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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi

April, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Hess, CA, US (1 report)
"Wakatobi: Unsafe at any depth"
Report Number 8566
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Philippines, Honduras, Cozumel, Channel Islands, Florida,
Monterey, Bonaire, Dominica 
Closest Airport
Denpasar
Getting There
Charter

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
 
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
I never got in the water.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
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):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
1 stars   
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Comments  
Last April my wife and I took our dream vacation but instead we had to
endure a Wakatobi nightmare. 
We are experienced divers with over 500 dives each.  We selected Wakatobi
for its beauty, pristine reefs and full service dive operation. I bought a
new high-def camera, housing and light and we flew half way around the
world for this trip.
What we found was a resort that was unsafe, with staff that was
unprofessional, deceitful, and thoughtless.
We were shocked to discover that this remote, expensive resort (with mostly
great PR) is unprepared for medical/diving injuries, reluctant to, or
unable to call for medical advice (such as DAN) and/or indifferent to their
guests plight.  Wakatobi maintains no operative phone system.  No
satellite phone, or working cell phone. The wifi was often down.  With only
one flight out that week, I needed medical attention and was trapped and
unable to get any help.  If you read the other reviews carefully you will
see that our problems are NOT unusual at Wakatobi.

Here is our story:

We arrived at the airstrip on Monday 4/27/15 along with all the other
guests.  We were directed to several ...
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