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

Tawali Resort, Dec, 2006,

by Lydia Bezeruk, NCD, PNG . Report 3223.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 15 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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