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Dive Review of Wakatobi Resort in

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Barrett, GA, USA
Report Number 286
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Fiji, Australia, California, Hawaii and most of the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Good judgement.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Good facilities. 110v charging facilities and clean rinse tanks available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
The diving around Wakatobi is fantastic. I have never encountered such
healthy coral in both soft and hard verities. There is a profusion of life
on these reefs, mostly small to medium sized creatures but what a
selection. There are both wall and reef top areas to dive. Many of the wall
dives begin in as little as five feet 
of water and go straight down. The sides of the walls are covered with

Wakatobi Resort is not for everyone, it is pretty basic in terms a
westerner would use, but hey, they are out there in the middle of nowhere .
. and then some. The rooms in the Long House are small but adequate and are
clean. Each room has a ceiling fan which was very welcome at times when
little or no breeze was present. The rooms 
are straitened daily by the staff and fresh towels provided every few days.
One has to realize that fresh water is brought to the resort daily in a
canoe from another island. A laundry service is provided for personal items
if needed. Anyone willing to give up some of the normal creature comforts
afforded by some other resorts in exchange for some of the best diving in
the world shouldn't have any problems at Wakatobi.

Rest room and shower facilities are shared, with separate areas for men and
women and are kept up very well. The desalinization unit was in the shop
while we were there so the bathrooms and showers provided brackish water
for showers and washing, a little different than what most are used to but
no big deal. A container of fresh water was always available for drinking
or for those who wanted a fresh water tooth brushing. While this just makes
one more appreciative of the conveniences we have here, one also needs to
understand what they have to go through just to have fresh water in this
remote location. 

Three great meals are provided each day with snacks always available. You
won't go hungry here! The food is very good, served family style and always
plenty of it. Soft drinks, beer, mixed drinks and espresso are available
for a reasonable charge while coffee and tea are free.

The resort is run with the concept that you are there to dive and their job
is to make sure you have the best time doing that as possible. The staff at
the resort is wonderful, always a helping hand and a smile. I can't say
enough for these guys and this comment goes for the entire staff from the
owners to the resort support people.
Our dive guides, John and Paul were the best I have ever had, always
finding odd creatures and other interesting things, but allowing you 
complete freedom to dive your dive.

Bottom line, The dive of a lifetime!!
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