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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Aug, 2006,

by Curt Harpold, Maryland, USA . Report 2840.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Australia, Red Sea, Mexico, Florida, California, Mid-Atlantic
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 74 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Boat dives - 70 minutes. Shore dives, no limits. No solo diving except for Instructors with specific permission from the dive coordinator.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated air-conditioned camera room with plentiful power strips. Boats had both a camera table and a fresh water camera tank.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments It's hard to find anything to gripe about at Wakatobi. The service and food were top-rate. Meals are in a new restaurant, with chefs brought in from Bali. The restaurant has a dedicated pastry room. Meals are buffet style, and the food is plentiful and varied.

Accomodations are in roomy and well-appointed bungalows. The beach bungalows can get a bit hot in the afternoons. The garden bungalows are in some shade, but still have a view of the water. Bungalows on the south end get an almost constant breeze.

Shore dives available any time of the day or night. Daily scheduled boat dives: two-tank after breakfast and on-tank in the afternoon (unless your boat is scheduled for a night dive). If you want to go somewhere else on the 5-mile stretch of house reef, just ask one of the staff to take you there in a "taxi" boat and drop you.

The staff watches while you're in the water, and assists with cameras and other gear. Don't even think about carrying your own camera to the water or boat.

Choice of cylinders: 80cu ft or 100 cu ft (11 or 13 litres), with either DIN or youke valve. Nitrox is available, but only EAN32.

They have an O2 booster, and will cater to Rebreather divers, but only if those divers bring their own cylinders.

Dive briefings are good and thorough, and the dive guides exhibit excellent knowledge of the marine life and its conservation.

During my 10 days there, we saw all three species of Pygmy Sea Horse, Mandarin fish, many many Hawksbill Turtles. Also unusual animals like Cuttlefish, Leaf Scorpionfish, and Ghost Pipefish.

I've already booked my next trip there!
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