I am not sure what previous reviewers are expecting for approximately $100/night for a double room and $35 for a dive with all gear included, and criticising the staff for not be able to speak English. Ahhh this is Indonesia and a remote corner at that, maybe it is time these people brushed up on a little Bahasa Indonesian before leaving home, and having to pay a whooping 25000 rupiah ($3) per kilo for excess luggage, have they flown Qantas lately with a little more luggage than what they are allowed. Enough said.
We spent 9 days at Patuno, all the staff were fantastic. We went to Patuno to dive, and dive we did. We were the only divers staying for the majority of the time, so did 3-4 dives per day, the two dive guides were brilliant, ask for Jardine. He would do his utmost to meet whatever request you have.... he might even be able to do a bit of cultural dancing, or music, if that's what you really want.................Yes the dive plan was basic, dive to 20 m, follow the wall in that direction for 45 minutes, surface. Does it really have to be any more difficult than that. The diving was very good, with the reefs and walls in good shape with great visibility and with less rubbish than I would have thought. Certainly a lot less rubbish than around North Sulawesi.
The rooms are comfortable, we were picked up and dropped off at the airport as planned, there is no house reef to speak of, there are no white sand beaches outside your room, but there are nice beaches less than 5 minutes drive away, no swimming pool or spa but they do have a pretty good ocean at their doorstep and yes the power is a bit touch and go at times, and for memory there are only 2-3 flights a week (isn't that a good thing) so a little more planning is involved, but trust me it is worth it.
Try going to the markets in WangiWangi in the evening, purchasing fresh fish and veges and having the resort staff cook it to how you want.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Patuno Resort Wakatobi is the Wakatobi's most accessible 3 STAR Resort, situated only a 10 minute drive from the Matahora Airport in Wangi-Wangi. The Wakatobi National Marine Park encompasses over 12 thousand hectares of protected marine park and is made up of four main islands; Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. Patuno Resort stretches along a long white sandy beach which is ideal for sunbathing on, snorkeling from, strolling along, or organizing an impromptu barbecue on. A long barrier reef in front of this resort offers great diving and snorkeling opportunities. The breathtaking overhangs and steep walls of colorful corals are teaming with schooling pelagic fish and hammerhead sharks have recently been spotted here too. The resort is designed with natural building materials such as bamboo, teak wood, coconut wood, rattan and palm leaves, adding to the natural ambiance of the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Patuno Resort Wakatobi Hotel Wangi Wangi Island