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Dive Review of Wakatobi in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Heseltine, CA, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Belize, Hawaii, PNG, Tuks&Caicos, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All boat dives limited to 70 mins. No more, no less. House reef dives less
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Med sized rinse tanks and dedicated benches on (huge) day boats. Aircon
camera rooms on shore w/ 220/110v outlets and dedicated benches.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Good: Excellent organization from assistance w/Customs and visa on arrival
in Bali to food, room, ground service. Five or six very large, shade
covered, beamy, dive boats Each seats 12. More than 100 dives sites 5-40
mins from resort. Attentive crew, easy water entry & exit. Food at 4*
hotel quality. Bungalows screened & A/C with attractive decor and large
closets. Few insects. Ensuite bathrooms equal to good European hotel
standard. Has excellent nitrox setup; in addition to 80cf tanks, offers
100cf or 50cf to assure max dive time. Caters to technical divers and
rebreathers. Remarkable small critters: pygmy seahorses. Amazing corals.
Solo or buddy dives from house reef excellent. Great sunset bar. Very
friendly locals Bad: Very rigid dive program from boats (70 mins and you
cover the area the guide says) May not stop sufficiently long for
photographers. Intermittent email contact, so your needs may be transmitted
incorrectly by non-tech US sales staff. Select your bungalow/villa on
website and be sure it's the one you get! Loong trip, but worth it. 
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