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

Wakatobi -- Pelagian/Wakatobi, Mar, 2010,

by Steve Kraus, BC, CA ( 1 report). Report 5510.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, North Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, Maldives, PNG
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 26 to 31 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Once you established your competency the profile was up to you for the most part. 70 minute dives were suggested and for the most part adhered to be courteous to all divers.
Liveaboard? yes 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 4 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 Wakatobi and the Pelagian are set up with the UWP in mind. Staff and facilities are excellent. In fact I became complacent and on one trip from the resort didn't bring my gear as I had gotten used to everything being taken care of. A speed boat was enlisted to rush my camera out to the Dhoni to ensure that I didn't miss the photo oportunities! First class service.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were scheduled to be on the repositioning cruise of Pelagian to Wakatobi followed by a week at the resort. Due to circumstances beyond the control of Wakatobi, we were delayed in our departure for a number of days reducing our dive experience. There was a degree of poor communication during the delay that lead to some very disgruntled divers, but I must say now that the administration of Wakatobi have made good on their word to go above and beyond to ensure that we have the best possible experience. We were amongst the first to experience their Fluo diving night dive and it opens up a new realm in night diving. I highly recommend it from both a visual and educational perspective. We have just booked a return visit for next year and expect a seamless experience. As with any remote 3rd world dive experience, there will always be challenges to our first world sensibilities, but the team at Wakatobi seem to earnestly strive to balance client comfort/experience with local/cultural sensitivity. All things considered with the remoteness of the location, the operation is first rate.
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