When referring to Tawali Resort in the beautiful and remote area of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, its hard to find words other than "tranquility" or "paradise" to describe it.
Tucked away inside the lush green rainforest of a volcanic bluff, the stunning resort lodge offers a hint of its existence with its beautiful wooden deck peeking out from the mountain side it is nestled in and overlooking the vast stretch of azure waters before it.
In a land so exotic, mysterious and wild, some say Tawali Resort is Papua New Guinea's best secret, where local culture and the beauty of rugged nature meets great quality service, comfortable space to relax in and an abundance of adventure waiting to be discovered.
Accessible only by boat, this premier dive and leisure resort is a 20 minute boat ride and 40 minute car or bus ride from the Milne Bay capital of Alotau, and offers guests an idyllic, private and intimate getaway from the "real world".
With an abundance of natural beauty found in the surrounding rainforest and sea life in the waters below, Tawali, which means reef, offers guests of all ages and fitness levels plenty to see, do and experience during their stay.
There is ample opportunity for swimming, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling, with plenty of coral coves dotted along the coastline, harbouring an abundance of exotic marine life such as colourful coral, various tropoical fish, giant clams and even turtles.
Tawali Resort's on site Dive shop is fully equipped with everything you need for the perfect snorkelling or diving adventure and lessons can also be provided by two of the resort's PADI instructors.
The rainforest, thriving with mystery and beauty, will easily captivate the mind and reinvigorate the soul during bushwalks through its fascinating foliage to breathtaking views, a refreshing natural waterfall and the deeply fascinating skull caves. There is even an opportunity to witness the rare and elusive Bird of Paradise.
Nearby, local villages are quietly going about their simple island way of life, welcoming guests a special look into their unique world, one untouched by time or the excess baggage of modern life.
Interact with the local fishermen, take photos with the playing children and choose a delicate, handmade piece of jewellery to remember your time here.
Working together hand in hand, these local villages also suply Tawali Resort with some of its fresh, organic produce as well as entertain resort guests with spectacular cultural and traditional dance performances.
If you are interested in venturing further and exploring this unique and magnificent part of the world, the resorts charter boats will happily take you out for day excursions of adventurous island hopping, deep sea fishing and diving.
Highly recommended comes the Dei Dei Hot Springs Tour. A three hour boat ride from Tawali and a very early start is well worth the trip to visit this local hot spring village with bubbling mud and steaming geysers on Ferguson Island. The local villagers are friendly, welcoming and enjoy visitors, to whom they proudly show off their charming village, crafts, boats and crops to guests.
With all the adventure on offer, you'll want to come home to a place of comfort, care and relaxation to unwind and rest and it is clearly evident Tawali Resort does not compromise on the comfort of its guests.
Constructed by local craftsment, the bungalow style accommodation is made entirely of wood, blending in with its environment and not spoiling the magnificent natural scenery. Traditional carvings and beautifully crafted woodwork decorate throughout the resort and walkways connect the bungalows, each with its very own private balcony overlooking the bay, a perfect spot to unwind and find plenty of inspiration. There is also an on site swimming pool, perfect for relaxing in with a cold beer or swimming laps for the more energetic of us.
Each spacious room is fitted with two queen size beds, beautiful rosewood interior, air conditioning, lounge area with television, desk, closet and modern, clean, tiled bathrooms.
The food is mainly buffet style, with local, fresh ingredients used as much as possible, with each balanced meal bursting with variety, colour and flavour – the fish is fresh and the vegetables are crisp. There is also a fully licensed bar and complimentary wifi available in the main lounge room lobby.
Highly hospitable and friendly staff will ensure your stay at Tawali is well catered to, from the moment you step off the boat to be greeted by a smiling welcome committee complete with flower garlands and refreshing coconut drinks, to the moment they wave you off as you depart the island.
Packages including airport transfers can be customised to suit both divers and non-divers with a choice of 14 bungalow or 1 villa style accommodation.
For more information, head to www.tawali.com