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Tawali Resort

Alotau Milne Bay Province Milne Bay, Alotau 211 Papua New Guinea
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#1 of 2 hotels in Alotau
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.Tawali is located in a secluded area of Milne Bay amongst local fishing villages and accessible only by boat. Built on a limestone bluff eighty feet above the water, Tawali offers guests a private retreat in which to enjoy the wonders of PNG. Tawali was constructed by local craftsmen and you will find beautifully carved totems and woodwork in the spacious main lodge and throughout the resort.
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Property amenities
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Banquet room
24-hour security
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Water sport equipment rentals
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Filipino, Japanese


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Alotau Milne Bay Province Milne Bay, Alotau 211 Papua New Guinea
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Barnskybeat wrote a review 16 Jan
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea510 contributions243 helpful votes
Huge disappointment, from A to Z unfortunately, with only a very few positives to report. Overall, the resort seems to be under a lot of economic pressure, due to low number of travelers, and that has unfortunately impacted services and business approach. It started with the shuttle service, for which guests are being charged, that took almost 2 hours (instead of one) since after airport pickup other guests needed to be picked up from an oil palm plantation that was located in the opposite direction. They could have easily been picked up in advance, instead of having all other travelers driven 2 hours back and forth. Upon arrival I was informed that the resort made in error with my invoice - which I had pre-paid - now more than doubling my room prince. Not even a small discount was offered for an error totally beyond my control. I ended up paying 3 full extra nights that were ‘overlooked’ during booking. Rooms are not up to standard. The most annoying thing is that the floor is shared with the adjacent bungalow and hence all movement, steps and everything else (!) happing next door is also felt in your bungalow half and vice versa. Zero privacy is the result. Food quality is average and over the Christmas holidays hordes of day tourists arrived, playing loud music on the beach and ruining any aspirations for a ‘getaway’ holiday in a ‘remote’ resort. Some days we sat on the back porch since loud day tourist groups occupied the main dining area. Not even the highly paying longer term guests were prioritized. We needed to pay for an expensive day trip by boat to a remote little uninhabited island just to have a day of calm. The large dive boat is broken dawn, rusting at the jetty and used as bunk bed hostel for large package groups. Divers are being taken out in small boats. There is no safe in the room. The list is long, but unfortunately this is the bitter truth and experience we had. Avoid going during holiday season, try the off season - if at all - as you will otherwise get the opposite of calm, remoteness and nature you have paid for. No value for money. Staff other wise friendly and carting. There’s a local replacement cook that is much better than the expatriate regular cook. Cocktails are good, though expensive.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid high/holiday season since the resort will be overcrowded by day tourists. As for a bungalow...
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Marie L wrote a review Aug 2021
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea2 contributions
Tawali's location is really peacefull and amazing, surrounded by untouched wilderness and crystal clear water. Spacious and comfortable rooms that might deserve a slight refreshing. High quality service for housekeeping, meals, guided tours... We were not yet OW certified at that time so we only snorkeled but it was already great ! We will definitely come back to explore diving spots there.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Philip T wrote a review Dec 2020
Hope Island, Australia101 contributions46 helpful votes
We were looking for a Christmas break away from Port Moresby and found it at Tawali! Alotau (Gurney) is a short flight from POM, and were met by the bus for a 90 minute shuttle to a small dock where the Tawali boat was waiting to take us to the resort 15 minutes away. Lunch on arrival, shown to our room then were snorkelling on the (excellent) house reef by 2pm! We were there for 3 days - saw the skull caves and nearby waterfall, went on a day trip to a nearby island, another snorkelling morning - had a great time! Food was also plentiful and tasty and all staff warm and welcoming. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Jay K wrote a review Jan 2020
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea356 contributions88 helpful votes
We traveled here with a young family in October and it was amazing. From the moment you get off the boat the warm welcome and friendly staff just make it special. A huge thank you to Nozaki who was so helpful in assisting with our booking and ensured everything was in order for our perfect holiday. She even checked and alerted us that the special airfares were still available on a number of occasions. Traveling with young kids the staff were exceptionally thoughtful and offered for our dinner to be served earlier than the standard 7pm start. This was such a thoughtful gesture and never have we ever had such a attention and special treatment in the world. The food was great and a very big variety with 2 of us being vegetarians chef Benson did an outstanding job and there was plenty to eat and a very good variety. Outstanding fresh seafood every day. Snorkeling off the beach was great as well as the kayaks. Definitely do the skull cave day trip and remember to bring along some toys and clothes for the village kids as they are really friendly and it's pretty remote there. Definitely a highlight of our PNG experience and highly recommend Tawali for the most unforgettable stay. Lovely resort, untouched remote pristine location and amazing staff.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: If you're going to have one PNG beach or island holiday Tawali should be the place!
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Shane.Holland wrote a review Dec 2019
Alotau, Papua New Guinea33 contributions
Tawali Resort :Love this place such a beautiful place for a perfect getaway . If you want some were quite this is for you .Beautiful reef system for dive and snorkel ,so natural and peaceful environment .
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Date of stay: November 2019
US$93 - US$147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Papua New GuineaPapua RegionAlotau
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tawali Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Tawali Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Tawali Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tawali Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tawali Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tawali Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Tawali Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Tawali Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tawali Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Japanese, and Filipino.
Does Tawali Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.