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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi Dive Resort

Wakatobi Dive Resort: "Wow Wakatobi (Indonesia) Diving", Sep, 2014,

by Dr. D. R. Trask, WI, US ( 1 report). Report 7884.

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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Pluses:
Great micro sea animals and fish and reefs

World class living quarters, meals, dive boats, dive masters, service

Their resort reef that you can walk to was recently rated best resort reef in the Pacific and we AGREED ! Unbelievable !

Unique black light night dive was well worth the extra $165

I am large, athletic but high body fat and was comfortable in 3 mm suit.

Only ONE in our large group was comfortable in T shirt & swim suit.


Minuses:
VERY FEW macro sea animals

Things we wished we knew before we went to Wakatobi Dive Resort:

My 29 year old low body fat daughter needed more than 3 mil dive suit by 2nd or 3rd dive or she would get too cold. Had to add an additional shortie over regular dive suit which they had for RENT or PURCHASE. If you have this thinner, low fat body type and your own extra layers available, BRING THEM !

NO GLOVES ALLOWED. We had never had that restriction before.
That created a problem holding on to rocks when current kicks up and you want to hold on to something to view an animal(s) or coral longer.

Take home: If you have reef rods, bring them as they were very stabilizing for those who had them ! We did NOT have any reef rods (which all the dive masters had) and wished we did or had known we needed them.

We ordered reef rods from Ken Zoll, Zoll Dental, Niles, IL (800) 239-2904 by the end of the FIRST DAY of diving. Sadly, he did not bring extra to sell, and they had none for sale or rent on the island. Several in our group had his reef rods and it was easy to see they were SUPERIOR to the stock reef rods even our dive masters used !

If you are diving as a family as we were, you need something to get the attention of the others in your group to point out great things not to be missed along the wall or in the corals, because you can get distracted there are so many things to see. And everyone is constantly slowly scanning for the unique little creatures. I had one of those air tank ring knockers which I used all the time ! Glad I had it. Since returning, I can not find those any more for my daughters, but my dive shop had newer supposedly better attention getters that do not scare the wildlife.
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving All the top dive sites in Florida, Carribean, Pacific, Galapagos, SA
Closest Airport Bali, Indonesia Getting There LAX to various gateway cities in Asia, then BALI, then small chartered plane to resort

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge, currents
Water Temp 78-85°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Needed to stay with dive masters due to currents, and they were best finding small critters, that it took us several dives to find, even though the dive masters were pointing them out from Dive 1.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Great coral and small critters to photograph and dive masters were very patient making sure everyone could close in and get good views of the rare and unusual creatures.
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