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Dive Review of Tawali in
Papua New Guinea

Tawali: "Tawali", Nov, 2017,

by BOB HUCKABEE, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 10056.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Solomon Islands, Anilao, Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras, San Salvador, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, Dominica, Darin and the visayas
Closest Airport Gurney near Alotau Getting There DIA, BNE, JAX (Port Moseby). Air Nuigini canceled out PM flight to Alotau, so we had to overnight in Port Moseby

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions % Nitrox limits and asked for 60 min. dives, but we approached 90 min. on some shallow dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Good but limited macro. No soak tanks on small boats. One tank for camera and another for gear & masks on boat. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments As noted the canceled Air Niugini flight more research about the limited muck diving sites at Tawali.

We stayed at Tawali for about 2 weeks in November 2017. We met friends from Australia for the last week and they stayed here as well. Our friends concurred with our review rating of 3 stars. This review includes the resort itself and the dive operation. Our purpose for staying at Tawali was to dive the sites in Milne Bay.

The resort
The resort is situated at the top of a large hill and is located about 2 hours from the Alotau airport. The first 90 minutes from the Alotau airport to the resort are by air conditioned van on a very bumpy road and the last few minutes are by boat. There are 2 docks at the resort and they are on opposite sides at the bottom of the hill. The dive shop (which we did not visit) is near one of the docks. The restaurant, lobby, outdoor patio, and rooms are at the top of the hill.

The views from the lobby, outdoor patio, and rooms are very pretty. Half of the rooms face the main dock and the other half face the dock near the dive shop. The higher your room number, the farther you are from the restaurant and lobby. Pathways from the rooms to the lobby/restaurant are covered (which is convenient during frequent rains). The trek from either of the docks to the lobby is up several ramps and flights of stairs, not all of which are covered. The ramps can be slippery. The trek from one dock to the other is probably a quarter mile up and down ramps and stairs. I think there may be a boardwalk that may connect the two docks.

Our room was huge (room #16). We had two queen beds, a desk, an area for hanging clothes, tons of floor space, a large bathroom, and a large deck overlooking the ocean. There were two electrical outlets (Australian socket)- one near the coffee service shelf and one in the bathroom, so if you're diving you'll want to bring a power ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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