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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort/5 days resort, 5 Palagian liveabord in
Indonesia/Wakatobi Sulawesi Indonesia

Wakatobi Dive Resort/5 days resort, 5 Palagian liveabord: "Wakatobi Resort and Palagian Liveaboard", Nov, 2014,

by Chuck Edson , OR, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8030.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [Note: This review includes both the resort and the Palagian liveabord.] We visited Wakatobi in 2000. What a difference 14 years has made! In 2000 transit there involved flights from Bali to Makassar (where we spent a night), then a flight to Kendari on the other side of Sulawesi and an 18 hour overnight boat ride on the Ciska, which might best be called a freighter. All passengers slept on the deck to avoid diesel fumes. Those were the old days. Now a direct flight from Bali to an airport (built by Wakatobi) on Tomia, about 1/2 hour boat ride from the resort. Lorez Mader has developed the resort from a longhouse which could accommodate about 14 divers to a compound which now can serve 50 or more divers in very nice villas and bungalows. Though the food is perhaps not 5 star gourmet is it excellent with a wide and varied assortment. We found our bungalow spacious and comfortable. Service throughout was superior and friendly - as we've found throughout Indonesia. We spent 5 days at the resort and 5 days on the Palagian liveabord. In both cases the reefs and diving experiences were as excellent as in 2000. While at the resort we dove from Wakatobi boat #VI which we shared with 6 other divers. There was room to spare. On the Palagian our "SuperLux" cabin #3 was all the title implies - larger by far than any liveaboard room we've had - even when we once shared a cabin with two friends. I say Lorenz is to be commended for his environmental and cultural sensitivities and the economic contribution to the area. He is especially proud of the ice-cream maker at the resort :-).
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean about 7 times, Micronesia, Solomons, Palau, Great Barrier Reef, Raja Ampat, Lembeh Straights.
Closest Airport Within 5 miles of resort Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-120 Ft/ 12-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive guides defined pretty conservative profiles but divers were allowed individual freedom.
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 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Brought no camera equipment but many divers did and accommodations appeared very good.
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