Wakatobi Dive Resort

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Destination: Indonesia

Lamanggau, Tomia, Wakatobi Regency, South East Sulawesi | Full-board + 3 dives from $454++/ppn

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Wakatobi Dive Resort Quick Pitch

Home to some of the worlds most pristine reefs, Wakatobi Dive Resort offers a level of service, remoteness and tranquility rarely found anywhere else on the planet.

 

Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 33
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, Wifi, jetty bar, spa services, boutique, VIP services, diving "taxi-boat" service, Nitrox (fee)
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Nearest Airport: Matahora Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes
 

 

How to Get There

The resort is located on Tomia Island in Wakatobi Marine National Park. It has its own private Airstrip, which helps make getting to the resort quite simple!

 

Dive Overview

Some guests never even go on a boat dive because the house reef and wall right in front of the resort provide enough to explore for days! The entire region has been turned into a protected marine park. Wakatobi is located in an area that encompasses the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world.

 

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Accommodations

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Wakatobi Dive Resort Accommodation Overview

Wakatobi Dive Resort offers 3 levels of accommodations, from Villas, Ocean Bungalows, and Palm Bungalows. Each hand-crafted villa and bungalow is spacious, quiet, comfortable and just a few steps from the ocean. All are air-conditioned with wi-fi satellite internet access, along with comprehensive amenities. All meals and snacks (chef-prepared in the beachside restaurant) are included throughout your stay.

 

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Wakatobi Villa 

  • The One-bedroom Villas and Two-bedroom Pool Villas offer the best of Wakatobi. Set on a low ledge just above the beach, at the northern end of the resort, they offer the ultimate in privacy and spacious comfort, complemented by unobstructed views of the ocean and Wakatobi’s spectacular sunsets.
  • Wakatobi's Villas step down to the beach and pristine waters. Two-bedroom pool villas have two large bedrooms, each with full baths, plus an outdoor spa shower, a private pool with expansive deck space and steps down to the ocean.
  • Villa guests enjoy a complimentary privilege package:
  • Butler (Private Resort Experience Manager) for a resort experience on a par with the best in the world
  • Private Guide (Private Dive Experience Manager) – personalized dives to deliver unique and memorable underwater experiences
  • plus 1 Fluo Experience or Test Drive a Seacam / Canon 5D UW setup for 2 dives

 

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Wakatobi Ocean Bungalow 

  • Take in a glorious sunset at the end of a satisfying day’s diving, to a soundtrack of waves gently lapping on the shore - all while seated on the balcony or in one of the comfortable lounge chairs in front of your Ocean Bungalow. All have commodious front porches with comfortable lounge beds and stunning sea views.
  • Ocean Bungalows have indoor bathrooms and spacious Asian spa-style outdoor showers.
  • If you are seeking the optimal blend of luxury and economy, an Ocean Bungalow is the best choice.
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Palm Bungalow 

  • Savor nature’s music - birdsong, the waves lapping a stone’s throw away and the breeze rustling in the trees - from the verandah of your Palm Bungalow.
  • These very comfortable bungalows are located slightly behind and in-between the front-row Ocean Bungalows 
  • amidst beautiful palm trees and other tropical plants.
  • All your basic needs are catered to in a Palm Bungalow and, as in all accommodation types, you’ll enjoy Wakatobi’s renowned and personalized service and chef-prepared meals
 

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Resort Facilities

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Restaurant & Bar

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Longhouse & Spa

 

Wakatobi Dive Resort Features 

  • Beachside restaurant
  • Jetty Bar
  • Spa
  • Library
  • Media room
  • Boutique and gift shop
  • Longhouse lounge

 

Wakatobi Dive Resort Food & Drinks 

  • Enjoy a premier dining experience in a relaxed, elegant setting at the Beach Restaurant. The team of professional chefs is highly trained, with years of experience working in first-class resorts and restaurants. The food they serve is an international blend of the exotic with the familiar.
  • If you have special dietary needs, the chefs will happily accommodate you, whether it be a food allergy or simply a preference. They are used to low-carb, vegetarian. low lactose, gluten free etc.
  • Most meals are served buffet style – but not just any buffet. This one is constantly replenished, kept fresh and hot. For dinner, there are also stations for the day’s roast and the day’s soup – and let’s not forget a variety of desserts!
  • Wait staff are on hand to serve drinks, whether you're looking for a soda, a fresh fruit juice, beer or an imported highly-rated wine. They also serve gourmet cappuccino, espresso and a variety of teas.

 

Wakatobi Dive Resort Activities 

  • Diving
  • Kitesurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)
  • Tours
  • Yoga
 

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Package & Rates

Wakatobi Dive Resort Rates

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Accommodation Rates

All prices are per person per night in US Dollars.

Accommodation

Twin Share

Single

occupancy

The Essentials (Palm Bungalow)

$315

$520

Gold Standard (Ocean Bungalow)

$395

$655

The Ultimate 1 (One bedroom villa)

$625

$1,110

The Ultimate 2 (Two-bedroom pool villa)

$845

$1,550

The Ultimate 2 Plus (Two-bedroom pool villa)

$1,145

$1,990

 

The Ultimate 1 Package Inclusions

  • Butler (Private Resort Experience Manager)
  • One PDEM (Private Dive Experience Manager)
  • One Fluo experience or test drive of Seacam/Canon 5D UW setup for two dives

 

THE ULTIMATE 2 PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Butler (Private Resort Experience Manager)
  • One PDEM (Private Dive Experience Manager) for the first two guests; a second is added for additional adult guests
  • One Fluo experience or test drive of Seacam/Canon 5D UW setup for two dives 

 

THE ULTIMATE 2 Plus PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Butler (Private Resort Experience Manager)
  • Daily private boat
  • One daily spa treatment per guest
  • Two PDEMs (Private Dive Experience Manager) for the first two guests; a third is added for two additional adult guests
  • One Fluo experience or test drive of Seacam/Canon 5D UW setup for two dives

 

All Resort Categories Include:

  • VIP greeting and assistance upon your arrival in Bali
  • Your resort accommodation
  • Free WiFi high speed internet access via satellite
  • In-room amenities such as minibar, coffee pot, towels, hair dryer & safe
  • Delicious & varied gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) & care to cater to special diets
  • 24 hours tea / brewed coffee / hot chocolate / drinking water, and daily snacks
  • Daily turndown service
  • Aromatherapy bath products in all rooms
  • Optional Village Tour on last day
  • No fuel surcharges / park fees  

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Activity Packages

All prices are per person per day in US Dollars.

Activity

Rate

Unlimited Diving - 3 x 70-minute guided boat dives on world-class protected reefs, unlimited shore diving with shore supervision and tender boat drop off. Unlimited Nitrox fills: $25/day

$195

Light Diving - 2 x 70-minute guided boat dives on world-class protected reefs. Nitrox Light: $18/day

$150

Unlimited Snorkeling - 3 x 70-minute guided boat snorkels on world-class protected reefs, unlimited shore snorkeling with shore supervision and tender boat drop off 

$145

Light Snorkeling - 2 x 70-minute guided boat snorkels on world-class protected reefs 

$110

Kite Surfing - Kite surfing is available June - September

$140

Private Dive/Snorkel Experience Manager (4 days min)

$225

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Dive Information

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Dive Overview 

Nowhere else do you have such ease of access to miles of pristine reefs with diverse topography, life and highlights. In other locations, you collect the good dive sites together over large areas with perhaps long and arduous boat journeys in between and might not even get close to what Wakatobi offers out there right at the doorstep.

The house reef is world-famous. Some guests never go on a boat dive because the reef and wall right in front of the resort provide enough territory and diversity to keep them exploring for several days. There is no need to swim long distances. They even offer ‘taxi-boat’ services to transport you to and from extended parts of the house reef.

Experience a new dimension in diving so exclusive that more people have seen Earth from space than have seen corals in this totally new light! Fish suddenly speak and coral communicates through fluorescence.

Night diving at Wakatobi is fantastic!. One or two night dives (depending on the length of the trip and weather) will be offered from the boats. You can dive any night on the house reef in front of the resort (unguided buddy teams). Simply gear up in the diver preparation area and walk-in off the beach.

Night dives should be finished at the latest by 10.00 p.m. but special arrangements can be made to dive at other hours.

They have more than 40 sites that they regularly dive, all accessible by our day boats. Boat rides range from 10 minutes up to a maximum of an hour for a few of the furthest sites.

Their Private Dive Experience Manager program represents the ultimate in personalized resort diving: a Private Dive Experience Manager, whose focus is to fulfill your innermost wishes and tailor an exclusive, personalized diving experience to fit your individual needs.

The entire Wakatobi region has been turned into a sustainable protected marine park. The local village and surrounding communities have enthusiastically adopted the conservation plan and as a result, illegal fishing, reef walking and other activities detrimental to the coral reef have been halted. Part of your payment for staying and diving at Wakatobi goes back to the community to sustain and support this new way of living. Living in harmony with and in respect of the coral reef ecosystem.

 

Marine Life 

Wakatobi is located at the world’s epicenter of coral reef biodiversity and is designated a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve. This means that while diving at Wakatobi you can see the greatest variety and diversity of marine life. You’ll not only see beautiful vistas or pristine coral reefs, but also abundant colorful reef fish and rare and unusual cryptic ‘critters’. New and undocumented species continue to be discovered at Wakatobi.

There are other locations where you can see larger schools of fish, bigger animals and experience more adrenaline-filled underwater ‘rides’, but for sheer reef scenery and marine life variety, you won’t be disappointed with a diving holiday at Wakatobi.

 

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Dive Center Information

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Camera Room & Dive Boats

 

Wakatobi Dive Resort Dive Center Overview

Remote doesn’t mean Spartan. They cater to air, Nitrox, and rebreather users as well as snorkelers and freedivers with comprehensive support facilities. And if you like to travel light, they offer a full range of premium quality gear for rental including regulators, masks, fins, dive computers, BCDs and torches. 

 

Wakatobi Dive Resort Dive Center Features 

  • Dedicated Professional Dive Staff
  • Private Dive or Snorkel Experience
  • First class facilities in the dive center
  • Comfortable and spacious day boats
  • Access to the resort’s near vicinity by tender
  • Support for Nitrox divers
  • Dive courses including nitrox certification
  • Wakatobi Resort is associated with PADI, SDI & TDI
  • Technical Diving Services

 

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Practical Information 

  • Electricity: 220 V
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Languages: Indonesian & English

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Underwater Gallery

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Snorkeling on the house reef in front of bungalows – photo Walt Stearns Anthias on the reef at wakatobi – photo Walt Stearns

Mandarinfish mating – Wakatobi – photo Walt Stearns Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses on fan at Wakatobi – photo Richard Smith

Blue-ringed octopus at Wakatobi – photo Wakatobi Resort Hawkbill turtle on the house reef – photo Wakatobi Resort

Private guide and guest at Wakatobi – photo Walt Stearns Blade dive site at Wakatobi  - photo Walt Stearns

 

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Reviews (6)

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The Wakatobi Dive Resort operations are tuned like a Swiss watch. Their rep was able to locate us before we got our luggage upon arrival to Bali. He assisted with checking into the hotel, which I booked. The Novotel hotel is right between the international and the domestic terminals on the short walk distance. It is a nice hotel and it is great for the short stay due to its proximity to airport terminals. There is a good restaurant in the hotel, if you don’t want to go out, but as soon as you step out of the hotel you will be swarmed by locals offering a taxi to a restaurant somewhere. We were told that it is pretty safe crime wise in Bali, so it is okay to walk around on your own and use taxi, but we were too tired after flights and stayed on the hotel grounds.
The Wakatobi rep explained what we should expect the next day. The next morning he greeted us again at the domestic terminal and introduced us to few more Wakatobi people. They provided our boarding passes and took care of our luggage. Then we were escorted to the lounge reserved for Wakatobi guests, where we could have breakfast and wait for boarding. The Bali airport domestic terminal looks very nice and comfortable. There are many typical Indonesian installations and colorful indoor gardens. It is worth of short walk around, so it is better to come earlier, not at the last moment.

One suggestion for future divers going to Wakatobi is if there is a piece of luggage that they won't need at the resort (personal belongings, etc. that are for other parts of the trip), they can leave it in Bali. Wakatobi personnel will take care of it until their return to Bali. So, you may pack accordingly. We didn't pack that way; we had 4 pieces of checked luggage and three pieces of hand luggage and it was not a problem for them anyway.

The charter flight to Wakatobi is serviced by Garuda Indonesia, which is definitely the best Indonesian airline. The ATR-72 plane was half full and it was a comfortable 2+ hour flight.

Upon arrival to Tomea Island we were promptly transferred by a bunch of SUVs to the boats, which took us to the resort, which is located on another smaller island. Each couple or group was met and escorted individually to their preassigned bungalow by one of the Wakatobi personnel, which for us happened to be the dive master with whom we would dive the whole week. Our luggage was delivered soon. We did a checkup dive in the afternoon on the arrival day.

The resort is well maintained; nice bungalows, restaurant and dive center, which they call the Long House. A very well organized camera room in the Long House, with the helpful photo guru host, Marco, who was knowledgeable and was always able to suggest the right lens choice for the next dive; you don't have to guess. There is more personnel than guests at the Wakatobi. All staff is very friendly and well trained to make guests comfortable. It was very pleasant stay. Food and snack was very good to delicious and plenty.

Free WiFi with internet access is in each bungalow and around the resort. However it is satellite based; it is not fast and Internet access is intermittent.

You may not need to bring shoes or slippers to the resort. You can have shoeless vacation. They do ask to remove shoes to enter the restaurant. There are salt water taps to wash off send from your feet before you enter the restaurant, your bungalow or the long house. The only time you may want to put something on your feet is if you cannot tolerate hot sand at midday, though most of paths around the resort are shaded by palm trees.

There is no source of fresh water on the island. The resort desalinates ocean water for all their needs. They do have different levels of desalination for water used in a toilet, a shower and drinking water. Don’t be surprised to find salt water in a shower and wetsuit washing tanks in diving equipment storage area. Camera tanks are filled with fresh water of course. They will wash all your diving equipment with fresh water after you complete your last dive.
Drinking water is available in a jug in your bungalow and basically everywhere, on the dive boat, at the long house and in the restaurant. Drinking water was no problem. There is also bottled water in the minibar in your bungalow, but that’s for a fee.

Diving at Wakatobi is great, pristine reefs with great diversity of dive sites. In my opinion, it is suitable for all diver experience levels, from beginners to seasoned divers. September is probably the best time to dive in Wakatobi. It is the driest month of the year; there was no rain at all. Weather was mostly sunny with few clowds. Water was quiet and clear; we only had a day or two of somewhat choppy sea while 10-minute crossing the channel. Calm sea at dive sites. Visibility was great; more than 100' for most dive sites. Dives are usually calm and easy. Currents depend on tides of course. Mostly minimal current, and if there is current there is no need to go against - it would be converted into a drift dive. Currents are being checked before each dive and discussed during the dive briefing. On one or two occasions the boat changed the drop point because current was going the opposite to expected direction; we simply started the dive from the other end of the same dive site. We did experience some moderate (it could probably be considered somewhat strong for some less experienced divers, but we have seen much worse) current on couple dives. In those cases we would go with the current and stop to explore areas behind corners, where was no current. Reef hooks are not allowed and probably not useful in there. All dives were great with no exception. Marine life is rich. Sure it is not comparable to let's say diving at Raja Ampat, which to me is like a benchmark; I haven’t seen anything better. Marine life diversity at Wakatobi is great, but not as great as Raja Ampat. We have seen a lot of stuff: pygmy seahorse, pygmy pipehorse, nudibranchs, stargazers, various shrimps, ribbon eels, giant turtles with remoras, giant bumphead parrotfishes, unicorn fishes, crocodile fishes were frequent and sometimes in bunches up to 3 species next to/on top of each other, plenty of various colorful reef fishes, schooling jacks, etc., etc. It is not possible to mention all. There is not much big stuff around though and that was what we expected anyway. We didn't see any sharks or much of other pelagic. Coral formations are great: soft corals, hard corals, giant sea fans, etc. ... healthy and colorful. The resort house reef is great, healthy and full of marine life. We dove the house reef every day in the afternoon, on sunset or at night. Every time there was something new to see. We found a gorgeous big basket star right next to the entrance galley on the night dive. The resort provides free taxi-boat, if you wish or if there is current, to drop you off at the far end of the reef for you to drift back to the pier. They would check the tide phase, the current direction and its strength for you before the dive. There is always someone watching divers on the house reef. If you finish the dive far from the pier either the taxi will pick you up or you swim to the shore, which is close and couple guys will assist you out of the water and will take care of your gear. Night dives must be finished before 10pm.
You don’t need to worry about your diving equipment. There is many assistants taking care of it, who would bring it to the boat or to the pier and take it back to the storage area. They would put it together and help you putting on and off. You only required to analyze nitrox for your next dives.

Diving was in small groups - 4 to 6 divers per a dive guide. They take good intervals between dropping groups to avoid crowds, so you almost never see another group underwater. The resort wasn't filled to the capacity, which was a surprise because it was really good season for diving. Except of one day we were only 4 with our dive guide. We dove with Yono for the whole week and were very happy to have him as a divemaster. I think other divemasters are good as well. Dives are typically not deep and scheduled to be 70 minutes. We were not forced out as soon as the first diver got low on air. Yono wasn't strict but was attentive. He would escort to the boat the diver low on air and return to the group. He knows all the marine life and the way to find it. He also was good at suggesting the right lens choice for the next dive. He knows what is expected to see on the next dive and does understand photographer’s needs.

A week of diving passed quickly … too soon. We booked 5 days of unlimited diving, the sixth day, the last one was supposed to be light diving with two morning boat dives. We were surprised to learn that we will only do one dive on the last day because they consider the checkup dive which we did on the day of arrival to be part of the last light dive day package. Well, the checkup dive was indeed the complete guided dive on the house reef. We didn’t argue that; we paid $70 or $75 pp to upgrade from the light dive to the unlimited dive day. So, if you want to maximize your diving experience, you should book the unlimited diving on the last day too. It will cost you less, if booked in advance.

The trip back to Bali was equally comfortable. We had over 8 hours between flights in Bali. When we mentioned that to a guy who greeted us at the Bali airport on the day of arrival, he suggested to take a half day cab tour around Bali instead of just sitting at the airport. We booked the tour from the Wakatobi resort. The cab was a comfortable SUV type with the spacious trunk for our luggage. We were free to choose where to go. We visited the Uluwatu Temple and had a chance to see the part of Bali. We stopped at the place that serve and sell an authentic wild Luwak coffee. Unfortunately we had no time to see the traditional Indonesian dance performed at the Uluwatu temple every night at sunset. They just started the dance, when we had to leave for the airport. I have to say that that place was very busy with tourists. Our guide in Bali, Suka was great. I understood that he doesn't work for Wakatobi Dive Resort directly, but they often contract him to entertain resort's guests. If time allows I do recommend taking trip around Bali.

Once again the trip was great; we were happy at every part. Thank you Blue Water Travel for arranging that.

Visited on 09/2018 - Submitted on 10/24/2018
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Each bungalow has its own open shower restroom. Its a good size room with a shower in one corner and the other facilities in the other corner. It was actually very nice and very clean. Bungalows are double occupancy or triple occupancy with 1 double bed and a twin bed. The beds were comfortable.

Bed assignment if sharing with someone you do not know is on a first come first serve basis, which was a bummer because your arrival is dictated by the plane. Shoes were not allowed in any of the buildings. You were required to take your shoes off at the entry way including the open aired eating pavilion, which has no walls.

The food variety was fantastic as where the other amenities. The food was served buffet style with two or three main island themes to chose from. Grilled dishes required line waits. Desserts were served as petite fours, which often ran out.

Internet access was throttled and intermittent.

With respect to marine life, I wished I had known before I went that the subjects were going to be SUPER MACRO as opposed to MACRO. If you are into photography, then plan accordingly. I ended up buying a magnifying glass at the resort's dive shop just to see what was being pointed out to us. It was very expensive for a plastic handled magnifying glass.

On one particular dive, the checkout dive, we went to a spot where the coral was dead. We were told it was a result of being poisoned to capture the fish for the aquarium market. All of the other dive sites were pristine but not close to the resort. There would be lengthy boat rides to the other sites. The boat captain looked for sites that would be sheltered from the currents for the time period we would be diving. On one dive we all got separated. There were local fishermen out calling in the locations if they saw us. My dive buddy and I waited a long time for a pickup while drifting.

The week that we went there were high currents with a lot of haze in the water. Although advertised as unlimited shore diving available, diving off the resort reef wasn't allowed as an option.

They have a dedicated camera room for all of the photographers. Places to charge your batteries and set the camera up. This room is protected and kept locked. They do not want you to do your camera gear in the rooms.

The dive boats were open boats, and they were kept very clean. The crew helped carry your gear through the water to load on and off the boats. The boats had more than ample room for anything and everything related to your dive. Not crowded at all. In fact very comfortable. The crews were very friendly and helpful.

The crew is very aggressive about keeping people from touching the reef. The most diligent that I've ever seen. Which means these reef's will stay in great shape for a long time to come. They are also very diligent about keeping people to under 60 minute dives.

The most disappointing thing about the trip was the limited diving and the lack of shore diving. Shore time / downtime becomes boring if your into diving and it isn't an option. So plan on taking reading material of a set of movies that you haven't seen yet to help pass the time.

Visited on 10/2012 - Submitted on 10/29/2014
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November of 2013 my husband and I headed to Wakatobi for a 11 night stay in a ocean front bungalow, food included in our stay. The journey to the resort from Bali is on their private jet at $675.00 each roundtrip. A light lunch was provided and a short 2 hour flight, a short car ride and a short boat ride, we arrived at Wakatobi. My husbands first impressions was, wow. First timer to Indonesia he has decided he needs to see more of this wonderful Country.

After check in, you unload all your land items to your room then dive equipment to your area by the reception area. Camera room is amazing and has everything you need to charge your batteries. It is air conditioned so be careful not to open your housing when you get outside because your camera will be fogged up for 1/2 a day, seen a few unlucky people have this happen to them.

Check out time in the ocean, wakatobi requires you to flood your mask, exchange air supply as they observe you doing this. I found this to be unnecessary since you have a divers certificate, but you have no choice if you want to dive. The check out dive is on the house reef, and that does give you an introduction to the reef so you can go on your own. We did this several times during our stay and I even found dwarf seahorses on the house reef.

Boat Dives are 3 a day, 70 minute limit and a 4 to 1 ratio is now being used. The guides do a great job finding critters you are looking for, I was interested in pipe fish and we found all kinds. This area is very good for wide angle and some macro. I came home with some very beautiful wide angle pictures and many had turtles in them, the house reef has at least 3 I found. All the diving I did was wall diving, and the boat most times locates you at the end for pick up, your dive guide will release a dive buoy for the boat to find you. Works well! The captains of the boats are very safety minded and have spotters on the boat to help keep an eye on divers and snorkelers.

Underwater life: Turtles, cuttlefish, Crocodilfish, Blennies, Anemonefish just to name a few. Dwarf seahorses, Nudibranches and Eels. I didn't see any frog fish or large fish but I might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Rooms: Ocean view room has an outdoor shower, fridge and coffee maker. We were abit far from the ocean to have a view but we just walked to the shore and enjoyed it. A garden view room would be a better money saving alternative, and you can still spend time on the beach to enjoy the ocean.
The food was outstanding and many different choices at each meal.

Costs:

flight to the resort 675.00 each

soft drinks, wine, beer and everything but ice tea, some juices and coffee is extra.

If you are offered a soft drink on the dive boat you are charged for it.

Visited on 11/2013 - Submitted on 03/03/2014
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My time last year at Wakatobi's resort was amazing. The resort made me fill out a questionaire prior to my arrival, ranging from size of tanks I would like, to food preference, to what kind of diving I enjoyed and even the pace that I like to dive at. Once at the resort they had then split up divers into groups based on preference, catered to each individuals dive profiles. The resort was also extremely helpful with arriving in Bali, having already set up a driver for me for the few days we were staying in Bali before flying out to Wakatobi. I also got to bypass the customs line coming in to Indonesia because they had already made arrangements, which saved me at least an hour of waiting. Upon arriving, every person I talked to already knew my name, and was extremely welcoming. The atmosphere itself was quite laid back, as if everyone was already friends with one another. Another instance of showing how laid back the place was, when I first arrived they told the guests that while you could wear shoes, it was more likely we would be walking around barefoot. This is because in front of every room is a small water pool that you would step in to easily wash off the sand off your feet. And looking back, I don't think I saw one person wearing shoes while on the island. The food was also outstanding; I think I would go back simply to have more of their wahoo sashimi.

Now for the diving! The sites were fantastic, the hardest part of each dive was trying to figure out if I wanted to shoot macro or wide angle. The pristine coral life is jaw dropping, but once you start looking closer you will see that there is in fact growth on growth on growth. While the whole reef scenes are astounding, I think the macro stuff is where this resort really shines. They have so many endemic species here, and there's so much of it, that it will blow your mind. You could do an hour long dive and move 10 ft and not have seen everything there. And while I'm sure I missed seeing many things, the dive guides did a fantastic job finding stuff. I don't know how they do it. The only thing I wish I could have done, was spend more time on the house reef. I did one dive there, and wished I had spent more time. The problem is that you are diving at all these other great locations constantly, so I didn't give myself any down time to explore more of the reef right in front of the resort. I guess this just gives me a reason to go back again :)

Visited on 09/2013 - Submitted on 03/02/2014
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5

I had high expectations going to Wakatobi, and it certainly did not fail to impress. We stayed in an Oceanside bungalow, which had a great view of the water and was perfect for my girlfriend and me. It wasn't too fancy, yet it was extremely comfortable. The staff was also a highlight of Wakatobi. Everyone was extremely friendly from the kitchen staff to the divemasters. Then there is the food, which was excellent in my opinion. It is buffet style, but there are plenty of delicious options, and also plenty of food for those with big appetites.

Now let's talk about the diving. I was absolutely blown away by the reefs. Most of the dives are sloping to steep walls with incredibly healthy reefs. The coral thrives, and with it so do the reef creatures. Highlights included frogfish, cuttlefish, ornate ghost pipefish, turtles, nudibranchs and a bunch of pygmy sea horses. Macro life was solid (but not fantastic), and larger pelagics were not around (no sharks and only a few larger fish); to me, however, this didn't matter given the incredible reefs. The divemasters were very adept at finding the creatures that we wanted to see and gave extremely thorough dive briefings. Finally, Wakatobi is well set up for photographers. It has a great photo room, and dives are ideal for the photographer (usually 70 minutes at a very slow pace).

Overall, Wakatobi will cost a pretty penny, but I definitely thought it was worth the money.

Visited on 08/2012 - Submitted on 02/28/2014

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