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Dive Review of wakatobi in
Indonesia/sulawesi

wakatobi, Nov, 2002,

by David Blatt, co, usa . Report 300.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving papua new guinea, fiji, galapagos, thailand, cozumel, hawaii,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions don't get bent
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 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The resort has a large camera room with plenty of space. Bringing an extra power strip can come in handy if many phtographers are on the trip.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 The most amazing thing about wakatobi is the reef. It is the most pristine and diverse reef that I have ever experienced. From one dive to the next you never know what type of creature you will encounter. Dive sites at some places begin and end with sand or rubble with no more reef to be found. At wakatobi you don't know where one dive site ends and another begins. The most amazing part is the house reef. A few kicks away from the shore and over the wall and you are in paradise. I shot 8 hours of video in 46 dives during my stay. Including a half hour of mandarin fish doing their thing. If you can stay in the grand bungalos you have a little more space and your own bathroom. In the longhouse you share a bathroom with the other guests and the rooms are a little smaller but still more than comfortable. The food was more than abundant as well as very tasty. This is not a luxury resort, but it offers all the amenities that are needed or can be expected in such a remote diving location. If its luxury you are looking for go to some where like hawaii, but do not expect anywhere near the amazing underwater sights you will get at wakatobi. Wakatobi is for people who love the underwater realm and all it has to offer. If you are looking for a dive vacation and not an afternoon around the pool with cabana towel service Wakatobi is a place that should not be missed. It takes some time to get there but it is worth the trip. And while you are in Indonesia do some sight seeing on Bali. The Balinese people are some of the friendliest and peace loving people I have met in all my travels. The land is so beautiful and don't forget your wallet because the crafts availible in Ubud are amazing and very inexpensive. The people realy need your tourist dollars now because they rely on it for most of their income. They were victims of the bombing as well and are not the ones responsible. I never felt anything other than safe the entire time I was in Indonesia. So if you get the chance do not miss this destination.
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