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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/South-East Sulawesi

Wakatobi: "Great UWP of corals and critters", Oct, 2016,

by Markus Fritze, HH, Germany (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9347 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments This trip report is an update to my report from 9/2013. I copied identical parts from the report over, but updated it with new information.

We have been at Wakatobi 8 times - almost coming every year. My wife loves taking pictures of beautiful corals and as such I have not found a better place, which is also that "easy" to reach (Bali and then a hotel organized flight directly to the hotel island) and that nice.

This time our trip was last minute (we "planned" 1.5 weeks before departure). We ended up with Thai from Germany via Bangkok to Bali. Overall a fine flight and considering the short time before departure also the cheapest option. In Bali you now go through immigration (no more complicated VISA) and pick up your luggage, where you will be expected by somebody from Wakatobi, who will lead you out of the airport to a car, which brings you to a hotel. Because international flights arrive later in the day and the flight to Wakatobi starts early, the overnight is necessary.

The flight to Wakatobi leaves at the domestic airpo ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Germany, Malta, Egypt, Maldives, Indonesia, Belize, USA
Closest Airport Bali Getting There Wakatobi charters a plane from Garuda twice a week for the ~3 hour trip to the private airport. Arrival in Bali a day before the connecting flight is required. On the departure day the international flight can't leave Bali before 5pm, if you want to catch it.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 29-30°F / -2--1°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions ~70 minutes on boat dives, buddy teams. Solo diving only for approved
instructors. You can rent your own boat and then do what you want...
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
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 My wife and I are UWP for many years. She is doing wide-angle, I am doing macro and super-macro.

Wide-angle is easy in Wakatobi. The amount of healthy corals is unbelievable. There was some minor bleaching this year, but you found maybe 1 or 2 damaged corals during one dive. In the past 10 years the reefs haven't suffered, it's more ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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