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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Rosemary Kurtti, NY, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4948
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Hawaii,
French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Red Sea, Seychelles, Maritius, all
over the Caribbean, Lake Malawi (Africa) and other places
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
70 minute time limit; no touching the reef or creatures  
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
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
The coral reefs are mostly very healthy. Best I have seen in a long time.
While Wakatobi is known for its small critters, I was pleasantly surprised
to see schools of large bumphead parrots several times, good sized
cuttlefish, and a squadron of 5 spotted eagle rays, plus the occasional
single eagle ray. Turtles were abundant, several on every dive and some
were quite large and totally unafraid of the approaching divers.  Most
dives had current and were drift dives. Occasionally, we would do an
anchored boat dive. Divemasters were great - making strong efforts to find
critters for us. There was usually one divemaster for about every 4 to 5
divers so you were in small groups, which was great.

Bungalow accomodations were lovely, with four poster beds, air con, large
bathrooms,private porch and internet connection. Food in the restaurant was
excellent and abundant.  Dive operation was efficient and courteous. Lounge
had lots of coral and critter reference books. Lounge also had two internet
connected computers for guests use. 

Getting to and from Wakatobi involves a chartered flight from Bali, a truck
ride to a small town and then a short walk down some steps to the water
taxis.  The resort is actually on a small island near Tomia Island. Bali is
definitely worth a few days visit either on the way or after your Wakatobi

Crispin is the Wakatobi rep in Bali. He meets you at the airport when you
arrive from your international trip and takes you through customs. You
usually have to overnight at least one night in Bali. Crispin is also at
the airport when you are departing Bali on the charter flight. Again, he
handles all of your airport processing.

My dive buddy's camera broke down while we were in Bali (the one that goes
in his underwater housing.) Disaster - this would mean no underwater photos
on our trip. I contacted Crispin on Sunday afternoon (we were scheduled to
leave for Wakatobi on Tuesday morning) and explained that we needed to get
either a repair or replacement.  No repairs could be done in Bali. Within
two hours, Crispin located a nearly new identical model in West Java and
with my agreement to pay for the airfare, had it flown to Bali the next
day. When we arrived at the VIP lounge on Tuesday morning for the charter
flight, Crispin met us with the camera. Like WOW! The smile on my buddy's
face meant that Crispin had performed a miracle.  

In 30+ years of diving around the world, I found Wakatobi to be one of the
best operations from start to finish. 
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