Wakatobi Dive Resort Absolutely Rocks!
I have traveled to many different dive locations in the world including both dive resorts and dive boats.
Wakatobi has been the best resort for dedicated diving that I have ever had the pleasure to visit.
The experience started with an Internet enquiry. I received a call from
Randall, (Wakatobi's Sales rep based in Louisiana),
the next morning, who was able to answer all my questions. He kept in touch throughout the entire booking process, keeping me
informed of my status. Upon arrival three days early in Bali, I was met from my domestic flight by a Wakatobi
representative, who provided me with advance information about the flight to and arrival in Wakatobi.
I highly appreciated this attention to detail. The flight from Bali was pleasant, on a comfortable aircraft,
with lots of scenic views of the Indonesian Islands and volcanoes.
volcanoe view flying from Bali to Wakatobi
Private charter arriving @ Wakatobi airport
On arrival, the transfer to the resort is by boat and again, very efficient. Check in was directly from the
boat, with a private guide personally escorting you to your room. The rooms are clean and well maintained
and have great views along the island's coast, especially at sunset.
The diving was consistently outstanding. There were three dive boats. Each boat is then divided up
into small groups and each boat keeps a different schedule of locations visited, to limit the number
of divers on a site at any one time. The diving was consistently excellent on every site visited,
not like some, where you have to include the mediocre along with the good. Every dive was an adventure
and we always came up with comments of "Awesome", "Wow", and "That was the Best". Even the house reef
was outstanding and you could dive it at will. I brought back a lot of outstanding wide angle and macro
photos taken from right in front of the cabins! Our dive guide, Dollar, was the best. He gave thorough
briefings and had the sharpest eyes for finding those seahorses, pipefish, and tiny crabs. I'm really
into the photography end, and I endlessly appreciated Dollar's ability to find critters to pose for the
camera. He was patient and even helped as a human tripod from time to time.
The bottom line is that Wakatobi was a dream experience. I wondered about flying half way around the
world to experience this, but after all the positive remarks I'd heard, decided this was the place. I
was absolutely right. It was worth the expense and time to travel here.
All of the employees were friendly and helpful. You will be spoiled here, as all you really have to
do is stretch out your arms to receive the BCD and tank!. And last but not least, you will not
starve either. The food was outstanding, with great variety each day, backed up by friendly staff
and a beautiful dining room.
It's not a question of if I come back, it's only a matter of when I come back to Wakatobi. The only
negative here is the want for more time.