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Dive Review of Tawalli Diving in
Papua New Guinea

Tawalli Diving, Apr, 2007,

by Alan Olson, Illinois, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4133.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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