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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/South Sulawesi

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jayne Goocher, ca, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 3702
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
time limit but usually long enough to utilize your air.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Camera room was small but had a/c.  Close to dive shop and boats but far
away from rooms and dining room.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Wakatobi Resort is well run but somewhat stiff.  First day, mandatory
checkout dive for first time guests (mask clearing and buddy air/share.) 
The dive staff was so focused on their 'jobs' that they came off as rude to
the guests.  Not a great way to say "Welcome to Wakatobi".  Most
redeemed themselves through-out the week.

Office staff not very 'guest friendly'.... didn't speak or smile the entire

Chef and restaurant are 4-star; Ample food and choices for every meal. 
Something for everyone's taste.  EXCELLENT and friendly wait and bar

Accommodations are roomy but need updating;  New villas are pricey;  some
bungalows have been recently rennovated (#1-3 I think) and are much nicer. 
Rooms were very clean and the excellent housekeeping staff kept them that
way daily.  BEAUTIFUL beaches and sunrises/sunsets.  Each bungalow has a
lanai with chairs as well as a near-by hammock and beach chairs.  The
"Jetty Bar" is a great place to drink morning coffee and/or watch

Dive operations:  Boats are big and comfy with lots of room for everyone to
manuever.  Camera rinse tank onboard and 'carpeted' surface to lay cameras
on.  Dive ladders are the best I've seen at a resort... perfectly spaced
steps for easy water exits.

Dive Masters are all over the board regarding experience.  I had an dive
master that has been with Wakatobi for several years.  Some in our group
(we had 3 of the 4 boats) had DM's with very little experience that merely
jumped in the water with the group and went for a swim.

The reefs are the healthiest that I've seen in a long time.  Hard and soft
corals and the critters are everywhere.  Nudibranch's, turtles, cuttlefish
etc.... abundant sea life.  Macro and wide angle photo.  Great wall dives.

VERY remote but the resort flies you to and from Bali in their own plane(s)
to their airstrip so getting there was pretty painless.

Worth a visit!!! But a long trip from the US... take several weeks and see
Bali and some of the other diving in the area while you are there.
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