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Dive Review of Wakatobi -- Pelagian in
Indonesia

March, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne/Chris Button, AR, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
"Diving Wider Wakatobi from the Pelagian"
Report Number 8471
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
around the Caribbean, Australia, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Truk, Yap, Palau,
other areas of Indonesia
Closest Airport
Denpasar, Bali
Getting There
very long flight, but good
connections on Singapore
Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
10   to 85    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
   120 feet or nitrox MOD.  We were encouraged to dive safely and
conservatively because we were in a remote location.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
     The Pelagian has a large camera room with plenty of outlets, both 110
and 220.  On our trip only five of us really set up shop in the camera
room. There was ample space for four large rigs an
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Value for $$
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Beginners
5 stars   
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Comments  
     For those willing and able to pay the considerable tariff, there is a
lot to like on the Pelagian.  Pelagian divers enjoy the usual Wakatobi meet
and greet on their arrival at the the airport in Denpasar.  They are
welcomed back to the airport by Wakatobi staff and escorted to a VIP lounge
when they return for the charter flight to the resort.  While the charter
flight, now provided by Garuda, is slightly more expensive than commercial
flights, it offers several advantages. The most obvious of these is a free
74 pound weight allowance.  Wakatobi adopts a carrot rather than a stick
approach to luggage weights.  We each received a $100 "light
luggage" resort credit because our bags weighed in at just less than
20 kg each.That credit paid for over six days' worth of nitrox. After we
reached the resort, the Pelagian group was rounded up and escorted to the
resort's lovely restaurant to eat lunch while all our luggage was carted
out to the yacht.  When we boarded the boat, we were given a thorough
briefing and made a check out dive near the resort.
     The Pelagian maintains a brisk and busy four dive per day schedule. 
The dive day begins early on the Pelagian.  With the first dive scheduled
for 0645, divers needed to have their nitrox checked and to be suiting up
on the dive deck by 0630.  Those of us who felt the need for coffee and
nourishment before the first dive were setting our alarms for 0530.  The
so-called grazing breakfast did offer compensation in the form of
fresh-baked croissants or pastry, but it still made for an early start to
the day. We ordered our bre ...
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By rickster at Oct 16, 2015 12:34 EST  
Oops!  This trip was actually made in March, 2015.
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