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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Pat Thompson, Pa, USA (3 reports)
Report Number 3498

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, Curacao

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Requested to keep dive time to 70 minutes maximum.
Must do a check-out dive, including mask clearing and buddy octopus sharing
before any other dive; a good idea, since the nearest chamber is in Bali.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
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
2 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
Large camera area on boats. Crew treated cameras with respect and knew
which one belonged to which diver by the second day.  Camera room dockside
with 110 and 220 power strips.  Could leave cameras and equipment in the
room overnight without fear of theft.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
     This was our first "big" dive trip outside the Caribbean and
we loved it. The corals were spectacular.  The dive boats are 65 feet
(extremely spacious) and at most take 12 divers. The dive crew was
extremely competent, setting up all equipment, and serving hot drinks,
fresh baked cookies, and dry towels after each dive.  By the second day,
they knew what we liked to drink and brought it to us without even asking.
Divemaster Irwin was excellent and found pygmy seahorses, robust ghost
pipefish, crocodile fish, leaf fish, frogfish, and many others that we
never would have seen without him. One day, there was a school of baby
pufferfish right under the dive boat.  Also saw schools of bumphead
parrotfish. The water was colder than we expected and we were glad that we
had packed some extra neoprene, including a full hood.        
     There is absolutely nothing to do after the 7 PM dinner hour, so if
you crave night-life, this is not the place for you.  Better lighting in
the cabins to be able to curl up with a book would have been appreciated.
But with the superb diving, who needs night-life! Night diving was
available, and the 5 PM happy hour at the end of the pier offered beautiful
sunsets.
   Don't miss the tour of the local village of Lamanggau, where many of the
boat crew and resort personnel live.  It makes you appreciate what you
have.  We were encouraged to bring school supplies, which we did, but would
also bring small tools, such as screwdrivers and wrenches (metric) for the
villagers if we ever went again.  One fisherman was scraping the scales
from a fish with a shell and we wished we had a knife we could have left
with him.
     We took the 19 hour non-stop Singapore Airlines flight from Newark to
Singapore, and then a 2 hour flight to Bali.  The American airlines should
take lessons in customer and food service from this airline; the treatment
was royal. Spend a couple days in Bali; it's a beautiful island, and you
will have room for souvenirs after you leave your school supplies in
Wakatobi.
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