Pushing the boundaries of what is a ‘dive resort’

Wakatobi’s location was selected for one reason – because the world’s best coral reefs are found here. The isolated nature of the location is, of course, a hurdle to any operator not prepared to deal with the inherent challenges, and we are still the only resort for many miles around. From this uncompromising start point, we have approached every other aspect of the operation with the same single-minded determination to move beyond what is commonly expected of a ‘dive resort’.

Infrastructure to negate our isolated location

Wakatobi was built from scratch, we generate our own power and our own fresh water; we built our own airstrip to make us easily accessible (previously an overland and local ferry trek of several days was required to get here). An unseen logistics operation coordinates guests’ transfers to and from Bali, the bringing in of food and supplies, such that our guests often forget that they are totally ‘off the grid’. And we continue to develop our infrastructure to give added facilities and convenience to our guests.

A vital part of our ‘infrastructure’ is of course the coral reefs. We have set in place extensive conservation efforts including the creation of a unique reef-lease conservation program to protect and enhance the coral reefs for the long term benefit of the island and its communities.

Service and facilities a level above

One area where we continue to innovate with great effect is in the area of service. Why should a dive holiday be less luxurious, relaxing and enriching than any other resort stay? We provide fine dining for all guests, an agreeable wine list and an abundance of culinary choices. Numerous non-diving activities are available to entertain and enrich, from kitesurfing to local cookery classes, and personalisation is our forté – we pride ourselves on creating itineraries and packages to make the guest’s stay with us truly memorable.

Get into the ‘Wakatobi flow’

The ‘Wakatobi flow’ is the concept underlying our service and facilities development – the simple idea that you, the guest, should be able to connect with nature and quickly settle into a state of otherworldly bliss, without hindrance; that service should be transparent – unobtrusive but ever present, anticipating and proactively addressing your needs.

A tailored experience comes standard

As a boutique resort with an enthusiastic team – and a high staff to guest ratio, we have the flexibility and the resources to tailor your experience in many ways, which makes Wakatobi and ideal location to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday.

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“Always enjoy your emails. They take me back to ‘Wakatobi in my mind.’ This is our 3rd visit and we are so happy. The management is doing everything right to keep this little paradise going. “We wish you all well and hope to return soon. Thank… “Our 3rd visit and we are so happy.”

Paul and Patricia Woglom
,May 2023