FEATURED DIVE SITES -- Following are just a few of the superb Milne Bay dive sites easily accessible from Tawali Resort:
Cobbs Cliff - Steep drop off on one side down to 150+ feet rising to just 20 feet below the surface and dropping back in the center to a sandy lagoon to 60 feet. This site is frequently visited by large pelagics such as Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks. The reef also hosts a variety of macro subjects such as leaf scorpion fish, Rhinopious, Blue Ribbon Eels, Elegant Fire Gobys, and so much more.
Wahoo Point - A small point located on the North side of the mainland with a shelf from 15 feet to 50 feet in depth and dropping with a sheer wall down to 200+ feet. This site is frequently visited by Hammerheads, Manta Rays, occasionally Whale Sharks, Minki Whales and on two occasions, Orcas. The site also hosts a variety of anemonies, a school of Barracuda and very large Elephant ear sponges. A great place for wide angle photography.
Lauadi - This dive site you could spend a number of days doing, this location actually has two separate dives, straight off the boat, no deeper than 25 feet of water you have an incredible collection of cleaning stations, divers are able to get their teeth cleaned if they wish. The site has a variety of octopuses and on occasions, the Mimic has appeared. Other critters on this site are: Blue Ribbon Eels, Cuttle fish, Lion fish, A huge variety of Nudibranchs, Mantis Shrimps, Mandarin fish, Frog fish, Sea horses, Ghost pipe fish, Cockatoo wasp fish, and the list goes on and on. Dive B: ( From the same location ) Wide angle photographers can swim amongst a large variety of large sea fans which grow 30 feet below the surface, under the jungle canopy. This site is often visited by Hammerhead Sharks and Whale sharks. At this site, in additition to diving, guests have the opportunity for walks into the village, skull caves or even a jungle walk to a beautiful waterfall.
Cherie's Reef - This is a beautiful drift dive along a slope that's covered with large Gorgonians and littered with large schools of fish. Particular Gorgonians host the infamous Pigmy Sea Horse.
Observation Point - A true rubble dive. Sand slopes going down 100 feet host snake eels, Star Gazers, Pipe fish, Flamboyant cuttle fish, Mimic Octopus, Spanish Dancers, Cuttle fish, Fire urchins with Coleman shrimp and the Bugs Bunny Scorpion fish.
Sponge Heaven - A sheer wall starting at two feet below the surface dropping to 200+ feet Honey combed with small caves. Huge variety of sponges and home to a variety of Nudibranchs, including the large Spanish Dancer. Beautiful night dive.
Jason's Reef - A small coral mound located in 150 feet of water. This mound has large schools of Banner fish and Fusiliers as well as many pelagics. Also on this mound is the sought after Rhinopious or Weedy Scorpion fish.
Little China - A coral mound coming out of 150 feet of water. Typical of over 30 dive sites in close proximity. Large schools of fish over the front face, soft coral gardens where both macro and wide angle photographers can be more than satisfied.
Michelle's Reef - Located on the North Coast, this dive site provides both macro and wide angle. A shallow wall dropping off to 25 feet. Beautiful swim-through with gorgonians growing off the wall and sea bed. Able to shoot up into the jungle canopy from 20 feet of water. Also ideal for macro, a large variety of nudibranchs, Pegasus fish and, on occasions, Mimic octopus.
Crinoid City - Coral mound coming up from 120 feet of water. As it's name suggests, it plays host to a variety of crinoids. The front slope of this reef is covered with a variety of black coral trees. Off the slope, huge schools of fusiliers, anthias and jacks circle. Excellent for wide-angle photography.
Pelagic Point - This dive site has relatively strong current and because of this there are large quantities of fish patrolling a steep wall dropping off to 130 feet. Sharks are often sighted on this site. The top of the reef which is approximately 215 feet, has a large number of bommies hosting a magnificent variety of sea life, ie: crabs, rays, rays not to mention all the fish.
ACTIVITIES and TOURS -- Skull 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. Land excursions are scheduled weekly, conducted by experienced local guides.
Skull Caves - 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.
Waterfall Hike - 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.
Orchid and Botanical Walks - Starting in the local villages, guests can walk into areas dense with beautiful orchids and lush vegetation. Don't be surprised to see some amazing birds also since there are 269 species of birds in Milne Bay alone.
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