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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/SE Sulawesi

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Jun, 2006,

by Bonnie Bonome, TX, USA . Report 2516.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Texas lakes and Flower Gardens, Florida Keys, Florida springs, Roatan, Cozumel, Bali
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 50 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70 minute time limit per dive.
Buddy system or solo equipment.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Mostly macro photography. Some of the critters (eg pygmy sea horses) were so small you couldn't see them with bare eyes. There is so much to see and photograph, film just wouldn't suffice. Go digital in this location!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The entire operation is set up extremely well. Accommodations were basic, but neat and clean, very well maintained. Staff was very friendly and helpful at all times. They went out of their way to make the guests feel welcome and comfortable. Dive boats, dive guides and diving itself was superbe. We were 2 groups of 5 on our boat and had plenty of space. Towels, snacks, hot and cold drinks were provided between dives. There was a roomy head/changing room, too! Captain and dive guides accomodated our wishes where possible. Dive guides were protective of the reefs and critters - a good thing in my book!
The currents could change without warning. On one dive the current was so bad, we drift-dove vertically to fight the speed. That said, on all other dives the currents were quite manageable to not present.
Good to know for future visitors: don't bring gloves and be prepared to use the metric measuring system (my 2 dive computers came in handy here: I set one to metric and left the other one set to the more familiar imperial units).
Overall, this is a must-visit/dive little part of the world. Don't miss it!
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