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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Alvin Rosenfeld, CT, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5842
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Carribean, Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
  to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very few -- long, 70 minute dives using large tanks  
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
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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  
Comments
I had lots of small issues -- they helped me with all of them  and were
amazingly good at all repairs.
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
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
[None]Dave and Vicki Corwin, 
Alvin, Dorothy and Michael Rosenfeld
August, 2010

Dave and Alvin, both child psychiatrists, are experienced scuba divers with
decades of diving experience.  Dave learned as a young man in cold lake
waters of Michigan in USA.  Alvin was certified back in 1972 but really
advanced in the last decade and is currently training to get his Dive
Master certification. Michael, age 17, has been diving since age 10 and is
a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The three of them have been diving together
since Michael began.  Vicki, a school principal, and Dorothy, a
pediatrician, are relative newcomers to the world of underwater adventure,
and  somewhat anxious about this sport -- clearly needed more pampering
and supervision. Therefore, each of us had very different hopes for this
trip. 

The variety of activities available at Wakatobi and the expertise and
willingness of the staff to accommodate our needs made it possible to have
all expectations met. 

Alvin and Mike advanced their photo skills, while Dave  starting his
avocation as an underwater videographer  took advantage of the incredible
lessons in both filming and editing during personalized training sessions
with Guy, an award winning underwater filmmaker.  

Our photographers benefitted from the keen eyesight and excellent knowledge
of the local reefs of Deni Jalil, an experienced dive guide from Jakarta.
Michael, in fact, received the photograph of the week award at the closing
dinner presentation, which attests to the seriousness of the endeavors.  

Vicki and Dorothy, not to be outdone, studied and practiced hard, and by
weeks end had passed their advanced open water certification thanks to the
gentle encouragement of our private guide, Alex, a most knowledgeable and
enthusiastic instructor. 

The ladies especially enjoyed a new PADI accredited distinctive specialty
course in fish behavior written by Guy, which incorporated both above-
water and underwater training modules. 

And all five of us partook of a most unique opportunity to first learn
about and then actually experience the fluorescent properties of underwater
sea creatures under the tutelage of dive director, Guy Chaumette.  Guy and
his wife Anita have many years of experience running dive resorts, as well
as their joint labor of love, Liquid Motion Film.  Many of the
internationally diverse and well-travelled guests commented on the
precision and professionalism with which the diving, dive boats and
excursions were run.

As a curious physician, Dorothy requested a tour of the medical clinic on
the premises, and found it well stocked and quite reassuring.

Certainly the land-based highlight of our vacation was the intimate
personal 25th wedding anniversary celebration organized by the Wakatobi
staff. A local village elder presided over a renewal of our vows ceremony
on the beach at sunset, which was followed by a multi-course dinner of
specially selected Indonesian cuisine, and ending with a beautiful wedding
cake.  The beach decorations were individually made of palm leaves and
local flowers, and we ate by candlelight and watched the stars come out. 
It was truly unforgettable. 

Every meal, served buffet style, had a large selection of local and Western
cuisine and was delicious and plentiful.  

The accommodations, a grouping of individual bungalows en suite were clean,
comfortable, and convenient to both the restaurant and the dive center. 
From each bungalow, the sounds and sights of the sea and stars completed
the 24/7 ambiance.  

Additional activities we enjoyed included yoga on the beach at sunset and a
tour of the local village where many of the support staff live. The
transformative experience of a hot stone massage or a session of expertly
conducted aroma therapy after a day of diving was a welcome treat.  Many
evenings, after the days diving was done, wed gather at the Jetty Bar
(occasionally accompanied by a local sea krate) to share drinks and tall
tales of the days spottings with our fascinating international co-guests. 
The mixture of languages, ages, and life experiences made the evenings
sparkle along with the southern sky.  Even the rain, surprisingly plentiful
for a dry season, failed to dampen our excitement each morning as we headed
out to dive.

From our arrival at the Bali airport where we were whisked through customs
to the closing banquet and farewell, we were treated in a first class
manner.  We came to depend on a large, friendly staff who efficiently met
all of our needs.  Wakatobi lived up to  and even exceeded  our very high
expectations. Bravo! 
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