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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Wakatobi

Wakatobi, Oct, 2007,

by Charles W Modlin, WI, United States ( 1 report). Report 3710.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Around the world and back again first time to Wakatobi.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limited to 70 minutes but adaquate for air consumption.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Small camera room but adaquate, computer for downloads but extremely limited access to internet, one had to be up early or bring own computer. Access was limited to early morning. Seems staff could take over and eliminate outside access to limited few. Seems strang in todays world of easy access almost everywhere

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Good diving conditions IE the boat was excellent with the right accomdations, the island staff was extremely attentive to ones requests while diving. However I surfaced early and no one noticed swam back to boat was not picked up. Not a good experience for beginners. The dive breifings were lacking in that dive masters would indicate that one should keep the track to ones left or right shoulder when a compass heading would be more representive of the map they would post for the dive. In most cases the compass headings were on the map but when asked no one seemed concerned regarding what the headings where! Visibility sucked over the 10 days the best visibility was at tops 60 feet. Not at all what I was expecting. I would perfer a better breifing. The dive staff could do a much better job 1)They could send out a diver just before the boats left each morning reporting what the currents were and there direction all dive sites had tie points and were well know to the instructors.
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