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

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Cohen, PA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2311
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Cozumal, Little Cayman, Bahamas, California,  Hawaii, Washington,
Florida. 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified] We dove independently and within the safe limits of our
computers.  Very helpful dive guides available to point out creatures of
interst.    
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
  Camera table and rinse   on boat. Crew careful with photo gear at
beginning and end of dives. Pointed out very tiny creatures such as pigmy
seahorses.  Never rushed divers while they were framing images or
bracketing shots. One PC on shore. Rooms are not wired 110, so bring
transformer and adapters. Both macro and wide angle subjects abound. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We stayed two weeks, celebrated Christmas with local villagers who sang
carols in indigenous language, dove with co-owners Ronda and Bob, marveled
at Cpt. Chris's pirate stories, ate family style with guests and crew,
appreciated the respect for the environment and for guests shown by
everyone at Tawali, enjoyed international make-up of visitors, found the
forest, waterfall, fishing village, and skull cave hikes to  be a
photographer's joy, had no problem with bugs, found staff and dive crew the
nicest I've met in 40 years of diving - dive crew accomodating so our
daughter could snorkel while we dove and able to accomplish field repairs
on misbehaving pressure guage, night sky overwhelming, the songs from local
villagers paddling dugout canoes across the lagoon at dawn inspiring. 
Despite 25 hours of flying and centuries of airport waiting time, Tawali is
a unique and deeply rewarding journey worth the effort.  It is not a
Carribean luxury resort. Thank goodness no calypso bands, goofy rum parties
or forced activities. Reefs from just below the surfce to deep. Healthy
walls.  Sand flats with critters for muck diving. Bring your i.d. books -
you've never seen these creatures beofre. Rooms are huge and comfy and
allow privacy. Views -- oh, my. Allow some time to explore the forest. Our
family came to celebrate my four decades of diving and I won't wait another
forty years before returning.      
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