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Dive Review of Wakatobi/Wakatobi Resort in

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Chrisanda Button/Rickie Sterne, Arkansas, USA
Report Number 3092
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Bay Islands, Belize, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Sea of Cortez,
Australia, Fiji, Truk, Yap, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth: 130 feet or MOD for nitrox.  70 minutes time limit on boat dives. 
On the house reef: don't run out of air.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Macro photography heaven with a fabulous camera room in the Longhouse. Over
a dozen spacious work stations provided charging strips for both 110 and
220V.  Under bench storage area for each station.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
     Wakatobi Resort has become a name to conjure with among divers.  Quite
deservedly so!  Not only is the diving beautiful and easy, the service
excellent, the accomodations comfortable and spacious, and the food
delicious, you get to feel good about diving from a resort that works hard
to maintain good ecological practices and to integrate itself into the
local communities.  The logistics of diving at Wakatobi are almost as
simple as those on a liveaboard.  Take your gear to the gear shed on the
day of your arrival and thereafter it will be moved from shore to boat and
back again by the boat crews.  The dive boats are large.  Gear stations are
uncrowded, and there is plenty of carpeted space for cameras to ride. Entry
is by giant stride, while reboarding is made easier by the location of
ladders amidships.  Boat crew set up our gear each day, quickly learning
just how high each diver liked to carry his tank.  They also served us
water before each dive, our preferred beverage and snacks between dives. 
Divers are led on boat dives in groups of five or six by dive guides who
are familiar with these reefs.  The diving is a paradise for lovers of
corals, sponges, gorgonians, and anemones, tropicals, and macro life.  The
sloping walls are beautiful.  We actually did see pygmy sea horses.  Also
many crocdile fish, cuttlefish large and small, bobtail squid, nudis
galore, Saron shrimp, mantis shrimp, and a number of turtles among the
tropicals.  The house reef is as great as reported.  The only time we
encountered any significant current was on a night dive on the house reef
when The Wakatobi Express was running.  The previous night we spent an hour
traversing the same area of reef we were swept over in 18 minutes in the
     Our beachfront bungalow was spacious and very comfortably appointed. 
We used the air conditioning for about three hours each afternoon. 
Otherwise we opened the shutters to sea breezes and slept under cover with
the ceiling fan whirring.  Besides a comfortable bed and ample storage
space, we enjoyed lounging areas inside on a loveseat, on the porch, and in
our private chaise lounges.  Drying racks on the porch were great for
swimsuits.  We especially appreciated the library of marine ID books on the
desk right in our bungalow.  Bungalows are spaced so that each seems
     Being early risers, we usually strolled over to the Longhouse before
breakfast to grab a cup of the good coffee always available there and to
drink it on the jetty, watching schools of fish in the shallows. The new
dining room is a beautiful structure in traditional Indonesian style. 
Meals are served from an attractive buffet.  The variety of food satisfied
a wide range of preferences.  We felt we had dined in a fine restaurant
with large servings all week.
     The Indonesian staff were so attentive, that by midweek they were
mimicking our group of Southern divers' speech patterns.  "Here's some
water, y'all."  Wakatobi Resort offers a good combination of virtually
unlimited diving for the maniacals and a relaxing holiday for more casual

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