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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/South Sulawesi

Wakatobi, Oct, 2007,

by Jayne Goocher, ca, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3702.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions time limit but usually long enough to utilize your air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

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

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

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 sunsets.

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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