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Dive Review of Wakatobi / Pelagian/Pelagian in

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gene Huff, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 4430
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Fiji, Christmas Is, Hawaii, Bonaire, Belize, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
70 minute day dives and 60 minute night dives were the stated limits but a
few extra minutes was never a problem.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Nice room dedicated to photographers with a 110 and 220 power strip, plenty
of clean towels and good lighting.  Bring an extra power strip if you need
multiple outlets.  Crew handled cameras gently on inflatables. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
You go through Bali to get to Wakatobi and the Pelagian so a few Bali bonus
days added greatly to our trip.  Wakatobi arranged for our dive gear to be
stored on our return so we could travel around without the extra luggage. 
The Pelagian is a great boat with a wonderful crew that took care of our
every request.  See their website that has accurate boat details.  There
were 8 guests and 12 crew on our trip.  Meals cooked to order were
excellent and there were at least two choices for lunch and dinner.  The
boat bought a fresh caught tuna one day from a local fisherman and we
enjoyed fresh sushi for two days.  The Pelagian has a standard itinerary
that is more focused on muck/macro diving, but also does reef and wall
dives.  On our 10-day trip we spent two and a half days at Buton.  The
piers and muck diving at Buton were outstanding providing ornate and robust
ghost pipefish, mating mandarin fish, cockatoo waspfish, juvenile batfish,
frogfish, at least 7 types of eels, numerous nudibranchs, octopus,
cuttlefish, various pipefish, dragonets, twinspot lionfish and the list
goes on.  Magic pier at night was sensory overload.  The other days were
spent in the Wakatobi chain and also provided great diving.  We did only a
few dives that were also done from the resort, so the boat really does
offer a different experience.  There are four dives offered each day (two
the last day) with the last being a twilight/night dive.  DMs Marco and
Sissi, and the new DM Cornelis were very friendly and mingled with the
guests.  They let us dive our own profile(s) but also pointed out critters
for those who stayed with them.  Two inflatables are used for diving and
the tender drivers and DMs made the diving easy.  The inflatables have
great ladders and the crew would lift up your weights and BC if you wanted.
 We saw only a few sharks and rays, but knew this was not a pelagic trip so
were not expecting more.  The coral and reefs are very healthy.  Sodas,
beer, and wine were an extra charge.  Nitrox, banked at 32%, is available
and was packaged at $220 for our 10 day trip, which was 34 dives.  The
Pelagian is not cheap but the diving, accomodations and service are
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