The idea to develop the resort came after Max and Cecilie Benjamin travelled overseas for a diving holiday in 1978 where they immediately recognised the outstanding marine biodiversity of Kimbe Bay in their own backyard. Walindi Plantation Resort commenced on the shores of Kimbe Bay in 1983 and we are a fully family owned resort now reaching three generations.
The resort has now grown to incorporate 20 accommodation units, day dive boats and links with two liveaboard dive boats. Terrestrial outreach such as bird watching, WW2 history, village visits, thermal hot river swimming, volcano climbs as well as scuba diving and snorkeling have expanded the footprint of the resort to include many PNG traditional resource owners.
The drive for environmental education of all concerned, strong environmental protection policies such as using only permanent marine moorings at dive sites plus community consultation practices is central to the resort’s operation ethos today and for the foreseeable future.
"It's a place of seamounts rising up from very deep water almost to the surface - the seamounts are full of coral - it's like no other place throughout the great archipelago of Indonesia"
“For the first– and maybe last– time in history, we have a chance to make peace with the ocean and the rest of the living world. The conservation work being done with the students at Kimbe Bay is tremendously important and a strong cause for hope."
"A short boat ride from Walindi Resort…and I am diving on reefs that have more than half of the coral species of the world….I am hard pressed to think of anywhere on earth that has this combination of vibrant health, diversity and beauty.”
Your contribution will enable us to support our local community and to continue the legacy Max has built. We are very grateful for your generosity.
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