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Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort

Hotel category
4 Star
Rooms
22
Wellness/Spa
NO
Internet
FREE
PADI dive center
Onsite
House reef
YES

Resort Highlights

  • Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort is a waterfront resort in Milne Bay
  • Corals, reef fish, pelagics, whale sharks, hammerheads
  • Tropical rainforest, bird song, wooden pathways
  • Naturally constructed resort with sustainable ethos
  • Air-conditioned spacious rooms, some with ocean views
  • Waterfalls, hotspring, beach picnics, cultural trips
  • Skull Cave and Mumu demonstrations

Resort Description

Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort is a boutique waterfront resort in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. 

Diving here offers the chance to enjoy an abundance of soft corals, large sea fans, anemones with clown fish and large pelagics, such as whale sharks hammerheads.

The resort is set into the hillside within lush vegetation and overlooking a turquoise, coral filled bay. The main building, bungalows and pathways are constructed from natural materials, making use of sustainably sourced local wood. 

Enjoy a plethora of activities and excursions including bird watching, guided waterfall trails, rainforest hikes, Dei Dei hotspring, Mumu demonstration (traditional stove cooking), picnics on the beach, fishing and cultural experiences.

Visit Skull Cave (ancient cave filled with piles of skulls) for a truly unique experience!

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 20% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 80% (balance) is due 60 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 60 days prior to arrival
  • 20% will be charged if you cancel between 60 and 30 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 30 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort

What to see

There is truly so much to see in Milne Bay. Being within the Coral Triangle, there have been many studies proving that marine biodiversity here is close to the highest in the world. For those who love the weird and wonderful critters of muck, this place is like a buffet. Pygmy seahorses, rare Rhinopias scorpionfish, all manner of eels, octopus, cuttlefish and frogfish can be found here and more. Try dusk dives as well to see mating rituals of the beautiful mandarinfish and creep up on crab and shrimp that get active at night. Strange looking wobbegongs are also often seen here, blending tastefully into coral gardens.

For those who like bigger creatures, there will be no disappointment at Milne Bay. Cleaning stations for manta rays can be found at Samarai Island. At the outer reefs, you could even see a great hammerhead shark. Otherwise, be spoilt by busy drop-offs buzzing with colorful reef fish and schools of snapper, fusiliers, barracuda, and trevally. Sharks are ever present and expect to see whitetips, blacktips and grey reef sharks. Whale sharks have also been known to appear around Milne Bay and even minke whales have been seen passing by.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Convenient access to pristine dive sites
  • 25-40 minute boat trips to over 20 locations
  • 3 tank dive trips with lunch aboard
  • 2 tank morning and afternoon dive trips
  • Comfortable, fast dive vessels
  • Pinnacles, coral covered walls, muck diving 
  • Explore remote islands during the surface interval

Description

Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort offers convenient access to remote and thriving marine eco-systems.

All dives are within a 25 to 40 minute boat ride from Tawali to 20+ dive sites. You may choose from two-tank and three-tank trips and night diving on the house reef is encouraged.

Three-ttank dive trips set off in the morning and include lunch served on the boat or on nearby islands where you will have time to explore independently. These trips depart on 60 foot West Coaster ''Explorer'' with a maximum of 20 divers.

Two-tank trips depart in the morning or afternoon and make use of three 23 foot speed boats with 70hp outboard motors.

The local marine topography consists of pinnacles and walls, both covered in coral and frequented by large and small creatures. Muck diving is available. 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Nitrox Certification

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Beach Front
  • Housereef
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

Resort Amenities

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Uk (3 Pin) Power Sockets

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Movies
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Aud)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival 

  • Tawali Resort is accessible via a bus and a boat from Alotau.
  • It is best to fly from Port Moresby to Alotau Gurney Airport, then transfer on a 90-minute bus ride along the Milne Bay coast followed by a 20-minute boat ride to the resort.
  • The trip between Alotau Airport and Tawali Resort takes approximately 2 hours.
  • The transfer can be arranged by the resort for an additional fee. 

Departure

  • A return transfer to Alotau Airport from the resort will be arranged for an additional cost.  

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