Tawali Resort is an exceptional place to dive, relax and enjoy the unspoiled wonders of Papua New Guinea's nature. Only accessible by boat, this private retreat is located in a secluded area of Milne Bay.
The resort sits atop a limestone bluff overlooking Hoia Bay and was built by the local craftsmen from nearby villages by hand, a remarkable feat. Throughout the retreat visitors will find beautifully carved totems and woodwork all unique to the area and some taking up to two years to complete.
The main house is connected to the spacious bungalows by covered walkways. The bungalows feature air-conditioning and a modern en-suite bathroom with solar heated water. The interiors are furnished with twin queen beds and a rosewood desk, wardrobe and lounge area, whilst exteriors offer a private balcony overlooking the bay of reef-fringed, deep blue water framed by stands of tall tropical trees.
Facilities include the main dining room with indoor and outdoor seating options, a bar with spectacular ocean views, a swimming pool and dive centre. WiFi internet access is available in the main house. The resort offers an array of non-diving activities including birding, guided hiking trails, village visits and a unique trip to a skull cave and a local waterfall.
Tawali boasts a prominent position in a remote area of Papua New Guinea, offering visitors a glimpse into the exotic local culture and a chance to get away from the hectic world. The journey to the resort involves a domestic flight followed by a short car and boat transfer. The rewards are worth the adventure!
The PADI affiliated dive centre offers daily boat diving to over 25 dive sites within five minutes of the resort. In addition to this, divers and snorkellers can spend time on the house reef, which is also a favourite spot for a night dive. Diving on the outer reefs is also regularly available and can take up to 40 minutes to reach. The fully equipped dive boat is moored up on the jetty which extends out from the dive centre.
Tawali's experienced dive team will help you find the tiny critters as well as pointing out the larger pelagic marine life; the location is suited to both macro and wide-angle photography. A typical diving day includes two morning and one afternoon dive with the option of house reef dusk or night dive.
The pristine dive sites offer something for everyone: whether it’s giant clams, soft corals and turtles as you circumnavigate the huge seamount known as Tania’s Reef, or you prefer a classic rubble dive site in Observation Point, a sandy slope with plenty of marine life including snake eels, star gazers, octopus, shrimp and scorpion fish.
Macro photographers will enjoy spending time at Dinah's Beach in Lauadi, a shallow black sand site with multiple cleaning stations, whereas wide angle photographers may prefer Wahoo Point on the north side of the mainland, a site with a 5-15 metre shelf and wall that drops beyond 60 metres. The site is frequented by hammerhead sharks and manta rays, as well as featuring massive elephant ear sponges. Other marine life often seen in this location include pygmy seahorse, cuttlefish, nudibranch, turtles and if you’re lucky, nautilus.
The calmest months are Oct-Dec during the doldrums. The northwest winds pick up in Jan and Feb, dying down again in Mar. From Apr-Aug the winds blow from the southeast and it’s not as hot. Water temperature ranges from 23C during these months to 28C from Jan-Mar. The resort is also home to the MV Spirit of Niugini liveaboard.
Diving suitable for:
Dive boat: Custom dive boat
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Milne Bay is situated between the Solomon and Coral Seas, which surge back and forth, flushing plankton-rich waters with crystal clear blue water and causing a frantic profusion of marine growth. The scene of heavy fighting in WWll, the entire region is littered with wrecks.
Ideal for viewing: manta ray, scalloped hammerhead shark, green turtle, pygmy seahorse, mimic octopus