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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/S. Sulawesi

Wakatobi, Nov, 2007,

by Curt Andrus, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3768.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Seychelles, Baja, Fiji, Palau, PNG, Indo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive within your certification parameters
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate A/C camera room with plenty of charging stations. Boats had rinse tanks for cameras.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Flights from Bali to Wakatobi are through a charter company. The charter co. had some logistics issues, but they got us to the island on the day we were supposed to get there. Missed the afternoon check-out dive.
Dives were always briefed w/ notes about topography, depth, typical critters, moored vs. drift, and at the end of every briefing they usually said "dive time should be 70 minutes." So, an hour+ for every dive!
Dive staff was knowledgable and helpful in spotting sea life. Patiently waited for photographers and non-photos to get a good look at the little stuff. Boat crew was a cut above the rest. You set up your gear once and after that it was maintained and transported from shore to boat and back daily. Spacious covered shelters held all dive gear & wet suits on-shore. House reef is a great site. Dove it many times and never got bored. Currents on the house reef were somewhat unpredictable, but they always had people on shore watching for divers.
The only reason I rated it lower for beginners was that it is truly a macro-lovers destination. Beginners may not have the patience to go slowly and look for all the little stuff. Also, above-average bouyancy control is a must for this place with all the delicate corals, fans, and macro life.
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