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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi

Wakatobi Dive Resort, May, 2013,

by Rickie Sterne/Chrisanda Butto, AR, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7004.

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

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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 source
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments 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 better.
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 airplane.
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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

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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