Wakatobi National Park

 

Country: Indonesia

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Wakatobi in a Nutshell

Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia is an off the beaten path dive area offering world-class dives.  It is a combination of 4 Islands; Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko Islands.  With some of the most prestine reefs and wall diving in the world.

Located in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, Bali is the gateway for reaching Wakatobi.  In an area that encompasses the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world.

 

Underwater Video of Wakatobi Marine Life

Wakatobi Dive Video Short from Curtis Freet on Vimeo  

 

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Diving Information 

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Marine Life

While diving in Wakatobi, you'll not only see beautiful vistas or pristine coral reefs, but also abundant colorful reef fish and rare and unusual cryptic "critters".  New species are still being discovered in these parts!  Reef scenery and marine life abundance/variety are the two key points when in Wakatobi.  Since the entire area has been turned into a sustainable protected marine park marine life has expanded to even greater numbers than before!

 

Diving Conditions

  • Water Temperatures: 79-86°F(26-30°C)
  • Visibility: 66-197 ft (20-60m)
  • Skill Level: Beginner to Advance

 

Best Dive Sites

Wakatobi's best dive sites are:

  • House Reef -  A great variety of fishes, tunicates, whips, sponges, overhangs beautiful pristine corals and anemones housing shrimps, crabs and nudibranchs. Suitable for intermediate to advanced divers.
  • Cornucopia - Varied topography with walls, ledges and overhangs. Marine life includes huge fans, sponges, beautiful hard & soft corals. Suitable for advanced divers.
  • Coral Garden - Provides a nice dive surrounded by colorful coral reefs, trevally, snapper, moray eels, sea snakes, turtles and rays. Suitable for all levels of divers.
  • Roma - An elegant coral garden with nudibranchs, pyramid butterfly fish, sergeant majors, snappers, redtooth triggerfish, banded sea snakes, rabbit fish, and turtles. Suitable for beginner divers.

 

 

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How to Get There

Bali is the gateway to Wakatobi, you'll need to plan a connecting flight there. If you have the time, stay a few days and enjoy some Bali diving and culture as well!

 

How to Dive Wakatobi

Going on a liveaboard trip is probably the best way to explore Wakatobi's wonderful underwater world. With a liveaboard, you can visit more remote areas that are not easily accessible from a resort.

 

Best Time to Dive

Wakatobi is one of the more dry areas of Indonesia, due to this many will tell you its diveable year-round.  That being said, if avoidable, we wouldn't recommend going Dec - Feb as there is still a risk of rain during your holiday!  March - May is peak season, as well as Sept - Nov.

 

Topside & Non-Diving Activities

There isn't much else to do during your stay in Wakatobi.  Due to its remote location diving and snorkeling are your best attractions.  That being said, resorts recognize this and offer additional facilities for any nondivers, including spa treatments, relaxing hammocks and extra "pampering" throughout your stay.

 

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Practical Information

  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • Main Airport Code: WNI
  • Electricity: generally is 220 volts, with 2 round pin plugs (European Standard)
  • Vaccines: None are essential for US visitors. It is recommended that you are up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and Polio for any trip to the tropics.
  • Visa: Short stay Visa Free facility is given to travelers from 169 countries (including USA) for tourism purposes in Indonesia. Make sure your passport has a blank page, and is valid for 6 months.
  • Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia. 

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