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Dive Review of Tawali in
Papua New Guinea/Milne Bay

Tawali: "Wonderfully diverse diving at a comfortable and beautiful resort", Jun, 2019,

by KW, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 11177.

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Lawadi Beach muck dive Deacon's Reef Towahi Tawali house reef Barracuda Point
Lawadi Beach muck dive Lawadi Beach muck dive Cobb's Cliff (East Cape) Tawali house reef Sponge Heaven
Tawali house reef Tawali house reef

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments After a couple of hours from Alotau by minivan and small boat, the approach to Tawali is stunning, the limestone cliffs on which the resort is located rising vertically from the emerald-green and turquoise reef flat and adjacent deep blue waters at the edge of the drop-off. The main resort building is on top of the cliff adjacent to the main dock, and the rooms are scattered around the edges of the small peninsula overlooking the sea. Our room (deluxe oceanfront bungalow) was large and very comfortable, with two double beds, mini-fridge and ice-box, kettle, air-conditioning, warm water showers, balcony, and plenty of space for camera gear. All the rooms are interconnected by wooden walkways and stairs, which lead to a wide beach, the dive shop, swimming pool and service dock, on the opposite side of the peninsula from the main dock. In between the two docks is the house reef, of which more later. We paid for room only, figuring we didn't need three full meals a day, and this was a good decision - evening meals in the restaurant were buffet style, plentiful and very tasty, while breakfast and lunch we ate in our room, consisting of bread, jam, fruit, instant noodles and tuna brought with us from Alotau, saving about 800 USD over our week-long stay.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Belize, Panama (Coiba, Pearl Is), UK, Red Sea (Sharm), Myanmar, Sulawesi (Wakatobi), Philippines (Mindoro, Palawan), Solomons (Guadalcanal), New Zealand (Poor Knights), Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Alotau Getting There Air Niugini from Port Moresby-Alotau, then 1 hr by car, 20 min by boat.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 72-74°F / 22-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-30 M / 49-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with a guide from boat, unguided shore dives (house reef). We dived < 70 ft by choice and dive times mostly limited by available air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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