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Dive Review of Wakatobi Resort in
Indonesia/South Sulawasi

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jennifer Clayton, WA, USA
Report Number 285
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Palau, Kona Hawaii, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The only restrictions were time, usually 75 minutes, and to avoid deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Wakatobi really caters to underwater photographers.  There is a seperate
room on land for gear and chargers with 110V available.  There was always
someone available to grab my camera as I surfaced next to the boat and put
it on the camera table.  Dive guides were very good at showing us good
photo ops and finding cool critters.  E-6 processing was avialable to those
that wanted it, and we were able to watch our videos (or pictures) on the
TV after our dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Wakatobi is truly an underwater garden.  I have never seen such pristine
reefs and underwater life.  It is also quite a treat to have the dive sites
all to ourselves.  Wakatobi resort only accomodates 22 guests at the resort
and the group is split to avoid crowding at dive sites.  It was nice to not
have dualing dive boats over dive sites.  The dive guides were excellent at
finding critters and showing us cool stuff (thank you John and Paul you
guys are awesome) but we were also allowed to dive our own profile and go
our own way.  The only restriction was time, which was usually 75". 
There was also unlimited shorediving on an awesome housereef.  The currents
could be challenging, but the boat was always right there to pick us up -
regardless of how far we drifted and how spread out we were.

The resort was my idea of a perfect island paradise.  It is extremely
remote and its amazing how good the facilities are.  The bungalow my
husband and I stayed in was very comfortable and clean with coffee, tea and
a small fridge for cold beverages.  Nothing quite beats getting up in the
morning and watching the sun rise from your own private beach!  The long
house was the place to be for socializing with plenty of good conversation
and even a movie if you wanted.  Usually after a day of diving we would all
sit around and watch videos taken that day!  The food was very good with
lots of variaty - and always plenty of it.  There were plenty of beverages
for a slight fee and coffee, tea and water were free.  For the coffee snobs
of the world (yes, I am one of them) there was even an espresso machine for
a very nominal fee of $1.00.  The only down side was that the
desalinization unit was 'in the shop' back on Bali.  We had to use brackish
water for our showers, but we always had plenty of fresh water to drink. 
Not a big deal and only one person at the resort seemed to be bothered by
it.  Overall, this was an awesome dive trip and I'll be back.
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