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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by William Deertz, CA, USA
Report Number 776
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Komodo, Bali, Manado, Phillippines, Thailand, Alor, Flores, Great Barrier
reef Australia, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Up to individual to determine their safe diving limits  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Plenty of space in the newly air conditioned camera/charging room.
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  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Fantastic resort in very remote area with outstanding diving.  Their claim
for the "world's best house reef" is absolutely true.  Several
new bungalows added, eventually resort will be all bungalows as longhouse
is converted to photo studio/training classrooms.  Food was nothing short
of spectacular especially when you consider the remoteness of the site. 
Generally 3 boat dives per day to nearby sites, longest boat ride was maybe
40 minutes.  Unlimited shore dives on the house reef remainder of day. 
Recent air charter from Bali makes this a very easily reached destination
in comfort.  Overall the coral is in excellent, pristine condition. 
Minimal pelagics but then again you aren't going here to see that sort of
stuff, it's the small critters that are in amazing abundance.  I will
definitely be returning in 2004 to Wakatobi with a group of friends.
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