefs have interesting topography with swim throughs and arches adorned with soft corals and other sea life. Being offshore, these reefs attract many pelagic species including shark, tuna, barracuda, turtles and rays, which all come in to feed off the prolific reef fish and other invertebrate species that have settled here. Visibility in all areas range from 80 to 150 feet, depending on the season.
Water temperatures range between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Weather is tropical with little seasonal variation. The coral reef communities around North and South New Britain have remained largely undamaged by human activity. We intend to keep it that way. We use moorings where possible to reduce damage from anchoring.
$2789 Plantation room
$3289 Deluxe Bungalow
Per person, twin or double share.
Non-diver sharing with a diver
$1989 Plantation room
$2489 Deluxe Bungalow
These rates apply for the 2017 peak seasons, 1 April to 30 November and 20 December to 4 January 2018. Rates are cheaper outside of these dates. Shorter stays and less dives are available. Contact us for more details.
Dive gear hire, E&S fees, aerated and alcoholic drinks are additional.
Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2017 BUT are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A $300 non refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bank transfer or credit card fees are not included in the above rates and be added at the time of quoting. Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full. Travel insurance and completion of dive waiver forms are mandatory. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.