Wakatobi is a snorkeler’s paradise

Wakatobi is an ideal place for snorkelers and freedivers. The House Reef offers convenient snorkeling with healthy corals, seagrass meadows and myriad marine creatures while numerous dive sites visited by our day boats have exquisite shallows – a snorkeler’s paradise.


Snorkelers (and freedivers) at Wakatobi receive the same level of support as scuba divers. All of our dive sites are rated for suitability for snorkeling based on the reef topography. Snorkelers who join the morning and afternoon boat excursions are accompanied by a professional snorkel guide who is versed in the marine life found on our reefs. Snorkeling equipment as well as camera and video systems are handled by our team and will already be on the boat when you step aboard. Towels, snacks and camera assistance are also provided and the boat crew constantly monitors snorkelers while they are in the water.

The House Reef is monitored by our shored-based staff, who also have access to a taxi boat if needed. Additionally, snorkelers can engage a Private Snorkel Guide to assist with snorkeling skills, marine life encounters, and anything else to help you get the most from your snorkeling sorties.


Wakatobi’s House Reef is a cornucopia of marine life, and snorkelers can wade in directly from the beach or enter from the jetty ladder. The seagrass shallows are a refuge to species such as filefish, coconut octopus, and Halimeda ghost pipefish, while areas surrounding the various coral heads host numerous colorful juveniles, cuttlefish, crocodilefish, moral eels, juvenile green and hawksbill turtles, and more. Additionally, at least seven species of anemonefish have been counted in the area surrounding the jetty and Jetty Bar! The dramatic dropoff where the House Reef wall begins offers glimpses out into the blue and down the wall – turtles, bumphead parrotfish, rays, mild-mannered triggerfish, boxfish, pufferfish and midnight snapper can be seen among many other species. More about the House Reef (here)

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“Another outstanding Pelagian voyage. This is our 5th visit to Wakatobi and our 4th trip on Pelagian. It gets better & better!! All the crew are amazing, the food is first class, and the dive cruise directors make sure that the guests have the best dive experience. Big shout out to our guide who has microscopic vision and is great fun with it. We had a great tender captain. We were looked… “It gets better & better! We will be back!”

Mark & Angie McDonald
,September 2022