44 | DIVE LOG Australasia | OCTOBER 2009 | ISSUE 255 | www.divetheblue.net
Trip Report TAWALI - PNG
Looking for the words to in Port Moresby and cost 100 ice water, hot tea/coffee and
describe Tawali in Papua New Kina or approximately $35 AUD. yummy cake and biscuits to
Guinea, and what I come up You can be issued with a visa nibble on during lunch you are
with, Remote Luxury with more beforehand and using the given a hearty lunch, no passing
than a Splash of Warmth mixed Visalink service is highly out here due to the lack of food.
in with a Spirit of Friendliness. recommended, they pick up your
Undoubtedly Tawali is one the paperwork, get it processed and
best resorts I have had the return it to you personally. More
pleasure to visit and most info at
probably one of the few that http://www.visalink.com.au/.
caters for both Divers and Non
Divers, Singles and Families that On Arrival do everything for you or do as
little as you like. Barracuda Point was a wall
will put this resort on the top of When we arrived we were dive with heaps of Macro Life
any listing. greeted by enough staff to take You are given a crate or dive
tub which is allocated to your and yes there was Barracuda,
And what makes this resort our luggage to our respective despite the guides telling us that
one of the best…. It is in the rooms, there was not anything for room, when you are settled in, The Diving
you place your dive equipment there were no Barracuda at this
middle of nowhere. The best us to do, and climbing that All the dive sites, except for location for years.
time of year to do this trip is ascent, I am glad we didn’t. in that tub and leave it outside House Reef which is right in front
between September and We were then escorted to the door, the dive staff will take of the resort are anything from 20
December that is not to say that main foyer of the resort where we the crate down to the boat, and to 40 minutes away and most are
the other time of the year is not given refreshments and formally that is where it stays for the easy boat rides, depending on
good. welcomed by the manager, Rob duration of trip, where it is looked which dive site you are heading
and the admin staff. Rob then after and washed for you. All you for on a given day.
Where is Tawali? proceeded to discuss the have to do is set things up to go The guides were quite
Being a person who works with operations of the Resort while we diving when you are on the boat. experienced and knew who
Geographical Information completed our paperwork. There are triple boat dives, needed looking after and who
Systems here are the GPS This attention and friendliness double boat dives in the didn’t. The dive briefs were
Coordinates in Lat/Long for you was continued throughout our morning, followed by a 3rd dive clear and concise.
to find things on your GPS based stay, staff always greeted us with in the afternoon. If you are
interested you can then do either Barracuda Point to Coral
Software and Hardware - smile and a salutation. The dive sites done on this trip Gardens was another wall dive
10.2666S and 150.7761E. For all a dusk/mandarin fish dive or a were.
night dive. To quote Rob, “there with heaps of swim throughs and
the rest of you just check out the • Deacons Reef caves ending up in the Coral
Map. is a minimum of 3 dives”. • Wahoo
For the photographers, there is Gardens and that’s what it was
• Cobbs Cliff Garden full of Coral, everyone on
camera room and tables where • Barracuda Point
you can leave your rig and set the trip mentioned how
• Barracuda Point to Coral picturesque it was..
yourself up between dives and Gardens
everything can be locked, and to
complete your pre dive check For the Non Diver
All the dives ranged in depth The Non Diver has the option of
there are 2 big tubs. from 15m to 25m and lasted from
If you need to hire gear they relaxing and taking in the
55 minutes to an hour and were scenery and ambience that
have an well organised setup for navigated with ease., as easy as
that also, just go down to the Tawali has to offer.
The Rooms keeping the rocks on the left one There is a beach where one
The Rooms can be described as dive shop and anything you way and on the right on the way
require will be catered for. can relax. The resort is planning
How do you get there? luxurious but I like to use the back. to put in a pool and I would say
Air Niugini in conjunction have word, HUGE. 2 Comfortable and On this resort, they have Deacons Reef had the large
Nitrox, if you haven’t got your the way they do things it would
daily flights to the capital of New firm Queen Size Beds (I didn’t fans and the Coralscapes and probably be done within the year.
Guinea, Port Moresby. From Port have to turn myself at an angle nitrox cert, get it for this trip! teeming with fish life.
Nitrox is available to 32% nitrox There is snorkelling along
Moresby there is a daily service to fit), a balcony, fridge, own House Reef, where you can find
to Gurney airport in Alotau, Milne amenities and heaps of space, only, and produced from a
membrane system. On average Pipe Fish laying on top of the
Bay Province. Once in Alotau, you can tell money was spent reef in less than a meter of water
guests are picked up and here, and talking to Rob, he the dives are between 15 to 25m
and getting that extra bottom amongst other macro which
escorted to Tawali resort by bus mentioned something like 150 includes Anemone Fish and
and boat. trips for the boat back and forth time and additional safety is well
worth it. Moray Eels. Having said that, a
On this occasion, we left from bringing in the building supplies. Lone Barracuda was seen near
Brisbane for Port Moresby, a Now here is the point where I
thought I had died and gone to the Jetty and snorkelling towards
flight that took 3 and half hours the deeper water at House Reef
and connected with a flight to Diver’s Heaven, they have Steel
Tanks, yes steel tanks, and a produced some Batfish and a
Alotau which took another hour. Wahoo had the Fish Life of very large wrasse.
From there it was a 2 hour bus good size too, at 10 litres you Deacons and Coral Scapes of
had more than adequate supply Tours include walking through
and both transport to the resort. Elephant Ear Coral and was the villages to the Skull Cave
Flights are available from and these can converted more of a Wall Dive. This dive is
between yoke and DIN. and the Waterfall.
Sydney but due to the Air Niugini also noted for its Bigger Fish Life In Summary . . .
timetable, a stopover in Port Did I mention that all your as well which includes Whale
diving needs and desires Fantastic! Loved it and very
Moresby might be required, this Sharks, Mantas and happy to go back!!!! In fact I
may be a cheaper option for would be catered for . . . Hammerheads. will go back I have unfinished
those leaving from Sydney, Cobbs Cliff is situated in what business, I need to add a Pigmy
taking into account the expense DIVE FACILITIES The Dive Boat the guides call the Outer Reef
20 metres of pure unadulterated Seahorse and a mandarin to add
of the domestic flight to Brisbane and is a 50 minute Boat Ride to the Photographic Collection.
and price of any excess In General diving space, it has enough and plays host to the large
space for about 12 divers, their Thanks to Ian Lockwood from
baggage. In terms of the Diving you and pelagic and a variety of macro Allways in giving this opportunity
A visa is required for entry to your equipment are looked after cameras and enough tanks for 3 subjects such as leaf scorpion
dives. in visiting this wonderful place.
PNG and 30 day visas are from the time you get there to the fish, Rhinopious and Blue
issued upon arrival at the airport time you leave, the dive staff will During the surface intervals Ribbon Eels.
you are handed a warm towel,