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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia

Wakatobi Dive Resort: "Current - it's hard to like", Sep, 2017,

by Marilyn Walker, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9828.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Caribbean, Australia, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Micronesia
Closest Airport Tomia Getting There Charter flight Denpasar to Tomia. Don't miss the flight.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Easy-going but safety minded
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments First dive is at 7:30 am, second dive at 11 am, third dive either 2:30 pm or 5:30 pm as night dives rotate around among the several dive boats. Water is chilly, although my dive computer reads 80 and 81 degrees. We're both in shorty wetsuits, still get a bit cold.

The dive operation is running three dive boats, with about 15 guests per boat. One dive guide handles up to five guests. The groups are intended to enter the water at intervals, so we spread out, but in practice it doesn't always work that way. We sometimes feel like we're too crowded. The crowding is especially pronounced on narrow sea mounts, where there is no room to spread out. At the end of the dive, everybody is hanging around the same place, getting in one another's way. We complained to the manager, who promised to look into the situation more deeply. We didn't visit any more sea mounts, so cannot comment on whether the cattle boat situation improved.

Coral and sponges look healthy. The water temperature is still suitable for the environment so we don't see the coral bleaching that is damaging other parts of the tropical Pacific.

We see clouds of small, colorful reef fish but bigger predators are infrequent. Other divers reported shark sightings way off in the blue, we saw a few barracuda, a few jacks.

Nudibranchs tend to be the common sorts, although everybody likes to have a look. Some of the most colorful chromodorids are disappointingly missing here. For example, my favorite Chromodoris bullocki was absent.

I tend to disregard the very tiny animals, which are difficult for me to see or photograph, but other divers delight in them, including the ever-popular pygmy seahorse.

Current
Every dive is strongly influenced by the current flow. Several times we moved away from the scheduled location because a two or three knot current was ripping through. One of the dive ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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