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

Wakatobi/M/V Pelagian, Sep, 2005,

by Ike, Oregon, USA ( 2 reports). Report 2126.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 77 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate room for photographers with plenty of outlets for recharging, dedicated rinse tanks and all photo equipment handled with kid gloves by staff

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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