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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lori, WA, USA
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Report Number 4210
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington (Puget Sound), Bonaire,
Cozumel, Fiji, Indonesia (Irian Jaya and Sulawesi), Jamaica,  Papua New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were encouraged, but not forced, to stay with the dive guides and
discouraged from doing decompression dives.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
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  
Air conditioned room set up for photographers with plenty of outlets but
rather limited space (because of the number of divers with one or more
cameras).  The dive guides also set up a night for photographers to share
their photos in a slide show. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We combined a one week trip on the Pelagian with an eleven day stay at the
Wakatobi Dive Resort. We have been to Wakatobi twice before, once 2000 and
again in 2004. There were some things for which I was nostalgic (like
having only eight divers at the resort)and at the same time, recognized the
advantage of having a bustling resort with plenty of interesting fellow
diversmaximizing the opportunity to trade dive-tales. There were
thirty-six guests during our stay and they anticipated slightly over fifty
in the next group.
The dive process: divers prepared their nitrox tanks by measuring O2 levels
and marking them on tags.  Tanks and equipment were ferried out to the
boats by dive crew.  After setting up your own equipment on the first dive,
the dive crew takes over and sets it up for the remaining dives.  They do a
good job though we did have a few tanks slip through the BC straps. There
were ten divers on our boatdivided up into groups of four and six divers. 
One group went in with the first dive guide and the second group waited
about five minutes and went in with the second dive guide. The most distant
dive  site was about an hour from the resort and the closest dives were
just five minutes away.  There were three dive guides who were rotating
through the boat (CJ, Guia, and Fabrice).
Oh, did I mention what from now on will be called The Miracle of Nitrox? 
When we dove in 2000, I distinctly remember diving on the Waitii Ridge and
doing a decompression dive. On this trip, because of The Miracle of Nitrox,
I never even came close to decosmart thing because of the distance from a
decompression chamber. 
The deepest dive we did was to about 150 feet at the Starship dive site.  
This was a special dive because of all the build up. We planned the dive
with the primary goal of finding xeno crabs (Xenocarconus conicus) who
reside on seawhips and a secondary goal of finding pygmy seahorses on a
gorgonian. The plan was that one of the guides would go down and find the
xeno crab(s) and then use a light to signal the first group of divers
(non-photographers), who would be waiting at 60ft. After the first group
finished, the next group, would go down with their dive guide- who would
stay down with the next group while the first group ascended on the wall to
a shallower point and so on.  Because the whole dive was based on finding
the xeno crabs and pygmy seahorses, and signaling, and planning, and
organizing, and waitingit was just fun! As it turned out, both of  the
divers in the first group were affected by nitrogen narcosis. Fortunately,
both had the good sense to start ascendingwithout seeing the xeno crabs. 
Despite some windy weather, which precluded us going to some of the
southern-most dive sites, we visited many great dive sites. The house reef,
on which resort guests are permitted to dive day or night, is still
spectacular and one could spend a whole vacation exploring that.  The best
dive sites were the Zoo, Roma, and Teluk Maya where we saw an amazing array
including a pair of ghost pipefish who looked like grass blades, a peacock
razorfish, and an amazing assortment of baby wrasses.
We stayed in one of the villas and it couldnt have been nicer.  It was
spacious and the decks outside had fabulous views and stairs right down to
the beach. The food was mediocre to good, but plentiful and a wide range of
meat and vegetarian choices.
I had just one complaint Ill share: a few of the dives took on the
characteristics of an assembly line with divers literally lining up to take
their turn to look at something and take their photos. None-the-less,
overall, the trip was excellent and Wakatobi Resort's development and
growth was remarkable.
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