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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi

Wakatobi, Jun, 2005,

by Wayne & Cathy Harmon, Maryland, USA . Report 1875.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Several Pacific and Carribean sites
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own Profile / computer. At times with Guides or Buddy.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Large Camera Tables & Rinse Tanks on the Boats. Large Camera Tanks and Camera Room at the land based. Plenty of Battery Charging set ups at 220 & 110 in the Air Conditioned Camera Room.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We traveled with a group from Annapolis SCUBA Center in Annapolis, Maryland. We had an opportunity to spend some time in Bali while going over and then in Singapore when coming back I would recommend both to everyone!!

All the dive sites had wonderful Macro opportunities. There were Lot's of Pygmy Seahorses and Nudibranchs. Wayne loved the Shore Diving each night - by taking the skiff up current and using current to drift back to Dive Resort.

We didn't like the Long Room Dinning Facility - It was Hot and Crowded (It did look like they were building a new dinning facility - which would help immensely).

Additional Comments

Likes:
Workers were very cordial and accommodating
Dive Operation was great (Boats, Pier, On-Shore)
Resort Location was very good
Dive Masters were excellent
Internet connection available
Ample Food served at mealtimes

Dislikes:
Dim Lighting in Bungalows (Cathy Bad / Wayne OK)
Air Conditioning not adequate (Poor Insulation in Bungalow)
Room Décor was lacking (Cathy Bad / Wayne OK)
No washcloths (Cathy Bad / Wayne OK)
Paid Premium - Bungalow to far from Main Building
Alcohol very expensive (Take a Bottle from Bali)
No snacks between meals (Take some).
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