In Wakatobi you can enjoy diving 365 days a year. There is no period or season unsuitable for diving, and we have skipped only 4 dives in the last 10 years. The climate is drier than in other parts of Indonesia, and the location is nicely protected by the surrounding reefs and islands.

Weather conditions

Generally speaking, we have two seasons: Easterly winds from June to October, and Westerly winds between December and April. November and May are usually transitional months. July and August see a slight increase in wind, and the sea ripples somewhat; visibility is still fine. The weather in these months is a little cooler than the months on either side, making it a great time to visit for those who prefer to sleep without using an air-conditioner at night. (book an Ocean Bungalow on the South beach to enjoy the breeze).

Wakatobi’s weather data in the Fahrenheit system may be viewed here.

Wakatobi’s weather data in the Celsius system may be viewed here

Water temperature

The warmest water in Wakatobi is found in the upper water layer around late October, when temperatures may reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). The coolest time falls in the latter half of August with a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit). From March until May the temperature averages 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 degrees Fahrenheit), June averages 27 C (80.6 F), July 26 C (78.8 F), September is between 26 – 27 C (78 – 81 F), October 28 to 30 C (82 – 86 F). From November until March the temperature averages 28 – 29 C (82.4 F- 85 F). The water temperature range is ideal for coral growth and there is no coral bleaching in Wakatobi.

Air temperature

The temperature in Wakatobi generally ranges between 26 – 30 degrees Celsius. (78.8 – 86 Fahrenheit).


The annual amount of rainfall is about 25% of the Indonesian average. Wakatobi is one of the most arid regions in Indonesia with sunshine on most days, and the air humidity is mostly only about 75 to 85%.

Underwater visibility

Underwater visibility is mostly between 20 m and 50 m, with an average of 35 m or 100 feet. There are no rivers or lakes bringing sediments, therefore visibility is not affected by rain.

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