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Dive Review of Pelagian in
Indonesia/Wakatobi

Pelagian, Oct, 2006,

by Linda & Ron Welf, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 3570.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, & Little Cayman; Hondoras ; Bonaire; Belize; Yap; Palau; Truk; Cozumel; Fiji; Sulewesi; Lembeh; Bunaken; Spidan; Somonon Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no restrictions, as long as you explained what you intended to do to the dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our 11-day trip off southeast Sulawesi was the ultimate in comfort and serenity. The boat is beautiful and our super deluxe" cabin was very spacious. Meals are individually served to order, not a buffet. This October, seas were calm and the weather was sunny every day. We fully recommend this trip.

The diving feature remote coral reefs that displayed the greatest profusion of color that we have ever seen. We dove on submerged coral atolls that were out of sight of any land or boats. Reefs were in truly pristine condition. Most of the fish were small to medium, and there were almost no sharks or rays.

Off the island of Buton there is muck diving where we saw cockatoo waspfish, devil scorpionfish, robust & ornate ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, orangutan crab in bubble coral, frog fish, banded cardinal fish, large plerobranchus, mantis shrimp, snake eels, and my first view of a wonderpus.

The dive guides, a young Italian couple Cici and Marco, were competent, energetic and exuded joie de vivre. They laughed easily and were fluent in English, German and Italian. While this couple is casual and relaxed, they kept the diving organized and on schedule. Eleven guests were divided into two groups, each with a guide. You can trust them with your life, because they are skilled.

Cici was very conscientious and, while petite, did just as much as a man would do in this position. Affable Marco took advantage of the indoor/outdoor speaker system to pipe a constantly changing selection of music throughout the boat, ranging from light instrumentals morning and evening to more varied music in the afternoon. His tastes matched ours perfectly.

As a couple traveling alone, not in a group, we were pleased to find the other divers were experienced divers and adventurous travelers. We had two Germans, two Swedes, one Italian and six Americans. Again, we completely recommend this trip.
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