You’ll have a great time, but don’t take our word for it…
Christine Schnyder-luthi and Ueli Schnyder
An ideal place to wind down and be active at the same time.
“An ideal place to wind down and be active at the same time. The service is really outstanding throughout. The villas are beautiful. The food is excellent. The dive sites are wonderful with healthy coral and millions of fish.”
The Duchini Family
Our dive instructor was exceptional. We have learned more about diving in one week than in the previous 12 years!
“We enjoyed excellent service from the moment we arrived in Denpasar. Welcoming staff escorted us to our overnight accommodation and were waiting for us in the morning to escort us to the lounge for breakfast – excellent! Upon arrival at Wakatobi, the excellence continued – from the level of care taken in our room to the restaurant staff to the dive staff. All were exceptional. The warmth and hospitality shown by all is something for management to be very proud of. Well done, team! Our dive instructor was exceptional. We have learned more about diving in one week than in the previous 12 years! She is a gem!”
Wakatobi has great management and service. I will recommend to friends to come for a holiday.
“Wakatobi has great management and service. I will recommend to friends to come for a holiday.”
Deep blue water, forests of coral, amazing fish life, excellent service and hospitality, and wonderful food – what more could you ask for?
“Everything is 6 stars! I had a wonderful holiday. Staff is exceptional in attentiveness and friendliness. Love the pillow menu [to select your pillow preference]. Suggestions: have happy hour a little later, as often guests are not back from diving /snorkeling until 4:30 and it’s still hot at that time. Have sunscreen available on boats. Deep blue water, forests of coral, amazing fish life, excellent service and hospitality, great pillow menu and wonderful food – what more could you ask for? We will be back in the next 2 to 3 years.”
Wakatobi is an excellent resort. Service exceeded expectations.
“Wakatobi is an excellent resort. Service exceeded expectations.
Nolo and Monica Ambrosi
We had great service, a great dive master, a great dive team and great ground staff! We had a great selection of dive sites. The accommodations were great as well.
“Wakatobi provided a completely different experience compared to the Pelagian. We had great service, a great dive master, a great dive team and great ground staff! We had a great selection of dive sites. The accommodations were great as well. These last four nights and days were awesome!”
Our Wakatobi visit was an amazing experience both under and above water.
“Our Wakatobi visit was an amazing experience both under and above water. My 5 year old had an amazing time snorkeling the reef. Thank you for making diving so enjoyable and for making both of our stays memorable. The staffs are all incredibly friendly and one of the highlights of the trip. Wakatobi is an amazing resort that focuses on diving and helping non-divers and little kids (few do this). We were very happy, well looked after and entertained! We will be back!”
Everything was a step up from the usual. Wakatobi is a first class resort, and I hope to return soon!
“Everything was a step up from the usual. The transfer from Bali was well done, as was the boat transfer to the resort. The food was delicious. The dive team was amazing. They were well versed, patient and prepared. The boats were clean, neat and well maintained by the crew. The captain was first class. I especially thank my dive guide for the night dive – two thumbs up! Wakatobi is a first class resort, and I hope to return soon!”
Kay and Paul Damgaard
Pelagian is truly a five-star dive boat. Everything is well thought out and done to perfection.
“Our Pelagian stay exceeded our expectations! The dive masters are very knowledgeable and helpful. The crew was fantastic. The food was plentiful and delicious with many selections. The diving was terrific. It’s a perfectly run operation. Incredible! Pelagian is truly a five-star dive boat. Everything is well thought out and done to perfection.”
The dive sites are excellent. The crew is very attentive, and the dive team is very professional and friendly.
“The dive sites are excellent. I especially loved the Kaddlupe Lagoon – the site is just incredible. The crew is very attentive, and the dive team is very professional and friendly.”
All Pelagian crew were fabulous and most helpful. I had an excellent time!
“All Pelagian crew were fabulous and most helpful. The food was beautifully presented and cooked – very good! The tender captains and dive masters were awesome. The ship is well laid out; however the doors to the rear deck could be different as passage was quite narrow with one open. Everything was well orchestrated. I had an excellent time!”
Sandra Schmid and William Balch
Diving, dining, service, facilities, cabins – all were perfect!”
“Everything from our arrival in Bali to our disembarkation was first class. Our stewards were friendly, efficient and creative and were a pleasure to see every day and after every dive. Our dive masters were excellent guides – informative, safety oriented and fun! The rooms at the resort and cabins on Pelagian were spacious with lots of storage space and a comfy bed. Deck organization was perfect for before and after diving, relaxing, dining, storage, camera, tanks etc. The food was fantastic, having great diversity and great taste. The breakfast pastries were amazing. Evening briefings were educational and relevant. The dive sites were beautiful. I’m not usually a night dive fan, but they were also great dives. Every detail from our arrival in Bali to our disembarkation was perfectly executed. Diving, dining, service, facilities, cabins – all were perfect!”
Barb and Tom Buckley
It is all the wonderful staffs that make Wakatobi Resort so phenomenal – the dive guides, the front desk staff, the massage therapists and others. Wakatobi is pure heaven on earth.
“It is all the wonderful staffs that make Wakatobi Resort so phenomenal – the dive guides, the front desk staff, the massage therapists and others. The barefoot experience caught us off guard, but we came to really enjoy it. While the Pelagian was an interesting experience, we prefer diving at the resort. The grounds are well kept and inviting! The meals are varied and delicious, and we appreciated the kitchen staff preparing special meals for me. No little detail is overlooked here! We love the fact that there is a relationship between the resort and the local community and that all work together seamlessly! We loved the personalization by our dive master. Wakatobi is pure heaven on earth.”
The staffs, the food and our villa were all wonderful. The dive sites are amazing–loaded with sea life rather than divers.
“I had a great holiday at Wakatobi. The staff, the food and our villa were all wonderful. The dive sites are amazing – loaded with sea life rather than divers. It’s my privilege to dive at Wakatobi. The fluorescent dive was so magical that no words can describe it. My dive guide took good care of me on all dives and pointed out many unique sea lives. I would like to thank the entire dive crew and land staff that made my experience at Wakatobi so memorable.”
Attilo and Melanie Narin
Outstanding diving and dive team, relaxing atmosphere, and always fresh and delicious food.
“Outstanding diving and dive team, relaxing atmosphere, and always fresh and delicious food. We enjoyed great diving with very professional dive staff. Extremely convenient to dive, great helpers, easy boat rides, etc. All the staffs were extremely friendly and helpful. The restaurant is very good and willing to customize and fulfill special requests. Our dive guide and the rest of the team took great care of us, especially Melanie, who sometimes can feel uncomfortable when diving. But not at Wakatobi – she was great, thanks to everyone!”
Caroline Crawford and Benjamin Baiamonte
Wow! We absolutely loved our Wakatobi experience.
“Wow! We absolutely loved our Wakatobi experience. From the very beginning, we were met with a big smile and efficiency in the Bali airport. We were escorted to a private waiting room for our trip over. It was lovely. Then the boat ride and taxi were also lovely. Our host was incredible. The front desk staff took special care of us. We went to lunch and fell in love with the dining staff. We got to know them all and literally, they were amazing including the bartenders. I cannot say enough about their friendly attitudes, incredible memory with names and specific orders and all making every meal an absolute joy and something to look forward to.
Finally, we must say that our dive master made our trip! He was fantastic, incredibly knowledgeable, gracious, kind and hilarious. He made us feel like family and want to jump out of bed to dive with him every day. He is a true gem. We loved getting to know both our dive masters. Together, they made our boat, the Waka IV. Thank you for everything. We loved it!
The staff makes this place. Everyone I interacted with was lovely.
“The staff makes this place. Everyone I interacted with was lovely. The baker is phenomenal – consistently baking the best bread I have ever had.”
Kay and Paul Damgaard
Overall, excellent. The diving was first class. The food was delicious and the staff was incredible.
“Overall, excellent. The diving was first class. The food was delicious and the staff was incredible.”
Sandra Schmid and William Balch
It’s no wonder people come back again and again. You can’t beat perfection.
“We enjoyed our two weeks in paradise! Thank you. We were very impressed with the attention to detail in the bungalows, ground, pathways and beaches, showers and toilets near the jetty. The outdoor showers were great – no mist or dampness in the rooms. The food was outstanding. The staff was very attentive, friendly and professional. The diving was spectacular. It was the best we’ve experienced including Palau, Raja Ampat, Papua New Guinea, etc. The diving logistics were simple and efficient. Our dive guide was wonderful – so knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, safe and accommodating. It’s no wonder people come back again and again. You can’t beat perfection.”
We were very happy with all operations.”
“This time we brought our three children, and we were very happy with all operations.”
Carla and Anton Musgrave
Pelagian is a great boat with superb crew, and good food! Excellent teamwork! Fabulous diving! Faultless.
“We had an excellent experience! Pelagian is a great boat with superb crew, and good food! Excellent teamwork! Fabulous diving! Faultless. Thank you! All around, our diving and holiday experience was superb. We will be back!”
I had a wonderful experience. Pelagian crew is outstanding. They can’t do enough to help.
“I had a wonderful experience. Pelagian crew is outstanding. They can’t do enough to help. By the second day they knew our names – impressive! They speak clearly, confidently and are extremely polite. They are helpful in every way. The food is delicious and with enough variety. It’s nice that you can mix and match lunch and dinner menus and even invent a new one. The dive sites were beautiful, but it would have been nice spend a little more time at the really beautiful sites. We loved the evening presentations, which were very informative. The rooms are comfortable although it would be nice to have another mirror in the room itself. Our only disappointment for me was that I would like to have dived with some big stuff or large schools of fish. The corals are the best I have ever seen.”
Simply an incredible experience all-around– first class in every way! We’ll return with friends… ASAP!
“I had an amazing stay! Everyone is so friendly, and they make a huge effort to make diving easy and enjoyable! Great food, excellent service and super diving. Thank you everyone! Simply an incredible experience all-around– first class in every way! Will return with friends… ASAP!”
Your staff is amazing. Your meals are amazing! Your dive crew and the dive team were really amazing.”
“I truly enjoyed Wakatobi from the time they helped set up our pickup in Bali. They took care of getting us on the buses to our hotel in Bali. At the airport to come to Bali, they met us at the curb and escorted us to a private lounge. Your staff is amazing. To have them all remember our names was a plus! Your meals are amazing! Your dive crew and the dive team were really amazing.”
Wakatobi is a fabulous resort for divers – an experience not to be missed.
“I really enjoyed my time here. All the staff make sure guests are happy. The resort is clean and well run. Wakatobi is a fabulous resort for divers – an experience not to be missed.”
Our visit to Wakatobi was a well planned and thought out process.
“Our visit to Wakatobi was a well planned and thought out process. Staff communication and response to guests is excellent.”
Lizanne and Neil Jacobsohn
Our stay was superb – a 5-star experience. See you next time.
“Overall, we had a really great experience. The staffs are wonderful, and we cannot speak highly enough of our dive guide who was truly excellent. Our stay was superb – a 5-star experience. See you next time.”
Noel Taylor and Mike Whitlow
Wakatobi has some of the most colorful reefs we’ve seen in thirty years of diving.
“Wakatobi exceeded our expectations. Villa 2, especially the pool, was divine. The food was delicious. All service was gracious and cheerful. A real generosity of spirit pervades the resort and all who work here. Wakatobi has some of the most colorful reefs we’ve seen in thirty years of diving, teeming with a vast array of fishes, sea turtles and other denizens of the sea.”
The resort is fabulous – well run with great accommodations. The staff is exceptional and consistently service oriented.
“The resort is fabulous – well run with great accommodations. The staff is exceptional and consistently service oriented.”
Professional staff from top to bottom
“Professional staff from top to bottom. Our dive guide is the best I have known.”
Morgan and Anna Steele
Fantastic service and incredible diving. We can’t wait to come back!
“We loved our two-week stay at Wakatobi. The diving was amazing, and the boat staff made it so easy. The dive guide was knowledgeable and very skilled… especially at spotting the smallest of critters. We felt very comfortable leaving the children in the care of the staff at the resort. Everyone was very genuine in his or her eagerness for our trip to be amazing. We would like to see adding an extra dive day at the same rate available online. Example buying eight days ahead of time, don’t want to be penalized if we want to add another day or two. Also, would like to see unguided house reef dives on dry day at a discounted rate if we want to do one extra dive rather than a full day of boat diving.
Fantastic service and incredible diving. We can’t wait to come back! Our four-year-old’s comment: ‘Mom, can we move here?’"
My hat is off to the Wakatobi dive and shore staffs. And a big round of applause for the fish and the corals!”
“I have never had service beginning at the airport in Bali like this! The diving and dive staff are simply amazing. Food was great. Our bungalow was clean and comfortable. My hat is off to the Wakatobi dive and shore staffs. And a big round of applause for the fish and the corals!”
Top Notch Everything
“Top Notch Everything! Rooms, service, food, boats/snorkel guides, and facility – all are exceptional! Thanks for a good week in paradise. Oh, the coordination and help of the Bali staff was great, too!”
A truly outstanding experience!
“This is my fourth visit to Wakatobi. The diving, accommodations, food and super service keep me coming back! A truly outstanding experience!”
Charline and Bill Chen
The staff was fantastic. The service was great. The operation was well thought out and executed.
“The staff was fantastic. The service was great. The operation was well thought out and executed. Only potential improvement I can think of is better Internet connectivity, which is understandably difficult on a boat that moves around in remote areas. Not sure if connectivity is even possible through satellite.”
Barb and Tom Buckley
The Pelagian is simply heavenly!
“The Pelagian is simply heavenly! The greeting at the airport is outstanding. Team helped with our luggage, boarding passes, etc! What a delight that was in a foreign country! The staff on board Pelagian goes above and beyond to make your trip as easy and carefree as possible. Staff always has a smile, a warm greeting and ‘No’ is never, ever used. Food was excellent and varied. Chef prepared meals to our specific request. Our cabin was spacious and always clean. Dive team very attentive to our dive needs. They are well trained and know their sites.”
This is my first dive resort experience and everything, starting with arrival at the Bali airport, has been incredible. I absolutely recommend Wakatobi to divers of all levels and interests.
“Staff has been phenomenal, meeting all my needs and then some. Our private dive guide has been a lifesaver. She was super helpful on my first day in the water in 5 years. This is my first dive resort experience and everything, starting with arrival at the Bali airport, has been incredible. I absolutely recommend Wakatobi to divers of all levels and interests.
During our time on Pelagian, the staff was excellent, engaged and extremely accommodating. The dives were beautiful. I had an incredible first experience on a live-aboard – from the airport transfer, meeting the crew, the diving experience, accommodations and food. Everything is highly recommended. Thank you.”
Coral, fish, organization, staff and food – everything was simply perfect.
“Coral, fish, organization, staff and food – everything was simply perfect.”
Robert Pasqua and Elaine Alexander
The service at Wakatobi is by far the best I have experienced at any dive resort.
“The service at Wakatobi is by far the best I have experienced at any dive resort. The staff promptly takes care of your needs. Resort manager is excellent! He shows excellent customer service with great attention to detail. He is always available to help. The maître D’s don’t miss a beat with care in the dining room. They can’t do enough for you. Their team is observant and meets our needs by going out of their way to find some favor or spice or a condiment a customer wants. The dive guides were great. They are extremely attentive and work hard at making sure I didn’t miss anything under the sea. Wakatobi has wonderful, caring, interested and smiling employees. We were treated beautifully. ‘The ocean is everything I want it to be – beautiful, mysterious, wild and free.’ – anonymous”
Every color, texture, pattern is underwater and is alive! The very sand is full of life. May it all survive the human planetary impact.
“Every color, texture, pattern is underwater and is alive! The very sand is full of life. May it all survive the human planetary impact. Thank you for Wakatobi!”
Vera Sokolova and Igor Sokolov
Our dive guide showed us many interesting sea creatures – some of them we’d never seen before like Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse!
“We really enjoyed staying at Wakatobi Resort in March 2018! The service was good. The bungalow was comfortable. The meals were delicious and diving is well organized. The dive sites are very beautiful. Our dive guide showed us many interesting sea creatures – some of them we’d never seen before like Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse, Hairy Squat Lobster, etc. I hope we’ll come back to the resort some day! Thank you for everything!”
Dawn Zangara and Joseph Hacket
Our dive guide was the best dive guide we have ever had in over 500 diving experiences.
“Our dive guide was the best dive guide we have ever had in over 500 diving experiences. He provided detailed dive briefings and took his time during the dive to find, identify and show us different sea life on every dive. He was always aware of current and guided us through some pretty strong currents. We hope you know how lucky Wakatobi is to have him as your employee. I spent my entire career in human resources, and he is someone I would want on my team. If he ever wants to take a break from being a dive guide, I highly recommend he become a trainer to teach others how to provide exceptional customer service that comes from his heart. And, yes, there were so many other employees here who provided us wonderful service. Our thanks to the dining staff who always had a warm welcome. Your employees made Wakatobi what it is today."
Olga and Mark Hackelton
World Class Reefs!
“World Class Reefs! Housekeeping turn down, boat crew, service and restaurant staff is amazing!!! Amazing experience – almost all positive but for feedback – Internet doesn’t exist. Need sour cream in the restaurant. Would like more night diving.”
David Hinman / Delta Divers
Your staff’s ability to anticipate our needs and unselfishly assist with anything is beyond compare to anywhere we have gone.
“Our second visit was better than our first. Your staff’s ability to anticipate our needs and unselfishly assist with anything is beyond compare to anywhere we have gone. Our dive guide was a gem. She is probably one of the greatest ambassadors of the sea that we have met. Our photo guide was beyond friendly and helpful. All the other dive masters set the standard. The boat crews are amazing, period. I have arthritis in my shoulders and they are kind enough to hold both straps open. The restaurant staff remembered us from 18 months ago, which made our guests feel comfortable. Hot towels, hot chocolate and food after rules. The entire dive industry, primarily the large users/producers of membrane or stick technology enriched air need to study statistical process control and eliminate testing a very stable system over 300 times per day. It is simply not necessary. I do not have to test the percentage or sign for the active ingredients in my heart medication. Great time had by all. See you again!”
Bill and Dessa Barnes
We had a fantastic time and this is the best diving I’ve had in my 22 years under water.
“We had a fantastic time and this is the best diving I’ve had in my 22 years under water. The staff on shore and diving was wonderful, and our ocean front bungalow was perfect. The food was excellent – both plentiful and of great variety.”
This is one dive vacation you will not lose weight! Eat, sleep, dive… day after day.
“The whole Bali/arrival process is now exceptional. Your staff is excellent. The kitchen staff and food is superb. Our dive guides were exceptional. This is one dive vacation you will not lose weight! Eat, sleep, dive… day after day.”
William B. (Billybob) Kesler
Wakatobi is the complete dive, snorkel and holiday experience.
“Wakatobi is the complete dive, snorkel and holiday experience. The attention to detail – superb! Great food, too. The staff is top notch.”
Ian Gribble and Julianne Prowse
Wakatobi is a first class holiday location for anyone interested in coral reefs and fish life.
“Wakatobi is a first class holiday location for anyone interested in coral reefs and fish life. All staff is a credit to the resort, and you can expect great service too! They are outstandingly helpful, friendly and courteous. The organization of the snorkeling and the dive and boat staff was also outstanding. The restaurant was first class – so convenient with the buffet-style arrangement and a huge range of foods. The restaurant staff is fantastic too – so attentive and with a good sense of humor.”
Graeme and Jenny Lynam
Service, service, service – we could not ask for more!
“Service, service, service – we could not ask for more! The food was excellent. The diving was fabulous and varied. The crew was responsive to high winds with alternatives. The dive master was helpful, attentive and friendly – responsive to intergroup ‘issues’, polite and almost unnoticeable. Well done!”
This was a fantastic experience.
“The staff is extremely well trained. They are always attentive to any needs. The dive operation and dive team are excellent. This was a fantastic experience.”
Heather Hisey and Paul Jarvis
A week on the Pelagian added a whole new perspective to our experience. We hope to return again and again!
“This was our second visit to Wakatobi. The master suite was grand and comfortable. The staff is friendly, helpful and a pleasure to be with. The food was excellent and varied and off menu requests willingly accommodated. Our dive guides were attentive and provided an unending variety of interesting species to see. Muck diving was a great experience – seeing a different set of creatures from the reef. The mandarin fish dusk dive will be a lifetime top 10 dive, I’m quite sure. A week on the Pelagian added a whole new perspective to our experience, and we enjoyed it immensely – muck diving with new sea creatures, mandarin fish, untouched reefs, a real camaraderie with the crew and 1st class service. We hope to return again and again!”
Adam, Ann and Marley Klaus
We absolutely loved Wakatobi! We had a fantastic dive guide!
“We absolutely loved Wakatobi! The ‘vibe’ was relaxed, warm/friendly, and the service was unbelievable. It was impressive that everyone knew our names and offered to help make our vacation spectacular in every way. We had a fantastic dive guide. We couldn’t have asked for better! Thanks for the awesome experience our family had.”
Catherine and William Griffiths
Food service was so well presented and prepared–it was amazing
“Wakatobi is an amazing resort with great attention to detail and an excellent staff who are all willing to assist in any way. Diving was very good. May we suggest a sound signal when the boat unmoors. Could be used for other signals as well. The health of the dive sites was as spectacular as we had been told – more than enough creatures to remember. Our dive leader was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about diving and able to deal with all challenges. She also had extra work with one guest on wide-angle video and the other doing macro! Food service was so well presented and prepared–it was amazing. The servers were so good at learning names and preferences. The maître d is an excellent leader by example.”
Pam and Wayne Osborn
This was our seventh Wakatobi visit and the magic is still just as strong as our first visit.
“We very much enjoyed our visit as usual. Compliments to all including our very competent and obliging dive guide. All your staff is professional and friendly, which really enhances our visits. Great service from the boat captain and crew, dive staff and restaurant staff. This is our favorite place for underwater photography and it never disappoints. This was our seventh Wakatobi visit and the magic is still just as strong as our first visit.”
Rick and Marsha Davis
Ours was an over-the-top experience. Wakatobi is a unique combination of excellent diving, excellent service and accommodations.
“Ours was an over-the-top experience. The diving was wonderful. The reefs are very healthy, and fish life is much better than 3 years ago. This is our third visit! The staff is excellent in seeing to our every need and request. The restaurant staff, boat crew and dive masters are extremely polite and friendly. Our dive master was beyond expectations – happy, friendly, competent, providing an excellent diving experience and safety! He was extremely good at finding creatures of any type and was very helpful on the boat. He made our trip fun. To be improved: we did repeat dives on Zoo, and multiple dives on several others. Wakatobi is a unique combination of excellent diving, excellent service and accommodations – a must-see dive destination for the diver interested in beautiful reefs with hard and soft coral and creatures of every description and beyond.”
Pam and Wayne Osborn
See you next year!
“Thank you, everyone, for such a great time. See you next year!”
Toni and Ken Elmer
Wonderful place and staff. In all our dive trips, our dive guide was the best I’ve ever had!
“Wonderful place and staff. I hate to let the secret out but will surely spread the news. In all our dive trips, our dive guide was the best I’ve ever had! Her complete attention to every matter was excellent. Thanks.”
I never had a dive master so good in all my ten years of travelling and diving.
“Everyone was exceptional – including the restaurant staff, room service and especially the dive master! Our dive master was super exceptional! I never had a dive master so good in all my ten years of travelling and diving. I definitely recommend this resort to anyone looking for a top-notch dive resort.”
Wakatobi should be on every diver’s bucket list. It’s a ‘must go’ dive resort!
“Wakatobi should be on every diver’s bucket list. It’s a ‘must go’ dive resort! The staff here was so accommodating and professional! They couldn’t have done more for us. Our dive master was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Each and every dive site was a treat. The food was beyond plentiful and delicious. The restaurant staff was always smiling and polite. The maître d was equally as wonderful. We had a fantastic time here and highly recommend Wakatobi to anyone who really wants an upscale dive resort experience.”
This is one of the best resorts. The service is fantastic.
“This is one of the best resorts. The service is fantastic. The accommodations are very comfortable. The diving is outstanding as is the dive team."
We are very happy with the personalized service, diving and kitchen. We hope to come back very soon.
“If you serve á la carte the plates should be pre-heated. Information on the dive sites inside the rooms would be a great add-on. These are suggestions. Otherwise, we are very happy with the personalized service, diving and kitchen. We hope to come back very soon.”
Rebecca Illing and Levy Culver
I cannot express how impressed and appreciative we are regarding the local staff.
“I cannot express how impressed and appreciative we were regarding the local staff. Each one of them has been nothing but welcoming and loving towards all of us especially my seven month old son. Clearly they understand the concept of family.”
Marie Denison and Hannes Esti
Love the sustainable way the resort is managed.
“We had a wonderful experience at Wakatobi resort. The dive sites are pristine. Our dive guide was terrific, and the dive crew was very helpful. The staff was fantastic, and the food was great. Love the sustainable way the resort is managed. Everybody contributed to making our stay unforgettable. Some areas for improvement: internet access, waste around the resort and a fresh water pool.”
Perfect! This was my second trip, and I will definitely be back!”
“Perfect! Wakatobi’s dive operation is beautifully run. My guide was amazing. The food was great. The kitchen did a wonderful job looking after my vegetarian diet. This was my second trip, and I will definitely be back!”
Chris and Dawn Abely
Thank you for a lovely time at Wakatobi!
“Thank you for the wonderful week in Wakatobi! Thanks to our dive guide for her kindness and patience during the dives. She is a beautiful, sweet soul. Thank you dive team for making sure we were well equipped. Thank you to our butler for your perfect attention to detail ensuring that everything was excellent for our stay – always with a smile. Thanks to the dining room/kitchen team for the wonderful meals and service, as well as for the warm smiles.”
Robin and Tim Kirkpatrick
Even after more than 270 dives at Wakatobi, each dive remains fresh and exhilarating!
“This is our fifth trip to Wakatobi and, as usual, the dive team and the restaurant staff were terrific! We had a few problems but management was quick to resolve all issues. Otherwise, our trip was as good as ever, and our plan is to return in January 2019. Even after more than 270 dives at Wakatobi, each dive remains fresh and exhilarating! Thanks!”
Wakatobi is the best place we’ve visited. Love how you pay attention to snorkelers, not just divers.
“We loved our stay and wish it could have been longer. We are hoping to return next year for the snorkeling. Love how you pay attention to snorkelers, not just divers. All the staff was wonderful. Loved the white board to communicate while in the water. The food was wonderful. The whole process from being met at the airport to loading the dive boats was flawless. Wakatobi is the best place we’ve visited. I can’t wait to return! Thank you!”
Debbie Driggers and Jim Driggers
Wakatobi is the best dive resort I’ve been to. The staff is consistently attentive, anticipating needs and resolving problems promptly.
“Wakatobi is the best dive resort I’ve been to. The staff is consistently attentive, anticipating needs and resolving problems promptly. The operations manual here should be a textbook for resorts.”
Wakatobi’s dive center, staff and dive masters could not be any better.
"Wakatobi’s dive center, staff and dive masters could not be any better. Any and all support, whether preparing on land or on the boat was provided with a smile and even without asking. The snacks, drinks, towels and the boats themselves were excellent. The bungalows are beautiful and well equipped with lovely porches and shower. No wonder Wakatobi is a number one dive resort.
The restaurant staff was superb and solicitous. We had buffet for my entire two weeks. Variety was well thought out. The restaurant music needs upgrading – at least so I don’t hear the same song three times during one meal."
Wang Lu-Chun (Peter) and Lin Yu-Jan (Karen) and Brian
Kid-friendly resort! We will recommend Wakatobi to our fellow divers who want to spend their vacations with their kids.
“We really enjoyed our stay and one week is simply just not enough! Your staff and dive guides really took good care of our boy and us. We did not have to worry about Brain when we were diving. Special thanks to our nanny, he really took good care of Brian and was very attentive to his needs. Special thanks to our dive guide also. She was always cheerful and excited when we discovered something tiny and special. The kitchen staff also did great work. They always are doing their best to satisfy our needs and special requests.
We would like to try the Pelagian liveaboard. Please consider adjusting the age limits for children, so we can bring our boy along with us. Kid-friendly resort! We will recommend Wakatobi to our fellow divers who want to spend their vacations with their kids.”
Lindsay Campbell and Newton Young
Really great diving! Our dive guide was the best I have had so far.
“Really great diving! Wakatobi is very slick with a well-organized dive operation. Dive teams and boat staff were excellent – efficient, professional and very pleasant. Our dive guide was the best I have had so far – very easy going, extremely knowledgeable with a real enthusiasm for the reef. Thanks so much! Food is fantastic – great job by the kitchen staff and excellent service. Staff all pleasant, friendly and efficient. Spa staff are really very good! No complaints about anything. Well done and thanks very much.”
Glenn and Lynn Haines
Thank you so much, Wakatobi! We enjoyed great diving, great staff, great food and a great time!
“Thank you so much, Wakatobi! We enjoyed great diving, great staff, great food and a great time!”
Pascal, Kristen, Emilie, Sophie and Luke Gautheron
Wakatobi gave our family a beautiful, magical gift in teaching all of us how to dive.
“Wakatobi is incredibly organized, allowing one to feel comfortable and completely taken care of. Staff is some of the most honestly friendly and kind people I have ever come across. They are a large part of the reason I am so keen to return.
Restaurant staff made origami and demonstrated their “magician” skills which made me feel incredibly valued as both a guest and a person. Not enough can be said about the friendliness of the restaurant staff, truly some of the best I have met in the world. The added fact that they learnt your names was truly exceptional.
The rest of the resort staff was equally as amazing and attentive to any personal issues that arose. Another special mention to the dive team, who taught us diving skills that I believe cannot be taught as thoroughly friendly and easily anywhere else. And then there are the beautiful dive sites and the resort itself! Thank you to everyone who made our introduction to diving truly unexplainably amazing!
Wakatobi gave our family a beautiful, magical gift in teaching all of us how to dive. They generously and enthusiastically shared with us the amazing rich diversity of coral and other sea life here at Wakatobi. We saw and experienced an underwater world that was beyond all dreams! Thank you!"
Dr. Robert Gelber
“Wonderful” applies to the diving, service, cuisine, rooms, friendliness and highest of standards.
“‘Wonderful’ applies to the diving, service, cuisine, rooms, friendliness and highest of standards.”
Sue and Bill Weddle
Wakatobi is very well organized, like a well-oiled machine.
“Wakatobi is very well organized, like a well oiled machine. Our dive guide was very impressive. The dive sites are very good with amazing coral and sea life. We were both very moved by the experience of seeing the culture in this part of the world during our visit to the Gypsy Village. Well done, Wakatobi, for your input for the people. Even as a non-diver, I so enjoyed my stay. The food was superb. A massive thank you to our waiter and the wonderful friendly staff. I can’t name you all individually but you were great. Wakatobi is wonderful!”
I have seen beautiful reefs, but this is by far the most pristine. There is no damage visible to the coral or the marine life, which makes Wakatobi one of the most special places on the planet.”
“You have done a great job with the resort, and long may it continue to flourish as a truly incredible threshold to the most spectacular coral reef. I have seen beautiful reefs, but this is by far the most pristine. There is no damage visible to the coral or the marine life, which makes Wakatobi one of the most special places on the planet. Your staff is truly excellent. My dive guide looked after me while diving and could not have been kinder or more accommodating. She found extraordinary critters, was patient and knowledgeable.
All the dining staff was delightful. Any dietary requests were met, and I was surprised by a wonderful “500 dives” congratulatory cake. I don’t know what more I can ask for! I’ve been spoilt. So it looks like I will be returning!! Many thanks.
Riki and Marlize Corthouts
Our stay and experience at Wakatobi was truly “no troubles – just bubbles.” Paradise above and below the water!
“Our stay and experience at Wakatobi was truly “no troubles – just bubbles.” Paradise above and below the water! Each staff member on the resort was a real pleasure to meet! A special mention has to be made of our server in the restaurant who had the biggest smile every time he comes to the table. The restaurant staff runs a very smooth ship! Thank you to our dive guide who was the best! Twenty-six different butterfly fish identifications! And so much more! The list is endless.”
The main problem will be for us to find other places with the same quality of staff.
“Very well organized diving center and hospitality make it difficult to find anything that needs to be improved. The main problem will be for us to find other places with the same quality of staff. I hope you will not suffer with more pollution of the sea.”
Gwen Tan and Davin Lim
From our honeymoon days here in 2011 to being here with four year old Elizabeth in 2018, Wakatobi has a special place in our hearts.
“From our honeymoon days here in 2011 to being here with four year old Elizabeth in 2018, Wakatobi has a special place in our hearts. Now that we have a child, our needs have somewhat changed slightly. Elizabeth was in a new environment and was still rather attached to me, thus she has to take more time to adapt to the nanny. Thank you to our nanny for minding Elizabeth! Thank you to the serving staff and the wonderful chefs at the restaurant! We’ll definitely be back!”
Cheryl Hubay and Dennis Beaver
Dreams come true! Many beautiful dive sites! Don’t miss Roma and Magic Pier off the Pelagian liveaboard!
“Thank you to all the Wakatobi and Pelagian staffs for a wonderful two week dive holiday! We appreciate the warm atmosphere and attention to the smallest details and service! Both our 2010 and 2017 Wakatobi experiences were consistently top drawer! We dreamed of coming back to Wakatobi and were able to do so this year! Dreams come true! Many beautiful dive sites! Don’t miss Roma and Magic Pier off the Pelagian liveaboard! Our private guide in Wakatobi was terrific!”
Dr. Carol McConell and Erik Hansen
The service at the restaurant, in the office, and while diving was very fine.
“All really OK. The service at the restaurant, in the office, and while diving was very fine. And the gardeners do a great job!”
Dr. Carol McConnell and Erik Hansen
The diving and dive team are world class. It’s amazing how the dive team members are able to identify all of the fish species, and they all give very service and have a “can do” attitude!
“Impressive operation considering the remoteness of Wakatobi’s location. Logistics of supplies, food, and movement of guests in and out of the resort has obviously been finely tuned. Training of staff at all levels is excellent. In fact, I was most impressed with tank crew at the dive shop and on the boats. They are very good at anticipating your needs and attending to them before you even realize it. This is true of the restaurant as well. Housekeeping and “000” staff are also very good at following through with requests.
The diving and dive team are world class. It’s amazing how the dive team members are able to identify all of the fish species, and they all give very service and have a “can do” attitude! Thank you for having the foresight to work with locals to preserve this amazing reef.
The assortment and abundance of underwater species at Wakatobi far exceeded our expectations. We came for the diving, but fell in love with Wakatobi’s amazing service and staff.
Gina and John Feiner
Wakatobi is really first class. The diving was beautiful. Our dive guides were knowledgeable. We were spoiled!
“Wakatobi is really first class. The diving was beautiful. Our dive guides were knowledgeable. We were spoiled! The kitchen staff was always so kind and welcoming – every time! The food was delicious. The vibe on the island is warm and welcoming. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, especially at the New Years celebration. The fireworks were amazing.”
Faye and Garry Hough
Wakatobi Resort is even better than on our last visit.
“Wakatobi Resort is even better than on our last visit. The two-bedroom villa with pool is terrific. The cleaning staff does a perfect job. All staff is so very warm and friendly. The food is terrific. The weather for us was perfect. We loved our stay.”
The staff is so, so friendly and meet all your needs with a smile. They are the kindest and the friendliest people I’ve ever met.
“Villa 2 was amazing – a dream come true. The view was outstanding! The staff was so friendly all the time. The service was amazing – ten out of ten. It’s wonderful that the staff remember your name. The food was so, so good! I highly recommend coming here for diving and snorkeling or relaxing. Wakatobi is an amazing place – heaven on earth. The staff is so, so friendly and meet all your needs with a smile. They are the kindest and the most friendly people I’ve ever met.”
Stuart and Pippa Haley
A superb experience all-around: world-class diving with top end attention to detail. A fabulous holiday destination.
“This is an amazing holiday and diving location. Nature provided the setting and the dive resort has given us the experience to match. Accommodation, food, staff and diving have all been superb. We cannot praise the attention, care, knowledge and enthusiasm of the diving team highly enough. We have also been pampered by the house staff who treated us royally. A superb experience all-around: world-class diving with top end attention to detail. A fabulous holiday destination.”
Wakatobi has pristine diving that doesn’t exist anywhere in else in the world.
“Five star – love it! I’ll be back. Wakatobi has pristine diving that doesn’t exist anywhere in else in the world.”
Sandra and Alan Birkensleigh
You make your guests feel both special and also part of something unique.
“We have nothing but praise for your operations – everything was smooth sailing ever since being met at Denpasar Airport on the 13th of January. Your attention to detail is first class, but of course, it is always about the team. We have been very impressed with the teams – from our dive guide to the staff in the restaurant and everyone else who makes Wakatobi Resort hum. The food is excellent in both choice and quality. If anything, perhaps refining the wine list would be an opportunity. Thank you to all for a fabulous week. Superb – the diving is exceptional but the service is what makes Wakatobi great. We could not praise the resort enough! You make your guests feel both special and also part of something unique.”
Wakatobi is an extraordinary pioneering dive-eco lodge demonstrating genuine and effective care for its reefs and local community.
“Wakatobi is an extraordinary pioneering dive-eco lodge demonstrating genuine and effective care for its reefs and local community. It has unparalleled diving, outstanding local service and excellent rooms and food and beverage.”
Awesome diving and wonderful people. Wakatobi was the best place in the world to celebrate my 60th birthday!
“I am happy with everything. The resort works for me. Great little island. Awesome diving and wonderful people. Wakatobi was the best place in the world to celebrate my 60th birthday!”
Service was fantastic throughout our stay, both from land and dive teams. Thank you for making this a very memorable and special vacation.
“This trip was a “have to do” for me after hearing some camera club friends talk about Wakatobi about ten years ago. Unfortunately, living in South Africa, our currency worsens virtually daily. I decided that it would be special if we could celebrate Rose-Mary’s 60th birthday at Wakatobi. So we “bit the bullet” and came. As luck would have it, Mount Agung decided to erupt and, as a result, a few of our flights were cancelled. But thanks to Crispin’s help, we managed to reroute. He made sure that we were whisked through Jakarta arrivals and immigration in time for our connecting flight to Denpasar. Thus, we did not miss our connecting flight to Wakatobi later that morning. From then on, we were treated well by the Wakatobi team. Service was fantastic throughout our stay, both from land and dive teams. Thank you for making this a very memorable and special vacation.”
Eric van Wely, Tallulah van Wely and Alexandra Lecocq
The support staff is extremely responsive, proactive and quick. The biodiversity of the house reef and other dive sites is really great. The bungalow was great, too.
“The support staff is extremely responsive, proactive and quick. They were able to provide solutions when we encountered a problem. The biodiversity of the house reef and other dive sites is really great. The bungalow was great, too. It was clean. The fish and coral ID books are a great idea! Thank you. The food and ice cream – incredible!”
Adrian and Jana Frutiger
Divers get pampered at Wakatobi.
“Wakatobi’s staff is very friendly, attentive and well trained. Staff members on all levels take the initiative to offer little extras like coconut and drinks. Everyone is ready to give you a hand. The diving center is organized and highly professional. Divers get pampered at Wakatobi.”
I had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi.
“I had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi. All staff and dive guides were exceptional, making every effort to be friendly and welcoming. The reception staff member went out of her way to assist with my flight arrangements. My dive guide’s energy, enthusiasm and attention to every detail were wonderful. All the dive guides were super friendly and attentive in every way. The restaurant staff was also exceptionally friendly. They were accommodating, patient and remembered preferences and special requests. The genuine warmth and welcoming nature of everyone contributed to make this a special holiday. I’d love to return and hopefully join the Pelagian. Thank you again to everyone.”
I’d recommend starting a program called Eco Stewards or Reef Stewards.
“I’d recommend starting a program called Eco Stewards or Reef Stewards. It could include a short video course on “safe” diving on the reef. Provide small mesh bags for collecting trash while diving. Provide training on Crown of Thorns starfish and give vinegar syringes to those interested and trained divers. Perhaps such a program could be in conjunction with NAUI or another global dive organization and result in a certification program.”
Heather Cook and Barry Arthur
The resort is just fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble. All the staff is smiling, friendly and helpful.
“We have had a truly amazing week! The coral reefs are breathtaking with so much diversity of fish life and coral species, some we have never seen before. We have dived in many tropical places, but this beats them all! Our dive guides were kind, courteous and very knowledgeable about the area. The boat crew looked after us so well, always ready to take fins, weight belts, etc. and help us onto the boat with our tanks. The dives were varied and so interesting and we always found something new on each dive. The resort is just fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble. All the staff is smiling, friendly and helpful. The food is delicious, always varied and interesting and very tasty. The restaurant staff is just lovely and service always comes with a smile. We have dives in over 40 places in the tropics and the reefs here are superior to any we have come across.”
If you want to see what a healthy, vibrant reef looks like – with all the life a diversity a reef can support, put Wakatobi on your bucket list.
“My dive guide exceeded my expectations as a dive guide and even as a marine biologist. She was always helpful and cheerful. She was dedicated to helping me identify the many things photographed underwater. All the staff was friendly and helpful! The dining staff was fantastic. They always provided excellent recommendations and were eager to season dishes to perfection in order to provide the best flavor.
Ideas: Broaden the jetty steps into the water. Figure a way to schedule marine life and resort history presentations after dinner. If you want to see what a healthy, vibrant reef looks like – with all the life a diversity a reef can support, put Wakatobi on your bucket list. Wakatobi offers one of the most wonderful and diverse coral, sponge and marine life environments I’ve seen. The topside experience was first class as well.
Brigitte and Lionel Chabaud
All staff is very nice and competent, with an always-present smile.
“We are satisfied as on our first trip. Don’t change anything, but we know you are always seeking perfection. Congratulations. All staff is very nice and competent, with an always present smile.”
Jeff Soehner and Kim Ironmonger
We enjoyed our stay fully. The reefs are spectacular – a kaleidoscope of color, a feast for your eyes! Micro critters on steroids!
“We enjoyed our stay fully. The reefs are spectacular – a kaleidoscope of color, a feast for your eyes! Micro critters on steroids!”
All of the staff treated me so warmly, and I loved that people welcomed me by name.
“The staff was absolutely wonderful! From the different people that offered to carry my camera, helped us with our dive gear to the Longhouse staff, our amazing dive guides – so wonderful, the superb dining staff to the unseen people who keep everything running smoothly. I thank you all! I appreciated our conversations, smiles and laughter. Please keep doing the great work of supporting the community and sustainable practices, caring for the reefs and making a difference in your corner of the world. I love the feeling of being a part of a community, the Wakatobi family! All of the staff treated me so warmly, and I loved that people welcomed me by name. All of the tiny attention to details made my stay and experience that much more enjoyable. I can’t wait till I can come back!”
I had a wonderful and relaxing stay at Wakatobi. Great site!
“I had a wonderful and relaxing stay at Wakatobi. The staff is very, very charming and helpful whenever needed. All diving guides have been extraordinarily nice and helpful. Great site!”
Overall, the resort continues to be wonderful and run like a well-oiled machine.
“Overall, the resort continues to be wonderful and run like a well-oiled machine. My one wish is that communal dining would be more readily available. Travelling for several weeks with my sister, I do not want to eat all my meals alone with her. We both like sharing stories with other guests. The current tables are perfectly sized for two to four diners. Tables that would seat two people between the legs would be ideal for communal dining. I think solo travellers would be more comfortable in this environment too. It would be slightly more difficult for the staff to learn names and preferences but they are all excellent and would soon get used to it.”
Kim-Vy Tran and Helmut Katzgraber
Our private dive guide did an amazing job of tailoring our overall underwater adventures.
“Our private dive guide did an amazing job of tailoring our overall underwater adventures.”
Anne and Kev Buxton
We rarely revisit holiday destinations, but this is an exception. Our stay on this island has surpassed our expectations.
“Wakatobi is a blissful destination enhanced by the care and attention of the wonderful staff. Our stay on this island has surpassed our expectations – from getting on the plane to returning home. The island is a gem with minimal changes made to its natural beauty. The staffs are so welcoming and are always trying to make your stay a happy one. The food is delicious. The room is lovely and spacious with an enticing outdoor area looking out to the sea and sunset. Loved the outdoor shower! As for the diving, it was magnificent and was enhanced by the knowledge and care of the dive guides and boat crew. We rarely revisit holiday destinations, but this is an exception.”
As a multi-time repeat offender – the resort continues to improve each time I am here. Your reefs are healthy. Your dive program is well run.
“As a multi-time repeat offender – the resort continues to improve each time I am here. Your reefs are healthy. Your dive program is well run. The restaurant is a delight. Our dive guide was outstanding. She’s a top-notch diver, expert critter spotter, always patient and smiling. I’ll be back, and I can’t wait to be pampered Wakatobi-style! Best wishes and thanks!”
Thank you for a great vacation. Wonderful location – the resort is beautiful and well maintained with an excellent housekeeping staff!
“Thank you for a great vacation. Wonderful location – the resort is beautiful and well maintained with an excellent housekeeping staff! The organization and scheduling were great – never confused or disorganized. Same with the dive operation, which was always well organized and efficient. Thanks to our dive guide and the crew of Waka VI! Great job! My dive guide was always very helpful, cheerful and friendly. He always checked my equipment with care and made me feel very safe and cared for! Great guy!”
Lynne and Chris Amos
We had an excellent stay on your amazing island, and we loved every moment.
“We had an excellent stay on your amazing island, and we loved every moment. The food has been outstanding, and all of your staff is friendly and helpful. I love the fact that they all know your names. That’s a very nice touch. The dive guide was excellent and of course the diving has been outstanding. Our stay was special, and we are already planning to come back.”
The food was good to great with a lot of variety. The dive staff was excellent.
“The food was good to great with a lot of variety. The dive staff was excellent. The guides were very attentive.”
We had a great experience all round. Beautiful property, fantastic staff and great diving.
“We had a great experience all round. Beautiful property, fantastic staff and great diving. The entire operation is well run and the people are genuinely nice and willing to help with anything. Our guide was wonderful in every way. We would ask for him again if we return, which we hope to do. Thank you for all the smiles and happy faces. I can’t forget to mention the delicious food! We loved all the veggies and all the variety. We really enjoyed the entire experience. Bravo!”
Frans Kamphuis and Jacqueline Ras
Wakatobi is a great resort – a remarkable place where the service, food and hospitality are amazing.
“Wakatobi is a great resort – a remarkable place where the service, food and hospitality are amazing. Very good service and food. Our dive guide was very good. We love him. He was amusing, kind and extremely helpful. We enjoyed our stay for the second time. Thanks!”
Our dive guide was one of the best dive guides I have had anywhere on all my travels.
“Have gear bins on bungalow porch on arrival, so guest can put gear in and then have staff take to dive area. Spa therapist did a great job. Suggestion though – need a bolster/support under knees when lying on your back. Share a tipping guideline. I realize it is at our discretion – but there is a dive guide/ boat staff/ other staff. Our dive guide was one of the best dive guides I have had anywhere on all my travels.”
Exquisite diving. Top notch resort and operation.
“Exquisite diving. Top notch resort and operation. Excellent dive operation. What a fantastic vacation!”
Penelope Greenwood and Rita Tomlin
We had a wonderful time! Everyone was amazing and helpful.
“We had a wonderful time! Everyone was amazing and helpful. Our dive guide went out of her way making sure that we had everything we needed before the dive, saw everything we wanted to see during the dive, had drinks and food after the dive and were prepared for the next day of diving. We loved the creative towel animals we found on our beds every day. Our dive guide also helped us get extra drinking water in our bungalow. Thanks to everyone in the restaurant! We appreciated that they remembered our names as they greeted us every day.”
Overall, loved your resort. Staff was amazing. Super good dive guides and boatmen.
“Overall, loved your resort. Staff was amazing. Super good dive guides and boatmen. Food was gourmet. Diving was phenomenal, and I would totally recommend your resort to other divers. Very clean and great service. The setting is beautiful.”
Rita Tomlin and Penny Greenwood
The resort, staff and dive team were beyond excellent, even in difficult times.
“Thank you, Wakatobi Resort Team, for making us comfortable while we were stranded due to the volcano. You made everything feel like a continuation of our vacation rather than the unfortunate situation that it was. The resort, staff and dive team were beyond excellent, even in difficult times. Thanks for everything.”
Linda and Loyd Shantz
We sure enjoyed coming here for our second stay. Your front desk, dining staff, food quality, housekeeping staff and diving staff were all superb.
“We sure enjoyed coming here for our second stay. Your front desk, dining staff, food quality, housekeeping staff and diving staff were all superb. Thank you for a memorable trip!”
I love Wakatobi! The service provided is second to none!
“I love Wakatobi! The service provided is second to none! Our dive guide was excellent at her job and one of the best dive guides I’ve ever had in over 500 dives. She strove to please us in every way she could, and she made our dives memorable. I give her the highest praise possible! The food and wait staffs are wonderful. The boat crew and housekeeping are wonderful too!”
Love only 4 divers to 1 guide. Love being met and helped at the airport. Love the big and roomy dive boats. Love the hot, wet cloths after diving – very nice touch. Fantastic diving and first class service!
Eileen and John Siminger
Wakatobi remains our favorite dive resort. We LOVE your boats, food, gardens, dive sites, bungalows and especially your staff!
“First of all, thank you for not raising your rates… your “loyalty” discount program make it possible for us to keep coming back and to enjoy such nice long visits. Your dive staff, boat staff and restaurant staff are amazing! They are a big part of the reason we keep coming back. We love local and cultural flavor that your Indonesian staff brings to the whole “Waka experience”. Boat crews are hard working and fun and we can’t say enough about our dive guide, who is a good friend, always following safe diving protocols while allowing us to have fun and always teaching us about the reef life.”
Another exceptional visit to the luxury, well managed dive resort, Wakatobi. I’ll be back.
“Very little to complain about. Most all good!! Another exceptional visit to the luxury, well managed dive resort, Wakatobi. I’ll be back.”
Cathy and Don Wathen
Our second trip to Wakatobi was very enjoyable. Thank you.
“Our second trip to Wakatobi was very enjoyable. Thank you.”
Wakatobi is set up and run very well and professionally. I found everyone to be extremely friendly and helpful.
“Wakatobi is set up and run very well and professionally. I found everyone to be extremely friendly and helpful. The dive guides were fun, helpful, well trained and always safety conscious. The resort is set up with many places to relax and enjoy the scenery. The camera room was well set up and clean. The one thing that would be useful is a reference book/chart that has the dive sites with a description of the topography and life that will be encountered. Trying to find out what the dive site was like so that we could prepare our photo equipment became difficult and was an interpretation of what that person’s interests are.”
Rene and Bryan Ross
The dive staff was especially nice and happy, and they did everything to make this dive trip a “special” lifetime event.
“We had a wonderful time here. All the staff was kind to us and happy. The dive staff was especially nice and happy, and they did everything to make this dive trip a “special” lifetime event. Our dive guide was the best we have ever experienced. He was safe and listened to the type of diving we like. We will tell all of our friends to choose him when they visit Wakatobi. The bungalow was perfect and comfortable. The cleaning staff was perfect too. The food was perfect. The food staff was all excellent and we ate way too much food!
Richard and Suzanne Arkless
Fantastic staff, fantastic food, fantastic dive guides. Impossible to do better.
“Fantastic staff, fantastic food, fantastic dive guides. Impossible to do better.”
Seven days are definitely not enough! I could dive here for a lifetime!
“Seven days are definitely not enough! I could dive here for a lifetime! Next time, ten days at least! So sad to be leaving, but not just because we know there’s so much more to see underwater, but sad to be saying goodbye to all the wonderful people we’ve met. This place clearly attracts a great type of clientele, all very friendly. Will also miss the wonderful food and excellent massages. Wakatobi has met and exceeded expectations. Thank you.”
Gary Young and Myrna Rivas
A complete pleasure from breakfast until bedtime.
“The staff and grounds are amazing. The environment is extremely safe and comfortable. Plenty of fish! A complete pleasure from breakfast until bedtime.”
I had a wonderful time! I am so impressed with the attentiveness of the staff and amenities.
“I had a wonderful time! My dive master was amazing. I am so impressed with the attentiveness of the staff and amenities. I’m still not sure how all the dining staff knew my name.”
I would recommend Wakatobi highly. Your staff is incredible – extremely friendly and accommodating.
“Thank you for having me as a guest this week. I would recommend Wakatobi highly and will be discussing my trip experience with a fellow dive shop owner upon my return. Your staff is incredible – extremely friendly and accommodating. We had a great dive guide, and I love the excitement in her eyes when she found something cool to show me. The boat crew was great and very helpful with my gear. The food was fantastic, and your service crew was very attentive. I love the variety available and the ability to order additional items. My spa service was also excellent.”
Wakatobi is an extremely well run, efficient resort. All the staffs are amazing! We had a wonderful dive guide who was very patient and thorough.
“Exceptional few days of diving. We had a wonderful dive guide who was very patient and thorough. The night dive was a highlight. It was my first night dive. Wakatobi is an extremely well run, efficient resort. All the staffs are amazing! The food was wonderful and healthy.”
Patricia Venetz and Robert Mundschin
We enjoyed our stay here very much. The staff is very friendly and helpful, always smiling.
“We enjoyed our stay here very much. The staff is very friendly and helpful and is always smiling. The staffs in the restaurant are all very nice, and it was a pleasure to see their smiling faces. The diving organization is perfect. We are very experienced divers and missed that in 10 days went only one time to the dive spot ‘Roma’. Thank you for making our holiday so beautiful.”
Tom and Jillon Weaver
We had very high expectations for our first trip to Wakatobi, and can honestly say all of them have been exceeded.
“I can’t think of one complaint. Thank you for all the attention to detail. Everything was thought of. Love the fish, reef books in the room. Amazed by all the staff! Well done! We had very high expectations for our first trip to Wakatobi and can honestly say all of them have been exceeded. Awesome staff, food and accommodations. The diving is amazing. We can’t wait to come back!”
Wonderful vacation. By far, the best wait staff I have ever had.
“Wonderful vacation. A great dive staff, wonderful food and impeccable service in the restaurant. By far, the best wait staff I have ever had. My spa experiences were very good as well. Massages were excellent. A lovely vacation. Dive boat and bungalow were in excellent shape.”
Geoffrey and Gillian Phillips
The lagoon at high tide was perfect and better than any swimming pool.
“The staff has been great and very accommodating. As a non-diver, the lagoon at high tide was perfect and better than any swimming pool. Diving was good. We had an excellent guide. Our dive experience was very professional.”
Claire and Druvi Ruberu
We loved our stay! Holiday of a lifetime!
“We loved our stay! Wished we could stay longer. Our children had a lot of fun with the staff and crew and were well looked after. The Villa 1 was superb. The daily view, ocean breeze and private beachfront were unforgettable. Very well appointed and comfortable and outdoor bathrooms a real treat. And we all loved mixing between the pool and beach. The food was delicious, fresh and had great variety. Restaurant staff was so friendly and attentive. Boat and dive crew – A1! Holiday of a lifetime!”
Ellen and Herbert Wizorek
We spent a wonderful week in Wakatobi. The dive sites are unparalleled and beautiful.
“We spent a wonderful week in Wakatobi. The dive sites are unparalleled and beautiful. Many thanks to the dive crew especially our dive guide who took very good care of us and showed us many great things underwater. Also cordial thanks to the staff in the restaurant – such a friendly and loving manner we’ve rarely experienced. Many thanks to the staff. Another thank you to the chef for our cakes for the honeymoon and for the 300th and 500th dive. The reef was simply terrific.”
Franziska and Thoma Zogg
A place to go – and to go again. Thank you very much!
“A place to go – and to go again. Thank you very much!”
John and Tess Swithenby
Beautiful boat – loads of fun and great diving.
“Beautiful boat – loads of fun and great diving.”
Geoffrey and Gillian Phillips
As a non-diver, I had an excellent time on the Pelagian. The crew could not have been more attentive. The food was worthy of any quality London restaurant.
“As a non-diver, I had an excellent time on the Pelagian. The crew could not have been more attentive. The food was worthy of any quality London restaurant. We occupied the master cabin, number one. The cabin was outstanding – especially as a non-diver, as it provided me with my own space when required. We have enjoyed every moment while onboard and are now looking forward to our stay on the resort for our second week. My husband has enjoyed the diving and the opportunity to take so many pictures on each dive. I would like to say an enormous thank you to all the crew of the Pelagian for a fantastic voyage. One suggestion for our cabin would be to put a mirror in front of the desk/dressing table.”
Doug and Wendy Cleland
Some time on the Pelagian is the perfect way to have a complete memory of Wakatobi Resort. Spoil yourself.
“Our three nights above were an absolute pleasure and a great way to end our ten days with Wakatobi Resort. Competent, cheerful and service-oriented crew all around. Pelagian has got to rank as one of the top liveaboard dive vessels globally. Good dive sites, two twin 50 Yamaha tender RIBS. Dives very well organized by great dive masters, above and underwater. And best of all, only ten passengers with twelve crew and great food. Congratulations all around. Some time on the Pelagian is the perfect way to have a complete memory of Wakatobi Resort. Spoil yourself.”
Gary and Pam Hals
This was the best week of diving in my life! I saw so many creatures have I have never seen before in 30+ years of diving!
“Fantastic experience! Best liveaboard I have been on. The entire crew was working very hard to make the trip enjoyable. Our dive guide was amazing at finding all the creatures that made the week special. I could not imagine the dives without him. Our chef and the kitchen staff made the food very special. This was the best week of diving in my life! I saw so many creatures have I have never seen before in 30+ years of diving!”
Andy and Sue Beveridge
Staff are brilliant, lovely boat, great food. Fabulous coral reefs in amazing condition.
“Staff are brilliant, lovely boat, great food. Fabulous coral reefs in amazing condition. ‘Muck’ diving was a wasted day for us – we came here for the coral. Staff really helpful and change things around if requested. We liked the evening talks. Towel arrangements after diving were really good. Organization at the Bali airport was really impressive, even a week before leaving for Wakatobi.”
Ian and Robyn Jacobson
This is our third visit in four years, and still, the well-organized Wakatobi team delivers.
“This is our third visit in four years, and still, the well-organized Wakatobi team delivers. This time we visited two months earlier than our ‘usual’. Conditions were different but still a lot of interest and each time the experience was positive. We encountered more current than past expeditions here, but nothing insurmountable and well supported. Friendly smiles, top service and food, careful and capable logistics. Thanks again.”
Kevin and Heather Harnett
The service, the food, the diving and the safety are all second to none.
“Very enjoyable week. The staff all went out of their way to be as friendly and helpful as possible. The service, the food, the diving and the safety are all second to none.”
Bob and Lizabeth Hart
We keep coming back to Wakatobi – not only for the exceptional diving, but the caring staff, great food and comfortable accommodations.
“We keep coming back to Wakatobi – not only for the exceptional diving, but the caring staff, great food and comfortable accommodations. We loved the sheets and bedding!”
Andrew and Jane Bleasel
I have never experienced such unpretentious, perfectly organized and expertly led diving – a delight!
“Excellent facilities. Very well organized diving. Very helpful and well-informed staff. A sophisticated resort experience. Enjoyed the help of our dive/snorkel guides tremendously. I have never experienced such unpretentious, perfectly organized and expertly led diving – a delight! A fusion of European and Asian comfort, warmth and precision.”
The Treble family: Stephen, Jane, Olivia and Emily
When we’re here, we feel like we’re part of the Wakatobi family. Best underwater experiences we’ve had out of all our diving experiences (800+ total).
“We had another fabulous experience. Thank you! We noticed the small improvements since our visit a year ago. The staff is very friendly and always offers service with a smile. When we’re here we feel like we’re part of the Wakatobi family. Best underwater experiences we’ve had out of all our diving experiences (800+ total). The food was great and in abundance. All of the boat crew were fantastic – extremely attentive onboard. Thank you! Thank you, ladies for making our room spotless. Spa service was dignified and professional. Too sad to say goodbye, so we hope to be back. Thank you everyone. We had a wonderful 11-day holiday. Best wishes from all of us. Hope to see you again.”
Oliver and Olivia Willis
The snorkeling was as amazing as last time. Thank you so much for another amazing time. We will have to come back again.
“The snorkeling was as amazing as last time. Thank you so much for another amazing time. We will have to come back again. All of the staff is really nice and friendly. We will miss being here. Thanks for everything.”
Ute and Hinrich Bey
You have simply a great staff with a great mindset.
“You simply have a great staff with a great mindset which is truly an asset you should keep. We cannot mention everybody, but we would like to highlight some people: the restaurant staff! They simply make every meal a treat! Thanks to the boat crew on Waka IV and WakaVI, without whom diving in such a relaxed way would not be possible! The cleaning personnel are fantastic and we simply don’t know how they do it! Everything is spotless and well looked after! A big THANKS especially to them! The dive crew is fantastic, and they are wonderful ‘reef hosts’, although we did not have the pleasure of diving with all of them. The photography class was the best and we learned lots of tricks. We love all the dive guides. We also want to mention the girl at the soup bar who was always patient and kind in explaining the local food to us. She is a real asset! The bungalows are super nice. The bar is awesome. The Longhouse is spotless and comfortable! Please look after the reefs. You have a real treasure at hand! We are proud to be able to have seen them. They are simply stunning!”
Carl and Joanna Willis
Wakatobi is simply the best, so don’t bother visiting the rest!
“Our second visit was even better than our first. Wakatobi is a stunning resort with a fabulous staff and beautiful food. A+++… and then there is the diving! We will return! Wakatobi is the people. People make this place! However you have inspired your staff to maintain such a warm, welcoming professional attitude is to be recommended. I realize that visitor turnover is high and visitors are the ones who expect 5+ star service–and your resort delivers. I am actually unable to make any corrective recommendations from this fabulous visit of 10 days! Wakatobi is simply the best, so don’t bother visiting the rest!”
Doug and Wendy Cleland
Best of all is Wakatobi’s unbelievably pristine quality and variety of the hard and soft corals as well as fish and ‘critter’ species – the best we have seen in over 50 years of diving global locations.
“The resort has exceeded expectations by far in terms of facilities, management, staff quality and attitude. Food quality and variety are top class. Best of all is the unbelievably pristine quality and variety of the hard and soft corals as well as fish and ‘critter’ species – the best we have seen in over 50 years of diving global locations. Ensuring the cooperation of the local community and creating enduring mutual benefits must play a significant role in the success of the resort. From inception in 1994, the originator(s) have obviously taken very significant and personal financial risk in pursuing the objective of creating and establishing a sustainable conservation project with multiple widespread benefits – not in the pursuit of short term financial gain. The founder(s) needs to be applauded for their ongoing commitment. What a pleasure and privilege it is to be a guest in this special place. All here is very positive. Visit and enjoy a special experience.”
This is truly an amazing place! I was expecting this to be a once in a lifetime trip but I’m already thinking about returning.”
“This is truly an amazing place! You have taken a unique natural resource and created a dive experience unlike any other anywhere. And what brings it all together are the people. You’ve found and trained them all in the same vision. This was a very long journey for us but well worth it. I was expecting this to be a once in a lifetime trip but I’m already thinking about returning.”
Diving was terrific. The staff was friendly and helpful.
“Diving was terrific. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our dive guide was nice to take us on a night dive on the house reef.”
I’ve never been so lovingly taken care of, enabling me to relax, feel safe and enjoy the fabulous snorkeling and dining experience.
“This was quite a unique and special experience. I came feeling a bit frail and old (76 years old), but I am leaving feeling stronger and younger. Every staff person I encountered reached out to me and met my needs (especially balance) with love and care. Whether on the boat or in the kitchen/dining room or being guided by our dive guide in your beautiful waters, I’ve never been so lovingly taken care of, enabling me to relax, feel safe and enjoy the fabulous snorkeling or dining experience. All done with ease, grace and respect! I would highly recommend your well-managed resort for the over 70 year old snorkelers. With gratitude – thanks.”
As a snorkeler, I love the clarity of the water and the incredible coral. This was an unforgettable experience!
“Superb staff – so caring and efficient. Best anywhere (by far) I’ve ever been. As a snorkeler, I love the clarity of the water and the incredible coral. So glad to hear how you’re taking care of the ecosystem. Also the room cleaners were special. You could feel their love with the cute towels on the bed. Wonderful food. Best pastry I’ve had in a long time.
This was an unforgettable experience! Life changing, with caring, wonderful staff, incredibly creative food, the most experienced boat staff/guides and the most beautiful coral reefs and fish in the world!”
The dive master and boat crew create a joyful experience to appreciate the beauty of Wakatobi.
“Thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wakatobi. The staffs are always very happy and helpful. The dive master and boat crew create a joyful experience to appreciate the beauty of Wakatobi.”
James and Kathy Beech
In this corner of paradise, the unspoiled diving is probably the best in the world. Just do it!
“We were very impressed with our dive guides. They had great knowledge, were very patient and had a great sense of humor! We really enjoyed our dives with them and our ten-day stay overall. It was worth waiting three years for (but that is too long!). We hope to return again one day. Also, all the staff, from gardeners to room service, the restaurant and the boat gang, was fantastic. It was our third visit to Wakatobi and again, was a totally immersive experience – both literally and figuratively! In this corner of paradise, the unspoiled diving is probably the best in the world. Just do it!”
I have been diving for over 45 years all over the world. It would be hard to find another resort that can measure up to the ‘Wakatobi Standard’.
“I was extremely impressed with the efficiency of the dive staff, boat crew and shore staff. Everyone was helpful at every aspect of my stay. Our dive guide was a wealth of knowledge and made sure we had great and safe dives. He pointed out so many different species of marine life that I would never have found on my own. All I can say for him is THANKS and WOW! The food was great and if I wanted something else not o the buffet all I had to do was ask. I would have liked the opportunity at least once to invite our dive guide to join us for dinner. I think having one night the dive staff is allowed to join the guest would be a nice touch, that is, if they want to. I have been diving for over 45 years all over the world. It would be hard to find another resort that can measure up to the ‘Wakatobi Standard’.”
Anne and Alan Brinkley
“The dive staff and dive masters were all excellent. Overall, Wakatobi is fantastic!”
“The dive staff and dive masters were all excellent. The wait staffs were exceptionally helpful and friendly. It was very nice how many staff greeted us by name. It would be excellent if breakfast began at 6 am and there were coffee at the restaurant available at 5:30 am. The food was excellent! Accommodations were beautiful! We especially loved the outdoor shower. Overall, Wakatobi is fantastic!”
Wakatobi is an excellent place. Great diving.
“Wakatobi is an excellent place. Great diving. I had an exceptional dive guide.”
This has been on my bucket list for some time. What a privilege to get to be here.
“This has been on my bucket list for some time. What a privilege to get to be here. The service is outstanding from every area of the operation. Meet and greet at the airport, ALL staff, and ALL dive personnel. The food is beautiful, plentiful and so well prepared. The grounds are well maintained. World class diving. Great dive boat. Love the warm, eucalyptus towels. Great operation. No complaints. Lived up to and exceeded expectations.”
Kusumo Sumardi and Fitri Tjandra
Everything is beyond our expectations, especially the quality of the food.
“This is our first visit. We are impressed with your standard of services. Everything is beyond our expectations, especially the quality of the food. We hope to come back here again.”
Marge and Bob Frank
Loved our stay at Wakatobi. It’s all it’s cracked up to be! Such a wonderful and attentive staff.
“Loved our stay at Wakatobi. It’s all it’s cracked up to be! Such a wonderful and attentive staff.”
Val and George Morrison
This is a truly beautiful diving resort. The corals are the best that we have seen anywhere.
“This is a truly beautiful diving resort. The corals are the best that we have seen anywhere. You should be very proud of your resort staff, who are always cheerful and courteous, despite, I am sure, long days and sometimes challenging guests! Villa 4 was always clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our “bed art”. Thank you to the “unseen” staff that clearly works so hard to maintain such good standards of room service. Also, a big thank you to the dive boat staff for getting us safely there and back again to some of the best dive sites we have ever visited. Your assistance with ‘gearing up’ and post-dive was much appreciated. Finally, to our dive guide – if all else were awful we would still return to dive with you. We felt very comfortable from the start, and you have shown us the very best diving. We loved every day diving with you. Thank you for putting up with us for two weeks. We hope to see you next time!"
Jennifer Cock/Jackie Keeley
It has been fantastic to experience Wakatobi. We take our hats off to you!
“It has been fantastic to experience Wakatobi. The general level of service is exemplary and we have both been delighted with the snorkeling/diving experience. The operation is extremely well run and very professional. Special thanks to the food and beverage team. We were impressed by the consistent quality and variety of the food. Very clever menus, great Indonesian options, and you make Pho better than the Vietnamese! We were also really impressed by the dining room team. The level of service in the restaurant was exceptional, but also, such a joyful team – no negative competition, no overbearing, punishing management. Everyone seems to get on and contribute seamlessly. We take our hats off to you!”
Five stars for the dive masters, staff, resort and food. Diving is some of the best I have experienced in my 600 dives logged.
“Five stars for the dive masters, staff, resort and food. Diving is some of the best I have experienced in my 600 dives logged. We had a wonderful trip, but it was too short. The staff attends to every detail and goes above and beyond our expectations. The diving was wonderful. Every detail is taken care of to make the experience one of excellence. Our divemaster was the best dive master I have ever had. He was very patient and makes sure you are taken care of. He finds and shows you the best things on each dive. Once he knows what you want to see, he strives to find it. I can’t say enough good things about him. Likewise the staff is excellent, and the food is beautifully served and delicious – some of the best meals of any dive resort or liveaboard. We are talking about returning for two weeks in November 2019.”
I have so enjoyed my holiday here in this beautiful paradise.
“I have so enjoyed my holiday here in this beautiful paradise, even though I missed out on the diving, I was happy just to be here. I shall miss the delicious meals served and friendly dining room staff. I would like to express my appreciation for the help and caring attention received when I was not well. Thank you, staff.”
Wakatobi is a great resort.
“Wakatobi is a great resort. Need more 100 tanks for nitrox. Our dive guide was wonderful and our dining room servers were very competent and helpful.”
Miroslav and Marie Kulik
Thank you for caring for us perfectly every day. We returned after six years and felt like we were in paradise!
“Thank you for caring for us perfectly every day. We returned after six years and felt like we were in paradise!”
Jerome and Belinda Rousseaux
Truly amazing! Genuinely brilliant! Everybody was really helpful and cheerful. The dive crew and instructors were amazing.
“Truly amazing! Genuinely brilliant! Everybody was really helpful and cheerful. The dive crew and instructors were amazing. Their knowledge is brilliant – a very well run team with every member participating – excellent. Thank you. One suggestion on the food, which is magnificent – perhaps more steamed whole fish instead of the chicken/lamb/beef. That’s the only suggestion I can think of!”
If you want to experience a first class dive resort with service to match, then this is the place!
“First class service from the airport in Bali to the resort and throughout the stay. Exceptional staff and beautiful surroundings. The food is excellent, especially given the relatively remote location. Hats off to the kitchen and dining room staff. We received excellent support from the management team and staff when my mother had a “swimming moment” and subsequently became ill. If you want to experience a first class dive resort with service to match, then this is the place!”
We felt welcomed from beginning to end. I loved that the employees had smiles on their faces every day.
“A class operation here at the resort!! We felt welcomed from beginning to end. I loved that the employees had smiles on their faces every day. The diving is spectacular, and hopefully we will return with our daughters (who are passionate about diving as well). Also loved the delicious choices of food for every meal.”
Pius and Marianne Wigger
For the second time we were more than satisfied with the unbelievably beautiful dive sites and with the diversity of corals, fishes and creatures that can hardly be exceeded.
“For the second time we were more than satisfied with the unbelievably beautiful dive sites and with the diversity of corals, fishes and creatures that can hardly be exceeded. We are impressed by the perfect organization and the friendliness of all your staff. They do everything to make our stay pleasant. I especially liked the “slow” dives with no stress and dive guides with a broad knowledge, which they shared with us.”
Our dive guide was absolutely amazing and a credit to the Wakatobi brand.
“Our dive guide was absolutely amazing and a credit to the Wakatobi brand. She was patient, observant and friendly to our group the entire time. We will be talking about the experience she facilitated for us for years to come.”
Tim Uden and Kai Davies
You’ve exceeded all our expectations in every area. Our dive master was by far the best we’ve ever had.
“You’ve exceeded all our expectations in every area. Thank you for taking care of us. We’ve had an amazing vacation. Standouts: We have been diving for 24 years, and we are instructors and dive masters ourselves. Our dive master was by far the best we’ve ever had. Her knowledge and attentiveness are incredible and her passion for the ocean is infectious. She made our experience unforgettable. Thank you! Second standout is your obvious efforts for sustainability – no plastic anything. Third: the restaurant staff – the friendliness at all the right levels and taking care of us – just perfect. Amazing satay and our favorite, the homemade coconut sorbet. The best way to describe your service is ‘it’s Four Seasons’. We know it takes a lot of work behind the scenes too, so thank you to all. You’ve created something very special here. We’ll be back!”
There aren’t enough days in a lifetime to see all that Wakatobi has to offer, but it is certainly worth it to try!
“We had an amazing stay just as we were used to in previous years. Thanks to all the Wakatobi staff for their kindness and willingness to always help. Excellent. We were here for the fifth time and are looking forward to coming back. There aren’t enough days in a lifetime to see all that Wakatobi has to offer, but it is certainly worth it to try!”
Len and Beverley Smith
We would both like to say how wonderful we have found the dive team
“We would both like to say how wonderful we have found the dive team. We need to make a special mention of our dive guide, who has been professional, charming and extremely passionate about the care of the reefs. We really enjoyed every dive. Also, the staff at the restaurant and Jetty Bar have been very attentive.”
Chris Arnold and Dominic Brem
Wakatobi is definitely setting the benchmark in terms of quality and service, especially the friendly staff and the outstanding kitchen.
“Wakatobi is definitely setting ‘the benchmark” in terms of quality and service, especially the friendly staff and the outstanding kitchen in which delicious meals are created day by day at such a remote place. Thanks to our dive guide, we spent a couple of really nice dives – lucky too, since we even had ‘our own boat’ for a few dives. As the perfect last dive on your reefs we were able to do a fluo dive! So when it comes to your slogan of ‘a mind-blowing experience’ and having already travelled across Indonesia (and the Coral Triangle), we can say YES. This fluo dive definitely deserves that expression! Looking for the mind-blowing experience? Go for a fluo dive and you will never see marine life the same way again! Now we’re looking forward to the Pelagian.”
Jennifer Howell and Noel Brennan
If you are lucky enough to visit, it will be an experience you won’t forget; amazing dives and an incredible resort.
“Wonderful staff – very caring and hardworking. The restaurant was exceptional. The dive guides were patient and understanding. We enjoyed our time with our dive master enormously, and he was the perfect match for us. The housekeeping team made our stay so comfortable and they were a delight. We can suggest no improvements, every aspect was great. We plan to return! If you are lucky enough to visit, it will be an experience you won’t forget; amazing dives and an incredible resort.”
Heinz and Christine Vogt
We had a beautiful, outstanding holiday at Wakatobi. The employees are extremely friendly and knew our names after a short time.
“We had a beautiful, outstanding holiday at Wakatobi. The employees are extremely friendly and knew our names after a short time. They have smiles on their faces all the time and are pleased to serve us. Also the staff in the dive center and on the boats is very friendly. Thank you very much for everything.”
Virgil Howell and Ashley Klass
Attention to detail was spot on. Wakatobi–where everyone knows your name. See you in two years!
“Attention to detail was spot on. My friend and I are just traveling friends and required a second bed. The second bed was set up before the first night and both were decorated with towels every day. I hit my 100th dive while here along with a friend that hit his 600th, and the staff made us a cake celebrating both. The food was great every day. I love the fruit, couldn’t get enough. All the dive trips were great. Our dive guide was the best. She knew where all the great animals were. She was so quick to fill the hot chocolate. Nice, personal, no pressure. Only complaint is that we have to leave! Thanks for everything. Wakatobi – where everyone knows your name. See you in two years!”
Mark and Darlene Myers
Attentive crew! Could not ask for better! This is our fourth trip to Wakatobi. It doesn’t get any better than the Pelagian.
“Attentive crew! Could not ask for better! It doesn’t get any better than the Pelagian. This is our fourth trip to Wakatobi. The diving is amazing and the crew is beyond anything you could hope for. The food is 5 Stars! Can’t wait to come back!”
Mary Ann and Ed
“Exceptional boat with exceptional service. Pelagian crew works really hard to make sure you are well taken care of and content.
“Exceptional boat with exceptional service. Pelagian crew works really hard to make sure you are well taken care of and content. They did a night dive every night even though I was typically the only person that went on every one. World class diving and beautiful corals.”
Lori and Don Traweek
Honestly, this is the best dive trip that we have ever taken on a liveaboard. The staff is outstanding both from a skill standpoint and strength of character. Overall experience was AWESOME!
“Honestly, this is the best dive trip that we have ever taken on a liveaboard. The staff is outstanding both from a skill standpoint and strength of character. Can’t improve on that. Food was extraordinary as were the accommodations. Can’t say enough about our dive guides, as they took such great care of us. Top-notch service and individuals. The staff blew us away with their attentiveness and kindness. We thank all of them for making our holiday so remarkable. Only two thoughts – fans in dining room and perhaps a Karaoke machine in dining area. Would be lots of fun in the evenings. La la la la la la la la la! Loved the hot towels and rooms. Overall experience was AWESOME! Mengaguman!”
If diving can be luxurious, the Pelagian makes it happen.
“I have been on nine other liveaboards and not one comes close to the Pelagian. The staff, food, rooms, service are excellent with the best diving in the world. This is my fourth visit to Wakatobi, which says how much I love it. If diving can be luxurious, the Pelagian makes it happen.”
Picture perfect dive destination! I have traveled to many locations with groups and this ranks up in the top five!
“I have traveled to many locations with groups and this ranks up in the top five! The only negative was no pool but I was told one was going to be built, so it is perfection! I rate the resort, staff, food and diving as five star. Picture perfect dive destination!”
Chris and Tina Morriss
Our dive guide was the best we have had in 20 + years of diving. The entire boat crew worked well together and was extremely helpful.
“We really enjoyed our dive trip. The staff was very courteous and professional. Our dive guide was the best we have had in 20 + years of diving. The entire boat crew worked well together and was extremely helpful. We really appreciated the dining room staff.”
The most enjoyable dive holiday I’ve ever had – everything about the resort and overall diving experience is faultless.
“The most enjoyable dive holiday I’ve ever had – everything about the resort and overall diving experience is faultless. All of the staff, either on the dive boats, restaurant, or housekeeping couldn’t do enough to make the experience pleasurable. Thanks to all, and I really hope to return someday with the family.”
A high class dive experience. You won’t be disappointed!”
“First class diving experience. Felt very well looked after, and nothing was ever too much trouble – service with a smile for sure. Liked the way staff remembered my name. Dive sites excellent. Hot towel after dive is a winner. Keep up the good work!! A high class dive experience. You won’t be disappointed!”
Cliff and Joan Winston
The most perfect reef we have ever seen – all alive and healthy – with vibrant corals and a myriad of fish species.
“This has been great. Thank you for addressing all our requests and needs! Everyone is so nice! The most perfect reef we have ever seen – all alive and healthy – with vibrant corals and a myriad of fish species.”
I found the usual standards of excellence in all areas on my third visit. It was an awesome experience all around.
“I found the usual standards of excellence in all areas on my third visit. It was an awesome experience all around. Thanks! Just want to say what a true privilege it is to be able to come here again. This place is just awesome, and I love coming here. Well done yet again. See you next year!”
This is the place to come for the most incredible diving experience.
“This is the place to come for the most incredible diving experience. From the moment we arrived in Bali to the moment we left, we were pampered, fed, had amazing dives and are leaving with the most incredible memories! Thank you so very much!”
Great food, great accommodations, great staff, great dive sites.
“Great food, great accommodations, great staff, great dive sites. Absolutely no complaints, however, it would be good to have bright reading lights.”
Many of the staff stood out as being very helpful and positive. Our cook made a cheeseburger appear for lunch the very next day after I requested it!
“Many of the staff stood out as being very helpful and positive. Our cook made a cheeseburger appear for lunch the very next day after I requested it! I enjoyed the Indonesian language class. The resort tour was fascinating and the Lamanggau Village Tour was so charming and is a ‘must-see’. How about adding a stargazer course before or after dinner? We could lie down on the jetty to look at the stars.”
Top class diving, wonderful staff and meals. Intimate personal service.
“Wakatobi is a wonderful resort. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier. The food was lovely. The rooms were comfortable and spacious. The dive center runs very smoothly and the quality of diving both on and off the house reef is top class. Our kids really didn’t want to be apart from us at all, so finding ways for us to dive, and them to be with us was difficult at times. It obviously works well for guests without children. I would also suggest better Internet connections for guests, but I appreciate that is hard to achieve due to Wakatobi’s location. Top class diving, wonderful staff and meals. Intimate personal service.”
Everything was very professional and easy. This was just the vacation we hoped for and more.
“We had a wonderful stay at the resort and a great time snorkeling. Many kudos and praise for our dive guides who were kind, patient and knowledgeable. We loved the house reef and thought it was a snorkelers’ paradise. Thanks so much for the flashlights and accommodating our sunset snorkel and octopus viewing requests. We also want to commend the restaurant staff for the warm and excellent service. You were very lovely in catering to our every request. Everything was very professional and easy. This was just the vacation we hoped for and more.”
Kay and Kevin Funk
The whole dive crew was very professional and went above and beyond to make our experience wonderful.
“Our restaurant host was wonderful. He always had a smile and welcome comment when we arrived. He knew our names from the first day! Our waitress was also wonderful. She made our stay here pleasant. The chefs did an amazing job in accommodating dietary issues. We had a wonderful dive guide who found many interesting critters and was attentive to our needs. His smile was infectious. The whole dive crew was very professional and went above and beyond to make our experience wonderful.”
A lovely resort with fantastic staff.
“A lovely resort with fantastic staff. Kudos to the restaurant and dive staff who were always there for us. Thanks for a great holiday.”
As a family, we love staying here. Best diving and snorkeling in the world!
“As a family, we love staying here. Best diving and snorkeling in the world! Wakatobi is one of our favorite places in the world. Husband dove and wife and 8-year-old son snorkeled. We saw everything. Best diving and snorkeling in the world! The staff is SO FRIENDLY. We felt so safe and relaxed. We plan on coming back. That will be our fourth trip as a family.”
This was our second visit and it won’t be the last. I can’t possibly dive anywhere else now. Can’t wait to be back!
“The staff is all amazing. The watermelon is awesome. My dive guides were outstanding. Reception in Bali is excellent. Boat boys looking after our gear were fantastic. Food was very good. Beach bungalows are excellent. I really liked the personal touch on arrival but would like to know who the manager/owners are. Liked the themed stir-fry night. There was fantastic service at the bar. Boats should only come back to the resort in the morning if guests are doing only dive one or dive two. It wastes time and fuel if you don’t need to come back. This was our second visit and it won’t be the last. I can’t possibly dive anywhere else now. Can’t wait to be back!”
Please stay as you are. Ours was really a great experience. Thank you!
“Please stay as you are. Ours was really a great experience. Thank you!”
Mike and Murray Bower
10/10 experience. The diving itself was incredible, but the warmth and service by the staff was the real highlight.
“10/10 experience. The diving itself was incredible, but the warmth and service by the staff was the real highlight. We had a fantastic dive guides – knowledgeable and friendly. Dining room staff was above and beyond! Would love to see something done with kite surf beach. Have a night campfire or dinner or happy hour for instance. Thanks for the great last two weeks!”
The resort is a place you will want to visit over and over again.
“What a place to visit! The diving is something that takes your breath away. Dive staff and boats cater to your every need. The resort is a place you will want to visit over and over again. It would be great if you could provide a USB with a video showing the resort features, bungalows and villas, etc. I would also suggest including 5-10 minutes of footage from various dive sites and some fluorescent scenes if possible. If a USB was available, I would gladly show this to friends and to dive shops I visit. I am extremely happy with the operation of the resort. I am struggling to find any improvement.”
Delia and Jess
We have had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi. The service, staff and attention to detail was second to none!
“We have had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi. The service, staff and attention to detail was second to none! The food was excellent. We could not improve on it. Always wonderful with friendly attentive staff. Fantastic pastries. Diving – a slick operation which made it very relaxing. We had a great guide – relaxed and friendly but very professional and wonderful at finding tiny little things. It was great to have an Indonesian dive master. Improvements – almost nothing, perhaps a second hot towel after the second morning dive.”
Charles and Karri Stelly
Diving and snorkeling was wonderful. All meals were excellent. Staff very friendly and helpful.
“Diving and snorkeling was wonderful. All meals were excellent. Staff very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the resort tour and the village tour. Tour guide was wonderful. He made the tours fun. He was very knowledgeable. A dry room for swimsuits and wetsuits would be nice.”
The entire staff is excellent. The service is outstanding.
“The entire staff is excellent. The service is outstanding.”
Andy and Sue Beveridge
Great dive sites and extremely helpful guides. Overall dive set up is very good.
“Great dive sites and extremely helpful guides. Overall dive set up is very good. We liked the style and space of our room. The bathroom is lovely. Love the street food section; the salads and fruit were great. (Hot plate food was a little disappointing – a tad bland for our taste.) ‘A la carte’style one night or two would make a nice change. Pick up arrangements in Bali were superb.”
Great resort to dive in general! Service, restaurant – top notch!
“Great resort to dive in general! The service and restaurant are top notch! Service while diving was almost too much, but great! The fee for Nitrox is too high. I had a great pleasure dive with my dive guide. Food various, but not enough, salty. We would have liked more Indonesia specialties.”
Daniel and Stephanie Rosekopanke
The coral reefs! They are absolutely breathtaking.
“The coral reefs! They are absolutely breathtaking. You will see gorgeous reefscapes and then looking closer, will see an amazing variety of unusual creatures. Every inch is packed with life. The stay here has been absolutely wonderful. The diving experience is the best I’ve had in my limited experience. The grounds were exquisite, and the rooms were remarkable. The service has been second to none, and the staff has been extremely friendly. The only two things that I can think of to improve would be to: 1.) Have an ‘alternate selections’ menu for people who do not want to eat the standard buffet. It can be intimidating to ask for something when you do not know the options. 2.) Have a better beer selection. I was looking forward to drinking Indonesian beers while here and was disappointed that the only ‘local‘ brew was Bintang. Surely there are more Indonesian beers than just Bintang. My only suggestion is to have occasional communal dining. Maybe for lunch set up long tables for everyone to eat together and get to know each other, and for dinner break them up into individual/couple seating for intimate romantic meals. I know we, and several other people we spoke to, feel that the chance to meet and talk with other travelers is part of an amazing experience.”
Thank you for the extraordinary service.
“Thank you for the extraordinary service.”
It was so good to be back here again! I always feel like I am among friends and family here.
“It was so good to be back here again! I always feel like I am among friends and family here. All of the staff works very hard and you can tell how dedicated they are. I enjoy the friendly atmosphere and attention to detail here. I want to thank all of the staff who made me feel welcome. Thank you for the great effort put in by the whole dive crew and a special thank you to my dive guides. The resort and kitchen staff were super helpful and courteous. The food is just absolutely amazing! Do not change a thing! Wishing all of you the best. Thank you to our resort and dive center managers, for the help and your kind words! Operations are in good hands with you!”
Your managers couldn’t have been more attentive or more enjoyable hosts. Wakatobi is a true delight.
“The entire dive crew was wonderful and our dive guides were exceptional. Their eyes showed us many of the wonders of Wakatobi under water. They were very attentive throughout our stay regarding every aspect of our time here. The dining staff couldn’t have been better, very attentive, seeing to all our needs, noticing when we needed utensils or left anything behind. And the chef and cooking staff were amazing with all the variety of food and excellent compositions. The massage I had was very relaxing and my therapist found and attended to all the right spots. Your managers couldn’t have been more attentive or more enjoyable hosts. Wakatobi is a true delight.”
We had a wonderful dive guide for snorkeling. Very sharp eyes!
“We had a wonderful dive guide for snorkeling. Very sharp eyes! The reefs appear quite healthy and the color and variety of soft and hard corals is awesome. The restaurant has really been improved since my previous visit and the food and service were truly outstanding, especially in view of the remote location of the resort – remarkable! We especially enjoyed the delicious variety of fresh-baked rolls and desserts! Maid service in the bungalow was also excellent and we certainly enjoyed and appreciated our upgrade to the beach bungalow.”
Very beautiful place. I had a nice week.
“Very beautiful place. I had a nice week. Very nice food. People were always smiling and looked happy. Maybe recommend a gym.”
Marek and Gosia Domanski
We loved our stay in Wakatobi. Thank you for excellent service and great food.
“We loved our stay in Wakatobi. Thank you for excellent service and great food.”
John Koh and Kate Padget-Koh
Fabulous diving adventures in the lap of luxury!
“Fabulous diving adventures in the lap of luxury! The food service was excellent. We ordered a lot of Asian food, which was excellent. I suggest having an indication in advance of the type of food preferred. This would reduce waste. The dive team was excellent. We had an exceptional guide who was a great ambassador. Cabins on Pelagian are beautiful and the level of hygiene is very good. Excellent! Thank you!”
John Fraser and Maria Alessandra
We had a wonderful time, and it’s hard to find anything we would change.
“We had a wonderful time, and it’s hard to find anything we would change. Congratulations to the Wakatobi dive team and resort staff.”
This was our first liveaboard experience and it was excellent.
“This was our first liveaboard experience and it was excellent. The boat is very comfortable and the cabin (Master) is really spacious and comfortable. Our divemasters are extremely good hosts, and the entire crew is really kind and efficient. They are always available to help – proactively and discreetly. The food is very good, and the variety is good as well. Only two minor improvements could be appreciated: A better Wi-Fi connection and more comfortable sun chairs on the sun deck! Thank you for everything!”
Pelagian is the best dive boat I have been on.
“Outstanding, great, great, great, loved it, amazing, amazing, amazing, and so on. The crew did a great job! Amazing food and great work on everything. Pelagian is the best dive boat I have been on. I wish you all the best.”
Great team, great diving, great experience.
“Great team, great diving, great experience. Really enjoyed the lectures / presentations, then finding the same subjects underwater with the help of the guides. Facilities were superb. I would recommend Wakatobi / Pelagian to anyone. I came, I saw, I was conquered.”
Colin and Penny Bridger
Pelagian has been the best liveaboard we have been on. Great guides and crew.
“This trip has lived up to all expectations. The dive team and all the boat crew have contributed to a fabulous dive holiday. Our cabin has been great, food wonderful and varied, catering for all tastes. The diving has been superb with lots to see, especially some of the small critters. Pelagian has been the best liveaboard we have been on. Great guides and crew. We had a memorable week of diving. We hope to be back soon.”
Helen and David Spiegel
Life here above water is as beautiful as what’s 50 feet below. From the towel sculpture to the food displays, a beautiful esthetic permeates the resort.”
“Ours was a wonderful experience in every way. Our dive guide was terrific – clear and knowledgeable. She taught us a lot and helped us dive comfortably and safely. She is very attentive and skilled. Our photography instructor taught a great photo course. He was helpful, cheerful and attentive. We learned a lot! It was fantastic how he opened our eyes to underwater photography and taught us how to do it. He has a wonderful manner. The service staff is unfailingly warm, friendly and helpful. We immediately felt at home. The dining staff is great – so very helpful and nice. The food was excellent – especially the shrimp dishes, Indonesian specialties and ripe fruits. Life here above water is as beautiful as what’s 50 feet below. From the towel sculpture to the food displays, a beautiful esthetic permeates the resort.”
Excellent crew and local staff. Everybody seems to love what they’re doing. Great!
“Very exclusive and pleasant days. Good beds, sheets, pillows. Good rooms, but dislike the bathrooms. Excellent crew and local staff. Everybody seems to love what they’re doing. Great! Will be back soon.”
Dave and Polly Snape
Wakatobi is a hidden gem well worth a visit. Accommodation was perfect!
“Fantastic! We had no idea really what to expect. We were nervous when we arrived as to the size of the dive boats wondering if they would feel too busy, but this didn’t happen. The boats worked well and the small group size meant that we felt like we got a personal service. Accommodation was perfect! Very clean, very well presented and the facilities were exact. The restaurant had a great selection of food, all perfectly presented and cooked. The staff was all very friendly without being overpowering. Finally a big thanks to our dive guide who really made our diving experience fun. Wakatobi is a hidden gem well worth a visit. Fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable staff genuinely pleased to help. Great reefs and a seamless, slick operation! Excellent fun!”
I spent 11 dream days in this lovely place. It’s superb!
“Thank you, Wakatobi! I spent 11 dream days in this lovely place. The dives are extraordinary. Very well organized dives with colorful coral and unbelievable shapes, too many fish varieties to count. Staff always welcoming. Meals are excellent and for all tastes. The place is very calm and is a place to relax. Very well made place. It’s superb! Thank you for all this.”
Rolf Aeschlimman and Marjam Lehner
Simply fantastic! a wonderful place on this planet, on the surface and of course, underwater. Simply fantastic!
“Wakatobi is a wonderful place on this planet, on the surface and of course, underwater. Simply fantastic! Thanks to all responsible, management and the complete staff/team. You are lovely, friendly and simply unforgettable. Until the next time!”
Claire Birone and Patrick Donaldson
We have loved our time here and are truly sad to leave this paradise.
“Our stay was fabulous in absolutely every way. The staff is incredibly helpful. I love how they make an effort to learn the names of all the guests. It makes us feel very welcome and not just a number. We have loved our time here and are truly sad to leave this paradise. Thank you!”
Randy and Robin Kinsel
Wakatobi is a world-class operation from dining to diving.
“Wakatobi is a world-class operation from dining to diving. We enjoyed all staff and services.”
Everything is perfect!!
“Everything is perfect!!”
Wonderful experience in every way. We love the people as much as the beauty of the dives.
“Wonderful experience in every way. We love the people as much as the beauty of the dives. Not one of our family of four could think of any area of our experience that was not perfect. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Thank you for such an amazing time. We will be back. First class people, first class trip!”
Alex and Hazel Gilson
Sea life, reefs and world-class topside service of this caliber cannot be found anywhere else but Wakatobi.
“Everything here exceeded any expectations I could imagine. I did some research about the topside part of the trip (I knew underwater would be awesome), but in no way was I prepared for the world-class experience ALL your staff provided. From the airport at Despensar to everyone at Wakatobi, everyone was genuinely attentive, polite and knowledgeable. Not one iota of obsequiousness was noted. The crew of boat V is the best dive crew I have seen in 30 years of diving. I am truly blown away by my dive guide’s ability to ID any fish or critter on your reefs! Your staff made us feel like not only valued guests, but also friends. Please keep up the superlative work. I wish more resorts would be as responsible as you all. You are the standard to be met! Lastly, please, please do not get greedy and become bigger! The resort is perfect. Too many divers would ruin the atmosphere and probably the reefs. Sea life, reefs and world-class topside service of this caliber cannot be found anywhere else but Wakatobi.”
Stefan Ruckli and Angela Elmiger
Our stay in Wakatobi was perfect. All the staff members remember your name, which is an excellent detail!
“Our stay in Wakatobi was perfect. Already the welcome at the airport in Bali of a Wakatobi staff member (although we first spent some days on Bali), we perceived as very pleasant. The travel to the resort was pleasant, and we felt at ease right away.All staff members were always very friendly and helpful and yet not intrusive. The dive team was highly competent and has organized our diving experience the best way possible. On that account our dive guide took great care of us. Food was continuously super and didn’t leave any wishes unfulfilled. And if it did, the cook made additional sticky rice for us – many thanks! We were even given a brief look at the back of the resort to find the monitor lizards. All the staff members remember your name, which is an excellent detail!”
Robert J. Loring, Ph.D.
Great experience, pristine reefs, very nice dive boat. Will return again.
“Great experience, pristine reefs, very nice dive boats. Excellent staff and dive guides, wonderful food. Wakatobi is a superb dive resort. For divers, non-divers and photographers. No disappointments. Will return again.”
Linda (Burman) Hall and Tim Shea
We enjoyed every day, some more than others. We are already planning a return visit.
“We will give an excellent review in TripAdvisor.com. We enjoyed every day, some more than others. The heavy currents and 25 – 30 km/hour wind were sometimes quite challenging for snorkelers, while not bothering divers. We are already planning a return visit. We became friends with several of the staff during the week. They are all excellent. The chef produces an amazing cultural variety of dishes from all around the world.”
Our dive guide was wonderful and full of knowledge and was incredibly patient with us. She helped me overcome my fears as a beginner diver.
“Beautiful and amazing reefs and coral! I love the relationship between the resort and the village. I get to enjoy wonderful hobby at a luxurious resort and also feel I am contributing to the local economy and environmental conservation. Our dive guide was wonderful and full of knowledge and was incredibly patient with us. She helped me overcome my fears as a beginner diver.”
Scott Fraser and Lisa Marshall
We enjoyed perfect weather, delicious food, world class diving and friendly, thoughtful staff. There’s real life, there’s vacation and then there’s Wakatobi!
“Our stay at Wakatobi exceeded our expectations in every way. The diving, the food, the accommodations, the spa and especially the staff! Of special note: our PADI instructor was outstanding! He is so knowledgeable and patient. Our dive center manager also went out of his way to get to know us and offer encouragement. We received an exceptional media presentation on our first night. The resort manager was very friendly and followed up with us on several occasions about our experience. The restaurant staff all learned our names on the first day and made us feel very welcome at every meal. Same goes for the bartender at the jetty bar. The front desk staff went above and beyond for us booking a hotel for our layover in Bali and sourcing a laptop for us to print our PADI training logs, which we had left at home. We loved our stay, and we are sad to leave! It doesn’t get any better than this! We enjoyed perfect weather, delicious food, world class diving and friendly, thoughtful staff. There’s real life, there’s vacation and then there’s Wakatobi! Suggestion: it would be neat to have a TV screen in the longhouse to display diving photos of the day from all guests.”
Georgia and Owen Springford
Could not fault the food, room service or cleanliness. Diving is excellently organized.
“Could not fault the food, room service or cleanliness. Diving is excellently organized.
Hanotiau Bernard and Heidi
We had the best dive master I ever experienced anywhere in the world.
“It is my fourth visit. Each time I see the improvements. Wakatobi is definitely a five star resort, perfect in all respects. We really enjoyed villa 2 with the pool, the service and the food. The dives are superb. The reef is spectacular. We had the best dive master I ever experienced anywhere in the world. He is top-notch! He gave me confidence in diving. Congratulations.”
Matthias Gross and Yasmine, Magdalena, Maximillian Hack
Experience the ‘Wakatobi Way’ – you will never forget it.
“Experience the ‘Wakatobi Way’ – you will never forget it. We never experienced a way of diving like this. Everybody is living the idea of making diving unforgettable for your guests. The hotel and restaurant staff is always willing and are proud of fulfilling the individual wishes of every single guest. We would like more ‘family packages’ to make it easier and more affordable for other diving families.”
Ro and Martin King
Wonderful experience overall! Some of the best dive sites in the world!
“Wonderful experience overall! Some of the best dive sites in the world!”
Benoit Harangand Dr. Marie Bejot Harang
A perfect stay in a pristine resort with ecology and conservation in mind
“We enjoyed our stay very much. The fauna and the reef are terrific. The diving at Roma was fantastic. We loved the food and the staff was most helpful. A well-maintained place with a good spirit. Congratulations! A perfect stay in a pristine resort with ecology and conservation in mind. Wonderful staff and food. We appreciate your efforts at Wakatobi and will recommend this quality venture.”
Dian A. P. Utomo
Everything is excellent! Congratulations for an endless effort to maintain the excellence!
“Everything is excellent – the room, the food, the restaurant, the resort, the staff, the personalized touch, the dive center, the dive guides and team, the dive sites, the boats, the facilities, the sunsets! Congratulations for an endless effort to maintain excellence! This place is the best dive resort I’ve ever visited.”
Sarah Tallent and David Cooper
Wakatobi is heaven! All the staff has been delightful.
“All the staff has been delightful. Restaurant team has been superb. Our rooms were so clean and comfortable. Dive crew and staff are dedicated hard workers. Special mention to our dive guide for keeping us safe. We are unable to fault the service both ashore and at sea. Wakatobi is heaven!”
Ann and Bill Pritchett
We appreciated our dive master’s efforts to tailor dives to what we were interested in seeing
“Wonderful resort – excellent service and staff. The attention of the dive crew from our dive master to all of the team was top quality, very warm and friendly, considerate and anticipatory. Staff members were always ready to greet up and ensure our needs were met. The food was varied and very good. The house reef here can’t be beat – great for snorkeling. Grounds very well maintained. We appreciated our dive master’s efforts to tailor dives to what we were interested in seeing. We recognize all the people behind the scenes who worked hard to make this a special trip for us.”
It’s a great escape from the crowd. Wonderful.
“It’s a great escape from the crowd. Wonderful. Wakatobi is a good place and great resort for us. See you again!”
This was the ultimate dive vacation. This is more than a resort; it is a social enterprise that truly cares about people and the environment. We will be back!
“Best ever snorkeling. The staff and service is exceptional. Fabulous food. Thank you for the thought you’ve put into Wakatobi Resort. It was an amazing stay here on Wakatobi. It’s so hard to leave this place and the people here who made it a perfect holiday. It was very difficult to find information about Wakatobi and have our questions answered prior to booking. I used original diving travel agent out of the U.K., as I wanted to speak with someone who has been here. Once our guide was assigned to us, all fell into place. She really made our week very special and we felt so lucky to have her. She was so patient and passionate about sea life. And the dive center manager was so kind and attentive. We had the perfect diving holiday experience. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The diving was organized with complete valet service. We felt relaxed and didn’t have to worry about a thing. The food was delicious and offered such variety. We normally don’t like buffets but this was exceptional, and we appreciated being able to come and go as we pleased – grab a bite before the morning dive and not having to wait. We arrived as strangers and left as friends. This was the ultimate dive vacation. This is more than a resort; it is a social enterprise that truly cares about people and the environment. We will be back!”
Hard to get to – harder to leave!
“A great place. We loved our visit. Hard to get to – harder to leave!”
Natalia Rodriguez and Scott Bennett
Our dive guide was phenomenal and worked tirelessly to find all the creatures we came here to see.
“We very much enjoyed the timeliness of the dive operation. Our dive guide was phenomenal and worked tirelessly to find all the creatures we came here to see. The boat crew was also very helpful and attentive. The choice of fresh healthy food at each meal was wonderful, and our butler was amazing!”
David Carlo and Francesca Mian
You all made our honeymoon so perfect! Everything here is amazing.
“We started as snorkelers and later David and I discovered diving for the first time. Thank you! You taught us how to go ‘into the blue’. The diving is so cool! We saw a lot of fishes and turtles. We think that we can take another course to dive again. Everything here is amazing. We ate a lot of delicious dishes, and the restaurant team is so nice and friendly. The staff did everything for us, and knows every guest’s preferences! We will never forget the romantic dinner. We loved it. It was so special, with attention to every detail. We appreciated it so much. We went to the other island for a lovely picnic. The house and the front office team are excellent! They prepared everything, arranging the taxi boat, fruits and sandwiches. We spent 3 hours together and later we had a wonderful spa treatment.” We are so sad to say, ‘goodbye’. We would like to stay here! You all made our honeymoon so perfect! Everything here is amazing. Thank you. We hope to see you again. Ciao!”
Annicka and James Terry
The staff could not have done more to ensure our stay here was perfect and all our particular needs were met.
“An unparalleled dive experience, enhanced by the exceptional attention to detail the staff provide. We have enjoyed a superb week here. The staff could not have done more to ensure our stay here has been perfect and all our particular needs were met. That you were especially accommodating of our three children was the best. We think you could do more in terms of serving traditional Indonesian food with spices and chili. Thank you from all of us!”
Our wonderful dive guide enabled me to do more diving than in the past 20 years.
“I love Wakatobi. Our wonderful dive guide enabled me to do more diving than in the past 20 years. Kitchen, restaurant, bungalow service is great. I was constantly surprised – even after three visits. See you again in December!”
Gary, Jennifer, Laura Brown
Another great visit! Keep up the good work. The people are great. Diving is fantastic and food is also awesome.
“Another great visit! Keep up the good work. The people are great. Diving is fantastic and food is also awesome. Suggestion: have Happy Hour from 5 – 7 pm so we can go after the noon dive and make it 2 hours! Thanks.”
We were made to feel very special by the wonderful Pelagian crew and dive guides.
“Our second trip to Wakatobi and our first with Pelagian. The dive sites were wonderful, and we were made to feel very special by the wonderful crew and dive guides. Compliments to the chef and his staff – the food was wonderful. To all the crew that took care of us, thank you so much.”
Everything was superb! I can’t imagine a more perfect dive experience!
“Everything was superb! Maybe it would have been nice to circulate all dive guides from boat to boat for a broader experience. I can’t imagine a more perfect dive experience! Bucket list for sure!”
Don and Amber Williams
It was all the little things that made this trip so special. We cannot wait to come back.
“We loved the boat and the staff was fabulous. This company does it right for their guests. The food was fantastic! This was the trip of a lifetime. We cannot wait to come back. It was all the little things that made this trip so special.”
Nothing is too much trouble for the crew; your pleasure is their mantra!
“Nothing is too much trouble for the crew, your pleasure is their mantra! Attentive crew, superb ship – this was a holiday of a lifetime!”
Keith and Michelle Sandilands
We enjoyed every minute at the resort and on the Pelagian. It was a superb experience that we will cherish for a long time.
“We enjoyed every minute at the resort and on the Pelagian. It was a superb experience that we will cherish for a long time and we will try to repeat at the first opportunity. The staff and crew were so friendly, discreet and professional. The food was superb, and we appreciated the cook, who made it healthy but very tasty. There is absolutely nothing we would suggest to improve; however, after a dive, I would have enjoyed a body or foot massage while we were on the Pelagian. Thank you for making our holiday a wonderful experience.”
Great trip! The food was excellent. The cabin was very comfortable, and the diving was incredible.
“Great trip! The food was excellent. The cabin was very comfortable, and the diving was incredible. Our dive guide was very helpful and great at finding critters. It would be helpful to know staff names and be able to have reminders.”
The boat is amazing, and the food is really fantastic.
“Pelagian is a really nice dive operation and even better are the people / crew. The boat is amazing, and the food is really fantastic. Thanks for everything!”
Amy Tan Morel and Bruno Morel
Pelagian is one of the best liveaboards in this region, a ‘must visit’!
“This visit was as wonderful as the first time; we’re glad we came back! The crew did a very good job! Pelagian is one of the best liveaboards in this region, a ‘must visit’!”
Ardhin Twistya Yuniar
If you value diving as much as you value service and resort facilities, this is the best resort I’ve seen in Indonesia so far.
“Dive sites are amazing and well preserved. Our dive guide took the time to prepare us from gear setup to dive plan and dive details, especially how we can better take care of dive environments. Dive support team is well prepared; there was no glitch at all. Perfect! Beach and house reef are clean and provide a good view. The sunsets were nice. The management of the resort is very professional, friendly, responsive and helpful. They really pay attention to detail. From the greeting in Bali airport all the way to the resort are well managed. Luggage are cared for carefully, nothing broken or missing. We left a jacket in transit hotel and the staff went extra miles to help us with it. Our kids were very happy being attended while we went diving. They went to the cave and played at Kids’ Club. That was very important, so we could dive without worrying. Great!! Resort facility is world class. From the room, to the bathroom and services – all are high quality and worth the price. Restaurant is like five star hotels. The food is delicious. We can order special food not on the menu, not worrying about pork. Restaurant staff is very friendly, helpful and always ask for feedback. Gardening crew is very friendly and helpful. We will definitely recommend this resort to our friends. One more thing, the chartered flight to resort saved us our precious travel time (vacation days) which was really worth the money and all the hassle since we were travelling with kids. If you value diving as much as you value service and resort facilities, this is the best resort I’ve seen in Indonesia so far. Great dive. Nice resort, friendly people and kid-friendly. It’s just perfect.”
Seamus and Petrina Cox
We feel very privileged to have seen such wonderful vibrant and healthy reefs.
“We feel very privileged to have seen such wonderful vibrant and healthy reefs. We’d like to say well done to all at Wakatobi for the efforts to protect these incredible areas. The service, attention, kindness and friendliness shown by the staff made our stay here extra special. The food in the restaurant is incredible and certainly exceeded our expectations. The staff were always so welcoming and attentive. We were treated like royalty by the dive staff also. The professionalism of the dive team will be very hard to match. Our dive guide was very patient and attentive and had a great eye for pointing out details that we would have missed.”
Frank P. Newhaus
Wakatobi is the best dive destination we have ever seen until now. It will be difficult to be overtaken.
“Extremely good dive guides. Back-up staff very attentive all the time. Extremely high quality of food and variation. Kids are getting the same attention as adults – great. No time to explore the house reef. Very weak Internet connection. All dive sites visited were beyond our expectation. Wakatobi is the best dive destination we have ever seen until now. It will be difficult to be overtaken.”
Everything about Wakatobi is first-rate. We had a wonderful stay.
“Everything about Wakatobi is first rate. The staff is very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Food is gourmet, beautifully prepared and presented. I like the fact that the staples for each meal remain the same but that the entrees change as do the desserts and special salads. The restaurant staff is eager to prepare for one’s taste if they can. Diving/snorkeling is very well organized. It’s a pleasure that your own personal equipment and wetsuit are already on board for you each dive/ snorkel trip or it is put on shore for your use if you opt not to go on the boat. Bungalows are spacious, charming, beds and pillows very comfortable, and housekeeping tidies up the rooms twice daily. Wakatobi is a first-rate dive resort with easy access to pristine reefs pulsing with marine life. It provides excellent service, food and accommodations. The resort has a very local informal atmosphere but still provides top-notch amenities and service. We had a wonderful stay.”
Lynn Irving Klass
The service was incredible as was the food.
“Our Wakatobi sales rep was instrumental in the planning of my trip. He was most helpful and provided a wealth of information. My dive guide was a phenomenal and truly represents what a dive professional should be. The service was incredible as was the food. The dining room staff is warm and friendly.”
Susan and William Arbios
We love it and hope to come back again!
“We love it and hope to come back again!”
The most amazing diving and snorkeling resort! A visit you will never regret!
“The most amazing diving and snorkeling resort! A visit you will never regret!”
Staff is phenomenal!
“Staff is phenomenal! Every staff member pays attention to the guests and goes out of their way to be friendly and helpful. The staff must go through some type of “Ritz Carlton” training to be this good! Thank you!”
Wakatobi has spoiled us – there is no better diving anywhere in the world.
“This is our 2nd trip on Pelagian and we will be back! The crew is so helpful and friendly. My husband was ill during much of the trip and our cruise directors and crew were great. Dives were run expertly with individualized support. Spa staff at the resort was wonderful – great massage and accommodating with scheduling. Restaurant staff was amazing. They were friendly, helpful and made us feel like “family”. Our romantic dinner was amazing! Our dive masters were very good, polite, friendly, patient and really good at their jobs. We really enjoyed them. Wakatobi has spoiled us - there is no better diving anywhere in the world. The experience from arrival in Bali to swimming on the reefs is incomparable."
Roberta Casalino and Andrej Pecnik
Every aspect of this resort far exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend it to everyone!
“Absolutely everything was amazing! The food… wow. The restaurant team are absolute stars! Our honeymoon was unforgettable. The service is priceless and the best we have ever received. The location is exactly what we wanted: peaceful, remote, like paradise. The island and guides have converted us. We will be doing a dive course very soon. Wakatobi is heaven on earth. Please don’t ever change, because you are perfect!”
Raty Ning and Gloria Martie
Our guide made every dive an enjoyable and memorable experience.
“The staff at the resort is amazing. They are all exceptionally friendly and helpful – especially the staff at the restaurant. The foods served are all 5 star hotel quality. The dive teams are amazing too. Our guide made every dive an enjoyable and memorable experience. We’ve never met a dive guide as good as him. Thank you!”
Cathy Bach and Brian Hazlett
Absolutely fantastic resort and reef in every way. We can’t imagine anything better.
“Absolutely fantastic resort and reef in every way. We can’t imagine anything better. Fabulous food and as much diversity as the reef! Incredibly competent and super friendly staff. Luxurious accommodations. Thank you for a wonderful week!”
Very enjoyable stay. Great diving and snorkeling team. I felt very safe.
“Very enjoyable stay. Great diving and snorkeling team. I felt very safe.”
Cameron and Debra Garrett
The reefs left us awestruck. This was simply the best snorkeling experience we have found in our travels around the world!
“House staff was very attentive and pleasant. They made us feel at home immediately. Kitchen staff produced excellent quality meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There was a wide variety of local flavors as well as favorites from around the world. Fresh local fruits and vegetables aplenty. Desserts to die for! Dive activities were extremely well organized and efficient. Equipment was top notch and the boats were perfect for the task. Guides were knowledgeable and fun. As a snorkeler, I have often been treated as a second class citizen by dive shops. Not at Wakatobi! Here, snorkelers are afforded the support and care for an exceptional experience. The reefs left us awestruck. This was simply the best snorkeling experience we have found in our travels around the world!”
Diving fantastic! Snorkeling out of this world. Superb service – both on the boat and on land.
“Wakatobi Resort is an amazing place! Beautiful! Diving fantastic! Snorkeling out of this world. Superb service – both on the boat and on land. Wakatobi Resort – where everyone knows your name!”
Heather & Ian Watson
Thank you, thank you. We had a wonderful time on the Pelagian and we are very much looking forward to returning.
“Thank you, thank you. We had a wonderful time on the Pelagian and we are very much looking forward to returning. Thanks to our dive guides for the wonderful diving and the rest of the crew or such great service – and to our chef, the food was all very good.”
Rachel, Jayne, Howard Avon
Pelagian was a fantastic stay! Recommended! Wakatobi is a very special place! Love it! 10/10!
“Fantastic stay on Pelagian. Excellent staff – always helpful and with a smile. Thank you everyone for making our holiday special. Pelagian was a fantastic stay! 10/10 Recommend! Wakatobi is a very special place! Love it!”
Paul and Chris Sedlacek
The diving was awesome, and we appreciate your care for the reef and your long term planning to keep it so pristine.
“This was a wonderful vacation. The diving was awesome, and we appreciate your care for the reef and your long term planning to keep it so pristine. The staff was so helpful. Every department was the highest caliber. The boat crew was great… so very helpful. The restaurant staff was always smiling and knew our names right from the first day. The rest of the staff all performed beautifully. Our trip was really enhanced by our dive guide. He was not only knowledgeable and skilled, but was so enthusiastic about maximizing our experience. He wanted us to have a great time, and we did. From his briefs before each dive to his care for us underwater, to our discussions afterwards, he was always happy and willing to help us. It’s so nice to have someone who is obviously enjoying himself and also interested in the U.S. We normally like to try new vacation spots and have rarely returned to the same resort twice. This will be changing with Wakatobi. I am sure we will be back. As a business owner myself, I appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail of the staff. All the departments worked seamlessly together. I hope to bring home some of these things and apply them to my own business.”
Julie Lane and Zann Knapp
This was the perfect escape to another world under and above the sea.
“This was the perfect escape to another world under and above the sea. Our [Pelagian] trip was perfect.”
David and Ann McElhoney
The dive team was extremely helpful and professional. They did everything to ensure the trip was everything we wanted it to be.
“Enjoyable first class experience on Pelagian – our third trip onboard. The dive team was extremely helpful and professional. They did everything to ensure the trip was everything we wanted it to be. The crew was great in every aspect. Thank you. Special mention: to the chef and the stewards – once again you have produced world-class service onboard. A large part of why we return to Pelagian is because of you guys and the highly successful service you provide (and you can take a joke).”
The service is outstanding.
“The service is outstanding. Plenty of good food, fresh linens and towels. Clean and tidy in public areas. The crew gives excellent safety and briefing procedures.”
This was a fabulous vacation in a perfect location on a luxurious dive yacht.
“This has been a wonderful trip on MY Pelagian. All crewmembers have been courteous, friendly and helpful. Housekeeping staff even put together a gel-pen that had broken apart – thanks! Our dive masters were excellent hosts, so patient and reassuring to dive with. They sought out those special sea creatures that are elusive to the untrained eye but high on every diver’s wish list! The evening presentations are interesting – just the right length, with an amount of information that is digestible and of use for the next day’s dive sites. This trip has been stimulating yet relaxing, informative and fun, with sufficient ‘down time’ to ensure that a day’s diving is an anticipated pleasure and not too tiring. This was a fabulous vacation in a perfect location on a luxurious dive yacht. I’ll be back for more, if I can!”
Susan and Aubra Franklin
Never knew I would enjoy a boat for a week, plus diving so much. Excellent!
“What a first class experience! Amazing experience, amazing staff! Food was great. It was so nice that we could make requests and customize our food and food choices. Love all the salads – so nice to get greens and fiber on a trip – with olive oil of great quality! Don’t change! Our dive guide was so patient and calm – so glad we had him. The boat crew was very helpful. The guides very patiently helped me with filling out my dive log the last night and even going back to the first dive. They patiently showed me how to use my dive computer and find my total number of dives. I felt safe and comfortable. Their every thought was for our safety and comfort (even anchoring when they thought the noise would wake us). Love the towel and service in between dives. Love the pleasant demeanor of all staff! Never knew I would enjoy a boat for a week, plus diving so much. This was my first liveaboard. Excellent! The most amazing luxury dive and dining experience imaginable even for the first time experience of a liveaboard.”
Nicola and Tanya Iozzo
The crew of the Pelagian ensures that every need is met. Nothing is too much trouble. Absolute professionalism!
“What a wonderful experience! Great Trip! The personalized service from the start of the holiday to the departure was excellent. The food was top class, and we enjoyed all of the chef’s meals. All the staff was friendly at all times. We loved our skipper who has a great sense of humor! The crew of the Pelagian ensures that every need is met. Nothing is too much trouble. Absolute professionalism! The Pelagian itself is a beautiful live-aboard, and at times one could almost forget that you are on a boat. The food is exceptional as is the service. Our divemasters were amazing hosts. They are so thorough in their dive briefings and are perfect to lead beginner divers and advanced divers alike. As far as the diving is concerned, it is faultless with the only exception being, possibly, just being able to go for a quick swim. Wakatobi is a little piece of heaven and we enjoyed every minute. ‘DIVE, REST, EAT, REPEAT’.”
Greg and Zita Hutchinson
The Pelagian is one of the best liveaboards we’ve been on. We will be back soon!
“The Pelagian is one of the best liveaboards we’ve been on. The staff is so friendly and efficient! We will be back soon! Wakatobi is a scuba diver’s paradise!”
This is divers’ paradise. My dive guides were guiding angels. I felt spoiled to an Olympic degree!
“This is divers’ paradise. My dive guides were guiding angels. I felt spoiled to an Olympic degree! A very hardy ‘Thank you so much’ – especially to all the helping hands on board and behind the scenes.”
Alexis-Ann, Kristine and Peter Bundschuh
This was the best dive trip ever! What made it wonderful was the very personal service we received from our dive guide.
“This was the best dive trip ever! What made it wonderful was the very personal service we received from our dive guide. He took great care of us. We did not need to worry about anything. The boat crew was so helpful – from putting on our tanks to the warm cloths. Everyone at Wakatobi resort is friendly. Not sure we will ever dive in the Caribbean again! We will be back! Thank you.”
Walter and Anna Schueriger
Hope to come again for a third time! Thank you for everything. Trima cassi!
“Hope to come again for a third time! Thank you for everything. Trima cassi!”
Guillermo and Amanda Ruess
Excellent dive guide and great underwater world.
“Very enjoyable week. Excellent dive guide and great underwater world.”
Despina and John Counsel
Landed in Wakatobi Magnificence!
“Landed in Wakatobi Magnificence! We were recommended by a work colleague who visited Wakatobi, and we will thank him on our return to Australia for giving us this exquisite human experience. We have been nurtured by nature on every level by the surroundings and the cultural values of going back to basics. The luxury of our villa and the staff are greatly appreciated. The human experience is shared with people from all over the world as is the continuing awareness of how differently the same we are. Thank you, Wakatobi. Signed with love and gratitude.”
Peter Beerli and Irene Guess
For us, 6 of 5 Stars!
"We have been to Wakatobi Resort twice, which probably says the most already. The diving is still spectacular, the diving crew extremely attentive, helpful and friendly. The food is still top notch and the personal attention is always friendly and observing. The accommodation is spacious, always clean and offers a very high comfort level (we had a ocean bungalow on the beach). Especially pleasant is the drinkable water from the tap. The entire Resort is very well designed, clearly arranged and neatly managed. For us, 6 of 5 Stars! This is certainly not the last time we will visit."
Dane Cervine and Linda Kittle
We had a marvelous time. The service was impeccable. All staff was friendly and helpful.
“We had a marvelous time. The service was impeccable. All staff was friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the village trip and found our guide knowledgeable and sensitive. Snorkeling boat crews were great, ever ready to help and guide. The meal staff was so friendly, remembering our names, welcoming us each meal. The resort tour was very informative. It was a marvelous week. I want to acknowledge this amazing marine sanctuary. Whatever your role in maintaining the thriving sea life in the area is appreciated. The details and organization of your staff from the first contact at the airport to the day of the flight and process of getting us up to speed – all beautifully orchestrated and easy to follow.”
The service was above and beyond accommodating! I had an amazing time. Thank you so much!
“The service was above and beyond accommodating! I had an amazing time. Thank you so much!”
Excellent everything! Food, diving, dive staff, resort staff – all excellent!
“Excellent everything! Food, diving, dive staff, resort staff – all excellent!”
The staff is excellent!
“The staff is excellent! Food is “over the top” great. Valentin and his wife and three boys were a delight to visit with – wonderful people. Great that kite boarding is offered. Scuba boat staff amazing – they take care of all the gear. Lodging excellent. Rooms are clean and large. Outdoor showers are excellent. Spa with massages on the island is a treat!”
Kimberly O’Young and Michael, Rachel and Danielle Molkentin
The resort is gorgeous, the reefs pristine and the food divine, but it’s the staff that made the experience so beautiful!
“Your staff is absolutely wonderful. The resort is lovely and eco-friendly. The food and service were the best I’ve ever had in the 10 Kids Sea Camps I’ve done around the world. Staff was so friendly, always greeting us by name, eager and patient to share language, culture and answer questions. I especially want to commend the restaurant staff. They always had big smiles and were so helpful. We had a very informative resort tour. The tour guide did a great job explaining things. Also, I truly loved the village tour we had. The guide showed us all around, led the children in song and participated in some singing games with us. Our dive experience manager was very good. She was helpful and accommodating and informative. She quickly addressed any issues, fixed them and offered good suggestions. Terama kasi to all of them and also to those behind the scenes. I also want to acknowledge the Longhouse staff who were quite helpful, printing song lyrics for me and answering questions. I had a lot of fun learning to tie my sarong with them. We had laughter and smiles, and they were very patient. Terama kasi!”
Paul and Rachel Rosenblum
Overall, our stay was excellent.
“Overall, our stay was excellent. Our guides were all excellent. They were appropriately cautious, knowledgeable, and polite. They made all our dives and snorkels interesting and very easy. Land staff was all terrific too.”
Memories that will last a lifetime!
“Everything (except the weather!) was perfect. Memories that will last a lifetime!”
Your commitment to the local community and its people is what I most appreciate. Thanks for all!
“The accommodations and food were great, but it’s the staff that really stands out. From behind-the-scenes work to make sure I had my baggage to the personal greetings of the kitchen staff, everyone was wonderful. Your commitment to the local community and its people is what I most appreciate. Thanks for all!”
This is a beautiful resort. The staff is very attentive and I’m always greeted with a smile and an enquiry about how my day is going.
“This is a beautiful resort. The staff is very attentive and I’m always greeted with a smile and an enquiry about how my day is going. I thought the snorkeling sites were amazing. A great big thank you to all the dive staff who were only too happy to answer questions. Our snorkel guide guided us so well in the water. To the lovely man who rakes the sandy paths, I loved the walk down by the dive shop. To all staff members whom I didn’t get to meet, who worked “behind the scenes”, many thanks i.e. the chefs, kitchen staff, travel and room cleaning staff. I loved the different towel designs on the bed each day. Many, many thanks. It was an amazing holiday and I will be back.”
Roger and Julie Green
Excellent in every way – except the weather which you can’t control.
“Excellent in every way – except the weather which you can’t control – but you did your very best to make it work anyway. At least the rain was warm!”
Sally and Randy Simmons
Your staff is great – helpful and knowledgeable.
“Your staff is great – helpful and knowledgeable. The taxi service was very convenient on our no-boat days. The food was wonderful. The bed was very comfortable and the towel sculptures were fun. Although we did not have the best weather, the umbrellas got us to where we needed to go and were a nice addition. The grounds are lush and lovely. The snacks and hot drinks after snorkeling on the boat were very welcome. You have a great system for storing gear and having it where we needed it. The Wi-Fi could be a bit stronger but it is a treat to have it on our cabin. Love the outdoor shower. We have wanted to come to Wakatobi ever since I saw a dive shop offering a trip here, and we are so happy we got to come with Wendy Simon’s snorkel group.”
Staffs were all so friendly, professional and well trained – such amazing service all around.
“Staffs were all so friendly, professional and well trained – such amazing service all around. We had excellent dive guides. Room was cleaned often and well. Food was the best – such a treat! Towel designs – amazing!”
Uli Anders and Dietmar Votteler
You are a wonderful, exceptional, extraordinary, outstanding, heavenly team.
“Like always, thank you all! You are a wonderful, exceptional, extraordinary, excellent, superb, enjoyable, pleasing, awesome, incredible, marvelous, splendid, grand, sublime, sensational, brilliant, beautiful and phenomenal, outstanding, heavenly team. Thank you for the relaxing time with you.”
The site and accommodations are stunning, but it is the staff that distinguishes Wakatobi!
“An amazing opportunity for snorkeling! The site and accommodations are stunning, but it is the staff that distinguishes Wakatobi!”
Jenny and Wade Cornell
Everything was superb. Best coral and variety of fish I’ve ever seen.
“Everything was superb. Best coral and variety of fish I’ve ever seen. All wonderful. Great staff – they really care. Food superb too! Our snorkel guide was terrific and gave me a huge increase in confidence for snorkeling. We’ll definitely be back!”
Best ever snorkeling. Thank you for the thought you’ve put into Wakatobi Resort. We’ll be back!
“I’m very impressed with Wakatobi in general. Services are top-notch, especially with regard to snorkeling. The dive guides were exceptional – knowledgeable, friendly, skilled in assisting with my equipment, so helpful identifying reef creatures and lots of fun. The other boat crew was quick with towels, face cloths, getting equipment back in our boat, serving refreshments, etc. How they remember whose equipment was whose is amazing. Same with restaurant staff! Friendly, smiling, helpful and so good at remembering names! It’s marvelous! The food is wonderful in the restaurant. So many choices and staff are always ready to meet every need and desire. Housekeeping and maintenance staff also responsive and clever. Loved the towel art. We felt well taken care of by everyone. Best ever snorkeling. Thank you for the thought you’ve put into Wakatobi Resort. We’ll be back!”
Wonderful coral reefs, lovely resort on a small, tropical island with great staff – the ultimate in a tropical diving holiday.
“Almost faultless in all aspects of operation and enjoyment. The dive team was brilliant, clear, safe, informative and competent. Crew/local staff excellent, efficient, friendly and helpful. A suggestion: for buffet main meals and extras, perhaps have a “V” on the nametag for those suitable for vegetarians. Wonderful coral reefs, lovely resort on a small, tropical island with great staff – the ultimate in a tropical diving holiday. ”
We chose Wakatobi to experience and show our children what a coral reef environment should look like. We were not disappointed.
“We chose Wakatobi to experience and show our children what a coral reef environment should look like. We were not disappointed. The diving was excellent, the reefs were all in excellent condition – rich, diverse and healthy. We had an excellent dive crew – lovely young people clearly engrossed in what they do and fully supported by professional staff. Our congratulations to all at Wakatobi for the work which must go on behind the scenes, for your ethics in contributing to the local community and for your foresight in protecting the local environment.”
Incredible staff. Beautiful dive sites. Exquisite accommodations.
“The combination of friendly knowledgeable staff, beautiful dive sites and elegant accommodations make this a world-class dive destination. Incredible staff. Beautiful dive sites. Exquisite accommodations.”
Eun Jeung Kim
We were impressed by the quality of the service and facilities.
“We were impressed by the quality of the service and facilities, especially considering the limitations and difficulties you have to run the resort in this remote island. Most experiences we had here were very pleasant. I’d like to say thank you for all staffs who always smiled and tried their best to make our stay happy.”
An absolute must for every diver. It becomes more than a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
“This is my third time here! Great diving, excellent boat crews and superb dive masters. An absolute must for every diver. It becomes more than a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
If you want world-class diving, great food and the best service possible, Wakatobi is the place for you!
“This is our third trip to Wakatobi. We keep coming back because the diving is great. The food is great, but mostly because the staff is so great! The level of service is top notch here. I’ll be back as soon as I can. Keep up the good work. If you want world-class diving, great food and the best service possible, Wakatobi is the place for you!”
Terri Awad & Jill Lynch
We were totally blown away with the untouched reefs and the abundance of sea life
“Very surprised by the pleasant staff, reef and overall Wakatobi experience. We would highly recommend our experiences to all our friends and family. The staff has been very generous with their time towards us. The restaurant staff cooked us some local cuisine at our request (as we were disappointed to find all food to be so westernized). The dive crew is very attentive towards our unforgettable experience explaining the reef. Big shout out to the dive team. While we enjoyed our stay, we are probably not as “hard core” divers as many other guests. Would enjoy more if there were a few other options in activities. Most importantly, we had very high expectations of the reef when coming here and really can’t believe that it exceeded them!”
From the moment of arrival the staff catered to my needs, in many cases anticipating what I might enjoy next.
“My visit was remarkable in every way. From the moment of arrival the staff catered to my needs, in many cases anticipating what I might enjoy next. The diving is amazing, and the crew and boat staff were both welcoming and comfortable. The operation is well run and the staff clearly love their work. All the staff from the gardeners to the boats, room and restaurant behave as though they are owners. Thank you for a wonderful stay. I had such a wonderful time. I can’t wait to return.”
William E. Manrow III
The quality of staff, food and diving are top rate, and I have dived most of the world!
“Everyone has made my stay very exciting. The quality of staff, food and diving are top rate, and I have dived most of the world! Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Wade and Robyn Hughes
Our sixth visit. With private boat and private guides the diving options are almost unlimited. We’ll be back again.
“Very difficult to find anything at all that could be improved from the standpoint of comfort, service and overall amenity. We feel genuinely at home here. On the diving side – perfect! Our private boat crew and dive guides were extraordinarily friendly and efficient, as always. The entire team are all wonderful ambassadors for the Wakatobi brand. Our sixth visit. With private boat and private guides the diving options are almost unlimited. We’ll be back again.”
Wayne and Pam Osborn
One of the best places on our planet to dive.
“Thank you to all for such an excellent 6th trip to Wakatobi. Your standards are high, whether it be the guides, boat crew or resort staff. We enjoy the feeling of being part of the family here. Particular thanks to our slipper captain and crew, and to our butler. Also, thanks to our guides. Our sixth visit to Wakatobi and the magic remains. One of the best places on our planet to dive. Congratulations, Wakatobi!”
We particularly appreciated the restaurant staff who made efforts to greet us in Japanese with smiles
“All staff always greeted us with smiles. This was my first time at the resort, and initially we worried about being the only Japanese guests – but meeting the Japanese speaking staff made us feel relieved that we could communicate in the same language.
The dive operation was very efficient and smooth, and despite the weather we enjoyed our dives. In the restaurant, we appreciated the buffet-style where we could choose personal preferences. We were satisfied with the variety and quality of food. We particularly appreciated the restaurant staff who made efforts to greet us in Japanese with smiles, saying ‘Taka-san and Kyoko-san, good morning! Did you enjoy your food?’ Thank you so much. We also very much enjoyed the accommodations. We look forward to a return visit.”
David Cuming and Barbara Hogan
The staff (many locals) went to enormous lengths to make our visit an enjoyable success.
“Very comfortable accommodations. A great variety of delicious foods, imaginatively arranged, made us happy and satisfied. A cheerful atmosphere. Capable staff (well-trained and enthusiastic). The staff (many locals) went to enormous lengths to make our visit an enjoyable success.”
First time on the Pelagian. Second time at the Resort. I can’t wait for my third visit!!
“First time on the Pelagian. Second time at the Resort. I can’t wait for my third visit!!”
Wakatobi is awesome. It’s perfect.
“Wakatobi is awesome. It’s perfect. Our dive guide was one of the very best things about Wakatobi. He is a great man and wonderful guide!”
Goo Chui Ping
The most unique diving and dining experience EVER!
“Superb work by the Wakatobi team, including the Bali office! The most unique diving and dining experience EVER!”
Simon, Yvonne and Moritz Streit
This is the resort with the highest level of standards we have ever experienced.
“This is the resort with the highest level of standards we have ever experienced. It’s a wonderful resort to chill out, be on vacation and relax, and, combined with the diving and snorkeling, it’s just paradise.”
Cameron and Carol Rose
Underwater grandeur and land-based pampering
“Underwater grandeur and land-based pampering. Exceptional service and fun with all the staff!”
John and Barbara Pratt
A secret gem! Beyond all expectations! Having a private guide definitely made our week very special.
“Everyone was so friendly and helpful, we felt like family. The accommodation was perfect – the view each morning from our villa was breathtaking, and we had everything we needed. The food was absolutely delicious with so many options at each meal, always changing, also beautifully presented – top class! Our dive/snorkel guide was just the best! He showed us so many different things while snorkeling, always went that extra bit further, diving down to show us corals and marine life we may not have noticed. Having a private guide definitely made our week very special. The reefs are absolutely incredibly beautiful, and we are so glad we have found you. Thank you to everyone for making our holiday very special. A secret gem! We had an amazing week at Wakatobi. Beyond all expectations! We’ll be back one day soon!”
Bernt Svanberg and Gunbritt Stjernstedt
We love Wakatobi Resort very much. The diving and snorkeling were excellent.
“We love Wakatobi Resort very much. The diving and snorkeling were excellent. Lammanggau tour was very interesting, and the Tomia Market tour even better. It was a pleasure to see the local market and visit a school and hear the students try to speak English and sing for us. We will never forget these two tours!”
We had an excellent experience at Wakatobi, both for divers and non-divers.
“We had an excellent experience at Wakatobi, both for divers and non-divers. Food was delicious, served by service-minded staff. Our room was always very clean – never missing anything. Diving was also great; the boats supplied everything we needed. We had an exceptional, very knowledgeable dive guide. He will make us come back – treat him well! Our guest experience rep at the London office was also very helpful – proactive, and he recommended the best solution to us, without overselling.”
The staff in general is fantastic – attentive and congenial, always impressive.
“First – my dive guide was spectacular! Great eyes underwater and a big heart above and below. The staff in general is fantastic – attentive and congenial, always impressive. I also want to compliment the caring style of the dining room staff, all are just wonderful. Thank you so much.”
Your facility and staff are super.
“Your facility and staff are super. The bungalows are comfortable and clean. The restaurant staff is courteous and attentive. The food is tasty and interesting. The dive staff is great! Diving is good; the boats are roomy and the land facilities are well organized. The reefs are very healthy and the fish are amazing. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable, responding quickly to accommodate our dive style – slowly, so we can take lot of photos. Thank you all for an enjoyable 9 days. By the way, the taxi service is brilliant!”
Antoine and Melanie Boge
Everything is good here – food, dives, instructors, managers, waitresses, boat team, etc.
“Everything is good here – food, dives, instructors, managers, waitresses, boat team, etc. Thanks for this week, amazing! We hope to come back soon.”
Wakatobi is a dream 5-star resort with a top-notch dive center.
“Wakatobi is a dream 5-star resort for REAL. Top-notch dive center, great food and unmatched service. Very laid back.”
Thank you for the wonderful service. It is truly exceptional.
“Thank you for the wonderful service. It is truly exceptional. Love how friendly all the staff are. We came back for the diving but also the amazing Resort and feel of it. Thank you!”
Anthony S. Lenzo
The staff (front of house and back of house) is world-class. Five star service 24/7.
“The level of service here is unmatched. Attention is paid to every detail. The staff (front of house and back of house) is world-class. Thank you for another excellent experience. Come for the diving, be amazed by the dining! Five star service 24/7.”
Perfect service, amazing staff. Best holiday ever – I’d love to come back.
“Perfect service, amazing staff. The most relaxing holidays ever due to everybody doing his best. Outstanding food, and the eco friendliness of resort is admirable. Best holiday ever – I’d love to come back.”
Third stay in Wakatobi Resort – again, an amazing time.
“Third stay in Wakatobi Resort – again, an amazing time. Thank you all for the friendly and nice welcome, and support during the last 2 weeks. Dive–eat–sleep at Wakatobi. Will come back for sure.”
Paloma Sweeney & Jesse Steele
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for our entire experience here, and I can only wish to return one day!
“This experience has been so magical from start to finish. Every day was a new invitation to a colorful underwater feast for the senses! Our dive guide made me feel comfortable underwater and any anxiety floated away. I was so impressed with how many different species our guide was familiar with and the fun facts that he shared with us before and during each dive. The restaurant staff has been so welcoming and we looked forward to seeing their smiling faces each morning. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for our entire experience here and I can only wish to return one day. Thank you, Wakatobi, for the fantastic memories I will hold dear to my heart!”
Wonderful experience, everything a dive resort can be.
“Wonderful experience, everything a dive resort can be. High quality diving sites, amazing guides making the diving fully educational, fantastic inlet service with dive gear. Very pleasant above water experience as well as great food, very engaged staff, nice company. I re-learned how to dive at Wakatobi. The conservation approach, the engagement with a complete reef ecosystem and the attentive nature of the guides taught me to slow down and enjoy the tiny details.”
Bill and Marina Kendrick
We are coming back next year. Our dive guide was the best we have ever had.”
“We are coming back next year. I’m booking it in the next month or so. This is as good as it gets! Could have easily spent a month here. Our dive guide was the best we have ever had.”
Alison and Mike Tebbutt Villay
Our week here has been very good and up to expectations. The dive staff were brilliant – couldn’t have been more helpful.
“Our week has been very good and up to expectations. The dive staff were brilliant – couldn’t have been more helpful. Also the staff in spa – and everywhere else in Resort were consistently polite, friendly and keen to help improve our holiday. Thank you.“
Richard and Norma Hales
This world-class resort is relaxed elegance at its best.
“This world-class resort is relaxed elegance at its best. Fantastic diving, food and accommodation and with great staff and superb organization – a special place, and we will be back.”
To say that you exceeded all our expectations is an understatement – you blew us away!
“We’ve been planning this trip for over 2 years and by looking at all the material, our excitement and expectations were very high. To say that you exceeded all our expectations is an understatement – you blew us away! The diving is amazing and the service beyond exceptional. The staff is so friendly, and that they call me by name makes me feel special and at home. All the restaurant staff is friendly and a pleasure to be around. The room is very nice and clean although we didn’t spend much time in it. The dive boats are spacious and the dive teams fulfill your every need. We cannot imagine what more they could do. All this being said, our dive guide exponentially made our experience better. She was fun, friendly and attentive. Her knowledge of the sea life is outstanding, and she was constantly sharing. Many times I would take a picture and she would have written out the name of the fish for me. She is amazing and we will miss her. I also was extremely happy with my camera lessons with your photo pro. Paradise isn’t lost, it can be found at Wakatobi!”
This place has spoiled me for anywhere else. The service and accommodations are unreal.”
“This place has spoiled me for anywhere else (but I’ll try to soldier on). Really though, the service and accommodations are unreal. Combined with the beautiful setting, this is really a paradise. Thank you to all the staff for their care and hard work.”
John and Carla Cain
Of all the places we have dived, and all the operations we have dived with, Wakatobi is the best!
“Absolutely wonderful experience! Of all the places we have dived, and all the operations we have dived with, Wakatobi is the best! Above all, our dive guide could not have been better. She made it even greater.”
I have waited a long time to come to Wakatobi and I was greatly pleased. Go to Wakatobi if you can. First class.
“I have waited a long time to come to Wakatobi and I was greatly pleased. The coral is outstanding!!! Guides – awesome; food – wonderful; staff – the best. Go to Wakatobi if you can. First class.”
Cevin and John Larner
The attention to detail was impeccable. Our dive guide really made the stay doubly enjoyable.
“We had a very special few days at Wakatobi. The attention to detail was impeccable. Our dive guide really made the stay doubly enjoyable. Thank you.”
A very professional operation on a beautiful site.
“A very professional operation on a beautiful site. The best diving I have seen. I am still a beginning diver and chose to have a private dive guide. She took very good care of me and I learned a lot from her. It was well worth the extra cost in bolstering my confidence and knowledge.”
Debbie and Michael Quinn
If you want an adventure of a lifetime, Wakatobi is the place for you.
“This has been a wonderful experience. The staff is wonderful, food magnificent, and the diving is spectacular. The divemasters point out so many things we would have swam right by. We hope to return some day and see more. Please protect the reef. If you want an adventure of a lifetime, Wakatobi is the place for you. Paradise was invented here!”
I thoroughly enjoyed Wakatobi! Learn, experience and enjoy the diving and Resort wonders.
“I thoroughly enjoyed Wakatobi! I greatly appreciated being met at the Bali airport on arrival and guided through the arrival process. It was pleasing that everyone knows my name. My dive experience with my guide was excellent. The entire team welcomed me and invited me to share fun and fellowship during my stay. The longhouse staff were excellent, friendly and supportive. The camera room was excellent. Care on the dive boats was superb. Dining experience and Jetty Bar were super. Learn, experience and enjoy the diving and Resort wonders. ”
Fantastic - can’t wait to come back. Staff is unbelievable, incredible.
“Fantastic – can’t wait to come back. The staff is unbelievable, incredible. Grounds are spectacular and spotless.”
Peter and Jamie Bernstein
Fantastic!! The best resort that we have been to, and we have been to many!
“Fantastic!! We’ll be back. The best resort that we have been to, and we have been to many! Facilities, staff, diving and food were all excellent. Can’t suggest improvement. Often one gets tired of “resort” food – not here! Everyday one or more items would get a “Wow”! The level of service in the dining room was second to none! A cookbook would be a SUPER item to sell! Also, Jamie and I really benefited from our 2 days with the photo pro. Fantastic, absolutely the best!! Don’t let the price scare you – it is worth every penny!”
Our stay at Wakatobi was fantastic. The owners have successfully created a luxury dive resort with a family oriented feel.
“Our stay at Wakatobi was fantastic. The owners have successfully created a luxury dive resort with a family oriented feel. The staff, the dive instructors and the guests all brought such positive energy and everyone had a sincere interest in getting to know each other. Our dive instructors were patient and they offered helpful constructive feedback. Their positive encouragement and guidance in the water has definitely increased our interest in diving. The guides were all very knowledgeable and they took the time to find and point out the different aquatic life during our dives. We couldn’t have asked for better dive instructors/guides. Wakatobi is a truly special place, and I think it is important for guests to have a strong appreciation for the environment and culture to preserve the overall beauty that exists here.”
Really appreciated the personal attention from all the staff.
“Really appreciated the personal attention from all the staff. Very impressed that all the staff knew our names. It was unfortunate that ear problems kept Bill from diving at all. (We did have 6 ½ beautiful days of diving on the Pelagian.) and I lost 2 days of diving. However, the concern from the staff was sincere and appreciated. Thank you for the complimentary facial! It helped break up a long, non-diving day. The 3 dives that I went on were wonderful and the guide Kaz was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and showed us some great things. Loved how we were pampered! We never had to worry about rinsing or hanging up our gear. Thank you for everything!”
The staff was very professional and anticipated every need we could have imagined.
“We had a fantastic visit to the resort. The staff was very professional and anticipated every need we could have imagined. Loved our dive guide, Andrea. I have been on several dives in my life but have never seen the quality of guiding that was provided by Andrea. It was refreshing to have/receive the knowledge that he provided. The restaurant staff was very welcoming and knew everyone’s name, which was a very nice touch. The efficiency of the crew staff was also impressive. What a delight to have all our gear transported on and off the boat. Thanks to all of you for providing a true vacation and diving trip. Making plans to return in 2 years.”
A perfect dive vacation.
“World-class diving at your doorstep. Excellent dive team and guides plus great food. A perfect dive vacation.”
Absolutely wonderful stay. Perfect in all respects.
“Absolutely wonderful stay. Perfect in all respects. The only thing I can think of as a recommendation would be to have someone on the dive boats help us put on and remove our wetsuits! Our dive guide was excellent. Can’t wait to return.”
David P. Conner
Great place. I will be back.
“Great place. I will be back. Our dive guide was the best on our boat and really took care of all of us in our group. Food was great. Dining staff is very nice. Boat staff helps you all the time – better than lots of other dive operations.”
The staff exceeds the definition of superior service. I loved every moment!
“Wonderful vacation all the way around. Wakatobi is God’s wonderland of sea life. The staff is so friendly and welcoming. I will recommend Wakatobi every chance I get. A peace-filled wonderland with an abundance of fish and beautiful coral. The staff exceeds the definition of superior service. I loved every moment!”
I couldn’t have imagined a better diving experience
“Starting with the airport crew in Bali to the dive team, restaurant team, the boat crew, housekeeping, dive shop, massage and management – I’ve never experienced a service organization that literally serves hand and foot every moment. While I’m not used to it, took me a couple days to get comfortable with it, it was a wonderfully relaxing experience to not lift a finger. The entire restaurant staff knew everyone’s name the first day, anticipated every need, never let a glass sit empty, and were all so friendly and welcoming. My dive guide was wonderful, although I now sound like a broken record – I couldn’t have imagined a better diving experience. Your beautiful ocean aside, he was attentive in and out of the water. Knowledgeable on the wildlife, (anything from above) equipment and would never let me lift a finger. Also want to thank you for the opportunity to tour the Resort and the village. It’s clear that you take your role as a good steward of the environment, the local culture and the people who live here very seriously. I’m grateful to have seen your operation in action and to better understand the positive impact you’ve made on this island. Thank you for everything. When the next opportunity arises, I’ll be back. In the meantime, will share with all my dive community back home.”
Third time in Wakatobi and once more a perfect time in paradise!
“Our third time in Wakatobi was, as with both other times, a perfect holiday with absolutely nothing to complain about. We’ll definitely come back!”
Super service. Absolutely nothing to complain about!
“Super service. Absolutely nothing to complain about! Looking forward to visiting Wakatobi again.”
Wakatobi is the best land based dive resort in the world, period!
“Wakatobi is the best land based dive resort in the world, period! The dive team, marine life, boat crews were all fantastic. The food in the restaurant had the perfect variety to suit everyone and it was fresh and authentic. The staff felt like family, very attentive and fun.”
Pam & Ken Roberts
The service level at Wakatobi is unsurpassed.
“The service level at Wakatobi is unsurpassed. From the delightful staff at the restaurant to the hot minted towels between dives, nothing is overlooked. The teams at Wakatobi must be commended on their excellent customer service. The diving was great – Wakatobi had some of the healthiest reefs we had encountered in our 1000+ dives. Our dive guides were knowledgeable and strived to make each dive special. I simply cannot say enough about the staff and the service! Wakatobi offers some of the best diving with incredible reefs in the world. It is capped with outstanding service where your every need is anticipated.”
Clarissa & Soren Hesner
Wakatobi is quite simply one of the world’s best dive resorts.
“Wakatobi is quite simply one of the world’s best dive resorts. The diversity and health of the ecosystem is, of course, the reason divers come, but equally important is the attitude, the kindness, care and attention to every single detail – that is the essence of Wakatobi. This was our second visit, this time with children and grandchildren, and it could not have been a greater success. Our heartfelt thanks to all.”
Lorelei & Bruce Pagano
Wakatobi was highly recommended, but you have exceeded our expectations.
“Wakatobi was highly recommended, but you have exceeded our expectations. Fantastic diving while enjoying the luxury of a beautiful resort with wonderful staff. Thanks to the entire staff!”
I have never visited a place where everything was perfect! I felt at home within a few hours.
“I have never visited a place where everything was perfect! The staff was so kind and generous, service minded but with a calmness and smiles, it was all sincere. I felt at home within a few hours. The diving staff was all knowledgeable and professional, kind and fun. Not only did we feel safe with them, we also learned about the beautiful coral and marine life. Wakatobi is the best place we have visited. We are definitely coming back! Lovely staff, great diving, beautiful surroundings, great food, and eco-friendly. Everything is perfect! Thank you so much for the best holiday.”
Loved everything about this place. We will definitely be back!
“All staff at dive center, restaurant, housekeeping, etc. were wonderful. We will definitely be back! Thank you Wakatobi for making a dream come true!"
An exceptional dive resort.
“An exceptional dive resort. You will be well rewarded if you should make the effort to reach Wakatobi.”
If only all resorts were as good as Wakatobi
“If only all resorts were as good as Wakatobi”
The most spectacular reefs in the world with world class guides!
“We were very pleased with the service. Our villa was lovely! Our guide was amazing too. Many thanks! The most spectacular reefs in the world with world class guides!”
Wakatobi is surely the best place for relaxing dive holidays.
“Wakatobi is surely the best place for relaxing dive holidays. An enormous diversity of fish and other marine species are just waiting to be explored! I am already looking forward to my next stay here. It is impressive how high the level of comfort and luxury can be in such a remote place.”
Davin, Gwen & Elizabeth
Too beautiful to be true!
“I wish I could keep this place a secret for as long as possible – too beautiful to be true!”
Veronique & Daniel
“This is paradise for a photographer.”
“This is our third Wakatobi experience, and this was one just as wonderful as the previous visits. When you ask for anything the staff really does everything to satisfy you – this was true from dive center to restaurant, and everywhere in the resort. Some of the best diving in Indonesia. Very nice coral and plenty of marine life. This is paradise for a photographer.”
Marco, Carlotta & Filippo
A great diving destination!
“A great diving destination! Dive center perfectly organized with extremely attentive staff and crew. Good equipment for rent. Resort services and facilities are excellent, great food and restaurant staff fantastic, efficient, friendly, and courteous. Well done!”
Very well organized resort and diving.
“Very well organized resort and diving. Special thanks our dive guide for excellent guidance and organization, boat crew for excellent work; restaurant team for great service and kitchen team for ample and tasty choices for all meals including vegetarian options.”
Paul & Linda Stubbs
Underwater gem with 5 star service, food and accommodation.
“One of the best dive trips we have had. The diving was excellent. The food was divine and accommodation was top notch. The service was unbeatable. We were impressed by our dive guides, with their knowledge of the dive sites and the diving itself. Underwater gem with 5 star service, food and accommodation. We will be back!”
Ken & Janet Sherman
“Come to Wakatobi, a place you will adore.”
“Come to Wakatobi, a place you will adore. The reefs are very healthy and such fun to explore!”
Shahab Haghnazari & Jamie Gorenberg
The service is top notch, from the dive staff, restaurant staff, to the housekeeping staff.
“The service is top notch, from the dive staff, restaurant staff, to the housekeeping staff. We have been to other high end resorts, and Wakatobi is memorable for the clear emphasis you put on everyone going out of their way to be warm and welcoming. Our dive guide was superb, going above and beyond to make every dive special. She was such an effervescent energy and upbeat attitude. The perfect blend of caution and enthusiasm – and she constantly checked in with us to ask if there was anything we wanted to do differently – always wanting to ensure that our dive experiences were top notch. The restaurant staff always made sure we had everything we wanted at every meal, and the staff would even anticipate our preferences, down to the lime wedges we like with our water. The restaurant is run beautifully.”
Alain & Luisa Baume
Compliments on a very efficient and personal staff
“Compliments on a very efficient and personal staff, who is exceptional in what they do, and all sincerely happy to make your stay enjoyable.”
It has been a great holiday.
“It has been a great holiday, and I cannot praise the staff’s level of professionalism enough and commitment to the guest experience. The dive guide surpassed many of guides I have employed in the past; the housekeeping staff are brilliant with their unusual touches to the room; and food service staff’s ability to make guests feel at home is stellar!”
Wakatobi is heaven.
“Wakatobi is heaven. This is our second visit and we loved coming back to the same friendly staff! Dive guides are fantastic, knowledgeable and attentive.”
Breanne, Luis, and Danielle
This is the best dive resort that we have ever been to.
“This is the best dive resort that we have ever been to. The diving is outstanding, the staff and guests are lovely, food is delicious, and we would love to return. What an incredible place!”
The service and accommodation were first class.
“The service and accommodation were first class. Secluded luxury with diving to match.”
Georges & Max Androtos
That was an experience of a lifetime.
“That was an experience of a lifetime. The diving is unique, the staff and service strike a perfect balance between luxury & utter simplicity. The food is just right, healthy and not pretentious. An experience not to remember, but to relive. We will be back.”
The resort, diving and food are the best.
“By far the best dive resort we have ever been to. The resort, diving and food are the best. The staff at Wakatobi goes above and beyond to personalize and meet all our needs. Loved being there and hope to return soon!”
Anders & Susanne Schonbeck
Wakatobi is the best dive resort we ever visited.
“Wakatobi is the best dive resort we ever visited. The dive sites, staff, accommodation, food and service are all top notch. The staff is fantastic and service level is 100%. The diving has been great and we appreciated the variety of dive sites. Our dive guide was great, we loved her enthusiasm.”
Our every wish has been taken care of.
“We could not have dreamt of a more enjoyable holiday. Our every wish has been taken care of. The staff is amazing and made us feel very special. The dive operation ran like clockwork, which is a reflection of the team’s great efforts to accommodate everyone’s needs and wishes, which is no doubt a challenge. Even at full capacity, we retained the privacy, tranquility and outstanding service we have become accustomed to at Wakatobi. The food was perfect with an abundance of high quality fresh choices and lots of variety. As repeat visitors we enjoyed a level of familiarity and trust, which didn’t go unnoticed. Thank you Wakatobi team! We will be back for sure!”
David & Kriss Buchwald
We loved every minute of our vacation!
“We were pleased with the smoothness of your operation! Your staff is friendly, professional and very organized. Our dive guide took great care of us – always wanting to know what he could do to make our diving (and vacation) better. He genuinely seemed to care whether or not we were happy. Not hearing your compressor while it is filling tanks is just another sign of how well thought out your operation is.
Dining and housekeeping staff were just as wonderful. Our bungalow was sparkling clean (as was the surrounding property) every day. Food was beautifully presented, varied and healthy.
We loved every minute of our vacation! Thank you for making a journey half-way around the world totally worth it!”
Tiwi & Gusti
“Underwater life is excellent and the hospitality of the staff are brilliant.”
“Underwater life is excellent and the hospitality of the staff are brilliant.”
Sally Camper & Robert Lyons
We could not have asked for a better guide!
“Our guide was warm, friendly, highly knowledgeable, hardworking, safety conscious, attentive, and a genius at finding and identifying coral, fish and critters of all kinds. We could not have asked for a better guide!”
I’ve been diving for 25 years at resorts around the world – Wakatobi is tiptop!
“Even more stunningly beautiful than imagined. The villa we stayed in was breathtaking, and the Pelagian was wonderful! “I’ve been diving for 25 years at resorts around the world – Wakatobi is tiptop!”
Wakatobi should be the reference for all hotels and resorts.
“I travel a lot for business and pleasure. In terms of client services, if there is a problem Wakatobi should be the reference for all hotels and resorts.”
It has been an incredible experience I will appreciate forever.
“The service and personal attention at the resort is unmatched anywhere else I’ve been. It has been an incredible experience I will appreciate forever.”
Thank you all for the personal assistance.
“Thank you all for the personal assistance. All the staff was genuinely interested in making our stay perfect. Hope to come again. Pure paradise, the most friendly, efficient, and accommodating staff I have ever had the pleasure to spend 10 days with. Bravo!”
Went above and beyond my dreams.
"Went above and beyond my dreams."
Another great vacation in Wakatobi Resort, the whole family enjoyed it.
“A wonderful experience, I would recommend highly to anyone who has not tried valet diving before. The services are outstanding, and the resort is a true paradise. Food had the right amount of variety for everyone to choose something from. Diving was fabulous!”
The dive team was incredible, and dive guides were superb
“Outstanding diving. Exceptional service. Staff and dive team go well beyond expectations to ensure your trip of a lifetime is all you dreamt it would be. Awesome experience, staff was simply delightful. I am super impressed that everyone took the time and effort to remember our names. No request was regarded as excessive or a bother.”
John and Carmel Greenwood
The diving was awesome and the service from the crew and dive staff was first class
“The diving was awesome and the service from the crew and dive staff was first class.”
Javier Garcia and Carolina Aguilar
The staff will do the impossible to make you comfortable and happy
“The resort is wonderful and the staff is brilliant. The whole experience has been fantastic. Everyone went the extra mile to make it just perfect for us. This has been the best part of our Indonesia trip so far and it’s going to be hard to make it better than this.
It has been by far the best part of our honeymoon. The staff will do the impossible to make you comfortable and happy. The surprise romantic dinner for our honeymoon just as we arrived left us speechless - 10/10.”
Robert and Denise McCrory
Coral walls and gardens to "dive’ for
“Coral walls and gardens to ‘dive’for”
David and Lauren Roberts
Our divemaster was amazing!
“From the moment we were greeted at the airport in Bali everything has truly been incredible. Our divemaster was amazing! As brand new divers, he was patient with us as we got more comfortable and he made sure we were always ok. His knowledge of the dive sites and fish to look out for was much appreciated and made the dives enjoyable. We cannot praise him enough, he was the best!! Very friendly staff, beautiful bungalow, incredible food, we couldn't ask for more.
As new divers in our mid 20s, we were a little intimidated knowing we would be with very experienced divers. However the resort team, dive staff and our divemaster made us feel at ease from the moment we arrived! With world class diving, beautiful accommodations, incredible food and first class service, Wakatobi Resort is a “must do” for divers and non-divers alike!”
The sites were consistently exceptional.
“Diving Operation, divemasters, food service was top notch. Ramon’s staff through and through was incredible. All divemasters and tender drivers were flexible and especially guest aware. The sites were consistently exceptional. Room care, food quality and quantity plus variety remains exceptional. Yusuf is untiring, cheerful, fun and competent. Amazing! Ramon solved an early assignment problem for me with promptness and no drama- my special thanks for that. I’ll be back!”
Pelagian and its crew exceeded my expectations
“Once again, Pelagian and its crew exceeded my expectations. This is my third trip and I hope to come again soon.”
Wakatobi is my favorite dive resort on the planet
“Wakatobi is my favorite dive resort on the planet. I have nothing but positive things to say about it. The staff in the restaurant treats the guests like family, and the food there is just phenomenal, as are the dive masters. The diving is amazing and the dive guides go out of their way to find anything we asked about. The boat crew is great and takes care of everything for you. I just wish I didn't have to leave. Wakatobi Resort is what I envision Eden to be. Perfect in every way!”
Incredible diving and service by a sophisticated expert on-board crew. First class!
My second time here this year and it keeps getting better and better! Incredible diving and service by a sophisticated expert on board crew. First class!
Chris & Fenella Moyle
Everyone made us feel welcome, and took care of our every need.
“Our expectations were high, because of our previous time on Pelagian. But with all the changes to staff, the level of service exceeded our expectation. Everyone made us feel welcome, and took care of our every need. They went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Thanks for a great time. “
Diane and Robert Grabo
We appreciate the excellent service and hope to return
“This resort exceeded our expectations. Everything was wonderful, the diving, the staff and the food. We appreciate the excellent service and hope to return.”
extraordinary and creative service
“Seventh visit and still the Wakatobi staff was able to surprise me with extraordinary and creative service.”
Juleigh, Martha and Pam
It gets no better than this with kind, happy wonderful people with no exceptions.
“Paradise found! This is a magical, incredible and beautiful place. It gets no better than this with kind, happy wonderful people with no exceptions.”
Another great vacation in Wakatobi Resort, the whole family enjoyed it.
“Another great vacation in Wakatobi Resort, the whole family enjoyed it. Diving was excellent; the staff was very friendly and attentive as usual. The villa was very much appreciated. Thanks a lot to the whole team.“
Christian and Manja Eichhorn
True paradise and a lifetime experience for all divers
“True paradise and a lifetime experience for all divers that love excellent macro diving combined with the outstanding service and friendliness of Wakatobi Resort.”
Irina Shestakova and Evgeny Razumov
Everything was excellent.
“Everything was excellent. We would like to thank the Pelagian team for such a wonderful time. We would definitely come back again.”
Stephen & Laura Humes
Pristine reefs filled with healthy marine life – your best asset.
“Pristine reefs filled with healthy marine life – your best asset.
Great staff with strong sense of service
Night talks were informative, entertaining
Good ability to “flex” with requests of guests
Food was excellent”
Diana Elias & Mark Herbst
Fantastic as expected!!!
Fantastic as expected!!!
Michele and Steve Dussault
My husband won’t visit the same place twice – Wakatobi Resort is the exception
“Once again we enjoyed paradise here at Wakatobi. The world is such a big place with so many places to visit. My husband won’t visit the same place twice. Wakatobi Resort is the exception. We will be back again and again.”
Thanks to the dive staff, they made my dreams come true
“I just found a beautiful, quiet little paradise with extremely friendly staff, perfect service, and wonderful natural landscape. The right place for my mind, body and soul to get lost. I hope I will come back again someday. I enjoyed my first scuba dive after 23 years thanks to the dive staff, they made my dreams come true.”
Mark and Mary Davis
We came for the snorkeling, which is fabulous.
“Great stay here. Everyone was so gracious and pleasant. We came for the snorkeling, which is fabulous. Very impressed with all the staff, both at the resort and on the boats. It starts from the minute you land in Denpasar. A model of excellent service. The food was amazing, very interesting and informative resort tour. We can’t wait to come back.
You have created paradise for snorkelers and divers, the only bad thing is having to leave.”
Dave and Judy Howes
Apart from outstanding diving, Wakatobi has got all the little things right
“Wakatobi rocks! Aweome diving, awesome facilities, awesome staff. Can’t fault anything, we really enjoyed our time here and will definitely be back. Apart from outstanding diving, Wakatobi has got all the little things right - from the restaurant and the admin staff remembering your name from day 1 to hot face towels at the end of your dive.”
Carol and Lou Helmer
Pelagian and Wakatobi Resort offers the highest service we have ever experienced
“We have traveled all over the world to dive resort and live a boards, Pelagian and Wakatobi Resort offers the highest service we have ever experienced.”
John and Debra Copley
We especially enjoyed our experience with a private guide
“Our first visit and it will not be our last. Everyone made us feel special. What a professional staff, elegant experience. The dive operation went very smoothly and the process was extremely well thought out and organized. We especially enjoyed our experience with a private guide. The dives were tailor made to our own diving style and preferences, and we learned a lot. Attention to detail throughout the resort was much appreciated. The little things make a big difference - umbrellas, flashlights, towel sculptures and sand art all added to the experience.”
Karin Schoeler and Michael Elksnitis
Everyone at Wakatobi went above and beyond our expectations to make our visit here amazing.
“Everyone at Wakatobi went above and beyond our expectations to make our visit here amazing. The dive staff and boat crew were extremely attentive ensuring our fun and safety. The rooms were clean and well cared for and I loved the towel sculptures. The garden staff made sure the grounds were pretty and I love the rack art in the sand. Thank you to the bird watching guide helping me to find some interesting birds. The wonderful restaurant staff, who fed us lovely meals and the bartender who kept Mike happy.”
Scott and Nicole Clark
Everything from the diving, the people, accommodation and food have been exceptional.
“This has been an overall amazing experience. Everything from the diving, the people, accommodation and food have been exceptional. We really can’t think of anything that we would change or need here, it is truly perfect.”
Tais B Wakassa and Jin H Yoo
Wakatobi is simply the best resort we have ever stayed at
“Everything is perfect - the organization, cleanliness and diving. Staff are really kind always trying to help, always smiling, they are really friendly and made us feel at home. It was the first time that a dive guide said “I dive with you, you don't dive with me,” which means the full concern about our pleasure during the dive.
Awesome. Wakatobi is simply the best resort we have ever stayed at. We would recommend the resort to everyone who wants a good experience in Indonesia.
As a returning guest I found the staff in all areas exceptional in their service.
“As a returning guest I found the staff in all areas exceptional in their service. All very friendly and welcoming, ready to help or assist you in any way possible. All dive masters are top quality and the boat crews especially are the best I have ever seen. The food as usual was great as well as the waiting staff.
Third visit to Wakatobi and it is still worth the trip….. two times for my group! The reefs are beautiful and the sea life abundant. Just awesome.”
Christine and Jake Hales
The diving was fantastic and the food was sooooo good!
“We enjoyed our stay. The diving was fantastic and the food was sooooo good! The dive team was wonderful, I really enjoyed that the equipment and dive suits were taken care of and ready for the next day. It was truly a top-notch operation.”
Clarke and Robin Fincher
A destination to “re-discover” time and time again.
“Just as our previous experience here was, this time also exceeded our expectations. As 2 time visitors, we knew what to expect and own needs were met. The diving was superb and the dive staff went out of their way to make our experience one we will never forget. The food was incredible and the waiting staff never ceased to impress us with their helpfulness and knowledge.
Our second trip to Wakatobi Resort and will not be our last. World class diving and exceptional customer service make this a destination to “re-discover” time and time again.”
Our private dive guide was so much fun
“The overall experience continues to amaze me. Our private dive guide was so much fun that we spent as much time laughing and having fun as we did diving. The staff across the board, were all exceptional at what they did and in making my vacation relaxing.
After four trips to this beautiful island I find I still want more. It is simply diving and relaxing at its finest. See you all soon my friends.”
Dr. Anna Tryka
I received as good an experience as the divers, thank you for this
“Everything about the resort has been fantastic. I am a snorkeler and appreciated that snorkelers are not treated as 2nd class. I felt that I received as good an experience as the divers, thank you for this.”
Annette and Lindsay Guilfoyle
We loved the easy access to the dive sites
“We are delighted with our experience here, so much so we have booked to come back for Christmas! The facilities are fantastic, even down to the fine details such as reading lights and always plenty of fresh towels. The dive set-up was great. We loved the easy access to the dive sites. The dive guides were superb and we were happy and pleased with them all. Loved the minty towels, the support with our gear and the ability to hire equipment easily. We were impressed that we had our own library in our room, which was excellent. The food and food service was excellent with our every need attended to.
Wakatobi Resort exceeded all our expectations. It is the ultimate land based diving holiday destination, combining pristine and comfortable diving with luxury accommodation.”
Carl, Joanna and Oliver Willis
More than just a dive resort
"We had a truly wonderful time at Wakatobi Resort. We had high expectations and Wakatobi Resort exceeded them all. More than just a dive resort."
Impeccable service, incredible food, a luxury dive operation
"From the moment we arrived at Denpasar airport we knew we were in good hands. 5-star barefoot luxury is what we found with impeccable service, incredible food and a luxury dive operation. The food at the restaurant was beautifully varied and as a vegetarian I was always looked after. The dive instructors did a fabulous job showing us all the sights with charm. We have been spoilt every day here and learnt so much and doing the a photography course with the resident pro has introduced a whole new world with the camera…a new beginning."
Beautiful dive sites, excellent food, very helpful people.
"Beautiful dive sites, excellent food, very helpful people."
Paul Jarvis & Heather Hisey
5-star reefs, staff, food and accommodations
"5-star reefs, staff, food and accommodations. We would come every year if we could, and that is through 12 time zones!"
The entire experience was a visual feast
"The entire experience was a visual feast…underwater, spectacular stars at night, and the amazing epicurean display. Well done!"
Jenny & Pushp Birdi
A piece of diving heaven
"A superb experience which has made our holiday. The diving is excellent, and the staff in the dive center and at the resort, go out of their way to make it special. A piece of diving heaven."
The island, resort and diving are beautiful!
"I want to thank everyone for making my time here such an enjoyable one and for helping to fulfill all of my requests. The island, resort and diving are beautiful! Thank you to all the resort and diving staff that worked so hard who make this trip one of a lifetime!"
The thoughtful organization of the resort continued to surprise me
"The entire staff was exceptionally gracious. The thoughtful organization of the resort continued to surprise me – from the smooth loading/unloading of the boats with the nets near the boat ceiling to keep things dry, to the discreet drying racks for wet swimsuits on the bungalow porches."
I leave Wakatobi with special memories that I will keep forever.
"To all the staff at Wakatobi, thank you all for a wonderful week. I leave Wakatobi with special memories that I will keep forever. All the staff have done their best to give me a relaxed experience whilst enjoying a sport that can be demanding in many ways. Thank you all for going out of your way to do something to make my day easier, and doing it with a smile. I extend a special thank you to the staff behind the scenes who I never met. I know you work hard to prepare equipment, make floral arrangements, prepare tanks as well as tasty food, to name a few. I didn’t get to meet you but acknowledge your hard work to keep it all going. I look forward to returning one day. "
John Sweeney & Iris Sandlin
Appreciated the small touches
"It was nice to be called by name. Appreciated the small touches such as fish books in the room. All staff was excellent. We particularly appreciated being able to dive with the same dive guide throughout our stay – he was the best dive guide that we have ever had! He went out of his way to make every dive more special for us. We will certainly be back!"
Jane and Phil Hetherington
Fantastic service throughout the resort – 5-Star
"Fantastic service throughout the resort – diving, housekeeping and restaurant – 5 star. The reefs and fish life diversity were fabulous. Staff amazing – we could not have asked for better dive guides and boat crew – they were all faultless, incredibly well organized and very helpful."
Colin and Sandy Jacka
Wakatobi - the place to be!
“Wakatobi – the place to be! The most beautiful diving with exceptional service always with a smile.”
Jim and Victoria Hepburn
It's guaranteed that you will feel like royalty.
"The service was beyond exceptional and the cuisine was wonderful. I am a vegan and the staff went out of their way to ensure I had a great selection and even supplied vegan sandwiches on the dive boats as snacks. This trip was my 25th anniversary gift from my husband and on our anniversary the dining staff, and Ozi provided a candlelit dinner on a private beach, with music and an exquisitely set table, and even ensured that my vegan meal was extraordinary. We could not have imagined a more perfect evening. Our sincere thanks to the entire staff for a trip we will never forget. We will be back.
The entire journey was an incredible experience made even more special by the amazing staff. Nikki and Shoko were the ultimate dive experience managers and we loved diving with both of them. They are terrific! From the moment one arrives and is greeted by the very friendly, knowledgeable staff members, until the last wave as they say goodbye to your ferry, it’s guaranteed that your will feel like royalty."
Dr. JillAnne McCarty
The diving exceeds all expectations.
"Thank you for a visit to paradise! Every aspect of our visit was wonderful. Your staff is friendly, attentive and professional. The bungalow was a delight in housekeeping execution. We enjoyed the diving, room atmosphere and delicious cuisine. The diving exceeds all expectations. Thank for you for the cooperation you have instilled with the local population to keep this treasure pristine! Dive team did a great job helping us to see the wonder of this beautiful reef. We look forward to sharing Wakatobi with our children and someday their children."
Dr. Edumund and Jacqueline Guyer
An experience of exquisite charm and adventure not easily encountered anywhere else.
"We thank you for your courteous and reliable service, excellent meals and snacks, attentive and communicative staff, as well as an experience of exquisite charm and adventure not easily encountered anywhere else. I particularly felt a warmth that was universal in the encounters I had with staff. They were supportive of each other and enabled us to make each day memorable. There was an ease and grace in the quiet, efficient procedures they performed, giving us a sense of the community they are a part of locally as well as their place of origin. Our compliments to you all."
These are some of the most beautiful dives sites in the world. Wakatobi is paradise.
"Every day you wake up listening to the waves gently washing along the shore line, walk through tropical pathways lined with palm trees, and smell tropical flowers. Then you spend your days diving some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world and wrap it up with a drink to watch the incredible sunset. Wakatobi is paradise. I had a great time again!"
The entire staff on the Pelagian lived up to and exceeded my lofty expectations.
"The entire staff on the Pelagian lived up to and exceeded my lofty expectations. This is my first time on the boat and I would highly recommend to any who would ask. Yusuf has some of the most incredible eyes of any dive guide I have ever dove with. He quickly learned how our group of six work and our dynamics. It was a pleasure diving with him and Komang all week. The food and service was outstanding. Many thanks to Wayan, Komang and the entire staff for the excellent meals. Overall an outstanding job by Yoeri, Nicki and the entire team. Yet another memorable week in Wakatobi!"
David and Gillian Niles
Divemasters were top notch!
“We enjoyed our trip very much! All the staff were very professional and service oriented. Divemasters were top notch! We now have stayed at the resort and the Pelagian, and we will highly tell fellow divers about this wonderful place! Thank you all very much!”
Eric and Lerma Swartz
You made us feel at home. This week was both relaxing and exciting.
“You made us feel at home. This week was both relaxing and exciting. We had a wonderful week on the Pelagian. The diving was excellent and the crew were the best! The divemasters understood each divers individual needs and interests and they always found amazing critters for us on the reef. All the crew were very friendly and the food was great!”
Jim and Susan Moser
everything is well done and well managed
“Wakatobi is a feast – a beautiful way to see many beautiful things. The Pelagian crew definitely has it down to a science – everything is well done and well managed. Thanks to the crew for being such gracious hosts.”
JK Lim and Jeng Jeng Ho
2nd trip here! Pelagian excellent!
We are of course very happy, 2nd trip here! Pelagian excellent!
Richard and Sue Gatenby
We have thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks here.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks here. Overall, we had a fabulous time! Thanks to all the crew for excellent food, service and customer care in general. Thanks to everyone in the team at Wakatobi and the Pelagian who made our two weeks here very special. Whale spotting was an unexpected bonus!”
One of the best dive resorts in the world, if not the very best.
“Always love coming to Wakatobi. One of the best dive resorts in the world, if not the very best.”
Pelagian is very nicely appointed + the crew have been excellent.
“This is not the first live-aboard that I have been on, but it has definitely been one of the best. Pelagian is very nicely appointed + the crew have been excellent. Without exception. The food has been non-stop & most enjoyable. I have particularly appreciated having seafood options everyday, and anytime we have requested any variation from the stated menu it has been cheerfully supplied. The diving operation has been very generous in the number of dives offered per day. It has without exception ticked along efficiently, with the minimum effort required by the guests. Even the weather has been kind – despite the rather concerning weather forecast we obtained before leaving NZ. The guests have also been a pleasure. The guests and the weather are two aspects you have no control over, so it is nice when they are as good as well.”
good diving made effortless by superb service of all dive staff
“Super relaxing trip, very comfortable boat. Wonderful crew, lovely food, good diving made effortless by superb service of all dive staff.”
A great live-aboard!
“A great live-aboard! Food excellent as I remember from last time. “
Mary Delorey and Craig Hansen
The boat was lovely and staff plus crew superlative.
“The boat was lovely and staff plus crew superlative.
Ann and Bob Brinson
Entire Pelagian staff was excellent! Wonderful service!
“Entire Pelagian staff was excellent! Wonderful service! Food was delicious! Especially enjoyed Indonesian dishes and appreciated kitchens’ efforts to accommodate our needs.”
Carol Lau and Fredrik Moberg
Felt very spoiled on board and in water.
"Very helpful and experienced staff who have made our trip very memorable. Felt very spoiled on board and in water. Food was great and the flexibility to choose outside of the menu was superb. Thank you to everyone. Great job!"
Five star in the middle of remote Indonesia!
“Five star in the middle of remote Indonesia!”
Michael and Kayleen Lewis
Our dive guide Yono was absolutely the best!
"Our dive guide Yono was absolutely the best! His attention to details made our above water and underwater experience fabulous!"
Penelope de Cruz
The pride in their work is shown through their caring attitude
"A fantastic trip. From the service onboard which was absolutely out of this world to Ari our beautiful tender driver. Yusuf is just the kindest soul on board. The attention to detail was just awesome. The food was incredible! All the staff onboard run this boat like clockwork and the pride in their work is shown through their caring attitude and always willingness to help. Thank you very much!
What an amazing boat and crew. The diving was great, and the team were exceptional. Thank you for taking such good care of me."
They go the extra mile to ensure you have the best experience
"The best dive boat I’ve been on. The whole crew did everything they could to enhance the diving experience. From the dive masters to the captain every extra bit of attention to detail was greatly appreciated. Special mention to the stewards, nothing was too trouble. I had a fabulous time and I will definitely be telling everyone about this trip.
They go the extra mile to ensure you have the best experience. All divers should go on the Pelagian and they will not be disappointed. Thank you to all the crew for the one-percenters!"
Resort staff, amenities and food were superb
"I recommend Wakatobi for all levels of diving and snorkeling. Resort staff, amenities and food were superb."
After being here all my expectations were met and then some!
"I had heard of Wakatobi some 15 years ago. Since that time I have always wanted to make a visit. After being here all my expectations were met and then some! All the staff made this trip one I will never forget."
The staff is incredibly attentive and ready to help in any way they can!
"Wakatobi is still one of the best dive destinations in the world. The staff is incredibly attentive and ready to help in any way they can! The food is great, and the diving superb. Special thanks to our dive guides who went above and beyond to make our diving experience memorable. Thanks also to everyone who made my birthday one to remember! I look forward to my next visit."
Kate & Aaron Fromm
We could not have asked for a better or more beautiful vacation
"Our stay was heavenly. The accommodations were beautiful and comfortable. Sitting on the front porch was idyllic. The food was fantastic – always tasty, plentiful and nicely varied. All the needs we expressed were met promptly. Our diving was beautiful and led by 2 amazing and wonderful dive guides. Both guides were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, attentive and caring. They were able to balance concern for our safety without being overbearing in any way. They were able to find the tiniest creature on the reef and knew a vast amount about the marine life. We could not have asked for a better or more beautiful vacation. Thank you to everyone for all the hard work, which led to such an enjoyable stay! Diving in paradise with top-notch service and accommodations!"
Allan & Jacqui Townsend
The staff looked after us like royalty
"We have had a great time! The staff looked after us like royalty. We were extremely happy with our dive guide’s care and knowledge."
Vicki Holmes and Bill Brannon
From dive staff to wait staff to front office – they could not have been any better
"The organization and infrastructure makes this resort run very smoothly with casual elegance. The attention to detail is evident everywhere, from how the towels are folded to how the ice cream is finished off with a little sprig of mint leaf. Lovely! The staff is attentive but not overbearing. It seems very sincere. From dive staff to wait staff to front office – they could not have been any better. The service is top notch!"
The guides enhanced my dive experiences with their wide knowledge and patience
"I have had a wonderful holiday at Wakatobi. The resort is relaxing and the staff are gracious and helpful. On the dive boats, teamwork is noticeable – I had a problem with my equipment that was spotted by a staff member that I was not even diving with – and it was remedied immediately. My dive experiences have been fabulous. The guides enhanced my dive experiences with their wide knowledge and patience. The “small touches” in the ocean bungalows were much appreciated (such as international plus sockets, reef fish ID books)."
Resort is magnificent and service is absolutely incomparable
"Best diving I’ve ever done in 26 years of diving! Reef is extraordinarily healthy and so many fish! So many species of corals and marine life. Resort is magnificent and service is absolutely incomparable. Everyone on the team knows our names and continually asks what they can do more to make us happy. This dive trip was on my “bucket list” and I am glad to have checked it off. Hope to return again!"
Douglas & Lavina Clarke
Absolutely amazing and friendly service
"The resort is exclusive in a beautiful location with stunning surroundings. This is a paradise above and below water. The natural beauty hasn’t been tarnished by the development of the resort, which blends nicely into its surroundings. Absolutely amazing and friendly service – nothing is too much hassle, and everyone knows you by name. Our dive guide was perfect for getting us comfortable, confident and qualified."
It exceeded my expectations
"Everything was amazing. It exceeded my expectations."
Service and hospitality of the staff are excellent
"We had a great time here. Service and hospitality of the staff are excellent. Food was super delicious! Especially the desserts & ice cream!"
Drifting along a Wakatobi wall is like non-stop drinking in beauty
"We love Wakatobi. The reefs are in superb condition, the sea life are in excellent health and varied, and are a delight for the eyes. Drifting along a Wakatobi wall is like non-stop drinking in beauty; one astonishing vista replaced by another even more beautiful. And the resort’s service is excellent. Our dive guide dealt with us competently, thoughtfully, completely, and elegantly, with a warmth and a sense of humor. I would enthusiastically recommend our guide to friends and other divers with no reservations."
Our stay here at Wakatobi was incredible
"Everyone here is so friendly and eager to help. The setting here is stunning and I really enjoyed watching the incredible sunsets. The villa was perfect and the house keeping staff did a marvelous job. The dive team was amazing, attentive and informative. The reefs were stunning. The food was absolutely delicious. The kitchen staff has been so kind and friendly. Our stay here at Wakatobi was incredible and we will never forget it!"
Everybody is extremely friendly and helpful
"Best dive center I have ever seen. Everybody is extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you for the fantastic holiday!"
Wakatobi is truly a special place – both as a spectacular place to dive but also simply a magical place to stay
"We have had a truly wonderful time at Wakatobi and sincerely hope we can come back again soon. Our instructor was a fabulous teacher, very patient and kind and could not have explained what we needed to do to pass our OWC more clearly. The kitchen/food was amazing and all the service staff made us feel so welcome. The villa was a real treat. We have felt thoroughly spoilt. An enormous thank you to everyone for making our stay such a memorable one. Wakatobi is truly a special place – both as a spectacular place to dive but also simply a magical place to stay."
Camille Zimmerman & Karen Chia
I find it hard to find anything that needs changing!
"From our booking prices to the end of our stay, it has been a great experience. I find it hard to find anything that needs changing! Our snorkeling guide was awesome; he was professional and genuinely passionate about what he does. The reefs were beautiful and rich. We will be back."
Teng Hwee See & Angelina
Kitchen/restaurant crew absolutely delightful and obliging
"Always a wonderful stay and experience here in Wakatobi right from the reception in Bali. Kitchen/restaurant crew absolutely delightful and obliging. Our snorkel guide was great! Thank you so much."
Martina & Irene Fachim
We enjoyed every single minute on this island and hope to come back soon!
"Best experience ever. We got our diving license last year and this resort and experience has set the bar very high. The food and organization is amazing, but the best are the people we have met from the dive staff to restaurant staff. We enjoyed every single minute on this island and hope to come back soon! Never been to a reef as beautiful or a resort with such kind people."
The resort has a perfect service for all the activities
"The week passed very quickly and we enjoyed time with the assistance of all the staff. The resort has a perfect service for all the activities and the organization is beyond what we could expect. Many thanks for everybody for their kindness."
The dive team, F&B staff, housekeeping, and all the other resort staff were exceptional
"Everything was amazing and surpassed expectations. The dive team, F&B staff, housekeeping, and all the other resort staff were exceptional."
Awesome staff and awesome diving
"An awesome destination. Awesome staff and awesome diving."
A holiday at Wakatobi at least once in your life is a must-do
"Fantastic holiday experience in a beautiful resort that is probably the best planned and managed resort we have encountered. Management philosophy is thoughtful, considerate and respectful of local people and environment, staff and guests. Attention to detail in making your stay as pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable as possible is absolutely first class. Great holiday experience for divers and non-divers. Many wonderful dive sites and amazing reef life to observe and enjoy in warm, clear waters. A holiday at Wakatobi at least once in your life is a must-do, fantastic experience for divers and non-divers alike."
If you are looking for an experience that will provide a lifetime of memories look no further than Wakatobi
"Our stay at Wakatobi exceeded our high expectations. Wakatobi staff are the most conscientious of guest concerns and needs that I have ever seen. Our snorkel guides were exceptional with their knowledge and experience, and their personalities were outstanding. The attention to detail is hard to find in other resorts. If you are looking for an experience that will provide a lifetime of memories look no further than Wakatobi."
The trip of a lifetime. Not only were the reefs spectacular but the hospitality of the staff was outstanding
"We had a spectacular family trip! Not only was the snorkeling spectacular and the reefs healthy and beautiful, but this hospitality was outstanding. Our dive guides were not only knowledgeable and friendly but they went above and beyond to ensure that our experience was enjoyable. The boat crew was also very friendly and helpful. The restaurant staff anticipated our needs perfectly. There is nothing more we could have asked for. The trip of a lifetime. Not only were the reefs spectacular but the hospitality of the staff was outstanding!"
The entire Wakatobi staff goes above and beyond expectations
"Fantastic overall experience, once again. The entire Wakatobi staff goes above and beyond expectations."
Mick & Julie Dulaney
You will see us again
"Really enjoyable experience from all the staff, excellent food and beautiful diving! You will see us again."
Mathis and Shannon Weatherall
We loved all the people – dive crew, restaurant staff and grounds people
"We had an amazing time, one we will never forget. Thank you for all the great memories. We will have many wonderful dreams of all the splendid fish and coral. It was our best under water photos ever. Thank you! We loved all the people – dive crew, restaurant staff and grounds people."
Dr. Dennis & Amelia Schmidt
Wakatobi is the gold standard I use to judge by resorts by
"We really enjoyed our return trip to Wakatobi. Things improved in the 6 years between our visits. We always compare our diving to Wakatobi, and it is our gold standard. Wakatobi is the gold standard I use to judge by resorts by. It is the best and keeps getting better."
The island is a small paradise but what is even better is what is underneath
"We loved the experience. The island is a small paradise but what is even better is what is underneath. The house reef is the most amazing thing we have ever seen! Thanks for taking care of this amazing place! All the staff was very friendly and professional. The dining room staff was also friendly and courteous, always wanting to help. Overall, it was an amazing experience and we loved the owners too! We will try to come back. Thank you for a wonderful stay."
Perfect and picturesque
"Diving, staff and service were everything that we could ever have hoped for!"
Ann & Doc Cornwell
I do not want to leave!
"We have had another wonderful time at Wakatobi. The snorkeling, bungalow, food and service have been perfect! We especially appreciate the outstanding service from all of the restaurant staff, the dive staff, and boat crew, the housekeepers and all the rest of staff who have helped us. Our family will never forget our vacation at Wakatobi."
William “Billybob” Kesler
The service, food, staff and accommodation are all excellent
"Great experience! The service, food, staff and accommodation are all excellent. The resort is clean and extremely well maintained. The attention to detail was so evident, you really thought about all the issues. I shall return!"
The diving was fantastic and all your staff was very attentive
"Thank you for another wonderful holiday. The diving was fantastic and all your staff was very attentive. I was nervous about traveling with a 19-month-old toddler, but I shouldn’t have worried. Your team looked after my daughter so well. The nanny was excellent at entertaining her at the kids club and she enjoyed all the food. Special thanks to the dive team for continuing to search for the little critters that I wanted to see and then finding them!"
Nicolas Gastaud and Sylvia Low
I was very impressed that the staff knew our names from the first day
"Our stay here was enjoyable. All the staff was extremely attentive, very pleasant all around. This made a big difference in the experience. The site itself is beautiful, and we are pleased to help preserve this corner of the world. I was very impressed that the staff knew our names from the first day. These sort of attention change the perception of Wakatobi from a commercial resort to a bit of a vacation home. Our dive guide supplied us both with the safe way of diving and an enjoyable experience. While it’s hard to say exactly when, I strongly believe we will be back in a 'not so distant' future."
Fantastic staff, accommodations, food, and of course diving!
"Our dive guide was particularly professional and helpful. Fantastic staff, accommodations, food, and of course diving! Thank you!"
We are leaving with a rich set of memories about the best diving, and best diving resort anywhere in the world.
"Our dive guide was wonderful and he really added immense value to our diving and overall Wakatobi experience. We would like to thank our dive guide for being so friendly, engaging, informative, helpful, caring and fun. We deeply appreciate all of the ways we were provided with an over-the-top vacation. Our memories of Wakatobi will endure for a lifetime as a place of unique beauty, diverse and unusual marine life, exquisite food, tasteful accommodations, thoughtful and hospitable service and a tranquility-inducing aura. Thank You!!!"
Lance and Patchara Carlson
A must do for your scuba diving bucket list!
"No negative comments at all! What a great experience both above and below the water. Impeccable attention to detail throughout the resort and in all phases of the operations, Wakatobi is truly one of the best! We really enjoyed our dive guide; great eyes, very patient and kind, really a pleasure to dive with. Thanks to the entire kitchen and dining crew for our overly increased size and weight. We will have to work very hard exercising when we get home. Honestly, the food was great! Lastly, thanks to all the staff that have made our week so wonderful!"
I had an absolutely phenomenal time at Wakatobi
"My wife and I had an absolutely phenomenal time at Wakatobi during our 4 days / 3 nights stay. Our dive guide was outstanding; being completely professional yet exuberant yet fun and exciting!!! Everything with diving is spot on and the crew is truly first class. The food and staff were also great and welcoming."
Sarah Molyneux and Duncan Coulson
The Restaurant serves great food and the staff was amazing
"We have really enjoyed our weeks stay here at the resort. Best thing about Wakatobi is that it is easy to get to; with the charter flight from Bali and their excellent service at the airport made it ideal for weeks of holiday. The Restaurant serves great food and the staff was amazing; that is outstanding for a remote dive resort. Well organized dive center, everything ran to plan. The diving was good and we even had some WOW moments during one of our dives, in some of our favorite dive sites here. And what a place for Sunset drinks at the Jetty Bar!"
Richard and Darlene Hull
5 star with barefoot casual feeling. Great staff and great diving too!
"The first time we came here was at 2004, and this is our second time (2016). Great place and people! We will be back again!"
Wakatobi spoiled me like Mom used to!
"Wakatobi is Fantastic! We had a lovely time and we were spoiled during our stay here. The dive team was awesome, informative, friendly and caring. I loved the attention to safety. Many thanks to all the staff who continuously helped carry my camera and bags. The restaurant staff was truly attentive and friendly. Dive helpers were so quick to see what we needed and jumped in to help. The resort tour was very interesting; I love the way the resort is helping the locals with power and employment. Nothing more could be done to make our tour enjoyable, it’s perfect! I haven’t even started on the diving! Wakatobi spoiled me like Mom used to! Diving is superb! I am spoilt for choices!"
Rick and Marsha Davis
The best dive vacation we have ever had!
“We combined 1 week on the Pelagian and 1 week at the resort. It was our best vacation ever! Can’t wait to return! The diving and accommodations are superb!!!”
Robert and Katie Carter
This has been a trip of a lifetime and truly a honeymoon to remember
"We could not be more pleased with our Wakatobi experience. The staff, food and accommodations blew us away. The diving and guides were amazing! This has been a trip of a lifetime and truly a honeymoon to remember. Perhaps we will be able to come back for our 5 years anniversary! Thank You!"
Alan Key and Andrea Blount
Great dive team! Extremely professional and knowledgeable
"Great dive team! Extremely professional and knowledgeable. We were very impressed! Our villa was lovely with beautiful pool and outdoor shower. Service at the restaurant was very good! They remembered ours and everyone else’s name and they would always prepare something different for me if requested. The snorkeling was great too, as with the guide. Overall, great stay and excellent staff!"
John DellaSanta and Sherry Reichle
The Pelagian Live-aboard is a diver’s dream come true
"The best dive experience anywhere in the world! The dive guide and crew both at the resort and at the Pelagian Live-aboard is a diver’s dream come true. We absolutely loved our pool at the villa! We will see you again soon! Beginners and advanced divers both should not miss the experience of a lifetime – especially the Pelagian!"
Every day was another day in paradise!
"This is our second visit to Wakatobi and it felt like the Perfect Holiday. We had a perfect 2 weeks stay this time and every day was another day in paradise!"
Wakatobi’s dive sites and its coral reefs were excellent.
"Wakatobi’s dive sites and its coral reefs were excellent. All the staff was very helpful and we hope to come back soon! Special thanks to our dive guide, he was the best we’ve ever had."
Hans Joachim Meyer
Thank you all for 360 degrees of Happiness!
"This is my second visit to Wakatobi; Come, dive and enjoy the most colorful place I’ve ever seen! Thank you all for 360 degrees of Happiness!"
Exceeded our expectations, which were high to begin with!
"Spectacular diving experience – wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable dive staff. Great resort staff who managed to remember every guest’s name minutes after our arrival. A very unique experience."
Rick & Dixie Erwin
We marvel at this resort that it runs so smoothly, against seemingly impossible conditions in a place most other dive resorts would fail.
We were absolutely delighted with our stay at Wakatobi. Our villa was lovely, the diving was simply perfect, the staff was attentive, friendly and always helpful. The food was great. We marvel at this resort that it runs so smoothly, against seemingly impossible conditions in a place most other dive resorts would fail. We can’t wait to return! After a sublime week at Wakatobi, we have only one complaint – that we may be so spoiled by its beauty that other dive destinations will pale by comparison”
Jim & Lisa Colhoun
This was a return visit for us and we couldn’t have been more pleased
It all starts with the staff and the customer service, from the Bali airport greeting to the dive experience manager who satisfied our every need and took complete care of us.
Arun Madhok & Anne Riana
Barefoot luxury delivered flawlessly
"The resort was excellent! Staff in all departments were amazing, special thanks to our dive guide, the food & beverage team, the spa therapist, the front office team, and the housekeeping team. We are looking forward to our next visit!"
Martina Marangon & Giacomo Pecorelli
Wakatobi is a paradise where you are always pampered!
The staff is extremely kind and the dive guides are very professional. We admired the spirit of this place, particularly the attention to preserve the reef and the sea life. Dives are fantastic. The world needs lots of other places like Wakatobi. Thank you for your love and respect of the nature.
Kelly Shields & Angel Calvo
A true paradise! Our second visit was even better than the first.
The staff aboard the Pelagian made us feel so incredibly welcome and the service and food was exceptional. Our stay at villa 2 was amazing. As always the dining experience was fabulous with excellent meals and kind and helpful service. Thank you for an amazing time again at wonderful Wakatobi. We can’t wait to come back.
All the little details – water, hot drinks, towels, food – made it so relaxing.
"My stay here was wonderful. The staff at the resort were extremely nice and attentive. My room was always immaculate and I loved it. The boat crew and dive staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. All the little details – water, hot drinks, towels, food – made it so relaxing."
The great crew, great diving, and the service were the best I ever had
"After one week on Pelagian and four days at the resort, I am certain that the great crew, great diving, and the service were the best I ever had. Thank you, I hope to return some day"
Nikki & Tracie Boutwell
Accommodations, food, staff and overall environment make Wakatobi a "MUST SEE"
"Our time at Wakatobi was truly amazing. Every single dive was a treat as well as the little details that followed. Accommodations, food, staff and overall environment make Wakatobi a “MUST SEE”"
Eva and Jari Oinas
Excellent resort with splendid staff who were very personal and service-minded, Excellent food.
"We had a dive guide who was a true lover of diving and he loved to share it with the guests. He knew a lot both about the animals and corals underwater but also the history about the place. He was a very interesting person to know."
The level of service and attention to detail is the best I have ever experienced at a dive resort
"The level of service and attention to detail is the best I have ever experienced at a dive resort. The variety and taste of all the food served each meal was fantastic – exceeded my expectations. The entire team working at the restaurant is exceptional. The dive operation is very organized, prompt and focused on the customer. The knowledge and level of expertise, across a diverse and highly intelligent group of guides, is the best I have seen."
Clay & Beth Eveleigh
We really enjoyed our honeymoon at Wakatobi
The staff are all so friendly and helpful – they always have a smile on their faces. Everyday the food in the restaurant was amazing, it’s so good to have a variety everyday and we enjoyed trying the local food. The restaurant staff are awesome from day 1 by knowing our names and making us feel welcome. The private dinner by the beach was a lovely experience. The whole diving experience was incredible, coral coverage and the volume of marine life is truly a sight to see.
Ken Hares & Jo Arnett
Many thanks for another great stay. Everything was wonderful
"We appreciate the assistance Ken was given with the tanks very much. We hope to be able to return."
Amazing variety of dive sites and creatures to see.
"I recommend one week on the Pelagian and one week at the resort."
Wade & Robyn Hughes
We feel like part of an extended family when we are here
"Another sensational experience and stay at Wakatobi with privilege of enjoying Villa 2. Wakatobi continues to provide excellent care and service. All staff are fantastic and continues provide friendly attention. We feel like part of an extended family when we are here. Chefs are terrific. We really look forward to returning for our 6th stay"
Wayne & Pam Osborn
After 250 dives at Wakatobi, each new dive is still a treasure of discovery and many new images to shoot
"Thank you to our many friends at Wakatobi for another wonderful experience on our 5th visit here. The private boat was a great way to get the photographs we wanted. The villa was a very special experience and relaxing in the pool was a great way to watch the sunset."
It is easy to see why Wakatobi is a divers paradise
"Wakatobi has an extraordinary staff of employees. Each seems dedicated to making our stay the very best. Thank you to the dive team, diving service, housekeeping, ground keepers, and transfer team."
Dagmar & Burkhard Brinkmann
Great dive sites for corals and smaller creatures.
"Our dive guide was super – very experienced and attentive. She showed us all we asked for. The dive crew was also very attentive. We had great fun! Rooms are very clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We loved the restaurant and the great food. Great variety of dishes were very tasty"
Hamish & Michele Petrie
The Wakatobi team does their best to optimize the customers’ enjoyment both underwater and at the resort.
"Wakatobi remains an excellent example of customer service where all of their team does their best to optimize the customers’ enjoyment both underwater and at the resort."
An incredible resort. Exceeded my wildest expectations.
"The gorgeous setting and the amazing diving would set Wakatobi apart alone – but the service of the staff and crew and the dive team puts it way over the top. I’ve traveled extensively and have enjoyed many five star facilities but the service at Wakatobi is beyond any I’ve experienced anywhere else."
This experience was worth every penny
"Brilliant resort and dive sites. Staff were awesome. Dive operation was awesome. My guide was awesome. Such a great guide with a happy nature, and a great critter spotter as well. She was a pleasure to be around, and an asset to the dive center. Food was to die for every day and night. Extremely high standards across the board. Rooms were always clean and meticulous. I will certainly be back"
Mark & Connie Wilson
The staff everywhere was always there to help and make our stay enjoyable.
"This has been a great 2 weeks at the resort and on the Pelagian. Everything is very well orchestrated and planned. Our dive guide was as good as they get. He was attentive to our needs and desires and was very skilled at finding even the tiniest creatures. We felt totally at ease and comfortable with him as our leader. The staff everywhere was always there to help and make our stay enjoyable. Wonder people making our stay perfect. We will miss everyone and hope to return one day!”
The high points were staff, staff, staff and staff! They were all kind, friendly, skilled, attentive, professional and warm.
"I would love to be staying another week instead of leaving this morning. Wakatobi is truly wonderful and special. The high points were staff, staff, staff and staff! They were all kind, friendly, skilled, attentive, professional and warm. The bungalow, the grounds and all the facilities were gorgeous and well thought out; Private and yet part of a “community”. Kudos to the chef and all the other people that supports the variety of delicious meals and snacks. Really appreciated the resort tour – it provided me with an even bigger appreciation of what goes behind the scenes, making the resort work so well."
Diana Jez & Jim Young
It’s true, it’s the best dive resort in Asia
"Our stay at Wakatobi far exceeded our expectations. The diving was world class, the accommodation is well planned, charming and very comfortable. The meals were memorable, a good variety of fresh food was served up at every meal. We loved the appetizers that were offered to us at each lunch and dinner over and above the main meals. The romantic dinner served to us on the beach to celebrate Jim’s birthday was very special. The attention to details is incredible but the warm attentive staff pushed our experience over the top! Thanks Wakatobi!"
Your dive guide is a legend
"I took a photo course and wish I had done this years ago – it was fun, practical and had me shooting photos like a pro by the end of the course – the staff is knowledgeable, and his attitude and sense of fun were infectious."
Sam & Kevin Imobersteg
The hospitality, our room, the staff and the food and the stunning location left nothing to be desired.
"We enjoyed the diving as well as our time on the island. The hospitality, our room, the staff and the food and the stunning location left nothing to be desired. Thank you so much!"
Irene & Felix Schier
Wonderful staff, personalized diving, and tasty food
"Flawless operation in the heart of the Banda Sea! Wonderful staff, personalized diving, and tasty food."
Stu McDonald & Marcey Bailey
Stop searching for your next dive vacation. Wakatobi is it.
"Fantastic experience. The personal touch was noticeable. Diving service was excellent, boat crews and dive guides were all top notch. Stop searching for your next dive vacation. Wakatobi is it. Easy, relaxing, worry free!"
Margherita de Sanctis
It was definitely a stay in paradise.
"Thank you so much for the fantastic stay in Wakatobi, it was definitely a stay in paradise. I have to say that the staff was amazing. They were so helpful, so kind and so respectful. Also the crew that helped us get to Wakatobi was so organized, helpful and kind. When I entered my bungalow for the first time I was really shocked by the effort and care that the staff had put into making the room look inviting, beautiful and comforting. The boat trips were some of the best tours ever; we saw so many amazing corals and fish, the dive staff were so nice, and always made sure we were alright. The diving was one of the best and most fun I have ever experienced. The food was incredible and the chefs and waiters were amazing."
John & Kate Koh
Our fifth time here and it keeps surprising us!
"The diving was so good, with great dive guides. We saw a lot of new creatures and the diving experience was something new. The food was great, as always. Spa massages were excellent. The service and attention to detail are impeccable. Thank you for a wonderful trip! Paradise has a name – it is Wakatobi! Great diving, lovely team and fantastic food!”
Lui Kwan Wo & Kadir Lim
Seeing ten turtles and the elusive frogfish all on one morning are things we will remember for a long time!
"We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The entire staff made us feel right at home, with their smiling faces and friendly approach, from the welcoming crew at the airport to the Jetty, the restaurant, and to the dive team. A special thanks to our dive guide whose professionalism, knowledge and care made our short 2 stay truly exceptional. Seeing ten turtles and the elusive frogfish all on one morning are things we will remember for a long time!"
Dennis & Sarah Wagner
The attention to detail is impeccable
"We were in Wakatobi in 2011 and were excited to be able to return to the resort. From spa/boutique, housekeeping, maintenance, food/beverage service, the dive crew and dive guides were courteous and anticipated our needs. The attention to detail is impeccable."
Debbie D’Adamo & Jerry McCaughey
We come back because of the wonderful diving along with great service
"This was our third visit to Wakatobi. We come back because of the wonderful diving along with great service from the food staff and dive team. This year we were especially happy with our fantastic dive guides. They were all extremely helpful and diligent about finding small things to photograph. Great eyes!"
My dive guide was outstanding, taking each dive very serious, and finding critters that kept me interested for 58 dives!
"The above and extra things he did made the vacation top notch."
Wakatobi is a beautiful and natural looking resort
"Wakatobi is a beautiful and natural looking resort. Nature and luxury combined. Loved my stay on this remote and beautiful island. The service in the resort and on the boat was outstanding"
Fritz & Magdalena Liechti
Everything was perfect
"Thank you for the great holiday. All staff are so nice and friendly. We will come back again to Wakatobi. We had a great holiday at Wakatobi. Everything was perfect. Thanks to all the Wakatobi team"
Sarah & Tommy Evans
Service and Hospitality like a fine 5 star hotel
"Everyone was wonderful. Service and Hospitality like a fine 5 star hotel. Excellent food."
Francesco de Ferrari
Everything was set up to make us feel spoiled in an eco-friendly way.
"Arrived in Wakatobi with 5 young children. We stayed in one of the villas and absolutely loved it. It is a true paradise. All the staff were always attentive to our every need. Everything was set up to make us feel spoiled in an eco-friendly way. The fact that the nature is spectacular, the sea and the diving is also breathtaking, especially for the corals and extensive specimen of reef life. Wakatobi is not the easiest place to get to, but the trip is very much worth it! Great job to all! All your efforts to preserve this little piece of paradise are very appreciated."
It amazes me that almost everybody seemed to know my name!
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit at Wakatobi. The staff is extraordinary, friendly and attentive. It amazes me that almost everybody seemed to know my name! The housekeeping and the restaurant is excellent. And everybody involved in diving and snorkeling were also extraordinary."
Best live-aboard I have ever been on – excellent diving without sacrificing comfort at all!
"We had been to the resort twice before but not on the Pelagian. It was a wonderful experience. Our cabin was great and the food was excellent. Great diving – the staff was very attentive. Loved the peppermint oil hot towel after the dives! I also loved the limited number of dives. Best live-aboard I have ever been on – excellent diving without sacrificing comfort at all. Superb staff and food! Will do again"
Food was excellent and wait staff were very friendly
"I especially appreciate the fish books in the room. I used this everyday. Also appreciated good light in the bathroom. Food was excellent and wait staff were very friendly. Reception staff were also excellent."
The staff went out of their way to be helpful and the food was excellent
"A very enjoyable trip. The dive masters were friendly and helpful. Kudos to our dive guide, I really appreciated her attitude and knowledge. And the tender boat driver was great too. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and the food was excellent."
Sandra & Elmer Doty
Best food and most comfortable accommodations in Indonesia!
"We love the changes to Villa 2! This will be the requested villa from now on. As usual, the food was top notch, the service was wonderful and all are helpful. We will be back!"
Jim and Debbie Driggers
The best land-based dive resort I’ve ever been to!
"The Wakatobi crew was great, very helpful and accommodating. Our dive guide was great at spotting things and he handled foursome of divers well. He was also helpful on the boat, getting us out of the water. The restaurant staff was very good and flexible in satisfying the vegetarians in our group. Land staff kept our room clean, well supplied and comfortable. Wakatobi is the best land-based dive resort I’ve ever been to! And I’ve been at resorts in Roatan, Mexico, Bonaire, and the Philippines. The staff here is very attentive and helpful"
Overall a fantastic resort!
"I had a fantastic time. The diving is truly amazing and it’s great to see such a healthy reef system. The boat crew was great and our dive guide was absolutely fantastic. The food was very good, restaurant staff was professional and friendly and always greeted me by name. The bungalow was very nice and comfortable. All around a fantastic resort! I am very happy that I was able to be here."
Beth and Brian Johnson
Endless sites to see!
"We had a great stay. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. Endless sites to see and we also enjoyed the food!"
Howard and Jayne Aron
As always – fantastic!
"How do you select a world class dive resort? Pristine dive sites Great location with ease of access Knowledgeable dive guides Incredible accommodation Great food Fantastic staff Wakatobi ticks all the boxes!”
#1 dive resort in the world!
"My 4th trip to Wakatobi, and in my opinion the #1 dive resort in the world! How do you improve on excellence? Wakatobi continues to do so. After the first trip in 2003, I could not think of one complaint or suggestion for improvement. NOW Wakatobi is even better – improved bungalows, food, and service. It was nice to see some old “friends.” All give great service with a smile, and know your name after 1 day. Dive operation is phenomenal, from top to bottom. My dive guide was one of the best dive guides I have ever had. I have sung Wakatobi’s praises since my first trip and will continue to do so! Definitely is a “bucket list” trip for any avid dive traveler"
Alicia D. Keshishian
Very pleased with everything! Dive experience exceeded my dreams.
"Loved how thoroughly thought out everything is. Loved the tasteful ease and aesthetic without being too slick. Loved the uniforms throughout the facility. Loved the cheerful staff - helpful and delightful. Phenomenal attention to detail, my dive guide was fantastic. Loved the design of the property, the food was fantastic. Very pleased with everything. Dive experience exceeded my dreams. Thank you!“
Jill and Bill McMillan
Everything about this week has been exceptional
"Everything about this week has been exceptional - logistics being met at the airport, transfers, greetings, villa; the dive staff and organisation; restaurant and meals all excellent; all staff are pleasant and polite. All makes toward a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Thank you to everyone."
It was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much.
I could not praise Wakatobi Resort, the staff, the corals and the dive sites more highly. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much.
I cannot give enough praise as to how this resort is run and managed
"The staff and everyone who contributes to this wonderful resort have really made our stay a memorable one. I cannot give enough praise as to how this resort is run and managed. The rooms are lovely, the beds very comfortable, the staff are excellent and I love the ethos of this place. And of course the snorkeling, corals and fish have been out of this world, I definitely hope to come back. Wonderful resort, wonderful staff, fantastic snorkeling and an unforgettable experience! I hope to be back soon. Thank you to everyone for making my holiday amazing."
Talitha Appenzeller & Lonnie Castelli
BEST. DIVE. TRIP. EVER!
"What a perfect experience! From the time we arrived, the execution of our dive trip was carried out flawlessly. The Cabanas are top notch! The food is fabulous in presentation, variety and quality. The staff is absolutely delightful. Our dive guide was a joy and we had such a great time diving. The attention to detail is evident at Wakatobi. And the commitment the resort has made to the local community and the preservation of the reefs is a model for all dive resorts worldwide."
A barefoot five star resort, a must for avid divers
"The food and service was exceptional. The dive and support staff was very attentive. Our stay was beyond expectations and we hope to return with friends"
The underwater scene is amazing
"What a beautiful place to spend our holiday time. The underwater scene is amazing; we hope it will stay this pristine. We will come back again with our family"
Ken and Gill Bryan
The snorkeling is simply fabulous
"You don't have to be a diver to enjoy this site. The snorkeling is simply fabulous as are the people who run the resort. All of them have a genuine desire to please."
Sze Thai Liew
Diving in Wakatobi is a luxurious and a relaxing experience
The attention to details in all aspects is vivid and extremely well done. The preparedness and the staff is one of the best in the world, giving it a rustic but luxurious, relaxing place to enjoy. My dive guide has done tremendously well at improving my dive skills. The kitchen staff and services are also noteworthy. The food is fantastic. The chef will prepare special requests when you ask for it. All in all, it's a great vacation.
Alan and Mary Lewis
It was excellent throughout
The food is outstanding and always different. The bungalow is a joy. All the dive crew is really helpful and knowledgeable and I always felt safe. What a wonderful service at the resort.
Robin and Tim Kirkpatrick
The resort continues to amaze us. The people and the experience simply do not get old
"The resort continues to amaze us. The people and the experience simply do not get old. Although we have dived most of Wakatobi sites many times, each dive is fresh and exciting. The staff of the resort provides a feeling of comfort that is beyond compare. The 12 weeks we have spent at the resort during the past four years has made us realize that Wakatobi is extraordinarily special and, in fact, is our home away from home. After 35 years of diving, and four visits to this incredible resort, we’ve decided to make Wakatobi an annual destination."
You have made everything with love
"Thanks to all the staff for the warm and kind welcome, for the efficiency, the professionalism and for making such a pleasant atmosphere for us. You have made everything with love, Thank you very much!"
A fantastic resort in all aspects
"The staff is very kind, attentive and helpful. They have fascinating dive sites too. A true paradise I highly recommend!"
Sensational staff and service
"I had a very nice experience overall. Good food, great diving and what a sensational service! If you want to be pampered, this is the place to be!"
Very good service
"The service is very good. The front desk is very helpful. The restaurant crew is especially polite in knowing our names and some words in our native language. The room is very clean and the dive guides are all great. The boat crew is very helpful; they took good care of the dive equipment."
A wonderful place with the best service ever!
"Not just a stunning location, the service here is outstanding from all of the staff. We were welcomed at the restaurant by our names and they even took the effort to learn our native language and preferences, everything was great! The best place ever! The food and accommodation is Top Notch. Great service in a marvelous beach resort!"
Gary and Jennifer Brown
The people and the service made all the difference
"Everything was great! The people and the service made all the difference. Thanks for always checking on our needs and ensuring we had a great time."
Paradise has a name, the name is WAKATOBI!
"I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all the memorable moments spent here at Wakatobi. Special thanks to my dive guide, who really helped me enjoy all of my dives and to see all these wonders underwater. I congratulate Wakatobi for their wonderful work: preserving the fauna and flora. Also for their substantial effort helping the local communities. I hope this will last for many generations to come. Thank you very much; I will try to come back as soon as possible. Big hugs to everyone!"
This is Paradise!
The Dive Team, Restaurant Team, Housekeeping Team; All were fantastic! I Love Wakatobi. This is Paradise!
Adriana Forlin and Eduardo Cruz
The attentiveness of the staff was incredible
"We loved all the wonderful days with amazing dives we have spent here in Wakatobi. The attentiveness of the staff was incredible. We plan to come back soon for more dives and to enjoy this paradise. You have to come, to really know Wakatobi and have the most beautiful and unforgettable dives here at Wakatobi.”
Helene and Philippe Seray
Wakatobi is truly a paradise on land and underwater
"We had an amazing stay at Wakatobi. All the staff called us by our names and was always smiling; they made us feel like we are part of the family. The diving experience was extraordinary. The dive guide would always asked for our expectations, delivered what we asked for, and then would ask for our feedback when we are back on the boat. The boat team were great as well, they are always there to help with a big smile, from taking the BCDs off in the water, to providing hot towels and fruits, taking great care of our cameras, and even finding a lost GoPro! Unbelievable! We were impressed. I took a 2-day photography class, which I really enjoyed. I am very proud of my underwater pictures! At the restaurant, we were always welcomed with a large smile and a few words in our native language. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The food was Amazing and we ate too much. Everything looked so good we could not resist! Our room always looked great. Our cloths were even folded when we came back. Also, our travel from the airport to Wakatobi Resort could not have been made smoother. All these personal attentions made our stay here unforgettable. Well-done Wakatobi! We will never forget our amazing week here and we will come back. Thank You for Everything. We will always remember our Amazing Week here, family atmosphere, with over the top customer service. We highly recommend it."
Wakatobi is a beautiful place for diving
"It was a pleasurable stay. Wakatobi is a beautiful place for diving. The dive guides, crew and staff were all excellent. I am very satisfied and thanks to everyone for that"
Our dive guide was superior
"It was a perfect experience, even when it rained. Our dive guide was superior."
Peter & Pernilla Sandwall
We have been impressed with virtually all aspects of the resort
"The staff at the resort has been exceptional; they have been very friendly and welcoming and have gone out of their way to make sure that we have had all the help and service that we could wish for. The dive operation is very well organized! During our time here the set-up of each dive has been without fault, from planning, all the way to handling the equipment on the boat. Good boats, good boat crews and an exceptional dive guide!"
Cindy & Leroux Neethling
Every moment of every day was fantastic! Thank you to each person here working together for a truly memorable experience
"Every moment of every day was fantastic! Thank you to each person here working together for a truly memorable experience. Exquisite food, especially considering Wakatobi’s remote location – well done Chef and team. All staff super friendly and efficient, they learn to know your name on day one and address you by it all the time – hard to learn but nice to experience. Resort and dive team attention to detail, scissors in room, hot face towel after dive. Great job to everyone."
The Stanczak Family
It is a magical place for diving and a fantastic way to share precious time with our family in luxurious comfort
We had the best dive guide we've ever had, we were truly spoiled with service, with the awesome combo of patience, positive attitude and fantastic knowledge of the creatures of the deep. The dining staff was exceptional, always being greatly attentive. The boatmen are so hardworking as is the whole dive centre staff. The front house staff is lovely as well and housekeeping so thoughtful from towel “animals” to putting down screens when it rained. We asked our kids what vacation they wanted to revisit before moving from Asia and all 3 teens answered “Wakatobi” in unison. It is a magical place for diving and a fantastic way to share precious time with our family in luxurious comfort. We did also appreciate the eco-aspect of the luggage policy. It made us more mindful of the potential impact of more clothing and shoes (shoes; so unnecessary). We did like that housekeeping also did not remove our towels that we hung up to reuse. That rarely happens, keep going down the eco path!"
Tally & Bill Wegner
We had a fantastic stay. Food, beverage, diving and service were great
We had a fantastic stay. Food, beverage, diving and service were great. The F&B team was amazing and we had a fantastic dive guide."
Jay & Rene Ruston
Love the resort and the diving. Villa 2 is beautiful! We love having the pool.
"Love the resort and the diving. Villa 2 is beautiful! We love having the pool. The food in the restaurant is excellent and our dive guide was fantastic – all the staff was very friendly and helpful!"
Friendliness, beauty, amenities and housekeeping all rate at 110 out of 100!!
"The house reef is extraordinarily beautiful. My guides were all wonderful, unfortunately I can’t dive but the snorkeling went very well. Be prepared to gain weight on the phenomenal world class kitchen."
Jane Jin & Björn Mellgard
Swiss perfection from A-Z
"The food and service were very good, and staff very polite, attentive and friendly. The diving has been great and everything around the diving is well organized. As good as it gets"
Wonderful place for diving
"Wonderful place for diving – the service around the resort in general and diving experience were outstanding with very friendly and helpful staff."
Liz & Christina Vilmar
The 4 to 1 divers to dive guide ratio were excellent and made this very special. I felt the staff was willing and able to meet my needs.
"We truly appreciate the full service from the entire dive team. The 4 to 1 divers to dive guide ratio were excellent and made this very special. I felt the staff was willing and able to meet my needs. The boat crew service that handled our gear (set up, break down, load, unload and rinse) and the boat crew that helped us in and out of the water were fantastic. The people at the front desk were super friendly and helpful. We missed the tour of the resort so we were told “no problem” and got a private tour. The restaurant staff was very friendly and never made me feel guilty about eating 3 or more deserts each meal! We had a fantastic dive guide; always feeling very safe and our need were all met attentively."
We are huge fans and will return next year.
"We are huge fans and will return next year. However would only want to recommend to people who will treat the resort, the reefs and nature and people with respect. Thank you very much, this is THE best place and see you again soon. Great staff."
Davin & Gwen Lim
Wakatobi has always been able to deliver world-class service and hospitality
Thank you for a wonderful family vacation experience. Diving is excellent – the boat crew makes our life much easier! The coral reefs and marine life are beautiful, we are spoilt again! Our daughter is attached to the teacher; she speaks good English and is passionate and understanding towards children. I personally like the fact that she is a Montessori certified teacher. Thank you to the kitchen staff for the amazing food and for organizing my birthday cake. We will definitely visit you again!"
"We have so many great things to say; the staff is amazingly kind, very personal. The rooms are so clean with cute towel designs every day, and the food is excellent, of a high quality with both Asian and Western influences. The...
The staff is amazingly kind, very personal.
"We have so many great things to say; the staff is amazingly kind, very personal. The rooms are so clean with cute towel designs every day, and the food is excellent, of a high quality with both Asian and Western influences. The 4 to 1 ratio with dive guides is great and everyone has been very friendly and helpful, so accommodating."
A wonderful week! I learned how to snorkel – a new life opened
"A wonderful week! I learned how to snorkel – a new life opened. The staff is wonderful with my guide being the best teacher I’ve ever seen – and I’m a teacher too! Everything was clean, the food was delicious and the staff is so friendly and caring."
The food was wonderful, as were all the staff
"The food was wonderful, as were all the staff, especially the boat and dive staff who were so helpful."
Wendy Simon & Robert Irwin
The snorkeling is fantastic, the staff is so friendly and helpful and the food is divine.
Loved, loved, loved my stay at Wakatobi. The snorkeling is fantastic, the staff is so friendly and helpful and the food is divine. We loved the healthy food and sinful deserts! Thank you so much for taking such good care of my snorkel group, the guides were terrific!! I can’t wait to come back next year!
Gregory & Barbara Nelson
The service staff were very attentive, so pleasant and friendly
"The abundance of fish was amazing! The service staff and servers were very attentive, so pleasant and friendly, and the food was excellent. The dive and snorkeling staff were very knowledgeable and accommodating. We enjoyed the many "special" touches throughout, the peppermint scented towels on the boat along with the different assortment of drinks and snacks and the creative towel creations in our room every day."
Everything from top to bottom was fantastic
Everything from top to bottom was fantastic. Step out of reality and into paradise. Lovely escape, elegant but never pretentious, exquisitely designed and eco-friendly.
To bear witness to beauty, to do no harm, may all beings be free!
"I have never been treated with such love and kindness and it is genuine. It has surpassed all my expectations in every way. Kudos to you for creating such beauty in every aspect of your endeavor. I can only imagine the hours and years of work, thought and energy you have put into creating Wakatobi."
Mike & Chrissie Cooke
It’s the reefs, the people, the food, the facilities – all first class
"It's the reefs, the people, the food, the facilities – all first class. Everything you'd expect from one of the world's top dive resorts. Where else can you see mating squid and then ask to see cuttlefish and your dive guide obliges on that very dive!"
Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful
"The food and service were superb, and everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The dive team were excellent, thanks in particular to my dive guide!"
Julie & Steve Herbert
Wakatobi is the dive holiday for you if all you want to worry about is enjoying the beautiful reefs
"The logistics were seamless – from the rep’s information to clear departure instructions. The villa was beautiful, a comfortable room with gorgeous views. The service was impeccable with great attention to detail. In particular we were impressed with F&B, it was so nice not to have to worry about anything. The diving was of course spectacular! As new divers we were very appreciative of our experienced guide. It is a well thought out resort and we are happy to have been a part of something that helps save the treasures that are tropical reefs. It is also nice to see how Wakatobi have worked with the local community to give something positive back to the islanders. We are looking forward to a smooth trip back as well orchestrated by the Wakatobi resort and Bali teams."
Outstanding fish and coral diving
"A high end resort, I appreciate the upgraded facilities since my last visit. The dive guides and all staff did an excellent job looking after us, overall a very pleasant experience."
Jasmin Fritschi and Roger Bender
High class live-aboard. Very spacious rooms and comfortable bathroom
"High class live-aboard. Very spacious rooms and comfortable bathroom. Top service of all crew members, delicious food, convenient photo room and good variety of dive spots. We enjoyed the time, Thank you!"
The entire crew that we had a direct contact with were very helpful and very pleasant.
"We enjoyed our stay on-board. The entire crew that we had a direct contact with were very helpful and very pleasant. The entire experience was well organized from food to diving. Most dive sites were great."
The Pelagian is an excellent dive yacht with a great crew
"The Pelagian is an excellent dive yacht with a great crew – knowledgeable, customer service oriented and helpful. I came for the muck diving and was not disappointed. I recommend this trip for anyone who enjoys a mixture of diving. To the crew : Thanks for everything!"
David Shields and Blossum Gilmour
The level of service exceeded our expectations and the diving was some of the best coral dives we have ever seen
"The staff are all very professional and friendly. From gardeners, room staff, restaurant and dive guides, all were friendly, helpful and able to assist. Everyone knew our names from day one. Generally the level of service exceeded our expectations and the diving was excellent. We had an amazing guide, we really enjoyed the diving and learnt so much we didn’t know about fish."
This is the standard other dive resorts need to aspire to
"This is the standard other dive resorts need to aspire to"
We are very impressed with the management and cooperation with locals protecting the marine life
"It has been a wonderful experience. We are very impressed with the management and cooperation with locals protecting the marine life, the dive center runs like a well oiled machine. Everybody is super friendly and helpful. All in all I would most certainly recommend Wakatobi to my diving and snorkeling buddies."
Having very limited diving experience I now feel like a scuba diver and my confidence has increased 100%
"Our private guide was fantastic. Having very limited diving experience I now feel like a scuba diver and my confidence has increased 100%. All staff are fantastic and to be addressed by name personally just increases the experience tenfold."
Best live-aboard experience I’ve had. Boat & crew superb!
Best live-aboard experience I’ve had. Boat & crew superb. Magic pier 10 /10 – you just are 100% absorbed in the opera of nightlife. Special thanks to my dive guides, their enthusiasm is so clear. Super, knowledgeable dive guides with 100% enthusiasm – says it all!
Whether above or underwater, Wakatobi is the scale for all dive resorts.
“Whether above or underwater, Wakatobi is the scale for all dive resorts.”
Jean & Elissa Remmer and Marvin Rosenbloom
Overall, a 5 Star Operation! All staff made an effort to know your name and your specific likes and dislikes.
"From the moment we arrived, in the middle of the night in Denpasar, until our departure, we have felt well cared for with every wish and needs so well taken care of. The Diving was exceptional with very professional and highly capable crews. The Dive Guides were extraordinary. Our stay was delightful. We appreciated the well-maintained facilities, hot showers, AC, and prompt housekeeping. All the staff was wonderful and friendly, with lots of attention to details. Food and Beverages were definitely a highlight with beautiful settings for the Bar. Lots of varieties in the Restaurant; for vegetarian; non-vegetarian, healthy choices and also “decadent” ones (referring to desserts). Great chef and super wait staff."
Ron and Janel Carlisle
The Pelagian live-aboard was the best dive experience ever
"Best diving and best boat I have been on. On a 1 – 10 scale, I would give a 14. Our dive guide was amazing above and below the water. Absolutely the best service imaginable."
A luxurious experience…first class all the way
"The cruise directors are as wonderful as before, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our tender boat driver is excellent, and our dive guide was good at finding the little creatures. Our servers, are wonderful, cabin was plush and comfortable. Nice to return to Wakatobi and though this was my first time on Pelagian, it will not be my last."
This what a live-aboard should be. Great people, great food, great vessel, great diving.
"This is my second visit to Wakatobi, my first on the Pelagian. This what a live-aboard should be. Great people, great food, great vessel, great diving. The cruise directors and all the rest of the crew are amazing. I’ve always heard that you get what you pay for, on the Pelagian you get more. Thanks for a great week of diving on the Pelagian and on the resort."
I will be back soon, truly a magical place to dive
"This is my second time at Wakatobi and just as enjoyable as the first time. It is a special feeling that the staff remembers you when you return. The whole Wakatobi experience is enjoyable; the staff is amazing and cannot do enough for you. Wakatobi does an amazing job at preserving the reefs and it is a testament to the Wakatobi philosophy. I cannot say enough good things about Wakatobi and I feel fortunate to be able to visit. I will be back soon, truly a magical place to dive. Special thanks to the dive crew, I had a great time and Wakatobi is lucky to have staff that is so passionate about diving and Wakatobi."
John & Emily Dalton
Best coral reefs I’ve ever seen with an amazing variety of sea life
"Fantastic diving. Everyone went above and beyond to help us with anything and everything. The food is exquisite, excellent variety and the vegetables are great! Love the creative pumpkin dishes – maybe a Wakatobi cookbook would be a best seller! Well done to our dives guides. They went above and beyond helping us with gear problems, photo glitches and taking us on excellent dives finding so many amazing creatures I took hours going through the photos. The staff was helpful and courteous, friendly and attentive, you have a great crew! The boat crew was also on the ball and very professional."
John & Eileen Siminger
The diving is spectacular with healthy reefs, copious fish life and lots of little things to discover on every dive.
“This is our third visit to Wakatobi and your resort continues to deliver everything (and more) that we expect from a quality dive resort. The diving is spectacular with healthy reefs, copious fish life and lots of little things to discover on every dive. Your dive guides are so knowledgeable about reef like it makes every dive not only enjoyable but educational as well. Your friendly and helpful staff, your immaculate grounds, your attention to detail, customer service makes this vacation a dream! Special notice goes to your staff – from groundskeepers to kitchen staff, front desk, housekeeping, administration, dive staff and boat crew. Each and every one of them went above and beyond to make our stay the best! Well done to you all!”
The highest level of service from both the dive team and resort staff
"The highest level of service from both the dive team and resort staff, they are all to be commended. A privilege to commune with nature whilst being pampered by professionals in an idyllic environment."
Everybody is so nice and welcoming
"It was a wonderful experience for snorkelers! Everybody is so nice and welcoming, it’s just like a dream island. For single snorkelers the island is great, impossible to top!"
The dive operation is outstanding, both boat crew and dive guides are top notch
"The dive operation is outstanding, both boat crew and dive guides are top notch. The restaurant is 5 star, with great food and service, as well as the boutique and front office, always there to help. The massage therapists were also awesome."
The customer service is the best I have experienced anywhere
"Thank you for a wonderful dive vacation. The customer service is the best I have experienced anywhere, the food was great and the diving was well organized. The dive masters are very professional and very nice. Keep up the good work on taking care of the reefs. I think they are in very good hands."
"Lovely resort with very friendly helpful staff. The diving was great and wonderful to see such healthy vibrant reefs."
A level of service that is unmatched
"Best diving I have ever experienced and a level of service that is unmatched. This was a trip of a lifetime for me. All staff was exceptional with our dive guide being amazing. You will fall in love with the people and the fish here."
Great service and great food and great dive spots
"I was 100% satisfied – great service and great food and great dive spots."
Alice & Christian Schmid
We had a wonderful stay in your paradise, the memories will stay in our hearts.
"Thank you – we had a wonderful stay in your paradise. Everyone made our holiday unforgettable – we will come back. We were very well taken care of during our diving and snorkeling experiences so that all we could do was enjoy the beauty of Wakatobi’s unique underwater world. The memories will stay in our hearts."
Bettina Schmidberger & Wayne Stobie
We enjoyed your hospitality, our accommodation, food and diving
We would like to thank all staff and the entire team at Wakatobi for an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed your hospitality, our accommodation, food and diving. Wakatobi lives up to it’s reputation of being a 5 star dive resort and I will actively continue to recommend it. The food is outstanding, sumptuous and delicious, the service is fantastic, and the diving is exceptional thanks to a fantastic and knowledgeable dive crew. We hope to be back one day!
Masafumi & Noriko Ishizaki
Our dive guide did an excellent job and we were glad to see all the critters we wanted to see
"Thank you very much for the great care and service all around the clock. We truly appreciate it. All the staff were very friendly and hardworking. Our dive guide did an excellent job and we were glad to see all the critters we wanted to see. We are looking forward to come back and will surely recommend Wakatobi to our friends."
Had a wonderful time diving and eating, keep up the excellent standards.
Had a wonderful time diving and eating, keep up the excellent standards. Diving is sensational – dive guides do a great job as well as the rest of the staff. Well worth the expense, the food in the restaurant is a treat.
Robert & Lisbeth Hart
The entire staff cares for you like you are long lost family
"Once again we have enjoyed our stay here at Wakatobi. The resort looks even better than when we were last here and the kitchen continues to spoil us. The dive guides and boat crew were again superlative, they take such good care of the diving guests. Thank you to the housekeeping crew who kept creating order from our daily chaos. From the top down everyone was friendly and helpful, including the transfer staff at the airport."
Top diving, Top Location and Top Food
"Fantastic and excellent resort. Top diving, Top Location and Top Food."
The dive staff is amazing and gives great service
"The dive staff is amazing and gives great service, everyone of them was very happy. The boat crew worked hard to make sure everything was perfect. The F&B crew also worked very hard to please us and all had great people skills. The appetizers and the Indonesian food station at the restaurant were always very tasty."
Christina & Rory Lavery
Our family felt very welcomed by all the staff
"I will be happy to take promotional materials to the US Embassy Community Activities Office, we have an active group of divers. Our family felt very welcomed by all the staff. The kids loved the Kids Club staff and the waiters who made origami animals and remembered which superhero they were pretending to be that day."
Gail and Jim Collins
Thank you for an enjoyable and memorable stay
"We traveled to Wakatobi after recommendations from fellow expats living in Jakarta. To us, as with many couples it is important to offer a unique experience outside of diving. The rich diversity of accessible reef life is good for snorkelers, so I didn’t feel left behind. A guide was a bonus, we have not had the luxury of that for snorkelers before. Your staff is sincere in seeking feedback and routinely offers to make our stay better. Their English is remarkably good, they remember guests’ names and greet everyone warmly. The buffet at each meal offered variety and we were satisfied with the menu selections"
Ann & Greg Ralph
Exceeded our high expectations
“Our third visit has exceeded our high expectations with great diving and great hospitality.”
Sylvia, Alexander, Vincent & Leonard Jahn
Fantastic vacation close to paradise
We enjoyed a fantastic week here at Wakatobi – the overall service level is unsurpassed. The diving was spectacular – the staff extremely friendly and helpful and our dive instructor was marvelous, very passionate, patient and highly knowledgeable so all of us could truly enjoy every dive. The quality, variety and presentation of the food was excellent and the F & B staff is amazing!
Rob Palmer & Jude Clarke
Visiting again after 8 years, it was great to see that all of the changes were for the better. A great holiday.
"The attitude of all staff was incredibly positive. Restaurant and Kids’ Club staff made our daughter very welcome and resulted in a teary farewell. It was good to have the option of specifying a non-photography dive group, we had a great dive guide."
Graham Casden & Klara Fejer
A true paradise, where the service is exceptional, the diving remarkable and the scenery unparalleled.
"A true paradise, where the service is exceptional, the diving remarkable and the scenery unparalleled. We will be back.”
Everything is outstanding!
“Everything is outstanding. Beautiful corals, unusual creatures, excellent guides and a wonderful variety of food.”
Most wonderful resort and dive sites to be seen
"The resort staff, including dive team, boat, dining and housekeeping are all fantastic. The service has been amazing. Everyone is so friendly and helpful to ensure we all have a great holiday experience. Our dive guide has been the best we’ve ever had on all trips, we now appreciate the macro world due to his dedication and efforts both under the water and above."
It truly is paradise!
"The diving is incredible, the staff is amazing, the food is great, the island is beautiful, it truly is paradise!"
Thank you for a perfect vacation
"World class diving at a world class resort."
The diving is sublime
"The diving is sublime, matched only by the coconut sorbet!”
There is a good system for the entire dive operation
"Dive guide is excellent and there is a good system for the entire dive operation. Food service is very nice with a very good choice of food at each meal."
I came for the diving and got pampered while at Wakatobi
"Exceptional dive staff! The kitchen and wait staff are so superb, I believe I gained weight. The rooms and grounds are clean and neat, I will return and tell everyone about my wonderful experience. I came for the diving and got pampered while here."
Drew & Taylor Simon
Best service of any dive resort, anywhere in the world!
"I have enjoyed every minute of our time at Wakatobi – best vacation ever! I give huge credit to the quality and friendliness of the Wakatobi staff, whether in the restaurant, dive shop, dive boat or front desk, we really could not ask for more. The grounds are beautifully maintained, a pleasure to walk through. The restaurant selection is wonderfully diverse with many healthy options and I love the small portions, they make it easy to experiment, with little waste and less likely to overeat."
Incredible experience. The staff was outstanding, so many of them went out of their way to make me feel welcome. They felt like family. I will be back.
If you are looking for a 5 star resort with beautiful grounds, comfortable bungalows, exceptional food, a top of the class dive operation and a fabulous undersea world to explore, Wakatobi is the place!
"I had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi. Thanks to your great /helpful staff for taking such good care of me while I have been here. If you are looking for a 5 star resort with beautiful grounds, comfortable bungalows, exceptional food, a top of the class dive operation and a fabulous undersea world to explore, Wakatobi is the place!"
Sanna Malveholm & Martin Linden
Perfect place for macro photography!
"Fantastic diving, especially for macro. Super friendly and welcoming staff, we’ve had a great time while staying at Wakatobi. Perfect place for macro photography! Amazing food and people, a must visit for passionate divers."
George & Carolyn Horne
Paradise Island where you barely have to lift a finger
"Excellent resort and service second to none, in particular dive and boat staff. Waiting staff was also excellent, and we had the best massages ever at the spa. Pristine reefs and plenty of fish and critters are so good to see. Food is excellent and plenty of choices. Overall it has been such a pleasure to be at such a well-managed resort where every need is attended to so well. It was also great to be met at Bali and helped through the arrivals and departure procedures, and the lounge was great. We will be recommending Wakatobi Dive Resort to everyone! Paradise Island where you barely have to lift a finger – great diving on pristine reefs – very highly recommended."
Andi & Esthi Scholer
We look forward to being your guests for a fourth time.
"It was a dream come true for us to again be spoiled in Waka paradise, to relax and dive. You're doing a great job, it is well organized and terrific how the local people have contributed to our wellbeing – just paradise! Thank you very much for everything and we look forward to being your guests for a fourth time."
All the staff at the resort were very kind, and we've had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi
"Many thanks for receiving our request for a Spanish speaking guide, our guide was fantastic. All the staff at the resort were very kind, and we've had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi. Thanks to everyone, especially our guide."
Amy and Doug Procarione
The fish life is amazing! Muck diving was a new entertaining experience
"The fish life is amazing! Muck diving was a new entertaining experience. The tender boat driver was awesome, he always made us laugh and was right there whenever we came to the surface. The food was fabulous, the cook and our stewards kept us well fed! Doug is going to miss his ‘end of dive’ hot cocoa! Thank you to all the boat crew for everything!"
Ian and Robyn Jacobson
Pleased with the service, diving convenience and systematic approach
"As a returning guest, we have been further pleased with the service, diving convenience and systematic approach. We will certainly be back and hope we can share with our family next time. The strengths you have are location, professionalism and service, these make the experience an ultimate enjoyment. We look forward to future contact and on-going relationships."
Lisbeth Kauz & Jean Paul Egger
Wakatobi – first choice for passionate and experienced snorkelers
"As passionate snorkelers we appreciate that we have NOT been handled as secondary guests and that we got the same service as the divers. The customer support in the whole resort is very attentive and personal and we felt most welcome from the moment we arrived. The food is delicious and varied, the bungalow well equipped with the power plug station and fish ID books very useful."
Jim and Erin Brockus
The crew do a fantastic job!
"The stewards, tender drivers and all the behind the scenes crew do a fantastic job! The cruise directors are perfect hosts! Enthusiasm, knowledge and a love of diving."
The Pelagian is a fine boat with great, friendly + helpful crew
"The cruise directors are superb guides. I was very pleased with their enthusiastic guiding. The cabins are roomy, clean and well appointed. The dive sites are well chosen and very rewarding and the food is of very good quality."
Jessica and Peter Wendel
The service on the boat, in the restaurant and the spa was excellent
"All in all we had a very nice and relaxed week at Wakatobi. The service on the boat, in the restaurant and the spa was excellent. We would recommend the resort to our friends."
Andy Ernst and Maggie Steiner
The dive sites are magnificent!
"We enjoyed our stay here very much, it is a wonderful spot and the dive sites are magnificent. Dive guides and helpers on the boat are of top level. Overall we enjoyed our stay here and we shall speak highly about this place once we are home."
We love the resort!
"The villas, the diving and the staff are outstanding!"
Wakatobi is for us an “all over piece of art”
"The healthy reefs in a unique blaze of color, the knowledgeable dive guides as well as the friendly atmosphere and great cuisine. We’ll come back."
Russell and Lenora Babb
The staff are so friendly and service is excellent, we’re so glad we chose Wakatobi
"Overall an outstanding experience. The staff are so friendly and service is excellent, we’re so glad we chose Wakatobi. The bungalow is beautiful and comfortable and housekeeping staff is excellent. The snorkel guide is exceptional and the service on the dive boat is fantastic."
Geoff & Sue Walsh
Pristine underwater conditions
"Great diving experience! Awesome staff and pristine underwater conditions."
Mauro Croci and Phyllis Mangold
Exceptionally good service!
"The service (dive and resort) is exceptionally good and or a very high standard."
Ee Ming Lim and Olivia See
Nice spacious rooms and a beautiful outdoor shower
"Overall well organized, staff are very friendly and helpful, the pool is a good size, with nice spacious rooms and a beautiful outdoor shower."
Peter Dollard and Merle Westbrook
The complete package of food, diving and accommodations of exceptional quality
“The complete package of food, diving and accommodations of exceptional quality. We highly recommend this operation.”
Katie and Chuck Arnoldi
We enjoyed every minute of our stay
"This is an outstanding resort with exceptional service, a beautiful room and fantastic food. Our dive guide was fantastic and we enjoyed every minute of our stay."
Louise Millmore and Stephen Perrin
Dive staff was faultless and made our dives exciting and memorable.
"All staff without exception have been professional whilst still friendly and helpful. Dive staff was faultless and made our dives exciting and memorable."
The Fluo diving experience was spectacular, nobody should miss it
"I enjoyed the bungalow and the food. The Fluo diving experience was spectacular, nobody should miss it - it opened up a whole new world to me. To dive again through the healthy and unique Wakatobi underwater world is just a privilege."
Ralf and Karin Gugelmann
Thanks so much to all the wonderful people who made our holiday just perfect!
"Not only to the nice restaurant and diving staff but also to the people who care for the lovely garden, were folding the toilet paper, took care of our diving equipment, closed the curtains and made the circles in the sand! We appreciate that you take care of the stunning reefs, the turtles and the pygmy seahorses."
Patrick and Marie-Jeanne Menta
All we can say is Wakatobi is a wonderful place to pass your holidays. Come and judge for yourself.
"This was our 4th visit to Wakatobi which I think says enough about how we feel about this wonderful place. We were happy to see that since our 1st visit in 2008, some of the same staff members were still here, showing that not only guests are treated as if they were special but staff members are also looked after. It is good to see everyday how kind and friendly staff are, always eager to help and do anything to please the guests. For sure, we will be back. Thank you and all your staff for this more than pleasant stay."
Ralph and Joan Kahn
Garden of Eden underneath and paradise above
"Had a wonderful time. Everything was 5 star from service, food, diving and rooms. We hope to return someday."
Dennis and Paula Pearce
A very personal service on an island paradise, fabulous!
"The bungalows are very spacious and pleasant, all in working order which is so often overlooked in other hotels. The foot shower outside is much appreciated and the outdoor shower is lovely. The safe and fridge is also appreciated. The staff are all extremely well trained, helpful and polite; so refreshing. The food was of a high standard, plentiful and good variety and staff are always willing to make changes to menu if required. There is tasteful music in the background too. The diving was very well organized, excellent guides and boats – spoils us for ever!"
I can find no fault with any aspects of the resort
"Love the resort, I came to kite surf and had a great time. I can find no fault with any aspects of the resort – thank you."
A MUST DO experience!
"Food and service is fantastic. The owner’s families around us is a real treat – created a homely casual atmosphere."
Pelagian is our 7th live-aboard and I have to say it is the best yet.
"Pelagian is our 7th live-aboard and I have to say it is the best yet. Thanks to all of the crew who worked to make our trip so memorable especially my snorkeling guides who took time to sort some problems which arose inevitably after we had not dived for over a year. Thank you all and best wishes for the future."
On the Pelagian everybody gets treated like a queen and a king on an underwater castle, surrounded by a wonderful fish life.
"Thank you so much for a wonderful time on board. The cruise directors are so caring and look after everybody in great details. The food was first class and always delicious. Thank you for providing me with my own guide. He did a great job helping me with my buoyancy and photography. I loved the variety of underwater creatures. On the Pelagian everybody gets treated like a queen and a king on an underwater castle, surrounded by a wonderful fish life. I loved it!"
Top notch operation!
"Crew & vessel were excellent, service was outstanding. Reef and diving was world class! Look forward to returning and will recommend to others. Our dive guide has bionic vision when spotting sea life."
Raija Pohjola and Karsten Boden
This was the best boat diving we ever had
"This was the best boat diving we ever had. Excellent service with the best muck dive we had. Very experienced dive instructors and extremely helpful. We had a great time."
Katie and Chuck Arnoldi
This was an outstanding trip. We loved every minute.
"This was an outstanding trip. We loved every minute. Every single staff member bent over backwards to make us happy and are. The cruise directors were wonderful hosts and guides. We were practically impressed by the stewards. Thank you for a wonderful vacation. The food was perfect!"
Sharon and Dave Blythe
The enthusiasm for taking care of the guests is fabulous!
"It has been fantastic! The crew and the dive guides are very attentive. Thank you so much for taking care of us. The enthusiasm for taking care of the guests is fabulous!"
Ian Parkin and Leanne Russell
Overall, a 6 star experience
"Great diving off Pelagian, one of the most luxurious live-aboards we have been on. Excellent quality of food and choice. The crew are fantastic group of people, they always went above and beyond, friendly and very professional. Overall, a 6 star experience"
Wonderful stay! Amazing staff!
"Wonderful stay! Amazing staff. Diving was fun! Food was first rate. We had an amazing time – thank you for making my birthday trip so enjoyable!"
Willi & Michaela Wächter
We were thrilled by the friendliness and professionalism of the staff
"We are always careful when we read many euphoric comments but Wakatobi meets it all. We were thrilled by the friendliness and professionalism of the staff – great service from the beginning at the airport in Bali, previously during booking and the care and attention snorkelers are given at Wakatobi."
Tony & Karen Haggarty
Heaven on an island
"What a wonderful resort, beautiful surroundings, great food and the staff are amazing. The most relaxing holiday ever. Thank you all for the experience."
My holiday was amazing!
"I couldn’t wish for any better. Thank you for making this place so special. My holiday was amazing."
T. Marshall Manson
All in all 5 stars!
"A fantastic and unique location with some of the best dive sites we’ve ever experienced. The sites are great at 25 metres, 15 metres and 5 metres, so perfect for any kind of preference. The service and support was downright luxurious. Equipment was cleaned, moved and assembled much better than I would have done myself. The bungalows are very comfortable and well designed. Food was excellent, especially when you consider the remoteness of the location."
George & Teressa Kohn
Words cannot describe the level of excellence you will feel
"You have to come and experience it for yourself. Six star service, food, diving etc. The dining room staff is and was beyond my expectations and we enjoyed every day there."
"The dive sites are very colorful with so many fish to see and photograph – you will see more colorful fish here than any other place. The private dive service was exceptional and our guides went out of their way to find and point out unique things. They always kept an eye on us for safety and made sure we were having a fabulous adventure."
Jinky Dinorog & Bill Sharp
I wish we could stay longer
"We have never been to a resort where service is top notch, food is fantastic and the dive operation is spotless at the same time. Restaurant staff are very accommodating and there is a great music selection at night. The dive guides are very knowledgeable. I wish we could stay longer."
This is paradise
"The service was amazing with so many staff. The food was excellent. The corals were amazing - the best we’ve ever seen in the world. Our snorkeling guide was the best I’ve ever had who was pro-active in showing and informing us on what fish we were seeing. The location was perfect especially if you dive or snorkel."
It is beyond beautiful!
"I must say the promotional pictures don’t do justice to Wakatobi. It is beyond beautiful. The reefs, corals and marine life are extraordinary. If I didn’t see it for myself, I would not imagine that this place really exists. The resort, service, food and staff are par excellence. Every little detail is looked and everyone is so friendly and eager to make your stay as fantastic as possible. Wakatobi is a true hidden paradise."
Jonathan & Natalya de Lance-Holmes
Great attention to detail in all service aspects
"We found Wakatobi to be a delightful setting and an excellent diving experience with great attention to detail in all service aspects. It was really welcoming, friendly and genuine with a really nice combination of informality and luxury. The food was always beautifully presented with a wide variety of food to suit most tastes. Our kids were very well looked after. The villa with its swimming pool was an immediate hit with our children. It was particularly helpful to be met by a Wakatobi representative on arrival in Denpasar. The organization of travel has great value."
Walter & Anna Schnüriger
Luxurious holiday in the middle of fantastic coral reefs
"We enjoyed our stay very much. I cannot imagine a better place for luxurious holidays in the middle of fantastic coral reefs. There are excellent snorkeling opportunities, wonderful surroundings and a very good hotel. Very good staff from the owners down to the garden helpers."
Margherita, Arianna & Enrico Sereno
We had two beautiful weeks
"We’d like to say thank you to everyone. We had two beautiful weeks. The diving center is among the most organized that we have been to from all over the world. All the staff was fantastic. The restaurant was very good and we ate really well. The restaurant staff is very polite and the front desk and reception staff was impeccable. Thanks a million."
An unforgettable stay
"All the staff from the Bali team to the resort staff was lovely, friendly and warm. Our dive guide was very special; extremely knowledgeable, friendly and funny who made our dives relaxed and interesting. The restaurant staff was fantastic. They remembered what we liked and made us feel at home. The boat and diving team made everything so easy. The housekeeping staff went above and beyond their duties. The resort itself is beautiful and well maintained. I’d like to thank everyone for a fantastic holiday."
David & Alison Karlin
World-class diving and unpretentious luxury
"We had an outstanding holiday. We both feel completely refreshed. Wakatobi’s attention to detail and the staff attitude in doing everything they can do to make things perfect for us really shows. We appreciated the combination of world-class diving and unpretentious luxury"
An amazing holiday!
"I had an amazing holiday! The diving was fantastic and it couldn’t have been more comfortable or easy. The food was fresh and delicious as well as varied. My accommodation was very comfortable."
Excellent food and high quality service
"Wakatobi was very good and welcoming with excellent food, high quality service, very good organization for diving and outstanding service on the boat."
Everything was very well organized
"The food was excellent and the staff was very pleasant and polite. The rooms were very clean and comfortable"
Excellent cuisine and good services
"Wakatobi is unique. I’ve never seen so many species of sea creatures in such little space. The Wakatobi staff is nice with excellent cuisine and good services. We hope to see you again soon."
Stunning diving combined with outstanding, gracious service
"The stunning diving combined with outstanding, gracious service gave my family and I a more wonderful holiday than I could have imagined. We’re already planning our next visit. The dive team members were caring and attentive. We arrived as novice divers and felt like we were always in good hands. We learned a lot, developed our diving skills and have a renewed and deeper appreciation for Wakatobi’s (and the world’s) reefs. Our dive guides were incredibly patient teachers who were able to spot the tiniest creatures for us to see. The restaurant staff graciously anticipated our every need. We were impressed by the commitment to preserve the reefs with the collaboration of the local communities. It is an innovative and effective model."
Paolo Erbetta & Rosanna Sattanino
The service is of high level everywhere, not just the dive center
"The private dive guide service with private boat is a good idea and the diving center organization is Number 1. Overall, an excellent holiday with special thanks to our dive guide who satisfied our every desire and need. The service is of high level everywhere, not just the dive center. A respectable diver cannot miss Wakatobi”
Great service. Really enjoyed the experience
"Great service. Really enjoyed the experience. I have about a thousand dives from around the world and Wakatobi is in the top 3!"
John J Duggan
The Pelagian is a must do with a follow on the resort
"I have been there several times and never disappointed with either the diving or service. The Pelagian is a must do with a follow on the resort."
Luxury diving at its best
"Loved the steaming hot wash cloths after each dive. The food was awesome, the cruise directors were excellent as divers, their enthusiasm is contagious. The tender boat driver was great! The entire crew bends over backwards for you. Luxury diving at its best."
Lee and Debbie Larson
Pelagian is the best, forget the rest. Best live-aboard on earth!
"Boat and crew were fantastic! This was our sixth live-aboard trip. The other five pale in comparison with the Pelagian. The kitchen / stateroom staff were top notch in every way. The tender driver was friendly and very attentive to diver’s need, The cruise directors are the replete management team. No detail is too small for them. They could easily manage any of the worlds largest hotels / resort without a hitch. Our dive guide's skills at locating hard to see underwater creatures is second to none. She sees things nearly microscopic and difficult for anyone else’s naked eye to see. She is very passionate about diving and it shows in every dive. They always go the extra mile to ensure passengers are satisfied and beyond. Many many live-aboards throughout the world, Pelagian is the best, forget the rest. Best live-aboard on earth!"
Becky and Gary Englebright
Great staff and outstanding dive guides
"Great staff and outstanding dive guides. The cruise directors did an outstanding job of taking care of us and showing us all of the cool stuff to see. Wish we could stay longer and I look forward to coming back."
Olivier and Véronique Morel
Very good organization, very good service
"Very good organization, very good service, the cruise directors seem very happy and they give a very good atmosphere on the boat. Every staff member is kind and efficient. Super clean."
Sara Moore & Cindy Jones
Wakatobi lived up to its reputation and exceeded it!
"Wakatobi is the best run facility I have ever seen. The staff on the boat and land provided unbelievable service. Wakatobi lived up to its reputation and exceeded it. We cannot tell you how much we enjoyed the trip, we felt like family here with the smiles and personal greetings everywhere. The diving was fantastic and the crew were there to help and provide additional assistance when needed, always with a smile and asking what else they could do for us. The VIP service with the phone was the 'piece de resistance'. We look forward to the next visit to Wakatobi."
We would change nothing
"Wakatobi provided an extremely good overall package. We would change nothing."
Fantastic! Brilliant! Magnificent!
"The staff were super friendly and helpful. The resort and dive sites were second to none. You don not want to go back to the real world after spending time in this piece of heaven. The teamwork and knowledge of the staff was unquestionable- Wakatobi is not only a 5-Star resort but also a warm family environment."
Carol & Roy Bagattini
"The diving was superb - easy to access and absolutely beautiful!"
Sandy & Suzy Lamont
Exceeded our expectations in every way!
"Our 11-day experience at Wakatobi far exceeded our expectations in every way. We can only say thank you for the incredible effort given to our comfort and we hope to return as soon as possible."
Kurt vom Scheidt
Slice of paradise
"This is the place for immediate and prolonged relaxation. It is impossible to experience stress in this slice of paradise."
"Some of the best reefs in the world. Their dive operation is unquestionably superb."
Hedwig Bostl-Scheuringer & Sabine Plank
Memorable stay at Wakatobi
"Thanks a lot to the whole team who made our family’s stay at Wakatobi memorable! The diving, snorkeling and accommodation - not to forget the food was fantastic."
The food is amazing!
"Come to Wakatobi if you want to see all the treasures you have never seen before. The food is amazing! I love this place and I will come back for sure!"
Shannon & Melissa Schwenn
It is everything we hoped it would be!
"Great Boat! Very comfortable. Staff was excellent and always helpful. Food and kitchen staff are great as well. The cruise directors are enjoyable hosts, their passion for diving and Wakatobi shines! The dive tenders provide a quick entry and are very comfortable with little effort to get in and out. The boat is well laid out, providing excellent storage for gear."
Hakan Bohlin and Charlotte Bohlin
Very comfortable ship, amazing food. But the best of all is the Crew!
"Thank you for a perfect week! Very comfortable ship, amazing food. But the best of all is the Crew! We have heard good things about Pelagian but it was not true, it was Better!!!"
Akiko and Monty MacKenzie
All the crew are nice and friendly, everything is organized
"Thank you for making our stay wonderful and enjoyable. I cannot say how much we were impressed with your work to let us have a fun time. All the crew are nice and friendly, everything is organized. Very good food all the time! What a wonderful team! Thank you everyone!"
Amazing service all around the Pelagian
"We had a great week! Unique dives with experienced and flexible instructors. Amazing service all around the Pelagian. 5-star food, experienced vessel crew with memorable views of dolphins thanks to them. Attention to detail was second to none. First live-aboard experience, but doubt it gets better than this. Hope to see you again"
Peter Beerli and Irene Guess
All in all it was super awesome!!!
"We spent a heavenly week on the Pelagian. The staff was always friendly and helpful in every way. The cabin was clean, comfortable and nicely furnitured. The diving was just fantastic! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. All in all it was super awesome!!!"
Pelagian, a light and magic experience!
"I had the best dive guide in the world and the whole crew was wonderful. A light and magic experience – the reason to dive. Amazing!"
Michael & Hilda Gibson
This was the absolute best dive resort we have ever been to
"Everyone from room service to management seemed genuinely concerned with excellence and our personal well being. People went out of their way to learn our names, our interests and often asked us what else they could do to improve our stay. The dive operation was top notch! The staff was ready for all contingencies and accommodated all our needs. The dive guides were incredible! They found so many things to show us during the dives. Thank you!"
Dale and Karen Wallace
We are overwhelmed by the diving, accommodation, staff and the food
"Extraordinary resort! We are overwhelmed by the diving, accommodation, staff and the food. I do not think I have ever taken such a relaxing trip. The attention to detail and attention to your guests is outstanding. I hope that one day we can return to your beautiful paradise. When you google dive resort, Wakatobi Dive Resort should be the only hit. Best of everything for the diving experience!"
As close to perfection as you can achieve in this life
"I had an amazingly great experience here. As close to perfection as you can achieve in this life. A special thanks to the boat crew and our dive experience manager for the outstanding service. I am already trying to figure out how soon I can return. I expected an extraordinary experience and Wakatobi exceeded my expectations in every way. I will definitely be returning."
The staff was very pleasant, courteous and helpful
"Overall a wonderful experience! The staff was very pleasant, courteous and helpful. The accommodation was beautiful, boats well run, diving spectacular and the food was amazing. The cake for the 4th of July was above and beyond. Thank you."
Stephan Morey and Hilda Lopez
The best dive resort we have been to in all regards
"We were surprised by the high quality of every aspect of our stay given the distance Wakatobi dive resort is from anywhere. Food was excellent! The staff on the resort could not be better and the boat crews and guides were superior. We cannot wait to come back! The best dive resort we have been to in all regards."
Brigitte Streller & Roland Hatzenbichler
It was a perfect vacation.
"The staff was extremely friendly and the food was excellent."
The diving was incredible
"The diving was incredible and the friendships forged are unforgettable!"
The diving was great and the food was excellent
"We really enjoyed our stay. The diving was great and the food was excellent and varied. The staff were friendly and professional."
Wakatobi was an amazing experience
"The dive guides were wonderful. I really appreciated their knowledge of the reef life. The staff were very friendly from the groundskeepers to the boat crew- never an unhappy face! The food was amazing! - I loved the Sambal! Wakatobi was an amazing experience. Every detail is taken care of including the airport greeting and assistance. The resort is committed to reef stewardship and engages in ethical collaboration with the local population. The valet dive service coupled with the gourmet dining and comfortable accommodation make for a memorable vacation!"
Pascal Lipsky & Family
A superb family holiday!
"Wakatobi is an outstanding dive resort offering ultimate relaxation and a stunning location. The diving instructors were exceptional, friendly and competent. The diving was very well organized. The local staff were charming and the food was healthy and original."
Jeff Smith & Kelly Piacente
Wakatobi is a wonderful resort with terrific diving
"The food was top notch. The children's program was great. Our daughter was both well looked after and entertained. The service from both the hotel and dive staff was also wonderful. Our dive guides were walking encyclopedias and took great care of us. We loved pretty much everything about the experience and our stay."
Vicki & Joel Sarver
Everyone was so nice and very helpful!
"We really enjoyed our dive vacation here! Everyone was so nice and very helpful! Our dive guide was the best we ever had. When pointing out the animals it was also written down on slates. We would highly recommend this place and hope to return someday in the future. Thank you for helping us have a great vacation!"
The best diving and dive resort in the world!
"I had a wonderful time! This was my third time here and I plan on coming back. The food was excellent and there was a lot of it. The restaurant staff were very attentive. The housekeeping staff are always cleaning the room. The dive guides point out lots of stuff. The spa was very relaxing. I had three massages and a facial. The gift shop had lots to choose from."
Evelyn Ho and Andrew Lai
Superb food and service
"Superb food and service. The whole team did an excellent job especially our dive guide. I like their energy and enthusiasm, no complaints. Excellent service from beginning until the end. Good pre-dive briefing, good variety of dive sites"
All our needs and wishes were met promptly and completely
"Wakatobi is a beautiful resort with an amazing reef system. The staff, both onshore and afloat are well-trained, exceptionally helpful and always cheerful and courteous. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, and the beds are especially comfortable."
Bob & Penny Buist
The coral was exceptional!
"Thank you for an enjoyable and relaxing week! The dive guides were excellent. The coral was exceptional and we were lucky to see Pygmy Seahorses."
Jeffrey B Mitton
Fluo-diving will expand your perception of reef communities
"Wakatobi Dive Resort offers fluo-dives which reveal the fluorescent colors and patterns of corals, anemones and fishes. The reefs are spectacular in sunlight but a different reef appears when filters reveal only fluorescence. Anemones glow deep red, feather stars glow yellow or orange and lizard fish emanate a ghostly light."
Excellent food, superb diving and very gracious hosts!
"This was my third trip to Wakatobi. It offers excellent food, superb diving and very gracious hosts. I recommend Wakatobi without reservation."
Claire Faggioli & Daniel Sternberg
We had a wonderful time!
"The diving was superb, the food was excellent but the incredible staff was the true highlight. Thank you so much for our lovely stay - we hope to return soon!"
"Everyone I met was incredible and I especially enjoyed my photography workshop. I will return!"
Robert and Cassandra McConville
5 star food, 5 star diving, 5 star staff! Pure Luxury!
Top class food both on resort and Pelagian. Super professional dive guides. Warm and attentive service throughout resort the crew made every dive super special, as well as educational and fun. Our dive guides were always around to give advice, help and general good conversation. Everyone was always super polite, pleasant and friendly. Shall definitely recommend to friends and hopefully returning very soon!
I do not want to leave!
”The snorkeling was awesome and everyone from the dive crew, cleaning staff, restaurant staff and chef was outstanding. The snorkel guide was great and did a wonderful job. Normally snorkelers are not treated as well as divers but not here! It is not just for divers and I do not want to leave!“
Better than in most of the 5 star resorts I have visited
“I received the best service in Wakatobi, even better than in most of the 5 star resorts I have visited. Underwater is amazing, super professional dive staff – the dive guide took good care of me and showed me a lot of marine life. As a lone traveler you never feel lonely at Wakatobi – you make so many new friends. The room service and food is also of a high standard, you will get what you want. Thanks to all the staff at Wakatobi!“
Galina and Slava Mareev
“The restaurant team was excellent and the food was superb. The spa service was also good.”
Gerald and Sharon Schmidt
Wakatobi needs to be on every diver’s wishlist.
“The dive team did an excellent job of taking care of our needs. Our dive guide was very good, we really enjoyed diving with him and he was excellent at finding a variety of marine life. He was always asking what he could do to improve our stay at the resort and our diving experience and made sure everyone in the dive group had the opportunity to see the creatures he found. The whole dive operation is run very smoothly. The resort staff were very attentive to our needs and we enjoyed the food very much. Gerry really enjoyed the fantastic birthday cake. This was our 3rd trip to Wakatobi and it gets better each time. The reefs are pristine and marine life abundant. We saw more on our first dive and on the house reef than you would in a week in the Caribbean. Wakatobi needs to be on every diver’s wishlist.“
Junio Melo and Gnana Araujo
Everyone made us feel like we were at home
“This was our second time at Wakatobi and we were treated like old friends! Everyone made us feel like we were at home. The food and dives were great but the staff are the best part of the resort.”
M Lynn Crawford
The house reef is unbelievable
“From the very beginning of our visit this has been an amazing vacation. The house reef is unbelievable, I have never seen such variety of corals and fish. You can tell that everyone at Wakatobi takes pride in keeping the reef pristine. The accommodation was great, every staff member is smiling and pleasant and the restaurant is like a vacation itself. The food is fabulous, beautifully presented and tastes good! Thank you all for a wonderful time. The most beautiful underwater reef – like swimming in a fish bowl.“
If this isn’t paradise, I do not know what is
“Everything was perfect. If this isn’t paradise, I do not know what is. The diving is incredible, the grounds feel like a botanical garden, the rooms are comfortable and private, the ocean breezes, the lull of the waves, the food – every meal was absolutely wonderful, every person on staff is friendly, accommodating and a pleasure. This was a very special trip for me, a mother daughter trip, and it is a trip I will treasure forever. Thank you! Everything was perfect, the abundance and diversity of the reefs, the laid back elegance, the food was sublime and the staff could not be friendlier or more pleasant – the best!“
Ronald and Diane Cook
Our 4th visit to Wakatobi and we will be back!
“The level of attention to appearance and functionality is great. From the dining, bungalows and public washrooms, all are well planned and executed. Such a pleasure! The dive guide was very good, patient, able to find lots of small things, catered to our requests and interests and attentive to safety which we appreciated. No matter who we spoke with they were helpful, responsive and courteous. Great client service and always with a smile. We could not have wished for anything better. Thank you so much! Our 4th visit to Wakatobi and it is better every time we come. The diving is amazing and the dive guides and crew are the best! The dining is wonderful – food and service! We will be back!“
Vickey and Will Sare
A great vacation!
“Thanks to all for making this a great vacation! We had many wonderful dives with our guides, consummate professionals and lovely people as well. The restaurant staff was effective and attentive without being intrusive. The food was wonderful and our room was always neat and clean. Above all, the reef itself was nothing short of magnificent and we are glad you are all here taking care of it. We look forward to a return visit someday. Magnificent reef, engaging and professional dive team, lovely accommodation and wonderful food – Thank you Wakatobi for a great vacation!“
The best live-aboard experience ever!
"Fabulous trip! Thank you so much for making this the best live-aboard experience ever! I will be ruined now for all future trips as I doubt my expectations will be met now that you have set the bar so high."
My expectations for great service were far exceeded
"My expectations for great service were far exceeded. Our cabin was fantastic (huge) and the food! Oh the food!! Diving with the cruise directors was also excellent. They are wonderful critter hunters. Loved the minty towels – having my gear cared for – nothing else will ever meet the standard you set!"
The diving and service were superb
"Everyone, and I mean everyone from the stewards to the tender drivers were absolutely terrific. All consistently inquired as to how they could improve my experience. I have no complaints. The diving and service were superb. The Pelagian is heaven for a week!"
David and Natasha Ansell
The diving quality is first class, we very much enjoyed it
"The Master suite was very comfortable. The cruise directors were excellent hosts and very good and knowledgeable dive masters. The crew were friendly, quiet and unobtrusive. Excellent menu, very pleased with kitchen staff, good choice of drinks, the coffee machine was very nice. The diving quality is first class, we very much enjoyed it. Diving from tenders was easy. Will definitely recommend to others."
Phillip Chong and Suzanna Cowling
Very comfortable dive live-aboard with fantastic guides and crew
"Very comfortable dive live-aboard with fantastic guides and crew who made our stay enjoyable. Beautiful array of marine life and corals around Wakatobi dive sites"
Most professional dive professionals ever!
"Outstanding experience, excellent service. Best most professional dive professionals ever!"
Susan Cooper-Smith & M. Scott Smith
Supreme Outstanding Service
“The food was superb, I believe the chef could open a restaurant in any major city and do quite well. All of the pampering was first rate, the restaurant and housekeeping staff were outstanding. They learned our preferences, so after asking for something once, we never had to ask again, it became part of their standard service to us. Valet diving could not be beaten, the dive guides could point out and identify marine critters, big and small. Dive safety was upheld to the highest level, dive briefings were excellent and the dive guides always looked after their group. Small group size also added to high safety standards and the boats were good. S.O.S. : Supreme Outstanding Service. The only thing we did not like about Wakatobi was leaving!“
Always with the guest in mind
“A great resort, well run and always with the guest in mind. The diving is great, but what takes it to another level is the dive operation, the knowledgeable dive guides, the small groups and the professionalism and friendliness of the entire crew. I am just sorry my stay here was so short. If you are a diver and you can get there, go to Wakatobi.“
An outstanding experience
“All crew and staff members were so dedicated to improve our diving. This was an outstanding experience which I will repeat for sure.”
Daniela Masciadri and Manuela Pfenninger
A perfect holiday
“The resort is very beautiful! The staff are very friendly and helpful, everything is organized perfectly. Dive guides are very competent and friendly and they looked after us very well, making us feel very safe. The staff on the dive boats are very friendly, helpful and funny! The equipments are in good condition, and the food was excellent, with new specialties every day. It was a perfect holiday, and could not have been better!“
Martine and Bernard Elhaik
Everything was exceptional!
“Everything was exceptional! Our dive guide was so nice and we hope to come back soon and dive again with him. The best place to live and dive.”
Another fantastic holiday!
“Another fantastic holiday! The Pelagian was amazing and very luxurious. Our bungalow at the resort was excellent and we really enjoyed the outside shower. The restaurant staff were as attentive as the last time we came, it is really nice that they know our names from day 1. Fantastic experience and some of the best diving we have ever done, we are coming back for a third time!“
One of the most beautiful locations
“I had great service when booking and it was an amazing location with beautiful bungalows. The diving was great, with beautiful diving spots and very well organized, great diving service. The food was amazing and the staff very friendly. I have lived in Indonesia for more than 5 years and this must be one of the most beautiful locations I have been to.”
Wakatobi has exceeded my expectations
“The two weeks on the Pelagian and at the resort have been indescribable for me. The team, the service, dive staff, boat crew and the friendly chefs were sensational. I was looking forward to this holiday and it has exceeded my expectations.“
Eduardo Morais dos Santos
Keep up the good work
“Wakatobi is one of the best trips I have done and the boat crew was good and very helpful. The restaurant and the staff was amazing, congratulations and keep up the good work!“
Detlev and Sabine Sohns
One of the few paradises in this world
“An ideal hideaway, well organized, excellent food and wonderful scenery. The staff are friendly and well qualified, and very personal and open minded. One of the few paradises in this world, well organized and maintained.“
Ann & Doc Cornwell
We have never been so spoiled before!
“Everything we experienced at Wakatobi was fabulous!! All the staff were so helpful and thoughtful, from knowing our names upon introduction, to the bed turn down, gardening etc. We have never stayed in a resort that spoils everyone and just wish you were closer to the United States. We have never been so spoiled before!”
Astrid und Dieter Steininger
Snorkelers were given the same treatment as divers
“We were very pleased that snorkelers were given the same treatment as divers. We have never seen this before and our snorkel guide was very attentive and showed us everything. Our rooms were always well cleaned and the kitchen was just a dream. The food was well prepared with perfect portion sizes and the pastries were as good as at home. All the staff were extremely nice, friendly and accommodating.”
Bernhard & Karin Fischer
There is nothing left to improve
“We had a great time, thank you all! Everything was perfect and there is nothing left to improve. For sure, we will visit Wakatobi again!”
Claude and Henri Durand
This level of hospitality is hard to find
“Diving has been the main objective of our trips to many different parts of the world for more than 15 years and we think that Wakatobi should be used as a model. During the trip we experienced perfection in the combination between looking after the marine environment and providing access to it for divers. The dive team and dive guide looked after every detail – this level of hospitality is hard to find. The restaurant and the variety and quality of food was perfect. Our stay will remain with us like a beautiful memory.”
Thanks for a great time!
“Beautiful snorkeling, and the staff was super friendly, helpful and professional. Great food and very comfortable bungalow. Thanks for a great time!”
Mike Hess and Hak Wong
The resort offers more than we could dream of
“Everything was perfect – what a way to visit paradise! The resort offers more than we could dream of. The staff are well trained and every detail is addressed. Thank you for making this a very special vacation.”
One of the most relaxing places on earth
“It was wonderful to finally visit Wakatobi and meet the most pleasant and professional staff I have come across. You have a beautiful island with beautiful people, thank you for inviting me for the week. I hope my story in Ocean Geographic lives up to the experience – I will do my best. One of the most relaxing places on earth – above and below the water.“
Wakatobi Dive Resort is rare and unique
“For us Wakatobi Dive Resort is rare and unique. We experienced a natural heaven that the family owners have carefully and mindfully established to blend and merge into the Lamanggau community and surrounding environment. We were fascinated and impressed at how all guests, staff and neighbors are managed with a feeling of happiness at the resort. Every part of Wakatobi is regularly maintained to the highest standards and that made us feel cared for from the moment we checked in until we left. The food was gourmet quality and the variety endless. We look forward to our next holiday at Wakatobi to experience more of the peace and tranquility that is on offer in this luxurious, yet very casual resort. Wakatobi relaxes and charms you while attending to your every need with understated luxury. We will be back.“
Woody & Lyn Savage
Friendly staff with personalized service
“Great food, wonderful service and friendly staff with personalized service. For snorkelers the house reef is beautiful and filled with very friendly fish. The water depth and currents make it possible for snorkelers to see a lot of fish and coral. Our last snorkel at Turkey Beach where we drifted back to the resort was the best. Without a doubt, the food at Wakatobi is the best resort food we have ever had! And the dining room service was perfect.“
Angie and Mark McDonald
The most luxurious dive boat we have ever been on
"We cannot find fault with any aspect of our week on board the Pelagian (other than the food is so fantastic that my wet suit is now a little tighter than it was at the start of the week!!!). All the crew and dive guides were really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, they have worked hard. The cabin was amazing – the most luxurious dive boat we have ever been on! The food was absolutely delicious. We have been spoiled. Thank you. Oh, and the diving was fantastic."
"Over the past 10 years I have been on a number of live-aboard dive holidays and I can say by far the Pelagian boat and staff has been the best. The level of service from the moment you are met at the airport and throughout the complete trip is first class. The cruise directors run an excellent operation, with the fine details. Our dive guide's excitement to every dive, both before and after is amazing. The diving from the Pelagian is made very easy with the excellent crew. The food.....the food....again is amazing. Nothing is too much trouble for any member of the staff and I would highly recommend the Pelagian to anyone. Thank you for a brilliant holiday"
Mike and Kristy Barnes
Our time on the Pelagian has been super and relaxing
"This has been a wonderful holiday and the time on the Pelagian has been super and relaxing. The cruise directors have been great hosts, they made sure that everything ran smoothly and our every wish was catered for. The crew on board have all been absolutely first class and nothing has been too much trouble. The chef has surpassed all expectations in terms of the quality and variety of all the meals. It has been fantastic to dive with dive guides who have so much enthusiasm and knowledge of the dive sites and their inhabitants. Shelly has made each and every dive a real pleasure and a huge amount of fun. Everything on board has run smoothly and been well organized. Just right!"
Ivan and Anja Lemmens
Everything was perfect
"Best live-aboard ever! Very nice crew, Michelin star food (you can order what you like), great diving. Everything was perfect"
Efficiency, Excellence, Exceptional!
"No criticism, only praise and high praise for all aspects. The staff were professional, happy, helpful, always ready to go beyond. The food was truly excellent (even if too much) loved every meal. Impressive boat quality, everything has been thought about and prepared for with careful detail."
Yvette and Douglas Singer
Super staff and dive guides
"Our dive guide was so very passionate it is a pleasure to be with her underwater. We loved our time at Wakatobi and Pelagian."
Eric & Jacquelyn Luertzing
Fantastic staff, food and accommodations
"Fantastic staff, food and accommodations. This was our 2nd trip to Wakatobi and 1st trip on the Pelagian. Kudos to all the crew"
A blissful vacation / dive experience
"The boat was every bit as nice as I had been led to believe. The staff were great. I can’t think of anything they did that was not above and beyond expectations."
Very beautiful dive spots, excellent and extremely professional dive guides
"This trip is an emotional and visual overload. The most impressive trip I ever did. Very beautiful dive spots, excellent and extremely professional guidance, very good explanations, very friendly and supportive crew, excellent food. I will definitely book once more!"
The best vacation time I have ever had
"This Pelagian cruise is the best vacation time I have ever had. The team, the food, the diving places and very professional guidance from the dive instructors was perfect. This trip is the highlight of my life!"
David and Leslie Howell
The service was top notch and everyone appeared to be genuinely friendly
"We have been on several live-aboards in Australia and the Caribbean, and this has definitely exceeded our expectations. In the hospitality, you don’t have to look quite too hard to see some people that aren’t happy or don’t take pride in their work, this was certainly not the case on the Pelagian. The service was top notch and everyone appeared to be genuinely friendly and went over the top for the guests at every opportunity. All the time, the crew seemed to be cleaning something or caring for the guests. The dive sites were wonderful and all the dive guides were great at spotting interesting fish and creatures. The attentiveness between the dives was spectacular as well. Hot drinks, hot towels, hot showers on deck and hot snacks provided a level of service we have not experienced before. Even behind the scenes, we would notice great pride in the product being offered. Paying attention to the little things like straightening out the place-mats on the table, vacuuming the rug every day, adding mint smell to the hot towels between dives, custom breakfasts and menu options for lunch and dinner all added up to a wonderful experience."
Elena Ruleva and Aleksandr Galittckov
Professional crew, Magnificent diving!
"We very much liked the yacht. Friendly crew, dive guides, tasty food, purity, care of everyone. We are very happy with the stay on the Pelagian yacht."
Masatoshi and Kaoru Nakanishi
The Pelagian have both good food and good diving which exceeded our expectations
"Our first time on a live-aboard, so we were worried about getting seasick, but it was no problem at all. Our stay was very comfortable and we enjoyed it very much. Very nice diving plus very nice food. There aren’t many places like this, the Pelagian have both good food and good diving which exceeded our expectations. We didn’t skip any dives. Hot shower after the dives was very good. We saw 2 different kind of pygmys. Thank you very much. We recommend Pelagian. Diving, Food, Shower, Bed, everything is fantastic!"
Arthur Ginsberg & Caroline Clarke-Ginsberg
This place is outstanding
“This is truly a lovely and restful place. Your attention to detail and the cheery, generous professionalism of all staff we interacted with creates, via grace and selflessness, peace. Both old world and high-tech, sanctuary and activity-haven. This place is outstanding!“
The kind of service you can expect from Wakatobi
“Get some soup at the buffet and forget your soup spoon – it may get to the table before you do. That is the kind of service you can expect from Wakatobi!”
Cindy & Steve Moore
Wakatobi is the best
“The diving at Wakatobi is outstanding, that is well known. But an equally important characteristic is the world class customer service seen in every member of staff. Wakatobi can teach customer service to any service industry, and any organization. They make you feel at home on the first day, and it gets better every day after that. There are so many places we want to visit, but we keep coming back to Wakatobi because it is the best.”
Cliff & Judy Fischer
Perfect honeymoon for a dive loving couple
“We would love to encourage our friends to visit Wakatobi and would love to bring our family here one day! Our honeymoon could not have been more perfect for a dive loving couple! The staff really made us feel special from day one.”
Doris & Thomas Hoffmann
A perfect diving vacation of a high quality standard.
“We had a very nice and comfortable stay here at Wakatobi. We enjoyed the food and the many choices for lunch and dinner. The diving was arranged perfectly, and we enjoyed the different dive sites with the dive guide being an excellent spotter. A perfect diving vacation of a high quality standard.”
Federico Marmori & Amy Fasola
A pleasant surprise
“The food is really good, with quality exceeding our expectations considering where the resort is located. The resort staff including the dive staff were all really friendly. Being called by our names the first day we arrived was definitely a pleasant surprise, and the bungalow was very good.”
A beautiful place with fantastic diving and perfect service
“What a beautiful place with fantastic diving and perfect service all the time. I know I will come back!“
Maisa & Olli Itkonen
A stress free holiday, the best ever!
“Our expectations were high before coming but Wakatobi has succeeded in exceeding them! We enjoyed the high quality of the dive center, restaurant and housekeeping and very happy with our beach bungalow which was quiet and had a lovely view. The reefs are in good condition and there is plenty to see, the dive guide was excellent and we had a good laugh with him. Everything was well organized and you can see some thought has been given into how things work the best way. The food was delicious, a joy for both mouth and eyes, and we enjoyed the meals every day. The staff at Wakatobi is excellent, they remember our names! We did not wear shoes during our stay, it was a stress free holiday, the best ever! If you appreciate excellent marine life in a tranquil atmosphere, impeccable service on board and in the restaurant, five star food three times a day, try Wakatobi. It might be the right place, for us it certainly is.“
A great experience
“I was here 10 years ago and I am pleased to say the resort is still excellent and more so! The food which was always very good is now more like a five star restaurant. This was a great experience and I will be back before another 10 years pass!“
Jill Andersson & Anneli Lindberg
We are super pleased and absolutely loved our stay here
“Great service and great staff both on land and on the boat. The food is to die for! Overall we are super pleased and we absolutely loved our stay here.”
A marvelous experience to match the amazing marine environment
“This is an extremely well run establishment. The entire staff is to be commended for exemplary service, with the dive staff being professional, educational and efficient, and the front desk being kind, helpful and attentive. All reflect well upon the organization. The dining staff is marvelous, with everyone being cheerful, jocular and congenial. All considered, this has been a marvelous experience to match the amazing marine environment.”
Linda & Paul Katz
We loved everything about Wakatobi!
“We loved everything about Wakatobi! The folks who work here are very genuine people who like what they do for a living – the happiness of everyone at Wakatobi shines through! We will be sadly leaving Wakatobi but will be planning a return trip in the near future.”
The ideal place for an adventurous, yet luxurious vacation
“Wakatobi is the ideal place for an adventurous, yet luxurious vacation on a pristine coral reef. The accommodations were outstanding, staff friendly and professional, and diving superb. There are many options when it comes to dive travel, but I am sure I will make my way back to Wakatobi in the future. Thank you so much for everything.”
Staff seem to anticipate your every need
“The staff and resort are amazing – this is by far my favorite dive resort. The food is fabulous and I will definitely miss the wonderful desserts. I visited Wakatobi 8 years ago and have seen incredible improvements in the service. I love the fact that all the staff (diving and resort) seem to anticipate your every need. I do not recall that level of service on my last visit, and back then I thought it was very good! I also want to thank the dive staff for the care they give to the reef.“
Mary Mac Manus & Jeremy Vogler
Amazing hospitality all around
“We have had a beautiful time here with our children and we have particularly enjoyed the diving and the friendliness of the staff. The most beautiful coral in the world. Beautiful and safe diving for our two eleven year olds with amazing hospitality all around. We will definitely come back!”
Niels & Susanne Hasse
A very good place to dive
“Many thanks to the whole crew, who have perfect organization, are friendly and always supportive. We will recommend Wakatobi if we meet any other divers, it is a very good place to dive.”
A truly wonderful experience
“All your staff are very friendly and welcoming, although I traveled by myself, I never felt alone. The dive sites were amazing and your guides very professional, informative and reassuring, all of whom went out of their way to make sure I had a good experience. The restaurant staff are also very helpful and unfortunately on their recommendations I ate far too much! The whole experience has been wonderful, from the early days of booking the holiday right down to where I go next in Bali. Just get up and be in the right place at the right time, the rest is done for you! A truly wonderful experience. Many thanks and hopefully see you again in the future!"
Samson Au & Mitchell Yeung
Good food and very friendly staff
“Good food and very friendly staff. The daily diving was well organized with very good equipment and diving support.”
Private dining experience was beautiful and memorable
“The resort is well maintained, and the staff are helpful, funny and extremely lovely! The diving staff is knowledgeable and professional, and my guide was the best dive guide I have ever had on dive trips. I was very impressed with the expertise, demeanor, good eye, and accommodating service, and all the boat crew were very helpful. Kitchen and dining staff are very friendly and helpful, they even knew all our names which is a special touch. The food options and quality was great and the private dining experience was beautiful and memorable, with again, great service.”
I leave Wakatobi with a big smile and a few tears
“I leave Wakatobi with a big smile and a few tears because your staff is really, really nice, and it feels like leaving friends. I spent an excellent 10 days here and after 2 days I had no idea what day of the week it was! Thank you.”
Su-Mae Khoo & Brian McDairmant
The quality and service which can only be described as superb
“We had heard and read reviews about the food at Wakatobi but nothing prepared us for the quality and service which can only be described as superb. The beach bungalow was absolutely lovely and we only wish we had more time during busy dive days to just sit and enjoy the setting. A rare gem in Indonesia – other dive operations have much to learn from Wakatobi. Thank you!”
Our third visit, and we are already planning our next trip
“Again a superb dive location, with exemplary service in all spheres. Great to come back to great dive locations, variety of species and ease of diving. Our third visit, and we are already planning our next trip.”
Wayne & Pam Osborn
Our third trip and another excellent experience
“Our third trip and another excellent experience of the famed Wakatobi walls. Fabulous photographic opportunities with first rate attention from the staff. We have been fortunate enough to have the same dive guide on all trips and consider him a close friend. Nothing is too much trouble. The standard of service on the boats and in the resort is outstanding. Wakatobi feels like a second home.”
Detlev and Barbel Partu
Super service and organization
"Super service and organization, friendly staff. Good food! Nice dives! Many thanks to all the people on board!"
5 star all the way!
"The crew was absolutely great, very friendly & helpful. The food was very tasty with a nice variety and very good quality. Congratulations to the chef! The diving was excellent, be it service before and after; on the tender, the briefings and evening presentations. I have rarely seen someone like our dive guide who had such enthusiasm. 5 star all the way."
Perfectly organized dive yacht
"Perfectly organized dive yacht. It’s a great pleasure to be so spoiled in every way; excellent food and attention to detail, extremely friendly and helpful crew, lots of space; much appreciated the diving and our dive guide who was great. The Cruise Directors were also wonderful. The trip could not have been better. In short : It was just wonderful! Thank you all very much."
Beautiful boat and the diving was incredible
"Fantastic week on the Pelagian. What a great crew, beautiful boat and the diving was incredible. Thank you, I will be back!"
Joseph and Michelle Fung
The Pelagian experience was phenomenal!
"All the staff were extremely attentive and made every moment of our vacation perfect. The rooms are very spacious and the whole boat very comfortable. The dive locations were awe inspiring with the diversity of the fish and corals. Thank you to our dive guides for finding the smallest of sea creatures and for taking care of us during the night dive, with their utmost care and attention. Both chefs did a wonderful job serving truly 5 star cuisine while we sailed in the middle of the ocean. The snapper was delicious and also the chicken and beef! Thank you for the noodles every morning too! The tender boat driver was great before and after each of our dives helping us with our equipment and always asking if we enjoyed our dives! So happy with the amazing dive location scouting he did and happy he has the site named after him!"
All staff was only Perfect!
All staff was only Perfect! Catered to our every need. Fun, smart, and as a snorkeler my guide made my trip even more perfect if that is possible! I lost all my fears of snorkeling because my guide helped me and encouraged me. I hope to return to Pelagian someday soon or 2 years. I hope to see the crew again. Thank you all for the wonderful trip!
A class above! - Fantastic week on Pelagian
"Many thanks to the Cruise Directors and the Pelagian team for a fantastic week. Kathy and I actually muck diving now!! Food and accommodation are fantastic also!"
Chrisanda Button & Rickie Stern
Beautifully appointed boat, excellent cuisine, attentive service
"We were very pleasantly surprised to enjoy 2 days of good muck diving as well as some lovely walls and reefs. We appreciated the fact that back to back guests enjoyed four good dives on transfer day. Thank you for helping me don my gear in the water. We’ll probably be back"
Volker and Petra Haas
Great experience, very friendly staff, all of them!
"Great experience, very friendly staff, all of them! Beautiful reefs. Really good place for diving and the service on the Pelagian was excellent! We will come back for the 5th time, we promise!”
Have never experienced such a high standard of food at a dive resort
“Staff were very professional and friendly with everyone remembering your name and preferences. The food and accommodation are first rate, I have never experienced such a high standard of food while at a dive resort. The reefs are beautiful and the water generally clear. The dive guides are helpful and good at spotting the macro critters. Overall, a very relaxing holiday in a beautiful resort with great staff.”
Carol Roedder & Eric Ault
World class service – World class diving
“We returned and brought my brother and his wife. That says it all, we love this place and love the fish book being in the room. World class service – World class diving. So many wonderful sites!”
Carola Nilsson & Ben Wrede
“Greatest variation of coral and fish we ever experienced – truly amazing!”
Craig & Denise Cipolla
There is a warmth and welcome by all staff without exception
“Wakatobi is truly exceptional in the level of catering, friendliness and valet services. The fact everyone knows and greets you by name is very special, and there is a warmth and welcome by all staff without exception. Our Divemaster is fabulous, attentive, informative and very intelligent. He skillfully adapts to your desire, style and speed of diving, and safety is paramount. His professionalism exceeds any experience in our 10+ years of diving all over the world! Both dive guide and the boat crew anticipate your needs and are readily present but not intrusive. The chef is spectacular with each dish delicately prepared in small servings and replenished when needed. This is not a grub line as most other dive resorts produce with the dishes being unique, flavorful innovative and versatile. We love the new bathrooms, with bungalows being very comfortable, truly excellent and we will be back! Five star diving and service in a remote paradise! Exceptional food and pampering make for a memorable holiday.”
A slice of paradise – A balm for tired souls
“Definitely the best corals I have ever seen and the variety of fish is astounding – I will come back soon with an underwater camera! The people here are also the friendliest and most accommodating, the combination of over and underwater made this a trip to remember for a long, long time. The most pristine reef I have never seen! A slice of paradise – A balm for tired souls."
Kenneth & Edna Brubaker
One of the best dive trips ever
“One of the best dive trips ever (we have been diving since 1983)! The dive operation is excellent. All dive staff and boat crew are very helpful and knowledgeable, and our dive guide was excellent. The restaurant staff is also very helpful and courteous with the cuisine being excellent. The accommodation is very good, everything was clean and good quality. We hope to return in 2016.”
Lillard & Pamela Brown
Excellent service throughout the resort
“Thank you for the excellent service throughout the resort. Everyone was especially friendly and helpful. Your island is beautiful and the diving was one of our best experiences.”
Loyd & Linda Shantz
We had a wonderful 2 weeks here
“We had a wonderful 2 weeks here. Your employees are all such hard workers and we felt well cared for from the gentlemen who met us on arrival at Denpasar until we left. The dive/boat staff were really great, as was the land based staff. The food was excellent, and we really enjoyed the creative salads, fresh fish, sushi, and variety of fruits and deserts. We really liked our dive guide, we just had to say it! We were blown away by the beauty of the corals, sponges, creatures and fish here.”
First class five star dive resort
“Great visibility with very professional staff at a perfect remote location. First class five star dive resort.”
Monika & Max Cascone
The staff are what make Wakatobi a great resort
“All staff, boat, dive, kitchen and maintenance are superb – it is incredible that everyone knows our names on the first day. Food is very good, and the rooms are very nice – we really like the outdoor shower. We had a great dive guide, with a very thorough greeting upon arrival and making sure we were settled, and very enthusiastic and always asking how our dives could be improved. The staff are what make Wakatobi a great resort – we have never experienced such attention to detail and true service with a smile at any other resort.”
Just as incredible as I remember from 2012
“This place is just as incredible as I remember from 2012! I cannot stress enough how friendly and helpful everyone is and I learned so much from my photo class.”
Richard & Wendy Pearce
Excellent teamwork and good value for money
“Service all round is first class, with excellent teamwork and good value for money. The staff have been friendly, attentive and requests have been dealt with extremely efficiently.”
Stephanie & Vincenzo Apuzzo
The experience was again the top of the top
“We came last year with two of our friends, and came back this year with four of them. The experience was again the top of the top with all staff being friendly, patient and helpful. We stayed two weeks and the food was fantastic with a lot of variety. The diving was great, pristine reefs from top to bottom, again the boat crew were full of care and friendly. Our dive guide from last year and this year was fantastic, and a major pull for us to come back again and bring more friends.”
Yu Yi Wong & Shu Mei Yap
Cannot stop raving to my friends about this amazing place
“This is one of the greatest diving trips I have been on so far. From the dive sites, service, villa and food, the standard has been impeccable. This has been a simply fantastic and tremendously enjoyable trip. It is perfect and I cannot stop raving to my friends about this amazing place. Simply memorable!”
We very much appreciated all of the staff
“We very much appreciated all of the staff, dive guides and boat crew, as well as the restaurant staff – all were exceptionally friendly.”
The service has surpassed our expectations completely
“We had a wonderful stay at Wakatobi, an outstanding diving area with little to compare to it. The service has surpassed our expectations completely, and after an overdose of kindness, we will feel weird when we return to Switzerland.”
John & Fairbourne Frye
Highest compliments to the staff
“First of all highest compliments to the staff who helped arrange our arrival and answered all my questions with so much information, and helped guide us through customs and to our Bali stopover hotel. Once we arrived we were continually surprised, pleasantly, at how well the resort is organized. As for the diving, you run such a well-organized and professional operation, the boats are the perfect size, the equipment is good quality and the details of preparation, logistics and customer service are all well taken care of. It is obvious how much goes on behind the scenes to put it all together, and many thanks to our dive guide for her guidance and knowledge. Many thanks also to the restaurant staff who were all ready with a friendly welcome at every meal, and the food was excellent.”
A five star experience all around
“Superb diving and an excellent selection of delicious and healthy foods at every meal. The accommodations and facilities were comfortable, stylish and well maintained. But most of all the staff are friendly, helpful, hard-working and eager to please, making it a five star experience all around. This was our second visit to Wakatobi and we are already planning a third.”
An outstanding stay! – Everything I expected and more
“An outstanding stay! It was everything I expected and more. From the Bali arrangements to the travel to Wakatobi, and the room was fantastic. I was so impressed with how everyone knew my name on the first day, this is a five star experience for divers. All the dive guides and boat staff were great. It is rare a brochure or website live up to reality but Wakatobi is everything it seems and more.”
Stunning luxury resort
“Stunning luxury resort, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The dive guides are highly knowledgeable and experienced. Thank you for a wonderful stay, I look forward to coming back soon. Thank you to all the staff for their hospitality!”
Mazuin Ismail and Izma Idris
Everything ticks like clockwork
”Staff at the long house and boutique were very helpful and always smiling, always suggesting daily activities you can do. Restaurant staff friendly and attentive, great food and selection. The dive team had great team work, friendly, always smiling very good at spotting different sea creatures, very disciplined and knowledgeable too. They know how to make us happy, confident and dive safely. Everything ticks like clockwork, a hard thing to achieve indeed.Dedicated staff, good system, great managers are among things that made us have a really great time. We will come back soon!“
Wakatobi is a magical place
”I have had a wonderful time during my stay at Wakatobi. In many ways Wakatobi is a magical place, the diving is fantastic with many diverse and exotic types of sea life on nearly pristine reefs. The resort is both sophisticated and tasteful, from the architecture to the cuisine and everything in between. The resort staff do everything they can to make your stay truly exceptional and make you feel like a highly valued guest every moment of your stay. As I reflect on all the thoughts I have had during my visit to Wakatobi, perhaps the one that best summarizes the experience is : This must be how those who can afford to vacation anywhere would want to spend their diving holiday.“
I will suggest and recommend Wakatobi to dive friends
“I really enjoyed my stay here. The staff are all wonderful! I loved my hot stone massage and the boutique is well stocked! The shampoo and conditioner provided was awesome and smells very nice. Love the tapas style food spread. I will suggest and recommend Wakatobi to dive friends, I like that you post maps and printout all of the dive sites.”
Chris & Owen Hancock
We had amazing service from start to finish
“We had amazing service from start to finish, from being greeted at Denpasar, with arrangements for luggage etc to the arrival at Wakatobi. The food is magnificent as is the service in the restaurant, with prices for drinks and purchases in the boutique very reasonable. The dive team and boat crew were very professional, and Blade would have to be the best dive site we have ever experienced! We loved the daily towel sculptures on our bed, and thanks for the San Miguel!”
Matt & Christhol Swanson
The best food and diving to be had, and service with a smile
“A very welcoming resort, with good work by all to make it an enjoyable stay. The best food and diving to be had, and service with a smile.”
Tim and Robin Kirkpartick
The magic of Wakatobi should be experienced by all divers
”Our third visit to Wakatobi finds the resort better than ever. The dive staff and crew remain professional and top notch. The guides are beyond compare showing us Wakatobi’s hidden treasures dive after dive. Food and beverage service was outstanding and the food was actually better than last year. The staff are as friendly and efficient as ever! After diving many places in the world during the past 35 years, Wakatobi is our clear favorite! The magic of the diving and the resort itself should be experienced by all divers.“
Tom Flaherty and Morag Blazey
Dived all over the world and this is the best we have seen!
”The dive operation is well thought out, our dive guide was excellent and knowledgeable, he made our trip! The boat crew could not be more helpful, all together a lovely team. We have dived all over the world and this is the best dive operation we have seen! The food is exceptional as is the team, everyone knowing our name was a welcoming gesture on our first day and throughout. The gardeners and security are also always polite.“
Irina Shestakova and Evgeny Razumov
Everything was perfect
“Everything was perfect, awesome dive sites! Professional dive masters, delicious food and caring friendly staff. Thank you and we will definitely come again.”
Best dive resort I have ever been to
“I have been diving since 1979 and in many different locations.
Wakatobi is remote and difficult to get to, but well worth the effort. The charter flight in flies ONCE a week from Bali.
Small and personal which we like. The SERVICE is of the highest standing.
Food was exceptional (as good as many starred restaurants) and even more so when one considers the remoteness of the Resort. Breakfast and lunch are extensive buffets plus fresh individually prepared eggs at breakfast and individually prepared pasta dishes at lunch time, lots of fresh salads and fruits. The buffet menus are designed to suit both European, Asian and American tastes. The sashimi is outstanding, all freshly caught. The evening meal is a three course a la carte dinner with a vast choice. The selection is made at lunch time. The meals are individually prepared. The Main Course is a good selection of meat, fresh fish (prepared in various ways), Indonesian specialities and vegetarian dishes. No Reef Fish or Spiny Lobsters are served as there is no fishing on the Reefs in the Area. We had Indonesian Rijstafel one evening. The dining room staff are extremely well trained, attentive and friendly. The wine list caters for most tastes, French, Chilean, Australian, South African, Spanish, Italian and a few more. The weekly Indonesian Cooking Classes are highly recommended.
The beach bungalows are very spacious and adequately appointed with covered veranda, outdoor shower facility, hammock and own loungers with umbrella at sea's edge. Do be sure to do the RESORT TOUR. It is mind boggling, the behind the scenes infrastructure that is needed to support a remote resort. Turtle rearing project included.
Then the diving! That is why we were all there in the first place. Superb, unspoiled reefs and walls, prolific life including lots of the little things. Not a place for big pelagic fish, Barracuda a few times and distant sharks once, lots of banded Kraits (sea snakes) though. In the weekly cycle of 21 boat dives there was not a repeat site. One boat night dive in the cycle. Guided dive groups on all dives, my largest was four divers. The dive staff and auxiliary boat staff are very helpful and caring. Unlimited House Reef Diving.
If it wasn't so far away for me I could envisage a few trips a year!
In our first 7 days we were only 12 guests and 6 off those were there for their third visit! That speaks for itself.”
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Cathy and Alan Bourne
Wonderful, welcoming and wish we did not have to say farewell
“We had a wonderful stay. We cannot praise all the staff enough. They were welcoming, kind, friendly and attended to all our needs in a no fuss and efficient manner. We were amazed at how good the food in the restaurant was, great variety, delicious and very well presented. The staff were all lovely and kind, again attending to our every need. The dive team was great very well organized and they have thought of everything, hot peppermint towel in between dives, cakes cookies and sandwiches were on the boat if we were feeling hungry after a dive, also hot drinks and cold water are all provided and greatly appreciated. I had a wonderful time snorkeling with my guide who had so much knowledge which he was willing to share with me and he taught me a lot. I also did my open water course there at the resort and the instructor I was provided with was kind, caring, patient and professional which was great to get me through the course. Wonderful, welcoming and wish we did not have to say farewell. A true island paradise.”
Karla and Adam Tyrrell
Our Dive Guide made every dive amazing
“Our Dive Guide was a fun, interesting, knowledgeable and highly skilled professional. He made us feel safe and comfortable if we felt nervous and made every dive amazing. The food is great and everyone makes you feel very special. That goes from all the staff, and the owners should be very proud of their excellent customer service provided at the resort. We found all things amazing at Wakatobi, from the reefs and dive guides, to the restaurant and food which all made for a very special stay and we can’t wait until we can come back to your beautiful resort again.”
Wakatobi is exceptional – passion in everything that happens here
”Wakatobi is exceptional, there is passion in everything that happens here. The staff are phenomenal, service is of the highest standard and nothing is too much to ask of them. We would like to return again sometime in the future. The quality of the reefs is to be commended, the diving staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The chef and his team produce meals which made you look forward to every meal. The freshness of the produce is incredible considering the remoteness of the resort. Wakatobi is definitely our kind of place, it is the staff that makes it what it is.“
Great dive vacation in a remote location
“Wanted a luxury dive vacation and got it! Had a few issues with a dive partner, but it was resolved and the remainder of the trip was excellent! Comfortable drift diving with lots of small creatures to see. Great night diving with ample lights on the boat. Took the village tour, cooking lesson and towel folding lessons...loved the head chef!”
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Anna Maria de Freitas and Dave Pass
Thank you for another memorable visit
“Thank you for another memorable visit. We can’t wait to come back again. We appreciated all the little improvements that the resort has made since our last visit two years ago as we know how much hard work and effort goes into creating such an amazing guest experience. Every member of the resort team from the dive guides to the gardeners are genuinely happy with their job and happy to help a guest in any way to improve their experience and that says a lot!”
Janice, Murray and Mary-Kate Fain
Worth flying half way around the world!
“The diving was fabulous. Healthiest reefs we have ever seen and abundant with sea life. Lots of animals and corals to see and photograph. The dive guides were the best, they were patient, gracious and informative. Murray took a 3 day photography course and the photography was amazing. The boats were roomy and well designed. The quality and variety of the food was excellent. The staff serving and bartending were most enjoyable. Our bungalows were nicely decorated, roomy and the outdoor showers were a highlight. Worth flying half way around the world!”
Joseph Luk and Moira Moser
A fantastic experience for snorkelers…
“Thank you all for a magical holiday. The snorkeling was fantastic and the guides were terrific. All the staff were great! It is an amazing place. Wakatobi is a fantastic experience for snorkelers as well, the best we have ever found!”
A perfect location for a new, nervous diver
“Thank you so much to your amazing staff there at Wakatobi resort. The professionalism of the dive team made for an incredible dive experience for my 6-year old and 9-year old boys and two nervous adults. Also a big thank you to the boat crew for looking after us as well and keeping a watchful eye on the two little boys. A big thank you to the restaurant team, who anticipated our every need and want. Two fussy boys who only want rice and pasta and the team ensured they were catered for. A perfect location for a new, nervous diver the expertise of the dive team and their gentle encouragement made for an incredible experience.”
Thank you Wakatobi we had a wonderful time!
”Thank you Wakatobi we had a wonderful time! Accommodation, food, staff and dive guides are first class The diving is WOW fantastic! The combination of excellent dive boats and their crew, the knowledge of the dive guides, beautiful underwater scenery and fantastic dive sites makes Wakatobi resort an absolute winner. An absolute divers paradise, perfect setting, well organized, great staff and amazing diving!“
Superlative in every aspect
“I would struggle to name one thing that Wakatobi could do to improve their offering. The dive op is brilliant, seamless and the DMs (and all dive staff) are cheerful and extremely knowledgeable. We had Harvey for our week long stay and he really added to the experience, not just from a finding things point of view but also how to get the most out of our dives. All the other guides seemed to share the same ethos. The diving is excellent with the underwater vistas peerless – the coral really is as good as advertised. Service levels are almost embarrassing. Bar setting up your gear on the first day and then doing a (admirably comprehensive) check out dive, everything is done for you.
The service and standard of food is exemplary. Quite how they manage this is in the back of beyond is beyond me but Ibram and his team are brilliant. They knew our names the first time we walked in the dining room. The food was consistently excellent with post morning dive lunches being a highlight.
Our room was a beach villa and was very nice – well equipped, light and with an outdoor shower. My only room tip would be that if you really value your privacy then BV4 might not be the best as it it right next to the Long Room and staff walk in and out and around the villa sometimes.
It is worth remembering that this is a very expensive resort to visit (and a difficult journey from the UK) but I really think it’s worth the money and we would return here in an instant. Sitting at the jetty bar watching the sun go down in such a pristine and unspoiled environment was a real privilege.”
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Could not have asked for a better dive guide or dive experience
”The diving at Wakatobi is amazing. The volume and variety of sea life is incredible. This is one of the healthiest and diverse reef system I have ever dove, but what really makes the stay as pleasurable and memorable was the staff and the amazing customer service. Everyone knew my name and went out of their way to make sure every need was met. The hotel and restaurant staff were friendly and attentive.
The boat crew were experienced and took care of everything, so all you need to do is show up and dive. Our dive guide was exceptional and went out of his way to tailor the dives to our wants. He made sure to point out sea life we never would have seen and also point out interesting things to take pictures of. He asked on every dive if we wanted to do anything differently and made sure to customize the dives to our needs. We could not have asked for a better dive guide or dive experience.
The facilities are excellent and the food was always very good. My only complaint is now I am forever going to compare future dive trips to this one.“
Second best place in the world, next to paradise!
“Great vacation in a natural environment extremely well preserved and enhanced. All is calm, classy and with quality here. The staff are very friendly and they listen to your requests. Their assistance and support are excellent. The food is a feast for the palate and the eye, a moment of excellence every time. The new year’s eve party was at the height of everything else. Second best place in the world next to paradise! Very kind and well-trained staff to make what you wish a reality, beautiful environment on land as in the sea, refined cooking!”
Rosa, Francis, Ally and Aidan Feeney
Our experience was amazing – first-class all the way
“Our experience was amazing – first-class all the way. The place is charming and beautiful. The food was very good with a variety of choices. The restaurant staff was always polite and accommodating. The dive crew was number 1. Superb and very calming and knowledgeable. Our dive guide made our experience here a good one. Overall: I would definitely come back and send my friends here.”
The Jenkins family
Thank you for the wonderful experience at Wakatobi
“Thank you for the wonderful experience at Wakatobi. Breathtaking reefs and fantastic service both above and underwater! A memorable way to start our 2015 new year!”
Daniel and Lilian Waldispuehl
All the staff are extremely helpful and very friendly
“It was all fantastic. All the staff are extremely helpful and very friendly, we immediately felt like home. Food was excellent and special requests were received immediately. Bungalows are set in perfect conditions, plus prefect room service. The diving at various places was very nice and we had a superb guide on our side. Thank you for a wonderful time at Wakatobi.”
Ines and Roy Hitchman
In a class of its own
“Wakatobi is what we call in German language a Gesamtkunstwerk – in a class of its own.”
Chris Dransfield and Dixie Dean
Diving, food, accommodation: superb
“Everything has been superb; the diving, the food, staff and accommodation. Many places claim to be environmentally friendly, but at Wakatobi the hard work of protecting our seas and reefs is evident on every dive!”
Fred, Sherill and Alec Carden
What a perfect place for a first dive experience!
“Our dive guide was great, personable, assuring, knowledgeable and providing support as needed. Resort was comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable. The staff were warm, friendly and made us welcome. The food was lovely. We had a spectacular new year’s celebration, beats last year on the beach in Bali by a long shot! From the moment we stepped off the plane in Wangi-wangi we were very well taken care of. What a perfect place for a first dive experience! Great instruction and amazing reef!”
Cathy, Lindsay, Nicole and Connor Sanford
Exceeded our expectations – and we have high expectations!
“Exceeded our expectations – and we have high expectations! The food, service, diving and accommodations were outstanding! The dive guides speak a variety of languages to accommodate just about everyone! Pertaining to our experience, ask for nearly impossible and they will find a way to make it happen, everyone works hard to make you comfortable!”
Dave Koehler and Michaela Jaeger
Amazing experience, we will be back for sure!
“Amazing experience, we will be back for sure! The whole crew was outstanding and the cruise directors just rocks! Thanks a million!”
The Foreman Family
All our requests were met with pleasant smiles and efficiency
“Thank you for an amazing experience! The reservation experience, Bali days and throughout our stay in Wakatobi could not have been smoother. All our requests were met with pleasant smiles and efficiency. The dive sites for macro and coral could not be beaten. Our dive guides were professional and top notch, they couldn’t do enough for us.”
Bob and Beth Hart
Superb dive sites with great ease of access & knowledgeable guides
“I have been a diver for over 40 years. The Wakatobi dive experience offers superb dive sites with great ease of access as well as knowledgeable guides. When combined with luxury accommodations and fine dining, this resort rises to the top. Every single staff member was warm, cordial and helpful. We would all love to return! As a marine biologist I appreciate the protective and instructive stance the dive guides take with their guests. This will preserve the reefs for future divers and have long-term benefits for the local community.”
Cindi Jinneman and Will Shelton
Wakatobi team provided us a world-class experience
“The staff are incredible! The ability to remember each guests name by the first day is special. The level of service and safety is amazing. During a night dive on the house reef I saw a boat crew watching from the dock, run and lift a rope so a diver would not catch on his valve. The food and beverage team, the boat crew, housekeepers, gardeners and management all worked together to provide us a world-class experience.”
Wakatobi and the Pelagian, nothing else comes close!
“I have been diving for over 15 years and have been to dive resorts all over the world. I am often asked to name my favorite resort or live-aboard. It is often a hard question to answer since I have been to so many. Now the question has an easy answer, Wakatobi and the Pelagian, nothing else comes close! My only constructive comment is that the resort is even better than advertised. I thought that the resort boats would just take guests out on the house reef. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they took us to sites that were comparable to the ones visited on the Pelagian. The resort, food, staff and facilities are outstanding. I hope to be back soon. If you are even a little bit interested in diving and want to experience heaven, go to Wakatobi, it is the best there is!”
Gabi Poepperl and Klaus Tatsch
The entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful
“This is our second stay here. The organization is perfect, including reservation for a stopover in Bali, airport transfers etc. The entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful.”
Madelene, John and Jessica Ramstrom
The best vacation of our lives. Can’t wait to come back!
“Thank you so much for an incredible vacation. From the second we arrived the service has been amazing. We are impressed of the way you have managed to make everything perfect in the details. So many beautiful views, decorations and moments. We really cannot come up with anything that has been bad. Our dive guides were great! Calm, knowledgeable and very friendly. The restaurant staff is also truly amazing, everyone we met! In every detail Wakatobi resort managed to give us the best vacation of our lives. We can’t wait to come back!”
All-in-all, a 6-star experience
“Great dive sites! Our dive guide was very conscientious in looking out for our needs, he was very patient and helpful with our numerous queries. He is a star! The restaurant staff were wonderful and outstanding. We felt very well taken care of. The food was excellent! All-in-all, a 6-star experience.”
A wonderful diving holiday… it will be kept in my memory for years
“I had a wonderful diving holiday with Pelagian, it will be kept in my memory for years. I experienced the Wakatobi resort in September 2011 and enjoyed it, the dive trip on the Pelagian Live-aboard is totally a different experience. I am the organizer of this trip for my group. After my previous experience at the Wakatobi resort, the dive team are well organized and the diving spots are amazing. The hospitality is excellent! I hope that I can come back to Wakatobi in the near future!”
Chris and Nella Moyle
Live-aboard experience so wonderful that is unlikely to be surpassed!
“Thank you to the Pelagian team for making our first live-aboard experience so wonderful and one that is unlikely to be surpassed! We had great diving, great crew, great service, attention to detail and great dining! Thank you.”
Wakatobi = Awesome!
“Wakatobi is the best place to go diving, Wakatobi is also awesome! No shoes needed. At 12 meters/40 feet, there is lots to see!”
Dominic Gaillard and Vera Quast
Just fantastic, do not change anything! We really loved Pelagian
“Just fantastic, do not change anything! We really loved Pelagian. The famous Swiss discipline to organize everything is very much appreciated: It works, it is safe and it is most efficient with no unnecessary stress.”
Stephanie and Natalie Rico
We had a great experience we will never forget!
“The crew was fantastic, they read every wish from your face. The food was great, the dive spots were fantastic! We thought that after Palau and Sipadan no more dive spots could surprise us and get us enthusiastic again but this trip was showing us the opposite. The explanation about the marine life and the fishes by our dive guides were just so well done and we get very curious and excited to do the dives. Our dive guides did this trip in a very professional and safety way, also in a funny sporty way. We had a great experience we will never forget!”
Food was outstanding and the chef was very flexible
“Outstanding trip on board Pelagian! Love that I can have dinner any time I want it – the food was outstanding and the chef was very flexible.”
First class! 5 stars!
“What a crew of professionals! Awesome diving! The food was superb! First class! 5 stars!”
This has been the best dive experience of my life in every aspect!
“Wow! Well, again Wow! My second time on Pelagian. Everything was wonderful, everything! Thank you for the best: Service, care, diving, organization, sea life quantity, diversity and beauty, wonderful staff and food! This has been the best dive experience of my life in every aspect!”
Dominic Gaillard and Vera Quast
Perfect mix of Indonesian friendliness and Swiss efficiency
“Perfect mix of Indonesian friendliness and Swiss efficiency. The front desk does a great job by answering all requests immediately and delivering solutions. The room service is fast, clean and very discreet. High quality massages at affordable prices. An amazing choice and quality of food and beverages, I will be on a diet back home. There were great choices of good quality products in the boutique. Excellent overall organization from dive guide to support staff, dive sites are well chosen. The boat crew were helpful and friendly. The Pelagian was fantastic! The new year’s party mirrored the spirit of Wakatobi, we really enjoyed it!”
Catherine and Marian Massey
Paradise on Earth!
“We had the most incredible time at Wakatobi for the second year in a row. The Wakatobi boat crew captain and our dive guides made sure we had the best diving experience anyone could ask for. Cannot wait to see everyone again in December 2015! Paradise on Earth!”
Anette and Peter Ramstrom
Wonderful diving, exclusive services on all levels
“Wakatobi Dive Resort is better than it is described on the website; wonderful diving, exclusive services on all levels from the start in Bali until you are leaving Wakatobi and the Eco thinking is a reality at Wakatobi. The only negative thing is that five days was too short!”
“Our second visit to this water wonderland. Wakatobi offers a unique dive experience for those interested in small marine life inhabiting a remarkably healthy reef. Thank you Wakatobi staff for creating the perfect dive holiday yet again, and for a wonderful New Year's Eve. A special thankyou to Muji!”
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Ed Sweeney and Lea Blohm
Fabulous diving in the lap of luxury
“Pelagian was an incredible experience! Fabulous diving in the lap of luxury. Lots of wonderful memories and photos.”
Pelagian – we had awesome dives every single time!
“The dive guides and the crew were all super helpful with everything!! From the diving to the meals, the daily activities, they were always around to give a hand. The arrangements for diving in calm waters during such challenging weather was excellent – we had awesome dives every single time! The chef was amazing throughout with delicious dishes / breads / soups / salads with absolutely no repeats! We enjoyed every meal and the portion was just right! The room was always clean and tidy. The towels after each dive were superb! Our dive guide and tender boat driver were awesome on every dive!”
Immerse yourself in the dream!
“I have dreamed about Wakatobi for several years and dreams do come true. This dream truly was bigger than I ever imagined. Wakatobi has warmed my body with sun and tropical waters. It has filled my heart with the welcoming spirit and attentiveness of the staff in all areas of the resort. It has challenged my mind to learn a few Bahasa words. It has filled my senses with wonderful tastes and beautiful sights. My diving experience was amazing, our guide was great, he goes beyond just pointing out critters, he would locate something special and then ask a question on his slate such as which is not coral, show me or how many do you see. These challenges were very fun. Wakatobi is top notch on all levels: diving, accommodations, food, staff. It has been a dream fulfilled. Immerse yourself in the dream!”
Without a doubt, the finest dive resort I have ever stayed at
“Without a doubt, the finest dive resort I have ever stayed at. The dive sites are pristine and teeming with wonderful and weird aquatic life. Excellent food and a good wine list! Friendly courteous and helpful staff; the resort grounds are very well gardened and the Villas well thought out and attractive. Our dive guide was broadly knowledgeable (not just fish names), very courteous and kind, and he made our dive experience as good as it could be. We were most fortunate to have him as our guide. He also helped us become better divers (and photographers). He is probably the best guide we have ever dived with!”
The Pelagian is the absolute pinnacle amongst live-aboards
“I have done a lot of live-aboard diving in the past 15 years all over the world and the Pelagian is hands-down the nicest live-aboard I have ever been on. We stayed in the least spacious of the five guest cabins and it was the best I have ever been in. The quality of the food; the knowledge and friendliness of the crew were also among the top ever. The Pelagian is the absolute pinnacle amongst live-aboards, the only problem is that any other live-aboard I try will just be 2nd rate!”
Marilyn and Terry Thomas
Unmatched service by all the staff, catering to your every need
“Overall it was a wonderful experience. The dive guides and snorkel guides were excellent, the bungalows are great. The staff are very attentive and any requests were taken care of immediately. The food was so wonderful, the reefs and fish were fantastic. A delightful resort, a fantastic diving and snorkeling experience, unmatched service by all the staff, catering to your every need.”
Claudia and Florian Rudolf-Miklau
The Pelagian is the best live-aboard we have ever been on
“We felt safe and convenient on board, the dive briefing was instructive and the tender driver was very helpful. All the dive guides showed us animals we would never have seen and detected. The food was too good! The stewards performed a 1st class service, the room was always clean and tidy. The Pelagian is the best live-aboard we have ever been on. The reefs around Wakatobi are comparable to the best places we have seen in Indonesia. We can strongly recommend to share this experience!”
Claudia and Florian Rudolf-Miklau
A wonderful holiday on board the Pelagian and at the resort
“We had a wonderful holiday on board the Pelagian and at the resort. We felt safe, perfectly serviced and treated friendly at any time. We would especially like to point out the wonderful staff at the restaurant and the outstanding cuisine. Diving was also well organised and safe, dive guides were very helpful.”
Thanks to my patient and kind dive guides
“I conquered the fear of wall diving with the patience and kindness of my dive guides. Without them I would have only dove the non-wall dives and missed out so much. The boat crew took special care of me by carrying my tank and making sure all the buckles were fixed. We are planning another trip for next Christmas!”
A beautiful relaxing resort
“A beautiful relaxing resort, extremely friendly and helpful staff and delicious food!”
Outstanding dive guide and boat crew
Outstanding dive guide, boat crew could not have been more helpful. The bar staff was incredible, made us feel very at home, remembering our names was a nice touch.
If only we could stay longer!
“The food was excellent, the staff was perfect and the diving was breathless; the guides were fun and professional. It was our second time at Wakatobi and once again we loved it! If only we could stay longer!”
Great place to dive with delicious food and warm friendly service
“My stay at the resort was just as nice as my stay on the Pelagian Live-aboard. Friendly servers in the restaurant, and the chef is wonderful, he created different tasty appetizers daily. My dive guide was also professional and a very good spotter, showing us creatures so tiny that we could not have found ourselves. Wakatobi is a great place for diving with delicious food, quiet beaches and warm friendly service.”
All the staff were friendly, warm and attentive all the time
“All the staff were friendly, warm and attentive all the time. I had a very nice holiday at Wakatobi. The food was high quality, I was looking forward to every meal. I really enjoyed the 70 minutes of diving and also was able to relax.”
Jesse Oeni and Debi Lin
A truly exceptional experience!
“A truly exceptional experience! Every aspect of our stay, from the airport transit to our dives, food and accommodation has been so well taken care of. Everyone knows you by name here and always strives to engage you just to make your stay a little more comfortable. Thank you!”
Jackie Campbell and Bob Partridge
You cannot help but be infected with a joy of life from a stay here
“A wonderful experience, but what makes it really special is your staff. They are all without exception excellent at their job, friendly, helpful and attentive. From the moment we stepped of the plane in Bali to our return trip, we were treated as a valued guest and friend. Without exception all of the team (from the gardeners, chamber maids, boat crew, kitchen staff, dive team and front of house) have been a delight. You cannot help but be infected with a joy of life from a stay here. Very happy memories is a strong desire to return!”
Ed Sweeney and Lea Blohm
Wakatobi & Pelagian: Paradise!
“Five days on Pelagian was heavenly, Wakatobi resort is paradise!”
Very happy to have spent my holiday at Wakatobi
“It was very very fun. The corals were great, the staff were very kind and friendly. The food was very delicious – it was amazing! I am very happy to have spent my holiday at Wakatobi.”
I have enjoyed every moment
“I arrived in paradise with a diver’s worst nightmare: a head cold. I already have a hard time clearing my ears when I am healthy, my dive guide saved my vacation. He offered to be my snorkel guide and for my entire trip it was like I had my very own encyclopedia! He was just wonderful, I have enjoyed every moment.
The F&B team worked so hard to remember my name, it made me feel so special and not just another guest out of many.
I love the fact that the staff care so much about protecting the environment. My dive guide always actively picked up litter and coral damaging debris during our snorkels! Kudos to him. Even while being plagued with a head cold, Wakatobi’s knowledgeable dive staff did not let it stop me from having the best vacation ever. Our dive guide is the most knowledgeable dive and snorkel guide. He and the rest of the staff went above and beyond to make this vacation my best yet!”
Chris and Nella Moyle
Thanks all the staff for making our holiday at Wakatobi so special
“We would like to thank all the staff for making our holiday at Wakatobi so special. Especially the chef in the kitchen for looking after Chris as I am such a fussy eater. Also, our dive guide was extremely knowledgeable and found all those special creatures that make diving at Wakatobi so special.”
Super fantastic time! Loved the great service and beautiful diving
“Super fantastic time! Loved the great service and beautiful diving. Every meal was scrumptious too. I am so glad we had a chance to stay here with my family. So well run!”
Beautiful, splendid, delicious and delightful
“Beautiful, splendid, delicious and delightful. The staff rocks! I love Wakatobi! The beach, the people, the food and the drinks!”
Everything possible to ensure that we enjoyed our stay
“Excellent off-the-beaten-path dive sites with well preserved and protected reefs that everyone in the dive operation works very hard to preserve as pristine as possible. Everything was very efficient and welcoming. Food was excellent with a wide variety of choices. The staff was more than willing to do everything possible to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. Bali staff worked tirelessly to recover lost luggage and get it to the resort as quickly as possible. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. Divers are pampered on the boat.”
Most highly trained staff I have ever encountered
“Most highly trained staff I have ever encountered on my many travels. Congratulations, the food was excellent. The dive staff were efficient, attentive and fun to be with. Our dive guide was outstanding and we really enjoyed having him as a guide.”
Richard Manners and Family
Outstanding and incomparable level of service
“We loved the whole experience here, the diving is excellent! However, what makes Wakatobi different is the level and quality of service. The staff are extraordinary, they remember our names from day 1, they addressed any problems we had immediately. The dive guides were great and showed us the best on every dive. We spent most of our week with our dive guide and we cannot say enough about how special she made our experience. Each dive was exciting. She helped our daughter find the best undersea life for her pictures. It is a given that the diving in Wakatobi is excellent. What makes Wakatobi unique and worth a trip from anywhere is the outstanding and incomparable level of service.”
Jan Jumonville & Michele Derise
The whole experience was worth every route we traveled!
”Second trip and it just keeps getting better, same reefs - totally different marine life. See you in two years! We are scared to try somewhere different for fear it will not measure up to the Wakatobi standards. Thank you for preserving paradise. Our dive guide was amazing! The whole experience was worth every route we traveled! The standard of diving for these Cajun ladies!“
Pelagian is the best diving boat ever
”All the crew were very kind and very nice, the atmosphere was very good. The Pelagian is the best diving boat ever, very beautiful and the food was excellent! Thank you!”
“Guest relations are superb. The dive staff are very safety conscious and very knowledgeable about the marine life. Overall: excellent!”
Perfect from A - Z!
“The food is excellent and the staff is absolutely professional and kind. The dive guides know and see every creature underwater. The sea is excellent. The massages are superb, it was a dream holiday. We are looking forward to our next stay in November 2015 when we will be on the Pelagian. Perfect from A - Z!”
Linda Chatwin and Ken Wehr
We feel renewed and refreshed, thank you!
“Have had a wonderful holiday and an amazing diving experience. The dive team were fantastic and we were able to really relax and just enjoy ourselves. The educational input provided by our dive guide was very much appreciated, I know so much more now about not only the reef, but photography and my diving in general. Thank you! Tolerance, patience and helpfulness pervaded the boat. With my sinus issues I especially appreciated two little touches of the eucalyptus hot face cloths, the very clean smelling towels on the boat and the hot drinks and snacks. The staff helping you with the gear were faultless. A really great team.
The accommodation was great and it was all that we needed. The food was good with the hospitality staff being outstanding, meeting our needs without unduly fussing about their conversation with us, interesting and enjoyable. We do hope to return. It is heartening to see what you are doing for reef conservation, please continue in your good work. We feel renewed and refreshed, thank you!”
Guillermo Enrich Serra
Wakatobi is a resort to come back to, despite being so far away
“Excellent in all respects, Wakatobi is a resort to come back to despite being so far away. Great and friendly service, clean and nicely equipped bedrooms and great villas. Congratulations on the diving, there is barely any place in the world with such well taken care of reefs, and you have a wonderful diving team.”
Martha Edge and Rich Morrissey
Wakatobi is an exceptional getaway island
“Thanks for all the exceptional service! You can tell that everything has been well thought out for your guests’ pleasure. Diving was great. Wakatobi is an exceptional getaway island with pristine reefs and tons of fish. The service is awesome with top-notch food. A great place for an idyllic honeymoon or holiday!”
Glen and Jodie Bowley
Sets the benchmark for dive resorts around the world
“With every trip we book we hope our greatest expectations are met. Wakatobi has exceeded them in every way. From the time of booking we have experienced professional and attentive service from all. Our dive guide has been fantastic and has gone out of her way to make sure we had the best dive experience possible. My advice is to continue to do what you are doing and to set the benchmark for dive resorts around the world. If this is not the best place in the world to stay and dive, I cannot wait for someone to show me better!”
Michael and Stacey Deese
Definitely the best trip we have ever taken; can’t wait to come back
”We had the best time at Wakatobi this week! The staff is absolutely amazing! Our dive guides were so helpful, patient (we are new to diving) and made our trip one we will never forget. Their ability to find the tiniest creature on the reef still amazes me. They made us feel so much more comfortable in the water and showed us things we never would have seen on our own! The restaurant team were very attentive, we could not have asked for better service. This was definitely the best trip we have ever taken and cannot wait to come back to dive again. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing experience with us!“
Our honeymoon became very special
“Dear Wakatobi staff! Thank you to everyone for being so friendly and nice! Our honeymoon became very special. An absolutely lovely place to stay with warm and friendly people, high quality diving and good guides. Thank you!”
Jeff Pritchard and Arianna Karam
The service was absolutely exceptional
The service was absolutely exceptional at Wakatobi from the restaurant to the dive staff. The crew on the boat were absolutely amazing and very attentive. Our dive guides made our dives exceptional and fantastic, they pointed out everything we wanted to see and more!
Tom and Donna Pannke
A precious gift for making each guest feel unique and special
“On our fourth trip to Wakatobi we feel like the staff is family. The upgrades are beautiful. You all have a precious gift for making each guest feel unique and special. We return time and again because of your incredible service and hospitality. 70 minutes for each dive is never enough. A visual cornucopia at every site. From diving to dining, Wakatobi is the best. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. World-class experience in the best place to dive!”
A photographer’s dream!
“Some of the best diving in the region. Healthy marine ecosystems and plenty of marine life, a photographer’s dream!”
Divers paradise! Such a wonderful dive experience!
We enjoyed our dives at Wakatobi. Special mention to the boat crew and especially our dive guide who is fantastic at spotting the small things, we have never seen so many types of pygmy seahorses in our dives. Divers paradise! Such a wonderful dive experience!
Sean and Paula Schneyer
Amazing staff, great dive crew, the food is fantastic!
“Amazing staff, great dive crew, the food is fantastic! Our dive guide was fabulous! The size of dive groups is impressive even when not booking a private dive guide!”
Taylor Hicks and Christie Lynam
Great attention to detail!
“Great attention to detail! The staff were very accommodating to all of our needs. Cannot say enough about the amazing dive staff and boat crew at Wakatobi. We love that they take care of everything for you and have all of your gear ready to go for you! The diving was the best we have ever experienced. Thanks to everyone for making this such a remarkable vacation!”
Luis Ernst and Denise von Burg
A must for divers and snorkelers!
“The staff are very friendly, the restaurant is very good and the wine options were great. The dive center is well organised and the reefs were in good condition. Great house reef service with taxi boat cover. Our bungalow was very clean and well maintained. A must for divers and snorkelers!”
Our dive guide was the best
“A great resort with pristine reefs, super friendly staff and incredible food. Our dive guide was the best!”
John Murray and Ke Hu
In summary - outstanding
“Overall, the stay at Wakatobi was a wonderfully relaxing holiday. Accommodations are comfortable, food was excellent, service was faultless. In summary - outstanding dive resort, it was a great vacation. Thanks!”
James and Katharine Beech
Once seen never forgotten, you will want to return again and again!
“Really loved our return visit to Wakatobi and everyone looked after us really well. We enjoyed staying in our bungalow and it was in such a lovely position. Food and restaurant staff are as good as ever. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back. A unique diving experience - once seen never forgotten, you will want to return again and again!”
Mike and Felicity Pulman
Loved the snorkeling sites
“Loved the snorkeling sites and appreciated the care of the diving staff. We really enjoyed our stay here.”
Carol and Glenn Cushman
We are so happy we came!
”The corals, fish and everything on the reefs were gorgeous, the guides were extremely helpful and kind. Everyone went out of their way to help us. Because we are in our late 70s, we were a bit uneasy about this trip, but we are so happy we came! We are especially grateful to our dive guides and also to the resort manager for his help with identifying birds and plants. The plants around the resort are lovely and we really enjoyed the flowers in the shower room. The food was delectable, especially the Indonesian specialties and the fish. The waiters were wonderful!“
Kim and Jay Goldman
It is going to be hard to leave this place! A slice of heaven.
“Everything and everyone has made this an incredible trip to remember. Smiling faces, fantastic food, super accommodations, professional staff - nothing forgotten! It is going to be hard to leave this place! A slice of heaven.”
Marco and Carla Zolin-Meyer
Truly an awesome experience!
Great dive sites, the resort is well laid out and immaculately kept! Restaurant service was awesome, the management was skilled, efficient and friendly - truly an awesome experience! The guides are very knowledgeable about habitat and creatures! Our dive guide spotted every fish, shrimp, lobster no matter how far away or well hidden. Wakatobi is a place to remember!
The variety of fish is amazing!
“The diving is very good, the staff are very helpful. The reefs are healthy and the variety of fish is amazing!”
A great dive vacation
“My wife and I spent recently one week at Wakatobi Resort, an island two hours away from Bali. Flight was nice in a charter flight managed by the resort into a small airport strip ten minutes boat ride away from the island. Once in the island real holiday started. A very nice Eco friendly island, with a beatiiful nature and a wonderful ocean. Rooms were reasonable nice, although they need some renovation. Service in the island was just superb through our whole stay, restaurant crew, dive crew, reception people were all superb making us feel at home. Diving was outstanding throughout the week, specially for micro lovers. The best dive… the last one just off the House reef. A great place with great service. Highly recommendable, me specially if you get one of the renovated Villas.”
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John and Denise Frontczak
Impressed by the entire Wakatobi experience
“The service was exceptional, we were very impressed by the organization and process of the entire Wakatobi experience. The dive guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This is the first place I have ever had someone accompany me while snorkeling and that really added to my experience. Plus I tried SCUBA for the first time which I have been refusing for 30+ years. Wonderful experience! The food was outstanding and the staff were helpful and responsive to every whim. An exceptional experience in every way. Wakatobi is a quality dive resort with an amazing level of efficiency. The Pelagian live-aboard is a dream vacation. We will be back! Thanks.”
Nowhere else is the comfort of the diver considered so thoroughly
“I have been to many dive resorts. Not only does the reefs at Wakatobi outshine all others, but nowhere else is the comfort of the diver considered so thoroughly. The small groups per dive guide is key. Our dive guide was a perfect guide and an attentive friend, as was our second guide who escorted other guests on our boat but reached out to us as well (And they both gave outstanding presentations in the media room!).
I always carry tissues on a dive boat, this boat was the first in 20 years to have tissues available! I greatly appreciated the little sandwiches available as well; I never eat much breakfast before a dive in the event of sea sickness. The boat crew anticipated every need. Too many dive boats stress the macho: How deep do you go, how fast can you fin, etc. As a result I have seen women particularly turned off by the experience. Wakatobi is the first place to ask: What can we do to make your dive experience better? Wow! Too many operators behave as if they are doing you a favor - at Wakatobi everyone behaves as though it is their honor and pleasure to serve you. Thank you for creating this incredible experience. Thanks to all the staff for the superb service!”
Nita Howells and Family
Staff + service = brilliant!
“Thank you so very much for a wonderful holiday experience. No complaints, staff + service = brilliant! Fantastic diving experience and the customer service was brilliant. Can’t wait to plan a return trip!”
James and Kathy Beech
Has surpassed all our expectations at every level
“Our return visit to Wakatobi – specifically to dive from Pelagian, has surpassed all our expectations at every level. It could not have been better. Total excellence – from all the crew, standard of food (top notch!), very knowledgeable and friendly dive guides who have a hawk like ability to spot the tiniest of critters to the whole ease of the transfers. We appreciated the informative presentations, which helped to further enhance our experience. One efficient and smooth operation. Thank you! Wherever in the world you have dived before, it has not prepared you for the diving experience that is Wakatobi! Dive it once, you will want to come back! We did!”
Leonard and Kristi Tyminski
Our dive guide was outstanding!
“The staff were very competent (Resort and Pelagian). Food at the resort and on the Pelagian was very good and the choices were more than adequate. House keeping and restaurant staff are very good and other employees are friendly and helpful. Our dive guide was outstanding!”
Great crew and service
“Wonderful trip! Great crew and service, nice variety of diving. Thank you!”
My second visit to Wakatobi, it is magical and beautiful all over again
“This is my second visit to Wakatobi. It is magical and beautiful all over again. All the staff from dive guides to gardeners, boat crews to dining / food servers are warm, welcoming, attentive and do their very best to make sure each persons stay is comfortable. I love that the staff learns my name, my food preferences and my diving style. All staff are accommodating and my stay ends up being unique and personalized. A/C in the room is nice as is the coffee and tea. The library is great, short evening presentations are welcome. Good for Wakatobi for creating the turtle farm. I applaud you for your sustainability and conservation efforts and for your care of the reef. Your relationship with the local village and the benefits to both the resort / reef system and the village is a model system. I hope that I can return!”
Dianne Brox and Malcolm Young
Eating, sleeping and diving all exemplary
“Good service above and below water. Eating, sleeping and diving all exemplary. The crew always has a smile and all work constantly to keep everything moving well.”
This experience confirms why we came half way around the world
“This experience just confirms why we came half way around the world to dive. This resort could make it just for the dive sites, but the Wakatobi team has made it a dive experience that excels above the water. The incredible attention to detail, from the mosaic stair cases to the water, the sculpted sand pathways, intriguing night lighting and amazing inventive food and design. One does not get to the top by falling there and behind every success is a ladder that instills a sense of teamwork, pride and the vision of something great. Wakatobi shares a page from the Ritz Carlton philosophy, the answer is yes, what is your question? The staff are attentive, caring and just plain superb. If there can be a diving afterlife, Wakatobi is it!”
Doug and Cindy Joyce
Staff were friendly and attended to every need
We really enjoyed our stay here, the dive and snorkel staff were informative, the food at the restaurant was amazing, all other staff were friendly and attended to every need and we loved the towel origami models each day, nice touch!
The best run live-aboard I have been on
“Thank you for the wonderful experience! The best run live-aboard I have been on. Excellent service, delicious food, the staff always do their best in accommodating everyone’s wishes.”
Jan Jumonville & Michele Derise
Pelagian was heaven!
“Excellent service, great diving, knowledgeable guides – a must for any serious diver. Our first trip to Wakatobi resort was paradise, but the Pelagian adventure was heaven!”
A top of the line live-aboard!
“A top of the line live-aboard! Expert staff – a very well run live-aboard with visible mutual respect among the crew! I have never seen such pristine reef and so many fishes! The reefs are packed with life – a must see destination for a diver!”
“Red Carpet / White Glove Dive Service
-all gear handled with care and rinsed/set-up every day
-no need to hump your gear out of the water or around the boat, the staff will handle it all
-fresh cookies / snacks, hot drinks or water between dives (hot towels to wipe your face and clean towels to dry off)
-snacks waiting at the end of your dive day
-all dive gear properly washed at the end of your stay
-competent dive masters, some a bit better at spotting but all were qualified and safety conscious.
Superb. Varied and fresh. Quality ingredients. And Wonderful wait staff.
Drinks were a bit expensive but given the logistics I understand. I expected iced tea to be included but alas it was not.
Comfortable, clean and decent wi-fi. Nice toiletries provided so save space / weight in your luggage.
Hit or miss. Either loved the massage or felt rather blah about it.
On a side note, I did not particularly care for the village visit offered by the hotel. I felt rather voyeuristic and uncomfortable. Some people enjoyed it. The repeat guests I traveled with did not go again. While they did not try to dissuade me from going but didn’t encourage it either.
All in all, well worth the trip. You will be spoiled. And the next time you take a trip to a ‘regular’ resort you just might be a little disappointed.
Happy travels / safe dives.”
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