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The islands that make up the Wakatobi chain have, without doubt, some of the world’s best diving.

Largely unexplored, only adventurous travellers enjoy the area's riches - with atolls, walls, fringing reefs, sea mounts & a barrier reef contributing to the almost limitless diving opportunities.

The national park comprises of four main islands, Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomea & Binongki (thus the name WaKaToBi). Diving can be enjoyed all year round.

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Dive Photo The atolls of Koromaha & Koka have stunning reefs teeming with life. Schools of Trevally & Fusliers flit around in the blue while you admire the pristine coral-covered walls and overhangs of the atoll. Turtles, Sharks & Eagles Rays are also sometimes seen.

West of Tomia, there are a wealth of fantastic & colourful dive sites. Wakatobi Dive Resorts house reef will take your breath away - no less than four different species of Pygmy Seahorse have been identified on the beautiful reef. Nearby, Roma & Cornucopia are also stunning sites with incredible corals and a huge diversity of life.

Around Hoga Island to the north are sea-mounts, ridges & coral gardens offering more great diving, including the chance to see Mobulas - the smaller cousin of the Manta Ray. Wangi Wangi is the northern-most island in the chain. It has excellent, but often challenging diving with numerous pelagic species, including Sharks & Rays. Anano Island, in the north-west also has excellent diving.

These islands have been created from uplifted limestone. This, along with the dry climate means mimimal run-off & great visibility, with the exception of July & August when plankton blooms lower the visibility but dramatically increase the chance to see larger pelagics.

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The Wakatobi area can be dived three ways - either by Liveaboard, by staying at Wakatobi Dive Resort, or by volunteering for Operation Wallacea, a marine conservation organisation based on the island of Hoga.

Liveaboards spend around 7-10 days exploring the area and are sometimes arranged including flights to and from Bali.
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Wakatobi is the name for a group of remote islands in South-east Sulawesi that have fantastic diving.

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Wakatobi Dive Resort, based just off the main Tomia Island (the ‘To’ from WaKaToBi) is the only dive resort in the area. It is a well established, well run resort in a beautiful setting. Daily trips are made to many of the area’s top dive sites. There are currently around 40 dive sites within a twenty minute boat ride of the resort.

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The normal route to Wakatobi is via Bali, which has an international airport in Denpasar. From there the resort offers charter planes which take you as far as Kendari, before taking you by boat to the resort.

For more independent minded souls, it is possible to fly to Makassar in Sulawesi, then take either a plane or very lengthy ferry to Kendari, before arranging local transport to the resort.

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The resort has bungalows on the beach of three different standards, all of which are very comfortable and just a stone's throw from great diving & snorkelling.

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Aside from diving - relaxing in the remote, tropical island setting and enjoying the scenery is the main activity. It is possible to walk around the island and there is a house reef, so you can dive or snorkel until your heart’s content.

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