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Dive Review of Wakatobi -- Pelagian in
Indonesia

Wakatobi -- Pelagian: "Diving Wider Wakatobi from the Pelagian", Mar, 2015,

by Rickie Sterne/Chris Button, AR, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8471.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving around the Caribbean, Australia, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Truk, Yap, Palau, other areas of Indonesia
Closest Airport Denpasar, Bali Getting There very long flight, but good connections on Singapore Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 120 feet or nitrox MOD. We were encouraged to dive safely and conservatively because we were in a remote location.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 The Pelagian has a large camera room with plenty of outlets, both 110 and 220. On our trip only five of us really set up shop in the camera room. There was ample space for four large rigs an ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments For those willing and able to pay the considerable tariff, there is a lot to like on the Pelagian. Pelagian divers enjoy the usual Wakatobi meet and greet on their arrival at the the airport in Denpasar. They are welcomed back to the airport by Wakatobi staff and escorted to a VIP lounge when they return for the charter flight to the resort. While the charter flight, now provided by Garuda, is slightly more expensive than commercial flights, it offers several advantages. The most obvious of these is a free 74 pound weight allowance. Wakatobi adopts a carrot rather than a stick approach to luggage weights. We each received a $100 "light luggage" resort credit because our bags weighed in at just less than 20 kg each.That credit paid for over six days' worth of nitrox. After we reached the resort, the Pelagian group was rounded up and escorted to the resort's lovely restaurant to eat lunch while all our luggage was carted out to the yacht. When we boarded the boat, we were given a thorough briefing and made a check out dive near the resort.
The Pelagian maintains a brisk and busy four dive per day schedule. The dive day begins early on the Pelagian. With the first dive scheduled for 0645, divers needed to have their nitrox checked and to be suiting up on the dive deck by 0630. Those of us who felt the need for coffee and nourishment before the first dive were setting our alarms for 0530. The so-called grazing breakfast did offer compensation in the form of fresh-baked croissants or pastry, but it still made for an early start to the day. We ordered our bre ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Rickie Sterne in AR, US at Oct 16, 2015 12:34 EST  
Oops! This trip was actually made in March, 2015.
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