Kimbe and Walindi Resort, PNG

Walindi Dive Resort on New Britain Island was a welcome oasis. They have won awards for being the best dive resort in the world, and Dylan and Jim had many great dives with them. Dylan made a trip to Port Moresby - picked up our packages of mail, and several shipments of parts; a new wind instrument and a control board for the washing machine, as well as our Indonesian visas, and extensions on our Papua New Guinea visas. Vicki almost learned to scuba dive, and we ate many wonderful meals ashore. We visited the nearby town of Kimbe, spent many hours getting documents for duty-free fuel, then discovered that there is no such thing, and ended up paying $3 per gallon, the most expensive diesel yet.

Papua New Guinea is well -known for its local handicrafts and in Kimbe we found the perfect shop, with items from all over the country. We had a great time buying traditional masks, swords, statues, walking sticks, wall carvings and penis gourds. Our village visits gave us the opportunity to buy directly from the 'artists' as well; bilums, shell necklaces and more masks.

The resort has laundry facilities for the guests, and Max and Cecile, the owners, were kind enough to let us use them. The laundry staff ladies insisted on doing all of the work themselves, so afterward, Vicki gave them approximately what it would have cost to get this much wash done in, for instance, Tonga. Unknowingly, she gave them the equivalent of several weeks’ wages!

Our transportation to and from town was often in the back of the resort pick-up truck. One day the driver had picked up a live pig on the other side of town while we were doing errands, and we rode back with him to the resort!

The local market in Kimbe was not the greatest, but people would follow us around to see what we were buying. Vicki decided to buy a local dress from the selection hanging on the fence. The style is like a Mu-Mu, with puffy sleeves, and a full dress down to the knees with a ruffle at the bottom. After selecting and paying, she put it on over her clothes and wore it, much to the pleasure and amusement of the market ladies. buying. Vicki decided to buy a local dress from the selection hanging on the fence. The style is like a Mu-Mu, with puffy sleeves, and a full dress down to the knees with a ruffle at the bottom. After selecting and paying, she put it on over her clothes and wore it, much to the pleasure and amusement of the market ladies.