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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

May, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne/Chrisanda Butto, AR, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas,BayIslands,Belize,Bonaire,Caymans,Cozumel,Turks&Caicos,Sea of
Cortez,GBR,Fiji,Truk,Yap,Palau,other areas of Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox MOD/110 feet; no deco diving; one hour surface interval between
dives; solo diving only with instructor certification and secondary air
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Wakatobi has a very nice air-conditioned camera room with 16-18 large work
stations.  The tabletops are carpeted and offer power strips with universal
plugs in both 110 and 220 voltage.  Clean towels are provided regularly for
covering cameras.  A lower shelf stores camera cases.  The di
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5 stars
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     Rickie had just moved up to a DSLR. He wanted a dive destination that
offered beautiful wide-angle subjects, good viz, and lots of bottom time
with relatively little current.  Wakatobi met all those criteria, so we
booked a sixteen day stay.  We had visited Wakatobi once before, and I had
not been eager to return; but, hey, I'm a good dive buddy.  As it turned
out, everything I had disliked about Wakatobi had been changed for the
     In retrospect, the adjectives to describe our experience at Wakatobi
are easy, pretty, and pleasant.The ease began on our arrival at the airport
in Denpasar.  Although we were travelling alone and came in two days early
to rest, a representative of Wakatobi's Bali office met us at the airport. 
He took our passports with $25 each and returned quickly with our visas on
arrival in hand. On other trips through the same airport we have stood in
line 30-45 minutes to procure those visas.  The young man then helped us
retrieve our luggage and escorted us to the pick-up area, explaining when
we should return to the airport for our charter flight to the resort.  When
we did return, another young man stood in the drop-off area holding up a
Wakatobi sign. A young woman escorted us to the luggage check-in and then
onward to a VIP lounge, where we could wait in comfortable chairs with
drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres available. A Belgian gentleman came to the
lounge to review the day's plan with the new guests and to escort us to the
     When we reached the resort about three hours and one meal later, the
first change we noticed that made our visit more pleasant was the absence
of the hour-long orientation lecture formerly delivered to the unreceptive
audience of dazed and exhausted travelers. Instead, a young woman from the
front office staff introduced herself and then escorted us to our bungalow.
 She showed us how everything in the bungalow worked, explained how to
contact the front desk should we need anything, and suggested that we enjoy
lunch in the restaurant while our bags were delivered to our bungalows.
After we enjoyed a second lunch (more about the food later), we walked
through the dive shed to check things out.  A Dive Experience Manager
joined us and gave us an individual dive orientation. We than made an
appointment to do our "welcome dive" at 3 pm. When we returned t
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By William Lombardi in VA, US at Jun 16, 2013 15:19 EST  
Great review. We are planning a trip to Walatobi in March 2014 and your
review makes the trip even better.  Bill
By William Lombardi in VA, US at Jun 16, 2013 15:19 EST  
Great review. We are planning a trip to Walatobi in March 2014 and your
review makes the trip even better.  Bill
By Connie Bowling in FL, US at Jun 23, 2013 10:54 EST  
Hi, excellent review, sounds perfect for us. But, what did your stay cost?
Published rates for Wakatobi are -- at the lowest level -- $520 p/p a night
(accommodations/meals $300, diving $195, nitrox $30). Posted rates for same
inclusions at Siladen are $281 a night low season and $324 high season.
And, the Aggressor fleet prices are significantly less than $500 a day. Not
comparing operations/experience mind you, just rates. Thanks for any help
you can provide.
By Rickie Sterne in AR, US at Jun 23, 2013 12:49 EST  
Hello Connie,
     Our cost-per-night in a gardenview bungalow without Nitrox was
$381/night.  Our travel agent at Reef and Rainforest told me this week that
Wakatobi had raised their prices since we booked our recent trip nine
months in advance.  It sounds as if the price increases were,
unfortunately, significant ones.  I know that when we switched to Nitrox
midtrip the charge was $25/day.  When I wrote our trip report I did not
know that Wakatobi had increased prices.  By the way, the trick about the
rates at Siladen is that they do not include diving.  I should also mention
that we received a 10% discount, 5% as returning Wakatobi guests and
another 5% for staying over 14 days.  Sorry about the confusion.  We did
feel that we got value for our money.  Going to Wakatobi is certainly the
easiest way to dive in Indonesia, especially if you have never visited
Indonesia before.
     Chrisanda Button
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