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Dive Review of Tawali in
Papua New Guinea/Alotau

Tawali, Aug, 2008,

by Debbie Husby, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4353.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, eastern and western Pacific, s.e. Asia, Australia, China Sea, Coral Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions not deeper than 100 feet, no longer than 60 min
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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
UW Photo Comments Camera room was gorgeous. There was plenty of room at individual workstations, lots of outlets for charging. Locked cupboards for storage.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Umm, did I mention the hammerhead shark and the whaleshark? And several beautiful new nudis for my life list?
Rooms were nice and roomy, and those who like hard mattresses will be extremely happy. (I don't, and I was not). Veranda with a view for each room. Bathrooms were ok, with plenty of hot water. Lounge and dining room were nicely furnished, sunsets on the outside deck were spectacular. Food was really great, completely way beyond what I was expecting, roasts, steaks, excellent vegetarian fare, and desserts were yum. Service was wonderful. The water was drinkable, no need for bottled.
Malaria is epidemic and you will get bitten by mosquitos anywhere in PNG (except in the highlands).
I was impressed by the dive operations, the dive guides are training for certified professional status - DMs and Instructor - the difference shows.
Choice of steel 72's or Al 80s, both DIN or yoke valves. Nitrox was consistent and a bargain at $75 for the nine dive days.
Wish I had know how outstanding the diving was just off the dock!
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