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Dive Review of Tawali Resort in
Papua New Guinea/Milne Bay Province

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by James Jenkins, CA, United States
Report Number 2243
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Solomons, Fiji, Palau, Truk, Cocos, Galapagos, Hawaii, Sipadan, more
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally, none.  We agreed, as a group, to dive lenght limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
I had visited Tawali from the Chertan in 2002 when it was being
constructed.  The site was beautiful and the construction (about 3/4 done
then) looked good.  I wanted to go back and the results exceeded my
expectation.  The location and the way the main resort area and cabins are
integrated into the hillside is spectacular.  The construction and quality
of materials & finish are first-rate.

Tawali is situated on the northern side of the northern peninsula of PNG in
Milne Bay Province, not far from East Cape.  One of many, excellent dive
sites, Sponge Heaven, is right at the resort; other legendary sites openned
up by the Telita and Chertan (Diana's Beach, Michelle's Beach, Deacon's
Reef, etc.) are a short boat ride away.  The larger, fast boat does 3-dive
day trips to the sites in and around the "mouth" of Milne Bay.

Basically, you could easily spend 6 - 9 diving days visiting some of the
best sites in the Milne Bay area as if you were on a liveaboard.  The
trade-off is you would do 3 dives instead of 4 but come back to a spacious,
almost luxurious resort in the evening.  (Night dives can be arranged from
the resort.)

I would return to Tawali and highly recommend it either as part of a
liveaboard trip or as its own destination.
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