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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort/Wakatobi in

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Leona M Holaday, HI, US
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Report Number 6359
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Solomons, Kona, Raja Ampat, Palau, Coral Sea, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were limited to 70 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Lots of good wide angle opportunity as well as macro.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
A beautiful dive resort where you could take the whole family including
non-divers and be comfortable.  The reef extends for about 300 yards in
shallow water then there is a sharp drop off.  Great snorkeling for kids
and non divers.  Food, accomodations and service were excellent. The staff
was great - many of them used to work on cruise ships so they are familiar
with what many look for in a five star resort.

I was a little put off on the first day.  The checkout dive was like none
that I have experienced.  We were required to pretend our buddy was out of
air and share air.  My rig has no alternate air source nor octopus and in
my 40 years of diving I have never had one nor had to use one. Guess I am
lucky.  So I was a little taken aback when I was made fun of and an octopus
was put on my gear without my asking. 

The resort accomodates 50.  Dive boats are large and can accomodate about
16 divers at a time.  We had three boat dives a day.  The schedule was
7:30, 10:30 and 2:30.  Dives were limited to 70 min and never deeper than
70 feet at best.  Unlimited shore diving from the house reef which is quite
nice.  The reefs are beautiful and pristine.  You are told no gloves
allowed and they are very conscious of touching or disturbing the reefs. 
In spite of the relative regimentation, I found this a very enjoyable
experience and would go back with my family.  It is not a place for the
independent or solo diver.
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