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Dive Review of Wakatobi Resort in

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Sleeper, CA, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
40 years of diving worldwide
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Every group dive was planned as multilevel and 70 minutes. House reef wall
you set youor own profile. Solo diving allowed with required bail out
bottle (they provide)after they see your skill level.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 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
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Nice camera room with AC, stand up height tables & power. Staff stands
by as the boat loads to respectfully carry cameras to your boat. Incredible
service by eager to please staff. You tell them how you want things done,
once, and they do it that way the rest of the trip. Take plenty of extra
batteries as none available on island.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Wakatobi Resort is on a tiny remote island northeast of Bali. It is worth
the airplane seat hours - just do it. I have never experienced such
superior service from the moment of booking thru the final goodbye. You are
met by Wakatobi staff at the Bali airport upon arrival to Indonesia and
when you depart on their domestic charter from Bali to the resort. VIP
treatment at every step. As you travel from the landing strip to the
resort, the locals come outside waving, smiling and welcoming you to their
island. You feel like an honored guest, not the intruding outsider
experienced some other places. 

The resort is constructed with a high level of workmanship, design and
quality materials. Traditional Indonesian-style with thatched roofs so
tightly contructed that the AC keeps bungalows cool. Some have wonderful
outdoor showers off the bathroom, vessel sinks, front porch day bed
lounges, teak chaise lounges and unbrellas and all within steps of the
white sand beach. This resort operates its own power plant and reverse
osmosis water system, so both are safe and reliable. The maintenance
standards are better at this extremely remote property (fly in everything)
than some places I've been with big box home improvement stores within
driving distance.

Most every dive is a WOW... and others are merely GREAT.  Walls, shallows
loaded with small fish, visibility that takes your breath away, too many
fish in the way of taking pictures sometimes, pinnacles - most sites within
15 minutes of the resort. Every inch is covered with vibrant life. The
biodiversity is stunning. The tides are about 6 ft so the resort lays out a
10-day dive plan so every boat goes to 27-29 dive sites and everyone hits
the spots at times of no-slack-minimal current. Your first reaction might
be irritation that they are so set on where each boat goes and when. About
day 2 you understand the genius of the schedule. The traditionally
constructed, large wooden boats take 12 divers and 3 crew. Other
destinations would have packed on double that many for the boat size.
Wakatobi understands that people don't like to dive in herds, don't want it
to take 30 minutes for a crowd to get in the water - remember the VIP
service at the airport - it never stops. They understand YOU are on
vacation and THEY are working. Forget gear carrying, gear set up, waiting
for or wanting anything. They ask what you want to drink between dives and
how you want it prepared and then bring it with a smile and grace

Many dives are drifts and the boat captains are attentive to your location
and superb boat handlers. If you are a little further along in life, this
is place you can dive with respectful assistance and not feel put down or
second class. The boat crews and dive guides are patient with
photographers. Alex and Ruth led our dives (5-6 divers to a guide) with
humor, appropriate attentiveness, pointing out the wee critters and always
with safety in mind. They are among the best allround dive guides I've ever
had the pleasure of diving with. The dive staff of multilingual,
water-people is a reflection of the resort's commitment to class, quality
and service.

Balinese chefs run a first class dining room with all buffet meals, diverse
ingredients and cuisines and all freshly made in their kitchen. Spice - no
spice - familiar - exotic - vegetarian - meat ... there is something for
everyone. First class operation by any standard.

I rarely write reviews. Seldom go back to the same place twice. For me
Wakatobi is in a class by itself. I will go back.  There is an unbridled
joy that comes from experiencing pristine reefs, friendly, happy locals,
professional dive staff, an extraordinarily designed and maintained resort,
an attitude of long term sustainability in how the resort works with,
respects and enhances the local community and the ocean.

Treat yourself to a gracious, relaxing 10 days in one of the most beautiful
spots on earth. Sorting the 2,000 images you will bring home, now that is
work - you won't be able to hit the delete button!

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