The Wakatobi Experience
Diving first on the Pelagian, I can truly say it is not just a liveaboard dive vessel but rather a diving
yacht. Luxurious and spacious, it was an amazing ship and a dream come true for those who seek out and
enjoy the best liveaboards - and the Pelagian is definitely the best in my experience. The friendly and
outgoing crew was exceptional at being prepared for a guest's every need, whether diving or just relaxing
on board. The food was unbelievably good. It was like eating in a top restaurant, where every meal was a
culinary delight. The rooms were beautifully done with plenty of space and storage. Sleeping was easy in
this quietly run vessel.
After five days enjoying the wonderful Pelagian dive yacht, I had another five days of diving at the
Wakatobi Resort itself. Once again the staff, the entire staff, did whatever they could to make my
holiday one to remember. Whether it was diving, dining, keeping the room clean and orderly throughout
the day, or relaxing, once again everything was taken care of at the highest standard. The staff was
very friendly, always a smile and seemed truly happy that you were at their resort. The restaurant was
buffet style with a huge amount of choices of delectable food including seafood as fresh as one would
expect in a five star restaurant. The bungalow was spacious, quiet and comfortable. It was easy to get
a great night's sleep at Wakatobi and be fully awake and ready to explore the next amazing dive site.
Diving from the Pelagian and Wakatobi Resort is more than can be imagined in terms of the sea life that
occurs around the area. Most of these incredible creatures can be found in less than fifty feet of water
and include everything from the wicked cool octopus and cuttlefish, nudibranchs to flatworms of vibrant
colors or strange shapes, dwarf seahorses that redefine pygmy to a whole new level (bring the macro!),
hard and soft corals of every color and shape imaginable, and too many fish species to even begin to
describe. Being part of the Coral Triangle, Wakatobi in Indonesia has everything any scuba diver
wishes to discover in the underwater world.
Making it easy to see all these wonderful sea creatures are the dive professionals I met both on
board the Pelagian and at Wakatobi resort. They describe themselves as "Dive Experience Managers"
instead of the usual Dive Guides. This description totally encompasses the dive philosophy at Wakatobi,
as these dive managers are excellent at making you feel comfortable and safe in the water, while showing
you some amazing critters that most of us would ] never have otherwise seen. They were truly remarkable
in what they did to make the scuba diving - both on the Pelagian and the resort - a memorable experience
that I would highly recommend to every diver.