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Dive Review of Wakatobi in
Indonesia/Southern Sulawesi Island

Wakatobi, Jul, 2004,

by Suzette and Mark Baker, CA, USA . Report 1387.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, Little Cayman, Florida, California, Hawaii, Fiji, Bali, Manado and Lembeh Straits in Northern Sulawesi
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Wakatobi allows you dive your own profile. The only restrictions were to dive with a buddy and leave eveything you see undisturbed. No gloves were allowed to discourage touching.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Wakatobi has some of the best diving we have experienced. Because of it's location in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the fact that Wakatobi has been able to enforce strong ecological requirements, the coral is among some of the healthiest in the world. Wakatobi gives a contribution to the local village for every diver at their resort. The fishing and diving is limited, thus helping keep the area pristine. A marine biologist was visiting when we were there, and he confirmed that this is one of the healthiest reefs he has seen, and is encouraged since many of the reefs he's visited throughout the world are dying.

Wakatobi's dive operation is one of the best. Their philosophy is that divers are certified and thus capable of diving their own profile. However, they provide experienced instructor-level dive guides to show you an abundance of camouflaged fish and critters. Some of the dive guides even carried magnifying glasses to help point out the pigmy sea horses that we had difficulty seeing with our aging eyes.

Accommodations were clean and comfortable, with king-size bed, desk, and internet access. Private bathrooms were basic with toilet and shower. They are continually making improvements and currently plan to build some additional luxury rooms.

The 5 star chef prepared scrumptious meals with several main courses, and a separate 5 star pastry chef made several desserts each night!

During the planning of our trip, Wakatobi's management was extremely accommodating. They went far above the call of duty in helping us! Due to a family emergency occurring right before our trip, we thought we would have to cancel. However, they worked with us around our planning and helped make it possible for us to come. Wakatobi goes out of their way to accommodate you.

It's a long trip, but Wakatobi has built their own airstrip and charters a private plane to fly their guests from Bali to an island a short distance from their resort. From there, they pick you up by boat for a short ride to the resort. It's worth the trip!
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