away, only accessible by boat, sits what may be Papua New
Guinea's best kept scuba diving secret - Tawali Resort. Welcome
to the exotic culture of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and to Tawali
Resort. Located on a volcanic bluff overlooking the clear
protected waters of Milne Bay, Tawali offers travelers a unique
location to dive, relax and enjoy the unspoiled wonders of
this magnificent part of the world.
it really means to step back in time where the worries of
the world fade and the magic of nature unfolds.
link the main reception and dining areas with the rooms themselves,
which are huge. Two Queen size beds, air conditioning, ceiling
fan, minibar, fridge, safe, a well-appointed modern bathroom,
and what may be the ultimate private balcony.
the bay of reef-fringed, deep blue water, and framed by stands
of tall tropical trees and the occassional fruit tree, is
an outdoor setting that begs to be used to read, sip afternoon
post-dive drinks or watch the resident pod of dolphins that
seem to visit the bay every day.
New Guinea is very diverse in its cuisine, from fresh barramundi
cod cooked in a wrapping of banana leaves, boiled and roasted
chestnuts and fresh fruit that would make any mouth water.
Great care has been taken to make sure that the food is abundant
and good. Local villagers have been taught the art of bread
making and food presentation by several visiting chefs.
Our new chefs
have been able to bring their own unique list of ingredients
and recipes to the table at Tawali. Local farmers raise the
fruits and vegetables served at Tawali and we take great pride
in the freshness and variety of the foods we serve. Breads
are fresh made as well as desserts and snacks and beverages
are easily available.
beautiful main dining room guests are able to dine outside
on the veranda overlooking the rainforest. The dining room
features 18 foot carved totems, beautiful hand-crafted wood
details and a spectacular wall containing a collection of
rare bottles found on dives in Samurai Bay.
style meals are served daily. Snacks, juices, coffee and tea
throughout the day are included.
diving from Tawali resort is both amazing and convenient with
the best diving of Milne Bay just minutes away.
Our amazing Coastal Day Dives include the best Milne Bay muck
diving as well as wonderful walls with an abundance of soft
corals, large sea fans, anemones with clown fish and large
pelagic, such as hammerheads and whale sharks. Trips are scheduled
for mornings and afternoons with two dives per trip. Book
both the morning and afternoon charter (4 dives) and get a
free night dive. Diving on coastal sites is done from two
22-foot boats with twin 50 Honda engines with a maximum of
six divers per boat.
Outer reef dives in Milne Bay offer divers a chance to dive
on beautiful pinnacles with
abundant and varied marine life as well as walls with anemones,
sea fans, sharks and other large pelagics. All dives are within
a 25 to 40 minute boat ride from Tawali and include three
tank dives with lunch served on the boat or on nearby islands
where guests can explore on their own. Outer reef diving is
done from the comfort of a 37-foot Catamaran with a maximum
of 12 divers.
MV Chertan Live Aboard
Tawali is the home base for the MV Chertan Live Aboard. Board
the Chertan for 2 or 3 days of diving remote locations outside
bat caves, orchids, birds, and dugout canoes. Diving is really
just part of the Tawali experience. Immerse yourself in the
culture of Papua New Guinea by exploring all that Tawali has
to offer. All land excursions are included in our
Unlimited Resort Package.
Take guided bush walks into the rainforest or walk along the
coast through local villages. There is even an extended day
hike across the mountain ridge rising behind the resort, where
you can view the entire coastline and the dense rainforest
canopy. Take a pair of binoculars to view the cockatoos, hornbills
and parrots along the way.
Skull caves are a mostly forgotten reminder of PNGs history.
Usually discovered by villagers looking for new garden land
many skull caves in PNG have yet to be discovered and have
long been grown over by the forest. Start your hike at the
base of a steep cliff over a shallow reef and with help of
ropes and guides hike your way up into the rain forest learning
about the different trees and plants along the way. Return
again to the boats and enjoy a snack or go on to hike to a
waterfall for a cool dip.
Guides will take you on a forty minute hike up through the
lush forest to beautiful waterfalls where guests can take
a break for a snack and dip in the pool before heading down.
Starting in the local villages guests can walk into areas
dense with beautiful orchids and lush vegetation. Dont
be surprised to see some amazing birds also since there are
269 species of birds in Milne Bay alone.
activities are scheduled weekly with experienced local guides.