Pelagian - sulawesi LiveaboardInquiry
Wakatobi's liveaboard in South Sulawes world-renowned Pelagian dive yacht was bought a couple of years ago by theWakatobi resort and has been completely rebuilt and refurbished. She howeverretains the charm that people have come to love over the years that she's beenproviding discerning travellers with premium cruises. She is now in tip top shapeand performing splendidly as the premier liveaboard in South Sulawesi.
Havingsearched the world, and Indonesia, for the most pristine reefs we found thehealthiest, lushes and most beautiful corals right at home in the Wakatobiregion. So although we could bring Pelagian to Komodo, Raja Ampat and otherareas we choose to create cruises with Wakatobi Dive Resort as a base but to the more remote sites not accessible from the resort. On a cruise aboard this luxuriousand immaculately maintained yacht you'll experience a dive holiday like noother in the region.
Adding to the allure are key Wakatobi-exclusive aspects like direct accessthrough our own air charter service, gourmet cuisine, highly qualified instructor-level dive guides, marine conservation participation and thepossibility to combine a cruise with a stay in Wakatobi Dive Resort. Getting tothe Pelagian is now easier than ever. You simply fly to the convenientinternational hub of Bali and Wakatobi'sprivate air service will take care of the rest. From Bali,our flight takes you into the Wakatobi area and our private airport. We'veeliminated the last-minute rushes, long check-in lines and excess baggagecharges - a convenience that no other liveaboard in Indonesia can offer you.
For many years, the Pelagian has widely been regardedas one of the premier dive yachts in the Southeast Asia/ South Pacific region. During this time, she's earned an unparalleledreputation for quality operations and unique itineraries. Pelagian creditsinclude numerous documentaries, features and stories in National Geographic,diving and travel magazines, and television productions around the world. ThePelagian's spacious cabins comfortably accommodate twelve divers and she's oneof the largest vessels in the industry for such a limited number of passengers.Pelagian guests never feel crowded, whether diving on the reef, mingling in thecommon areas, or relaxing in the cabins. Best of all, because the Pelagian diveyacht is fully integrated into Wakatobi's award-winning marine conservation andcommunity development programs, it will have exclusive access to the divingsites within the extended Wakatobi region. Wakatobi's pledge is to build uponthe excellent reputation that the Pelagian has earned over the years. It wouldbe our pleasure to have you as our guest.
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Pelagian - prices and what's included
Two guests, both divers, for seven nights in Master Suite (Pelagian)
- Master Suite at USD 500 per person per night, x 2 guests, x 7 nights = $7,000
- Diving package at USD 195 per person per day x 2 guests x 6 days = $2,340 = $9,340 plus $675 x 2 flight from Bali to Wakatobi
Total trip price = $10,690
The trip price includes :
- Standard, Deluxe, Superlux Cabin or Master Suite accommodation.
- All meals (three multi-course chef-prepared meals + snacks)
- Soft drinks and mineral water
- Four tender boat dives per day
- Multilingual Western, highly trained, instructor-level dive guides
- Tanks, weights and unlimited air refills
- A traditional village tour
- VIP greeting service upon arrival into Bali - getting through immigration will be a breeze
- Substantial marine park protection and community development contribution.
The trip price does not include :
- Flight transfer from and return Bali by own executive air service
- Cocktails, wine and beer.
- Rented gear, apart from tanks, weights and weight belts.
- Souvenirs (you can buy on board by cash or credit card)
- Porterage and tips (up to you)
- Overall travel insurance
- International flights to Bali / accommodation in Bali
Pelagian - cabins
The newly remodeled Wakatobi dive yacht, Pelagian, is like a floating tropical boutique hotel with ever-changing top-side and UW vistas. All of the cabins have been masterfully-designed for comfort and aesthetics. Spacious floor plans, luxurious bathrooms and modern decor create relaxing environments for guests. With a maximum of ten guests, Pelagian offers more space per guest than any dive yacht of its kind. All interior spaces are air conditioned and each cabin has its own temperature control. Guests enjoy an unlimited hot and cold water supply and fresh towels daily.
Master Stateroom #1:
This beautiful master suite offers all the comforts of home and is the largest cabin available on any dive boat that we know of. A queen-sized, spring-mattress bed offers relaxing and restful sleep. A spacious lounge with a love seat and chair provide the perfect place to watch videos, listen to music, read, or work on your laptop – in total privacy. The bathroom features a separate shower, a long vanity with a large adjustable mirror, and, of course, a toilet. There is also a separate little beauty room in the front of the cabin that can also double as a work space, if needed. The full, cabin-length shelf on the port side provide lots of storage space for cameras and personal belongings. This cabin, like all others, is air conditioned with private control.
Location: Conveniently situated at the center of the boat on the main deck level. That means quick access from any place on the yacht with no access staircase to ascend/descend.
Superlux cabins #3 + #5:
The Superlux cabins offer fresh, bright spa-like environments for guests. From the spacious floor plan, to the wall art and the smallest decor details, these cabins evoke a feeling of tranquility and restfulness. Both of these cabins feature a walk-around, queen-size bed and separate daybed. No need to climb over your partner in the middle of the night to reach the bathroom or in search for a drink! Hanging, bedside tables and large drawers under the beds offer guests ample space to store personal items. Adjustable, high-intensity reading lights hang from the headboards for convenient night-time reading. Spaciousness extends into the beautiful bathrooms featuring a glass shower area, a big vanity with spa-like fixtures and great lighting. These cabins are air conditioned with private controls. Location: Both of these cabins are located forward of the main salon and down a flight of stairs. They both have several portholes (closed on the pictures) that let in ample daylight - another Superlux photo.
Deluxe Cabin #2:
The efficient layout of the deluxe cabin creates the perfect accommodations for dive buddies looking for their own space. This cabin features two beds; one wide enough for two people, the other accommodates one person. Built-in drawers anda small loveseat provide a place to sit, read, and maintain your dive log or work on your laptop. This cabin also has a newly-remodeled bathroom with shower and toilet. Air conditioned with private control.
Location: Located at the stern of the yacht, this popular cabin has its own staircase accessed directly from the main salon.
Standard Cabin #6:
This is another efficient cabin choice for divers needing less spacious accommodations. The standard cabin features two, single beds arranged opposite each other. One bed is elevated with port holes by the waterline for nice views of the ocean. The other is standard bed height. Built-in storage below the elevated bed provides place for stowing personal items. This cabin also has a newly-remodeled bathroom with shower and toilet and is air-conditioned with private control.
Location: This cabin is located on the starboard side of the ship from a separate staircase by the camera room. Perfect locale for the camera equipment tinkerer!
Pelagian - itineraries
Get ready for some of the world’s best diving.You’ll be treated to Indonesia’shealthiest reefs and unparalleled marine bio-diversity that has made Wakatobi alegend in the world of diving.
Greater Wakatobi Banda Sea Itineraries There are different sections of Wakatobi (and nearby Buton) included in our itineraries:
- All eastern and southern islands from Pulau Runduma to Pulau Moromaho.
- The Big Reef (on the chart marked as Karang Kaledupa, but more than 50% belongs to Tomia).
- Buton diving muck diving in Pasarwajo Bay at Dongkala and possibly walls further south and north.
Note: to give you an idea of the size of the region, the Wakatobi area is roughly 14 times larger than that of the more well-known Bunaken Marine Park in Northern Sulawesi. The cruise will include diving around the best reefs of Wakatobi Resort. Then,it’s off to the other Wakatobi Islands (Wangi-Wangi,Kaledupa, and Binongko). Expect to see an incredible selection of macrosubjects along with stunning reefscapes.
|Day 1||10:00: Guests meet at Denpasar domestic terminal 11:00: Depart for Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi 13:00: Arrive and board vessel 14:00: Dive Table Coral City or Dunia Baru 17:00: Second dive in vicinity|
|Day 2||Blade, Pastel, Roma, night dive Roma|
|Day 3||Ndaa, Karang, Koromaha|
|Day 4||Koromaha, Cowo, Karang Koka, night dive "1001 Nights"|
|Day 5||Karang Koka, Binongko|
|Day 6||Binongko, Mermaid's, or dive close to resort, maybe Waitii Ridge|
|Day 7||Two morning dives, house reef, Zoo. Afternoon village visit, evening resort visit and beach dinner with resort guests. Sleep on board Pelagian.|
|Arrival Day||08:00: Morning flight back to Bali.|
|Note: This does not represent an exact itinerary, it is approximate only. Every cruise is different. Itineraries depend on current conditions, time of year, weather, currents, captain, cruise director, and guest preferences. We do our best to put you at the best sites possible every dive. Trust the crew, they know what they are doing.|
7 Day Cruise - (six days diving)
|1||Coral Garden||Wangi Wangi|
|2||Wangi Wangi Bay||Wangi Wangi|
|3||Alice in Wonderland||Wangi Wangi|
|4||Escape||Buton - Batuturo|
|5||Gone With the Wind||Buton - Batuturo|
|6||Bianca 2||Buton - Pasar Wajo|
|7||Magic Pier||Buton - Pasar Wajo|
|8||Cheeky Beach||Buton - Pasar Wajo|
|9||Asphalt Pier||Buton - Pasar Wajo|
|10||Asphalt Pier||Buton - Pasar Wajo|
|11||Magic Pier||Buton - Pasar Wajo|
|15||Hoga Buoy #5||Hoga|
|19||Hoga Buoy #4||Hoga|
|snorkel||Table Color City||Tomia|
Pelagian - diving
The Indo-Pacific region is considered a biodiversity hot spot, benefiting fromthe currents and nutrients transported between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. No other place in the world has the colors, the corals and the creatures in such variety and vast numbers.Within that area, the Wakatobi region is near the epicentre of coral reefbiodiversity. The area is teeming with hundreds, if not thousands of different fish species.For instance, Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology at the Boston University MarineProgram Centre for Ecology and Conservation Biology, counted 301 fishspecies on a 100 minute dive at Wakatobi Dive Resort’s house reef in 2004. The hundreds of kilometres of reef structure in the Wakatobi National Marine Park provide everyimaginable marine animal, including whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, tunas,barracudas, marlin and more. For photographers, this means wide-angle, normal and macro opportunitiesabound.
The Pelagian liveaboard is the perfect compliment to the wonders below. The two regions that the Pelagian will cruise both offer exciting and different diving possibilities.
For the macro photographer and for those who appreciate pristine, unexplored, undisturbed reefs, the Wakatobi region is the perfect match. On the cruise, you’ll see an incredible variety of hard and soft corals, fish and invertebrates of the healthy reefs in the Wakatobi region. There are literally hundreds of world class dive sites – many still unexplored.For those wanting to see large pelagics, sweeping currents, and and incredible array of marine life of all sizes, the Komodo Islands cruises are your match. The cool, nutrient-rich waters that flow around the islands feed a seemingly unending variety of creatures. Expect to see sharks, manta rays, schooling jacks and an unmatched variety of small critters, soft soft coral, gorgonians, and sea fans. With either voyage, you’ll enjoy the comforts of the world-renown Pelagian will take you there in five-star style.
Generally speaking we have two peak seasons: one between April and June and one between September and November. That said, conditions vary from week to week and from year to year. It’s great to experience Wakatobi year round.
|January - March||March - June||July - August||September||October - December||Air Temperatures||Rain|
Beginning in January and up till the middle of March cloud coverage is a bit higher than otherwise and we are, during a week or so, likely to at least experience some tropical showers - still, the weather is good enough for you to have a great time diving and enjoying yourself in the resort. December and January have offered some of the most spectacular conditions over the past few years with warm water, mirror flat seas and great light and visibility. If you do get to experience a warm tropical thunderstorm and the dramatically lit evening skies you’re sure to treasure the special charm that it offers. Wakatobi being one of the driest areas in Indonesia, there is still plenty of sunshine in any given period and diving is enjoyable even with a bit of rain. Another advantage: as these months are considered part of wet season in other parts of Indonesia or Malaysia - the secret is less well known and even over the year-end holiday season, Wakatobi is rarely full. The great diving, relaxed atmosphere the full staff out to please fewer guest make this period a great way to escape winter. March into June
Between March and into June, conditions calm down and the visibility and conditions pick up. The glass calm seas throughout May and June mean that conditions are amongst the very best of the year, with the best visibility, often reaching 45 meters. July and August
July and August sees a slight increase in wind, and the sea ripples somewhat, visibility is still likely to impress, and due to the macro nature of the diving in Wakatobi, most of our divers are so focused on the reef just inches from their faces, they wouldn’t notice if the visibility behind them stretched out for miles. The weather in these months is a little cooler than months either side making it a great time to visit for those who prefer to sleep without using an A/C at night (book a Beach Bungalow on the south beach). September
Starting in September, conditions return to those seen in May and June. October to December
October and November are comparable to May and June, but as we progress in to November and December the humidity increases and while you’re likely to see mirror-calm waters the topside temperature is also higher than, let’s say, in the summer. Water Temperatures
On the water temperature front, the warmest water in Wakatobi is found in the upper water layer during mid to late October, when temps may reach a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). The coolest time falls in the latter half of August with a minimum temperature of 25 degrees (77 degrees Fahrenheit). From the start of the season in March until May, the temperature averages 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 degrees Fahrenheit) June averages 27 C (80.6 F), July 26 C (78.8 F), September is between 26 to 27 C (78 - 81 F), October 28 to 30 C (82 - 86 F). From November until to March the temperature averages 28 C (82.4 F). Air Temperatures
For 99% of the year, the temperature ranges between 26 - 29 degrees Celsius. (78.8 - 84.2 Fahrenheit). Rainfall
The annual rain falls are four times lower than the Indonesian average. Wakatobi is one of the most arid regions in Indonesia and the air humidity is mostly only about 65 to 75%.
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Pelagian - faqs
Warning this is a very large amount of questions, please be patient, it may take a while to find your answer.
When do I need to check in for the flight from Bali to Wakatobi?
To fly from Bali to Wakatobi, you will be required to check-in at the domesticdeparture terminal of the Airport in Bali at either:
06:30h (First Plane) OR 11:00h (Second Plane)Your check-in times will becommunicated to you by email in advance of your trip by the staff in our BaliOffice.
It would be very helpful if you could call our office upon arrival in yourhotel in Bali to confirm the details. (Bali Logistics Office 759 669 or Crispin 081 2381 1084)
Which ticketcounter do we check in at in the Domestic Departure Terminal?
The Denpasar airport is relatively small and does not have very many terminals.As long as you find the Domestic Departure Terminal you are set.
Our staff will meet you outside the terminal door with entry passes, they willhelp you find porters and direct you into our staff inside the terminal.
Inside, our team will assist you through check-in and escort you to the VIPlounge where there will be a short wait before you board the flight.
Additional pointers: Head for the Wakatobi Counter, Ask the porters (greyuniforms). Our team will be there all wearing Wakatobi shirts, carrying signboards and a smile.
You really can’t miss us if you know the name “Wakatobi/Pelagian”!
Do I need some kind of voucher or ticket for theWakatobi charter?
No you don’t. As long as you have paid in full for your Wakatobi package, youare welcome onboard :)
We have our own check-in counter and our staff is in charge of luggage handlingand boarding.
When will I return to Balion the last day of my Wakatobi trip and for what time can I book my flighthome?
The Wakatobi air charter now returns back to Baliby 16:00h. We recommend that you plan to leave Balino earlier than 17:30h.
If I miss theflight from Bali to the resort, what willhappen?
You will get the opportunity to go by public transfer via Sulawesito the Resort.
It involves a two and a half day air - land - sea journey that will certainlybe an experience you can tell your friends about back home. This is the routethat the first divers to Wakatobi Dive Resort followed and is the reason forWakatobi building its own airstrip. Our Balioffice can help with all the routing details should this occur.
Is the flightfrom Bali to Wakatobi (and back) included inthe price?
No, it’s charged separately.
What is the flight like to Wakatobi?
The flight lasts approximately two and a half hours and is very scenic alongthe way.
We work with TransNusa / Trigana Air for guest air transportation to theWakatobi resort and the Pelagian liveaboard. TransNusa operates commercialdomestic routes within Indonesiaas well as exclusive charters for Wakatobi.
To ensure maximum reliability and space for our guests and their luggage, weuse a pair of French Built ATR 42 for our charters. The aircraft’s maximumcapacity is 44 seats (or about 35 divers and their heavy luggage).
The plane is spacious and nicely appointed. The restroom is small but stillvery serviceable. However, you might be more comfortable using the facilitiesat the airport prior to departure or at the resort.
Do I need tostay in Bali one night before flying toWakatobi island?
Yes, on the first day of the package, you will need to check in to the DomesticDeparture Terminal in Bali before anyinternational flights arrive on the island. This will mean an overnight stay inBali before the trip is required.
I amscheduled to arrive in Bali a few days beforethe start of our Wakatobi/Pelagian trip and would like to do some more divingthere. Do you have any recommendations?
The most popular diving in Bali is Tulamben (north east Bali) where you canfind a beautiful drop-off accessible from the shore as well as the famous Liberty wreck. The area isa good 3-4 hours from the airport by van so you’ll need at least a couple ofdays in Bali to have the time for a visitthere. Some people combine a visit to Tulamben with a stopover in Secret Bay(north Bali, muck diving). It is also possibleto dive Nusa Penida island off Sanur as a 1 day or 1/2 day excursion.
When I arrivein Bali, what should I expect?
Upon arrival from overseas, there will be a Wakatobi/Pelagian representative atthe door of your plane. Our representative will whisk you through Immigrationat high speed avoiding all those queues (a Wakatobi / Pelagian exclusive).You’ll still need to pay USD 25 each here for your visas - no photos necessary.See the Indonesia visa FAQ formore information. After getting your visa, you’ll be taken through baggagereclaim, past customs, and out to meet the guide and driver (if you have onearranged). Alternatively, the rep will assist you in arranging a taxi from areputable firm.
Make sure you give us your flight and arrival times beforehand so we canarrange this special greeting
One other note: We recognize that this is your holiday and you’ll be out andabout enjoying all that Bali has to offer.However, we do request you give our Balioffice a call after you arrive in case there are any last minute details,requests, or travel coordination needed. Crispin can be reached at his cell :081 2381 1084 or the Bali office is at 759 669(local numbers).
Do you have arecommendation for hotels in Bali?
Yes, we recommend you contact Ms. Putu at [email protected] at Trans-IndoMukti //www.trans-indo.com. Trans-Indo Mukti is a long establishedBali-based company we have worked with since the nineties. Tell them thatyou’re flying to Wakatobi, tell them what you want and indicate a budget, andthey should be able to handle all the details for your accommodation andtransfers while staying in Bali. They canrecommend nice hotels and luxurious resorts far away from the crowds of Kutabut still convenient to shopping and the airport. They can also arrange forprivate tours and excursions on Bali.
Can I use USdollars in Bali? Where’s the best place to getmoney exchanged in Bali?
When in Indonesia,it is always cheaper to use Rupiah than US Dollars. For some reason, althoughthe exchange rate is currently hovering around USD 1 = Rp 10,000, a one dollarbill is only worth about Rp 8,000 at the banks / money changers. The higherdenomination bills (20, 50 and 100) are worth the actual exchange rate aspublished.
It is tough to find banks or money changers willing to accept hundred dollarbills from 1996 (due to the Indonesian market being flooded with counterfeit1996 bills a few years back). People are simply not willing to take the risk inexchanging notes that they consider have a high chance of being forgeries. Ifyou think you might be doing some serious shopping while in Bali, make sure youbring with you crisp, clean, newer notes–it actually does make a difference!
ATM machines are the best way forwards for taking money (exchange rate wise) asthese will use the exchange rate at your home bank, and this will favour yourhome currency.
However, machines here are limited in the number of notes they can spit out atone time, and this can mean that you have to insert your card repeatedly towithdraw a worthwhile amount of cash. With most currencies, the machines heredispense the equivalent of 2 dollar bills, 5 dollar bills or 10 dollar bills!Depending on how your bank charges you for use of ATMs overseas, you could endup paying large bank charges to withdraw fairly insignificant sums of money,thus negating the benefit of the higher exchange rate.
There is an ATM machine within the Domestic Arrivals Hall, and also justoutside the International Arrivals Hall (turn right as you come outside and theATM is just before the pre-paid taxi window.)
Money changers abound. There are money changers at the airport, at your hotel,at the banks and in little shops by the side of the road. The rates at theairport and the hotel are unlikely to be the best you can get, but as we’retalking about 1 or 2 percent, the convenience cancels the slightly lower rates.
The Authorized Money Changers (displaying signs) in specialist money changingshops and kiosks are the best way to change cash to save time and get a goodrate.
Note: Some money changers are a little less than scrupulous. You should alwayscount your money before leaving and not just rely on watching them count it.
Yourconservation programs interest me. Will I contribute by going coming toWakatobi?
Yes, you will. We set aside a portion of the funds you payfor your trip for conservation programs and community development.
What can I bring to help the local village and children?
For the local children, we recommend anything educational or healthy. Notepads, pencils, erasers, maps, rulers, craft supplies, crayons or basic schoolor colouring books would be greatly appreciated.
Do you have Nitrox available?
Yes! We feature a state of the art Nitrox Technologies membrane systems fed bymultiple water-cooled Bauer compressors.
Are weallowed to bring souvenirs up from our dives?
No, we do not allow anyone to bring corals, shells or animals out of the waterand we make sure that our guests respect all aspects of our environment. Ifever a guest would knock over a table coral, it might take 100 years for a newone to develop!
Is there alot of reef damage from dynamiting and cyanide fishing?
No. Very little reef in our area is damaged by destructivefishing methods like dynamite bombing and cyanide fishing (for the aquariumtrade). However, it is a fact that destructive methods of fishing are stillbeing used in many parts of the world, including Indonesia.
In the remote areas around the Wakatobi resort, bombing is extremely rare.There have been instances of some reef areas being hurt by boat anchors andlocal fishermen walking on the reef top. These practices are effectively beingminimized by our Collaborative Reef Conservation programs.
Has theWakatobi region been affected by coral bleaching?
No. We have not detected bleaching of corals in the area.
The water temperatures in the area remain a cool 26-28 °C (79-82°F) and thereare still healthy cooler currents refreshing the reefs continually.
Do your tankshave INT or DIN valves?
All our tanks have INT valves. DIN adapters are availableupon request.
Should Ibring all my own diving gear?
We recommend that all our guests to bring their own equipment so they’recompletely familiar and comfortable with its operation. The basic divingequipment recommended is a regulator, depth and pressure gauge, watch or divecomputer, buoyancy compensation device, mask, fins and snorkel.
However, we do have dive equipment available for rental. Please contact usbefore your trip to verify your requirements.
We recommend you to bring a 5 mm (1/4”) full-body suit but some guests areeven comfortable in only 3mm(3/16”) shorties. It is all up to what you areused to diving with, just keep in mind that it is nice to be warm.
How do youhandle decompression emergencies? Where is the nearest hyperbaric chamber?
In case of a DECO emergency, our first-aid trained dive managers wouldimmediately stabilize the diver’s condition with non-baric medical oxygen. Ifdeemed necessary, we would then evacuate the diver by a sea level cabinpressure flight (day-time only) directly back to Baliwhere there is a good re-compression chamber.
On board, there is a good stock of medical gear and medication. Should that notbe enough, there is a basic hospital on the island neighbouring Wakatobi(sufficiently equipped for most general treatments).
In the respect of safety, Wakatobi and the Pelagian has gone where no otherdive operation in Asia has gone for their customers: After building a private 1mile airstrip to increase safety and comfort of our guests - we have alsoestablished an exclusive 24-hour standby service agreement with the largestmedical evacuation company worldwide (SOS International) and worked out clearlydefined procedures.
Do you allowsolo diving?
We do for Instructor-level divers with a pony tank once they have been deemedsuitable by our professional dive team as safe, responsible and competent. Werent pony tanks.
Do you have facilities to cater for rebreathers?
Yes. We carry sofnolime 797 and have an ample supply of medical grade oxygenfor rebreather divers. For semi closed rebreather divers we offer 7.5 L [50cbf] aluminum tanks filled with NITROX up to 40%, these can be fitted with DINor INT valves. Other valves (like Draeger) are not available. For diverstraveling with closed circuit rebreathers, we can fill tanks to 100% with ourO2 booster if you bring your own clean 02 tank. Alternatively we have FaberSteel tanks 2 L and 3 L for rent, suitable for CCRs such as Evolution,Inspiration and KISS. Bail out tanks are available in 3 L [19cbf], 4.5 L [30cbf], 6 L [40 cbf], 7.5 l [50 cbf], all aluminium.
Note: Sodalime supplies are sometimes difficult to acquire due to logistics andsupply constraints. Please contact us before your trip to confirm availabilityand any particular requirements.
Of course, we also have complete Nitrox facilities for open circuit divers.
What’s the diving like in the Wakatobi region? What will I see?
The Indo-Pacific region is considered a biodiversity hot spot, benefiting fromthe currents and nutrients transported between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.Within that area, the Wakatobi region is near the epicentre of coral reefbiodiversity. The hundreds of kilometres of reef structure in the Wakatobi National Marine Park provide everyimaginable marine animal, including whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, tunas,barracudas, marlin and more.
The area is teeming with hundreds, if not thousands of different fish species.For instance, Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology at the Boston University MarineProgram Centre for Ecology and Conservation Biology, counted 301 fishspecies on a 100 minute dive at Wakatobi Dive Resort’s house reef in 2004.
For photographers, this means wide-angle, normal and macro opportunitiesabound.
Do you offernight diving?
Yes. Most certainly we do. Every day the “pool’s open” (the oceanthat is) for shore based night diving. Some days we also offer boat nightdiving (to see mandarin fish for example) and that schedule depends onconditions.
Do you allow spearfishing?
No. We encourage all our guests to respect the marine environment, leaving ituntouched so others may enjoy in the future.
What sizestanks do you have? Are they aluminum or steel?
We have 7.5 L (50 cbf), 12 L (80cbf), 15 L (100 cbf). All are aluminium.
Do I need to bring along my dive certification card (c card)?
Yes, if you want to dive.
Are drinksincluded in the price?
Meal drinks such as water, juice, tea, and coffee are included free of charge.Sodas, beer and wine as well as cocktails, mocktails and specialty coffees areavailable at an additional cost
What kind of food can I expect to the served?
Our executive chef serves up an excellent and delicious mix of internationaland local dishes. Just about any special dietary need can be met, but pleaselet us know in advance what if have specific requests or dietary restrictions.
Is the foodgood at Wakatobi?
Put simply it’s great! Our team of top-trained Balinese chefs preparedelicious, ample and healthy meals using fresh produce that we fly in from Bali and overseas. Added to this, there are loads ofday-fresh tuna sashimi, excellent soups, barbecued fish, fresh fruits, steaksand oriental specialties. Be sure to save room for one of the decadent dessertsmade fresh every day by our pastry chef. Meals are generally served buffet orfamily-style in the Longhouse dining area. We’ll also host a beach barbeque ortwo during your stay. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know inadvance. In the lounge, we supply complimentary instant coffee, black tea andcookies around the clock. Diversitea Herbal tea for Divers is also availablefor a nominal charge.
For only $5 per day, you get unlimited Diversitea, both Original Blend andSunset Blend, and a $15 Diversitea Sport Bottle to take home as a Souvenir. Diversitea helps to reduce the fatigue often experienced by divers when doingmultiple repetitive dives. Sunset tea helps to relax you at the end ofthe day, or after that thrilling Night dive!
What kind of clothing should I bring along?
Bathing suits and t-shirts are the order of the day. Dress is usually informalin Indonesiadue to the warm, humid climate and lightweight fabrics are recommended. Lightwindbreakers, wraps, or sweatshirt should also be considered as it does cooldown at night (or in case of the occasional rain storm).
What is the air / water temperature?
Air temperature is in general around 30 °C during the day and nicely cooler inthe evening. Water temperature is a fairly cool 26-28 °C (79-82°F). Werecommend a full body 5 mm dive suit, especially for divers making severaldives in a day.
Does the resort provide anytoiletries?
We have hair dryers on request and in all rooms there is high-qualityWakatobi-branded shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, towels and everythingelse you would expect from a real resort. We also have electrical converters ifwant to bring your own electric razor or hair dryer.
I’m not a diver. Is there anythingfor me to do at Wakatobi?
Onemobaa Island, which Wakatobi Dive Resort is located, is roughly 8 square kilometres(3 square miles), which allows for nice walks (or jogs / runs) across theisland on the various foot paths that over the years have developed between theresort and the village that lies on the opposite end of the island. Behind theresort, one can find shallow sink holes that can be explored with snorkellingequipment and a dive light. We offer volleyball and badminton as well as moreleisurely pursuits such as board games, a selection of movies and a fairlyextensive library. A television set with VCD and VHS players is located in theLonghouse lounge area, along with a CD/ cassette stereo system. Of course,there’s always the beach that offers world-class snorkelling, or more simply,just a relaxing view.
Do you offer massages?
Yes! We have both male and female local massage therapists with strong hands, agentle touch and a real knack for providing relief to sore muscles and tension.Popular among both men and women, a massage session after a long day of divingcan be a real blessing. And contrary to many other places in the world, amassage session in our resort is affordable!
Is theremalaria in the Wakatobi region?
The risk of getting Malaria in the Wakatobi region is very, very low.
There have been the odd cases among the locals who’s been bitten by mosquitoesimported by transiting sailors, but none of our clients or staff have, as faras we can determine, in over a decade ever contracted Malaria.
We normally don’t recommend that divers take medication as it often createsmood swings and drowsiness and other discomforts. However, we leave the finaldecision entirely up to the individual.
If you’re planning a trip to other parts of Indonesia, please consult a good traveller’shealth resource like the CDC //www.cdc.gov/travel/ for the latestinformation on medicine recommendations.
Do I need vaccinationsbefore I travel to Indonesia?
When travelling in the tropics, it is wise to be up to date with Typhoid,Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and a current Polio protection. As parts of Indonesiaare in a malaria zone (not Wakatobi), please check with your physician ormedical centre on the type of prophylactic you should use and ask:
Is it compatible with diving?
What are the known side effects? Make sure you take the appropriatemedications in time before you start the trip.
Do I need toworry about avian/bird flu when I travel to Wakatobi?
The simple answer is no–for several reason. Let us explain.
In recent news reports, you may have heard warnings or concerns about the avianflu and travel to Southeast Asia. While thereis concern in regards to the avian flu, the great majority of concern isdirected towards the possibility of the flu mutating into something that couldspread from human to human. To this date, that has not happened.
Here are some facts: Avian Influenza H5N1 (bird flu) is not a human epidemic. Travellersor tourists have never died of bird flu in Asia.The U.S. Centres for Disease Control (cdc.gov) has not recommended that thepublic avoid travel to any of the countries affected by the bird flu.
The CDC does recommend sensible precautions when travelling abroad. Most of theknown cases of bird flu involve farmers and livestock workers in direct contactwith poultry, so avoid touching chickens and ducks (even those that appearhealthy) and surfaces that might be contaminated with poultry faeces orsecretions.
Wash your hands often to kill potentially infectious material; if soap isn’tavailable, use an alcohol-based hand gel.
If you’re going to eat chicken, make sure it’s been thoroughly cooked; fluviruses are destroyed by heat.
Just remember, bird flu is not confined to Asia.Outbreaks have been reported in Africa and Europewhere poultry has been culled on a mass scale to stop its spread to otherbirds. Most recently, the bird flu was reported in Canada.
The Centres for Disease Control web site is an excellent resource for more birdflu information, //www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/. In addition, the World HealthOrganization has a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions,//www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/avian_faqs/en/index.html.
At Wakatobi, your safety and well-being are our foremost concerns. We areclosely monitoring the situation and we will take proper precautions as eventswarrant. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Do I need a passport or visa to visit Indonesia?
Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 monthsafter your entry into Indonesiaand must have at least one totally clear page for the visa sticker.
The current regulations in full are thus:
11 countries and territories are eligible for a “Visa Free”facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will begranted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at anIndonesian international gateway without charge:
Nationals of the following 63 countriesare now eligible to purchase a non-extendable visa on arrival for either USD 10(for a maximum of 7 days) or USD 25 (for a maximum of 30 days). All Wakatobiand Pelagian guests require a 30 day visa.
If you are staying in Indonesia for longer than 30 days, you will needto apply for a 60 tourist visa in advance of your arrival in Indonesia.
All other nationals should apply for visas in their home country beforedeparture for Indonesia.There will be no leniency for nationals of countries not listed above shouldthey arrive without a valid visa - they will be sent home immediately.
UScitizens are entitled to buy a visa upon your arrival for 30 days for $25 USD.
Since visa regulations change quite frequently, we strongly suggest that youcheck the above requirements with your travel agent, or with the airline youintend flying with.
Although many taxes and security fees will be included in the cost of your airticket, Indonesialevies an international departure tax of Indonesian Rupiah 150,000 (aboutUS$15.00) at Denpasar airport. Please ensure that you have enough Indonesiancurrency available to pay this fee on the day of departure from Indonesia
What is the time difference at Wakatobi?
GMT +8 hours (Bali, Nusa Tenggara, South EastKalimantan and Sulawesi)
Do all the bungalows have separatebathrooms?
Yes. All our bungalows have their own toilet and hot cold fresh water showers. We supply towels and an exclusive range of Wakatobitoiletries.
Are thebungalows air conditioned?
Yes. However, air conditioning is generally not necessary asour resort is on an island far out from mainland which ensures there is alwaysa gentle sea breeze to cool you down. All the rooms are cross ventilated andfitted with ceiling fans and mosquito nets. During part of the season we evenhave to provide blankets!
I am comingas a single traveller. What are my accommodation options?
You can either purchase a single space on a trip and beprepared to share room with another guest, or upgrade to single occupancy whichcomes at a premium of 75%.
Is the resort appropriate for families?
Absolutely. Children (and adults alike) can enjoyworld-class snorkelling right off the beach in front of the resort. We alsohave babysitters available. Please ask a sales associate for more details.
What currencywill I need while I’m at Wakatobi?
On the resort, we accept US Dollars, Visa or MasterCard,Rupiah (local currency) and Euro. However, you can pay everything on creditcard - even the staff tips. We do suggest you change a little money while in Bali to cover incidentals along the way.
Please note that we do not accept travellers cheques. Also note that throughoutIndonesia, the best exchangerates for UScurrency will be for $100 dollar bills printed after 2000.
Can my familyreach me while I’m at Wakatobi?
Yes. Since 2007 there is a good chance, that your GSM phonesmight work in the resort through a public system on the island, which ishowever not always reliable. In addition, we have several satellite phones foruse in an emergency.
There’s also a PC available in our Lounge with Internet access in case you wantto check your email. You can also have friends/family email Wakatobi [email protected] and our staff will forward any messages along. Refer to theresort’s contact page for more information.
BTW, our internet access is possible due to a VSAT two-way 128 kb satelliteinternet connection. It’s not broadband, but given the remote location, itworks just fine. This connection powers both the resort’s PCs and can also beused for guest’s own laptops as there are LAN ports in every room! A WI-FInetwork is also up and running.
Is the water safe to drink at Wakatobi?
Yes. In 2003, we added a large capacity reverse osmosiswater purification system that ensures ample supply of fresh, potable water atall hours of the day.
Whatentertainment is available?
Wakatobi has a complete entertainment centre including a TV,VHS, DVD and CD player, cassette deck and stereo. The staff will have slide andvideo presentations during the week and guests are encouraged to do likewisewith the photos and videos they take. If you have a favourite movie, a slideshow or a video to share, we encourage you to bring it along! You may alsobring your own favourite music, movies, games, etc.
Are laundry facilities available while I’m at the resort?
Yes. We have a wash and dry service available.
Do you haveany facilities for photographers?
Yes. Located in the lower level of the Longhouse is a large,three-sectioned air-conditioned camera room with wall-length, padded workbenches. Both 220v and 110v power strips are already set up for yourrechargers. There is a fridge for 35mm film and various basic tools foradjustments of cameras, lights and housings.
Are there doctors and/or medical resources close toWakatobi?
As for the resort, we have a good stock of medical gear andmedication. Should that not be enough, there is a basic hospital on the neighbouringisland (sufficiently equipped for most general treatments).
In case of a serious medical incident, we have access to a medical evacuationplane service in Bali and worked out clearlydefined procedures.
Add to this Swiss perfection in maintaining all equipment, thoroughness inmanaging and training on-site security, and a highly qualified internationaldive staff (currently with an average of over 3000 dives)–you can rest assuredthat every possible effort is made that you’ll never need this service
There have in the past been travel warnings to Indonesia. Isit safe in the area around Wakatobi?
Yes. Though several areas of Indonesia (an enormous countryspanning over 3,500 miles) have gone through some rough times in the past fewyears, many other areas - that are separate from the trouble spots - remainvery safe to visit.
The situation in Bali and Wakatobi (your onlytwo stopovers) is that of peace, friendliness and stability.
People are often a little hesitant before they come here but immediately uponarriving they discover how calm and happy they feel here.
Not going to Wakatobi due to safety concerns in other parts of Indonesia is like avoiding Orlandobecause of crime problems in New York!The two places are far, far away from each other and a problem in one placedoesn’t really translate to a problem in the other.
Do yourecommend any special insurance?
Every effort is made to make sure your trip is holiday andcarefree. However, we do recommend you purchase trip cancellation/interruptioninsurance in the event of unexpected changes in your travel plans.
You should also have adequate medical insurance to cover any incidents. Checkwith your medical insurer before the trip to verify you’re covered while travellingabroad and scuba diving.
We also recommend you consider purchasing supplemental dive insurance, offeredby many firms such as Divers Alert Network (DAN), PADI, and Dive Assure. Thesecompanies offer specific dive-related policies that often include travel, gearand accident coverage all in one comprehensive policy.
Pelagian - faqs
Please note these are generic FAQs about Indonesia in general and not always boat specific.
If you are unsure about something please ask us to get confirmation.
What documents will I need to show on the boat?
Dive certification cards and dive logbook.
What money will I need?
Most boats accepts payment by Visa or Mastercard, Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or US Dollar. Please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in towns prior to boarding the boat to withdraw Rupiah, which is better should you wish to purchase local souvenirs or for tips. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated.
What type of food is available on board?
Meals are prepared by the onboard chef and consist of a delicious mix of international and local dishes. Please advise us as soon as possible if you have any special dietary requirements. Certain special dietary requests and beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis due to the remote nature of the locations.
Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during the cruise?
There are many different land excursions which are dependent on the schedule and guest preferences. Some land excursions available are beach visits, village visit and other treks dependant on the area, weather and local conditions.
What if I am prone to sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.
Will I have to share a cabin if I am travelling as a single?
All rates are quoted on a share basis therefore, unless you require a guaranteed single room and pay an additional supplement you will share your cabin with one other guest.
What is the voltage on the boat?
Voltage in Indonesia is 220-240 V.
If you feel you will need an adaptor please bring one.
Does the boat provide any toiletries?
There is soap, shampoo, hand wash and towels.
What time zone is Indonesia located?
Komodo, Flores, Derawan and Sangalaki, Kaimantan and Sulawesi are 8 hours ahead of GMT. Raja Ampat is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.
Is smoking permitted?
A designated area on the boat is available for smoking.
Smoking is not permitted in any other area for any reason.
What about crew gratuities?
Gratuities for the crew are not included in your trip price. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 5-10% of the published package price per person be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat.
All tips are generally split equally among the boat crew. Personal tipping is frowned upon. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.
Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
It is mandatory that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance.
The boat will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000.
We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).
How many dives will we do each day?
There will be up to 4 dives per day with 3-4 dives being normal dependant on the distances travelled between sites and possibly at nightime but this is dpeendant on the boat and route being taken.
Are there any limitations or restrictions on the diving?
You should stay within the limits and standards of your qualifying agency.
All dives should be no- decompression dives. Solo diving is not permitted.
What dive equipment do I need?
Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard. Divers will need to bring BCD, regulator, wetsuit,fins, mask, snorkel and dive light.
Rental equipment is available and will need to be ordered in advance.
What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature.
Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine. The southern waters of Komodo can be colder with 20-25C or 70-75F so a 5mm suit with a hood is recommended.
Do you have Int or DIN valves?
We have tanks with Int and DIN valve adaptors.
How do we dive from the boat?
All dives will be made from the tenders. Equipment will be transferred to the tenders and guests will board the tender with only their wetsuit on.
Can I drink alcohol and dive?
No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems.
You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.
Can I fish or spear fish?
Fishing and spear fishing are not available onboard. We will be diving in marine protected areas where any type of fishing is prohibited.
What facilities are available for photographers?
There are ample camera tables and cubby holes with charging stations with 110V and 220V above your dive gear.
There are ‘camera only’ rinse buckets for the exclusive use of photographers onboard.
Can I pay by Credit card on board?
For most things yes you can but there is a bank charge of 3%, normal in Indonesia. Please check with us beforehand about this.
Depending on the season the visibility range is between 10-40 metres or 30-120 feet.
All diving areas are subject to currents that range from slight to extremely strong.
Dive sites are selected according to currents with some great year round drift diving opportunities.
An opportunity to see some of the world’s most unique marine species that emerge only after the sun has set.
The areas where you will dive are unmatched for small and unusual marine wildlife. The species list is endless and new ones are still being discovered in these areas.
The average air temperature in the regions you will visit ranges from 25 - 35 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.
Health and innoculations:
Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended but not mandatory.
Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.
The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.
Population and people:
Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.
An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian.
Hinduism is found mainly in Bali.
Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.
Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language.
Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.
Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored.
Dive conditions in Indonesia
- Diving all year around is possible.
- Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F) (In the south of Komodo it drops down to 21-23°C (70-75°F)
- Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m)
Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:
There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness
Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati
Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953). Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.
Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help) Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)
Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, SurabayPhone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
- SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
- SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
- SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
- SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816
**Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information: Medivac facilities from Travira Air www.travira-air.com