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

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
Top Contributor   (42 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6219
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Dumaguete, Galapagos, Indonesia, Puerto Galera, Red Sea, Roatan,
Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives limited to slightly over 70 minutes.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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  
Comments
Good sized camera room with plenty of power outlets for recharging
batteries.  2 dedicated camera rinse tanks (1 for each of the 2 tenders.)
on the deck.  Crew handled cameras very carefully.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This was our second trip to Wakatobi/Pelagian.  We spent 2 weeks on the
Pelagian in December, 2007.  The Pelagian was all that the Wakatobi
advertising leads you to expect.  The operation is well organized.  The
people are very customer service oriented.  The cabins (even the cheap
ones) are comfortable.  The food is very good.  The tenders get you to the
dive sites quickly.  Most sites were within about 10 minutes of the boat,
although we did go out to one site that was about 20 minutes away.  The
only downside at this point is that the reefs are not as healthy and the
fish life not as prolific as our previous trip.  There was lots of dead
coral and sand where there used to be healthy reefs.  The sites that used
to have clouds of anthias at the top of the reef now had just a few or none
at all.  Also, there were some great muck sites we visited in 2007 that we
were not allowed to visit on this trip.  It seems that commercial activity
has picked up in the bay where the muck sites are located (Which is great
for the local economy.) so that there is too much boat traffic to allow
diving there.  That said, the rest of the folks on the boat really liked it
as none of them had been there before and did not have the high level of
expectations that we did.
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