The TUFI Resort was our second destination during our journey through PNG in May 2013. From the Domestic Terminal in Port Moresby you reach TUFI International Airport within one hour flight time. We arrived a little late because of a short stopover in Popondetta, where locals entered the plane. Enough time to communicate with the foreign culture and change some pleasant words.
The TUFI Resort seems unremarkable from the outside and a little screened because of the wooden fence. But once you step inside you just feel like in paradise. A large garden with various plants, palms and tall trees allows tropical mood to develop. The garden is arranged beautifully and perfectly groomed. Everything seems to be at the right place. The two hornbills, Coco and Lulu, are welcoming us and are collecting the first hesistant tender loving care. Cool wipes and welcome cocktails are hold available already on the panorama terrace. Gorgeous.
As we were lead to our room our bags are already inside. So to say an “all-round carefree package”. The rooms are very beautiful and in proportion above-average very well furnished. Mosquito net above the bed, mosquito lettice at door and windows, fridge, a big closet as well as stacker pockets and drawers are very helpful, especially for us as photographers. The terrace is a dream – with ocean view and a hammock. Through TUFI Resort different trips and excursions can be booked. We stayed one night, two days, in Yavi village with the locals and stayed in their guest house, suffering their hospitality very well. A guided tour through the deepest jungle with our guide P.J. and also a canoe tour as well as extensive conversations with the villagers showed us their way of life. A distinctive culture and traditions which seem to be completely different for us Europeans.
Lunch, dish served on a plate, is varied and well-balanced. During a dive day on the boat sufficient lunch was served. Also fruits and lots of drinking water was available twenty-four-hours. For dinner a 3-course-menue has been served every day. We are bound to say that it was nearly gourmet kitchen. Lobster, fresh fish and delicious pasta. For breakfast coffee, juice and water as well as a fruit plate, cereals and toast for self-toasting was available. Warm dishes can be served for an additional charge.
This is what you expect from diving in PNG. During our stay at TUFI Resort we had fantastic visibilities every day. During the boat trips also dive spots further away are approached even for two or four persons without any exeptions. The dive guides Archie, Alex and Andy are bothering which dive spots will be approached and after every dive a big smile passed through our faces. The diving gear was picked up from the room and stored in the dive shop. Before our first dive the crew asked us to get our gear together. This was observed strictly and assumed for the rest of our stay. Our equipment was fitted perfectly every day, even the number of weights was correct every time. During our dives we only saw unimpaired reefscapes and lots of big and small fish as well as awesome coral formations of hard- and soft corals. Sharks were ever-present, even a hammerhead. The jetty of TUFI Resort is a good place for muck-diving. In the daytime as well as in the night time quirky and beautiful critters can be discovered. Beside uncountable nudibranchs you can find the colourful mandarin fish if you have some luck. For us as underwater photographers - perfect. We would also like to mention that they place value to the security of the divers. At rainy days they are not driving to dive spots far away but rather to the dive sites around the Fjords. Also very beautiful and recommendable.
We stayed 7 nights at TUFI Resort and because of the attention of all employees and resort manager Wayne Dicker we have not missed anything. The rooms have been cleaned up daily, also laundry service was available for additional charge. Our dives have been perfectly planned and we got an extensive briefing on the boat. We just have to say that TUFI Resort is absolutely recommendable. Recovery and adventure are guaranteed.
Mel & David
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique, safe and friendly cultural experience with pristine diving sites and adventure activities! Come explore the amazing Tufi and venture to the wild organic surrounds of the last pacific frontier of the beautiful emerging Papua New Guinea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tufi Dive Hotel Tufi