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Dive Review of Wakatobi -- Pelagian in
Indonesia/Bali & Wakatobi

Wakatobi -- Pelagian: "Mimpi Menjangan and MV Pelagian, diveoperations that go the extra step", Jul, 2016,

by Phil Hamilton, MA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 9423.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Outline of trip report:
We know that you will need to edit this, but we thought we’d tell you everything about this trip.
Firstly, this was a trip that almost never happened! Three and a half weeks before departure, I was knocked off a ladder and sustained a fractured heel. However, with the aid of a sympathetic surgeon, some technology, a great airline, and 2 wonderful dive/resort operations, we had a great experience.
The plan was to fly to Bali, go to the Mimpi Menjangan dive resort in northern Bali to get over jet lag and do some check out dives and then go to Wakatobi to join the Pelagianlive-aboard for a week, diving the archipelago. Frustrated with trying to use frequent flyer miles for the dates we wanted, we took advantage of an introductory offer from Qatar Airlines as they were launching their Boston/Doha route. Long flights, but only one stop from Boston to Bali. We booked business class and received astounding service – no hassles with the checked in dive gear, comfortable flights, and great staff. By this time I was in a removable orthopedic boot and walking frame.
A suggestion for anyone with a long layover in Doha: the airport hotel will charge for a room based on length of occupancy instead of a whole night – great if you just want to take a shower and grap a couple of hours sleep before the next leg of the journey.
We had informed both dive resorts of my impaired status, and our arrival in Bali was an indication that Wakatobi was going to live up to their reputation for excellent service. We were met by Wakatobi staff, even though it would be another 4 days before we flew onto Wakatobi. They organized the collection of our luggage, had been in contact with the driver from Mimpi Menjangan, and took us and our luggage directly to the car waiting for us.
Mimpi Menjangan:
It had been 12 years since we were last in Bali – we di ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Wakatobi -- Pelagian   [Mimpi Menjangan

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Indonesia, Maldives, Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Roatan, Utilla, Belize, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cozumel, Australia, California, New England, Fla keys, Philipines
Closest Airport Ngurah Rai Getting There Qatar Airlines, Boston to Doha, Doha to Bali. Excellent service, no hassles

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 45-80 Ft/ 14-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Keep in sight of guide, change direction when guide indicated, minimum 3 minute safety stop
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments We didn't use our cameras at Mimpi Menjangan. However, the Pelagian had a great camera room with plenty of outlets ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By carl berensonin WA, US at Dec 18, 2016 13:41 EST  
total cost of your trip? thanks.
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