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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/S. Sulawesi

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Curt Andrus, TX, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3768
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Seychelles, Baja, Fiji, Palau, PNG, Indo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive within your certification parameters  
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Separate A/C camera room with plenty of charging stations. Boats had rinse
tanks for cameras. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
  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 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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