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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Southeast Sulawesi

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Mel McCombie/Harris Friedberg, CT, United States (7 reports)
Report Number 1790
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
all over
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
you can dive any way you like; Nitrox is also available  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was our second trip to Wakatobi (the first was Oct. 2001) and the
resort has made welcome improvements, as we knew the brilliant owner,
Lorenz Mader, would accomplish in the most environmentally responsible
fashion. Each cottage and room now has airco; internet service (for a small
fee); and the water in the taps and shower is clear, clean desalinated
water (a change from the groundwater of the past).
Diving here is legendary, so I probably don't need to say much other than
yes, it's all true: perfect coral and benthic cover; critters galore (a
macro nut heaven); fabulous staff; and the front yard dive remains one of
the best in the world. 
The food has improved and we enjoyed more fresh veggies than we expected
(in the past,  the remoteness of the resort meant rather limited foods).
The only real complaint I heard was that the food was not Indonesian
enough--but then, I also heard American divers say how glad they were that
the food was so international. The kitchen staff was more than happy to
accomodate special requests (like mine for spicy sambals).
We will return to Wakatobi. It may be the best diving in the world.
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