Dubbed the finest underwater nirvana by renowned conservationist Jacques Cousteau, Wakatobi is the perfect tranquil island getaway, far away from the crowds of sun-worshippers.
Away from traffic noise and significant city pollution, Wakatobi is an excellent spot for an idyllic and relaxing island getaway. Located in Sulawesi Tenggara province, the name Wakatobi is an acronym for the islands comprising Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Biongko.
From the start, Wakatobi has had the vision of delivering the ultimate dive experience and was established following an extensive search to identify a prime location for a dive resort in terms of geography, climate, oceanic topography and marine biography.
For underwater enthusiasts, Wakatobi is located at the world’s epicentre of coral reef biodiversity and is a designated UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve. This allows you to witness the great diversity of marine life, while also seeing how the protected areas are being always preserved to bring ultimate satisfaction while being underwater. You’ll see not only beautiful vistas and pristine coral reefs but also abundant colourful reef fish and rare and unusual cryptic critters.
Highlighting the beauty of its marine life, Wakatobi is blessed with more than 50 dive sites and is also home to more than 750 different species of coral and 942 species of fish, making it the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
The beautiful sights of Wakatobi continue above the water at places like Hoga Island. Offering a stunning blue vista of the ocean along with a white sandy beach, Hoga Island is the perfect spot for divers to take a breather, while also getting the chance to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
For adrenaline junkies, take a trip to Lakasa Cave located in the village of Sulla in the city of Bau Bau. Surrounded by dry and rocky barren land, the natural wonder provides an impressive view of the ancient stalactites and stalagmites.
If you’re keen to fully immerse in the beauty of Wakatobi, the island is home to Wakatobi Dive Resort, a one-stop destination combining upscale diving programmes with exceptional service, while also introducing a reef conservation programme to guarantee the pristine quality of the reefs and support local communities.