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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Jun, 2005,

by Ernie Hounshell, Florida, USA . Report 1737.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Bahamas, Honduras, Palua, Truk, Fiji, Ponape, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Bottom time limited to 75 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boats, large work table on boats for cameras, large dedicated camera room at resort with charging stations and E6 processing.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We were met at the airport in Bali, whisked thru customs and off to our hotel. A very pleasant experience after 19 hours in the air. After resting up for two days in Bali, we flew the charter airline to the resort. Taxis met us and took us to the boat for a 10 minute ride to the resort. Our luggage was waiting at our bungalow when we arrived. We were briefed on the resort operation and prepared to go diving. The dive boats are 70 feet with only 12 divers, toilet, camera rinse tanks and snacks between dives. The reefs are pristine, some of the best coral I have seen in over 20 years of diving. Very few large fish, but the reef fish and macro is outstanding. The dive guides point out the macro subjects (pygmy seahorses, shrimp, cowries, etc.). Some of them are difficult to see with a magnifying glass. Stay with the dive guide if you want to see the macro. The house reef is a wall, as good as any of the dive sites. They will drop you off along the house reef and let you ride the current back. The food was gourmet, with a large variety at each meal. They have a dedicated bread and pastry chef who turns out fantastic desserts daily. You are allowed to do all the diving you want on the house reef, which gives you time for macro photography. The bungalows are very comfortable, hot and cold water (safe to drink also) and kept clean daily. Plan to stay as long as you can afford as this is a long trip to get here. Exceeded all our expectations.
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