Wakatobi is an acronym of the four islands of Wangi-Wangi (Wanci), Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. But for those who are foreign or new to hear the name, Wakatobi will think that it is a big island. Though the reality is a combination of four island names.Because of its natural beauty is no less beautiful with the Caribbean islands, then Wakatobi gets the nickname Caribbean Van Celebes (Celebes another name from the island of Sulawesi).
Area located in Wakatobi Regency in Southeast Sulawesi province. Wakatobi National Park with a total area of 1.39 million hectares is the second largest National Marine Park in Indonesia after Raja Ampat National Marine Park in Papua. The Wakatobi National Park consists of four archipelago clusters, Binongko islands, Kaledupa islands, Tomia islands and Wangi-Wangi islands.
Wakatobi Marine National Park which was inaugurated in 1996 is a habitat for 90 percent of the world’s coral species with more than 942 species of fish that live in it including the famous clownfish Nemo name and there are 750 species of corals from the total type of coral as much as 850 That exists in the world. Wakatobi marine waters become the 8th site in Indonesia set by UNESCO became one of the World Biosphere Reserve.
In addition to the atoll, coral, and fish, the Wakatobi National Park also extends into several types of birds such as brown goose, Malay kettle and royal prawns, some species of turtles such as Sisik (scale) turtle, Tempayan turtle, and Lekang turtle. In around November, around the waters of Wakatobi are often seen with the Sperm Whale (Physeter Macrocephalus).
In Wakatobi, there are many diving spots (about 40 spots), but there are only four most interesting and often visited spots: Rome Spot, Coral Garden Spot, Cornucopia Spot, and House Reef Spot.
Is located on the island of Tomia, where we can see the beauty and rich underwater with a variety of marine life such as fish, coral reefs and seaweed each of which has a beautiful and charming color diversity. Spot Rome is not far from the Waha dock on Tomia Island, just ten minutes by speedboat. Called the spot “Roma” because here there is a soft coral type Ear Coral which resembles Colostrum in the city of Rome, Italy. If you are lucky, you will find animals named yellowtail barracuda (yellowtail barracuda) and silver (pick-handle barracuda). For beginner divers, this spot is quite safe.
Coral Garden Spot
This spot is also still on the island of Tomia with a depth ranging from 18 to 25 meters. Here you will find green turtles, lobsters, and rainbow tail fishes.
Cornucopia Spot is also still around the island of Tomia. In this spot, you will find coral reefs that resemble a wall with a vertical position at a depth of about 20 to 55 meters. This spot is a spot that requires diving expertise even for certified divers.
House Reef Spot, this is the spot where you do not have to dive enough by doing snorkeling to enjoy the beauty of coral reefs.
Sunset in Wakatobi
In addition to having natural beauty under the sea, it turns out we can also enjoy the other beauty offered in Wakatobi, which is enjoying a Sunset that is not less beautiful with Sunset elsewhere.
The Bajo tribe
In addition to the Togean Islands, this tribe can also be found in the area Wakatobi. Basically, this tribe is widely spread in several districts on the island of Sulawesi. This tribe relies on the sea, so it is not surprising that their original residence is a house that is above the sea. Their houses are very simple, in the form of non-permanent wooden stage houses with roofs of palm leaves or coconut leaves.
How to get there?
Transportation to Wakatobi
In Wakatobi there is an airport named Matahora Airport at Wangi-Wangi Island, with flight routes that can be taken are:
Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Airport) – Wakatobi
Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport) – Wakatobi (Tomia Island)
Another alternative is if you are from the Airport in Bau-Bau city on Buton Island, you can continue the journey to Wakatobi by using available sea freight.
Place to stay overnight
There are many options for overnight stays in Wakatobi, from lodging in people’s homes, hotels to resorts with various facilities on offer.