Kimbe Bay Logistics – located roughly a third of the way along the large island of New Britain and, with the closest international gateway at Port Moresby, the only way to get to Kimbe Bay is to fly there from the national capital.
Kimbe Bay’s airport is called Hoskins (HKN), which is located just outside of town and is served by both Air Nuigini and Airlines PNG (APNG) on a regular basis. With some careful planning it is usually possible to arrive in to Port Moresby late morning and then catch a connecting flight to Hoskins in the afternoon so that you can avoid having to stay overnight in Port Moresby.
Transit in Port Moresby between the international and domestic terminals is straightforward, but you do need have at least two hours (more if better…) between flights.
If you are traveling independently to Kimbe Bay there is usually a local taxi available at the airport, but agree the fare before you get in… Alternatively you might be able to get a lift in to town with one of the locals if you ask politely as generally people will help if they can.
When to dive Kimbe Bay
Kimbe Bay is protected from extreme weather by its unique topography and access to the reef systems is available throughout the year, although the conditions do vary.
September – November: Calm seas and superb visibility in the range of 25m+, but slightly colder water at around 27 deg C.
January – March: The wet season in Kimbe Bay brings very calm waters, but lower visibility around 15m and an average water temperature of 29 deg C.
May – June: The doldrums – calm seas with clear skies and almost no wind. Water temperatures are warmer at around 31 deg C and good 20m+ visibility.
July – August: The monsoonal SE trade wind season with gusts up to 20 knots. Seas can reach up to 1m and the water temperature starts to drop – visibility is around 15m
Where to stay in Kimbe Bay
Mahonia Na Dari next to Walindi offers accommodation, but the rooms often get booked out by scientists or school groups, and there are two guesthouse options – the Manaia in Kimbe itself and the Queen’s Head (firstname.lastname@example.org) which is 2km east of Walindi.