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A key reason for our return trip to Wakatobi in 2014 was to experience their luxurious dive liveaboard, Pelagian. On our first visit, one of our fellow divers spent the first half of his trip aboard Pelagian and told us ‘it was brilliant; you have to do it next time’, and we’re glad we did!
Having a maximum of 10 divers, there’s plenty of space for everyone and in just a few short steps you’re out of your cabin into the tender and minutes from your dive. It’s so convenient, and you can do up to four dives a day if you wish, including night dives. The Mandarin Fish night dive was amazing; there were so many of these lovely fish ‘dancing’ in our torchlights.
What we liked best was the chance to experience a variety of new and diverse dive sites, including the ‘muck’ dives where we encountered different and wonderful critters to those you see in the resort area, as well as the classic wall and reef dives. We were impressed with the informative and in-depth dive briefings from our dive guides who also provided very interesting evening presentations on the marine life, which helped us to get more out of our dives.
Food is just as good that in the resort – you even get two breakfasts! That is a light snack (if you want) before the first dive and a cooked breakfast afterwards. Divers’ needs are anticipated by an efficient and friendly crew – for example wetsuits are hung up to dry after each dive and then returned to dive deck, neatly folded, for the next.
Four types of cabins enable you to choose according to your budget; we loved the huge Master Cabin with its many portholes letting in lots of light.
We really enjoyed our week on Pelagian…and we’d love to go again. One couple in our group had dived Pelagian the year before and another pair told us they have booked again for 2016. That says it all really!
Kuta Poleng Blok D-1, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 80361, undefined
We have been lucky enough to visit Wakatobi Dive Resort twice – in 2012 for our honeymoon and again in 2014. It really was so good we had to go there again! As experienced UK divers, we have dived many places around the world, but the quality of the truly unspoilt diving coupled with the superb operation, friendliness of staff and attention to detail at Wakatobi puts this unique resort above all others.
Right from the moment you arrive at Bali airport for the private air charter to Wakatobi, you are well-looked after by friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff and you don’t have to worry about a thing. Customer service is something that Wakatobi excels at and you feel like an honoured and welcome guest throughout your stay. A particular highlight was our Romantic Dinner on the beach; it made our honeymoon extra-special!
On our second visit in 2014, the staff remembered us – and as with every guest, all the staff members know your name by the end of the first day.
I don’t think that any diver can fail to be impressed by the sheer diversity of amazing marine life in the lovely clear warm waters. On every dive, we saw new and exciting creatures – the Yellow-barred Jawfish and Coleman Shrimps were particular favourites! At Wakatobi, diving is easy for all ages with spacious dive boats manned by experienced crew who are ready with hot towels, drinks and snacks for when you return. Dives last up to 70 minutes and in 3mm wetsuits, we were entirely comfortable.
The House Reef is one of the best we’ve seen; very convenient for diving and snorkelling close to the resort. Don’t forget your camera, it’s a photographer’s paradise – even if you just have a compact camera inside an underwater housing as we did. You can still get impressive shots.
We loved our Wakatobi Villa the first time, which was absolutely beautiful and private. Our Ocean Bungalow was also superb, with cooling sea breezes and perfectly-positioned for fabulous sunsets. Last, but not least, we really enjoyed the delicious food – top-notch quality with plenty of variety, fresh fruits and meats, not to mention the lovely ice-creams!