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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Curt Harpold, Maryland, USA (1 report)
Report Number 2840

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Reporter
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Australia, Red Sea, Mexico, Florida, California, Mid-Atlantic

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Boat dives - 70 minutes. Shore dives, no limits. No solo diving except for
Instructors with specific permission from the dive coordinator.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 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  
Comments
Dedicated air-conditioned camera room with plentiful power strips. Boats
had both a camera table and a fresh water camera tank.
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  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
It's hard to find anything to gripe about at Wakatobi. The service and food
were top-rate. Meals are in a new restaurant, with chefs brought in from
Bali. The restaurant has a dedicated pastry room. Meals are buffet style,
and the food is plentiful and varied.

Accomodations are in roomy and well-appointed bungalows. The beach
bungalows can get a bit hot in the afternoons. The garden bungalows are in
some shade, but still have a view of the water. Bungalows on the south end
get an almost constant breeze.

Shore dives available any time of the day or night. Daily scheduled boat
dives: two-tank after breakfast and on-tank in the afternoon (unless your
boat is scheduled for a night dive). If you want to go somewhere else on
the 5-mile stretch of house reef, just ask one of the staff to take you
there in a "taxi" boat and drop you.

The staff watches while you're in the water, and assists with cameras and
other gear. Don't even think about carrying your own camera to the water or
boat.

Choice of cylinders: 80cu ft or 100 cu ft (11 or 13 litres), with either
DIN or youke valve. Nitrox is available, but only EAN32.

They have an O2 booster, and will cater to Rebreather divers, but only if
those divers bring their own cylinders.

Dive briefings are good and thorough, and the dive guides exhibit excellent
knowledge of the marine life and its conservation.

During my 10 days there, we saw all three species of Pygmy Sea Horse,
Mandarin fish, many many Hawksbill Turtles. Also unusual animals like
Cuttlefish, Leaf Scorpionfish, and Ghost Pipefish.

I've already booked my next trip there!
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