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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Sep, 2007,

by Bob & Pat Thompson, Pa, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3498.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our first "big" dive trip outside the Caribbean and we loved it. The corals were spectacular. The dive boats are 65 feet (extremely spacious) and at most take 12 divers. The dive crew was extremely competent, setting up all equipment, and serving hot drinks, fresh baked cookies, and dry towels after each dive. By the second day, they knew what we liked to drink and brought it to us without even asking. Divemaster Irwin was excellent and found pygmy seahorses, robust ghost pipefish, crocodile fish, leaf fish, frogfish, and many others that we never would have seen without him. One day, there was a school of baby pufferfish right under the dive boat. Also saw schools of bumphead parrotfish. The water was colder than we expected and we were glad that we had packed some extra neoprene, including a full hood.
There is absolutely nothing to do after the 7 PM dinner hour, so if you crave night-life, this is not the place for you. Better lighting in the cabins to be able to curl up with a book would have been appreciated. But with the superb diving, who needs night-life! Night diving was available, and the 5 PM happy hour at the end of the pier offered beautiful sunsets.
Don't miss the tour of the local village of Lamanggau, where many of the boat crew and resort personnel live. It makes you appreciate what you have. We were encouraged to bring school supplies, which we did, but would also bring small tools, such as screwdrivers and wrenches (metric) for the villagers if we ever went again. One fisherman was scraping the scales from a fish with a shell and we wished we had a knife we could have left with him.
We took the 19 hour non-stop Singapore Airlines flight from Newark to Singapore, and then a 2 hour flight to Bali. The American airlines should take lessons in customer and food service from this airline; the treatment was royal. Spend a couple days in Bali; it's a beautiful island, and you will have room for souvenirs after you leave your school supplies in Wakatobi.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 76-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Requested to keep dive time to 70 minutes maximum.
Must do a check-out dive, including mask clearing and buddy octopus sharing before any other dive; a good idea, since the nearest chamber is in Bali.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 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 Large camera area on boats. Crew treated cameras with respect and knew which one belonged to which diver by the second day. Camera room dockside with 110 and 220 power strips. Could leave cameras and equipment in the room overnight without fear of theft.
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