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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

November, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Kendall Valentine, DC, US (2 reports)
"Wakatobi: A Marvel of A Dive Operatio and Magical Diving"
Report Number 8058
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Galapagos, Australia, 
Closest Airport
Dempasar (DPS)
Getting There
Wakatobi has its own charter
flight from Dempasr (DPS)
Airport, Bali, to the resort.

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 95    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must stay with divemaster on boat dives.  Could dive own profile on house
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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I did not have a camera.  My ratings are based on reports from my
observations and discussions with trusted members of our group who are very
experienced photographers. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Executive Summary:  This is an excellent resort with superb diving,
attentive staff and five star food.  Living accommodations are comfortable,
all have air conditioning and 110 v outlets and hot and cold water
(pressure variable).  Considering the remoteness of the resort and within
its environmental context, the resort merits 5 stars for accommodations. 
There is satellite internet; WiFi is more available in the main building
and dining hall. Superb meals are served buffet style with multiple
choices.  It is the best resort I've visited in 15 years of diving. Yes,
it's a long way to travel, does cost some money and I would return at the
drop of a hat.
Getting there:  We flew Chicago to Seoul, Korea (ICN) - 14 hours; Korea to
Bali (DPS) - 6 hours; Bali to Wakatobi 2 1/3 hour (jet) or 4 hour
(turboprop) flights. Others went via Moscow.  Wherever you get the best
connectio and price (or have miles).  The 2 1/3 hour charter flight from
Bali is followed by a 15 minute van ride and a 20 minute boat trip.  The
resort built airstrip is on one island, Wakatobi is itself is on another
island, nearby.  Sub Aquatic and Sports (SASS) Dive Shop in Kalamazoo, MI,
made all my arrangements, including land tours in Bali and coordinating
with the Wakatobi resort.  Our trip went very smoothly in spite of s
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