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.
what it really means to step back in time where the
worries of the world fade and the magic of nature unfolds.
walkways 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
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.
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.
the 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
buffet 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
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
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 Milne Bay.
caves, 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
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
and Botanical Walks
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.
top-side activities are scheduled weekly with experienced