The Magic Show

Published July 27, 2016 in DIVE YACHT, DIVING & SNORKELING

More than a dive experience

This is liveaboard diving at it’s finest. With just ten guests, the 36-meter dive yacht Pelagian has provided you with a level of personal service, spaciousness and diving freedom far above any other liveaboard you’ve ever experienced. The onboard chef has created some truly memorable meals, the dive staff has proved both helpful and informative, and every member of the crew has gone above and beyond expectations of service and hospitality.

“Pelagian is more than a dive experience – it is a dive heaven unto itself. The food, dive sites, crew, and most important, your hosts make it superlative, end to end. I could not have been more pleased!”
Barbara Fox, July 2015

Even more memorable than the onboard amenities is the diving. Your underwater adventures began with a stay at Wakatobi Dive Resort, where you spent a week exploring the resort’s famous House Reef, and the 40-plus sites accessed by a fleet of custom dive boats. It might seem a tough act to follow, but your cruise aboard Pelagian has proven even more amazing.

Pelagian reef slopes_Richard Smith

At Pelagian sites such as Terrace Gardens, Gone with the Wind and Metropolis divers meander along stunning reef plateaus with great varieties of hard and soft corals, beautiful bommies, and endless hills of staghorn and table coral. Photo by Richard Smith

Schools of tuna, trevally and other pelagics are seen passing by in blue water during drift dives such as Gone with the Wind. Photo by Rich Carey

Schools of tuna, trevally and other pelagic fish can be seen passing by in blue water during drift dives such as Gone with the Wind. Photo by Rich Carey

Encountering weird yet wonderful creatures hiding in the sand is a common occurrence during muck dives at sites such as Asphalt Pier. Photo by Marco Fierli

Encountering weird yet wonderful creatures hiding in the sand is a common occurrence during muck dives at sites such as Asphalt Pier. Photo by Marco Fierli

This trip has carried you farther afield to remote corners of the Wakatobi archipelago, and to the southern shores of Buton Island. The itinerary included walls, reefs and offshore seamounts. Some sites offered calm, sun-dappled shallows where you spent more than 90 minutes searching for small treasures. Others placed you in blue water, where currents propelled you past submerged ridges and dramatic cliffs. A drift dive at aptly named Gone with the Wind yielded the sensation of effortless flight, along with a chance of sighting of a school of tuna passing by in blue water.

Muck too

Pelagian also provided access to a whole different type of underwater experience: muck diving. Along the shoreline of Buton Island at Pasar Wajo Bay, the shallows are yielding a wealth of intriguing subjects. Amid the subterranean detritus of the site known as Asphalt Pier, you captured great video of a swivel-eyed jawfish, methodically cleaning out its burrow by spitting out sand and small stones from an impossibly big mouth. What at first seemed like a lifeless sand bottom yields a spectacular variety of life, from frogfish to flounders and flying gurnards. Hermit and sponge crabs scuttle about; blue ribbon and garden eels poke their snouts into the sunlight, and nudibranchs slither slowly about.

“Fabulous trip. Thank you so much for the best live-aboard experience ever. I will be ruined for all future trips as I doubt my expectations will be met now that you have set the bar so high!”
Lori Ginal, June 2015

As the week comes to a close, you take stock of all you’ve seen and done. Your cabin seemed more like a luxurious hotel room than a cramped ship’s berth, the other guests were delightful, and the staff without reproach. Looking back, you congratulate yourself on having the foresight to add this cruise to your stay at Wakatobi.

More about Pelagian here.

What motivates your diving experiences? From grand underwater vistas to micro-environments. at Wakatobi you will have an unrivaled range of underwater adventures.

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