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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by alan s blaustein, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5469
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Australia, Cozumel, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Curacao,
Indonesia, Roatan, California, Manzanillo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally, dives were 70 minutes long with max depth to 90 feet. Solo
divers allowed with appropriate training and certification.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Camera table and dedicated rinse tank on boats.  Camera room with 220 and
110 V power.  A photographers haven.  All dives briefings rate sites for
macro and wide angle preferences.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Wakatobi is a long trip from pretty much anywhere.  It's a 2 1/2 hour
flight from Bali, and then a short van ride and boat ride from there. But
it's worth it.

Customer service is the cornerstone of their operation.  Wakatobi takes
care of you beginning with arriving at the international airport at
Denpasar in Bali.  You're whisked through customs and immigration.  You're
connected with your Bali hotel (whether or not Wakatobi arranged it for

Once you get to Wakatobi, the fun begins. There are three 70 minute dives
each day.  These are boat dives.  Sites range from 5 minutes to 50 minutes
from the resort.  There are two morning dives and one afternoon dive. 
You're free to dive the house reef as well which is accessible during high
tide from the beach, or by skiff taxi ride of one minute.  Currents on the
house reef are quite variable, and at times of swift current, you'll fly
from one end of the reef to the other.

Resort has 100 liter tanks that allows for all but the biggest of air hogs
to stay for the 70 minute limits.  One of the great about all the sites is
that the reef extends up to the shallows which allow for long safety stops
while you explore the shallow, brightly lit healthy reefs.  Dive masters
are very skilled and focus on safety, spotting and protecting the reefs.

If you're middle aged or older (or interested in details), bring a
magnifying glass.  There are so many small critters worth being viewed in
greater details:  nudibranchs, juveniles, pygmy sea horses, leaf scorpion
fish, pipe fish, you name it, it's worth looking at through a glass.

The resort is great.  Four different levels of accommodations. All
bungalows are air conditioned.  The target temperature for the A/C is 74
degrees F. So, don't expect it to be ice cold.  

Great food with Indonesian and European roots of great variety.  All meals
served in an open air, covered, comfortable dining room. There's also a bar
way out on the jetty from which to watch amazing sunsets and exchange
diving stories.  And, once a month, you may be lucky enough to see some
kind of amazing bioluminescence display offf the bar.  When it's clear at
night, the stars are amazing.  And, since it's near the equator (5 degrees
south) you can even see the Big Dipper in the north sky and the Southern
Cross in the south sky.

This is my second trip here, and it's hard to imagine a better dive
destination.  The management really tries to anticipate your needs and
solicits feedback during the trip in case there is something they can do to
improve your experience.  If you're thinking of going, check out the
website for the seasonal experiences.  It's pretty accurate, and it makes a
difference when you go.
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