The multiple award-winning Wakatobi Dive Resort is located in southeast Sulawesi - a luxury eco-friendly diving resort is where you will experience a level of care, comfort and remoteness rarely found elsewhere.
The three types of accommodation are cosy and spacious with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. All feature king or twin beds, a private balcony, mini fridge and internet access. The 28 bungalows sit amongst tropical gardens, most offering an uninterrupted sea view.
Facilities include a restaurant, jetty bar, spa, boutique, dive centre and kids’ club. Gourmet food, a conservation program second to none and three staff for every guest are other features of this beautiful tropical island hideaway.Families are welcome and catered for, with childcare available around the clock. For single travellers willing to share a room, the resort will endeavour to pair you up with another guest in order to avoid single supplements. With plenty of incentives for long stays and repeat visits, you’ll no doubt want to return, time and time again.
Arrivals are from Bali by a private charter flight and an overnight stay here pre and post the pre-set trip dates is mandatory.
Wakatobi Dive Centre
The on-site PADI affiliated dive centre offers unparalleled freedom to dive, snorkel and explore this special and remote area of the Banda Sea, where a prolific and immense diversity of marine life awaits.
Daily boat dives are available, but with 5km of fringing house reef to discover, most divers and snorkellers choose to head in from the shore. The expansive house reef is less than 100 metres from the shore, is open 365 days a year and is considered by many to be the most healthy and bio-diverse in the world. The short swim takes you over a bed of turtle grass and isolated coral heads leading to the shallow drop-off, a colourful wall abound with corals and critters. Highlights include frog fish, blue ringed octopus, blue spotted stingrays, ghost pipefish, gorgonians, sponges and a variety of colourful reef fish.
There are over 40 mapped dive and snorkel sites in the pristine waters surrounding the island. The resort offers a personalised service which includes an experienced multi-lingual staff, guided dives and a taxi-boat diving operation for those who want to enjoy their days drifting along the house-reef gazing at the spectacular marine life. Photographers are well catered for here and facilities include a state of the art camera room.
Another popular close-by site, Conchita, consists of three coral encrusted ridges leading away from the reef with deep sandy bays between. Here you can expect to see turtles, eagle rays and reef sharks, garden eels and plenty of life on the soft corals.
Fluro, solo (must have relevant experience/certification and consent from dive manager) and night diving are available here as well as a full programme of PADI recreational and TDI technical courses. The resort is rebreather (CCR) friendly. Nitrox and Trimix are available.
The island is located in one of the most arid parts of Indonesia and it’s possible to dive from here throughout the year with July and August being slightly cooler and May and November being the transitional months as the winds change direction. Average land temperature is 30C. Divers and snorkellers can expect an average visibility of 35m and water temperature of 26-29C. What are you waiting for?!
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Wakatobi offers an opportunity to dive the world’s most pristine reefs, whilst at the same time participating in the protection of the area's tremendously rich marine heritage, from land or liveaboard.
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 15 days
Price inc. flights: From £5,195 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
Join expert Dr Richard Smith as he returns to Wakatobi to explore the exceptional marine life of this remote corner of Indonesia. This exclusive and luxurious adventure promises much for marine life enthusiasts.
When to go: Aug-Sep
Duration inc. flights: 11 to 18 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,345 pp
Trip type: Group
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Located in southeast Sulawesi, the Wakatobi islands are in Tukang Besi Archipelago and can be dived from resort and liveaboard. Uniquely, there are fringing and barrier reefs as well as atolls, ensuring incredible variety and fantastic diving, with large numbers of cetaceans.
Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish