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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/south Sulawesi

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ralph Arbeid, PI, Italia
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4822
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bunaken, Palau Micronesia, Layang Layang, Apo Island, Malapascua, Sipadan,
Mediterranean, East Africa, Puero Galera
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
28   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
max 30 meters, 70 minutes dive time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
The resort is quite nice, the food is good, the staff says to be
professional but is not. Total lack of flexibility. The diving according to
DAN and PADI is unsafe because you get only 60 minutes between dive 1 and
dive 2. If anything goes wrong it goes wrong. You are 2 hours flying away
from the rest of the world. The plane that tgakes you in, takes you out too
and there is nothing in between! We had a VERY bad dive guide, who ruined
our (very expensive) holiday in Wakatobi. We asked for a change of guide or
to be integrated in another group, but the dive management was unwilling to
accomodate our request. Other guests had a toilet that did not work and
were stuck with that inconvenience for 10 days. Others were without airco
for the duration of their stay. The management could have repaired the
toilet and airco by sacrificing their own, but did not do this. While we
were at the resort they were building new bungalows and we had screaming
power tools day in, day out. We made our complaints and were first told
that we'd be offered a new discounted stay, but that was quickly withdrawn
and in the end they kept stonewalling us and nothing came out. We had paid
up front and that was the end of the story. The VIP treatment is a lot of
hogwash and smoke blowing. We have been to far better places at far lower
cost and with far better professional capabilities of the staff. The diving
was nice but very similar to what you see in other sites in Indonesia and
the Philippines at a far lower cost. The value for money ratio is non
existant. This resort is enormously overrated.
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