Hoga Island Resort, Wakatobi Diving Paradise

Sulawesi, a birthmark-shaped island in Indonesia’s northeast and home to some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs. These are remote islands, tiny freckles on the Indonesian map, made even more distant by a lack of connective infrastructure –- like toes severed from feet.

The name Wakatobi is an amalgam of its four main islands –- Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. The seas surrounding the southeast Sulawesi district received national marine park status in 1996 and Wakatobi has since garnered attention from conservationists and avid scuba divers drawn by its incredible underwater diversity and expansive reefs.

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Located in Kaledupa, just steps away from Hoga Island Beach, Hoga Dive Resort offers a relaxing stay with beautiful sea views. Free WiFi access is available in all areas.

The rooms are either air-conditioned or fan-cooled and feature a seating area, desk and en suite bathroom with a bath or shower. Garden and sea views can be enjoyed from the room. Hoga Dive Restaurant is open for all day dining and serves a selection of Indonesian and western cuisine.

Guests at Hoga Dive Resort may rent a bicycle/motorbike to explore the area and visit nearby attractions. The friendly staff can assist with airport transfer and shuttle service at additional charge. Laundry service is available upon request. Other facilities offered include karaoke rooms and barbecue facilities.

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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!

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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.

Hoga Island Dive Resort’s involvement with the local community includes providing local children with a boat to take them to and from school each day with funds raised by the charity. On Sundays, the children clean the beaches to earn money to pay for their school uniforms.

A unique new possibility is to stay for some or all of your visit in the nearby village of Sampela, a sea nomad community with houses built on stilts in the sea.

Getting there

Regular flights go from Jakarta to Wakatobi airport on the island of Wangi-Wangi via Kendari or Bau Bau. There are daily flights from Makassar by Lionair to Matahora airport, Wakatobi (Makassar, Sulawesi, is accessible by direct flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Jakarta).

Please be aware that flights and sailing times can change.

For more information and reservation write booking@topindonesiaholidays.com

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