Enjoyed the peaceful environment. Was met at the main wharf by the Resort Manager and a staff who assisted us to the resort's reception where we were given drinks and given a visual tour of the resort. The room was spacious with very comfortable beds. The views of the reef around the resort are just magnificent! I could look at that view all day! Tried out the pool although it would need more TLC cleaning-wise. However, would love to visit Tawali Resort again to go on hikes and cave visits.
Tawali Resort is stunning! A group of fifteen of us were there for a long weekend with several kids 4yo - 12yo, young adults, and older adults, and everyone was engaged the whole time with interesting things to see and do such as swimming in the pool or in the sea, snorkelling, going on a hike, playing board games, visiting a waterfall and skull cave, picnicing on an island, fishing, watching traditional dancers.. such an interesting place to stay, and we all had a fantastic time! The food was absolutely sensational, and the staff were wonderful. The rooms are very big and spacious. I found my mattress a bit hard and uncomfortable but no-one else had that problem. Airport pick up and drop off were efficient and the drive both ways was comfortable. Highly recommended. I would love to go back!
Very Nice resort with great snorkeling right in front of the swimming pool, the tour to the coral garden is amazing! Skull caves were very interesting, restaurant serves very good food,
Nice clean rooms with good bedding, and all the necessary things.
The road from the airport is brand new so a easy drive to the resort!
And at least very friendly people!! The only thing I would recommend is to book thruh booking.com, room with full board, I paid way to much! If you book only the room , you have to pay for the food and that’s really too expensive!
While concerned that negative comments may impact upon those who don’t deserve it, saying nothing allows the management and ownership to get away with a lack of real care. While Tawali is run by friendly and caring staff, there is a down-at-heal aspect to the place, which aggravates. For Tawali, in common with most accommodation in PNG, is not inexpensive. While the rooms are pleasant enough, they lack what would be best called homeliness. Little in the way of touches to make them other than apartments for the repose of the body. They are kept clean and were certainly pleasant enough, with verandahs overlooking Milne Bay, ceiling fans, A/C, bar fridge and an electric jug. The bathroom was adequate, yet mine could not manage to be provided with hot water for the entire 7 nights I was there. Many were the explanations, all pointing to the fault being elsewhere, the difficulty of supply in PNG, and anything which amounted to excuse. This without rectification of the problem, despite workmen climbing on the roof and in the ceiling space.
The exterior of the buildings are in slow decay. Bargeboards and fascias continue to rot, and spoutings fall askew, spewing rain water with deluge. A railing on the walkway to my room remained fallen down throughout my stay, and the boardwalks which connect all bungalows to the main complex were everywhere patched and rotting. Signs were erected to warn pedestrians about the slippery nature of these walkways, rather than real attempts to overcome this.
Food at Tawali is ordinary, if plentiful. The chef is a cook, and lazy. Seen on his phone much of the time, sitting about the main area. The meals, served in the bain-maries, rarely are hot, and are all versions of the what was presented yesterday.
The diving around Tawali is spectacular, although a little too much muck diving for my liking. Whenever divers with expensive, underwater cameras appeared for the days diving, my heart sank, as it meant the majority of the dive would be searching above areas of volcanic sand, for microscopic life to add to their photographic collection. But when we did get to the coral ravines and the drop offs, it was worth the effort in getting to the area, and Tawali does involve a few connections and transfers.
After arranging to get from POM to Gurney, the road trip from the airport was 90 minutes, albeit through picturesque countryside, and then there was a 20 minute boat ride.
A well maintained pool area was a pleasant diversion, and the activities around the locality likewise. The village walk past thatched houses with coconut palm roofs, banana plantations and taro gardens yielded a sense of timeless romance. No fibro cement in sight was a delight! Village life as it was in the beginning.
Tawali may find apathy its undoing, unless some real care and money is put into bringing it back up to standard, and introducing point of difference. For this is my second trip to PNG, and I will not return to Tawali, given a far better experience elsewhere, and Milne Bay offering alternatives.
Stayed for 12 days. Diving was the purpose of this trip. Some confusion at check in about our room, but was swiftly resolved. The deluxe bungalow room is large and very comfortable. This room had 4 outlets, so no problems with charging cameras etc. Alfred and his crew are wonderful. The large boat, which could easily accommodate 12, was taken out for just us few (a couple days we had 5 divers). Diving was varied; walls, much bommies and shallow reefs. A few of the reefs were absolutely spectacular! Healthy, colorful and full of marine life...one dive we even saw a hammerhead! One thing we do not like is the use of sticks.. we do not believe in touching or harassing anything in the ocean, whether it’s fish, nudibranchs, sea fans or coral. They offer a variety of other activities and tours and one which is very popular, I must address. Full,disclosure, we did talk to the front desk and Alfred about this situation. The village where you disembark for the waterfall portion of the tour is subjecting a local animal (kas kas, (possum)) to cruelty. No tourist we know wishes to witness such. They had this animal’s tail tied to a 2 meter long, heavy stick to “tame it” they said....not for keeping as a pet, no but for exploitation...they want to charge tourists 5-10 kini for a picture! This poor animal could not climb, and was stuck in a tree in the sun! Please inquire if this has been resolved before taking this tour. As for the 3-Star rating...simply because of the food. The buffets were plentiful and always looked delicious, but serving good food barely luke warm is unacceptable. And the food was Never Hot, with the exception of the daily soup. This could be resolved by 1) turning the warming bins on high 20 minutes before adding the food and 2) use lids at all times to keep the heat in. I was unaware until the last day that they even had lids...the cook came out to remove them and I instructed him to leave them in place. And, we always arrived before the dining hours to ensure we would be first, can’t imagine how cold it would be if you arrived 10 or 20minutes late. Overall, this is an amazing location. Staff does everything they can to make your visit enjoyable. One final note, is be prepared for stairs. 34 stairs to the main boat dock. More if you go to the pool, and even more, about 45 if you’re staying in the ocean front villa. All other walk ways are covered ramps between rooms to the reception/dining hall, with the exception of the villa, which is open until coming up the stairs between rooms 10 and 11.