You’ll have a great time, but don’t take our word for it…

Michelle & Alan Reed

Diving set-up was wonderful and it ran like clockwork

“Diving set-up was wonderful and it ran like clockwork. We had an amazing dive guide who was very knowledgeable and a great source of information. There was always something to eat, and the food was lovely. The restaurant team is delightful, and the wonderful chefs catered to our daughter’s fussy eating habits, which was greatly appreciated.”

Claire Floriet

Overall, we had a wonderful experience. Great reef. The personnel were lovely.

“Overall, we had a wonderful experience. Great reef. The personnel were lovely. For consideration: use an incinerator for rubbish including plastics, (special purpose), not just normal burn. Include good local coffee in cost of the stay.”

Tanis Dickson

Wonderfully looked after by happy smiling staff

“Second trip to Wakatobi and wonderfully looked after by happy smiling staff. Great snorkeling, sites. I will be back. Suggest a bigger towel rail in the bathroom. Otherwise an amazing time here again. Many thanks to all involved.”

Luciano Koyashiki

My experience here was 10/10

“I couldn’t have had a better experience than Wakatobi. The dives were great with a lot of marine life. The staff were really wonderful – all of them. I really liked how people were really happy working here, and they are always ready to help with any issue. We also did an underwater photography course with Marco. He’s the best teacher we could have and also a very fun and nice guy. We learnt a lot in those three days. We did some dives with another dive guide and we really enjoyed those as well. Very nice guy, helped me a lot with my buoyancy skills and show us great things underwater. In the restaurant, I just could say the service was perfect and the food delicious. Restaurant staff was very nice and sympathetic – all of them. 

If I could point to an improvement, I would say that you could have a small gym at Wakatobi. My experience here was 10/10. Thank you all for such a great time. The website gets a 10 – could find all information there, and Michelle answered in a few seconds any time at the live chat.”

Mark & Tobi Johannsen

Our third trip to Wakatobi. We will be back!

“Our third trip to Wakatobi. We will be back! The restaurant is the best, with an improved selection since we were here last. The diving is great. Service is great. Housekeeping is great. Thank you!"

Vickie Carr

The coral is the healthiest I’ve see in a long time. The staff is 5-star!

“My dive on Roma was amazing! We saw a huge school of barracuda and beautiful turtles. The coral is the healthiest I’ve see in a long time. The staff is 5-star!”

Cody Jablonski

Everything was excellent

“Everything was excellent. My one future hope for here would be for a fresh water pool to be added for all guests to relax at.”

Ilona & Tony Cunningham

Best organized dive resort we have experienced. Outstanding snorkeling opportunities!

“Best organized dive resort we have experienced. Congratulations to your excellent and professional team! Variety is extraordinary. Thank you for preserving your treasured house reef and dive sites and for the extraordinary knowledge our dive guides have in marine life. Rental gear was excellent! Outstanding snorkeling opportunities! The accommodations are comfortable and beautifully kept. Diving facilities and food were simply outstanding. Quality, variety including Indonesian was excellent. Staff most delightful, polite, fun and hard working! Loved the diving staff! Room service outstanding! Really enjoyed Longhouse lounge and bathroom facilities. Evening lighting on pier most delightful!”

Jo Ellyn Jablonski

The staff was excellent again as expected. Great dives and dive team.

“Enjoyed Wakatobi again. Great dives and dive team. The staff was excellent again as expected. Did not disappoint. The food was good and fresh. It would be great if you had a nice pool for guests – not just the villas. Or make villas available without butler service and not quite so expensive.”

John Van Der Voom

Great diving and service. Always a great trip.

“Great diving and service. Always a great trip.”

Erica Watson & Rich Palgar

The service was great. Everyone has a smile and took the time to learn our names.

“We really enjoyed our stay. The service was great. Everyone has a smile and took the time to learn our names. More ideas: 1. Have soap spray at jetty bar. 2. Create a sea life identification contest per group or boat on the last day. 3. Teach boat taxi the word for drift or current. 4. Tell people what time the boats go out and post dinnertime on a board. 5. Sell fluro diving more. 6. Sell a DVD of photos so I can share with my friends.”

Carolyn Brehm and Richard Boucher

Wakatobi is an idyllic spot. Best snorkeling and diving - ever!

“Wakatobi is an idyllic spot. Best snorkeling and diving - ever! The pristine reefs and diversity of fish and sea creatures were beyond our imagination. The daily outings were special – every spot offered a new snapshot. The resort was equally wonderful – staff is so friendly and accommodating. Our energy need was met, and small touches and attention to detail – from the towel sculptures left on the bed every day (you should teach a class) to the local dishes served at lunch and dinner – make Wakatobi a five-star experience. We were impressed at how quickly everyone learned our names. Would like more lectures on the marine life and on Indonesian plants and flowers (perhaps an orchid tour?). We hope to return next year and bring some friends!”

Stefan Oelhafen

The best dive location we have ever been to.

“The best dive location we have ever been to. The hospitality of the entire Wakatobi team is outstanding, enabling you to really enjoy your time. Everybody makes you feel welcome by being addressed and greeted with your first name. Idea: offer yoga class or pilates.”

Karma & Aaron Manley

All the staff went above and beyond in making us feel welcome

“We had a wonderful two weeks. The diving was fantastic. The DM & Dive Team took care of our every need. The bungalow was comfortable. Love the outdoor shower. All the staff went above and beyond in making us feel welcome. We felt like guests, not just customers.”

Robert & Bonnie Hoffman

Save what you have worked hard for, it’s a very special place!

“The best thing you can do to save this beautiful piece of paradise:

1. Tell the divemasters to carry a mesh bag to collect any plastic.

2.No liveaboards in the area. We have seen what can happen in a very short amount of time. 

3. Save what you have, it’s very special. Stop dynamite fishing now!“

Save what you have worked hard for, it’s a very special place!”

Evie Chauncey

I visited two years ago and the food service has improved immensely regarding people with special diets. Very impressive.

“I visited two years ago and the food service has improved immensely regarding people with special diets. You have introduced the vegetarian menu and are attentive to providing alternative protein sources – very impressive. Our maître’d did a great job liaising with the kitchen. Thank you so much!”

Muff Family

It was a pleasure to dive far away from mainstream tourism on such pristine reefs!

Wakatobi is a great resort with great dive spots! It was a pleasure to dive far away from mainstream tourism on such pristine reefs! Compliments to all the staff, they are all amazing and very professional! The ice cream at Wakatobi is one of the best we've ever had!”

Marta & Guenter Grossmann

Thank you for the perfect holiday!

“Thank you for the perfect holiday! We already recommend Wakatobi on Facebook in German language. See you again soon!”

Mark Vanderlinden

I had an outstanding dive trip – my fifth.

“I had an outstanding dive trip – my fifth. I would like to especially recognize my private dive guide and the crew of Wakatobi for their exceptional service.”

Kathryn Mack & Hardy Mogel

Our dive staff was excellent! By the second day everyone knows your name and preferences.

“Wakatobi is a wonderful place. The diving is excellent. The conservation efforts are making for pristine reefs not seen in other places. Thank you. Our dive staff was excellent! By the second day everyone knows your name and preferences. Our dive guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He made our trip! Try Fluo diving. The reef is a wonderful example of coral and fish that react to the fluo. While the trip is long, it is worth the effort! The rest of the world should observe the conservation efforts going on at Wakatobi. The reefs of the world would be better.”

Irene Crooks & Andrew Jones

Diving exceeded our expectations, and the organization and service on and off the boats was excellent.

“We had an excellent stay except for shower not working in Bungalow 15, although we were moved to rectify the position. The food was really varied and good, and the service was excellent. Diving exceeded our expectations, and the organization and service on and off the boats was excellent. The camera course was just what I needed, and it was well presented. The instructor has a good understanding of people’s needs.”

Sheryl & Don Roesler

We give our visit a 6-star memory, because 5-star isn’t enough! We have our fourth visit planned.

“Our third visit to Wakatobi and each time is better than the last. Accommodations are island cottage – roomy, comfortable and romantic. The food is 5-star as is the diving staff. The diving is top notch; also the crew and our divemaster. All the staff at Wakatobi are here for my wife and I to make our visit memorable. We have our fourth visit planned. I truly don’t want this visit to end. We had the best divemaster! We give our visit a 6-star memory, because 5-star isn’t enough!”

Wendy Simon

Fourth time back and I still love it! The staff is the best in the world. The reefs are the most pristine in the world. Don’t change anything.

“Fourth time back and I still love it! The staff is the best in the world. The reefs are the most pristine in the world. Don’t change anything.”

Allison & Daniel Laidig

We had a fantastic stay!

“We had a fantastic stay! We very much appreciated the dining staff, who went above and beyond for all the guests. They are phenomenal! Thank you for all of your hard work to make our vacation so refreshing and relaxing.”

Deborah Meyers & Karen Edwards

This is our sixth trip to Wakatobi, and we continue to be impressed

“This is our sixth trip to Wakatobi, and we continue to be impressed by the diving, the resort and the evolution of the experience. This is a precious resource of the world, let alone for the divers, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to be here. Our only suggestion is for the dive guides to more strongly reinforce the limited photography of the tiny creatures. We saw single photographers taking 20+ pictures of the pygmies. The staff is always helpful and pleasant, the massages were wonderful, and many thanks to the staff who creatively fold the towels!  Special thanks to our divemasters for their great eyes and patience.”

Rebecca Melson

The resort is so beautiful, and I can’t imagine better service anywhere.

“The resort is so beautiful, and I can’t imagine better service anywhere. I would like to do more. Sandy bottom reef dives vs. wall dives but the dives were all wonderful. The divemasters and all the staff are so friendly and caring. The only improvement would be fresh water to rinse on the Waka boats. I will try to come back again some day.”

Jayne & Howard Aron

As always, we had a fantastic time with awesome diving and snorkeling.

“As always, we had a fantastic time with awesome diving and snorkeling. We had a great snorkeling guide. She is very passionate about what she finds. Howard says his dive guide was the best he has ever had. He strikes a great balance. It was great to be able to get some fresh sashimi, which was organized by the staff in the restaurant for us. Once again we enjoyed our visit and will see you all next year. We wish you all a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes for 2019.”

Peggy & Bill Goldberg

This was our second trip to Wakatobi and the Pelagian. The reefs seemed better than ever.

“We really enjoyed our stay, and the staff is wonderfulDining hall could use some ceiling fans when there is no breeze. This was our second trip to Wakatobi and the Pelagian. The reefs seemed better than ever. The food is incredible, and the staff anticipates your every need. A lot of effort is put into this to make each trip a trip of a lifetime.”

Stewart Bayer

Dive staff and guides were very helpful, accommodating and attentive

“Dive staff and guides were very helpful, accommodating and attentive. They made the experience all the more enjoyable. The Fluo dive was fantastic. Only issue was the camera mount light was overly bright and not as ‘blue’ compared to the hand-held torch. I rarely use the camera mount light.  Wait staff at the restaurant were very friendly and helpful. Knowing our names after a day or two was welcoming.”

Hilary Winslow

WOW! I’ve been all over the world, and I’m coming back here!

“OK, so this place is fabulous, amazing, incredible! I can’t believe I’m leaving. I can’t believe I got here in the first place. Thank you, Wendy Simon! I have really only one thing to say to improve: consider flat weave towels that are softer and dry faster. The staff here is incomparable! Amazing diversity, luxury and staff attention. WOW! I’ve been all over the world, and I’m coming back here!”

Darina Yusof

The dive experience was truly memorable. I will come back!

“Thank you for a wonderful break. The food was superb. The dive briefings were comprehensive and very helpful. The dive experience was truly memorable. I will come back! One small suggestion – to consider ‘fly zappers’ for your dining room.”

David Jefferiss

We were particularly impressed by being met on our arrival in Bali by Wakatobi staff

“The level of service throughout the whole operation is first class. From the first contact in the USA to the ground staff in Bali, to the resort staff and the dive staff – each one was excellent. We were particularly impressed by being met on our arrival in Bali by Wakatobi staff despite the fact that we were not flying to Wakatobi until the next day. We had an excellent dive guide who made sure each dive was a safe and enjoyable experience. Jean had a great guide on her snorkel trips. She made her feel very safe and comfortable in the water. All in all, Wakatobi is an amazing resort in a unique environment suitable for divers and snorkelers of all levels of ability.”

Florence McAlary

280 species of fish in my 10 day stay! I look forward to my return visit.

“Everything about the resort was wonderful. Our restaurant host was delightful. The snorkel guides were so very helpful and gave us excellent service. Many thanks to them! If I made any suggestion for improvement it would be to have more watchful eyes on snorkelers from the jetty. Oh, yes, I also enjoyed the opportunity for birding. Love those sunbirds and orioles. Thanks to all the staff!! 280 species of fish in my 10 day stay! Lovely reefs, superb hospitality. I look forward to my return visit. Best fishes.”

Hanna Bador

Food was A+. Diving was also A+

“Food was A+. Diving was also A+.” 

Dr. Peter Vine

With over 50 years diving all over the world, this was one of my best diving holiday experiences.

“It was a very successful first visit to Wakatobi. The diversity and abundance of marine life and the condition of live corals, smooth organization, friendly, helpful and cheerful staff, particularly impressed me. I had particular issues related to diving with Parkinson’s disease, and these were minimized by our dive guide, who was superb – intuitive, caring, knowledgeable and careful at all times. How to improve: add fly fans on tables to keep flies off food and add hooks in the bathroom. I would like to see resorts such as Wakatobi join up with marine research organizations to conduct ecological studies in a coordinated manner – citizen science and more academia based on research on coral growth and survival – stressing impact of fishing, reducing herbivores and thus triggering decline. Also, monitoring of ocean acidification. With over 50 years diving all over the world, this was one of my best diving holiday experiences. We hope to return soon!”

Marcia Kluck

What a fabulous introduction to Indonesia and diving opportunities. Thank you for pampering us.

“What a fabulous introduction to Indonesia and diving opportunities. My dive buddies will want to see Wakatobi for themselves. Thank you for pampering us.”

Marianne Dahl

I love Wakatobi! All my dreams have been fulfilled

“I love Wakatobi! All my dreams have been fulfilled. Everything runs and works as it should. Being a snorkeler it is important to not feel less than the divers, and your excellent diving guides managed that! Especially thanks to my snorkel guide.”

Bonnie & Randall Suttor

After a week on Pelagian we had already experienced spectacular diving as well as food and personal service. The week at Wakatobi was every bit as satisfying.

After a week on Pelagian we had already experienced spectacular diving as well as food and personal service. The week at Wakatobi was every bit as satisfying. All of the staff was very helpful, friendly and gracious. The food continues to meet the same high standard, and there is a lot of diversity in food choices. The house reef lived up to its billing – beautiful and with great diversity. The dive sites were well selected and the service on Waka IV was excellent. Our divemasters were very knowledgeable and very attentive and willing to teach. The bungalow was very clean, comfortable, had a great view of the ocean and easy access to the water. It was also an easy walk to diving and to the dive facility. No criticisms.”

Sandra Booth

Heavenly! Well managed. Great staff. Very good food.

“Heavenly! Well managed. Great staff. Very good food. The snorkel sites are really special. All my questions and requests were dealt with immediately. Care and attention at snorkel sites were stressed, and staff even recovered litter if feasible. The staff is very knowledgeable. The restaurant staff is amazing at remembering personal names and food preferences.“

Ingrid, Adrian, Kai & Chloe Arndt

This has been the best diving we have ever done! 5-star service for all aspects of the resort.

“This has been the best diving we have ever done! 5-star service for all aspects of the resort. This includes the room and the restaurant (including feeling welcomed by all staff members). The dive staff and crew were the most efficient we have ever dived with (special mention to our guides who were awesome). Our babysitter who looked after Kai and Chloe deserves special mention for the fun time she created for them. Very minor improvement for Kai would be more signage around the resort. In addition, as we brought small kids, it would have been good to have some scheduled kid-friendly activities. Despite these very minor improvements, we will return to this very, very special place. Thank you. Wakatobi is a very special place with 5-star service for the whole family. Awesome diving, food and location.” 

Rose-Mary & Garth McQuade

Returning to Wakatobi for the second time has made returning for a third visit an absolute necessity

Our second visit was as good as our first last December. Very little has changed. The resort from our perspective runs like clockwork. All the staff is very friendly and try their utmost to please the guests. The dive operation runs very smoothly. The boat crews are unobtrusive and very helpful with dive and camera gear. Our divemaster Joshua was very informative and knew the dive sites well. We invariably saw what he had told us about in the pre-dive briefing. The food was, once again, very well displayed and presented. All dishes that we had were delicious. The restaurant staff performed their tasks admirably. The chefs must be commended for the excellent food they prepare. Returning to Wakatobi for the second time has made returning for a third visit an absolute necessity.”

Hamilton Family

What a hidden gem Wakatobi is! We were continually amazed by the diverse marine life at each dive site we visited.

It is difficult to put into words how we feel about our experience at Wakatobi. We were continually amazed by the diverse marine life at each dive site we visited. The house reef was also a huge pleasure to snorkel on. Our guides guided us with great care and expertise showing us the many inhabitants of each dive site visited. Of particular interest were all of the tiny creatures that we would not have noticed had it not been for them. What a hidden gem Wakatobi is! All of the staff was delightful and eager to assist us. The meals were delicious and the villa superb. We will take with us many happy memories and plan to return again soon. Kind regards, Peter and Clare, Matthew, Ethan and Josh Hamilton”

Rhonda Neben & Mike DuPuydt

Come for the 5-star diving. Fall in love with the 5-star dining and service

“Outstanding service. Outstanding food. Incredibly relaxing. Love the barefoot comfort protocol. Outstanding hospitality. Suggestions: Add air and water temps by month to website. Would make it easier to predict wetsuit thickness. Add a drying rack in a dry area for swimwear. More comments/compliments: I truly appreciate the effort everyone made to learn my name. That was a very welcoming and friendly touch. Come for the 5-star diving. Fall in love with the 5-star dining and service.”

Sandy & David Cannon

We travel once a year to snorkel – and this place, the people and the reefs are outstanding! This place and all the staff are just incredible.

This place and all the staff are just incredible. From the time we got off the plane arriving to now when our luggage was picked up, everyone has been so nice. Here you are treated very special and with love, like family. Thank you for calling us by name, which is a nice touch. The front desk people are great! The dive (we snorkel) team is great! The kitchen/restaurant staff is great – and so talented! The people taking care of our bungalow are great! Seriously, this place is the best! We travel once a year to snorkel – and this place, the people and the reef are outstanding! Wakatobi has a place in our hearts forever! How can I describe such serene beauty as we gaze across the bay? Our remote island, so far from home, so far away. We ponder at times how nice it would be to call a place like this our home. But if we lived here we’d never feel the need to roam. Traveling gives us such a sense of adventure, we want to keep exploring, going, doing, and seeing with no censure. The things we may take for granted in our lives, others may never see in their lifetime. Jobs, houses, cars, money and clothes by the closet full. But it is things money can’t buy that makes our souls so thankful. All of God’s creatures were created for us to enjoy. Being in the ocean seeing endless varieties makes us know that God’s creation is no toy. We must all do our part to keep this alive and well – for the next generations. How many? No one can tell. Wakatobi is a rare gem. It's really their people that make it a win. So do yourself a favor and book a trip for two. You’ll get to see for yourself just how true! Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts. We are so sad to leave but we leave with great memories, photos and love.“

Talitha & Bill Wegner

We had some very special and unusual encounters with eagle rays, sharks and turtles – 33 at Turkey Beach on one dive!

“Our visit was exceptional. All of the staff went out of their way to make every detail of our trip special.  The diving was spectacular despite a few days with poor visibility. We still enjoyed every dive.  We had some very special and unusual encounters with eagle rays, sharks and turtles – 33 at Turkey Beach on one dive! Our team on Waka VII – captain, butler, crew and dive guides all went above and beyond in terms of helpfulness and thoughtfulness. They were all so happy and cheerful every day. This is true of all the staff we encountered at the resort. Also, the service is thoughtful and excellent. Suggestions: Put a bottle opener in the room. Thank you for everything. Our trip was too short! We are looking forward to returning in September.”

William B. Kesler

Food, staff, snorkeling, accommodations all are 10s on a 1-10 scale.

“Best dive resort ever! I’ll be back in 2019 – three times,  I’m not sure. Food, staff, snorkeling, accommodations all are 10s on a 1-10 scale. The only suggestion I have is consider ceiling fans in the dining room. It would help keep flies away. Best wishes!”

Matto Family

I had the best dive I have ever had. He really made the dive experience unparalleled!

“I had the best dive guide I have ever had. He has great passion for the underwater world, is very knowledgeable and is extremely accommodating. He really made the dive experience unparalleled! Top notch. The resort and restaurant staffs were terrific with our kids and made a really nice special effort having Santa come at breakfast! All the staff is so friendly, helpful with a smile. Really great. Everything is well planned, organized and thought out with attention to details.”

Kyoko & Nagatsugu Ukita

The operation of Wakatobi is all so amazing. I will be back again in August 2019!

The operation of Wakatobi is all so amazing. I will be back again in August 2019! “Though I have few friends who dive, I’d like to share with my fellow students who are interested in the new ideas on business. The operation of Wakatobi is all so amazing. Everything is in order. I suppose people with considerate and organized ideas run this amazing place. Wakatobi gives me a model to contribute to the sustainable co-existence of local community and tourism. After arriving at Denpasar Airport surprising things happened. We were welcomed by Wakatobi staff, and a kind and enjoyable driver took us to the hotel. Even though the flight was delayed, I did not feel any stress, as information was shared with the hotel and everything was smooth. Wakatobi itself is more amazing. Marine life is abundant and beautiful. We could see many tiny creatures thanks to our guide. She is wonderful!” The villa four was also good. We liked the location (true ocean front), facility and the plate with my name. You should let us know about your fantastic heating system. I will be back again in August 2019. See you all soon! Thank you. Wakatobi is the number one diving resort – incredibly well operated. I’ll be back and will dive here again. Thanks a lot." 

Robin Meiggs

Wakatobi was a great experience for our family

“Amazing diving with a remarkable staff. Wakatobi was a great experience for our family.”

Sonja Sahlsten & Scott Tungate

Wakatobi was the perfect place for our diving honeymoon!

“We loved celebrating our honeymoon at Wakatobi! The resort staff went above and beyond to make things extra special for us and to also celebrate Christmas. The food and service were great. The diving and the dive guides were wonderful. We had a great time. Some suggestions. A better mattress in B17. A pool: it would be so nice to take a dip in fresh water after a day of diving. More mangos at the restaurant and on the dive boats. Wakatobi was the perfect place for our diving honeymoon! The diving, food, and service was top-notch. We will be back.”

Anna & Drew Vanderpool

“Our first time at Wakatobi. Love it!”

“Our first time at Wakatobi. Snorkeled every day. The food and service was excellent. Love it!”

Emma Stenhouse & Paul Quigg

Wakatobi…coral heaven and mermaids masquerade as dive guides. A truly wonderful 10 days

“We could not have wished for a better experience. Our dive guide was the best we have had in over 20 years of diving. She has introduced us to the most amazing macro and coral diving with such grace and enthusiasm. She is now called our ‘mermaid.’ She has re-invigorated our views of the underwater world. The maître d and the restaurant crew are second to none. We loved the food and the added bonus of language lessons. To everyone else behind the scenes, we thank you so much. You are all part of our fabulous time here. Wakatobi…coral heaven and mermaids masquerade as dive guides. A truly wonderful 10 days. P.S. We thought wed never find better than Solomon Islands. We were wrong! Also, no idea if this is possible, but it would be great to have a list of what the dive guide writes on the pad underwater – like a digital whiteboard can do. We learned so much from them.”

Sheri & Jeff Tonn

Wakatobi should be on every divers bucket list – healthy reefs, phenomenal diversity of species, caring professional staff and a beautiful setting. Go!

“We last visited Wakatobi about eight years ago, and it was even better than our fond memories. The coral is so healthy, the fish life so diverse and there is an abundance of unique species. Every dive was fantastic – not a dud in the 25 or so dives we did.

The staff is superb. All I can say is that our divemaster is world class. He is a careful and strong diver who really cares. He showed us dozens of critters, and he let us putter along at our own pace. He was there with a shoulder when I needed steadying to get a photo. He kept track of our air and watched depths. He is a kind, caring and totally competent divemaster. When we return we will request him! Please be sure our gratitude is shared with him – he was also an excellent critter spotter!

Everything about the resort was top-notch: the food, our bungalow and all of the staff. The photography instructor helped us fix a camera problem – something made so much easier because of him!Our divemaster also did the best and most descriptive drawings of the dive sites. All the crew took exceptional care of our cameras and gear. I am often much more independent of the divemaster, but ours was so good it quickly became apparent that I should stick with him! Wakatobi should be on every divers bucket list – healthy reefs, phenomenal diversity of species, caring professional staff and a beautiful setting. Go!”

Nanda Wilson & Perry DeBenedetto

The staff is so gracious, authentic, warm and fun!

“We enjoyed everything and are sad to leave this beautiful place. The staff is so gracious, authentic, warm and fun! Their presentation of the food, the bungalow, and the grounds is as surprising, diverse and creative as the reef. Thank you for your commitment to the environment. We really appreciate all the care and consideration to do everything as consciously as possible! You are holding a fine balance. May the force be with you.”

Stewart Bayer

Great diving! The divemasters were wonderful at pointing out the small stuff.

“Great diving! The divemasters were wonderful at pointing out the small stuff. The food was fantastic. It was terrific to have multiple choices for breakfast, lunch & dinner. I had a top ten list (actually 12) of photos of fish/creatures I wanted to see and take pictures of. After just the first dive, I got 10 of the 12!”

Daniel & Allison Laidig

We got spoiled with such excellent service on the dive boats, with our gear and on the Pelagian.

"We are very impressed with the staff on the Pelagian! Thank you for providing us with amazing experiences and memories to share when we get home. Everything was always very clean and well taken care of. The chef and stewards were very accommodating with our food choices. I loved the little things to make us feel welcome – our towels after the dive, bringing hot drinks for us, learning our names the first day. It was great! We got spoiled with such excellent service on the dive boats, with our gear and on the Pelagian. I would recommend adding a little variety to the snacks that are always sitting out (Snickers, Pringles, etc.) and adding a fruity cereal for 1st breakfast. That’s all we can think of! Thank you all for such a FANTASTIC experience!!! The Pelagian is such a phenomenal experience! The staff is very friendly and accommodating to all of the guests. The dive guides were fabulous and the food was always delicious. We enjoyed every minute of our trip on the Pelagian.”

Tamara & Bernd Valk

A diver’s dream

“Excellent housekeeping crew – very friendly and clean, giving us great origami surprises on our bed every day! A warm welcome and ‘see you later’ in the restaurant gave a home feeling and spread happiness.  Monotonous food. The boat crew was outstanding and cheerful. Our dive guide was simply the best and yet very humble, helpful and friendly. A diver’s dream.”

Susanne Naumann & Jochen Schumacher

The most luxurious resort we have ever been to!

“We stayed three nights in Villa number four and four nights in Bungalow number four. Both of them have more that anyone needs and are very spoiling. Convenient diving and nice dive guides with eagle eyes. Good service was provided on the dive boat, always helping hands for everything. Great food! I’ve been to the spa twice – very nice ladies, but not much variety of massage techniques. The most luxurious resort we have ever been to! Wakatobi has healthy reefs and fantastic macro diving – no big stuff at all.”

Jackie Campbell & Bob Partridge

The location and diving was superb, but what really makes Wakatobi special is the staff.

“The location and diving was superb but what really makes Wakatobi special is the staff. All staff are so friendly, helpful and attentive. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!”

Susan & Paul Moliken

Even after five visits, Wakatobi still surprises us

“Thanks for supporting me when I could not dive because of my ears. The a/c in bungalow 12 seemed very temperamental but we didn’t have that issue in Bungalow 13. The staff is just fantastic and we love how organized Wakatobi is. A special thanks to our instructor for teaching Susan. Even after five visits, Wakatobi still surprises us.”

Terry Crocker

Wakatobi is the best dive location and dive resort I have visited in my 52 years of diving.

“Again, a very nice stay in my favorite bungalow. I feel that the variety of dive sites could have been a more imaginative, e.g. I was here for three weeks. Liabale was not included once, but Teluk Maya, Dunia Baru, Table Coral City and Roma all appeared three times. Having said that, the staff here are the best that I have seen anywhere. Of course, because of the seven visits that I have had over the last five years, some have become real friends and we email each other throughout the year. Wakatobi is the best dive location and dive resort I have visited in my 52 years of diving. Underwater photographers have a ball.”

Robin & Michael Fleming

I didn’t know a remote island could be 5-star! Our divemaster made the experience 6 star!

“I didn’t know a remote island could be 5 star! Service, food accommodation, super friendly staff and of course, the diving was superb! Our divemaster made the experience 6 star! He is a swimming encyclopedia and also charming, accommodating, always smiling and always happy and funny! He would ask at the start of the dive what we would like to see, plus he was observant and soon realized our interests and would point out things. He has excellent eyes for macro. At the end of the dive we could check off our list – blue ribbon eel, bubble coral shrimp, orangutan crab, comet fish, robust ghost pipefish, pajama cardinal fish. The wait staff is simply beautiful.”

Nicole & James Rickard

The staff is very attentive, very professional. Every detail is thought of. Great job!

“The staff is very attentive, very professional. Every detail is thought of. Great job!”

Simone & Hans Waibel

Stress free diving on amazingly intact reefs. Our only criticism was that our holiday was too short!

“Thank you very much for a lovely stay! Very personal care, good atmosphere. Diving was well organized, and we were very well looked after. Wakatobi has amazing reefs, fish and biodiversity. Our dive guide was a great pleasure to dive with. Extra care for rebreather provided without any trouble. The dive boats were well built for the purpose, and it was easy to enter and exit the water. The staff was attentive. The accommodation was appropriate and functionary. Great staff in the dining room Welcome was well-organized and good introduction when we arrived. A small welcome in the room while waiting for luggage would be easy and nice. Stress free diving on amazingly intact reefs. Our only criticism was that our holiday was too short!” 

Andrea Heine & Roland Trybusch

Amazing diving and food. We had a great time, and we will recommend Wakatobi.

“Amazing diving and food. We had a great time, and we will recommend Wakatobi.”

Lynne & Rick Bronson

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Wakatobi. We look forward to our next visit.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Wakatobi. Our thanks to each of the staff who made our stay very special. We look forward to our next visit.”

Renate Zaugg

As repeat guests, we are very happy visiting Wakatobi once again and finding it as perfect as it was three years ago.

“As repeat guests, we are very happy visiting Wakatobi once again and finding it as perfect as it was three years ago. We liked our stay very much. Everything is well organized – above all, the transfer and the diving/snorkeling. The staff is extremely friendly and gives a hand wherever and whenever they can. We appreciate that very much. Thank you for all! A special thank you I want to give is for organizing my birthday celebration on the boat and the beach dinner. I will always remember these happy moments. A special thank you to our dive guide. Again, it was a pleasure to dive with him. He likes his job very much, and it is with passion that he shows his guests the underwater world of Wakatobi. We learned a lot from him, because he likes to share his enormous knowledge. We are very pleased to be his diving guests! We will further on support Lawrence in his strengths to protect and maintain this wonderful place on earth, and of course, we will come back. Thank you for all! Happy dives – happy life at Wakatobi at any time.”

A truly unique place. The reefs are in top condition, and the marine life is stunningly plentiful and diverse.

Hannele Sandmark & Dr. J.P. Nordlund

“We felt the service to be on top level, and the food was always delicious. We felt very warmly and kindly treated during our entire visit. Some small suggestions: we think that steak knifes could be good to have as an option when meat or steak is served. We also think that champagne could be good to add to the wine list. A truly unique place. The reefs are in top condition, and the marine life is stunningly plentiful and diverse. The service was excellent in all aspects, and the food was delicious”

Mary Arman & Rick Starr

This was our third trip to Wakatobi. We were pleased to find the reefs were still in excellent condition and the fish and critters as amazing as ever.

“This was our third trip to Wakatobi (2010, 2012, 2018). We were pleased to find the reefs were still in excellent condition and the fish and critters as amazing as ever. Our dive guides were very knowledgeable and worked hard to make our dives the best they could be – asking what we wanted to see. Their service and the service of the boat crew were exceptional. We had 12 dive days and great weather. We did do several dive sites two or three times (not sure why that was). We did notice more plastic debris floating in the water.  Our bungalow was very comfortable and everything worked very well. The housekeeping staff did a great job. All the staff we met was warm, friendly and helpful. The meals were very good. We found the salads and breads to be exceptionally good. The entrée/sides choices seemed perhaps not as varied as past trips, but the food was very good. Service in the restaurant was really great. We are amazed at how they learn everyone’s names! Our major complaint about anything is that the flies were really bad in the restaurant, especially at breakfast, but also lunches. Perhaps large fans, or mesh over most of the doorways (although we do enjoy the open air) are needed, at least for the time of year the flies are so bad. It caused us to cut meals short a few times. Overall, we are pleased that the level of service has been great.”

Jeanne & John Reeder

Superb service. I will proudly wear my Wakatobi t-shirt!

“Superb service. Extremely friendly staff. Excellent food and decent selection of wines and gin. Excellent snorkeling. Well-positioned bungalows oceanside. Comfortable bed, high quality linens, shampoo, etc. I will proudly wear my Wakatobi t-shirt!”

Denise Fournot & Jacques Bojin

A diver’s paradise. We’ll be back!

“Efficient, professional, friendly personnel, luxurious but simple at the same time. Everything is tops! Bravo again to the Wakatobi team. We’ll be back!” 

Beata & Robert Wirth

Very good service, very good vegan/vegetarian cuisine, beautiful intact dive spots. Wakatobi is a wonderful place.

“We enjoyed it so much _ especially the restaurant! I’m vegan and it was so good – delicious fresh food for us – great cooks! The service staff is so nice and attentive! The dive center is very good! We enjoyed different diving companions. Everyone was very pleasant, and we felt very well looked after! Thank you! Special thanks to the boat team of Waka V. We received very good service and help with the diving and the care of diving equipment! Pity that we didn’t meet the owner personally, but the super cute nanny and the three girls were very nice to meet! We are going to do the Pelagian for a week – Wow! Hope it will be just as wonderful there! Thank you very much! Wakatobi is a wonderful place. Very good service, very good vegan/vegetarian cuisine, beautiful intact dive spots.”

Peter Vine

With over 50 years diving all over the world, this was one of my best diving holiday experiences

“It was a very successful first visit to Wakatobi. The diversity and abundance of marine life and the condition of live corals, smooth organization, friendly, helpful and cheerful staff, particularly impressed me. I had particular issues related to diving with Parkinson’s disease and these were minimized by our dive guide who was superb – intuitive, caring, knowledgeable and careful at all times. I would like to see resorts such as Wakatobi join up with marine research organizations to conduct ecological studies in a coordinated manner – citizen science and more academia based on research on coral growth and survival. Stressing impact of fishing, reducing herbivores and thus triggering decline. Also, monitoring of ocean acidification. With over 50 years diving all over the world, this was one of my best diving holiday experiences. We hope to return soon!”

Name withheld

Everything is perfect. The cooking lesson is a must – awesome!

“Everything is perfect. Wakatobi is the best dive resort – perfect dive spots, knowledgeable dive guides, excellent food and amenities. Every staff member does his/her best. The cooking lesson is a must – awesome!”

Catherine & Jeff Ferguson

Of particular note to us were our driver and guide in Bali. On a one to ten scale, Wakatobi was around a 17!

“We didn’t know what to expect. We were not only impressed, but also astounded at the care and attention to detail from all of the Wakatobi Team. Of particular note to us were our driver and guide in Bali. All of the staff at the resort was ‘top drawer’. Our private dive experience manager was beyond outstanding, tailoring our dives to our skill level and ensuring that we were comfortable with the dives and saw many new things. Overall, we could not have enjoyed our stay more and where appropriate, will heartily recommend Wakatobi. On a one to ten scale, Wakatobi was around a 17! We will be back!”

Johnny Yiu

You should increase the minimum stay to five nights. Four nights is too short.

“You should increase the minimum stay to five nights. Four nights is too short.”

Ivan Samuels

The diving was truly incredible. There is unbelievable diversity on your reefs.

“We had a wonderful stay, and really, all of our expectations were met. The diving was truly incredible. There is unbelievable diversity on your reefs. The dive guides were very knowledgeable, often pointing out tiny creatures we would never have seen. The rooms were great – very comfortable, functional and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful throughout. The food was very good, and they were able to accommodate special requests.

Minor suggestion for improvement: The dive guides point out lots of species, but the names are hard to remember. I suggest they consider putting a summary of highlights seen for each dive. This would be helpful for our log books.

Brynne Martin

The coral was amazing and the service was superb

“The coral was amazing and the service was superb. I think the only thing that would make this place better is if it ran on solar power. You could name the panels after the solar-powered sea slug. The reef where everybody knows your name.”

Edna & Susanne Haengaertner

Great diving. Always very friendly staff, very good spa, very friendly service in the restaurant and at the front desk.

“Thanks a lot. Great diving. Always very friendly staff, very good spa, very friendly service in the restaurant and at the front desk. Nice reef, but dive instructor should talk about it more/explain!”

Peggy & Dale Coburn

Diving and local staffs are the best!

“Diving and local staff is the best! Wish the boat crew had names on their shirts. The board on the boat was not always updated when the crew changed.”

Marle Christensen

This resort is a 10 in every way!

“This is one of my all time favorite resorts! It’s very well run, and the staff is amazing! Please continue the fight for ‘no take’ fish zones. Wakatobi’s fish life is beautiful. Overall, an absolutely wonderful experience! I hope to be back some day! Thank you! This resort is a 10 in every way!”

Lori & Scott Oakes

We had a wonderful 10 days of diving with our dive guide – loved her enthusiasm for life and her upbeat attitude

“We had a wonderful 10 days of diving with our dive guide – loved her enthusiasm for life and her upbeat attitude. She made us laugh a lot. Also, she recognized the diverse diving styles in our group and adapted to meet our needs making all of us happy and comfortable underwater. The boat crew was always there to help and pick up us. The dining room staff was wonderful – love them.” 

Kelley & Bob Scarzafava

After our third trip back, the staff and crew never cease to amaze us!

“After our third trip back, the staff and crew never cease to amaze us! Everyone is always smiling and jumping in to help no matter what you need. It’s been five years since our last visit and the upgrades are nice. The new road to the beach is fantastic! We love our beach bungalow with its outside showers! Watching the sunrise and sunset from our beach chairs was so relaxing. The reefs are still in good shape with beautiful hard corals even in the shallows. Our guides were fantastic. They did a great job showing each group what they wanted to see. It was nice to see familiar faves still here from our last visit. It shows that the company takes care of their employees because they are willing to stay for so long. The restaurant staff is awesome – always smiling and putting out fantastic meals. It was nice to see new faces too. Sorry I don’t have everyone’s name. Our sales representative always does a great job helping us with planning and organizing. She is the best.”

Hope Dean

This is truly a very special place. I also enjoyed every meal and appreciated the effort to accommodate my dietary needs.

“I had a wonderful time! The diving is very beautiful. Our guide was very good at showing us critters and she was friendly and helpful at all times on the boat. She knew her stuff. Also, the boat crew was so helpful and friendly. They made everything about the diving so easy. The food and lodge staffs were amazingly helpful and friendly, and they kept everything running smoothly. I also enjoyed every meal and appreciated the effort to accommodate my dietary needs. This is truly a very special place.”

Andreas Kumpf & Nicole Weiler

Thank you for our great week at the resort.

“Thank you for our great week at the resort. Special thanks to our dive guide on the Pelagian and at the resort. We had a lot of fun during our dives, especially being able to see a Spanish Dancer during a day dive. From the restaurant, we give special thanks to our server. He created a fantastic choco-cherry cake for us. Many thanks for that. This one was the special Indonesian style. We enjoyed every breakfast, lunch and dinner with our server, Lina” 

Elaine Gates

Fabulous! A must visit for divers. World class diving!

“Fabulous! The staff and dive guides were excellent. Everyone has been very accommodating. Superb dive sites! A must visit for divers. World class diving!”

Edna Brubaker

The best place in the world to eat, sleep and dive!

“The best place in the world to eat, sleep and dive!”

Cassandra Sumadi

I enjoyed the stay at Wakatobi very much

“I enjoyed the stay at Wakatobi very much. The whole staff is very friendly and polite. Very nice dive sites.”

Silke & Knut Boerminghaus

Super staff, the restaurant service, good food and staff also take care of extra wishes.

“Super staff, the restaurant service, good food and staff also take care of extra wishes. Super service by our servers at the restaurant and at the jetty bar. Thanks a lot! The diving sites are very nice, at least the places we saw.”

Louis Smith

All the staff have made this a holiday to remember – from the Bali airport onwards I felt very quickly welcomed and in vacation mode.

“It’s very hard to ‘fault’ anything. However, I would have preferred to have the night dive earlier in the week, as I would have enjoyed an afternoon off and find I also need a bit of motivation for the night dive at the end of the week. All the staff have made this a holiday to remember – from the Bali airport onwards I felt very quickly welcomed and in ‘vacation mode’. The boutique could offer a few little snacks and possibly more dive gear – like the metal sticks that the guides use on dives. Everything was really outstanding. It was a holiday full of effervescence!”

Steve & Margaret Maurer, Diane Kehoe

The transport was very nice, and having people to help and give directions at the airport was very helpful.

“The dive masters were great. They were both outstanding. They gave very detailed pre-dive briefs and were excellent spotters. They have a deep knowledge of the sea life here. All the dive sites were great, even when we went for a ride with the crazy current. The boat helpers were friendly and capable. Our bungalow was very nice and worked well for us. We loved the view from the front porch. The whole resort layout was easy to get around. The food was good and we liked the selection, both hot and cold options. We especially liked the soups, and we also liked the little freshly made food station off to the side. The transport was very nice, and having people to help and give directions at the airport was very helpful.”

Rocky & Sabine Kmiecik

Service is some of the best we’ve seen. The private boat experience was super!

“Bottom line – awesome! Our private guide for 41 dives – we learned so much and had such a great time, it’s hard to describe. The operation runs smoothly. I would recommend increasing the tank inventory and number of dive tags. The camera room is an excellent feature! The dive boats and crews are great. Service is some of the best we’ve seen. We really like the mugs and warm drinks! The private boat experience was super! The chef prepared our meals and snacks with ease and style. The boat was great, but could use a few improvements, such as a longer ladder (hard to get out of the water with gear on). The bathroom needs a mirror and some bio-friendly soap for the shower. This was our ‘once in a lifetime’ trip – but we’ve already decided to come back. The resort is wonderful. The staff is attentive and the diving is awesome! “Villa 4 is a great facility. The room air conditioning works great. The bathroom a/c struggled a bit. We liked the outdoor shower! Awesome amenities – we didn’t lack for anything. Our butler kept everything well stocked. We loved the coffee machine, movement to B03 went well. Effortlessly for us as the staff handled it all. B03 is nice! Everything is in good working shape. The restaurant had great food! Special kudos to our wait staff, including on the WakaVII. Everyone there genuinely cares. It was always a great thing to start the day with a smiling breakfast staff. Everyone dressing up for Halloween was cool too! Front desk: Fitri is awesome! She definitely has the skills, motivation and ability to move up the management ladder here!”

Shari & Rick Ratliff

Thank you for your kindness in making an unforgettable vacation for us at Wakatobi!

“It is very apparent that this is a well thought-out and planned dive resort operation, from the instant we were greeted by the hospitable Wakatobi personnel at the airport to the bungalow accommodations to the front desk to the phenomenal food service, the housekeeping and groundskeepers, the captains, dive guides and crew. Our dive guides provided outstanding service for us, as did our maître d. We hope to come back and bring a group of our divers from the U.S. Please have someone contact me about those arrangements.”

Elizabeth Allen

Everything was just perfect

“I have been travelling for over 30 years and the staff at Wakatobi are the most friendly and helpful I have every met. The diving is just sublime – truly mind blowing to have such a paradise within such a short boat distance. Everything was just perfect – no negative comments whatsoever. The only suggestion I make is perhaps the night dive is held on day 3 or 4, not 5. That’s it!! Absolutely loved my time here. I will be back!” 

Tony Giorgio

The diving is second to none. But what really makes Wakatobi exceptional is the staff.

“As stated by many others, Wakatobi is a special place. The resort is beautifully designed and the attention to detail is evident throughout. The diving is second to none. There are thriving coral reefs teaming with life. But what really makes Wakatobi exceptional is the staff, who will try to fill every request. They even made freshly prepared coconut water for this dehydrated diver.”

Susanne Karst

I appreciate the guide to diver ratio and the spacious nature of the dive boats

“Loved ‘valet’ diving. Everyone was quick to offer help. When in need of carrying dive gear or cameras I appreciate the guide to diver ratio and the spacious nature of the dive boats. Nice to have hot or cold beverages on board. My dive guide was great, working diligently to find critters. All staff was friendly and very polite. They were quick to respond to any need. One suggestion for improvement: better Wi-Fi service, connecting to the Internet was challenging at times. Thanks for a great experience!”

Kim and Ken Johnson

My wife and I have looked forward to visiting Wakatobi for several years. It was worth the wait

“My wife and I have looked forward to visiting Wakatobi for several years. It was worth the wait and did not disappoint in any respect.” 

Mary Lou & Eric Schroeder

The best dive boats that we have ever been on! Every detail is taken care of.

“Thank you all for the best vacation that we have ever had! I really don’t know where to begin but I will try my best. My wife and I have been diving for over 40 years. Our diving has been limited to California and the Caribbean and this was our first trip to the tropical Pacific region. In no particular order, here are some of the highlights of our visit.

The Wakatobi staff: The kindest, most gracious, friendliest people in the world. Every time we turned around we were offered help in the restaurant, dive shop and boat. Our dive instructor is one of the loveliest ladies that we have ever met. She was a delight to dive with and has the eyes of a hawk. Her credentials are impressive to say the least. It is not every operation where your dive guide has multiple certifications including Trimix Instructor! The accommodations: both the Ocean Bungalow and the Palm Bungalow were very nice and immaculate. The food: fabulous food, tremendous wait staff and beautiful ocean, garden views with a wonderful breeze. The boats: the best dive boats that we have ever been on! Getting your equipment on is so easy, and the boat staff is so helpful. The hot spearmint towels and hot chocolate after each dive are wonderful. The dives: last but not least, pristine dive sites with incomparable marine life. The Wakatobi organization: incredible operation from the minute you get off the plane in Denpassar until you leave home. Every detail is taken care of. ‘I have a feeling that we are not in Kansas any more, Toto’  – Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz”&nb

Tamara Koleng

Heaven is a place on earth… Wakatobi Resort

“Where do I start? From the time I set foot onto the pier, I knew I wanted to come back! The receptionist, boutique staff and massage - WOW. Kind, courteous, helpful, amazing staff who went above and beyond. Happy hour pier, thank you to our bartender for making the best Lemon Drop Martinis – they were 5-Star! Restaurant staff – OMG – a big shout out and thank you to restaurant staff. A huge shout out to all of you. You are all one of a kind! I guess I should mention why I came here – to dive! My dive guides…wow-patient, top-notch employees who made the trip even more enjoyable with their knowledge and calm, enthusiastic, warm demeanors. I will never forget you. I hope when we return, I will come back to such amazing divers! Thank you! Heaven is a place on earth… Wakatobi Resort.”

Michele & Mike Long

Our dive guides really added to the full experience. Wakatobi is where divers go to get spoiled.

“The boat crew and captain of the Wakatobi III are wonderful. They took great care of our equipment and us and made getting on and off the boat low stress. They work well together and with us. Thank you, Waka III boat crew and captain. The dive team is extremely knowledgeable. I appreciate their passion for the reef and the creatures that live there. Our dive guides really added to the full experience by sharing their wisdom of diving (thanks for the tip) and fish behavior. I’m a better diver because of them. Thank you, dive team. The restaurant staff took great care to take care of our dining experience. There are many others who deserve kudos too, but I don’t remember their names. We appreciated the welcoming smiles of staff who answered all of our questions. Wakatobi is where divers go to get spoiled by friendly hardworking people.”

Mary Kay Lenertz

We enjoyed our stay here very much. The service is excellent. The diving is phenomenal.

“We enjoyed our stay here very much. The service is excellent. The diving is phenomenal.”

Mark Faville

The level of service was outstanding. Looking forward to future visits.

“We heard several people at dinner say they would like to be able to purchase the table candles with the Wakatobi symbols. Perhaps a future sale item at the boutique. Thank you all for everything. The level of service was outstanding. Looking forward to future visits.”

Suzanne & Mark Stewart

Our dive guide was excellent and really cared about tailoring the dives to our desires

“This is our third trip to Wakatobi and we were not disappointed. Everything was as wonderful as ever. Service is stellar and diving is amazing. Our dive guide was excellent and really cared about tailoring the dives to our desires. She was really good at locating marine life and telling us about it. The boat crew are super nice and hard working. We appreciate all their efforts (Waka III). The restaurant staff always goes above and beyond to please. The maître D is incredible. He takes care of everyone with such grace and kindness. All the rest of the staff work so hard to make sure our needs are taken care of – often before we even ask. The manicure and pedicure was the best I’ve ever had! Thank you to our guide for a truly wonderful village tour. He did a great job, and we also appreciate his help at the front desk throughout our stay.”

Jill Crocker

I’ve dived all over the world and this is by far the best diving! Service is world class.

“I love Wakatobi! I’ve dived all over the world and this is by far, the best diving! Service is world class. I love every one of you!” 

Gail & Eric Greager

Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! We have traveled to many wonderful places and this one rates in the top 5!

“Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! We have traveled to many wonderful places and this one rates in the top 5! The staff could not have been more attentive, friendly and personable. They greeted us by name and a very welcoming smile. The food was delicious! We enjoyed it all! Eric suggests that happy hour should be between 5 and 7 pm. Diving was incredible! Our boat captain was awesome and always picked us up in a safe and timely manner. The boat crew was so helpful and managed our equipment and us beautifully. We could not have been happier with our dive guide. She made the trip even better with personality and cheerfulness, and she found amazing little and big creatures! Between the two of us, we did 93 dives here and on the Pelagian! Thank you!”

Suzanne Scharlé & Cris Burton

We considered this our once in a lifetime trip. Now we consider it the first of many trips to Wakatobi.

“Stellar service! Dive staff, dive helpers, housekeeping staff, and restaurant staff were all amazing. We lacked for nothing and our expectations were greatly exceeded! The restaurant hosts were gracious, helpful, kind and funny. They allowed me to practice my Indonesian language skills and even taught me new words and phrases. The restaurant team ensured all our restaurant needs were met. I had the best dive guide/divemaster ever! What about scheduling a diving /service trip? Half the time spent diving, the other half doing acts of service in the village such as painting the schoolrooms, etc.? We’d totally love to do that. We considered this our once in a lifetime trip. Now we consider it the first of many trips to Wakatobi. Thank you!”

Sandra Săgesser

The diving is fantastic and even better than it was 5 years ago. Thanks to the protection and prevention. Bravo!

"In the 14 days I have stayed here, I have not met or seen a single unfriendly, unmotivated employee. Congrats !!! The service is unique, familiar and very cordial. The diving is fantastic and even better than it was 5 years ago. Thanks to the protection and prevention. Bravo !!! I am already confirming when to come back next year."

Sabine Friedrich & Heinz Busch

Our stay at Wakatobi has been two weeks in Paradise!

“Our stay at Wakatobi has been two weeks in Paradise!”

Beth & Mark Atherton

This was the perfect diving vacation. We had no idea how great perfect could be.

“We liked having different dive guides. Each has their own strengths and interests. Local staff is amazing. Great attitude. Always willing to help. Internet could be more dependable. The variety of food was wonderful. Really enjoyed the Indonesian dishes. And loved the coconut sorbet. We wished we had explored the house reef more; it is a real treasure. The taxi options were so easy and helpful. The service on the last dive day was great! Nice to have our items prepped to go home. This was the perfect diving vacation. We had no idea how great perfect could be. From the staff to the dive sites we were overwhelmed”

Our dive guide was great! She has great eyes for the tiny critters!

Cindi Mayer & Brian McCredie

“The last time we were here I made the suggestion to keep divers and photographers apart. Your preliminary information form asks if you want to dive without photographers. Thank you for using the refillable soap dispensers instead of the ‘single use’ plastic bottles. Our dive guide was great! She has great eyes for the tiny critters! Gracias to her. The whole staff is also great. Gracias a todo! Thank you for playing the music of Indonesia at breakfast. We enjoyed our bird walks with the resort management.” 

Suzanne & Dick Arkless

Whether you dive or snorkel, Wakatobi takes care of all the details so your focus is on fun!

“My husband and I snorkel, not dive. This resort caters to both. Whether you dive or snorkel, Wakatobi takes care of all the details so your focus is on fun! Thanks for spoiling us and taking such good care of us. We applaud the great work you do and the effort you take to help the local people learn and respect what our oceans do for us – to take care of it so it takes care of us. Thank you.”

Nancy & Ed Bandstra

Our driver/ guide gave us a nice tour of Bali culture and navigated us well. He was a wonderful host.

“From the beginning of the trip in Denpasar, Bali to its completion at the same locale, the staff that we had the privilege to meet was most welcoming and helpful. Our driver/ guide gave us a nice tour of Bali culture and navigated us well. He was a wonderful host. Our stay at Wakatobi Resort was better than anticipated, with wonderful service from the dive team, food service and housekeeping staff. Many thanks for your quick responses to emails prior to our holiday. The organization here is second to none. We will have a lifetime of memories to savor and are most grateful to have had the opportunity to see a marine life safari with vivid color and such amazing design. The staff is remarkable, and the execution of detail here is easily recognized. Well done and best wishes for a prosperous future for all associated with Wakatobi!”

Amy & Eric Falconi

The staff has been amazing in every respect. The food is fantastic, and the diving is phenomenal!

“Our stay has been magnificent! The staff has been amazing in every respect. The food is fantastic, and the diving is phenomenal! We hope to return someday. Wakatobi Resort is a must-do for every diver’s bucket list!”

Dana Nguyen & Eric Gold

Spectacular! The snorkeling guides and crew are very knowledgeable and patient.

“Spectacular! The snorkeling guides and crew are very knowledgeable and patient. Wakatobi is a feast to the eyes!”

Eva-Helen and Jari Oinas

This is our second time to be here and we love it!

“This is our second time to be here and we love it! Untouched marine life, excellent guides and staff and delicious food!”

John Cover

What a WONDERFUL place! Everyone here was very eager to meet any need.

“What a WONDERFUL place! Thank you everyone on the Wakatobi staff for a fantastic holiday. Everyone here was very eager to meet any need. The staff is all super friendly. I very much look forward to returning in the future!”

Judith Goh

Thank you very much for everything! I would especially like to compliment my dive guides for taking care of the group and making sure everyone was safe.

“Thank you very much for everything! I would especially like to compliment my dive guides for taking care of the group and making sure everyone was safe. My guide was very, very helpful, kind and patient. We all enjoyed diving with him both on the Pelagian as well as at the resort. We hope to dive with him next time when we return to Wakatobi. You have very excellent staff at this resort. Everyone is friendly and your restaurant staff remembers names of your guests – very impressive! Keep up the good work and take care! Wishing everyone good health and wishes for the new year ahead!”

Lee Johnson & Joey Pool

Great service, great food, best house reef, great diving and great facilities. See you all again next year!

“Thank you to all staff who made our trip very enjoyable. This is our third time, and we are already planning the next trip. Great service, great food, best house reef, great diving and great facilities. See you all again next year! Thank you!”

Tamra George & Mal Bradley

Awesome staff, fantastic facilities and world-class diving

“Thank you for an amazing week. Awesome staff, fantastic facilities and world-class diving; it was worth every penny. Will definitely look to come back at some point in the future.”

Deborah & Patrick O’Leary

It’s hard to believe we could find a better snorkeling experience anywhere else in the world

“Thank you Wakatobi team. We have had a fabulous holiday and we’re sorry to be heading home so soon. We came to Wakatobi to see world-class coral, and it delivered that by the bucket load. The icing on the cake is the fantastic service provided by each and every member of the team. It’s hard to believe we could find a better snorkeling experience anywhere else in the world.”

Priska Hutterli & Ronald Winkler

The dive sites are extraordinary, and the Fluo dive was a highlight

“The name sign on the Villa entrance is a great idea! The organization on the boat was excellent. The dive guides were great and had excellent knowledge of underwater corals and fishes. The dive helpers were very friendly and helpful. The dive sites are extraordinary, and the Fluo dive was a highlight. The restaurant and Jetty Bar have very friendly staff and lots of variety in food. The music in the morning would not be necessary in our opinion. The activities are interesting. The shop is nice and has good quality clothes. Wakatobi is a great dive spot for people who want intact coral reefs with a lot of diversity and abundance of reef fishes and dwellers.”

Patricia Venetz & Robert Mundschin

Thank you for your kindness in making an unforgettable vacation for us at Wakatobi!

“Thank you for your kindness in making an unforgettable vacation for us at Wakatobi! We enjoyed the diving very much. As we are both very experienced divers, we appreciated that we had certain liberty, and we had very good guides. Compliments to our guide, he does a great job and has a huge amount of knowledge. He was very helpful to assist when he could. We made one dive on Roma and we would appreciate doing it twice in ten days (for the next time). Thank you very much to all of you. Top dive spots for macro and super macro. Very good service, dive crew, dive guides and resort.”

Ann & Julian Burke

We’ve never been anywhere else where so much attention has been paid to detail

“We’ve never been anywhere else where so much attention has been paid to detail. On my questionnaire form I said that I could eat anything except oysters and to my amazement, I was asked on the second day if I would like the chef to cook me some bak choi without oyster sauce. The staff and facilities are second to none. We came to snorkel but I ended up having my first ever dive here! One small comment (but not a complaint): we received your pre-holiday email, which said that divers needed 5 mm wetsuits. After an email exchange we discussed that 1 mm wetsuits were probably recommended for us snorkelers, and indeed we needed them. It might be helpful to give that information earlier (unless we missed it), as we only just had time to get them. Wakatobi is an outstanding resort for diving, snorkeling, food and service. Thank you so much!”

David Ames & Diane Loik

We had a fabulous stay and wanted for nothing.

“We had a fabulous stay and wanted for nothing. Staffs were super and did their jobs well – so positive and such a refreshing experience. Thank you.”

Jeannie Basenese & George Schneider

Wakatobi is a world-class dive operation and resort that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

“Another outstanding trip to Wakatobi – as good as I remembered! Wakatobi is a world-class dive operation and resort that should be on everyone’s bucket list.” 

Jamie Robinson

This is an amazing place and I will continue to be an ambassador!

“Thank you for yet another amazing stay at Wakatobi Resort. All of the staff went out of their way to make my stay memorable and enjoyable. A special thank you to the restaurant staff, the dive team, reception and the Bali office staff. I really appreciate what everyone did for me. This is an amazing place and I will continue to be an ambassador! Thank you for all the mangasteens– that was such a nice treat!”

Lisa & Jim Graham

Overall, a 5-Star experience!

“We had a fantastic experience this week! The dive team, service staff and everyone else have been terrific. If we can offer one suggestion, please consider adjusting the time for happy hour. 5:00 - 6:00/6:30 would be much better than 4:30 - 5:30. Overall, a 5-Star experience! The diving, food, accommodations and service were terrific! Thanks for the great time!” 

Mary & Michael Albondante

Every dive we saw something new. Best dive team we have ever dove with. Fabulous!

“The resort is incredible. The dive staff was amazing and pointed out interesting fish. Every dive we saw something new. Best dive team we have ever dove with. Fabulous! The restaurant featured a wide variety of food, and all was incredibly delicious. Enjoyed every single meal and wait staff were kind and attentive. The entire Wakatobi team took care of us. The moment we met them at the Bali airport they anticipated our every need and went way beyond expectations. The diving was great. The food was great, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision to come. Thank you!” 

Patty Larkin

I saw more on the Wakatobi House reef than in a full week of diving Palau!

“I saw more on the Wakatobi House Reef than in a full week of diving Palau!”

Lisette Norman & Roger Olsson

Overall a very nice experience being pampered for almost two weeks.

“Overall a very nice experience being pampered for almost two weeks. Great food, service and excellent diving.”

“Fantastic! Incredible dives, great service, knowledgeable staff, great week.”

Fantastic! Incredible dives, great service, knowledgeable staff, great week.

 “Fantastic! Incredible dives, great service, knowledgeable staff, great week.”

Walt Whitten

It’s an amazing experience not to be missed. I’ll be back

“Wakatobi is a special place, which is well thought out – a natural wonder, simply marvelous. It’s an amazing experience not to be missed. I’ll be back.”

Ann & Ingo Burlatis

We are very thankful for our dive guide. She is a role model for the environment!

“We are very thankful for our dive guide. She always kept a lookout for our group under water and gave us a lot of information over water. She is a role model for the environment! And she makes the best hot chocolate. Thank you to the whole staff. They are all such friendly people and we had a very nice holiday.”

Gunning Westendorp

It was absolutely fantastic, again!

“It was absolutely fantastic, again! We really love everything about Wakatobi. Thank you for the perfect service!”

Astrid & Matt Thompson

Thank you for another amazing visit!

“This was our family’s third stay, and it was as enjoyable as always. Thank you for another amazing visit!”

Viktoria Dlouhy

I will be back because of my dive guide!

“Wakatobi is a very beautiful place for being on vacation. I will be back because of my dive guide! The dive locations are beautiful and the resort too. I had ten days – a nice and relaxing vacation, and it was a great time.”

Franziska Dlouhy

As they said, ‘everything is possible here.’ A place with wonderful service and wonderful people.

“Wakatobi Resort is a beautiful place to stay not only for their great and multiple dive sites but furthermore, it is a place with wonderful service and wonderful people. The wait staff was really helpful by helping us choose dishes or by cooking special meals by order. As they said, ‘everything is possible here’.”

Sarah Thompson

Our stay was absolutely outstanding. The dive operation is wonderful and so well run.

“Our stay was absolutely outstanding. The resort is incredibly beautiful. The staff is so thoughtful and welcoming and they pay attention to every detail. The dive operation is wonderful and so well run. The food and diving experience was amazing! Thank you.”

Paul Vandermarck

The snorkeling was the best we’ve ever seen. Our family had a terrific week!

“The snorkeling was the best we’ve ever seen. Our family had a terrific week! Thank you! Our instructor for our diving course was fantastic. The villa was very comfortable. Most of all, we were impressed with the quality of the staff. Everyone was incredibly friendly with a smile and can-do attitude. We hope to come back again and this will be a key reason. We tried hard and could only think of a few minor suggestions to make Wakatobi even better. Better paddleboards that are stiffer and have better fins. A catamaran for sailing would also be a great addition. A swimming pool would help make Wakatobi a greater family vacation spot. Our kids loved playing soccer with the staff on our last day. I’m sure the staff values their break time, but maybe once a week, you could invite interested kids/guests to join. Wakatobi is a very special place!”

Katherine Branscomb & Clara Kelley

Our dive guide was very quick to pick up on our preferences. Exceptional service!

“Everything you could want in a dive resort. Our dive guide was very quick to pick up on our preferences. Exceptional service! We loved our dive guide who was patient, flexible and very knowledgeable about the diving, the area and all the creatures that live here. We could not have asked for a better divemaster. Our only two comments, both on logistics: tell people not to drink the tap water when they arrive and send an email to tell guests you will meet them at the Bali Airport. We didn’t know to look. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

William Sheehy

5-star service and great diving – Wakatobi has the best of both worlds.

“The Wakatobi experience has been uniformly excellent – great service, good food and a wonderful dive experience. They deserve all five stars! 5-star service and great diving – Wakatobi has the best of both worlds.

Jessica Novia & Thomas Hansmann

The personalization to welcome this honeymoon couple is very appreciated!

“Create incredible memories at Wakatobi Resort. The personalization to welcome this honeymoon couple is very appreciated! We spent our honeymoon ambitiously – pursuing diving certification as open water divers. We are happy to have chosen Wakatobi for our honeymoon as it helped us achieve our target while enjoying our honeymoon. The dive instructors are very experienced, skillful, clear and very friendly. The staffs overall at Wakatobi are very helpful and smiley. The resort itself is surely best in class. The food is wonderful. The surroundings are natural and pristine. Our mornings are always welcomed by chirping birds and our nights are always sweetened by the stars.  Another thing that we appreciate is the way the business runs sustainably and gives back to the local community. Superb! Thanks, Wakatobi for supporting us to have an incredible memory.

Tex, Laura and Bo Gunning

Wakatobi is the ‘best service’ dive resort we have ever been to.

“The Gunning family had a life experience! Amazing location/views, unbelievable service, super dives, corals and fish, excellent food. Anything is possible. Serene, calm, quiet experience – not busy; exclusive; wonderful accommodation/villa/inside-outside, showers; perfection in logistics; perfection in maintenance; a clear serving culture amongst all people. The restaurant host is amazing. The cook staff is excellent and amazing. Wakatobi is the ‘best service’ dive resort we have ever been to. Everything is just perfect! A big thank you to all staff for the incredible experience!

Cheryl Sena

I had the best dive trip experience. The staff was fabulous; they anticipated needs and were generous with their time and knowledge.

 “I had the best dive trip experience. The staff was fabulous; they anticipated needs and were generous with their time and knowledge. Thank you for helping make this week so easy and so much fun. The dive staff was the best crew I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Thank you.”

Jamie Roberts

The boat is well maintained and the accommodations are very comfortable. The food was outstanding.

 “The boat is well maintained and the accommodations are very comfortable. The food was outstanding.

Karen Doby & Karen Edwards

I loved the whole day of muck diving with Pelagian – so much to see. Gorgeous cabin and boat areas, very comfortable

“Pelagian offers a nice relaxing schedule, not so cramped. 70-minute dives – better than 60. Love the hot towel and hot water hoses after dive. Great staff –  everyone is so friendly and helpful. Food service and meals good! Nice that you could custom order. I loved the whole day of muck diving with Pelagian– so much to see. Gorgeous cabin and boat areas, very comfortable liveaboard.”

Jan Medina

The staff on Pelagian was excellent, and I was very appreciative of the personal attention

“The staff on Pelagian was excellent, and I was very appreciative of the personal attention. The food was good and more than expected. My dive guides found lots of creatures on the dives. I wish the visibility was better but that is certainly not within anyone’s control. Thanks to everyone on the crew for going out of his or her way to make our experience as good as possible.

Sara Doster & Connie Hiatt

This is our favorite dive resort in the world!

“Staff are incredible – from dive guide and boat staff to dining room. Truly gracious and helpful. The spa menu should mention shiatsu. The massage therapists are familiar with shiatsu. In fact, I had the best shiatsu massage anywhere, including Tokyo. This is our favorite dive resort in the world. We will come back and send our friends.

Werner Truter

The healthiest reef we have ever dived on!

“The accommodation leaves nothing to be desired. Nothing is too much for the staff who are always helpful and smiling! The healthiest reef we have ever dived on!”

Jacqueline Jakos & Robert Kreuzer

Our dive guide was an excellent, experienced dive guide and spotter

“It is very convenient to receive the treatment in the villa! You might think about an upgrade of the spa bungalow next to the medical room. All the boat crews provided good service, especially the crew of Waka VI. The crew was very attentive and very eager to assist and provide support without being asked. Excellent service! Our dive guide was an excellent, experienced dive guide and spotter. He significantly contributed to my photography experience and making it a great experience for us. Our butler was very eager to provide excellent service and was available immediately when needed. Dive center staff responded in an outstanding way to our concerns after one week, contributing to our really great vacation. The team at the restaurant and jetty bar were always very kind, friendly and more than eager to serve. We were spoiled three times a day!” 

Patrick McNamara

The dive boats were just great and it was easy to get on and off

“Housekeeping and restaurant service were excellent. Restaurant staff knows your name and gets it right every time. They are always polite and smiling. All requested services delivered without issue every time. Full credit to the management. The dive boats were just great and it was easy to get on and off. The boat crew was happy and willing to help. The dive guides were excellent and willing to participate in discussions. They provided lots of knowledge and experience. The accommodation and diving experience at Wakatobi was just exceptional. ”

Ashley Reed & Nick Rabatic

Our one-week stay at Wakatobi was fantastic. As a guest with dietary restrictions, the restaurant crew provided endless options

“Our one week stay at Wakatobi was fantastic. From the minute we arrived, staff knew us by name and took care of every need. Our diving was terrific. The dive guides and crew were helpful and friendly. In the restaurant the food was outstanding. The wide variety catered to all and used fresh ingredients. As a guest with dietary restrictions, the restaurant crew provided endless options and made special off-menu dishes. They went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. We will definitely recommend Wakatobi to others. Thanks for everything!” 

Isaac Marovitz

All around, Wakatobi is an amazing experience that covers all the bases

“Staffs were very kind, friendly and helpful. Atmosphere and rooms are all really good. Dive sites and instructor were amazing. All around, Wakatobi is an amazing experience that covers all the bases.”

Patricia & Christian Wipf

Everything is perfect from beginning to the end!

“We spent ten days at Wakatobi Resort and had a great time. Diving, snorkeling – everything was perfect! So much to see! Great staff, very helpful and friendly instructors. Food is great – never, ever will you go hungry diving! Rather, the contrary – tend to eat too much. Wakatobi is a wonderful place. Everything is perfect from beginning to the end! Food, staff, diving instructors, everybody trying to give their best! We love it and definitely will come back again and again. Thanks, Wakatobi for our great holiday!” 

Thorsten Albrecht

Wakatobi offers excellent snorkeling and dive sites if you are a lover of coral reefs

“Wakatobi offers excellent snorkeling and dive sites if you are a lover of coral reefs. A small luxury hideaway in the center of the Coral Triangle!” 

The Skripchenko Family

The diving experience was great and our divemaster was very knowledgeable about marine life

“I really like the resort. It was excellent. Food choices are provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The diving experience was great and our divemaster was very knowledgeable about marine life. He can pin point the small and big amazing creatures. The service was excellent. Overall, I will recommend Wakatobi Resort as a vacation choice.”

Rick McCawley

From the moment of arrival, it was clear this is a five-star dive destination. Wakatobi is spectacular in every way.

“From the moment of arrival, it was clear this is a five-star dive destination. Wakatobi is spectacular in every way.”

Cleanne, Randy & Schuyler Ray

Exquisitely designed and executed in order to meet every need

“Exquisitely designed and executed in order to meet every need. (entire operation). The bungalows are neat, clean, and beautiful. We will miss the sun showers. Dining was a pleasure with excellent food, variety of healthy selections. Dining staff was outstanding, attentive, and genuinely friendly and anticipated every need. The dive operation was the best in the world as far as I have seen - every need anticipated. Dive locations – Wakatobi has a very wide array of creatures, coral, sponges, etc. Magnificent color and variety. Beautiful grounds and landscaping. Above and beyond duty: made arrangements to bring my son and our baggage in from Bali in between flights. We are grateful for your efforts to get him here safely.”

Nieuwenhuis

Very notable dive guide for his personable nature, attentiveness and strong work ethic

“Very notable dive guide for his personable nature, attentiveness, and strong work ethic. He was very familiar with sites and underwater life. Also notable: the amazing kitchen! They turn out delicious bread, spaghetti, burgers, roasts of lamb, beef, chicken, duck, sweet desserts and cappuccino to die for.”

Natesha & David Madison

Wakatobi is one of those special places on earth where you can truly feel the vibrant energy all around.

“Awesome pastry chef! Housekeeping – our butlers were excellent! Good team work in cleaning up our room. Perhaps can be more detailed. Dive team was so impeccable – can’t think of anything bad! Wakatobi is one of those special places on earth where you can truly feel the vibrant energy all around."

Cie & Laurence Morales

We were very happy to be at Wakatobi, a wonderful place for diving

“We were very happy to be at Wakatobi, a wonderful place for diving. The dive crew and the staff took care of us so kindly. The organization is perfect. Thank you.”

Michael Ehrlich

Schools of everything from anthias to barracuda – incredible! The diving was incredible with numerous varieties of corals… and the largest groupings I have ever seen!

“Thank you for an amazing week. Wish I could have stayed much longer! Everyone I came in contact with was warm and friendly. Exceptional staff. They should all be commended! The diving was incredible with numerous varieties of hard and soft corals and the largest groupings I have ever seen! Schools of everything from anthias to barracuda – incredible! The staff is very impressive, foreseeing your needs even before you ask – five stars!”

Melanie Blohm

The diving and snorkeling were wonderful!

“The diving and snorkeling were wonderful! My guide was so nice. The kitchen staff and local staff were warm, inviting and very accommodating.”

Mary Blohm

The food was excellent, the lodging was delightful and I loved the snorkeling

“All of us felt confused. The briefing was directed at divers only, so I missed some experience due to lack of information. I would suggest a welcome briefing for snorkelers only with a clear description of currents and tides. The snorkeling guides were wonderful once I figured it out. The food was excellent, the lodging was delightful and I loved the snorkeling.”

Kevin Hill

I was tremendously impressed with the staff that routinely greeted me by name

“We had a wonderful dive leader who was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable! I was tremendously impressed with the staff that routinely greeted me by name.”

John Walker

Dive Wakatobi and see the beauty of the ocean. You’ll be pampered by an amazing number of welcoming, caring people.

“Dive Wakatobi and see the beauty of the ocean. You’ll be pampered by an amazing number of welcoming, caring people. The dining staff was truly wonderful. Hearing my name whenever I entered the restaurant was a special welcome I will not soon forget. Everyone at the resort contributed to an amazing event. The diving vistas were some of the best I have experienced.”

Johanne & Robert Bellerose

Everything is well organized and that makes the stay here so relaxing!

“The diving was great as was our dive guide. The villa is gorgeous. The staff was always helpful. Everything is well organized and that makes the stay here so relaxing! Also, our dive guide on the Pelagian was exceptional. Thanks to everybody. We’ll be back.”

Jeanette Hartshorn & Kurt Peterson

Exquisite attention to detail making for a fabulous dive and resort experience. This has been our best dive experience and resort stay ever!

“Exquisite attention to detail making for a fabulous dive and resort experience. Loved the peppermint hot washcloths and fresh towels on the dive boat, as well as hot beverages and yummy snacks! We really enjoyed the media presentations – it’s great to learn about the Wakatobi reef life! We would love additional media presentations, perhaps on birds and local culture. We very much enjoyed them pointing out fish and creatures we were seeing and fish behaviors. The food was not only so very delicious but also plentiful, with varied choices and beautifully and artistically presented desserts. And thank you for the special occasion cake that you made – reef life – amazingly artistic and so delicious! We enjoyed the towel creatures that housekeeping created on our bed every day – so much fun. This has been our best dive experience and resort stay ever! Wakatobi is an amazing and one-of-a-kind dive resort and experience that will spoil you for life. P.S. Would love to see a Wakatobi cookbook published.” 

Janis Medina

Best staff ever – on the boats and everywhere else. I have been so impressed with how kind and accommodating everyone was.

“The experience was lovely. Best staff ever – on the boats and everywhere else. I have been so impressed with how kind and accommodating everyone was. I cannot believe how quickly the dining staff learned and memorized all our names! I have no complaints. The only thing that could have added to the experience would have been to have decaf coffee available and for no charge at breakfast, but this is kind of nit-picking.”

Issac Marovitz

The staff was very kind, friendly and helpful

The staff was very kind, friendly and helpful. The atmosphere, food and rooms are all really good. The dive sites and instructors were amazing. All around experience that covers all the bases.

Ingrid Stuiver

Thanks for all the wonderful experiences at Wakatobi

“Thanks for all the wonderful experiences at Wakatobi. The staff was very friendly. They knew all our names as we showed up at the resort – wow! Our dive master was very knowledgeable, kind, calm, and he was great at pointing out the very small stuff and naming them along with the larger sea animals. He was also very helpful with the new Sony RX100 I just purchased. Our instructor was great and the diving staff was excellent as well. Great coral. The food was absolutely delicious. Thanks to the help of many, I’m having fun trying new things. I do hope to come again soon. Many thanks!”

Werner & Stefanie Imsel

Best ever seen! The island, resort, staff, food, dive sites, dive guide, Villa 1, restaurant – all perfect and more!

“Best ever seen! The island, resort, staff, food, dive sites, dive guide, Villa 1, restaurant – all perfect and more! Only German beer is better than here!”

Gustavo Siqueira

All staff from the resort is awesome!

“All staff from the resort is awesome! Restaurant, waiters, housekeeping, and front office – all were very nice and kind to us! Cheers for our dive guide who was very nice and kind. Cheers for the front office team who were always ready to help and worried about us. Cheers for the restaurant team! Chef and waiters were awesome! The food was delicious! Just the wine price was high. Cheers for the main office personnel in Bali who helped me get my missing camera components from Bali to the resort. Without his help I would lose my trip because I just came here to take underwater pictures! The website has almost all the information needed. Our only recommendation is to review the bag weight credit. On the website it says that the average weight is considered, but it is not clear that it is per room.”

George & Rose Ann Bogakos

Wonderful resort, great facilities but the real standout is the staff

“Wonderful resort, great facilities but the real standout is the staff – beautiful people with smiles galore.”

Ellen Sack & Joan MacQuarrie

Our divemaster was terrific!

“I definitely enjoyed my stay. Your staff is wonderful – helpful and friendly. Our divemaster was terrific!”

Michelle, Don & Nathan Hirschaut

Wakatobi hospitality surpasses our expectations by 100%

“Wakatobi hospitality surpasses our expectations by 100%. Every single staff member was kind, respectful, and helpful and made us feel pampered and special. The freshness of the food was excellent and enjoyed. Having a special diet posed some extra work on our part. We had to ask if the prepared dishes were vegan at every meal. This inconvenience could be avoided if the vegan designation was added to the “name sign” in front of the dish. Currently the designations are vegetarian and gluten free. The willingness of the chef to prepare tempeh and tofu for us was appreciated greatly. Having to ask for it at lunch and dinner was a bit embarrassing. Knowing that you have vegan guests, it would have been nice to have one dish prepared (with protein) at lunch and dinner. All in all, great trip, great staff, great food, great diving, great rooms and beds, great activities, great spa. Keep up the amazing attention to detail!” 

Katherine & Darryl Hodgkinson

Our dive instructor was the most outstanding we have encountered in over 30 years of diving

“Very professional, excellent staff and dive facilities. The food was above my expectations. Our dive instructor was the most outstanding we have encountered in over 30 years of diving. The villa was nice but the safe needs to be bolted in place and upgraded. Our only criticism is that the smoking tables in the restaurant need to be either eliminated (which would be preferable) or located downwind and the furthest from other diners especially if they are in the lee of the smoke.”

Bela Shah & Paula Damany

Everything we had heard or read about this resort pales compared to our actual experience

“Everything we had heard or read about this resort pales in comparison to our actual experience. From the airport pick up to arrival at the resort, to each day of our seven day stay was impeccably orchestrated to perfection. The entire staff has just one mission – to make your stay as fantastic as it can possibly be! The kitchen staff excels at custom creating your meal plans. I am a vegetarian, and they would take so much pride in providing me delicious meals in the restaurant and on the dive boat! Every staff member quietly notes your slightest preferences, so you never have to request something twice. I could write a book on the absolutely terrific dive staff. Our private divemaster was simply outstanding! The boats, the camera room, media room are so perfect for amateurs and professional photographers alike! Mind blowing, soul refreshing and total renewal of all senses. A must do experience in one’s lifetime. I will be back!”

Barbara Dunsire and Chris Bannister

Your dive sites are exceptional and the experience has been amazing

“We have had a magical week. Thank you to the entire dive staff, boat crew, restaurant staff and management who, each and every one, have been professional, friendly and caring. Your dive sites are exceptional and the experience has been amazing. We look forward to a return visit at some point the future. Thank you!” 

Barbara Kobata

The dive sites aren’t far from the resort, which makes it all the more comfortable and easy

“I had a great time at Wakatobi Resort. It’s a very nice and comfortable place to stay, and the diving is easy. The dive sites aren’t far from the resort, which makes it all the more comfortable and easy. The coffee could be improved. Why not use the coffee from the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java – popular coffee blends that we could not get back home. The staff is so nice and accommodating. They are so pleasant and thoughtful. It truly adds to a special stay experience.”

Justine, Bruce, Holly and Ned Ansley

From the moment we were met at the Bali airport through our final day, it has been a complete joy

“Thank you to everyone! You have all made our stay a huge adventure and a wonderful experience. From the moment we were met at the Bali airport through our final day, it has been a complete joy. We hope to be back in a few years and we will certainly be telling New Zealanders about it. We have had the most amazing time. The staffs are wonderful and make the whole Wakatobi adventure a huge pleasure. We are very sad to be leaving.”

Andrew Brien

Our dive guide was fabulous!

“Great time, well run, great team. Nothing is a problem! Our dive guide was fabulous. There would be more opportunity if the spa were developed. Wakatobi is the best under and above the sea in Indonesia!”

Brian G

The resort is awesome and I can’t think of any way the experience could be improved

“The resort is awesome, and I can’t think of any way the experience could be improved. All the teams were kind and accommodating. Meals were awesome, and everyone called me by name.” 

Jack Heller

An amazing cruise from start to finish. There is nothing to fault with Pelagian.

"An amazing cruise from start to finish. There is nothing to fault with Pelagian. The food was awesome! I loved the obvious passion the dive guides had for the reef and everything in it!”

Rochelle Zabarkas and David Weller

We loved it here. The food is fabulous. The staff is amazing – every problem was resolved immediately.

“We loved it here. The food is fabulous. The staff is amazing – every problem was resolved immediately.”

Rob McCauley

Wakatobi has beautiful diving, rich reef systems, excellent food, accommodations and service.

“Wakatobi has beautiful diving, rich reef systems, excellent food, accommodations and service. With its commendable ethos, Wakatobi is a giver to Indonesia. We enjoyed our stay.”

Gideon Yen and Wiwin Ghobind

Nature meets comfort. The snorkeling trips are very well organized. Two thumbs up!

“Nature meets comfort. The restaurant staff was kind enough to let the kids have early dinner at 6 pm (instead of the usual 7 pm). Very comfortable for a dive resort: no mosquitos, air conditioner in the room and superb food with a wide selection – all of which were very good. The snorkeling trips are very well organized. No need to carry any simple snorkeling equipment. Two thumbs up! One small feedback – it could be mentioned during the briefing when guests first arrive what things are included in the accommodation fees and what things are not.”

Mark and Jude Dyson

5 star diving, 5 star dining, 5 star staff, 5 star organization.

“5 star diving, 5 star dining, 5 star staff, 5 star organization. We cannot fault the staff, diving, dining, organization and accommodation. Our only suggestion would be to service the accommodation of guests transferring to Pelagian last, to allow more time to pack up when they already are pressed for time due to the two scheduled morning dives.”

Simone Kienzler and Marco Dilger

Wakatobi is definitely a very special island with a lot of choice and personality.

“The entire staff on the island is very courteous and always helpful. They will call you by your first name from the beginning, which made us feel like family. First we had bungalow 24 – really nice with always a little wind and very calm location as the last of the bungalows, but we wanted to get closer to the beach, because we are only snorkelers. Three nights later we were able to move into another bungalow. It is near the jetty and beach, which is great! Wakatobi is definitely a very special island with a lot of choice and personality. Every single employee really does everything without being obtrusive, so that guests feels very comfortable. Thank you dear staff.”

Brett Thomson, Jett Thomson and Julie Shuttleworth

A fantastic family holiday surrounded by world class diving!

“We have had a fantastic stay at Wakatobi. The entire staff have been fabulous with our two year old son, Jett, which has made my and Julie’s stay all the more relaxing. The resort is perfect. The food has been fantastic, the cabins (villas) are really well thought out and the dive facility is first class. The diving has been outstanding! The reefs and walls are the healthiest I have seen, making for memorable dives. We had a fantastic family holiday surrounded by world class diving!” 

Sarah Lee and Mark Metz

The resort is fabulous! Spectacular corals and fish life. We can’t wait to bring friends back next year.

“It would be nice to offer a third dive in the afternoon for those divers who are not night dive enthusiasts and for night divers who would enjoy an additional dive. We’d prefer that snorkelers go out on their own boat. The resort is fabulous! Spectacular corals and fish life. The resort was accommodating, and the food was over the top. All of the staff was warm and friendly. We especially loved our dive guide. We can’t wait to bring friends back next year.”

Matyas Toulemonde

Wakatobi has the perfect combination of great service and fantastic dives.

“Everything was great! Wakatobi has the perfect combination of great service and fantastic dives.”

Nancy, Bruce and Sarah Casey

Our ten days at Wakatobi have exceeded our expectations. We are already planning our return.

“Our ten days at Wakatobi have exceeded our expectations. Your staff, accommodations and food have been exemplary. Our scuba guide is one of the most competent people we have ever met. In addition to speaking fluently in at least three languages, he was an astute and knowledgeable observer of sea life. He patiently taught the three of us, novices at the outset, to swim and dive efficiently and all with a great sense of humor. We feel that we were very fortunate to have him as a guide. The lectures we attended on ‘Habitats’ and ‘Relationship of Marine Animals’ were clear and informative with exceptional photography. They greatly improved our observational skills. Finally, I wish to commend your exceptional restaurant staff for helping us celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary and for their warmth and attentiveness at every meal. Your pastry chef and staff are world class. If there is one diving experience and resort that you want to add to your ‘bucket list,’ it should be Wakatobi. We are already planning our return.”

Carmen and Stefan Linder

Wakatobi is a diver’s paradise with great diving, great staff and great food.

“Wakatobi is a diver’s paradise with great diving, great staff and great food.”

Diane Imus & Phyllis Johnson

This was a fabulous place to stay. Your coral reef is beautiful.

“This was a fabulous place to stay. The food was absolutely delicious and of wonderful variety. The small portion of desserts was perfect. We loved the two choices of appetizers as well. The staff is superb – very efficient and very friendly. We very much appreciated all you did. The premises and beach are all very clean. Your coral reef is beautiful. We would definitely recommend to our snorkeler/diver friends.”

Jean Cefalu

I have traveled to many resorts but this has risen to the top of the list.

“Every staff member I met was outstanding. I have traveled to many resorts but this has risen to the top of the list. I cannot thank you enough for your gracious hospitality. I will be back soon especially since your staff can handle toddlers. I have six grandkids and five grown children with spouses!”

Lourdes and Kevin Isaacson

Our guide in Bali was the perfect tour guide. Our dive guide was the perfect match for us, and all our needs!

“Wakatobi is nirvana, paradise and heaven all in one place! Thank you for a wonderful experience from beginning to end! Our guide in Bali was the perfect tour guide. He showed us all the things we wanted to see and then some! He was friendly, kind and knowledgeable! The Bali concierge was perfect in reading emails to understand and connect us with the best tour guide! Thank you to bother for all their help! Our dive guide was an extremely important part of our diving experience! He made this dive vacation easy and smooth despite my limitations. He found all the “critters” that we were hoping to see – Pygmies! Pygmies and more Pygmies! He even found some species that we were unaware of wanting to see! Again, our dive guide was the perfect match for us, and all our needs! The kitchen and restaurant staff kept us well fed with some of the best food we have ever eaten! The housekeeping staff was beyond compare! To say that this was the best trip we have had is the least that we can say to describe how we feel! Thank you for the perfect vacation! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Angie Sanders

Absolutely gob stopped that all 20 sites we dived or snorkeled were so different! Amazing!

“Food and beverage – congratulations! All your food was superb all seven days, and your staff is very friendly and obliging. Well done, team. I’m impressed with our wait staff that learned our names so early on in the week; that is very special treatment. Thank you! Housekeeping was very discreet and provided excellent service – 10 out of 10.” All members of the dive team and boat crew were very professional, friendly and obliging, which gave our week even more of a ‘wow factor’! Special thanks goes to our dive guide for her great education and care all week. Absolutely gob stopped that all 20 sites we dived or snorkeled were so different! Amazing!”

Asa and Per Garmager

We love everything about the resort and appreciate the environmental efforts, e.g. the glass straws.

“We love everything about the resort and appreciate the environmental efforts, e.g. the glass straws. Other guests using drones should be prohibited! We like our privacy in this resort!”

Ben Solothurnmann and Jasmine Kreienbuehi

Ours was an incredibly great experience!

“Ours was an incredibly great experience! The whole staff was super friendly. The location and the food are amazing. Thank you!”

Daniel Leow

I had an unforgettable experience at Wakatobi and especially enjoyed the well-preserved marine environment.”

“I had an unforgettable experience at Wakatobi and especially enjoyed the well-preserved marine environment.”

Debra and Darryl Tan

The restaurant staff knew our name from the first day and remembered how we like our meals. I loved the local food.

“The staff at the reception area were attentive and helpful, especially with the flight changes due to the airport closure. The restaurant staff knew our name from the first day and remembered how we like our meals. I loved the local food. I loved the outdoor shower at the Ocean Bunglow. The pillows were the best; I had a good night sleep all week! Our divemaster was patient with us. She made sure our equipment was waiting for us, so we would have a good experience. We learned to dive in a current and had lots of practice. I am a more confidant diver because of her. The whole team was wonderful! Thanks.”

Greg Caulfield

Wakatobi provided 5 star treatment at its best. What a great stay!

“Wakatobi provided 5 star treatment at its best. What a great stay! The staff is first class. The amenities were great as was the diving. Our beach BBQ was well done. Fantastic! We look forward to seeing you all next time.”

Howard and Jayne Aron

As always, fantastic! Thank you for making this trip awesome for our friends, as they are all new divers. See you all next year!

“As always, fantastic! See you all next year! Thank you for making this trip awesome for our friends, as they are all new divers. Our guides were patient, helpful and friendly. Thanks you to all the staff at Wakatobi. You are not just co-workers – you are a family.”

Monica Butzelaar and Leo Witkamp

The diving was fantastic! Wakatobi has beautiful corals, fish and small stuff. It’s great the way you are looked after following each dive

“It has been a great experience to be here. We loved it! The Longhouse, restaurant, bungalow were clean and modern. The dive, restaurant and all other staff were so friendly and helpful! The diving was fantastic! Wakatobi has beautiful corals, fish and small stuff. The dive guides are able to find so many interesting things, even the smallest shrimps, etc. It’s great the way you are looked after following each dive (small hot towel, big towel, hot tea, snacks). It’s nice that there is an entertainment program.”

Mike Forsdick

Overall, Wakatobi is a brilliant, well-run organization with exceptionally friendly staff

“Overall, Wakatobi is a brilliant, well-run organization with exceptionally friendly staff. A special mention to our dive guides but all were very good.”

Dawn Cohan

Stunning dives with amazing staff. Thoroughly enjoyed both the resort and the Pelagian.

“Stunning dives with amazing staff. Thoroughly enjoyed both the resort and the Pelagian. The smiling staff really starts the day off properly as well as their eagerness to help! Hot beverages after every dive were a nice touch; even more was a hot dry towel. Thank you! Wonderful meal choices. The Pelagian was a better experience with smaller dive groups and personal service! Nightly short presentations were educational and aided in bringing everyone together. The Pelagian offers more topography as far as dive sites. Resort mocktails were nice, however, hot or iced tea should not be extra charge. It wasn’t an issue on the boat, but the resort “iced tea” should have been included as hot tea and coffee were. Positive, upbeat, smiling staff makes you welcome and relaxed within minutes of your arrival and continues when you leave! In one word – Welcome”. Loved it.”

Rebecca Bump & Reese Lusk

The most beautiful coral we have ever seen – macro heaven for sure

“Fantastic week! Fantastic crew! Fantastic service. Would love to return. Fantastic food too! Thank you. It was just great! Loved our tender driver, loved our divemaster. Steward team and chef were fabulous! Enjoyed the diving! The most beautiful coral we have ever seen – macro heaven for sure. Mostly enjoyed the delightful company of all aboard. Cruise directors - you rocked! If you love beautiful dive sites and exceptional service, this is a must!”

Rebecca Bump & Reese Lusk

Service = A+; Food = A+; Diving = A+. We loved our guide!

“We enjoyed our stay and diving. Service = A+; Food = A+; Diving = A+. We loved our guide! Suggestions: would love more history on island and resort; more educational presentations on marine habitat, habits, variety of marine life, etc.; walking trails / gym for exercise; astrology night; better Wi-Fi. A great place to get away.”

Susan Pantle

This was my 1st time onboard the Pelagian and hopefully not my last. Great crew & great service!

“It has been 10 years since I’ve been to Wakatobi Resort, and the customer service has gone from good to great. Everything has definitely continued to progress toward the positive. Great job, thanks for a wonderful time. This was my 1st time onboard the Pelagian and hopefully not my last. Great crew & great service! Loved the change of dive sites from the walls. Boat was comfortable!” 

Joy & David Haycox

The level of service is unmatched! The entire team made us feel at home.

“Awesome trip. Incredibly organized. The food was excellent and the chef was always willing to make something not on the menu for us non-seafood lovers! The entire team made us feel at home. Our boat tender is the best. “Johnny Quest!” Our dive guides were the hardest working guides we have ever met. The level of service is unmatched! We all enjoyed our week on the boat so much, ditto on our dive guide. What an awesome guy. It is guys like that that make memories. The A Team rocked it.” 

Cornelis Bodenstein and Cecilia de Beer

Unbelievable luxury with diving. The quality and standard of Pelagian is so high. Any future liveaboards will seem third rate!

“Unbelievable luxury with diving. The quality and standard of Pelagian is so high. Any future liveaboards will seem third rate! We could not fault any aspect of the accommodation, crew, food and diving. Two possible suggestions: USB charging points for cameras, phones, batteries, etc. A notice board or file showing names and photographs of crew to help guests familiarize themselves with the crew.” 

Emily Carrington and Ken Sebens

What a great week on Pelagian! Our dive guide was A++, as was all of the other staff.

“What a great week on Pelagian! Thank you for the note to bring a 5 mm wetsuit. I needed it for sure. Our dive guide was A++, as was all of the other staff. I loved the fresh fruit and the Jura coffee! My favorite dives were Lagoon and all the night dives. The cuisine was stunning – far better than our Michelin Star experience in Singapore. The boat and crew are top notch. Thank you!” 

Christina Kober Thomann and Peter Thomann

Diving here is just great – so many wonderful dive spots, such healthy corals, such interesting creatures. I made 52 great dives!

“We had a very nice stay in Wakatobi. We were here 5 or 6 years ago, so we knew how beautiful the reefs are. Diving here is just great – so many wonderful dive spots, such healthy corals, such interesting creatures. I made 52 great dives. Thank you so-o much to my dive guide; she made my dives so great and special! Her briefings were so interesting with all the background information. The organization of diving was great. The dive boat and team were very helpful. The restaurant staff was also very professional and motivated. Our room was always very clean and everything was always done perfectly. Also, the office team did a great job. They were very professional. We had a great time at Wakatobi. Thank you all for the wonderful time! We will come back!”

Susan Nelson

World class service on the other side of the world. The staff are all ‘A’ rated and are among the top professionals in their trades.

“What an amazing visit! The staff are all ‘A’ rated and are among the top professionals in their trades. Special kudos to the maître d’ for greeting us by our first names at every meal. Kudos to the bartenders who now know how to make the perfect Crown Royal Manhattans! The front office staff is a warm and generous influence of information. Our divemaster was fantastic! He, along with our captain made each day of diving an awesome adventure. We loved the peppermint towels and hot chocolate after each dive – wow! World class service on the other side of the world.”   

The Thomas Family

Spectacular! A flawless execution of a diving family’s dream!

“Spectacular! A flawless execution of a diving family’s dream! Look for our review on TripAdvisor in a few weeks.”

Charmaine and Trevor Devitt

People always make the difference, and the Wakatobi staff is brilliant, without exception.

“Wakatobi is synonymous with perfection and quality. It started from the online confirmation of the booking and continued right through to checkout at the end. People always make the difference, and the Wakatobi staff is brilliant, without exception – friendly, helpful, charming – simply the best. Hospitality, especially dining, is out of this world. The variety and quality of the food is outstanding. The resort is well cared for and everything works like clockwork. Wakatobi is a diving paradise in the tropics with perfect scenery and customer service to match. Many happy returns.” 

Wendy East

Our whole experience at Wakatobi has been faultless. Our massages were the best we have had.

“Our whole experience at Wakatobi has been faultless. We have had the most amazing time, and this can be attributed to the exceptional staff that you have here. Our dive guide has managed to turn us from terrified first time divers into absolutely loving the experience and being excited about our next dive. He is certainly exceptional and we so valued his patience and calm guidance. The boat crew who organized our tanks/gear was fabulous. The food was delicious with each day bringing different choices for us to enjoy. The staff was fabulous remembering our names and always attentive. The dive guide who took us for our Enriched Air Dive course made the experience interesting and fun to participate in. Our massages were the best we have had. The staff at reception dealt with any questions efficiently and immediately. Our rooms were always immaculately clean, and we loved the towel creations. It’s truly been a memorable, life changing experience!!”

Sandra and Mark Brown

Without doubt, Wakatobi has the best house reef and is the best-run resort we have been to. As snorkelers we were shown the same care on the boats as the divers.

“Wakatobi has a wonderful location and it is a superbly run resort. Only the weather could have been better! (and we don’t hold you responsible for that) Recommendation: The short ramp up to the jetty bar can be easily missed at twilight or when you have water in your eyes. I would suggest that a single white line be painted across the top of the ramp to help to avoid falls. Without doubt, Wakatobi has the best house reef and is the best-run resort we have been to. As snorkelers we were shown the same care on the boats as the divers. The wealth of sea life is beyond description. We’d love to come back.”

Nancy and Jeffrey Brown

The Pelagian truly is a luxury dive yacht.

“Everything was great – the food, the service, the diving, the accommodations – all top notch! Pelagian truly is a luxury dive yacht.”

Jean Cefalu

This was the liveaboard trip of a lifetime. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the time and the attention you provided to make this the best dive trip ever!

“This was the liveaboard trip of a lifetime. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the time and the attention you provided to make this the best dive trip ever! I will be back in 2020! The instructors / dive masters and biologists were wonderful. I will always remember our dive guide’s excitement when finding something new to show to the group. The dive guide was always spot-on in getting ready for the dive and always knowing where we are even in pitch-black condition.  To all the boat crew, you guys are amazing. We wanted for nothing on this cruise. I hope to see all of you in 2020 if you will have us back! If anyone of you visits the US – come to New Orleans and I will have my sons take you diving out in the Gulf of Mexico under the drill rigs. It's not as beautiful as a reef, but it's a different experience all together. Wakatobi, with its pristine coral reefs and untouched dive sites is the best kept secret in the world.”

Kendra M. Barrier

The Pelagian crew is the best in the world.

“The Pelagian crew is the best in the world. Each crew member provided one-on-one attention to each of the guests’ needs – suggesting ginger tea, adjusting the dive masters and just being so personable. Our dive guides are the absolute best. They were extremely patient and accommodating. The chef did an excellent job preparing each meal, teasing everyone’s palate. The stewards set the perfect mood for each meal and made different origami every day; what a delight! The dive team kept me company and taught me how to observe the water for returning dives. Our cruise directors are so knowledgeable; Wakatobi should bottle them up and sell them.”

Walt Morris

Pelagian is the best live-aboard I have ever experienced.

“Pelagian is the best live-aboard I have ever experienced. The crew, dive masters and chef are unparalleled. Beginning with the service at the resort to returning from the cruise, no need or request goes unanswered. It’s the best liveaboard afloat.”

Jude and Mark Dyson

The quality and standard of Pelagian is so high, any future liveaboards will seem 3rd rate!

“The quality and standard of Pelagian is so high, any future live-aboards will seem 3rd rate! We could not fault any aspect of the accommodation, crew, food and diving. We enjoyed unbelievable luxury with diving.” 

Asa and Per Garmager

The best live-aboard we can imagine. We would love to come back!

“The best live-aboard we can imagine. We have loved everything this week – diving, guides, service, rooms, all of Pelagian. Also we appreciated the evening presentations. We would love to come back!”

Asa and Per Garmager

The key to Wakatobi is the wonderful staff.

“The food was very good. The key to Wakatobi is the wonderful staff. The female dive staff was exceptional. Indonesian dive staff was good and effective. Nine out of ten for sure!"

Grace and Jay Jolley

The staff and dive team made every request come true!

“The staff and dive team made every request come true!”

Angela Strom-Weber and Mark Weber

Wakatobi has the best diving in the world.

“Wakatobi has the best diving in the world.” 

Grace and Jay Jolley

We had a great experience on the Pelagian! We loved it!

“We had a great experience on the Pelagian! We loved it!”

Doug Singer

It was wonderful bringing our granddaughter – an unforgettable experience.

“It was wonderful bringing our granddaughter – an unforgettable experience. This was our fourth time here but not our last. Thanks to the whole Wakatobi team.”

Hisato Takenaga and Jemmy Chandra

Everything here is wonderful!

“Everything here is wonderful! The sea is beautiful. The Wakatobi team is well organized and educated. We have been to many dive resorts but this is the first to have great service and super diving. The restaurant is also very high quality. Every night there is a different menu. All the arrangements and support you gave us during our stay was super and very much appreciated. I hope you will continue to maintain and improve this quality. Thank you very much.” 

Esther Seitz

Everything was perfect!

“The staff was very nice – always caring about us. The dive boat crew and our dive guide were super! The rooms were always clean and nice. Everything was perfect!”

Jeff and Nancy Brown

A pampered diver experience.

“Superb service. Amazing dive sites. Luxurious villas. A pampered diver experience.”

Frank and Sam McGuff

This was the most luxurious trip we have experienced, both above and below water. A 5-star restaurant with a dive operation.

“The resort is spectacular, and the staff is exemplary. We appreciated the attention given to every detail of our experience. The hot peppermint cloths on the boats were a mini spa experience after every dive. We can assure you that the most important part of our stay was the kindness provided by your caring staff in all areas of the resort. This was the most luxurious trip we have experienced, both above and below water. A 5-star restaurant with a dive operation.”

Bernard and Narfine Elhaik

This was our second stay at Wakatobi Resort. It’s a nice place to stay for diving with a very professional and friendly staff.

“This was our second stay at Wakatobi Resort. It’s a nice place to stay for diving with a very professional and friendly staff.”

Liz Parrington and Alistair

I was moved to tears by the beauty and biodiversity of the immaculate reefs, the beautiful “huts” with ocean views and 5-star hospitality.

“Fabulous Wakatobi. I have known so much about Wakatobi for so long! What I hadn’t known was the incredible smiling, helpful, attentive and professional staff. Nothing was too much for them. The attention to detail is even shown in the shower and bathroom – just look at the precision of the tiling where the walls meet the floor! It’s the attention to detail that is seen in the presentation of diving equipment, boat treats of towels (hot and cold), menu preferences on the boat and food presentation which is a delicious delight! I was moved to tears by the beauty and biodiversity of the immaculate reefs, the beautiful “huts” with ocean views and 5-star hospitality. Do it!”

Alessia Hu

Wakatobi was the perfect holiday for us, and we will definitely come back again.

“Night snorkeling was an amazing experience. Jumping into the sea as the sun set, hearing the prayer music – it was so harmonious and peaceful. We really enjoyed it. Thanks for arranging the professional guide. It was so nice and impressive to experience Wakatobi. We really appreciated the Wakatobi dive guide team and management who arranged a PADI course for us. They helped us start a nice journey of scuba diving in a professional way. Thanks to the restaurant team for providing delicious and fresh food. Wakatobi was the perfect holiday for us, and we will definitely come back again.”

Ken Rooke

As a four-time guest, Wakatobi impresses me more each time I visit.

“As a four time guest, Wakatobi impresses me more each time I visit. Nothing can compare with the attitude and service of the Wakatobi staff. That combined with God’s awesome underwater creatures makes Wakatobi a world-class diving destination! Thank you so very much.”

Mimi Nettrour

I always love Wakatobi, and it is a special place to me. Every single one of the staff is exceptional.

“I always love Wakatobi, and it is a special place to me. My sales rep was a spark of enthusiasm and could not be in a better position to market Wakatobi – much better than anyone. We met in the past. All the restaurant staff is charming and greeted me with much interest and enthusiasm. Every single one of the staff is exceptional. The front desk attendant is the perfect for her position as receptionist and troubleshooter. She helped me patiently with my phone and Internet problems. My room was always perfect. I love being by the sea. Thank you.”

Melinda Trizinsky

I loved the attention to detail and the personalized service. The diving was wonderful, and it rekindled my interest in diving, which had waned after seeing too many dying or decimated reefs.

“I loved the attention to detail and the personalized service. The staff learning our names was a very nice touch. The diving was wonderful, and it rekindled my interest in diving, which had waned after seeing too many dying or decimated reefs. Wakatobi does a good job on trying to support the local community. In the future, I hope that some program can be developed to help the local villages and islands combat the plastic problem (not sure that viable technology is currently available, but I am hoping for the future).”

Joan Ganz

Wakatobi is a diver’s paradise with great diving, great staff and great food.

“Wakatobi is a diver’s paradise with great diving, great staff and great food.”

Candice and Kirk Jones

Wakatobi far exceeded any and all expectations. It’s beautiful both above and below the water!

“We loved and enjoyed our stay here immensely. Wakatobi far exceeded any and all expectations. It’s beautiful both above and below the water! Our divemaster is charming, amazing and talented – a true mermaid of the sea. All the staffs are truly wonderful.” 

Gayle Lehman

All staff was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. All in all – fantastic! Thank you all.

“Ease of arrival, staff friendliness, attention to details – including knowing my name – made the trip in so very easy after a three day travel schedule. Divemasters are very knowledgeable and their willingness to shift priorities for each group was spot on. The food service was outstanding! The many choices and variety of food/drinks made meals something to look forward to. Your pastry chef is phenomenal! International delights with Indonesian ingredients – top notch. All staff was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. All in all – fantastic! Thank you all.” 

Maria Zindel and Erich Meier

It’s beyond what we expected and heard from others. We were positively surprised about the welcome in Bali, the flight and guidance. Wakatobi is truly great with the highest quality standards.

“The dive sites and instructions were excellently organized with well briefed small groups. We liked it all very much. Thank you for such a great experience. It’s beyond what we expected and heard from others. Wakatobi is truly great with the highest quality standards. We liked the bungalows, facilities and the layout. The staff was just great. We were really touched by their natural friendliness, interest and knowledge. The food was outstanding – we never experienced anything similar so far! We were positively surprised about the welcome in Bali, the flight and guidance. The food and friendliness of all was beyond expectations!”

Marge and Dewey Workinger

Our visit was very relaxing, and we enjoyed the great snorkeling!

“Wakatobi has a wonderful staff. The food was delicious. Our visit was very relaxing, and we enjoyed the great snorkeling!”

Hilbre and Brent Johnson

The level of professionalism among staff and the service is truly 6 stars. We had the best dive guide we have ever had.

“Wakatobi has created something that dreams are made of. The combination of nature conservation and a drive to work with local communities to create a sustainable future for all has been remarkable to see. The level of professionalism among staff and the service is truly 6 stars. We had the best dive guide we have ever had. Seeing smiling faces all around creates a continued positive experience. The daily attention to detail is very much appreciated and we have listed some features below. A personalized nameplate above the entrance. Patterns created in the sand around the lodge. Hot towels with eucalyptus offered after a dive. No plastic. (This is the biggest plus.) Personal, re-usable drink bottles on the boat. Staff knowing all guests by name. A Wakatobi representative meeting us in Bali before we were going to Amankila – totally unexpected. Daily shaped towels on the bed. Security procedure for snorkeling. Quality of the boutique. Wakatobi is a unique place. When pristine nature combines with Swiss precision you have a truly unforgettable experience.”

Michele Corletto

Pelagian staff including the tender driver, steward and captain, is highly qualified.

“Excellent pre-dive and after-dive service. Pelagian staff including the tender driver, steward and captain, is highly qualified. The captain is a good whale watcher! The food was magnificent; even the pasta was delicious (I’m half Italian). The tour director was perfect  – 9 out of 10.”

Mark Wilkinson

A ++! First class service, first class diving on Pelagian. I would not have changed a thing.

“This was an amazing experience. My dive guide was amazing with her care and attention to detail. The briefings were educational and informative. The evening presentations taught me something new each time. The dives were exceptional, with safety always a priority, and the guides found many interesting creatures. Their keen eye made each night dive the best each time. A big thanks to my guide and the Bali office for helping me find new strobes, since the ones I had flooded. A ++! First class service, first class diving on Pelagian. I would not have changed a thing. Nothing was too much trouble for our cruise director or with our dive guides. Thanks also to the captain, chef, stewards and tender drivers.” 

Andre

My second visit to Wakatobi was excellent and met all my expectations.

“My second visit to Wakatobi was excellent and met all my expectations. On land, the rooms were always kept spotless, supplied and comfortable. I loved the rolled towel displays – always a nice surprise. The food was gourmet with an amazing variety of flavors, international offerings – always fresh and delicious. The hosts and hostesses made my day! Each one was always smiling and helpful, and they gave suggestions and answered questions. I was never left wanting. I wish I could remember all of their names as they remembered ours. All were excellent! The front desk was always ready and able to help. The pathways and resort area was always groomed and maintained. The dive team was awesome! Our dive master was so flexible to all our requests (and there were many). Our guides always found things to show us. The boat captain and crew were wonderful. We appreciated them helping us get onto the boat and change equipment. The hot washcloths and dry towels were always there! I have yet to have my spa appointment, but I’m sure it will be great. Thank you!” 

Sibylle and Thomas Jungblut

Wakatobi has an extraordinarily effective and friendly staff. It was a perfect holiday.

“Wakatobi has an extraordinarily effective and friendly staff. The variety of food is impressive. Attractive facilities such as: the bungalows, the beach, the dining room and gardens. It was a perfect holiday. Thanks!”

Deon Viljoen

We travel a lot and have been to many dive resorts – Wakatobi is a standout. Wakatobi is wonderful – superb!

“We travel a lot and have been to many dive resorts – Wakatobi is a standout. The service was personalized and professional. It is obvious that all who work here take their role seriously. The staff at the restaurant goes more than the extra mile to make you feel welcome. They remember all the little extras you like that make you feel special. The staff serves you well, but it is also a fabulous resource for information about the area. The dive staff is also exceptional. They run a ‘tight ship’ behind the scenes, which is reassuring, but you never feel rushed. Our dive guide was the best! He is knowledgeable, polite and accommodating. We could not have asked for more! We are sad to be leaving, but will take the memories and share the experiences with our friends back home. Wakatobi is wonderful – superb!”

Connie Bogan

The hospitality and diving service at Wakatobi is great.

“The hospitality and diving service at Wakatobi is great.”

Sandy Webb

I loved it. Great diving and fantastic staff.

“I loved it. Great diving and fantastic staff. The only thing we would change is having a bit more light in the bungalows.”

Martine and Bernard Elhaik

Our divemaster was excellent. A very nice cruise – luxurious boat and attentive staff!

“The staff onboard is efficient, friendly and caring. The Pelagian cruise directors are excellent and make sure that customers are happy and satisfied. Our divemaster was excellent. We enjoyed the comfort of our cabins, which were always clean, spacious and practical. A very nice cruise – luxurious boat and attentive staff! Very beautiful dives on intact and colorful corals.”

Anna and Ned Rockman

Beautiful, well-appointed boat and cabins. The organization for diving was excellent, as was the professional staff onboard across all areas.

“Beautiful, well-appointed boat and cabins. The organization for diving was excellent, as was the professional staff onboard across all areas. The diving experience is 5-star, especially in terms of the service provided pre- and post-dive. I love the hot face towels and towels provided upon return. All the service provided during the journey to Wakatobi is also very good, well organized and professional.”

Valentina Cerniglia and David Edward Wilkinson

Excellent liveaboard trip. Very well organized, attentive crew and divemasters who were very safety conscious!

“Excellent liveaboard trip. Very well organized, attentive crew and divemasters who were very safety conscious! Beautiful dive sites. We would definitely recommend this trip. Lovely food. All staff is so friendly and kind. This was one of our best dive trips on a liveaboard.”

Patricia and Martin Stich

Excellent crew on Pelagian. All dive masters are very sympathetic, helpful, knowledgeable, and professional.

“Excellent crew on Pelagian. All dive masters are very sympathetic, helpful, knowledgeable and professional. Briefings and debriefings for dives session and dive sites were outstanding. Evening sessions about marine life were very informative and a lot of fun. The muck dives are very unique and spectacular. The kitchen is outstanding. The kitchen staff prepared excellent meals, and they were open to all individual requests. The service staff was superb and very friendly (always smiling) and provided excellent service.”

Ursula Zindel and Erich Meier

The Pelagian had an excellent atmosphere and a knowledgeable dive crew.

“The Pelagian had an excellent atmosphere and a knowledgeable dive crew. We always felt not only welcome as a guest, but truly as a friend. If time permits we come and want to experience the resort as well. Thanks to all. It was just great – beyond expectations. High quality service, food, boarding, diving, accommodations. Friendly staff; they are like a family – excellent spirit.”

Adelina Wong and TW Koh

Pelagian is luxurious. The crew is fantastic and professional. The dives were amazing and teeming with life.

“This is our first liveaboard, and it will not be our last. Pelagian is luxurious. The crew is fantastic and professional. The dives were amazing and teeming with life. The ocean is beautiful and unpredictable.”

Tiago Pacheco

Wakatobi staffs excel in making you feel at home, in each moment, on each dive site.

“Wonderful experience. The investment value of experiencing Wakatobi was worth every penny, every dive. Thank you. Wakatobi staff excels in making you feel at home, in each moment, on each dive site. One feels an urge to return.”

Anthony Barry

We could not recommend Wakatobi highly enough to any family looking to combine a luxury holiday with the ultimate eco-diving experience.

“This has been a faultless holiday and diving experience. The staff welcomed our family and provided an amazing experience for our three young daughters. We could not recommend Wakatobi highly enough to any family looking to combine a luxury holiday with the ultimate eco-diving experience.”

Beth and Nick Jenny

After 35+ years of diving it is pure joy to see such healthy and vibrant reefs. This is the way diving used to be.

“After 35+ years of diving it is pure joy to see such healthy and vibrant reefs. We have not seen such pristine beauty in many years. This is the way diving used to be. Wakatobi needs to be on every diver’s bucket list. The genuine hospitality is felt as soon as you are greeted by name with a warm smile. It reaffirms your great decision to visit. Wakatobi is a first class operation from start to finish. We plan to come again and again. Bravo!” 

Helen and Richard Plotin

We have stayed at many “resorts” in the South Pacific, but nothing comes close to Wakatobi – a real resort.

“We have stayed at many ‘resorts’ in the South Pacific, but nothing comes close to Wakatobi – a real resort. From the people in food service, room service and housekeeping, to dive and snorkel support staff and especially our snorkel guide – everything is first class. Our villa is magnificent with great amenities – finely located on a beautiful tropical island. The food is very good and the dining room personnel make every effort to accommodate special needs in both food and dining comfort.”

Mathias Seifert

This has been the best holiday ever! I came back with my family.

“This has been the best holiday ever! I came back with my family.”

Noel Taylor and Mike Whitlow

Wakatobi – a total dream. Special thanks to my dive guide and the whole dive team.

“Wakatobi – a total dream. Everyone was so-o-o nice and helpful. Special thanks to my dive guide and the whole dive team. I had great fun diving again. I will be back, I promise! Thanks again for my dream holiday.”

Mary Lee Winer and Denis Frank

Wakatobi has the most attentive dive staff and all other staff anywhere! From the moment we were met in Bali, our travel experience was excellent.

“Wakatobi has the most attentive dive staff of all other staff anywhere! From the moment we were met in Bali, our travel experience was excellent. Our Tomia tour and tour guide were great. It was nice to see some of the area above water too. Our bungalow has everything we need: adequate reading light, enough hanging space and electrical outlets, etc. No complaints. The lectures before dinner were excellent, especially 'Mimicry.'”

Donna Hanna

Before I even arrived, I was impressed with the immediate response to my question online. Wakatobi’s House Reef is incredible!

“Wakatobi’s House Reef is incredible! The food is delicious and exquisite. Before I even arrived, I was impressed with the immediate response to my question online – such a connection to a remote location, which is very important. All of the staff is such a valuable asset. They are perfect in every way. When I forgot my torch, the concierge sent two girls to escort me home. Thanks to everyone!” 

Bill Chen

Das Resort ist fabelhaft - gut geführt, mit tollen Unterkünften. Die Mitarbeiter sind außergewöhnlich und ständig um Ihr Wohl besorgt.

"Das Resort ist fabelhaft - gut geführt, mit tollen Unterkünften. Die Mitarbeiter sind außergewöhnlich und ständig um Ihr Wohl besorgt."

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!”

Karen Tsang

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.” 

Leonie Gray

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.”

Luice Batalova

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!”

Tim Armitage

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!”

Toby Wood

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.”

Sidney Mendonca

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.”

Wayne Anderton

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.”

Angelina Wong

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!

Lander Baiamonte

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.”

Terry Baiamonte

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!”

Heather Wallace

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.”

Anton Musgrave

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!”

Karen Brown

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.”

Debbie Horgan

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.”

Mary Reed

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 und 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 Chens

Incredible service from the moment you arrive in Indonesia until you leave – everyone makes you feel right at home.

“Thank you for a wonderful stay. We will certainly remember Wakatobi and its family very fondly – beautiful island, people and waters! Incredible service from the moment you arrive in Indonesia until you leave – everyone makes you feel right at home.”

Bill Chen

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.”

Joe Curry

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?’"

John Scripps

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!”

Gail Curry

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!”

Tim Short

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.”

Kirstin Wagner

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.”

Werner Stahl

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”

Marti Walker

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.”

Sheila Ott

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!

Walter Adoglio

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.”

Eric Grabher

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.”

Joanne Lamonica

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.”

Linda Muth

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."

Thierry Clerc

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.”

Bob Jacobs

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!”

JoAnne Larsen

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.”

Debi Baydush

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!”

Sarah King

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.”

Nicolas Rouveyre

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.”

Rachel Hough

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.”

Trista Rullan

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.”

Mark Betts

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.”

Rose-Mary McQuade

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!”

Garth McQuade

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.” 

Ann McGregor

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.”

Dan McKenzie

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.”

Paul Selden

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!”

Denise Quellete

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!”

Nick Duff

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!”

Allyson Eadie

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.”

Jeanne Sleeper

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!”

Gary Guglielmino

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.”

Corey Colla

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.”

Savage Family

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!”

Shantz Family

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.” 

Prawphan Wildin

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.”

Pamela Whitman

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!”

Karen West

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.”

Ed Schecter

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.”

David Hinkel

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.”

Fiona Mills

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.”

Dama Hartmann

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.”

Ana Whisenant

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.”

Melanie

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!”

Barbara Beane

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.”

Don Vasta

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.”

Geoff Durno

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.”

Trudy Rosenberg

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.”

Lois Frisch

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!”

Robert Fletcher

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!”

David Riscinti

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!”

Jayne Foote

Wakatobi is an excellent place. Great diving.

“Wakatobi is an excellent place. Great diving. I had an exceptional dive guide.”

Kim Sutton

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!”

Victoria Kunau

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.”

Mayling Leon

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.”

Ken McKenzie

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!”

Pierre Leon

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!”

Tracey Blitz

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.”

Nick Perona

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!”

Patrick Menta-Barnich

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!”

Phyllis Brown

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.”

Ani Gonzalez

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.”

Paul Sherwood

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.”

Daniel Grafton

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.” 

Simon Bowen

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!”

Kris Leighton

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!”

Yoder Family

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.”

Rosaline Jones

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.”

Richard Hilditch

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.”

Leah Ohta

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.”

Bryan Johnston

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.”

Brodbecks

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.”

Sean Kennaway

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!”

Oliver Bandschapp

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!”

Garry Bowden

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.”

Ben Birdwell

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.”

Andrea Vesti

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.”

Falk Storm

Thank you for the extraordinary service.

“Thank you for the extraordinary service.”

Jaimie Robinson

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!”

Katherine Kretschmer

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.”

Pat Leake

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.”

Pamela Sarkis

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.”

Diana Zanetto

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!”

Samuel Narbey

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.”

Ian Parker

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.”

Emilio Aleixo

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!”

Dominique Doucet

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.”

Giampiero Perondi

Everything is perfect!!

“Everything is perfect!!”

Carol Lezin

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.”

Laura Vasquez

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.”

Joko Mogoginta

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!”

Kelly Duggan

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!”

Richard Dattner

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!”

Paul Moliken

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.”

Fraser McBlane

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.”

Patricia Hoffman

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.” 

Anthony Goodwin

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.”

Randy Kinsel

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.”

Javier Casas

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.”

Darrah Hallowitz

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!”

Irene Beck

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!”

Pat Horvitz

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!”

Kim Mallin

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!”

Caroline Blake

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!”

Becky Sitarchuk

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).”

Nichole Becker

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.”

Jill Lessiter

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!”

Claudia Born

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.” 

Audrey Sarin

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!”

Abad-Santos Family

Excellent everything! Food, diving, dive staff, resort staff – all excellent!

“Excellent everything! Food, diving, dive staff, resort staff – all excellent!”

James LaFond

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.”

Liz McHale

Memories that will last a lifetime!

“Everything (except the weather!) was perfect. Memories that will last a lifetime!”

Karen Mercaldo

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!”

Tanis Dickson

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.”

Beth Brownell

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.”

Bonnie Rule

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!”

Nancy Shanfeld

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!”

David Sutton

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. ”

Robert McCauley

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.”

Bill Mayfield

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.”

Mark May

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!”

Sheryl Todd

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!”

Renee Calderwood

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!”

Kyoko Seto

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.”

George Pohle

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!!”

Katie Arnoldi

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!”

Leivdal Family

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.”

Douglas Rigg

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.”

Sue Janssen

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.”

Cheryl Traverse

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.”

Michelle Rinaldi

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.”

Raphaela Joos

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.”

Hans-Joachim Meyer

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!” 

Sathian Tejas

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.” 

Krystal Dittus

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!”

Erin Durbin-Sherber

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.”

Pimmy

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.”

Louise Wieck

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!”

Dennis Wagner

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. ”

Scott Farwick

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!”

Yong-San Casarez

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.”

Wendy Price

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!”

Barbara Trinkle

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.”

Tim Yuen

A perfect dive vacation.

“World-class diving at your doorstep. Excellent dive team and guides plus great food. A perfect dive vacation.”

Marie Benavente

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.”

Theresa Butts

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!”

Katie MacDonald

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.”

Uli Joos

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!”

Lukas Joos

Super service. Absolutely nothing to complain about!

“Super service. Absolutely nothing to complain about! Looking forward to visiting Wakatobi again.”

Michael Jensen

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!” 

Birgitte Hesner

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.”

Osterballe family

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!"

Susan Middlebush

An exceptional dive resort.

“An exceptional dive resort. You will be well rewarded if you should make the effort to reach Wakatobi.”

Brian Chapman

If only all resorts were as good as Wakatobi

“If only all resorts were as good as Wakatobi” 

Anne Jones

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!”

Tobia Wurmehi

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!” 

Minna Ollikainen

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.”

Maki

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!”

Sara Hart

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.”

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."

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."

Márcia Massironi

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!"

Walmyr Buzatto

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!"

Marcia Veras

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!"

Luiza Piovesana

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."

Harumi Asahida

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."

Nazira Mahayri

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!"

Yumica Asahara

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."

Itamar Machado

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"

Thomas Bain

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!"

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"

Christine Yew

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."

Monika Klug

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."

Sue Myers

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."

Marjorie Simon

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."

William Burkhardt

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.

Eve Ringel

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!"

Vickram Paliwal

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."

Bob Steinhoff

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!"

Russell Whayman

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."

Ron Lucas

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."

Margaret Morris

This is the standard other dive resorts need to aspire to

"This is the standard other dive resorts need to aspire to"

Trever Tang

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."

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"

Leigh Hartshorn

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."

Nataliya Volosnyk

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."

Libby Owen-Edmunds

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."

N. Sivananthan

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."

Nicholas Myers

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"

Holly Myers

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."

Philippe Decressac

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."

Olivier Morel

Everything was very well organized

"The food was excellent and the staff was very pleasant and polite. The rooms were very clean and comfortable"

Fabio Piombo

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."

Jeff Pentland

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”

Mike Fassler

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."

Ana Martin

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."

Veit Hegenbarth

We would change nothing

"Wakatobi provided an extremely good overall package. We would change nothing."

Riza Wahjudi

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

Absolutely beautiful!

"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."

John Miller

Unquestionably superb!

"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."

Nicole Syz

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!"

Pascal Lipsky

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!!!"

Barbara Fox

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!"

Dan Merges

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."

Dave Adkins

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."

Meylan Stampfli

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.”

Don Anderson

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!”

May Lum

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.”

Ibrahim Al-Obaidli

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.”

Matthew Styles

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!”

John Hess

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.”

Monty Hettich

First class! 5 stars!

“What a crew of professionals! Awesome diving! The food was superb! First class! 5 stars!”

Paul Glanville

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!”

tiggy57

Wonderland

“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.”

Mandy Fan

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!”

Eileen Heaston

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!” 

Monty Mackenzie

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!” 

Don Anderson

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.” 

Rhyne Cannon

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!”

Jennifer Johns

A beautiful relaxing resort

“A beautiful relaxing resort, extremely friendly and helpful staff and delicious food!”

Tim Robjohns

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.

Paul Janelle

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!”

Gordon Kwan

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.” 

Yuko Sumiyoshi

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!”

Fuzuki Ito

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.”

Sara Hart

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.”

Julie Carducci

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!”

Michelle Carducci

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!” 

Richard Munk

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.” 

Charlie Makray

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!“

Yumiko Nojima

 

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!”

John Dooner

Overall: excellent!

“Guest relations are superb. The dive staff are very safety conscious and very knowledgeable about the marine life. Overall: excellent!”

Margrith Tomaschett

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!“ 

Sandra Maksys

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!” 

Deborah Leenutaphong

A photographer’s dream!

“Some of the best diving in the region. Healthy marine ecosystems and plenty of marine life, a photographer’s dream!”

Stephanie Soh

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!”

Olivier Fabre

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! 

Paul Hardwick

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!” 

Ignacio D

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.” 

Kathy Bruch

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!” 

Howie O’Brien

 

Great crew and service

“Wonderful trip! Great crew and service, nice variety of diving. Thank you!”

Linda Johnson

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.”

Daniel Kmiecik

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!

Wendy Noritake

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!” 

Cherie Schnabel

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!”

divetravlr

Just go

“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.

Food 
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. 

Rooms
Comfortable, clean and decent wi-fi. Nice toiletries provided so save space / weight in your luggage. 

Spa
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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