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Reviewed 11 September 2018

Loved the location, and the rooms spacious and comfortable. House reef and Coral Gardens are both excellent, variety of coral is amazing.
Issues -
1) for 4 evenings they basically only had red wine and beer - they had run out of everything else and kept lying about when it was due in.
2) organised a snorkelling trip to an island, we said we would go any time after 9, they suggested 10 but after going in a small wooden canoe in 20 knots out in the open ocean with no lifejacts (30 min trip) we arrive to find we can not snorkel as it is low tide inside the reef and too shallow and far too rough outside. They really should know about tides and water conditions before we paid money for a trip that was a total waste of time.
3) we had paid for a birding trip - told we could do any day and fine to let them know the day before. BUT then we find we have to go with a some other worker as bird guide not available - he did not even know the name of the BOP let alone any other bird and took us up the steep hill and down at such a rate of knots you could see nothing else anyway. Even the BOP was so far in the distance and behind trees it was not worthwhile (had seen it much better elsewhere on other occassions.) Big waste of money - DO NOT DO

Room tip: If you do not dive, don't bother going as they really dont care about non divers or the trips for them.
Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    • Cleanliness
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3  Thank Carol H
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

The rooms are very basic and old fashioned. The exterior is very serene and lovely but don’t get room 21 or 22 ! Bright lights outside and the floor rocks! There were electrical switches in bathrooms that definitely shouldn’t be touched.

The food comes as a one price buffet. Not cheap and choice is very limited ... especially if you don’t eat pork.

There’s no choice in PNG if there was I don’t think Tawali would last. The diving makes it worthwhile . Amazing reefs

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
3  Thank Sherene J
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

I am from Alotau, Milne Bay, Tawali Resort is just beautiful. Snorkel, Dive, or Trek nearby and explore Skull Caves, Waterfalls. Very safe to stay and the locals are very kind and welcoming. The sunsets, sea and surroundings are just gorgeous and very relaxing, with poolside, restaurant, bar and deck over the sea, Paradise...

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank Natasha G
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

We travelled to Tawali Resort from Port Moresby so was an adventure to get there. The staff are amazing and exceptionally helpful. We travelled with our 2 sons aged 9 and 10, and we stayed in a large family room which had 2 double beds in it.
The main resort area was a great place to hang out after a full day of snorkelling in a range of different spots around the resort. Free wifi was very helpful as the kids enjoyed playing on their tablets there on the couches with others who were staying there as well.

The food was awesome, and l loved that it was served at set times as a buffet so I didn't have to even think about food for the family.

Can't say enough about the snorkelling as so accessible and amazing reef with tonnes of fish.

Overall, 4 day holiday with the family at Tawali was one of favourite holidays and look forward to going again.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    • Cleanliness
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2  Thank Sally M
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Tawali R, General Manager at Tawali Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Dear Sally,

Thank you so much for Choosing Tawali Resort as one of your favourite holiday location.
We will assure you that we will continue to excel in our product and services in order to exceed your expectations.

Looking forward to see you very soon.

Regards,

Armando P. Agusto
Resort General Manager

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Reviewed 8 June 2018

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.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank LPaw13
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Tawali R, General Manager at Tawali Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Dear Guest,

First of All, Thank you so much for choosing Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort. We appreciate your comments and we ensure that all your comments has been discussed by the management and this was raised to relevant departments. The Management as well, discussed to the Local Community Leaders regarding Environmental Preservation and your comments in the Guest Survey Form. The Management together with Local Community Leaders will be having the regular quarterly meeting to ensure that the Environmental Preservation will be implemented at all the time in the villages both land and in the sea.

If you have additional Questions or Inquiries please do not hesitate to contact me at manager@tawali.com

Sincerely,

Armando P. Agusto
General Manager

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