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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Nov, 2004,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, usa . Report 1533.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Cozumel, Tonga, PNG, Vanuatu, Thailand, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions usually dive times were limited to 75 minutes on non-shore dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments great shore facilities with separate a/c rooms, frigs for film and plenty of space to set up and leave gear.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This trip was wonderful. Both of us (diver and snorkeler) were impressed with service, quality of reefs, interesting people, wonderful "house" reef and the location of the resort. From the moment we arrived in customs in Bali (the day before the charter to the resort) we were taken care of. The charter flight was great, the facilities and staff were wonderful and the dive staff was professional, available, but not overbearing in any way. A friend was along with us who hadn't been diving in a while and she received a little extra attention whenever she needed it. The diving was interesting, and with Wakatobi's dedication to working with local villages to provide resources as an alternative to overfishing, we trust that fish life will continue to get better. We heard some of the other divers talking about seeing a school of more than 10 juvenile silver tips, a harbinger of healthy reefs and more large fish to come. Also there was a huge school jacks on the house reef, along with many other interesting fish to see (pygmy seahorses, leaf fish, frog fish, ribbon eels, etc.) We loved the trip so much we immediately booked a return visit, as did our friend and two other people who were there at the same time. Make sure to spend some time in Bali; we had a wonderful guide/driver.
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