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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort & Pelagian in
Indonesia/Sout Sulawesi

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Hilary Elder, South Croydon, GB (2 reports)
Report Number 6144
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Egypt, Sudan, Florida Keys, UK, Cozumel, Cuba, PNG, Palau, Philippines,
Cocos, Thailand, Burma, Belize, Oman, Maldives, Malaysia inc Sipdadan &
Layang Layang
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
25   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit according to nitrox mix; no touching of marine life.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
There was a dedicated camera room on the resort but we did not use it as it
was pretty crowded and we preferred to set up on the balcony outside our
cottage.  On the Pelagian there was also a dedicated camera room which we
did use.  Plenty of electrical outlets.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I completely agree with all the reports that laud the service - absolutely
fantastic.  The guides, waiters etc etc. were all superlative.  The
accommodations and service on land and on the Pelagian were superb.  The
dive guides were great; informative with safety in mind but good fun too.
The day dive boats were large with plenty of room and were set up well and
the crews were excellent. The corals were indeed lovely but I have seen
corals as good elsewhere.  However, we were disappointed in the diving.  We
did have some great dives but also some mediocre dives - sometimes due to
the currents that did not allow us to dive the site we were supposed to
dive.  What we were most disappointed in was the lack of creatures.  We did
see several pygmy sea horses, a couple of them pregnant (and thus easier to
see) but there was a lack of variety to the nudibranchs; we saw no
octopuses, one mantis shrimp, one cuttlefish, no ghost pipefish,frogfish
etc etc.  Elsewhere in Asia we have seen loads of these types of creatures
and, thus, were disappointed as we had been expecting more variety from
Wakatobi.  There were a lot of reef fish, very colourful but pretty much
what you get elsewhere and we did see the occasional dogtooth tuna and
barracuda and had several sightings of bumphead parrotfish.  We did get to
see a mobula, which I have only seen once before.  With the cost and
complexity of getting to Wakatobi, coupled with the high cost of a stay
there and on the Pelagian (though the accommodations and service certainly
merit high prices) and the most expensive nitrox costs we have ever had to
pay, our expectations were high.  We were also disappointed that we were
not able to dive the muck dive sites whilst on the Pelagian but this was
due to the Indonesian's navy's presence in the area and they had banned
access to the muck sites.
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