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

Tawali Resort, Dec, 2005,

by Jeremy Cohen, PA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 2311.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed two weeks, celebrated Christmas with local villagers who sang carols in indigenous language, dove with co-owners Ronda and Bob, marveled at Cpt. Chris's pirate stories, ate family style with guests and crew, appreciated the respect for the environment and for guests shown by everyone at Tawali, enjoyed international make-up of visitors, found the forest, waterfall, fishing village, and skull cave hikes to be a photographer's joy, had no problem with bugs, found staff and dive crew the nicest I've met in 40 years of diving - dive crew accomodating so our daughter could snorkel while we dove and able to accomplish field repairs on misbehaving pressure guage, night sky overwhelming, the songs from local villagers paddling dugout canoes across the lagoon at dawn inspiring. Despite 25 hours of flying and centuries of airport waiting time, Tawali is a unique and deeply rewarding journey worth the effort. It is not a Carribean luxury resort. Thank goodness no calypso bands, goofy rum parties or forced activities. Reefs from just below the surfce to deep. Healthy walls. Sand flats with critters for muck diving. Bring your i.d. books - you've never seen these creatures beofre. Rooms are huge and comfy and allow privacy. Views -- oh, my. Allow some time to explore the forest. Our family came to celebrate my four decades of diving and I won't wait another forty years before returning.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Cozumal, Little Cayman, Bahamas, California, Hawaii, Washington, Florida.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 85-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified] We dove independently and within the safe limits of our computers. Very helpful dive guides available to point out creatures of interst.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera table and rinse on boat. Crew careful with photo gear at beginning and end of dives. Pointed out very tiny creatures such as pigmy seahorses. Never rushed divers while they were framing images or bracketing shots. One PC on shore. Rooms are not wired 110, so bring transformer and adapters. Both macro and wide angle subjects abound.
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