Fun in Wakatobi

Hello Margo,

Thank you for the wonderful holiday in Wakatobi.

I have had a lot of great holidays, but the past two weeks were among the best.  The reefs were beautiful, colorful, and healthy with many hidden delights.

The dive staff was among the most attentive, customer-service oriented I’ve ever encountered, safety-minded, proactively addressing issues, trouble shooting, offering tips and suggestions for the best experience, not to mention the ample space on the boats, the warm scented towels after the dives and mug of hot cocoa.  Wow!

The resort was clean, comfortable, gorgeous, well-laid out, and had every needed amenity, including the electrical outlets and chargers in the bungalow.  The outdoor shower was delightful.

What really made the difference was the resort staff who knew our names by the second day and were eager to interact and help.  Very gracious and beautiful people.

I think I had thirds every night at the restaurant and sampled most of the desserts the food was so good.

Rachel and Dani had a great time with the teens and continue to plot with their friends the prospect of doing a teen liveaboard with Tom.  Lucky him!

I thought the resort offered a good mix of activities.  The kids particularly enjoyed the weight-boarding and hanging out in the villa pool.  When the resort pool is finished that will be a plus.  As
You know, also loves the karaoke.

I highly recommend that the Lamangao Village Tour be moved up.  It was one of the highlights of the trip for me and better than the school tour where the people and youth were more reserved with the headmaster watching.  The village tour featured people living their everyday lives, cooking, washing clothes, building boats and communally constructing homes.  We saw the captain of Waka 1, who resides in the village, hanging out with his friends.   The village children were beautiful, curious, open and friendly.  Our tour guide ( Alun or Ozzie) led the children in song and then they participated with us in doing the hokey pokey and some other songs. I’m
sorry, we did not have some of the teens with us, as I think they really would have loved interacting with the children who followed us like an entourage throughout our entire village tour.

The revised poetry night was a blast with lots of participation and creativity.  I particularly liked the youth singing with the staff.  We are also looking forward to receiving one of your great new 22 Degrees jackets.  Please send Size Medium

In short, Wakatobi – the diving, the resort, and especially the people, are a real winner.  Thanks for the perfect trip!

Kimberly O’Young

My Favorite Diving

(Sung to “My Favorite Things”)

Black banded sea kraits and large tiger cowries

Leaf fish and stonefish that scoot cross the floor seas

Whip coral

Gobis and yellow jaw fish smiles for all

These creatures ive traveled the miles.

Schooling black snapper and chromis wearing jammies

Bubble coral shrimp and anemone fish families

Hawksbills and spotted rays that fly if on wings, these are a few of my favorite things

When the dive ends, when its surface time, when we need a break, I cant wait to go back to  the restaurant resort to eat what the staff has baked.

Pancit and dragon fruit and fresh tuna poki

Josh Comay’s photo tips, our

Kids singing karaoke

sarong tying lessons and a village tour stop

Kids Sea Camp Wakatobi really does rock.

So if you’re thinking bout a family trip and really want to dive, Ask Margo and Top about Wakatobi resort for an adventure to come alive.

Diving with Kids Sea Camp

Sung by Wakatobi V + Wsconsin


Evening Everyone

No need to rush.

You’re on vacation

Lets take it nice and easy…

(Sung to the tune of “Proud Mary”)

Left the US for Wakatobi

Seeking bluer water and sunny skies

Now we’re here in Indonesia,

Cant wait to hit the water,

Catch up with KSC friends

And dive, dive, dive


Kids Sea Camp brings us new pleasures

Exploring vast ocean treasures.

Year we’re diving, diving,



Diving with Kids Sea Camp

Diving with Kids Sea Camp

Wake up every mornin at 6 o’clock,

Hurry eat your breakfast and get down to the dock.

Oh the teen boat’s gonna leave

And we’ll have

fun for the day.

Ditching sons and daughters yeah, its our turn to play


First day out… There was a branded sea krait

Winding through the house reef like a black and white snake

On the house’s own reef I saw orangutan crab, a crocodile fish, and gobis doing the dab.


Symbiosis is going on with gobi fish and their shrimps, puffer fish and cleaners, anemone and clownfish,

Brad’s gonna try to take our picture,

Jesse’s got the right  light, snapping all our memories, making our smiles bright.