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Dive Review of Pelagian/Wakatobi in
Indonesia/S. Sulawasi

Pelagian/Wakatobi, Nov, 2006,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 3270.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Caribbean, Thailand, PNG, Bali, Hawaii, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions be intelligent
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great dedicated room had plenty of storage, electrical outlets, clean towels and also plenty of expertise to solve problems.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Everyone else has reviewed the Pelagian with high marks. I want to add mine to the list. Our trip was simply wonderful, and the crew (both on land and on the boat) were perfect. Sissy and Marco, the cruise directors and dive leaders, were thoughtful, intelligent, fun and very experienced. They, along with everyone else made the trip special.
The diving set up was the best I've seen -- bc's and tanks stay in the two chase boats and the crew filled them with lose hoses (makes so much sense). Nitrox available along with different size tanks. Either long or short dives were fine -- those who finished early either waited in the chase boat or got a ride back to the Pelagian.
Diving was interesting, especially the much diving around Bintun (sp). Ask to stay there longer -- one pier had soo much going on -- mandarian fish, mating octopus (different species). too many moray eels -- all in about 8 feet!
Travel logistics continue to be excellent with the Wakatobi crew and the chartered airplane to the Wakatobi airstrip. My only complaint was the long island ice tea the bartenders made the night before we left (dinner on shore at Wakatobi resort) was too strong! Gee, life's tough.
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