Family friendly: the kids will have a whale of a time
We consider Wakatobi to be a family-friendly dive resort. Though dive holidays can be tricky with non-diving children, your child of any age will be cared for and entertained here at Wakatobi so you can fully enjoy the dive vacation of a lifetime.
Comprehensive and caring child-care
For 0-4 year olds: caring and intuitive local nannies
or children ages 0 to 4 years we have caring, intuitive, well trained local ladies who will work to your schedule to maintain a healthy routine for your child.
Prior to your trip you will be consulted about you and your child’s specific needs by our onsite childcare facilitator. Whatever your wish (to take all possible dives, or to dive occasionally and spend more time with your child) we can agree with you a specific childcare plan tailored to your ideal vision of this dive vacation of a lifetime.
For 5-12 year olds: Kids Club
For children aged 5 to 12 years we have the Wakatobi Kids Club (children aged 3 and 4 years can also join Kids Club with their nanny). A variety of fun and educational activities are scheduled, designed to entertain, amaze and educate your child, including:
- Kite making and flying
- Nature hunts
- Giant bubble games
- Coconut tree harvest demonstration
- Palm weaving
- Treasure hunts
Kids Club’s timing is designed to allow you to take any or all of the scheduled boat dives. Snacks are provided in the middle of each session and as the ratio of Kids Club Conductor to child is a maximum of 1:3. Conductors are able to keep your child hydrated and recognize when the group is in need of rest time and indoor activities. Depending on the number of children at the resort during your stay, Kids Club Activities can also be personalised, so if you wanted your child to join the dive boat for a snorkel, or wanted your child to go on a Land Tour, this can be arranged.
Child care outside Kids Club hours
Child care for the age range of 5 to 12 years can also be arranged outside of Kids Club hours. Say you wish to have a romantic dinner for two, or do a night dive, a personalized childcare plan will be created after discussing your needs with the onsite childcare facilitator. Special children’s meals and mealtimes can also be organized.
Diving Wakatobi for Kids
Children visiting Wakatobi without prior scuba training can participate in Bubblemaker programs (age 8 and up) and in Discover Scuba experiences (age 10 and up). Prior arrangements should be made for participation in these programs. All confined water sessions for full Junior Open Water Dive training are performed in the shallow portions of the House Reef. Previously-certified junior open water divers, diving with their caregiver(s) and guided by a pre-booked private dive guide are welcome to join the three daily scheduled dives from our well-appointed dive boats. Ten and 11-year-old certified divers are limited to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet and must dive with a private guide (PDEM) or a parent who is an active instructor. Twelve to 14-year-old certified Junior Open Water Divers are limited to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet, or a maximum depth of 21 meters/70 feet for continuing education, and must dive with a PDEM or a parent who is a certified Rescue Diver and has 500+ dives. Children not yet certified are welcome aboard dive boats as snorkelers.
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“Our second visit was better than our first. Your staff’s ability to anticipate our needs and unselfishly assist with anything is beyond compare to anywhere we have gone. Our dive guide was a gem. She is probably one of the greatest ambassadors of the sea that we have met. Our photo guide was beyond friendly and helpful. All the other dive masters set the standard. The boat crews are amazing,… “Your staff’s ability to anticipate our needs and unselfishly assist with anything is beyond compare to anywhere we have gone.”