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