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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort/also Pelagian in
Indonesia/Southeast Sulawesi

Wakatobi Dive Resort/also Pelagian: "Wonderful Wakatobi", Jul, 2014,

by William Goes, WI, US ( 1 report). Report 8011.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Good - It was all VERY good! But you do pay for it - it's not the cheapest place. We always plan at least an extra day if not 2 before having to catch a charter flight or board a boat to start a trip. As soon as you land in Bali, a Wakatobi Rep is there to speed you around everyone else, through Customs and to your local Hotel. You do not have to pay extra for the VIP service. They run a very nice Travel Agency on Bali with day trip programs, Hotel booking, hiring a driver/tour guide and expert advice on anything you might want to do or buy. They pre-arrange to pick you up with plenty of time to catch your Wakatobi chartered flight from Bali to the Island and because it's a Wakatobi flight there is no problem with luggage or carry on. I travel with cameras, lights and underwater cases for it all so I have 2 carry ons that are sized (for international flying) to fit in the overhead and 2 checked bags and I had no trouble on Korean Air or the Wakatobi flight - check with your carrier for allowances. Once there, it's all about making and keeping you happy with an emphasis on diving. 3 boat dives a day is the standard, but if I were to go back I might opt for 2 morning boat dives and 2 house reef afternoon dives. The diving is excellent - the reefs are pristine and the fish are plentiful. Lot's of unusual fish, nudi's, cuttlefish, etc.. If there is some critter you want to see ask a guide and they will try to find it for you - what more can you ask for?

The Bad? Really nothing bad. We had to go back home? Oh, Oků We missed the village tour because of Ramadan, and it rained a couple of times for about an hour each time. Never missed any diving or meals! By the way the food was Awesome! My wife is a vegi-burner and they always came up with something good for her.

A very well run resort in a great location with plenty of back up gear and people to keep it going smooth - Perfect!
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Belize, Roatan, Utilia, Bonaire, Hawaii, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Channel Islands, Cozumel, snorkeled off Madagascar
Closest Airport Their own. It takes a short car ride, a walk & a boat ride Getting There Fly to Bali - we flew Korean Air with a layover in Seoul. We found that if we left from Chicago, O'hare, there was only a 2 hr. layover each way ;) From Bali Wakatobi Charters a local airline plane to fly direct!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You can dive as you want with a guide. The guides are very good at going where you want and helping spot the little critters - Pigmy seahorses and more.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket was about 3' round and 4' deep. Plenty of room on camera platform unless every one has a camera - at times it almost seemed so! Guides are great at pointing out critters. There a one or two dive guides that are UWP's and will offer advice and tips when asked. They will also help find bucket list critters and talk about what to look for on each dive.
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