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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in

Wakatobi Dive Resort: "Wakatobi Dive Resort", Aug, 2015,

by John Miller, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8395.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I definitely recommend using their VIP service to expedite your transfer through Bali to Wakatobi. We arrived late at night and were met by VIP service who handled our bag transfer to the hotel in Bali. Next morning they met us for a full day of touring Bali and took us back to the hotel for the night. Next morning they picked us and our bags up for trip to airport where they escourted us through check-in and security and led us to the VIP lounge to wait for the plane to Wakatobi (another 2.5 hour flight). At the airfield there we were met by staff who took our bags and us and loaded on one of their large boats for the 15 min ride to the resort. All well done and beyond our expectations. The departure went about the same way, but with just the day in Bali touring before flying home. Diving was beyond belief and convinced us everything we had been told was true. The staff and food were 5 star, as was the dive shop operation, camera room, spa etc. Our only negative experience came from one of the owners kids being at the resort with little supervision until after two days of complaints from guests and then just a little improvement. It is expensive to get to from US and high priced to visit but worth every cent. It needs to be on your bucket list. Water temps were colder than normal for that time of year, as were currents.
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji
Closest Airport Bali Getting There Dallas to Seoul on Korean Air and then to Bali on Korean Air and then charter.

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 74-75°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None in actuality, although they wanted PSI checks and safety stop with 500 PSI. No less than 200 PSI back on boat.
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 N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 water buckets, large camera/dry table. Careful handling of equipment by dive staff. They would take your cameras to the boat for you as well. Best camera room I've seen anywhere.
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