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Introduction

Kimbe is the capital of West New Britain province in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Kimbe is a bustling port town and is said to be the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. It is situated on Kimbe Bay which is claimed to have more than 60 percent of the coral species of the Indo-Pacific area.

The surrounding area has production of oil palm, cocoa and coconut. There is also considerable logging. Most of these products are shipped out of Kimbe's port. The biggest industry is palm oil and the area has four mills to extract the oil from the oil palm fruit. As a result of government palm oil development programs over the last 35 years, many of the inhabitants of the area are not indigenous to New Britain but come from other parts of PNG from where they were resettled under the programs.

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Sights and Activities

  • Diving - Scientists have identified more than 900 species of fish and 400 species of coral in the Kimbe Bay area. The best seasons are mid-August to late-December and between February and May/June. Diving is ideal for intermediate to advanced divers and there is good snorkelling as the reef tops are shallow. The clear waters are excellent for photography and there is often a chance to swim with dolphins. Walindi Plantation Resort offers land-based diving but also operates a live-aboard vessel.
  • Golf - There is a golf course at the San Remo Club in Kimbe.
  • Fishing - There is good fishing in the area. Fishing tours are organized by the Liamo Resort, which operates the Baia Fishing Lodge.

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Weather

The weather is tropical, with only a little seasonal variation.

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Getting There

By Plane

Air Niugini has between one and three flights daily from the nation's capital, Port Moresby to Hoskins (HKN) airport, about 50 kilometres from Kimbe. It also operates flights to Hoskins from Rabaul, Kavieng, Lae and Madang.

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Getting Around

There are good roads in the immediate vicinity of Kimbe and Hoskins airport, and connecting Kimbe port with the oil palm plantations. Otherwise, transport is mainly by boat.

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Eat

  • San Remo Club - Slightly colonial atmosphere, but good food.

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Sleep

  • Palm Lodge, Kimbe, ☎ +675 983 5001, fax: +675 983 5401. 36 rooms with private facilities in the center of Kimbe.
  • Liamo Reef Resort (a few minutes from Kimbe). 38 air-conditioned rooms overlooking the bay with cable TV, fridge, etc. Diving and fishing can be arranged.
  • Palm Resort Hotel, ☎ +675 983 5113, fax: +675 983 5015. Older hotel close to Hoskins airport. All rooms with private facilities and air conditioning. Dive trips organized.
  • Walindi Plantation Resort, Kimbe Bay, ☎ +675 98 35 441, fax: +675 98 35 441. A small resort, primarily for divers, on the shores of Kimbe Bay. Bungalows along the beach front surrounded by rain forest gardens.
  • Mahonia na Dari (20 minutes west of Kimbe close to the Walindi Resort), ☎ +675 9834241, e-mail: mnd.meep@global.net.pg. The name means Guardian of the Sea and this is a marine research and coservation station. Accommodation is available. K100

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage among the people is relatively low. You can find internet cafes in major cities, towns and other tourist centers. Wifi coverage is still very low, but is growing.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Papua New Guinea's international country code is 675.

Digicel is by far the better telecom provider. A new prepaid sim card is easy to purchase and can be used in any unlocked phone. Calls cost from 0.60-1.00 kina and SMS from 0.25 kina. Topup is available anywhere where there is network and also online (credit card or PayPal). Mobile Internet costs 0.35 kina per MB but it's possible to buy hourly (30 MB for 1 kina), daily (60 MB for 2.5 kina), weekly (150 MB for 10 kina) or monthly (900 MB for 65 kina) packages. There are also promotions and packages for calls and sms.

Post

Post PNG offers postal service in the country. It is only recommended to use for sending postcards, as it is not very reliable nor fast. To send packages overseas, use international courier companies like FedEx, DHL or UPS.

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Kimbe Travel Helpers

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