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Patuno Resort Wakatobi
Reviewed December 4, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Robert C
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

The reality of Patuno is far different to the information on their web site. As a dive site, it is excellent .The resort is isolated, with nothing to do and no facilities. There is no beach and no place to swim when the tide is out. During my week there in November, 2013 there was no music or cultural dancing, and the bar was totally dry. Not even one bottle of alcohol. Much of the menu was unavailable, the food is totally repetitive - the same for every meal ( rice or noodles) . It is overpriced for the service it provides.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
8  Thank Waterba
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Patuno Resort is located on the island of Wangi Wangi, the
"WA" part of the Wakatobi marine park. The flights in/out of
Wangi Wangi are quite limited so one must carefully plan one's itinerary. I
flew out of Denpasar after a 2 day layover on Bali then spent the night in
Makassar before getting a connection to Wangi Wangi. The Wangi Wangi flight
stopped in Kendari.

If bringing dive and camera gear to this resort, be prepared to pay
big-time Rupiah for excess baggage fees. Lion/Wing Air charged from 15000
to 25000 Rupiahs for each extra KG. The airline does not take credit cards
or USD.

I was met at the Wangi Wangi air terminal by the resort shuttle driver who
did not speak any English. We almost left the air terminal without my
luggage. Upon arriving at the resort, I was "greeted" be a rather
apathetic staff. There was no resort orientation. I found my way down the
beach to my bungalow, which was quite spacious. Shortly thereafter, there
was a power outage so no A/C. After about 3 hours of being assured that the
problem was being remedied, I move to another bungalow that did have power.
The rooms are pleasant and clean but a bit dark and with minimal electrical
outlets.

As it turned out I was the only diver at the resort for 7 of my 8 dive
days. But in spite of the resort having an excess of staff, the service and
the food in the restaurant was usually disappointing. The service was
extremely slow and the food was usually over-cooked. Although the drink
menu offered a full bar, a wine list and several different beers, the only
adult beverage available during my stay was Bintang beer. I ordered fried
chicken with fries several times along with nasi goring.

The dive operation is interesting and in need of a wake-up call. Virtually
none of the dive crew spoke English. The dive briefings were essentially:
"25 meters for 60 minutes." No review of the dive profile or the
critters we might encounter. After one dive, the dive guide and I were left
standing on top of the reef for over 30 minutes attempting to get the
attention of the dive boat. Fortunately, a local fisherman alerted the dive
boat to our location.

Getting to/from and on/off the dive boat was an adventure. There is no boat
dock at the resort, so we were vanned some 15-30 minutes to the dive boat's
location, which varied. Then we either got in skiff and motored to the dive
boat or jumped down from a jetty onto the dive boat or climbed under/around
the jetty onto the dive boat. I was a bit anxious that my camera rig would
not survive this adventure but no harm-no foul. Most of the dive crew
smoked all the time. I believe that the dive guide would smoke while diving
if he could keep the damn thing lit.

The diving is essentially all on walls. The reefs are in great shape and
the viz was usually quite good. The best photo ops are wide-angle reef
shots. Macro is limited to the usual suspects: common nudibranchs, banded
shrimp, anemonefish, commensal shrimp, etc, I did spot a thin robust ghost
pipefish on a vertical wall, which is a bit unusual. The dive guide was not
particularly skilled at finding critters. He did do a decent job with the
nudibranchs.

For most part, the dive crew was friendly and helpful and usually tried to
accommodate but the language barrier was quite an impediment in this
regard. I suspect that most of the guests at Patuno are foreigners with
English as their common language not Indonesian.

The dive boat has a large area over the engine compartment for cameras but
it is not covered with rubber mats so gear tends to slide around. There was
no camera rinse on board although I asked for such at twice. Since the dive
trips were for 3 tanks that required a change of camera battery an on-board
camera bucket would have been good to not only rinse the camera between
dives but also check the housing for water tightness.

The dive shop had a dedicated camera rinse tank but it usually was either
empty or full of dirty water. There is no camera room.

The walls of Wangi Wangi are spectacular with great viz, large sea fans,
sponges, soft corals and some schooling small fish. Good for wide angle
shots. The mid-sized to smaller critter photo ops were a bit disappointing.

All in all, I enjoyed my stay at the Patuno resort and do not regret my
visit there but it is unlikely that I will return.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank DiverMiguelito
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

+ - Local staff who tries hard, little English though. Great for local government groups. Excellent pick up from airport and harbours.

- - Far away from anywhere. "Home" reef too rough and far away, I had fear of getting into trouble and no one would even notice.

- Good snorkelling and diving trips away...at a price.

- Do not stay in double bungalows, you can hear every little move your neighbour makes. The drainage system from the shower is poor (floods out of the bathroom into the main bedroom). Even though it is only around 5 years old, it looks like 20 years old... Electric power went off 10 times in the first night, with it went the air-conditioner. If you complain, they will immediately upgrade you to a better room, in low seasons.

- Some mosquitoes.

- Good day tours but beware of one of the day tour drivers, he takes you to expensive live fish market, then says, but it is cheaper than Patuno - bargain, bargain, bargain(when I bought my fish, the driver ended up getting a hugh bag of fish himself, guess it is the kickback he gets for taking me there). Take the half day tour (6 hours) and make sure the driver knows what time you get back - he tried to send me back after 4 hours and made me feel rushed for the whole trip.)

- Poor internet connection.

Room Tip: Get single bungalows, but expensive.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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6  Thank Aaron L
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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

The rooms are nice but this where the good things end: the hotel has no beach and snorkling is nearly impossible due to high waves on the reef. The staff is clueless and does not speak English even though the hotel pretends to be of international standing.

Finally: the food is horrible and made me sick. I threw up all night. My girlfriend dodged the bullet by simply not eating what was served (which proves that women are smarter than men).

Cherry on the cake: the hotel staff does not know how to handle a VISA card except for trying to overcharge by 3%! This is uncommon for high end hotels in Indinesia.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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5  Thank Manillagorilla
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stayed at Patuno for 3 days, and we really love it! We got 1 big bungalow/villa, you will happy with the room size, the ethnic style that they applied on the room. I think its a perfect place for honeymooner because the lamp was not try to lightning our room :) Big bathroom, one shower room and one bath-tub. The restaurant, which is very close with the beach.. Superb.Romantic. They also offer a dive center services, which of course we can't resist it...because..its Wakatobi, what else than diving and snorkeling? The disadvantage...this place is very silent. Is it advantage or disadvantage?

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Gietsz23
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

stayed for 2 nights in this resort, we got sea-view rooms. the cottage rooms are big enough, clean and each has its own terrace. the television is too small, but it didn't really matter when you have sea in front of your room.

what impress me most is their diving service. they indulge us not only with the beautiful underwater scenery, but also their professional and amicable diving service.

a great stay, and would love to dive here again! :)

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank vyaraw
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Additional Information about Patuno Resort Wakatobi

Address: Jl. Raya Patuno | Wangi-Wangi, South East Sulawesi 93791, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > South East Sulawesi > Wakatobi > Wangi Wangi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Wangi Wangi Island
Price Range: $40 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Patuno Resort Wakatobi 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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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