|อุณหภูมิน้ำ||25 – 28°C|
|จุดดำน้ำ||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.
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.
|ฤดูท่องเที่ยว||It is possible to dive off the beach all year around, but May to December with air temperatures around 30°C and water temperatures at 25 – 28°C is the best season. January and April are usually transitional months, February/March receive the most rain. There are no tropical storms or long periods of heavy rain. The annual rain falls are four times lower than the Indonesian average. There is more wind from Southeast June to August causing medium waves at exposed dive sites. From September to mid December the conditions are mostly very calm and perfect for diving. The guest house is equipped with fans, but because there is mostly a gentle wind we rarely use them, it gets even refreshingly cool in the early morning (22°C).
Indonesian diving is well known for unpredictable currents. At Wakatobi it is not uncommon to experience occasional current changes during the course of a dive. As a result, some are anchor dives and others are planned as drift dives. The boat operators are very good at following the bubbles, and divers are provided with large and effective inflatable surface markers. Many dives may be enjoyed with moderate or little current, but overall this is a destination for more experienced divers, comfortable and capable of diving in current and a variety of conditions.
|สิ่งที่น่าสนใจ||Known to have at least 3000 different species of marine life, this region is recognized as the heart of marine biodiversity in the entire planet. This recognition is coupled with the sanctuary’s stunning features from the virgin condition of the corals and the diversity of the organisms present.
Exotic species on every diveNew marine life discoveries lay waiting for you and your camera. Exotic and rare marine life can be found on all dives, but if you love muck diving, sites such as Cheeky Beach and Asphalt Pier are sure to create excitement. If you like sheer cliffs and caves, Tanjung Batutoro offers something for both wide-angle and macro photographers.
The House Reef
Actually three different sites are accessible directly off the beach in front of the resort. It’s only 50 yards from the shoreline to the drop-off. You can go right, left, or enjoy the broad center reef. Highlights are a great variety of fishes, invertebrates, macro subjects, beautiful soft corals, gorgonian’s, tunicates, whips, sponges, rays, overhangs, and beyond all else an unsurpassed rainbow of color.
An extension of the house reef, this is one of the very best soft coral dives. Often compared with “Hanging Gardens” at Sipadan, it’s actually yet larger and more diverse. Every part of the reef is covered with color and life.
Begin by plunging deep, where forests of immense yellow wire corals spiral 15 feet or higher off the steeply sloping wall. Then work your way up to the 60-foot range, where a continuing overhanging ledge harbors big sea fans framed in colorful soft corals. The brightly hued corals continue up to within a foot or two of the surface, flashing with schooling fish life.
Beginning as a gentle slope, Inka’s Palette plummets into the depths with multiple overhangs. There are very large tube sponges and a giant tridachna clam. The top section is covered in huge leather corals. As its name suggests, you will enjoy a colorful palette of hard and soft corals and good fish life.
Similar to Inka’s in the array of life, the colors are diverse yet slightly more subdued to pastel hues. At depth, gardens of neon yellow wire corals spiral out into surrealistic shapes. Just remember that it’s the current that makes the soft corals bloom.
When the current and sun are right this is a delightful shallow drift through an endless, brightly lit coral garden. A constant overhang runs from 15 to 30 feet. Two large canyons contain schools of batfish and bronze snappers. It’s also a good spot for the chance to encounter turtles, eagle rays, and schools of bumphead parrotfish.
This is a long ridge running from 15 down to 80 feet. It features huge sea fans, coral heads adorned in bright soft corals, and feather stars blooming in a frequently swift current. The saddle that bridges the reef contains blue ribbon eels, leaf fishes, crocodile fish, scorpion fish, nudibranches, and more.
Starting in bright rays of light as shallow as five feet, large schools of fusiliers, pyramid butterfly, sergeant majors, hound fish, red tooth triggerfish and others swirl around you in an endless dance. A compact pinnacle in the center of the reef, crammed with color and life, is a complete dive in itself. Banded sea snakes are common here, but fear not, they are placid creatures and make exciting photo subjects.
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Wakatobi Resort is located on the island of Onemobaa in South East Sulawesi. Sited where the Banda Sea and Flores Sea meet, the extensive Wakatobi National Marine Park encompasses hundreds of kilometers of pristine reefs guaranteeing exclusive diving well of the beaten track.
Onemobaa is part of the the Tukang Besi Archipelago, or Isles of the Iron Smiths. The name harps back to the Dutch colonial era. By the time the ships sailed from Batavia (Jakarta) to the Spice Islands further east, they needed nails to repair their ships, and a flourishing trade in iron mongery arose on the islands.
The resort takes her name “Wakatobi” from an acronym made from the names of the four principle islands: Wanci, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko.
Wakatobi Dive Resort was set up with a clear mission: to establish a win-win situation for the reefs, the local community and sound eco-tourism in Wakatohi national Marine Park, and, most importantly, to keep Wakatobi alive for future generations.
“Why Live Aboard when there is Wakatobi”? is the resort’s motto. And rightfully so. This place was envisioned, developed and is managed by Swiss people, and you can tell. The service is outstanding and the resort impeccably kept. It is located on a pristine white sandy beach fringed by swaying palms. A traditional wooden “Longhouse” is at the heart of the resort. It is where the regular guestrooms, the dive center, the restaurant and the Sunset Lounge are located. If you desire more privacy and personal space there are a number of Grand Bungalows located around the resort, right on the beach.
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. 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.