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Dive Review of Tawali in
Papua New Guinea/Alotau

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Debbie Husby, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4353
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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