Walindi is surrounded by extraordinarily rich reefs. At Kimbe
Bay, an astonishing 413 species of hard coral were counted on a
recent coral count survey which is over half the total world
species in one Bay. This statistic makes Kimbe Bay the "Coral
Capital of the World" and what's more, this is in conjunction with
over 900 species of fish having been recorded, which will continue
to grow as more research is done.
To the north west of Kimbe Bay, is a remote group of islands
known as the Witu Islands, home to a variety of diving types. The
islands and reef are of volcanic origin and rise from very deep
water: Garove Harbour is actually a submerged volcanic crater. Most
of the reefs are subject to nutrient rich currents frequently
passing by which results in an abundance of life. At Lama Shoals, a
world renowned sea mount rising to within 15 feet of the surface
from the surrounding deep waters, you are likely to be surrounded
by schools of pelagic fish including barracuda and trevally making
for an extremely exciting dive.
To the north east of Kimbe, is a series of offshore reefs, which
are the sunken remains of a huge extinct volcanic caldera. Father's
reefs have fascinating topography with swim throughs and arches
decorated with soft corals and other sea life. Due to their
offshore nature, these reefs attract many pelagic species including
shark (such as hammerheads and silvertips!), tuna, barracuda,
turtles and rays, which all come in to feed off the reef fish and
other invertebrate species that are resident here.
With such huge variety in the diving and marine life there is
something for every diver's preference and it would be very
difficult to get bored with all this at your fingertips!