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

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lydia Bezeruk, NCD, PNG
Report Number 3223
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
27   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Tawali Resort is set in a truly beautiful location in the jungle about an
hours drive and 15 minute boat trip from Alotau airport. Run by a
combination of Americans and Australians, you are made to feel part of a
community as soon as you enter the doors. It has about 15 rooms, large and
basic (no TVs) but tastefully designed, each with a balcony looking out
through the jungle over the water. Meals are buffet style with the
occasional bbq, generally involving fresh fish.

Diving facilities are well organised. There is a dive centre with several
boats, including 1 large boat which carries about 25 divers and mainly goes
to the outer reef about 2 hours away. This boat is well equipped and is
positively luxurious compared to some dive boats I've been on, with room
for people to accommodate themselves in comfortable deck chairs and read on
the trip in and out to the reef. Lunch, snacks, hot and cold drinks are
served all day.

On the first day, we mainly dived an outer reef site called Little China
which had very strong currents and lots of fish I would recommend this only
for experienced and fit divers. The second day, we went to Lauanda and
Deacons (inner) reefs. Lauanda was a fantastic muck dive: lots of octopus,
goatfish, pipefish, eels, nudibrancs and an irrascible brown-marbled
grouper who kept attacking divers.  And the house reef at the resort is
almost as good as the diving!
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