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Dive Review of Tawalli Diving in
Papua New Guinea

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Alan Olson, Illinois, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4133
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia - St Vincent - Dominica - St Lucia - Tobago - Bahama - Saba -
Mexico - Belize - Costa Rica - Caymans 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
15   to 40    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Depth limit to 120 ft. One hour or until air runs out.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
The dive guides worked hard to find what I asked to see and generally found
it. No problems when time was spent taking pictures. The small boats did
not have water for cameras but the boat people used drinking water to wash
off housings. The cameras were handled carefully.
 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The management had changed at the resort shortly before I arrived, in fact
the new dive manager had been on site only three days. Special effort was
made to address any problems which came about. The outer reef diving was
limited due to strong East winds producing swells to five feet. While the
seas calmed I spent a number of days diving the protected reefs. Many days
there were only two or three divers on the boat simplifying which dive site
to go to. I told the dive guide what I wanted to see and we went to the
reef where he believed the creature could be found.
The muck diving was very good although not on the scale of Lembeh area.
The inner reef lacked large fish but this was made up for by the diversity
of the creatures.
I found the food to be good and well presented with a good variety from
meal to meal.
I rained every day either in the morning or evening. The covered walk ways
from the rooms to the dinning room was very nice during the rain storms.
The dive operation had two large boats used to go to the outer reefs but
one of them was down for repairs making the trips to these reefs a little
cramped. The bigger boat had dedicated dip tanks for cameras and another
tank for masks. The boat crews changed the tanks and set up the gear for
the first dive of the day. I found it worth while to check my gear and the
air in the tank before every dive.
I had expected better vis and larger fish for the remoteness of
PNG. The resort is a three hour van ride from the nearest town and the
airport, mostly on dirt roads.  
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