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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Gary, AB, CAN
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5644
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
The corals at Wakatobi are the absolutely the best Ive ever seen 
absolutely breath taking at every site.  The whole operation is also
top-notch and the effortlessness to get into the water makes it feels like
you are on a liveaboard. Furthermore with an exceptionally friendly and
helpful dive boat crew coupled with very uncrowded and roomy day boats,
its almost the same.
Animals we saw for the first time ever included Cuttlefish, Sea Snakes,
Stone Fish, and Spotted Blue Ribbontail rays. Add to that many turtles
(Hawksbill and Green), Scorpionfish, Lionfish, Puffers (all kinds) and you
would think it does not get much better.  However, we found the frequency
of Sea Snake, Cuttlefish, sharks, Moray Eelsetc. sightings quite low.  We
also found the fish very skittish and not that easy to photograph.  I could
be wrong but these to me are the tell tale signs of over fishing in years
past.  
The food is quite good (decent sized buffet) but do not expect a 5 star
menu as after all, it is still a dedicated dive resort. Other than the
corals, everything that can be controlled by Wakatobi is top notch.
Unfortunately, they cannot instantly repair the lower quantity of big
stuff  only time will do that.
Also do not under estimate the house reef. We had one dive during the day
and one at night. Unfortunately, we did not get to dive the North-East part
of the house reef (its a long house reef). In fact, when we return
someday, we are going to skip some boat dives and do more house reef
diving.  The snorkelling on the aforementioned house reef is just as good
and I have yet to see another resort match it in terms of critters and
scenery.  
In closing, if you like the small stuff (pygmy sea horses, nudibranchs,
seaworms) and gorgeous scenery  with the occasional encounter of an exotic
fish like the Cuttle or a Sea snake, then Wakatobi is definitely the place
to go.

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