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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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Diving Resorts – Sulawesi & Wakatobi

> Asia > Indonesia

Features: Diving in Indonesia is among the most exciting in the world. These waters offer nearly every imaginable type of diving: dramatic drop offs, sheer walls, current swept sea mounts patrolled by groups of sharks and stunning shallow coral gardens.

The variety of exotic tropical fish in these waters is staggering. Opportunities to see manta rays, dolphins, sharks and all large pelagics are excellent as well. The waters are filled with beautiful soft and hard corals inhabited by thousands of colorful reef fish. Visibility is superb and water temperatures average 82 degrees.

The regions in Indonesia with world class diving are unlimited. Alor, for example, off the east coast of Flores is virtually untouched, its waters abounding with a myriad of spectacular marine life. Tukang Besi, one of the world’s most unique diving destinations, features dramatic drop-offs and magnificent coral reefs.

Sulawesi Diving – Manado

Manado is one hour flight time from Bali and home to the Bunaken National Marine Park and Lembeh Island Marine Park. Fully protected, these parks are unspoiled marine wilderness areas offering superb diving. Divers will see fantastic underwater walls, spectacular soft coral gardens, wonderful pelagics and reef fish. The beaches here are exquisite as well.

Sulawesi Diving – Hotel Santika Manado

The Hotel Santika Manado offers the finest accomidations in Manado with 72 deluxe rooms and 28 bungalows. A beautiful swimming pool and all of the ammenities one would expect from a distinguished resort. Located at the Hotel Santika Manado is the 5 star Thalassa Dive Center offering world class dive service to Bunaken Marine Park and other dive regions in this remote area

Sulawesi Diving – Kungkungan Bay Resort

Kungkungan Bay Resort is a small exclusive resort set on a coral-filled bay on the Lembeh St Rait. Built in traditional Balinese style, the resort has 1,200 feet of private beach and is surrounded by tropical Rainforest. All rooms are deluxe one bedroom suites or native cottages. The reefs here are pristine, and the snorkeling in front of the resort is excellent. Other activities include jungle tours, hiking, and inland volcanoes, hot springs and lakes tours. The overwater restaurant serves international cuisine.

Sulawesi Diving – Wakatobi

Remote Wakatobi Dive Resort on Onemobaa in the Banda Sea offers the very best reef diving in the world. Surrounded by a sustainable marine protected area, and only 60 feet away from the house reef Wakatobi is often described as a live aboard with a built-in beach! In addition to the spectacular house reef, there are several dozens of easily accessible dive sites offering incredible marine life diversity, color and natural splendor.

Three boat dives/day and unlimited shore diving are included in every package. The main Lounge house contains all the common guest facilities such as the dive center (with separate equipment and camera room that offers both 220v and 110v charging stations, fridge for film and much more). There is also a rental equipment room, dining area, kitchen, video lounge and marine life reference library as well as storage rooms, the bar and bathrooms.

The rooms have been crafted in the local tradition and are very comfortable. All have 24 hour reliable electricity (from an on-site power plant) and fresh water from a Reverse Osmosis system. All bungalows have both air-conditioning & ceiling fans. There are 4 types to chose from; Garden, Beach, Premium Beach and Cliff Bungalows, all with King size or twin beds, balcony, hot and cold showers, bathroom, fridge and mini bar and internet.

Live Aboards – M/Y Pelagian

The world-renowned Pelagian liveaboard is now under Wakatobi management and is based at the Wakatobi Dive Resort. For the macro photographer and for those who appreciate pristine, unexplored, undisturbed reefs, the Wakatobi region is the perfect match, with an incredible variety of hard and soft corals.

Komodo Island cruises are also still available for large pelagics, sharks, manta rays, schooling jacks and an unmatched variety of small critters, soft soft coral, gorgonians, and sea fans. M/Y Pelagian is 35 meters (115 feet) in length, accommodating 12 guests in 6 ensuite cabins, all with natural light and private, attached bathrooms. She has three levels of accommodation ranging from the Master Stateroom, Deluxe Staterooms and Standard Staterooms.

On board equipment includes: camera workshop and charging facilities, email and fax for convenient guest use, TV and Video player in the salon, an extensive VCD collection, music CD’s and book library, new shaded seating area on upper deck with barbecue pit, hot and cold running water, 3 Bauer K-14 compressors, Nitrox system, radar, GPS navigation system, depth sounder, VHF radio, auto pilot, Sat-Com communications, life rafts, beacons and a complete inventory of safety equipment.

Live Aboards – Kararu Dive Voyages

Kararu Dive Voyages operates the Sea Safari III liveaboard in the waters of the pristine regions of Komodo, Rinca and Alor. These areas of Indonesia are the cutting edge of dive exploration in Indonesia and offer world class diverse diving. All cruises to Komodo will include the opportunity to explore the island of Komodo to see the famous Komodo Dragons. The Sea Safari III is a motor/sailing vessel constructed in traditional Bugis style with exquisite attention to detail. There are 12 air-conditioned cabins all with insuite bathrooms. This large sailing vessel has plenty of room to wander and offers an airconditioned salon and an uppper deck bar. The crew of Kararu know these waters well and will offer a outstanding dive adventure.

Live Aboards – Komodo Dancer

Based in Bali, the Komodo Dancer explores the Flores Sea. The Komodo Dancer is a traditionally crafted, two masted wooden motor sailor. It is 30 meters long, 9 meters wide and accommodates 14 divers in 7 staterooms.


The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.