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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Tukang Besi Archipelago

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Carmel Hansen, CA, USA
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Report Number 5091
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Palau, Bonaire, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Cayman
Islands, Florida, British Columbia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
70 min dive limit with 10 min safety stop
no gloves
only a maximum of 5 shots(sometime only 2) on pygmy seahorses  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Large camera table on board. Nice camera room with battery charging
stations and work benches. Large dedicated rinse area for cameras. Some but
not all dive guides point out tiny almost microscopic size animals. Most
guides are very protective of the reef, sea grass and sandy areas.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Since this is a secluded island, guest are flown in and out large groups
from Bali on designated days for 7 or 11 day trips. It is an all inclusive
resort with a choice of ocean front or garden bungalows or villas with
private swimming pool. The food is very good with a nice combination of
Indonesian, Japanese and Western cuisine. The dive operation is very
regimented and no gloves are allowed. Everyone is assigned to a dive boat
and only dives from that boat or shore dives at the house reef. Each boat
only gets 2 night dives and 2 distant dives during an 11 day trip. Nitrox
is available for a fee. Water taxis are also provided for house reef dives.
Each person is given a box for their dive gears which stays of the boat,
unless the boat has to go to the village. Then it is stored at the shed. We
have to wash our own gear but porters will carry your gear if you ask.
Gloves are not allowed and they are very strict about how close you
approach the reef. This is very difficult for macro photographers. The
sandy areas and sea grass are also treated like coral. The reef is the
healthiest I have ever seen with extremely large sponges and huge sea
fans(5-6 feet. The fish are used to people and even normally shy spadefish
will approach divers and stare at us only 1-2 feet from our face
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