Dive Site: Lawadi Beach, Tawali, Milne Bay, PNG

Pair of Kunies chromodoris diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Muck Dive
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 19M
Location: The furthest most site to the west of Tawali Dive Resort on the north coast, still just 10 minutes by boat

Description

Lawadi Beach is a classic Papua New Guinea muck dive starting out from a pebble beach which transforms to black sand and mud. Shelving slowly to about 7 metres where it drops more steeply. Plenty to see in isolated pockets scattered about.

On the pebbly sand heading down the initial slope there are isolated anemones.

Isolated anemone diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

There are commensal shrimp living in some of the anemones. Different anemone species play host to different anemonefish and shrimp.

Commensal anemone shrimps diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

And of course the Porcelain Crab loves their particular type of anemone.

Porcelain crab diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

There are tube anemones too, which if they are out make good photography subjects.

Tube anemone diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

Another good and colourful subject is the Mantis shrimp – I think this is a peacock.

Mantis shrimp probably a peacock diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

Especially if they can be persuaded to come out of their hiding place.

Mantis shrimp probably a peacock diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

Lawadi Beach is the kind of place where you find some of the most colourful Nudis around Milne Bay. Here is a pair of Kunies chromodoris playing ‘Nudi Train’.

Pair of Kunies chromodoris diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

And here’s a pair of some kind of Risbecia … playing at something else.

A pair of some kind of Risbecia diving Lawadi Beach at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit