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Alan and Gretchen Ziegler
Alan and Gretchen Ziegler
Alan and Gretchen Ziegler
Diving and Travel Enthusiasts

Alan and I have always loved anything to do with water and we took dive classes whilst in high school and college. After we married, we dove once in Key Largo but working, children, and schooling took us away for a long time. We re-certified last year. We have made trips to Bonaire, Roatan, Little Cayman, and most recently, to Wakatobi.


Our Wakatobi Experience

To be honest, we were quite hesitant to make the long trek to the South Eastern hemisphere, however, with all the travel logistics managed by the folks at Aquatic

World, our local dive center, we decided to make the ultimate, one time only, trip of a lifetime. That was last week.

Now, we definitely plan on returning!

We agree with many other past visitors who have used superlatives in their critiques of their stay at Wakatobi. Every aspect of the trip has been far above any of our expectations. Wakatobi representatives met us at the airport and streamlined our movements through customs, even providing refreshments in the lounge at the Bali Airport. The charter flight to Tomia was very comfortable and the boat jaunt to Wakatobi warmed us immediately to the friendly people who call this island home.

All details of luggage and accommodations were taken care of by the resort staff. Of course the trip is all about diving, and it was the individual care given to us during every dive, which made it so easy to focus on what we came here for. Wakatobi is tops.

halimeda ghostpipefish
Halimeda ghost pipefish (green variation)
(Solenostomus halimeda)
halimeda ghost pipefish
Halimeda ghost pipefish (white variation)
(Solenostomus halimeda)

Offered at Wakatobi was a Fish Behavior specialty course that is PADI endorsed and taught only here at Wakatobi. Award winning National Geographic Filmmaker Guy Chaumette authored the course and taught the class, which consisted of a two hour media presentation on fish habitats and behavior in the reef ecosystem. We thought that by understanding some of the behavior that we observed in fish, we would be better tuned to search for such and anticipate better photos. The course was fit precisely to our personal time schedule and we didn't miss a moment of diving. After the fascinating media presentation, we planned two dives lead by fish behavior experts. As we took the required time to blend into the environment, the fish became accustomed to our presence, and we were able to observe symbiotic relationships, cleaning, hunting, and spawning behaviors. This class has greatly enhanced our understanding and our entire diving experience and, as we can now better interpret fish behavior, we can anticipate activities and be prepared for great photos. Thank you!

Best regards,

Alan and Gretchen



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