Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Curt Harpold, Maryland, USA
Report Number 2840
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Australia, Red Sea, Mexico, Florida, California, Mid-Atlantic
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Boat dives - 70 minutes. Shore dives, no limits. No solo diving except for
Instructors with specific permission from the dive coordinator.  
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
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  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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

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!
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 891 dive reviews of Indonesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Wakatobi Dive Resort

All Indonesia Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Indonesia
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Scuba Dive Asia -- The Dive Travel Experts
SCUBA DIVE ASIA - The Dive Travel Experts
for Asia, Pacific & Africa. Dive vacations for individuals, groups, photo clubs & dive centers.
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams specializes in dive travel to Indonesia. We've dived it many times ourselves, and stand ready to customize your Indonesia scuba diving adventure.

Want to assemble your own collection of Indonesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.