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

Tawali Resort, Nov, 2005,

by James Jenkins, CA, United States . Report 2243.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Solomons, Fiji, Palau, Truk, Cocos, Galapagos, Hawaii, Sipadan, more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally, none. We agreed, as a group, to dive lenght limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 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 5 stars
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I had visited Tawali from the Chertan in 2002 when it was being constructed. The site was beautiful and the construction (about 3/4 done then) looked good. I wanted to go back and the results exceeded my expectation. The location and the way the main resort area and cabins are integrated into the hillside is spectacular. The construction and quality of materials & finish are first-rate.

Tawali is situated on the northern side of the northern peninsula of PNG in Milne Bay Province, not far from East Cape. One of many, excellent dive sites, Sponge Heaven, is right at the resort; other legendary sites openned up by the Telita and Chertan (Diana's Beach, Michelle's Beach, Deacon's Reef, etc.) are a short boat ride away. The larger, fast boat does 3-dive day trips to the sites in and around the "mouth" of Milne Bay.

Basically, you could easily spend 6 - 9 diving days visiting some of the best sites in the Milne Bay area as if you were on a liveaboard. The trade-off is you would do 3 dives instead of 4 but come back to a spacious, almost luxurious resort in the evening. (Night dives can be arranged from the resort.)

I would return to Tawali and highly recommend it either as part of a liveaboard trip or as its own destination.
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