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The Wakatobi islands are located in the Tukang Besi Archipelago in southeast Sulawesi, the second largest marine protected area in Indonesia and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2012.

A designated marine park since 1996, the archipelago features diverse ecosystems including coral reef, sea grass and mangrove which are home to an incredible variety of birds, fish, turtles and cetaceans.

The majority of the 50+ dive sites can be found around the main islands of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko (Wakatobi) and it’s possible to dive and snorkel this area from resort or liveaboard.

Located at the heart of the Coral Triangle the biodiversity of marine life is at its greatest. Expect an abundance of reef fish, giant clams and unusual critters on the reef, octopus and file fish in the sea grass, as well rays, turtles, large schools of fish and pelagic species in other areas.

The area can be visited throughout the year and due to its protected location, is rarely affected by the seasons 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. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Wakatobi Dive Resort & Pelagian Liveaboard

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
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wonders of Wakatobi

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 trip
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Wakatobi Dive Resort

Located in southeast Sulawesi, this luxury eco-friendly diving resort offers all the creature comforts of the modern world in a secluded, unspoiled setting. A true tropical island hideaway.

Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Pelagian

Accommodating just ten guests, this boutique yacht is based at Wakatobi and can be easily combined with a stay at the resort. The region offers pristine reefs, muck diving, steep walls, caves and drift diving.