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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Wakatobi Dive Resort, May, 2011,

by Chrys Martin, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6084.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Caribbean, Belize, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions not many restrictions, allowed to do own shore dives whenever with or without a guide and could stay down for up to 75-80 minutes on guided boat dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments great room with lots of space and plug ins, there were some VERY experienced photographers there who were very pleased, we are novices

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This resort is magical. Simple, well appointed rooms that they are upgrading even further. Wonderful staff and focus on customer service. Great food with lots of choices. The diving is best we've ever done...even outshines the Coral Sea in Australia. No big fish, but perfect combo of everything else. Every inch of the reef is teeming with life. The fans and table corals are larger than a person all over the reefs. Great vis and no garbage anywhere. Very sensitive to ecology above and below the sea. The dive sites are 5-20 minutes away, back to shore for surface intervals except maybe once, nice traditional "long" boats with covered top and some space to be in the sun if you want, head on board, giant stride in and doff BC to get back up the ladder. Friendly, knowlegeable dive guides that kept it fun and were multi-lingual to serve the wide variety of customers from all over the world. Good briefings and guiding. It's well worth the long trip to get there. The service from the moment you arrive Bali doesn't let up until you are on your last flight home. They are helpful with Bali land trips and diving elsewhere in the region. Leave plenty of spare time on front end and back for flight delays. Come in 1-2 days early and leave at least one day after you return to Bali is safest. I could go on and on....
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