Diving in Wakatobi

Diving in Wakatobi has 750 species of coral making it a marine biodiversity hotspot known as Wallacea.

Marine Life Highlights in Wakatobi

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Harlequin Sweetlips
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Pufferfish
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Oriental Sweetlips

Dive Sites In Wakatobi

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Cornucopia

Similar to the greek myth that has given the word Cornucopia the meaning “horn of plenty”, this dive site does promise the same as it is blessed with many stunning sights. Starting from its topography, it has varied walls, ledges and overhangs and these are all covered by beautiful huge fans, sponges, soft corals and dense black corals! Within the corals, macro life are present and roaming around the wall are also pelagics such as White-tip reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Mobula Rays and Eagle Rays giving Cornucopia a palette full of colors. Access to the site is during slack tide though currents are low in the area with a visibility of 30 metres. Reachable by boat, it is suitable for Advanced divers as the depth is 20 to 55 metres.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 20m
Maximum Depth: 55m
Average Visibility: 30m

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The Zoo

The Zoo, as it is called, is a dive site that has a profusion of critters and known to be a true macro dive in Wakatobi. Lying southeast of Onemobaa Island, this patch reef can be found at the back of Turkey Beach and is ideal for both day and night dives. During the day the resident astonishing critters that can be spotted are Ghost Pipefish, Frogfish, Mantis Shrimp, Hairy Squat Lobster, Mushroom Pipefish at Mushroom Anemones and species of Pygmy Seahorse. At night, emerging from the Staghorn Corals and rubble patches are mating Mandarin fish, different types of Lionfish, lively Flatworms, and hunting Cuttlefish, with Bob-tail Squid and Octopus. Open to all divers, The Zoo’s depth ranges from 16 to 30 metres with average visibility of 15 metres.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 16m
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 15m

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Roma

Located northwest of Tomia Island, Roma is composed of a pinnacle, garden, and slopes that is all teeming with fish and reef life that is said to match great dive sites in the world. Upon going in the waters, swirling Red-tooth Triggerfish and large schools of Fusiliers will welcome divers and near the pinnacle which is the center of the dive site, Banded Sea Kraits can be found in big numbers. The dive site got its name from a large formation of Potato Coral that looks like the Colosseum in Italy; adding up to that are bommies which hosts macro life. Leaf fish in different colors of green, yellow, white and black can be seen in one of the bommies along with pink Sea fans, while under the reef boulders are Cometfish. Average depth in Roma is 18 metres and maximum is 25 metres with average visibility of 20 metres, suitable for all divers.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 18m
Maximum Depth: 25m
Average Visibility: 20m

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Magnifica

Overflowing with life, Magnifica surely speaks for itself having a steep slope with an enchanting beauty from the reef top to the depths. The site is beaming with grade 1A reef that even snorkelling is a thrilling activity at the very top while adding are a combination of big and small fishes. There are schooling Fusiliers, Snappers, and Skipjacks, Long Toms and Barracudas hunting for food, Wrasse, and loads of critters within and out of the reefs with their usual activities like Cuttlefishes mating, Oriental Sweetlips at Table Corals, and colorful Anthias swimming at the top giving divers a fantastic finish. Average visibility in this site is around 25 metres with rare currents and is accessible by a boat. To be able to Magnifica, divers need to be a Trimix Rebreather diver to be able to access the deepest parts as the depth ranges from 18 to 80 metres.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 18m
Maximum Depth: 80m
Average Visibility: 25m

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Fan 38

Fan 38 features an interesting topography that is a mix of everything from walls, canyons, overhangs, small caverns and slopes. Depending on the current, the constantly changing reefs present macro life, even big fishes, and the main highlight of course, are the Sea Fans which are abundant in this site, thus the name. There are schools of Crocodile Needlefish, Pyramid Butterflyfish, and Redtooth Triggerfish feeding in the current, Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, Triggerfish, Boxfish, Pufferfish, Porcupine fish, and Gobies loiter on this dive site and if lucky, a Blue Spotted Rainbow-Tail Ray. Access to Fan 38 is by a boat ride and is suitable for Advanced divers as the depth ranges from 18 to 60 metres. There are currents in the area that varies from low to strong with an average visibility of 20 metres.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 18m
Maximum Depth: 60m
Average Visibility: 20m

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Blade

A series of jagged seamounts, Blade is surely one breathtaking experience as it takes you from one seamount to another giving you plenty of sights to see. Isolated from the other dive sites, it is the farthest site accessed by dive boats but the distance is a worthy trip as it is has the second longest single reef in the world that makes it quite a bit overwhelming! Giant Sponges, Red-Whip Corals, and Sea fans that often grow 2 to 3 metres provide a scenic view and great site for underwater photography as colorful Crinoids add to the already lively spectacle. The fish life does not disappoint either as schools of Fusiliers, Mackerel, Lizardfish, Elegant Squad Lobster, Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, Blue Spotted Ribbontail Ray, and Dragonet fish are some of its frequent sightings. Recommended for Advanced to Experienced divers, Blade hss an average visibility of 20 metres and depth going from 3 to 55 metres.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 5m
Maximum Depth: 55m
Average Visibility: 20m

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Table Coral City

Table Coral City is a large seamount located west of Tomia Island accessible by boat. As the name itself speaks, Table Corals along with Staghorn Corals, Cabbage Corals and a huge formation of Lettuce Corals are all over this site and as you go deeper, Gorgonian fans and different types of Sponges decorate the slope. At high tide, it is compared to an aquarium having lots of vibrant fish such as schooling Chevron Barracudas, Pyramid Butterflyfish, Soldierfish, Giant Trevallies, and swirling Anthias all cover the mound from the top to the shallows and around it. Table Coral City is also home to Turtles, Frogfish, Ribbon Eels, Damselfish, Blennies, Snappers, Parrot Fish, and Octopus. With hardly no current, visibility is around 20 metres and depth ranges from 18 to 30 metres, suitable for all divers.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 18m
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 20m

Diving in Wakatobi

Wakatobi is a regency situated southeast of Sulawesi that is an acronym of the four main islands – Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. It is surrounded by Banda Sea to the northeast and Flores Sea to the southeast. The marine park under the same name covers the entire Wakatobi District including the smaller islands of Tokobao, Hoga, Tolandono, Kampenaune, North Lintea and South Lintea. Jacques Cousteau called Wakatobi “Underwater Nirwana” having the highest number of reef and fish species in the world.

Climate in Wakatobi is tropical as it lies having two seasons: dry season is March to December and wet season falls on the months of January to February though the rains are not as heavy in other parts of Indonesia. The temperature ranges between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius and underwater visibility goes from 20 to 50 metres. High season for diving is April/May and September to November, while July/August presents big numbers of fish but with stronger winds and lower visibility. Suitable for beginners to advanced divers, the depth ranges from 15 to 80 metres.

Still a part of the Coral Triangle, Wakatobi boasts of pristine reefs that totals about 900,000 within the area of 1.4 million hectares of Wakatobi National Park. It has 750 species of coral making it a marine biodiversity hotspot known as Wallacea. Wakatobi also has the largest barrier reef in Indonesia which makes it second to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Fishing is strictly limited here that even local fishing communities support and protect the reefs leaving large portions of reef untouched.

Having a healthy reef means more fish and Wakatobi sure does not disappoint having a total of 942 species of fish and a world class macro life. Species of Pygmy Seahorse abound such as Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, Denise Pygmy Seahorse and White Pygmy Seahorse while other residents are mostly critters like Ghost Pipefish, Mantis Shrimp, Hairy Squat Lobster, Mushroom Pipefish, Bobtail Squid and the attractive Mandarin fish. Other pelagics are also present including White-tip reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Mobula Rays and Eagle Rays. To get to Wakatobi, you can take a flight to Makassar or Kendari with a connecting flight to Wangi-wangi or fly to Bau-bau (Buton Island) and ride a boat to the main islands of Wakatobi.

Best Diving Season: April to November
Weather: March to December (Dry season) January to February (Wet Season)
Water Temperature: 26-30°C
Marine Animal Highlights:  Oriental Sweetlips, Harlequin Sweetlips, Pufferfish, Bluefin Trevally
Recommended Thermal Protection:
Water Visibility:  20m-50m
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Transportation: -Via Airplane and Boat

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