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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

Wakatobi Dive Resort: "Departing from Wakatobi", Dec, 2013,

by Andrew Bernat, VA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 7796.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our third trip is planned for 2015 so we obviously like it. There are lots of reviews on the web, including many in Undercurrent and I am not going to do a general review.

Recently there were (negative) comments on the departure process and this is what I am responding to here. As always, these reviews are one-offs and circumstances and expectations vary.

We have never had to deal with moving our suitcases from the boat to the airport (other than hand carry items).

The day of our last departure was cloudy and rainy (the only such day during the trip). Because the air strip on Tomea Island is Visual Flight Rules only, the plane from Bali could not land after three attempts. They had to fly off to Makassar for refueling. Obviously we were greatly delayed returning to Bali. The Wakatobi staff handled rebooking everyone's flights (we were staying over on Bali so didn't have an issue) and made appropriate hotel reservations for them. One person on a United mileage ticket was quoted an additional fee nearing $1000. The Wakatobi staff got this reduced to $0. And the kitchen sent over sandwiches and drinks. Was everyone happy about the delay? No, but weather is weather. Wakatobi did a tremendous job of helping everyone deal with it. (BTW the owner was on the flight from Bali.)

On landing on Bali, the Wakatobi staff saw us through collecting our luggage. Because we were staying on Bali, hotel staff took over at that point. But we weren't abandoned by Wakatobi in any sense.

Again, each review is a one-off and your expectations and experiences may vary. Some folks at the resort saw whale sharks; we saw pilot whales while on the boat.
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, French Polynesia
Closest Airport Bali Getting There 36 hours from DCA

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Safety of the reef is paramount.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 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 N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Nice camera room and freshwater tanks. Staff insisted on carrying camera equipment.
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