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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Southeast Sulawesi

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Vitale, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4517
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Galapagos, Cayman, Papua New Guinea, Australia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemasters were a little restrictive at first, however my group was
experienced and relaxed after we discussed this with her.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
They have an entire air conditined camera room.  There are power strips
with US plugs and clean towels.  Lots of room for all the photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Flew Singapore Airlines to Bali.  Stayed in Ubud for 5 days at the Alam
Jiwa. which was an amazing place.  To get the true feel of Bali you have to
get away from the Kuta Beach area.  We hired a driver for $45/day.  This is
the way to go, they will take you everywhere.  Saw lots of Bali, it is a
beautiful country.

Wakatobi Dive Resort has its own plane that takes you to the resort.  The
flight is about 2.5 hours.  Upon arrival, you take vans to the dock where
one of the dive boats will take you to the resort.  The resort is
spectacular!!  I cant say enough about it.  Accommodations are individual
villas.  We stayed in a garden villa (#9), which was probably the best
onealthough it was not ocean view, there was nothing in front (with the
exception of some landscaping) to block your view.  The villas are great,
each has a porch and some have chaise lounges with umbrellas in front of

The dining room is very nice and the food was great.  There always a
selection of Indonesian food as well as Americanized food to choose from
for every meal.  Deserts were wonderful that the pastry chef made.  You
must try the Indonesian coffee; it was interesting, but wonderful also!  I
loved it!  There was more than enough food and they would put out snacks
between meals.  

There is a jetty that has a bar at the end of it, the Jetty Barthe place
to be for happy hour which took place from 4:30 to 5:30 every day, and
drink specials during this time.  You must try the Bintang Beer, it is one
of the best I have ever had!

All dive briefings took place in the long house. The divide all divers onto
three dive boats.  Each boat holds 12 people, to which they divide into
groups of 6 with one divemaster. The divemasters were great.  Excellent
dive briefings and great dive guides.  If you want to see the small stuff,
stick with the divemaster and they will point out everything for you. 
There is a dive locker area; each diver is given a basket with a number,
your leave your dive gear in the basket and it is loaded on your boat every
day.  They also put together your dive gear and when you get on the boat
for the morning dives your gear is all set up and ready to go.  

They have 3 Indonesian type dive boats.  You do a giant stride off the side
and get back on by a ladder on the side.  They provide drinks and snacks
between the first and second dive of the day. There is also a restroom on
board.  You do two morning dives then go back to the resort for lunch and
an afternoon dive.  There is unlimited shore diving.  With the shore
diving, they will take you out by boat and drop you off up current.  You
drift until you get to the second gully, which you cant miss, then you
exit.  There will be someone there to help you with your gear.  You can
also exit at any time and swim up to the shore and they will help you.  The
house reef was one of the best I have ever seen.  In fact it was one of the
best dives of the entire trip, there were only a couple other dive sites we
did that were better. 

The diving was great.  The soft corals were unbelievable, and the colors
were amazing.  There were lots of reef fish, but few pelagics.  Most dives
were slight drift dives.  The way the islands are situated, when the tide
changes, there are always currents.  Most were mild, a couple were crazy!
There is lots of macro sea life to see and beautiful soft and hard corals. 
My favorite dives were Magnifica and Pastel.  

Here is the dive schedule:
Breakfast at 6:45
Dive briefing and first two dives at 8:30
Lunch at 12:30
Afternoon boat dive 2:30
Night dive (2 scheduled during the week) 6:00
Dinner 7:00

I used a 5 mil full suit, but could have used a 7 mil...I think the
currents and lack of my having to move around much lead to my being cold a
lot of the time.  Visibility during this time of year is not that great,
only about 30-60 feet, has to do with the strong tide changes that occur
there.  The said that November has the best visibility.

Most of my diving is liveaboard, but Wakatobi was just like being on a
liveaboard but on land.  You did not have to lift a finger the entire trip,
everything was taken care of.  

There is a computer available for pictures and one for internet.  Yes, they
have internet and wi-fi in the rooms.  Cell phone service is also
available, although sometime it could be spotty or you would have to walk
out to the end of the jetty to get a signal.  But who wants these things
when you are on vacation!

Wakatobi certainly had it down.  The resort and diving is stunning.  I
cant say enough about it.  The entire trip was well worth every penny!
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