The folks at Wakatobi make diving as easy as it can be. I had hoped to do five dives a day, but the wind and rain started up not long into our 14 days at the resort, making diving conditions at the house-reef less than optimal for an underwater photographer. Despite the rain, I enjoyed the diving a lot. The visibility deeper than around 30-40' was always quite good, even during hard rain. We were told that the conditions at the resort during other times of the year yield water that is flat-calm. I hope to go back to experience those conditions, at some point. :)
A note about the photos on this travel report:
They are not all of the sort that I might include as part of an official photography portfolio. Many of the photos might not hold up to artistic scrutiny, but certainly help to tell a story -- and, they are good for critter ID.
A typical day at the resort (weather permitting):
05:45 - Wake up. (I only did this a few times)
06:00 - Slip into the water at the 2nd Gully for an early morning dive.
07:20 - Full breakfast. Join the lazy types at the table.
08:30 - Dive briefing.
08:40 - Board boats for morning boat dives.
09:00 - First boat dive.
11:15- Second boat dive.
13:20 - Big lunch.
14:00 - A short, shallow dive in the sea grass.
15:30/17:30 - Dive briefing for afternoon/night dive.
15:45/17:45 - Leave for afternoon/night dive.
19:00 - Big dinner.
20:30 - Paul goes to sleep. The rest of us stay up for a bit.
Bedtime - Peaceful slumber (when the wind/rain isn't strong).
Although the reefs and macro life at Wakatobi are definitely the lushest I've encountered, we did stumble upon the remnants of dynamite fishing at several of the dive spots. It's amazing that coral can be so thoroughly reduced to rubble. During one dive, the other group saw groups of fish, gasping in their last breaths of oxygen -- the results of either cyanide or dynamite fishing. Cornetfish were scattered nose down in the coral, and clownfishes lay dead in their host anemones. But during our 14 days there, this was the only hint we saw of the reef being fished by an unsustaineable method. The conservation money that Wakatobi pays to the local village seems to be working well to maintain the local preserve.
Eric's Dive Log