West New Britain Province


West Sepik (Sandaun) Province East Sepik Province Madang Province Morobe Province Oro Province Milne Bay Province Central Province & N.C.D. Gulf Province Western Province Southern Highlands Province Enga Province Western Highlands Province Simbu (Chimbu) Province Eastern Highlands Province Manus Province West New Britain Province East New Britain Province New Ireland Province North Solomons (Bougainville) Province


Provincial Districts and LLGs

Accommodation Options


In contrast to the popular tourist destination of East New Britain, West New Britain is virtually untouched, unexplored and unknown. The exception is Walindi Plantation Dive Resort, a favourite destination for divers from all parts of the world.


The Resort is located on a privately owned oil palm plantation on the shores of Kimbe Bay. The Bay is fringed by volcanic mountains, some still active. Divers can explore volcanic caves draped in staghorn coral and reef drop-offs. The clear blue waters are home to dogtooth tuna, trevally, barracuda, dolphins and dugong and for night diving, the luminescence lights the way. The most popular site for night diving is known as "The Cathedral", a horse shoe shaped reef with a large cave at one end. The floor is covered in white sand and the outside is draped in staghorn and gorgonia coral. Walindi has resident instructors to provide tuition for first time divers. The fishing and snorkelling are excellent.


Non-divers can enjoy the superb natural surroundings. The Muruk cave system in the Nakanai area of West New Britain is believed to be the deepest recorded in the southern hemisphere. A French cave expedition team recently explored the system and believe there is a canyon about 1,200 metres below the entrance of the cave.


The pretty little town of Talasea looks across the bay with its many islands from Williamez Peninsula, an active volcanic region. Talasea is a centre for the manufacture of shell money. It was from this area that obsidian, volcanic glass used in the manufacture of knives, spears and arrows used for trade from about 3,OOOBC until recent times, was found. In the hills behind Talasea are the wrecks of two US bombers, one of them a B24 Liberator.


On Pangula Island, across from Talasea is the Valley of Wabua, meaning "Valley of Hot Water", a mass of thermal geysers.


Apart from Walindi Resort there are several other options for accommodation including the Palm Lodge in the provincial headquarters of Kimbe; the Hoskins Hotel in the small town of Hoskins where the main airport'for West New Britain is located; the Kautaga Guest Haus on a small island off the western side of the peninsular and the Bialla Guest House.


Air Niugini and a number of third level airlines fly via Hoskins airport from other parts of Papua New Guinea every day. There are also a number of coastal ships which call in at Kimbe on their way to and from Lae and Rabaul.




Provincial Districts and LLGs


District District Capital LLG Name
Kandrian-Gloucester District Kandrian Gasmata Rural
Gloucester Rural
Kandrian Coastal Rural
Kandrian Inland Rural
Kove-Kaliai Rural
Talasea District Kimbe Bali-Witu Rural
Bialla Rural
Hoskins Rural
Kimbe Urban
Mosa Rural
Talasea Rural


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Accommodation Options


Arjim Island Resort (Kadrian) – 323 5245

Hargy Guest House – 983 1005

Walindi Nature Centre – 983 4241

Liamo Reef Resort – 983 4366

Queen's Head Hotel - 983 4566

Dagi Lodge – 983 4667

Kimbe Tours & Guesthouse – 983 4886

Kimbe Bay Hotel Ltd – 983 5001

Walindi Plantation Resort – 983 5441


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