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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Southern Sulawesi Island

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Suzette and Mark Baker, CA, USA
Report Number 1387
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, Little Cayman, Florida, California, Hawaii,
Fiji, Bali, Manado and Lembeh Straits in Northern Sulawesi
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Wakatobi allows you dive your own profile. The only restrictions were to
dive with a buddy and leave eveything you see undisturbed.  No gloves were
allowed to discourage touching.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 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  
Wakatobi has some of the best diving we have experienced.  Because of it's
location in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the fact that Wakatobi has been able
to enforce strong ecological requirements, the coral is among some of the
healthiest in the world.  Wakatobi gives a contribution to the local
village for every diver at their resort.  The fishing and diving is
limited, thus helping keep the area pristine.  A marine biologist was
visiting when we were there, and he confirmed that this is one of the
healthiest reefs he has seen, and is encouraged since many of the reefs
he's visited throughout the world are dying.

Wakatobi's dive operation is one of the best.  Their philosophy is that
divers are certified and thus capable of diving their own profile. 
However, they provide experienced instructor-level dive guides to show you
an abundance of camouflaged fish and critters.  Some of the dive guides
even carried magnifying glasses to help point out the pigmy sea horses that
we had difficulty seeing with our aging eyes.  

Accommodations were clean and comfortable, with king-size bed, desk, and
internet access.  Private bathrooms were basic with toilet and shower. 
They are continually making improvements and currently plan to build some
additional luxury rooms.
 
The 5 star chef prepared scrumptious meals with several main courses, and a
separate 5 star pastry chef made several desserts each night!

During the planning of our trip, Wakatobi's management was extremely
accommodating.  They went far above the call of duty in helping us!  Due to
a family emergency occurring right before our trip, we thought we would
have to cancel.  However, they worked with us around our planning and
helped make it possible for us to come.  Wakatobi goes out of their way to
accommodate you.

It's a long trip, but Wakatobi has built their own airstrip and charters a
private plane to fly their guests from Bali to an island a short distance
from their resort. From there, they pick you up by boat for a short ride to
the resort. It's worth the trip!
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