Friday Photo from the Nai’a Liveaboard in FIJI
Wakatobi is an exotic resort made for divers. Nestled in the Banda Sea, the remote location offers highend lodging not typical of other diving resorts. Divers can stay in the Garden Bungalows just steps away from the beach. The Standard Beach and Select Beach Bungalows offer cool ocean breezes and tropical island views. When I stayed there in November of 2009, I enjoyed staying at the Wakatobi Villa.
The villas at Wakatobi made it very hard to leave in the morning to go diving. I would have been happy living the life of a lazy island girl on my villa porch. The staff regularly checked on me to see how I was doing or to bring me snacks. I loved eating the local treats, but it was nice to find a Diet Coke in the fridge.
That would have been enough, but to add world class diving… it was truly a diver’s paradise. The staff made getting into my scuba equipment as easy as falling off the boat. I was travelling with a group of serious underwater photographers. It was impressive to see how the staff accommodated the extra equipment and needs of the photographers. Scuba diving with Backscatter Photo group I quickly became accustom to being the model and seeing my reflection in their giant dome ports.
If you went to the San Jose Dive show in 2010, and saw the poster, you’ll notice that’s me at Wakatobi!
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