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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Ernie Hounshell, Florida, USA
Report Number 1737
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Bahamas, Honduras, Palua, Truk, Fiji, Ponape, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Bottom time limited to 75 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Rinse tank on boats, large work table on boats for cameras, large dedicated
camera room at resort with charging stations and E6 processing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
We were met at the airport in Bali, whisked thru customs and off to our
hotel.  A very pleasant experience after 19 hours in the air.  After
resting up for two days in Bali, we flew the charter airline to the resort.
 Taxis met us and took us to the boat for a 10 minute ride to the resort. 
Our luggage was waiting at our bungalow when we arrived.  We were briefed
on the resort operation and prepared to go diving.  The dive boats are 70
feet with only 12 divers, toilet, camera rinse tanks and snacks between
dives.  The reefs are pristine, some of the best coral I have seen in over
20 years of diving.  Very few large fish, but the reef fish and macro is
outstanding.  The dive guides point out the macro subjects (pygmy
seahorses, shrimp, cowries, etc.).  Some of them are difficult to see with
a magnifying glass.  Stay with the dive guide if you want to see the macro.
 The house reef is a wall, as good as any of the dive sites.  They will
drop you off along the house reef and let you ride the current back.  The
food was gourmet, with a large variety at each meal.  They have a dedicated
bread and pastry chef who turns out fantastic desserts daily.  You are
allowed to do all the diving you want on the house reef, which gives you
time for macro photography.  The bungalows are very comfortable, hot and
cold water (safe to drink also) and kept clean daily.  Plan to stay as long
as you can afford as this is a long trip to get here.  Exceeded all our
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