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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Aug, 2013,

by Steven Cohen, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7238.

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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 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Wakatobi is a superior resort and dive operation. The dive staff and land service people know your name within 24 hours. They set up your gear for you, and make sure it's on the boat. they help you check your nitrox fills. Dives are not hurried and there is plenty of time to take pics or video. The reef is in even better shape than 2 years ago with lots of healthy corals and abundant tropical fish.
The only drawback is if you have a major medical emergency. There is no real medical care available- just a dispensary. I inadvertently got stung by hydroids while doing video of an anemone fish. By midnight my hand was the size of a brick. I called the resort emergency number but there was no answer (it turns out the line was out of order and nobody knew it.) I could not get cell service on my iphone to call DAN. Finally was able to text my buddy back in Virgina via wifi who got in touch with DAN for me. Fortunately, I had appropriate meds with me and was able to treat my problem. I spoke to one of resort managers in the AM about the situation and asked what the plan was if there was a serious emergency. Evidently, there isn't one. I think given the age of many of the divers who go to this resort, there should be some sort of emergency evac plan in place.
Other than this mishap, we had a wonderful time and I would return to Wakatobi tomorrow!
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Galapagos, Cocos, Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 100-20 Ft/ 30-6 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70min dives. Guided dives. Had to dive with buddy or group
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 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 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera/video room available on land. Table on boats for cameras but no rinse tank but not a problem since returned to resort between dives. Staff willing to help with video editing questions.
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