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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi Archipelago

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Sep, 2007,

by Bob & Doris Schaffer, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 3631.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum 70 minute dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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