Diving at Wakatobi is a truly unique experience, one that is hard to describe in ways not already expressed
by others. One can only endorse what has been said before. This was my second trip in 15 months, and I have
yet to find any place as gratifying to dive. Having been fortunate enough to have traveled worldwide,
Wakatobi is truly the paradise we dream about but rarely experience.
The resort takes detail to the ultimate level, nothing is overlooked, from the food, the lodging, and the
dive center to the long house. For the photographer, the well-prepared, air-conditioned camera room is a
delight. The grounds are maintained like a botanic garden. The entire resort is a testament to management
and staff alike, and their commitment to excellence.
Wakatobi is about the reefs in the Watakobi Marine Reserve and the effort to maintain their pristine
condition. This includes the commitment to helping the indigenous cultures understand the value of this
resource, both for the present and the future. For divers it is no gloves, no reef hooks, or tripods to
damage the reefs. If needed your dive master will serve as your tripod to take that once in a lifetime shot.
Witnessing the care taken by the dive masters to clean occasional debris from the reefs is a sign of the
commitment that Wakatobi makes to maintain the highest standards.
The reefs are a mix of some of the best soft and hard corals in the most verdant of colors, numerous
tunicates, sea fans and gorgonians, sponges and an amazing array of fish, and some larger pelagics,
all in crystal clear water with visibility in excess of 100+ feet. Nudibranches and several species of
pygmy seahorses are almost commonplace. So numerous and unique are the many small "critters", that for
me it is difficult to make the switch to a wide angle lens to capture the large and beautiful coral
expanses that appear on nearly every dive.
Wakatobi is truly special, and for any serious diver a must make trip. Upon departing you feel the sense
of leaving a family member behind. Naturally the next step is to begin the planning process for a return
as soon as possible.