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Wakatobi Dive Resort
Sulawesi - Indonesia

Our Dive Center

Pristine and protected
Experienced and well-traveled divers - many who have visited numerous famous dive destinations all over the world - frequently tell us they have never seen such a vast, pristine and enjoyable reef area. There are literally hundreds of world class dive sites -- many still unexplored.

We have an incredible number of dive sites and we provide greater freedom than any other operator (within the limits of safety) to explore them. We let you dive as long and as deep as your certification allows. Boat dives are extended to a full 75 min., and house reef dives are of unlimited length. Considering the incredible variety of hard and soft corals comprising our healthy reefs extend from just below the surface, it's a pleasure making long safety stops and enjoying long, relaxed dives - at your own pace.

Marine Life Diversity
There is no need for long speedboat transfer to see reefs teeming with life. Dive sites are within minutes of the resort. The reefs in Wakatobi provide habitats from the tiniest to the biggest, and the most beautiful to the ugliest (cutest) marine creatures. The closer you look, the more you will see. On many dives, we discover species we've never seen before.

Each season has its particular highlights. The hundreds of kilometers of reef structure provide every imaginable marine animal including whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, tunas, barracudas, marlin and more. Of course, if you want to see these big beauties, you have to be fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time! It has been scientifically documented that the area of the world where Wakatobi is located contains more marine species than any other. You will see that this is true when you come diving here!

Outstanding House Reefs
Experiencing a large variety of marine creatures on your trip to Wakatobi is guaranteed simply by just visiting the beautiful house reef, only a few fin strokes away from the dive center. Visitors have frequently described this reef as the Best House Reef in the World. It features several species of clownfish in a variety of anemone hosts, turtles, rays, batfish, crocodile fish, scorpion fish, ghost pipe fish, frog fish, razorfish, sea snakes, porcelain crabs, nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, cuttlefish, leaf fish, 4 (four) species of pygmy seahorses and many, many more (too many to list).

On your exploration of this coral heaven you will - when entering the water by the resort - swim through three different habitats, namely: sand, sea grass and corals. Each is amazing in its own right. Frequently photographers spend frame after frame only in the seagrass, as it teems with life. With dive light in hand, the house reef at night becomes the most colorful and vibrant show of nature's splendor you can think of. Come visit, and we'll show you!

Walls, Seamounts, Wrecks....
Most of the dives we make are drift dives along colorful, dramatic walls of coral. We also offer partial drop-off dives, seamount dives, slopes and a 40m-long Japanese freighter.


Our highly qualified professional dive staff are second to none in the industry. All of our dive guides are trained instructors, with an average of 3,000 dives each. Your safety, comfort, and enjoyment is their upmost concern. Regardless of your skill level, they will take the time to make sure you have a great time cruising the reefs. For advanced divers, we also have instructor-level guides with cave diving and rebreather specialties. And naturally, all of our guides know the reefs of Wakatobi like the back of their hand. If there's a critter you have always wanted to see (like a pygmy seahorse?), they will know the place to find it.

Best of all, chances are we speak your language at Wakatobi. Here's a sample of the languages our dive staff are fluent in:

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Flemish
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Swiss German
  • Spanish
  • Indonesian
  • Modern Arabic

Dive Program:
Early morning beach dive possible before breakfast. Two-tank boat dive trip before lunch. Afternoon taxi boat dives on the extended house reef. Night beach dives before and after dinner and occasional evening night boat dives when conditions allow. Note: Our 5 km / 3.5 mile house reef has multiple dive sites. Boat dives always with guide. Beach dives and taxi boat dives accompanied by guides upon availability. Maximum number of dives included in package: unlimited (some guests do 7 day).

1 - Shore diving:

Our "signature dish". This is what has made Wakatobi the number one choice among not only resort divers but also liveaboard lovers. World's best shore diving. Simply get your gear and step right out on the beach, get in the water, flip your fins a few times and enjoy some of the most amazing reef life you will ever see. The house reef top is so prolific that many photographers find themselves out of film before they have even reach the drop-off (located approx. 80 yards in front of the Resort proper).

Here on the house reef you can spend hour upon hour throughout your stay. Sometimes you will enter from the beach, others at the end of the jetty. Most dives will be in a slight current meaning that you will drift at various speeds along the reef while exploring it's beauty. You can enter and exit the water right in front of the resort at high and medium tide while at low tide you will need to use the jetty or the canyon at the corner of the island. Due to our location next to this unique island corner canyon you can shore dive at any tide!

When getting in the water in front of the resort you will first gently drift over an area completely covered in lush sea grass. This is a superb "muck diving" site with tons of wondrous critters. Then, as you get about two thirds out on the reef flat you'll start to see the corals..and lots of 'em. The outer part of the house reef is completely covered with lush coral, both soft and hard. Enjoy!

2 - House reef tender boat taxi service:

A service that allows you to explore dive sites on the house reef normally not accessible from the Resort. Due to the house reef being so expansive this adds several sites for you to enjoy. Simply let one of our boat crew know that you and a buddy (or a group of up to 6 divers) wish to go out with a tender boat and they will help you get your gear on board. Then, as the boat glides out over the reef you fine tune your gear and get ready for the dive. Once over the site you will do a back roll to enter the water. The dive location will be chosen so that the current will bring you back to the resort. After a perfect, impression-intensive dive, you can then exit the water at the end of our jetty (or on any part of the beach) where our attentive local staff will be standing by to help you carry cameras and dive gear.

3 - Boat Diving:
Because of our very fortunate location there's a wide range of superb dive sites within reach of our dive boats. We have about 40 sites that we regularly dive, all accessible by a normally short boat ride. (boat rides range from 10 minutes up to max. an hour for the most remote site)
Prior to each scheduled dive boat departure, there will be a briefing at the resort by your guide. A sketch of the dive objective is displayed, the likely conditions discussed, and a dive plan rehearsed. Known marine inhabitants and their locations are explained, along with specific advice for photographers. On arrival at the dive site, your guide will enter first. If conditions are as expected, the "pool is open". Otherwise, your guide will amend the dive plan before opening the pool.

Once underwater, buddy teams are free to do their own thing. However, due to the remoteness of Wakatobi, there are three rules: 1) decompression diving is not recommended; 2) solo diving is not allowed, except for (a) guests having prior clearance by our resort manager (b)certified instructors equipped with pony bottles; and 3) one hour minimum surface interval between dives.
Unless you are an expert critter spotter yourself, staying within visual distance of your guide will likely greatly enhance your experience. Our staff members have razor sharp eyes, and will seek to get your attention to share their finds with you. If you want to see a specific creature, let them know, and you may be in luck. As a courtesy, we ask that non-photographers get first looks.

During the average dive in Wakatobi, you will likely experience a gentle current. Like most any other dive destination, the strength and direction of current will vary with tides, moon phase, winds, etc. Current is why the marine life at Wakatobi is so prolific - the food chain would stagnate without it. Water column feeders like soft corals and siphon feeders such as tunicates deflate in the absence of current, so dives totally void of current aren't nearly as interesting. When diving at Wakatobi, let the current do the work. After all, you are on holiday. Just drift along with it. Should the current change direction during the dive, go with it. Your dive boat will stand off the reef in deeper water, following the bubble trails. When you decide to end your dive, simply surface and swim a short distance away from the reef so that you can be safely picked up.

Snacks are served between consecutive boat dives, as well as liquid refreshments such as tea, hot chocolate, and water. For safety purposes, all divers are encouraged to remain well hydrated.

Gear Transfers
Since we want you to have the flexibility of diving the house reef at any time, when not on a boat dive, your gear is stowed in a numbered basket in one of our dive sheds. These open-air sheds are immediately adjacent to the Longhouse. When you have confirmed your intent to participate in a scheduled boat dive on our status board, resort employees will transfer your gear basket to the relevant boat for you, as well as all required tanks. Need help with cameras? No problem! When the boat returns, this process is reversed, and once again your gear is conveniently available for house reef diving at your leisure.
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