Located in southeast Sulawesi, a birthmark-shaped island in Indonesia’s northeast and home to some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs.
The islands that make up the Wakatobi chain have, without doubt, some of the world’s best diving. Largely unexplored, only adventurous travellers enjoy the area’s riches – with atolls, walls, fringing reefs, sea mounts & a barrier reef contributing to the almost limitless diving opportunities. The national park comprises of four main islands, Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomea & Binongki (thus the name WaKaToBi). Diving can be enjoyed all year round.
The area of Wakatobi is fast gaining a reputation as one of the top dive spots around. This small collection of islands in the south east of Sulawesi enjoys some of the healthiest coral fields you are likely to see. The rich waters mean an abundance of marine life in all its forms and the area is now regularly visited by liveaboards.
Wakatobi is one of the newest and most exciting diving destinations in Indonesia, winning extraordinary praise from its visitors both for outstanding and accessible diving and the quality of service they receive from the dive operation.
For fans of Wakatobi diving it is not only that there are so many incredible dive sites within easy reach of the resort, being only a short speedboat ride away, but also that a few fin kicks from the shore lies the best house reef in the world. How could a simple house reef be one of the highlights of a diving holiday? Well this isn’t your average house reef.
In fact, the Wakatobi House Reef is considered by many dive professionals to be the finest in the world and is a site that guests often visit over and over again, such is its allure. Stroll in to a dive site that seems impossibly entertaining with every reef character you could imagine including seahorses, trevallies, turtles, eagle rays and hard and soft corals galore.
Although it is simple enough to get to with charter flights from Bali, you still have the remote pioneer-diving feel when enjoying these sites. For serious divers looking for the one of the finest diving experiences in Indonesia, this could well be the place
The Wakatobi area can be dived three ways – either by Liveaboard, by staying at Wakatobi Dive Resort, or by volunteering for Operation Wallacea, a marine conservation organisation based on the island of Hoga.
Wakatobi is the name for a group of remote islands in South-east Sulawesi that have fantastic diving.
Wakatobi Dive Resort, based just off the main Tomia Island (the ‘To’ from WaKaToBi) is the only dive resort in the area. It is a well established, well run resort in a beautiful setting. Daily trips are made to many of the area’s top dive sites. There are currently around 40 dive sites within a twenty minute boat ride of the resort.
The normal route to Wakatobi is via Bali, which has an international airport in Denpasar. From there the resort offers charter planes which take you as far as Kendari, before taking you by boat to the resort.
For more independent minded souls, it is possible to fly to Makassar in Sulawesi, then take either a plane or very lengthy ferry to Kendari, before arranging local transport to the resort.
March to December is the season for scuba diving in Wakatobi. This applies to both the resort vacations and to liveaboard safaris. July and August bring rich plankton blooms and their attendant big marine animals, but also cooler water and lower visibility.
Aside from diving – relaxing in the remote, tropical island setting and enjoying the scenery is the main activity. It is possible to walk around the island and there is a house reef, so you can dive or snorkel until your heart’s content.