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Dive Review of Wakatobi Resort in
Indonesia

Wakatobi Resort, Nov, 2002,

by Greg Barrett, GA, USA . Report 286.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Good judgement.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales >2
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments Good facilities. 110v charging facilities and clean rinse tanks available.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 life.

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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