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Dive Review of Wakatobi/M/V Pelagian in
Indonesia/Southern Sulawesi

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Ike, Oregon, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 2126
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Star Dancer(PNG) Komodo Dancer (twice)Palau Aggressor Wind Dancer (Belize)
Fiji ( Twice) Roatan (twice) Cozumel BonAir ( Twice ) Saba St.Vincent Red
Sea Nevis etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
70 min/da 60min/night 300lbs residual air dive your computer go solo,buddy
or follow dive master pretty much as free as you feel comfortable  
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate room for photographers with plenty of outlets for recharging,
dedicated rinse tanks and all photo equipment handled with kid gloves by
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
I did not expect Pelagics and except for some Dog Tooth Tuna and Barracuda,
we did not get any. Some very good Mandarin Fish sightings on a 2 day muck
diving area. Most of the trip was drift dives on assorted walls, which
appeared to healthy and very beautiful. Te ship, M/V Pelagic, was on it's
fifth cruise in the area and needs a bit more dive site info. The ship
itself, contray to some bad press on Scubaboard, was fantastic. It was
large, clean, well run, with excellant galley and a great freindly staff.
The only complaint I had was an overly enthusiastic photographer who had 2
large cameras, one of which was free hanging, with strobes that acted as a
wrecking ball on the coral. He also constantly used the soft and hard coral
to steady himself for THE SHOT. At one point wanting to move a beautiful
black frog so he could have a better shot. Luckily, he was stopped by a
dive master. He was warned not to continue, but to no avail. Since this was
his third trip to the Wakatobi area, I realise there was a cash flow issue,
but gimme a break.
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