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Wakatobi Hoga Diving
Ranked #1 of 1 Hoga Island B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 October 2012

This little island remains pristine. There are only two places to stay here, and Hoga Island Resort would be my recommendation. be aware that to come here you must be someone that is very adaptable and loves being in the nature, as this is not a luxury resort and its isolated from everything (a blessing for me).

Wiah, Gertjee and everyone else are very warm, they will try to make your stay as confortable as possible. overall its a good place to stay, there aren´t many places in the world left like hoga. if you go all the way to hoga allow enough time, a considerable transfer time is needed. allocate at least 5-7 full days there.

food its very good. expect rice, fish, curry, squid, fruit, etc. we just had seafood. beer its a bit more pricey, but the reason is they have to bring it from very far away (about 3 hours by boat).

expect very basic rooms. the bed has a mosquito net, something that is a must. there aren´t real walls in the room, so if you have a neighbour bungalow voices can be heared. i don´t point out this as a bad thing, just as a mere description of the place. it didn´t bother us. bathroom is mandy style: meaning outside the room, and there´s no shower, instead you will be provided with brackish water and a bucket.

be aware you will be in contact with nature from the island, so expect to see some beautiful birds, monitor lizard, gecko´s, one or two bats.

they just purchased new diving equipment so there are bcd´s available and octopus in perfect conditions. other equipment might be less but they will do their best to arrange if you dont bring yours.

I think the owner of the resort (not Gertjee or Wiah) could do a little bit of effort in improving a few things in the resort like: light in the bathrooms at night, they light up a querosene lamp but its quite dark. bring a torch. Also to invest in a depurator to have real drinking water wouldn´t hurt. water is bring from the next door island and boiled at Hoga, this is completely safe to drink, but it keeps a slight taste to wood. also would be better if they provide top sheets for the bed, you do get a thicker kind of blanket. and to build some rustic manual showers wouldn´t hurt, cold water its fine as weather its hot. and if you dive hot water can be provided after a night dive or the third dive.

would i go back? If i had a full week to go to Hoga, for sure.

this is a place to travel if you like diving, snorkeling or escape completely from contact with civilization.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Hoga Island Dive Resort is one of those destinations that is fast becoming a rarity on our shrinking and ever more accessible planet. Situated on a small tropical wonderland of an island, you cant help but think you have been transported back in time. Everything about this place is beautiful in its simplicity. Whether its observing the myriad of colourful bird life in the tree tops or relaxing in a hammock, sipping a cold beer while watching the spectacular sunsets after a days diving, you are constantly reminded how blessed you are to have found this little slice of heaven.

The accommodation is clean and basic with a traditional mandi style bathroom. The bungalows are situated amongst the trees which provide respite from the afternoon heat while still affording views of the beautiful white sandy beach. Wiah manages the resort side of the operation and is the go to lady who greets every request with a cheeky smile and a can do attitude. As well as making sure things run smoothly she is responsible for preparing the meals. The food here is both excellent and generous with plenty of variety. Wiah presents a blend of local and western styles incorporating such dishes as chicken curry, grilled or fried fish, fried calamari, chilli crab, fish curries, fried chips and sautéed vegetables with garlic and chilli. Be prepared to gain weight if you are planning an extended stay.

Lindsay who lends a hand with the dive side of the resort possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of the local flora and fauna both above and below the water line. She is one of those guides who relishes the diving as much as the guests. As this is a small dive operation they are able and happy to taylor the diving to suit your requirements. The best word to describe the diving around Hoga is “variety”. It has something for everyone, prolific fish life from macro to pelagic and an endless variety of sponges and corals. This is a perfect destination for those wishing to explore the wonders of the Wakatobi marine park on a realistic budget.

Last and by no means least there is Greetje. Her relaxed, warm and caring nature sets the atmosphere and reflects in everyone you meet here. You soon become accustomed to the sound of laughter blending with the bird song and it wont take long before you find the thought of leaving this tropical paradise to return to normal life quite daunting. Hoga Island Dive Resort is truly food for the soul.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

Hoga Island dive resort is an absolute wonder. My friend and I arrived after 3 days of heavy traveling and it was like coming to paradise. The remoteness, the serenity, the friendly local staff (and children) and Greetje that runs it all adds up to a place that quickly becomes home and where it would be quite easy to stay for months, like one couple we met. It is an ultimate getaway to just be in profound peace. Utter heaven for snorkelers and divers, with some of the most amazing reefs I've seen besides in Komodo National Park. We only spent 3 nights, which was not close to enough, for I was not able to help teach English to the local kids and make beach litter art, nor explore the island much at all. The diving is so relaxed (it was only Greetje and I) and very affordable at around 300,000 Rp or $30.
I highly recommend making the journey to this magical, faraway spot!!!

Room Tip: Rooms in the front are nice because they are practically on the beach at that is your view.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

Hoga resort is the perfect place to "stop the world , i want to get off " . your first view is a white sandy beach with hammocks waiting to be jumped in !
It is a friendly relaxed happy place run by geertje who is passionate in her love of the island and its people .
we spent 3 nights there and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are no real facilities , cold bucket showers and electricity only from 6-11 at night but the accommodation is comfortable and the food superb ,
The diving is brilliant , unspoilt reefs and good fish life .
We would certainly love to return

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2017
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Room Tip: les chambres les plus proches de la plage sont plus lumineuses
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Wakatobi Hoga Diving

Address: Hoga Island, Hoga Island 1234, Indonesia (Formerly Hoga Island Dive Resort)
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > South East Sulawesi > Hoga Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hoga Island
Price Range: £33 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The traditional cottages are built on stilts facing the beach and the sea, each with their own balcony and hammock for relaxing. On the beach there are also hammock areas where guests can read a book, meet for a cold beer and watch spectacular sunsets. The resort has electricity from 6pm till 10pm. Two rooms share one traditional mandy bathroom with water from the well. Often served on the beach, meals are varied and generous and are made with fresh ingredients including the catch of the day brought in by the local fishermen. Wia’s chips and spaghetti are famous as well as her traditional Indonesian dishes! When not diving, Hoga Island also offers other activities such as exploring around the island, a visit to the local sea nomad village, a trip by motorbike on nearby Kaledupa Island. We also have a small library of books in various languages as well as marine life reference books. The dive sites are all within a short boat ride from the Resort and include fantastic pinnacles, ridges, walls, ledges and overhangs which together, make this an unforgettable, underwater paradise. Due to Hoga Island’s remote location we do not have to compete with other divers for nice quiet dive sites and, whatever the weather, there is always a great choice of varied locations. Asrul, our local dive guide has a great eye for the small creatures on the reef, easily finding creatures such as pygmy sea horses and the orangutang crab in the bubble coral. Some sites have a superabundance of fish, where you can hang out at the end of your dive at 6 meters in utter bliss. ... more   less 

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