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Wakatobi Dive Resort


Destination: Indonesia

Lamanggau, Tomia, Wakatobi Regency, South East Sulawesi | Full-board + 3 dives from $454++/ppn

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Wakatobi Dive Resort Quick Pitch

Wakatobi, located in southeastern Sulawesi, Indonesia, is a dive resort offering a peaceful island escape free from crowds and urbanization. With five-star facilities and a pristine environment, it's renowned as a premier destination for diving and snorkeling.


Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 34
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, Wifi, jetty bar, spa services, boutique, VIP services, diving "taxi-boat" service, Nitrox (fee)
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Nearest Airport: Matahora Airport (accessed by a 2.5hr private guest flight from Bali)
  • Airport shuttle: Yes


How to Get There

The resort is located on Tomia Island in Wakatobi Marine National Park. Guests are served by a direct private charter flight from Bali which takes less than three hours to arrive at the purpose-built airstrip. Afterward, a brief boat ride awaits to commence your vacation at our Wakatobi Dive Resort.


Dive Overview

Scuba diving in Wakatobi is a unique and remarkable experience due to its thriving marine ecosystem and diverse array of sea life. The area is known for its crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and an abundance of marine species, including sea turtles, manta rays, and numerous species of fish. Wakatobi's remote location and conservation efforts have helped preserve the marine environment, creating an ideal destination for scuba diving enthusiasts seeking a pristine and immersive underwater adventure.

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Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Wakatobi Dive Resort Accommodation Overview

The villas and bungalows at Wakatobi offer spacious and comfortable accommodation a few steps away from the ocean. They come with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and all-inclusive meals and snacks. Wakatobi provides a relaxing environment with personalized service, appetizing food, and excellent diving opportunities. A variety of accommodations are offered at our resort to cater to your personal preferences, including Two-Bedroom Pool Villas, One-Bedroom Villas, Turtle Beach Bungalows, Ocean Bungalows, and Palm Bungalows.


Wakatobi Two-Bedroom Pool Villa 

At the northernmost part of the resort, the two-bedroom pool villas provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean and reef. These villas offer luxury features like sculpted stonework and indoor/outdoor spaces, including two large bedrooms, each with a full bath, an outdoor spa shower, and a private pool surrounded by a spacious deck area with access to the House Reef's clear waters. Villa number two also includes an ocean-view bathtub. These stunning villas come with a private dive guide for customized experiences.  See rates, packages, & inclusions.

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Situated at the northernmost point of Wakatobi's beach, our One-bedroom Villas provide privacy and comfort with unobstructed views of the ocean and breathtaking sunsets. These villas are set on a low ledge overlooking the beach and House Reef and include full baths, an outdoor spa shower, and expansive decks with direct access to the ocean. These stunning villas come with a private dive guide for customized experiences. See rates, packages, & inclusions.


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The new Turtle Beach Bungalows offer ocean views and extra space, making them ideal for families of four or couples seeking more room. These bungalows are situated at the southern end of the resort property, in a serene palm grove with a view of the quiet waters of Turtle Beach. They come with added amenities such as a large indoor bathroom with double sinks, a spacious ocean-view front porch, and an expanded Asian-style outdoor shower with two rainfall showerheads and a separate entrance from the beach - perfect for swimmers and divers who want to avoid tracking sand and water inside. See rates, packages, & inclusions.

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Enjoy the tranquil sound of waves lapping on the shore as you relax on the commodious front porch of your Ocean Bungalow, offering stunning sea views and comfortable lounge chairs. These bungalows come with indoor bathrooms and spacious Asian spa-style outdoor showers. For those seeking an optimal blend of luxury and economy, an Ocean Bungalow is the perfect choice. See rates, packages, & inclusions.

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These cozy bungalows are nestled among beautiful palm trees and tropical plants, slightly behind and between the front-row Ocean Bungalows. With all basic needs catered for, you can also expect Wakatobi's renowned personalized service and chef-prepared meals. See rates, packages, & inclusions.

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Resort Facilities

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Restaurant & Bar

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Longhouse & Aerial View


Wakatobi Dive Resort Features 

  • Beachside restaurant
  • Jetty Bar
  • Spa
  • Library
  • Media room
  • Boutique and gift shop
  • Longhouse lounge


Wakatobi Dive Resort Food & Drinks 

Guests are often pleasantly surprised by the refined cuisine offered in this remote location. All meals and snacks are included in the price, featuring a diverse selection of Indonesian, Asian, and international dishes. Mealtimes at the Beach Restaurant are a culinary adventure, and the Jetty bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink while watching the stunning Wakatobi sunset and stars come out.

Meals are served buffet-style, but this is no ordinary buffet. It is always restocked, kept fresh and hot, and features a variety of dishes. In addition to the buffet, dinner also includes stations for the day's roast and soup, as well as a selection of desserts. Friendly wait staff are always available to serve drinks, including soda, fresh fruit juice, beer, and imported wines, as well as gourmet cappuccino, espresso, and a variety of teas.


Wakatobi Dive Resort Activities 

  • Diving
  • Kitesurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)
  • Tours
  • Yoga

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Package & Rates

Wakatobi Dive Resort Rates

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Accommodation Rates 2023/24

All prices are per person per night in US Dollars.

2023 Holiday Season Dates (Apr 3 - 17, Sept 18 - Nov 20, Dec 18 - Jan 1 2024)

2024 Holiday Season Dates (Mar 25 - Apr 8, Sept 16 - Nov 18, Dec 16 - Jan 6 2025)


Twin Share

Twin Share Holiday Season



Single occupancy Holiday Season

Additional adult

Additional adult Holiday Season

Palm Bungalow







Ocean Bungalow







Turtle Beach Bungalow







One bedroom villa package

(see inclusions)







Two-bedroom pool villa package

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Two-bedroom pool villa - Plus package (see inclusions)







*Twin share price is per person per night for each of the first two guests in bedroom one. Additional guests (i.e. in the second bedroom) pay the additional adult rate.



  • VIP greeting and assistance upon your arrival in Bali
  • Your resort accommodation
  • Free WiFi internet access via satellite
  • In-room amenities such as minibar, coffee pot, towels, hair dryer & safe
  • Delicious & varied gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) & care to cater to special diets
  • 24 hours tea / brewed coffee / hot chocolate / drinking water, and daily snacks
  • Daily turndown service
  • Aromatherapy bath products in all rooms
  • Optional Village Tour on last day
  • No fuel surcharges / park fees  



  • Butler (Private Resort Experience Manager)
  • Daily private boat
  • One daily spa treatment per guest
  • Two PDEMs (Private Dive Experience Manager) for the first two guests; a third is added for two additional adult guests
  • One Fluo experience or test drive of Seacam/Canon 5D UW setup for two dives


Two-bedroom Pool Villa – package Inclusions

  • Butler (Private Resort Experience Manager)
  • One PDEM (Private Dive Experience Manager) for the first two guests; a second is added for additional guests.
  • One Fluo experience or test drive of Seacam/Canon 5D UW setup for two dives


One-bedroom Villa – PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Butler (Private Resort Experience Manager)
  • One PDEM (Private Dive Experience Manager)
  • One Fluo experience or test drive of Seacam/Canon 5D UW setup for two dives 


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Activity Packages

All prices are per person per day in US Dollars.



Unlimited Diving - 3 x 70-minute guided boat dives on world-class protected reefs, unlimited shore diving with shore supervision and tender boat drop off.


Light Diving - 2 x 70-minute guided boat dives on world-class protected reefs


Unlimited Snorkeling - 3 x 70-minute guided boat snorkels on world-class protected reefs, unlimited shore snorkeling with shore supervision and tender boat drop off 


Light Snorkeling - 2 x 70-minute guided boat snorkels on world-class protected reefs 


Kite Surfing - Kite surfing is available June - September (pre-booking required)


Private Dive/Snorkel Experience Manager (4 days min)

$255 (per day)

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Dive Information

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Dive Overview

Nowhere else can you access miles of pristine reefs with such ease, featuring diverse topography, life, and highlights like at Wakatobi. In other locations, good dive sites may be scattered over large areas, requiring long and arduous boat journeys. But at Wakatobi, you can find all of these sites right at your doorstep.

The world-famous house reef is a diver's paradise, and some guests never leave it, finding enough territory and diversity to explore for several days. Wakatobi offers "taxi-boat" services to transport you to and from different parts of the house reef.

Experience a new dimension in diving with fluorescence, where fish suddenly speak and coral communicates in a totally new light. Night diving at Wakatobi is fantastic, with one or two night dives offered from the boats (depending on trip length and weather). You can also dive any night on the house reef in front of the resort with an unguided buddy team.

Wakatobi has over 40 sites regularly dived, all accessible by day boats ranging from 10 minutes to an hour for the farthest sites. Their Private Dive Experience Manager program offers personalized resort diving tailored to your individual needs.

The entire Wakatobi region is now a sustainable protected marine park, with the local village and surrounding communities enthusiastically adopting conservation plans. Your payment for staying and diving at Wakatobi goes back to the community to sustain and support this new way of living, in harmony with and respect for the coral reef ecosystem.

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Marine Life 

Wakatobi is located at the world’s epicenter of coral reef biodiversity and is designated a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve. This means that while diving at Wakatobi you can see the greatest variety and diversity of marine life. You’ll not only see beautiful vistas or pristine coral reefs, but also abundant colorful reef fish and rare and unusual cryptic ‘critters’. New and undocumented species continue to be discovered at Wakatobi.

There are other locations where you can see larger schools of fish, bigger animals and experience more adrenaline-filled underwater ‘rides’, but for sheer reef scenery and marine life variety, you won’t be disappointed with a diving holiday at Wakatobi.


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Dive Center Information

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Dive Guides & Aerial Reef View


Wakatobi Dive Resort Dive Center Overview

Remote doesn’t mean Spartan. They cater to air, Nitrox, and rebreather users as well as snorkelers and freedivers with comprehensive support facilities. And if you like to travel light, they offer a full range of premium quality gear for rental including regulators, masks, fins, dive computers, BCDs and torches. 


Wakatobi Dive Resort Dive Center Features 

  • Dedicated Professional Dive Staff
  • Private Dive or Snorkel Experience
  • First class facilities in the dive center
  • Comfortable and spacious day boats
  • Access to the resort’s near vicinity by tender
  • Support for Nitrox divers
  • Dive courses including nitrox certification
  • Wakatobi Resort is associated with PADI, SDI & TDI
  • Technical Diving Services


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Practical Information 

  • Electricity: 220 V
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Languages: Indonesian & English

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Underwater Gallery

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Snorkeling on the house reef in front of bungalows – photo Walt Stearns Anthias on the reef at wakatobi – photo Walt Stearns

Mandarinfish mating – Wakatobi – photo Walt Stearns Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses on fan at Wakatobi – photo Richard Smith

Blue-ringed octopus at Wakatobi – photo Wakatobi Resort Hawkbill turtle on the house reef – photo Wakatobi Resort

Private guide and guest at Wakatobi – photo Walt Stearns Blade dive site at Wakatobi  - photo Walt Stearns 

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Reviews (6)

Richmond Hill, ON

The Wakatobi Dive Resort operations are tuned like a Swiss watch. Their rep was able to locate us before we got our luggage upon arrival to Bali. He assisted with checking into the hotel, which I booked. The Novotel hotel is right between the international and the domestic terminals on the short walk distance. It is a nice hotel and it is great for the short stay due to its proximity to airport terminals. There is a good restaurant in the hotel, if you don’t want to go out, but as soon as you step out of the hotel you will be swarmed by locals offering a taxi to a restaurant somewhere. We were told that it is pretty safe crime wise in Bali, so it is okay to walk around on your own and use taxi, but we were too tired after flights and stayed on the hotel grounds.
The Wakatobi rep explained what we should expect the next day. The next morning he greeted us again at the domestic terminal and introduced us to few more Wakatobi people. They provided our boarding passes and took care of our luggage. Then we were escorted to the lounge reserved for Wakatobi guests, where we could have breakfast and wait for boarding. The Bali airport domestic terminal looks very nice and comfortable. There are many typical Indonesian installations and colorful indoor gardens. It is worth of short walk around, so it is better to come earlier, not at the last moment.

One suggestion for future divers going to Wakatobi is if there is a piece of luggage that they won't need at the resort (personal belongings, etc. that are for other parts of the trip), they can leave it in Bali. Wakatobi personnel will take care of it until their return to Bali. So, you may pack accordingly. We didn't pack that way; we had 4 pieces of checked luggage and three pieces of hand luggage and it was not a problem for them anyway.

The charter flight to Wakatobi is serviced by Garuda Indonesia, which is definitely the best Indonesian airline. The ATR-72 plane was half full and it was a comfortable 2+ hour flight.

Upon arrival to Tomea Island we were promptly transferred by a bunch of SUVs to the boats, which took us to the resort, which is located on another smaller island. Each couple or group was met and escorted individually to their preassigned bungalow by one of the Wakatobi personnel, which for us happened to be the dive master with whom we would dive the whole week. Our luggage was delivered soon. We did a checkup dive in the afternoon on the arrival day.

The resort is well maintained; nice bungalows, restaurant and dive center, which they call the Long House. A very well organized camera room in the Long House, with the helpful photo guru host, Marco, who was knowledgeable and was always able to suggest the right lens choice for the next dive; you don't have to guess. There is more personnel than guests at the Wakatobi. All staff is very friendly and well trained to make guests comfortable. It was very pleasant stay. Food and snack was very good to delicious and plenty.

Free WiFi with internet access is in each bungalow and around the resort. However it is satellite based; it is not fast and Internet access is intermittent.

You may not need to bring shoes or slippers to the resort. You can have shoeless vacation. They do ask to remove shoes to enter the restaurant. There are salt water taps to wash off send from your feet before you enter the restaurant, your bungalow or the long house. The only time you may want to put something on your feet is if you cannot tolerate hot sand at midday, though most of paths around the resort are shaded by palm trees.

There is no source of fresh water on the island. The resort desalinates ocean water for all their needs. They do have different levels of desalination for water used in a toilet, a shower and drinking water. Don’t be surprised to find salt water in a shower and wetsuit washing tanks in diving equipment storage area. Camera tanks are filled with fresh water of course. They will wash all your diving equipment with fresh water after you complete your last dive.
Drinking water is available in a jug in your bungalow and basically everywhere, on the dive boat, at the long house and in the restaurant. Drinking water was no problem. There is also bottled water in the minibar in your bungalow, but that’s for a fee.

Diving at Wakatobi is great, pristine reefs with great diversity of dive sites. In my opinion, it is suitable for all diver experience levels, from beginners to seasoned divers. September is probably the best time to dive in Wakatobi. It is the driest month of the year; there was no rain at all. Weather was mostly sunny with few clowds. Water was quiet and clear; we only had a day or two of somewhat choppy sea while 10-minute crossing the channel. Calm sea at dive sites. Visibility was great; more than 100' for most dive sites. Dives are usually calm and easy. Currents depend on tides of course. Mostly minimal current, and if there is current there is no need to go against - it would be converted into a drift dive. Currents are being checked before each dive and discussed during the dive briefing. On one or two occasions the boat changed the drop point because current was going the opposite to expected direction; we simply started the dive from the other end of the same dive site. We did experience some moderate (it could probably be considered somewhat strong for some less experienced divers, but we have seen much worse) current on couple dives. In those cases we would go with the current and stop to explore areas behind corners, where was no current. Reef hooks are not allowed and probably not useful in there. All dives were great with no exception. Marine life is rich. Sure it is not comparable to let's say diving at Raja Ampat, which to me is like a benchmark; I haven’t seen anything better. Marine life diversity at Wakatobi is great, but not as great as Raja Ampat. We have seen a lot of stuff: pygmy seahorse, pygmy pipehorse, nudibranchs, stargazers, various shrimps, ribbon eels, giant turtles with remoras, giant bumphead parrotfishes, unicorn fishes, crocodile fishes were frequent and sometimes in bunches up to 3 species next to/on top of each other, plenty of various colorful reef fishes, schooling jacks, etc., etc. It is not possible to mention all. There is not much big stuff around though and that was what we expected anyway. We didn't see any sharks or much of other pelagic. Coral formations are great: soft corals, hard corals, giant sea fans, etc. ... healthy and colorful. The resort house reef is great, healthy and full of marine life. We dove the house reef every day in the afternoon, on sunset or at night. Every time there was something new to see. We found a gorgeous big basket star right next to the entrance galley on the night dive. The resort provides free taxi-boat, if you wish or if there is current, to drop you off at the far end of the reef for you to drift back to the pier. They would check the tide phase, the current direction and its strength for you before the dive. There is always someone watching divers on the house reef. If you finish the dive far from the pier either the taxi will pick you up or you swim to the shore, which is close and couple guys will assist you out of the water and will take care of your gear. Night dives must be finished before 10pm.
You don’t need to worry about your diving equipment. There is many assistants taking care of it, who would bring it to the boat or to the pier and take it back to the storage area. They would put it together and help you putting on and off. You only required to analyze nitrox for your next dives.

Diving was in small groups - 4 to 6 divers per a dive guide. They take good intervals between dropping groups to avoid crowds, so you almost never see another group underwater. The resort wasn't filled to the capacity, which was a surprise because it was really good season for diving. Except of one day we were only 4 with our dive guide. We dove with Yono for the whole week and were very happy to have him as a divemaster. I think other divemasters are good as well. Dives are typically not deep and scheduled to be 70 minutes. We were not forced out as soon as the first diver got low on air. Yono wasn't strict but was attentive. He would escort to the boat the diver low on air and return to the group. He knows all the marine life and the way to find it. He also was good at suggesting the right lens choice for the next dive. He knows what is expected to see on the next dive and does understand photographer’s needs.

A week of diving passed quickly … too soon. We booked 5 days of unlimited diving, the sixth day, the last one was supposed to be light diving with two morning boat dives. We were surprised to learn that we will only do one dive on the last day because they consider the checkup dive which we did on the day of arrival to be part of the last light dive day package. Well, the checkup dive was indeed the complete guided dive on the house reef. We didn’t argue that; we paid $70 or $75 pp to upgrade from the light dive to the unlimited dive day. So, if you want to maximize your diving experience, you should book the unlimited diving on the last day too. It will cost you less, if booked in advance.

The trip back to Bali was equally comfortable. We had over 8 hours between flights in Bali. When we mentioned that to a guy who greeted us at the Bali airport on the day of arrival, he suggested to take a half day cab tour around Bali instead of just sitting at the airport. We booked the tour from the Wakatobi resort. The cab was a comfortable SUV type with the spacious trunk for our luggage. We were free to choose where to go. We visited the Uluwatu Temple and had a chance to see the part of Bali. We stopped at the place that serve and sell an authentic wild Luwak coffee. Unfortunately we had no time to see the traditional Indonesian dance performed at the Uluwatu temple every night at sunset. They just started the dance, when we had to leave for the airport. I have to say that that place was very busy with tourists. Our guide in Bali, Suka was great. I understood that he doesn't work for Wakatobi Dive Resort directly, but they often contract him to entertain resort's guests. If time allows I do recommend taking trip around Bali.

Once again the trip was great; we were happy at every part. Thank you Blue Water Travel for arranging that.

Visited on 09/2018 - Submitted on 10/24/2018

Each bungalow has its own open shower restroom. Its a good size room with a shower in one corner and the other facilities in the other corner. It was actually very nice and very clean. Bungalows are double occupancy or triple occupancy with 1 double bed and a twin bed. The beds were comfortable.

Bed assignment if sharing with someone you do not know is on a first come first serve basis, which was a bummer because your arrival is dictated by the plane. Shoes were not allowed in any of the buildings. You were required to take your shoes off at the entry way including the open aired eating pavilion, which has no walls.

The food variety was fantastic as where the other amenities. The food was served buffet style with two or three main island themes to chose from. Grilled dishes required line waits. Desserts were served as petite fours, which often ran out.

Internet access was throttled and intermittent.

With respect to marine life, I wished I had known before I went that the subjects were going to be SUPER MACRO as opposed to MACRO. If you are into photography, then plan accordingly. I ended up buying a magnifying glass at the resort's dive shop just to see what was being pointed out to us. It was very expensive for a plastic handled magnifying glass.

On one particular dive, the checkout dive, we went to a spot where the coral was dead. We were told it was a result of being poisoned to capture the fish for the aquarium market. All of the other dive sites were pristine but not close to the resort. There would be lengthy boat rides to the other sites. The boat captain looked for sites that would be sheltered from the currents for the time period we would be diving. On one dive we all got separated. There were local fishermen out calling in the locations if they saw us. My dive buddy and I waited a long time for a pickup while drifting.

The week that we went there were high currents with a lot of haze in the water. Although advertised as unlimited shore diving available, diving off the resort reef wasn't allowed as an option.

They have a dedicated camera room for all of the photographers. Places to charge your batteries and set the camera up. This room is protected and kept locked. They do not want you to do your camera gear in the rooms.

The dive boats were open boats, and they were kept very clean. The crew helped carry your gear through the water to load on and off the boats. The boats had more than ample room for anything and everything related to your dive. Not crowded at all. In fact very comfortable. The crews were very friendly and helpful.

The crew is very aggressive about keeping people from touching the reef. The most diligent that I've ever seen. Which means these reef's will stay in great shape for a long time to come. They are also very diligent about keeping people to under 60 minute dives.

The most disappointing thing about the trip was the limited diving and the lack of shore diving. Shore time / downtime becomes boring if your into diving and it isn't an option. So plan on taking reading material of a set of movies that you haven't seen yet to help pass the time.

Visited on 10/2012 - Submitted on 10/29/2014

November of 2013 my husband and I headed to Wakatobi for a 11 night stay in a ocean front bungalow, food included in our stay. The journey to the resort from Bali is on their private jet at $675.00 each roundtrip. A light lunch was provided and a short 2 hour flight, a short car ride and a short boat ride, we arrived at Wakatobi. My husbands first impressions was, wow. First timer to Indonesia he has decided he needs to see more of this wonderful Country.

After check in, you unload all your land items to your room then dive equipment to your area by the reception area. Camera room is amazing and has everything you need to charge your batteries. It is air conditioned so be careful not to open your housing when you get outside because your camera will be fogged up for 1/2 a day, seen a few unlucky people have this happen to them.

Check out time in the ocean, wakatobi requires you to flood your mask, exchange air supply as they observe you doing this. I found this to be unnecessary since you have a divers certificate, but you have no choice if you want to dive. The check out dive is on the house reef, and that does give you an introduction to the reef so you can go on your own. We did this several times during our stay and I even found dwarf seahorses on the house reef.

Boat Dives are 3 a day, 70 minute limit and a 4 to 1 ratio is now being used. The guides do a great job finding critters you are looking for, I was interested in pipe fish and we found all kinds. This area is very good for wide angle and some macro. I came home with some very beautiful wide angle pictures and many had turtles in them, the house reef has at least 3 I found. All the diving I did was wall diving, and the boat most times locates you at the end for pick up, your dive guide will release a dive buoy for the boat to find you. Works well! The captains of the boats are very safety minded and have spotters on the boat to help keep an eye on divers and snorkelers.

Underwater life: Turtles, cuttlefish, Crocodilfish, Blennies, Anemonefish just to name a few. Dwarf seahorses, Nudibranches and Eels. I didn't see any frog fish or large fish but I might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Rooms: Ocean view room has an outdoor shower, fridge and coffee maker. We were abit far from the ocean to have a view but we just walked to the shore and enjoyed it. A garden view room would be a better money saving alternative, and you can still spend time on the beach to enjoy the ocean.
The food was outstanding and many different choices at each meal.


flight to the resort 675.00 each

soft drinks, wine, beer and everything but ice tea, some juices and coffee is extra.

If you are offered a soft drink on the dive boat you are charged for it.

Visited on 11/2013 - Submitted on 03/03/2014

My time last year at Wakatobi's resort was amazing. The resort made me fill out a questionaire prior to my arrival, ranging from size of tanks I would like, to food preference, to what kind of diving I enjoyed and even the pace that I like to dive at. Once at the resort they had then split up divers into groups based on preference, catered to each individuals dive profiles. The resort was also extremely helpful with arriving in Bali, having already set up a driver for me for the few days we were staying in Bali before flying out to Wakatobi. I also got to bypass the customs line coming in to Indonesia because they had already made arrangements, which saved me at least an hour of waiting. Upon arriving, every person I talked to already knew my name, and was extremely welcoming. The atmosphere itself was quite laid back, as if everyone was already friends with one another. Another instance of showing how laid back the place was, when I first arrived they told the guests that while you could wear shoes, it was more likely we would be walking around barefoot. This is because in front of every room is a small water pool that you would step in to easily wash off the sand off your feet. And looking back, I don't think I saw one person wearing shoes while on the island. The food was also outstanding; I think I would go back simply to have more of their wahoo sashimi.

Now for the diving! The sites were fantastic, the hardest part of each dive was trying to figure out if I wanted to shoot macro or wide angle. The pristine coral life is jaw dropping, but once you start looking closer you will see that there is in fact growth on growth on growth. While the whole reef scenes are astounding, I think the macro stuff is where this resort really shines. They have so many endemic species here, and there's so much of it, that it will blow your mind. You could do an hour long dive and move 10 ft and not have seen everything there. And while I'm sure I missed seeing many things, the dive guides did a fantastic job finding stuff. I don't know how they do it. The only thing I wish I could have done, was spend more time on the house reef. I did one dive there, and wished I had spent more time. The problem is that you are diving at all these other great locations constantly, so I didn't give myself any down time to explore more of the reef right in front of the resort. I guess this just gives me a reason to go back again :)

Visited on 09/2013 - Submitted on 03/02/2014

I had high expectations going to Wakatobi, and it certainly did not fail to impress. We stayed in an Oceanside bungalow, which had a great view of the water and was perfect for my girlfriend and me. It wasn't too fancy, yet it was extremely comfortable. The staff was also a highlight of Wakatobi. Everyone was extremely friendly from the kitchen staff to the divemasters. Then there is the food, which was excellent in my opinion. It is buffet style, but there are plenty of delicious options, and also plenty of food for those with big appetites.

Now let's talk about the diving. I was absolutely blown away by the reefs. Most of the dives are sloping to steep walls with incredibly healthy reefs. The coral thrives, and with it so do the reef creatures. Highlights included frogfish, cuttlefish, ornate ghost pipefish, turtles, nudibranchs and a bunch of pygmy sea horses. Macro life was solid (but not fantastic), and larger pelagics were not around (no sharks and only a few larger fish); to me, however, this didn't matter given the incredible reefs. The divemasters were very adept at finding the creatures that we wanted to see and gave extremely thorough dive briefings. Finally, Wakatobi is well set up for photographers. It has a great photo room, and dives are ideal for the photographer (usually 70 minutes at a very slow pace).

Overall, Wakatobi will cost a pretty penny, but I definitely thought it was worth the money.

Visited on 08/2012 - Submitted on 02/28/2014


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