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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort/Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Wakatobi Dive Resort/Wakatobi, Nov, 2011,

by Leona M Holaday, HI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 6359.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were limited to 70 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
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 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Lots of good wide angle opportunity as well as macro.

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 N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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