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Dive Review of Wakatobi -- Pelagian/Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Bali to Wakatobi

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Kraus, BC, CA (1 report)
Report Number 5510
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, North Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, Maldives,PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
26   to 31    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Once you established your competency the profile was up to you for the most
part.  70 minute dives were suggested and for the most part adhered to be
courteous to all divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
Wakatobi and the Pelagian are set up with the UWP in mind.  Staff and
facilities are excellent.  In fact I became complacent and on one trip from
the resort didn't bring my gear as I had gotten used to everything being
taken care of.  A speed boat was enlisted to rush my camera out to the
Dhoni to ensure that I didn't miss the photo oportunities!  First class
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We were scheduled to be on the repositioning cruise of Pelagian to Wakatobi
followed by a week at the resort.  Due to circumstances beyond the control
of Wakatobi, we were delayed in our departure for a number of days reducing
our dive experience.  There was a degree of poor communication during the
delay that lead to some very disgruntled divers, but I must say now that
the administration of Wakatobi have made good on their word to go above and
beyond to ensure that we have the best possible experience.  We were
amongst the first to experience their Fluo diving night dive and it opens
up a new realm in night diving.  I highly recommend it from both a visual
and educational perspective.  We have just booked a return visit for next
year and expect a seamless experience. As with any remote 3rd world dive
experience, there will always be challenges to our first world
sensibilities, but the team at Wakatobi seem to earnestly strive to balance
client comfort/experience with local/cultural sensitivity.  All things
considered with the remoteness of the location, the operation is first
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