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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi Archipelago

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Doris Schaffer, CA, USA
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Report Number 3631
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California; Galapagos; Cocos Island; Micronesia; Australia; PNG; Solomons;
Fiji; Phoenix Islands; Mexico; Red Sea; Caribbean; Maldives; Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum 70 minute dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
A dedicated room with reasonably good accessibility, plenty of drying
towels and adequate electrical sockets for both 110 and 220
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
After a week on the Pelagian, we did another week at Wakatobi Dive Resort
offering 3 boat dives a day, one boat night dive during the week and
unlimited shore diving (including night dives) on the house reef which runs
the length of the resort. Pretty efficient dive operation; 12 divers to a
comfortable long boat with one divemaster/guide for 6. Dive sites range
from 5 minutes to 50 minutes away from the resort. Magnificent, healthy
hard and soft corals, sea fans and small, unusual creatures on walls, reefs
and slopes.  We saw Blue Ribbon eels, turtles, banded sea snakes, ghost
pipe fish, sea horses, frog fish, leaf fish, mandarin fish, cuttle fish and
a variety of nudibranchs plus much more. Not much in the way of large
pelagics but did see a few spotted eagle rays and some barricuda. Mostly
drift diving with some mild and some very strong currents. A knowledgeable,
helpful dive staff provides comfortable and safe diving in a very healthy
marine environment. The accommodations are beautiful, comfortable and
first-rate and a spa is available for massages and other relaxing
treatments. Three buffet meals a day offer a large variety of both Western
and Asian food and while it is not "gourmet," it is tasty and
satisfying and the staff makes every effort to accommodate special
requests. We prefer liveaboard diving, but for a land-based operation, this
one is the best we have experienced.
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