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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Wakatobi Dive Resort: "Fantastic diving at a premium price.......and worth every penny!", May, 2015,

by Rick Mooney , CA, US ( 1 report). Report 8648.

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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The website is expansive and worth a visit. I won't try to recreate the information provided there except to say that the content and photos on the website are an accurate depiction of what you can expect to find during a visit to this resort. My wife and I chose this resort to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
The people , food, diving, accommodations, and overall experience are outstanding. The only criticism I've ever heard (and don't agree with) is that it is too expensive. When you consider the level of luxury in such a remote location combined with the support the resort provides to the local community and conservation efforts it could certainly cost the guests more. Don't get me wrong, I had to save for this trip. It isn't cheap. But, that said, I'm already saving for the return.
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Bonaire, Caymans, Belize, Turks and Caicos, British and American Virgin Islands, Honduras, Bora Bora, Indonesia, Mexico, Cuba...
Closest Airport Getting There SFO to Hong Kong to Bali to Wakatobi via Cathay Pacific and resort arranged private charter

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions small groups each with a guide, dive your computer. pvt guides (1-2 divers) available. Didn't give 5 stars for beginners because of currents that change during the dives with occasional strong and unpredictable down currents
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments I have been diving and shooting underwater since age 14 (53 now). This is one of if not THE BEST photography locations I have had the pleasure to experience. The guides, boats, crews, dedicated temperature controlled photo center with full time photo pro (Marco Fierli)are just some of things that make this a special place for underwater photographers.
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