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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Aug, 2010,

by Gary, AB, CAN (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 5644.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The corals at Wakatobi are the absolutely the best I’ve ever seen – absolutely breath taking at every site. The whole operation is also top-notch and the effortlessness to get into the water makes it feels like you are on a liveaboard. Furthermore with an exceptionally friendly and helpful dive boat crew coupled with very uncrowded and roomy day boats, it’s almost the same.
Animals we saw for the first time ever included Cuttlefish, Sea Snakes, Stone Fish, and Spotted Blue Ribbontail rays. Add to that many turtles (Hawksbill and Green), Scorpionfish, Lionfish, Puffers (all kinds) and you would think it does not get much better. However, we found the frequency of Sea Snake, Cuttlefish, sharks, Moray Eels…etc. sightings quite low. We also found the fish very skittish and not that easy to photograph. I could be wrong but these to me are the tell tale signs of over fishing in years past.
The food is quite good (decent sized buffet) but do not expect a 5 star menu as after all, it is still a dedicated dive resort. Other than the corals, everything that can be controlled by Wakatobi is top notch. Unfortunately, they cannot instantly repair the lower quantity of “big” stuff – only time will do that.
Also do not under estimate the house reef. We had one dive during the day and one at night. Unfortunately, we did not get to dive the North-East part of the house reef (it’s a long house reef). In fact, when we return someday, we are going to skip some boat dives and do more house reef diving. The snorkelling on the aforementioned house reef is just as good and I have yet to see another resort match it in terms of critters and scenery.
In closing, if you like the small stuff (pygmy sea horses, nudibranchs, seaworms…) and gorgeous scenery with the occasional encounter of an exotic fish like the Cuttle or a Sea snake, then Wakatobi is definitely the place to go.

Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet
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 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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