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

Wakatobi -- Pelagian, Jul, 2011,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 47 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 6219.

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
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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
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
UW Photo 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
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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