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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Jul, 2011,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 6214.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao, Dominica, Dumaguete, Galapagos, Indonesia, Puerto Galera, Red Sea, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were limited to just over 70 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Large camera room with big rinse tank outside just off dock at resort. Rinse tank on the dive boats.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was our second trip to Wakatobi/Pelagian. We spent 2 weeks on the Pelagian in December, 2007, and although we did not stay at the resort on that trip we did dive some of the resort reefs from the Pelagian. The main purpose of this trip was to participate in an Ikelite photo school at the resort. As a mainly self-taught photographer I can highly recommend the photo school. I learned a lot that will help my photography in the future. The Ikelite folks were just great. The Wakatobi resort was all that its advertising leads you to expect. The operation is well organized. The people are very customer service oriented. The cottages (even the cheap ones) are comfortable. The food is very good. The dive boats are large, comfortable, and make diving easy. Most sites are within about 20 minutes of the resort, although we did go out to one site that was about 45 minutes away. The only downside at this point is that the reefs are not as healthy and the fish life not as prolific as our previous trip. There was lots of dead coral and sand where there used to be healthy reefs. The sites that used to have clouds of anthias at the top of the reef now had just a few or none at all. That said, the rest of the group that we traveled with loved it as none of them had been there before and did not have the high level of expectations that we did.
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