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Dive Review of Pelagian in

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Linda & Ron Welf, CA, USA
Contributor   (16 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3570
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, & Little Cayman; Hondoras ; Bonaire; Belize;
Yap; Palau; Truk; Cozumel; Fiji; Sulewesi; Lembeh; Bunaken; Spidan; Somonon
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no restrictions, as long as you explained what you intended to do to the
dive master.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Our 11-day trip off southeast Sulawesi was the ultimate in comfort and
serenity. The boat is beautiful and our super deluxe" cabin was very
spacious. Meals are individually served to order, not a buffet. This
October, seas were calm and the weather was sunny every day. We fully
recommend this trip. 

The diving feature remote coral reefs that displayed the greatest profusion
of color that we have ever seen. We dove on submerged coral atolls that
were out of sight of any land or boats. Reefs were in truly pristine
condition. Most of the fish were small to medium, and there were almost no
sharks or rays.

Off the island of Buton there is muck diving where we saw cockatoo
waspfish, devil scorpionfish, robust & ornate ghost pipefish, mandarin
fish, orangutan crab in bubble coral, frog fish, banded cardinal fish,
large plerobranchus, mantis shrimp, snake eels, and my first view of a

The dive guides, a young Italian couple Cici and Marco, were competent,
energetic and exuded joie de vivre. They laughed easily and were fluent in
English, German and Italian. While this couple is casual and relaxed, they
kept the diving organized and on schedule. Eleven guests were divided into
two groups, each with a guide. You can trust them with your life, because
they are skilled.

Cici was very conscientious and, while petite, did just as much as a man
would do in this position. Affable Marco took advantage of the
indoor/outdoor speaker system to pipe a constantly changing selection of
music throughout the boat, ranging from light instrumentals morning and
evening to more varied music in the afternoon. His tastes matched ours

As a couple traveling alone, not in a group, we were pleased to find the
other divers were experienced divers and adventurous travelers. We had two
Germans, two Swedes, one Italian and six Americans. Again, we completely
recommend this trip.
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