The Wakatobi resort in Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia
Welcome to the Wakatobi resort, Indonesia - a destination where you can dive the world’s most pristine reefs and experience remoteness from everyday life in total comfort. Situated on a beautiful tropical island in the remote and peaceful Waktobi archipelago in Sulawesi’s Banda Sea, Wakatobi dive resort offers what many consider to be some of the best reef diving in the world.
Blessed with a world class house reef where you can begin your diving only 20m (60 feet) from the dive center, Wakatobi is often described as a live aboard with a built-in beach!
In addition to the spectacular house reef, there are several dozen easily accessible dive sites offering incredible marine life diversity, color and natural splendor.
Although one of the world’s most remote resorts, Wakatobi dive resort offers a whole new level of comfort and class not usually associated with a typical dive resort. The beach villas and bungalows are spacious, tastefully decorated and offer all of the amenities you would expect in any fine resort.
Swiss-founded and currently operated by an international management team, the resort was carefully constructed with traditional methods for a small number of select guests embracing sound eco tourism principles. The native architectural style of the main building and bungalows was hand crafted by local artisans using traditional, manual tools to give you a feel for the local style and to blend in with the natural enviroment with minimal impact.
Wakatobi resort - pricesInquiry
Prices are in Us$ and per person based on twin or double sharing.
|Type of cabin||5 nights||6 nights||7 nights||10 nights||11 nights|
|Garden Bungalow||Us$ 1,950||Us$ 2,310||Us$ 2,640||Us$ 3,670||Us$ 4,020|
|Beach Bungalow||Us$ 2,200||Us$ 2,580||Us$2,950||Us$ 4,110||Us$ 4,480|
|Select Bungalow||Us$ 2,400||Us$ 2,850||Us$ 3,290||Us$ 4,570||Us$ 4,950|
|Wakatobi Villa||Us$ 2,650||Us$ 3,150||Us$ 3,630||Us$ 5,060||Us$ 5,490|
|Nitrox - (per trip)||Us$ 150||Us$ 175||Us$ 200||Us$ 260||Us$ 270|
|Please don't forget to factor in the Bali -Wakatobi return airfare - Us$ 675|
Please note that you must have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport and one full clean page for your visa on arrival.
- VIP Arrival Servicepre-immigration in Bali airport
- Full international luggageallowance on flight to resort
- VIP departure loungeincluding snacks
- Accommodation in Garden,Beach, Select or Villa.
- Delicious and varied meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- 24hrs coffee / tea / hotchocolate / drinking water
- Daily turndown service
- Dry towels, drinks, waterand snacks on boat dives
- Complimentary 20mb in-roomInternet access
- Aromatherapy bath productsin all rooms
- Three 70 minutes boat divesdaily AND unlimited shore diving
- Dive and photo gear porterservice on boats and shore dives
- Village visit on the lastday
- Contribution to theaward-winning conservation programs
- Spa treatments
- Nitrox fills, (O2), (He)and rebreather absorbent
- Sodas, Beers, Wines,Cocktails, Cigars
- A la carte meal items /snacks
- Laundry service
- FLUO Diving / FLUOSnorkeling
- Romantic private dinner onsecluded beach
- Private Dive ExperienceManager
- Full scuba gear rentalpackages, including computer
- Specialty and advancedscuba certification courses
- “BestFriend in Town” VIP service for your Balistopover
|Child / teen pricing|
|0 - 3 yr old||Free of charge. Babysitter available on request|
|4 - 9 yr old||30% of non-diver rate|
|10 - 14 yr old||50% of non-diver / diver rate (Bungalow shared with parents)|
|14 - 17 yr old||80% of non-diver / diver rate (Bungalow not shared with parents)|
|Less $80.00 USD / diving day for guests not participating in the diving program. Diving days equal resort stay minus one day.|
|If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, they will attempt to find a roommate for you. All efforts will be made to allocate separate accommodations or have you share a room with the same gender. If you do not want to share a room, an additional 75% single supplement charge will apply.|
Wakatobi resort - scheduleInquiry
Please note these dates are the possible arrival and departure dates but you can combine any trips to make a longer stay or include a trip on Pelagian as part of you package
Wakatobi resort - cabinsInquiry
All accommodation at Wakatobi is spacious and available with a either a king-size bed, and/or twin beds to sleep up to three adults or two adults and two children. All of the accommodation has a balcony in front as well as lounge chairs, tables and other furnishings. There is a desk with internet access, a mini-bar, and much more. All bungalows and villas are equipped with airconditioning and all modern convieniances.
The Wakatobi Villas
For couples seeking the best - these are the nicest accommodations. They are located on the northern end of the resort beach and are perched on a rocky ledge with superb views over the ocean and sunset.
Each villa is a modern design and constructed of earthy materials such as wood, glass and sandstone. They are more spacious than any of the other accommodations and are decorated for luxurious comfort and relaxation.
The closest villa to the heart of the resort (restaurant and longhouse). With it’s own corner of the Northern Beach complete with its own Bale or “love shack”. This villa offers secluded privacy in an intimate setting. Enjoy a relaxing massage in your beachfront Bale.
The “Honeymoon Villa”. The most private of all the villas. Enjoy sunset lounging on the sundeck overlooking the ocean with a drink or two. This villa also has it’s own sand garden. Enjoy the sea and sun amidst the orchids in your own idyllic corner of the resort.
An open plan style villa in conjunction with villa four. Comes with infinity pool and sundeck.
This is the newest of the Wakatobi villas. This villa is open plan and the closest the ocean. Enjoy spectacular sea views from your own sundeck. Sip cocktails to the gentle burbling of the tidal water feature. This villa is good for birdwatching as it is near the boundaries of the resort that is a reserve for terrestrial wildlife. Watch collared kingfishers hunting or a morning visit from the black naped oriole - High resolution slide show.
The Select Beach Bungalows are located directly on the beach north of the jetty. They’re simply gorgeous! They all have huge front porches with comfortable lounge beds / cushions and a stunning views. They also have indoor bathrooms and Asian spa-style outdoor showers - High resolution photo slideshow.
Villas - Select Beach Bungalows - Standard Beach Bungalows - Garden Bungalows Front row with an ocean view on the south or west beach. See the fish jump, hear the gentle waves and listen to the birds - all while seated on the balcony or in one of the comfortable lounge chairs in front of your bungalow. The ones on the south end of the resort are the ones with the best breeze from the ocean and is an excellent choice for those who prefer to enjoy a holiday in the tropics without the use of air conditioning - High resolution photo slideshow.
These very comfortable “cabanas” are located slightly behind and in-between the front-row bungalows amidst beautiful palm trees and other tropical plants. Available both on the south and west section of the Resort. Some garden bungalows have partial ocean view - High resolution photo slideshow.
Wakatobi resort - divingInquiry
At Wakatobi they offer three different types of diving;
Boat diving on one of the specially designed, locally-crafted dive boats, shore diving on the fabulous house reef and taxi boat diving on the further points of the house reef. (The house reef is more than threemiles long). You can participate in any one or all three of these options on any given dive day. The choice is completely up to you, based on what your desire is for that given day. they also offer night diving (unguided) on the house reef and 1-2 guided boat night dives. Below is a brief overview of each of the diving options.
Because of the very fortunate location there’s a wide range of superb dive sites within reach of the dive boats. they have more than 40 sites that they regularly dive, all accessible by a normally short boat ride. Boat rides range from 10 minutes up to a maximum of an hour away for a few of the furthest away sites. Most are within minutes from the resort.
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 give the OK to enter the water. Boat dives always have trained guides to locate and point out marine life and/or assist divers as needed.Snacks are served between consecutive boat dives, as well as liquid refreshments such as tea, hot chocolate, and water. Dry fresh towels are also available. For safety purposes, all divers are encouraged to remain well hydrated.
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 reached 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, other times from the ladder at 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 “second gully” at the corner of the island. Due to the 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 macro 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!
You can dive the amazing house reef in buddy teams beginning at 06.00 a.m.
Taxi Boat Diving
Our house reef is more than threemiles long. they offer 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 the dive guides 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 the jetty (or on any part of the beach) where the attentive local staff will be standing by to carry cameras and dive gear.
Sometimes the predominant current will change and you may not be able to get all the way back to the resort without surfacing. No worries … the tender boats follow you as you make your dive and after surfacing, you can simply give a wave and one the taxi boats will pick you up and return you to the beach in front of the resort.
Beach dives and taxi boat dives accompanied by guides upon availability. Taxi boat service is available from 06.00 a.m. until 5.30 p.m.
Night Diving at Wakatobi
Night diving at Wakatobi is fantastic!. One or two night dives (depending on length of the trip and weather) will be offered from the boats. You can dive any night on the house reef in front of the resort (unguided). Simply gear up in the diver preparation area and walk-in off the beach.
Night dives should be finished at the latest by 10.00 p.m. but special arrangements can be made to dive at other hours.
Solo diving at night is not allowed due to safety and security reasons.
Nitrox Diving at Wakatobi
Wakatobi offers Nitrox fills for Nitrox certified divers. Nitrox certification is available at the resort for those who are not certified and would like to earn this certification while on holiday.
Divers using closed circuit rebreathers can be accommodated with oxygen fills, standard Faber tanks with standard DIN valves, sofnolime and knowledgeable staff to assist. the boat crews are trained to handle rebreathers properly. CCR divers are required to bring all their own equipment. they do have The Evolution rebreather on site for rent as a backup for fully certified Evolution (and Inspiration divers with Vision electronics license).
Wakatobi resort - Diving Guidelines
It is also important to bear in mind that they are in a remote location and while they have the own private airport, the nearest recompression facility is in Bali and would require an emergency transfer flight to be arranged. Therefore, they do have some basic guidelines that must be followed to ensure that all the guests have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Check-out Dive
On the day of your arrival (depending on arrival time and tides) there is the option of a 30 minute welcome / orientation dive (mostly off the beach), where they help check your buoyancy control and safety skills (mask off / clearing and breathing from a alternate air source). they recommend however to rest on arrival day and to integrate the dive checks into the first boat dive next morning.
Decompression diving is not recommended
Solo diving is not allowed, except for guests:
- a) Being certified instructors, certified solo divers or very experienced divers and
- b) Prior clearance by the resort manager and
- c) Equipped with pony bottles. (tanks and regulators can be rented in resort
- To protect the reef there is a strict NO Gloves policy at the resort. (only exception: medical condition and doctor’s certificate)
- One hour minimum surface interval between dives.
- Please do NOT use any macro frames
Seeing Marine Life .. the Critters
Unless you are an expert critter spotter yourself, staying within visual distance of your guide will likely greatly enhance your experience. the 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, they ask that non-photographers get first looks. Wakatobi Currents
During the average dive in Wakatobi, you will likely experience gentle current. Like most any other dive destination, the strength and direction of current will vary with tides, moon phase, winds, etc. Varying currents are why the marine life at Wakatobi is so prolific - the food chain would stagnate without them. Gear Handling
Since they 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 the 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 the 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.
Wakatobi resort - faqInquiry
**Warning this is a very large amount of questions, please be patient, it may take a while to find your answer.
When do I need to check in for the flight from Bali to Wakatobi?
To fly from Bali to Wakatobi, you will be required to check-in at the domesticdeparture terminal of the Airport in Bali at either:
06:30h (First Plane) OR 11:00h (Second Plane)Your check-in times will becommunicated to you by email in advance of your trip by the staff in the BaliOffice.
It would be very helpful if you could call the office upon arrival in yourhotel in Bali to confirm the details. (Bali Logistics Office 759 669 or Crispin 081 2381 1084)
Which ticketcounter do they check in at in the Domestic Departure Terminal?
The Denpasar airport is relatively small and does not have very many terminals.As long as you find the Domestic Departure Terminal you are set.
the staff will meet you outside the terminal door with entry passes, they willhelp you find porters and direct you into the staff inside the terminal.
Inside, the team will assist you through check-in and escort you to the VIPlounge where there will be a short wait before you board the flight.
Additional pointers: Head for the Wakatobi Counter, Ask the porters (greyuniforms). the team will be there all wearing Wakatobi shirts, carrying signboards and a smile.
You really can’t miss us if you know the name “Wakatobi/Pelagian”!
Do I need some kind of voucher or ticket for theWakatobi charter?
No you don’t. As long as you have paid in full for your Wakatobi package, youare welcome onboard :)
they have the own check-in counter and the staff is in charge of luggage handlingand boarding.
When will I return to Balion the last day of my Wakatobi trip and for what time can I book my flighthome?
The Wakatobi air charter now returns back to Baliby 16:00h. they recommend that you plan to leave Balino earlier than 17:30h.
If I miss theflight from Bali to the resort, what willhappen?
You will get the opportunity to go by public transfer via Sulawesito the Resort.
It involves a two and a half day air - land - sea journey that will certainlybe an experience you can tell your friends about back home. This is the routethat the first divers to Wakatobi Dive Resort followed and is the reason forWakatobi building its own airstrip. the Balioffice can help with all the routing details should this occur.
Is the flightfrom Bali to Wakatobi (and back) included inthe price?
No, it’s charged separately.
What is the flight like to Wakatobi?
The flight lasts approximately two and a half hours and is very scenic alongthe way.
they work with TransNusa / Trigana Air for guest air transportation to theWakatobi resort and the Pelagian liveaboard. TransNusa operates commercialdomestic routes within Indonesiaas well as exclusive charters for Wakatobi.
To ensure maximum reliability and space for the guests and their luggage, theyuse a pair of French Built ATR 42 for the charters. The aircraft’s maximumcapacity is 44 seats (or about 35 divers and their heavy luggage).
The plane is spacious and nicely appointed. The restroom is small but stillvery serviceable. However, you might be more comfortable using the facilitiesat the airport prior to departure or at the resort. Do I need tostay in Bali one night before flying toWakatobi island?
Yes, on the first day of the package, you will need to check in to the DomesticDeparture Terminal in Bali before anyinternational flights arrive on the island. This will mean an overnight stay inBali before the trip is required.
I amscheduled to arrive in Bali a few days beforethe start of the Wakatobi/Pelagian trip and would like to do some more divingthere. Do you have any recommendations?
The most popular diving in Bali is Tulamben (north east Bali) where you canfind a beautiful drop-off accessible from the shore as well as the famous Liberty wreck. The area isa good 3-4 hours from the airport by van so you’ll need at least a couple ofdays in Bali to have the time for a visitthere. Some people combine a visit to Tulamben with a stopover in Secret Bay(north Bali, muck diving). It is also possibleto dive Nusa Penida island off Sanur as a 1 day or 1/2 day excursion.
When I arrivein Bali, what should I expect?
Upon arrival from overseas, there will be a Wakatobi/Pelagian representative atthe door of your plane. the representative will whisk you through Immigrationat high speed avoiding all those queues (a Wakatobi / Pelagian exclusive).You’ll still need to pay USD 25 each here for your visas - no photos necessary.See the Indonesia visa FAQ formore information. After getting your visa, you’ll be taken through baggagereclaim, past customs, and out to meet the guide and driver (if you have onearranged). Alternatively, the rep will assist you in arranging a taxi from areputable firm.
Make sure you give us your flight and arrival times beforehand so they canarrange this special greeting
One other note: they recognize that this is your holiday and you’ll be out andabout enjoying all that Bali has to offer.However, they do request you give the Balioffice a call after you arrive in case there are any last minute details,requests, or travel coordination needed. Crispin can be reached at his cell :081 2381 1084 or the Bali office is at 759 669(local numbers).
Do you have arecommendation for hotels in Bali?
Yes, they recommend you contact Ms. Putu at email@example.com at Trans-IndoMukti http://www.trans-indo.com. Trans-Indo Mukti is a long establishedBali-based company they have worked with since the nineties. Tell them thatyou’re flying to Wakatobi, tell them what you want and indicate a budget, andthey should be able to handle all the details for your accommodation andtransfers while staying in Bali. They canrecommend nice hotels and luxurious resorts far away from the crowds of Kutabut still convenient to shopping and the airport. They can also arrange forprivate tours and excursions on Bali.
Can I use USdollars in Bali? Where’s the best place to getmoney exchanged in Bali?
When in Indonesia,it is always cheaper to use Rupiah than US Dollars. For some reason, althoughthe exchange rate is currently hovering around USD 1 = Rp 10,000, a one dollarbill is only worth about Rp 8,000 at the banks / money changers. The higherdenomination bills (20, 50 and 100) are worth the actual exchange rate aspublished.
It is tough to find banks or money changers willing to accept hundred dollarbills from 1996 (due to the Indonesian market being flooded with counterfeit1996 bills a few years back). People are simply not willing to take the risk inexchanging notes that they consider have a high chance of being forgeries. Ifyou think you might be doing some serious shopping while in Bali, make sure youbring with you crisp, clean, newer notes–it actually does make a difference!
ATM machines are the best way forwards for taking money (exchange rate wise) asthese will use the exchange rate at your home bank, and this will favour yourhome currency.
However, machines here are limited in the number of notes they can spit out atone time, and this can mean that you have to insert your card repeatedly towithdraw a worthwhile amount of cash. With most currencies, the machines heredispense the equivalent of 2 dollar bills, 5 dollar bills or 10 dollar bills!Depending on how your bank charges you for use of ATMs overseas, you could endup paying large bank charges to withdraw fairly insignificant sums of money,thus negating the benefit of the higher exchange rate.
There is an ATM machine within the Domestic Arrivals Hall, and also justoutside the International Arrivals Hall (turn right as you come outside and theATM is just before the pre-paid taxi window.)
Money changers abound. There are money changers at the airport, at your hotel,at the banks and in little shops by the side of the road. The rates at theairport and the hotel are unlikely to be the best you can get, but as we’retalking about 1 or 2 percent, the convenience cancels the slightly lower rates.
The Authorized Money Changers (displaying signs) in specialist money changingshops and kiosks are the best way to change cash to save time and get a goodrate.
Note: Some money changers are a little less than scrupulous. You should alwayscount your money beforleaving and not just rely on watching them count it.
Yourconservation programs interest me. Will I contribute by going coming to Wakatobi?
Yes, you will. they set aside a portion of the funds you payfor your trip for conservation programs and community development.
What can I bring to help the local village and children?
For the local children, they recommend anything educational or healthy. Notepads, pencils, erasers, maps, rulers, craft supplies, crayons or basic schoolor colouring books would be greatly appreciated.
Do you haveNitrox available?
Yes! they feature a state of the art Nitrox Technologies membrane systems fed bymultiple water-cooled Bauer compressors.
Are theyallowed to bring souvenirs up from the dives?
No, they do not allow anyone to bring corals, shells or animals out of the waterand they make sure that the guests respect all aspects of the environment. Ifever a guest would knock over a table coral, it might take 100 years for a newone to develop!
Is there alot of reef damage from dynamiting and cyanide fishing?
No. Very little reef in the area is damaged by destructivefishing methods like dynamite bombing and cyanide fishing (for the aquariumtrade). However, it is a fact that destructive methods of fishing are stillbeing used in many parts of the world, including Indonesia.
In the remote areas around the Wakatobi resort, bombing is extremely rare.There have been instances of some reef areas being hurt by boat anchors andlocal fishermen walking on the reef top. These practices are effectively beingminimized by the Collaborative Reef Conservation programs.
Has theWakatobi region been affected by coral bleaching?
No. they have not detected bleaching of corals in the area.
The water temperatures in the area remain a cool 26-28 °C (79-82°F) and thereare still healthy cooler currents refreshing the reefs continually.
Do your tankshave INT or DIN valves?
All the tanks have INT valves. DIN adapters are availableupon request.
Should Ibring all my own diving gear?
they recommend that all the guests to bring their own equipment so they’recompletely familiar and comfortable with its operation. The basic divingequipment recommended is a regulator, depth and pressure gauge, watch or divecomputer, buoyancy compensation device, mask, fins and snorkel.
However, they do have dive equipment available for rental. Please contact usbefore your trip to verify your requirements.
they recommend you to bring a 5 mm (1/4”) full-body suit but some guests areeven comfortable in only 3mm(3/16”) shorties. It is all up to what you areused to diving with, just keep in mind that it is nice to be warm.
How do youhandle decompression emergencies? Where is the nearest hyperbaric chamber?
In case of a DECO emergency, the first-aid trained dive managers wouldimmediately stabilize the diver’s condition with non-baric medical oxygen. Ifdeemed necessary, they would then evacuate the diver by a sea level cabinpressure flight (day-time only) directly back to Baliwhere there is a good re-compression chamber.
On board, there is a good stock of medical gear and medication. Should that notbe enough, there is a basic hospital on the island neighbouring Wakatobi(sufficiently equipped for most general treatments).
In the respect of safety, Wakatobi and the Pelagian has gone where no otherdive operation in Asia has gone for their customers: After building a private 1mile airstrip to increase safety and comfort of the guests - they have alsoestablished an exclusive 24-hour standby service agreement with the largestmedical evacuation company worldwide (SOS International) and worked out clearlydefined procedures.
Do you allowsolo diving?
they do for Instructor-level divers with a pony tank once they have been deemedsuitable by the professional dive team as safe, responsible and competent. theyrent pony tanks.
Do you have facilities to cater for rebreathers?
Yes. they carry sofnolime 797 and have an ample supply of medical grade oxygenfor rebreather divers. For semi closed rebreather divers they offer 7.5 L [50cbf] aluminum tanks filled with NITROX up to 40%, these can be fitted with DINor INT valves. Other valves (like Draeger) are not available. For diverstraveling with closed circuit rebreathers, they can fill tanks to 100% with theO2 booster if you bring your own clean 02 tank. Alternatively they have FaberSteel tanks 2 L and 3 L for rent, suitable for CCRs such as Evolution,Inspiration and KISS. Bail out tanks are available in 3 L [19cbf], 4.5 L [30cbf], 6 L [40 cbf], 7.5 l [50 cbf], all aluminium.
Note: Sodalime supplies are sometimes difficult to acquire due to logistics andsupply constraints. Please contact us before your trip to confirm availabilityand any particular requirements.
Of course, they also have complete Nitrox facilities for open circuit divers.
What’s the diving like in the Wakatobi region? What will I see?
The Indo-Pacific region is considered a biodiversity hot spot, benefiting fromthe currents and nutrients transported between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.Within that area, the Wakatobi region is near the epicentre of coral reefbiodiversity. The hundreds of kilometres of reef structure in the Wakatobi National Marine Park provide everyimaginable marine animal, including whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, tunas,barracudas, marlin and more.
The area is teeming with hundreds, if not thousands of different fish species.For instance, Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology at the Boston University MarineProgramCentre for Ecology and Conservation Biology, counted 301 fishspecies on a 100 minute dive at Wakatobi Dive Resort’s house reef in 2004.
For photographers, this means wide-angle, normal and macro opportunitiesabound.
Do you offernight diving?
Yes. Most certainly they do. Every day the “pool’s open” (the oceanthat is) for shore based night diving. Some days they also offer boat nightdiving (to see mandarin fish for example) and that schedule depends onconditions.
Do you allow spearfishing?
No. they encourage all the guests to respect the marine environment, leaving ituntouched so others may enjoy in the future.
What sizestanks do you have? Are they aluminum or steel?
they have 7.5 L (50 cbf), 12 L (80cbf), 15 L (100 cbf). All are aluminium.
Do I need to bring along my dive certification card (c card)?
Yes, if you want to dive.Are drinksincluded in the price?
Meal drinks such as water, juice, tea, and coffee are included free of charge.Sodas, beer and wine as well as cocktails, mocktails and specialty coffees areavailable at an additional cost
What kind of food can I expect to the served?
the executive chef serves up an excellent and delicious mix of internationaland local dishes. Just about any special dietary need can be met, but pleaselet us know in advance what if have specific requests or dietary restrictions.
Is the foodgood at Wakatobi?
Put simply it’s great! the team of top-trained Balinese chefs preparedelicious, ample and healthy meals using fresh produce that they fly in from Bali and overseas. Added to this, there are loads ofday-fresh tuna sashimi, excellent soups, barbecued fish, fresh fruits, steaksand oriental specialties. Be sure to save room for one of the decadent dessertsmade fresh every day by the pastry chef. Meals are generally served buffet orfamily-style in the Longhouse dining area. We’ll also host a beach barbeque ortwo during your stay. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know inadvance. In the lounge, they supply complimentary instant coffee, black tea andcookies around the clock. Diversitea Herbal tea for Divers is also availablefor a nominal charge.
For only $5 per day, you get unlimited Diversitea, both Original Blend andSunset Blend, and a $15 Diversitea Sport Bottle to take home as a Souvenir. Diversitea helps to reduce the fatigue often experienced by divers when doingmultiple repetitive dives. Sunset tea helps to relax you at the end ofthe day, or after that thrilling Night dive!
What kind of clothing should I bring along?
Bathing suits and t-shirts are the order of the day. Dress is usually informalin Indonesiadue to the warm, humid climate and lightweight fabrics are recommended. Lightwindbreakers, wraps, or sweatshirt should also be considered as it does cooldown at night (or in case of the occasional rain storm).
What is the air / water temperature?
Air temperature is in general around 30 °C during the day and nicely cooler inthe evening. Water temperature is a fairly cool 26-28 °C (79-82°F). theyrecommend a full body 5 mm dive suit, especially for divers making severaldives in a day.
Does the resort provide anytoiletries?
they have hair dryers on request and in all rooms there is high-qualityWakatobi-branded shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, towels and everythingelse you would expect from a real resort. they also have electrical converters ifwant to bring your own electric razor or hair dryer.
I’m not a diver. Is there anythingfor me to do at Wakatobi?
Onemobaa Island, which Wakatobi Dive Resort is located, is roughly 8 square kilometres(3 square miles), which allows for nice walks (or jogs / runs) across theisland on the various foot paths that over the years have developed between theresort and the village that lies on the opposite end of the island. Behind theresort, one can find shallow sink holes that can be explored with snorkellingequipment and a dive light. they offer volleyball and badminton as well as moreleisurely pursuits such as board games, a selection of movies and a fairlyextensive library. A television set with VCD and VHS players is located in theLonghouse lounge area, along with a CD/ cassette stereo system. Of course,there’s always the beach that offers world-class snorkelling, or more simply,just a relaxing view.
Do you offer massages?
Yes! they have both male and female local massage therapists with strong hands, agentle touch and a real knack for providing relief to sore muscles and tension.Popular among both men and women, a massage session after a long day of divingcan be a real blessing. And contrary to many other places in the world, amassage session in the resort is affordable!
Is theremalaria in the Wakatobi region?
The risk of getting Malaria in the Wakatobi region is very, very low.
There have been the odd cases among the locals who’s been bitten by mosquitoesimported by transiting sailors, but none of the clients or staff have, as faras they can determine, in over a decade ever contracted Malaria.
they normally don’t recommend that divers take medication as it often createsmood swings and drowsiness and other discomforts. However, they leave the finaldecision entirely up to the individual.
If you’re planning a trip to other parts of Indonesia, please consult a good traveller’shealth resource like the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/travel/ for the latestinformation on medicine recommendations.
Do I need vaccinationsbefore I travel to Indonesia?
When travelling in the tropics, it is wise to be up to date with Typhoid,Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and a current Polio protection. As parts of Indonesiaare in a malaria zone (not Wakatobi), please check with your physician ormedical centre on the type of prophylactic you should use and ask:
Is it compatible with diving?
What are the known side effects? Make sure you take the appropriatemedications in time before you start the trip.
Do I need toworry about avian/bird flu when I travel to Wakatobi?
The simple answer is no–for several reason. Let us explain.
In recent news reports, you may have heard warnings or concerns about the avianflu and travel to Southeast Asia. While thereis concern in regards to the avian flu, the great majority of concern isdirected towards the possibility of the flu mutating into something that couldspread from human to human. To this date, that has not happened.
Here are some facts: Avian Influenza H5N1 (bird flu) is not a human epidemic. Travellersor tourists have never died of bird flu in Asia.The U.S. Centres for Disease Control (cdc.gov) has not recommended that thepublic avoid travel to any of the countries affected by the bird flu.
The CDC does recommend sensible precautions when travelling abroad. Most of theknown cases of bird flu involve farmers and livestock workers in direct contactwith poultry, so avoid touching chickens and ducks (even those that appearhealthy) and surfaces that might be contaminated with poultry faeces orsecretions.
Wash your hands often to kill potentially infectious material; if soap isn’tavailable, use an alcohol-based hand gel.
If you’re going to eat chicken, make sure it’s been thoroughly cooked; fluviruses are destroyed by heat.
Just remember, bird flu is not confined to Asia.Outbreaks have been reported in Africa and Europewhere poultry has been culled on a mass scale to stop its spread to otherbirds. Most recently, the bird flu was reported in Canada.
The Centres for Disease Control web site is an excellent resource for more birdflu information, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/. In addition, the World HealthOrganization has a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions,http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/avian_faqs/en/index.html.
At Wakatobi, your safety and well-being are the foremost concerns. they areclosely monitoring the situation and they will take proper precautions as eventswarrant. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Do I need a passport or visa to visit Indonesia?
Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 monthsafter your entry into Indonesiaand must have at least one totally clear page for the visa sticker.
The current regulations in full are thus:
11 countries and territories are eligible for a “Visa Free”facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will begranted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at anIndonesian international gateway without charge:
Nationals of the following 63 countriesare now eligible to purchase a non-extendable visa on arrival for either USD 10(for a maximum of 7 days) or USD 25 (for a maximum of 30 days). All Wakatobiand Pelagian guests require a 30 day visa.
If you are staying in Indonesia for longer than 30 days, you will needto apply for a 60 tourist visa in advance of your arrival in Indonesia.
All other nationals should apply for visas in their home country beforedeparture for Indonesia.There will be no leniency for nationals of countries not listed above shouldthey arrive without a valid visa - they will be sent home immediately.
UScitizens are entitled to buy a visa upon your arrival for 30 days for $25 USD.
Since visa regulations change quite frequently, they strongly suggest that youcheck the above requirements with your travel agent, or with the airline youintend flying with.
Although many taxes and security fees will be included in the cost of your airticket, Indonesialevies an international departure tax of Indonesian Rupiah 150,000 (aboutUS$15.00) at Denpasar airport. Please ensure that you have enough Indonesiancurrency available to pay this fee on the day of departure from Indonesia
What is the time difference at Wakatobi?
GMT +8 hours (Bali, Nusa Tenggara, SouthEastKalimantan and Sulawesi)
Do all the bungalows have separatebathrooms?
Yes. All the bungalows have their own toilet and hot cold fresh water showers. they supply towels and an exclusive range of Wakatobitoiletries.
Are thebungalows air conditioned?
Yes. However, air conditioning is generally not necessary asthe resort is on an island far out from mainland which ensures there is alwaysa gentle sea breeze to cool you down. All the rooms are cross ventilated andfitted with ceiling fans and mosquito nets. During part of the season they evenhave to provide blankets!
I am comingas a single traveller. What are my accommodation options?
You can either purchase a single space on a trip and beprepared to share room with another guest, or upgrade to single occupancy whichcomes at a premium of 75%.
Is the resort appropriate for families?
Absolutely. Children (and adults alike) can enjoyworld-class snorkelling right off the beach in front of the resort. they alsohave babysitters available. Please ask a sales associate for more details.
What currencywill I need while I’m at Wakatobi?
On the resort, they accept US Dollars, Visa or MasterCard,Rupiah (local currency) and Euro. However, you can pay everything on creditcard - even the staff tips. they do suggest you change a little money while in Bali to cover incidentals along the way.
Please note that they do not accept travellers cheques. Also note that throughoutIndonesia, the best exchangerates for UScurrency will be for $100 dollar bills printed after 2000.
Can my familyreach me while I’m at Wakatobi?
Yes. Since 2007 there is a good chance, that your GSM phonesmight work in the resort through a public system on the island, which ishowever not always reliable. In addition, they have several satellite phones foruse in an emergency.
There’s also a PC available in the Lounge with Internet access in case you wantto check your email. You can also have friends/family email Wakatobi firstname.lastname@example.org and the staff will forward any messages along. Refer to theresort’s contact page for more information.
BTW, the internet access is possible due to a VSAT two-way 128 kb satelliteinternet connection. It’s not broadband, but given the remote location, itworks just fine. This connection powers both the resort’s PCs and can also beused for guest’s own laptops as there are LAN ports in every room! A WI-FInetwork is also up and running.
Is the water safe to drink at Wakatobi?
Yes. In 2003, they added a large capacity reverse osmosiswater purification system that ensures ample supply of fresh, potable water atall hours of the day.
Whatentertainment is available?
Wakatobi has a complete entertainment centre including a TV,VHS, DVD and CD player, cassette deck and stereo. The staff will have slide andvideo presentations during the week and guests are encouraged to do likewisewith the photos and videos they take. If you have a favourite movie, a slideshow or a video to share, they encourage you to bring it along! You may alsobring your own favourite music, movies, games, etc.
Are laundry facilities available while I’m at the resort?
Yes. they have a wash and dry service available.
Do you haveany facilities for photographers?
Yes. Located in the lower level of the Longhouse is a large,three-sectioned air-conditioned camera room with wall-length, padded workbenches. Both 220v and 110v power strips are already set up for yourrechargers. There is a fridge for 35mm film and various basic tools foradjustments of cameras, lights and housings.
Are there doctors and/or medical resources close toWakatobi?
As for the resort, they have a good stock of medical gear andmedication. Should that not be enough, there is a basic hospital on the neighbouringisland (sufficiently equipped for most general treatments).
In case of a serious medical incident, they have access to a medical evacuationplane service in Bali and worked out clearlydefined procedures.
Add to this Swiss perfection in maintaining all equipment, thoroughness inmanaging and training on-site security, and a highly qualified internationaldive staff (currently with an average of over 3000 dives)–you can rest assuredthat every possible effort is made that you’ll never need this service
There have in the past been travel warnings to Indonesia. Isit safe in the area around Wakatobi?
Yes. Though several areas of Indonesia (an enormous countryspanning over 3,500 miles) have gone through some rough times in the past fewyears, many other areas - that are separate from the trouble spots - remainvery safe to visit.
The situation in Bali and Wakatobi (your onlytwo stopovers) is that of peace, friendliness and stability.
People are often a little hesitant before they come here but immediately uponarriving they discover how calm and happy they feel here.
Not going to Wakatobi due to safety concerns in other parts of Indonesia is like avoiding Orlandobecause of crime problems in New York!The two places are far, far away from each other and a problem in one placedoesn’t really translate to a problem in the other.
Do yourecommend any special insurance?
Every effort is made to make sure your trip is holiday andcarefree. However, they do recommend you purchase trip cancellation/interruptioninsurance in the event of unexpected changes in your travel plans.
You should also have adequate medical insurance to cover any incidents. Checkwith your medical insurer before the trip to verify you’re covered while travellingabroad and scuba diving.
they also recommend you consider purchasing supplemental dive insurance, offeredby many firms such as Divers Alert Network (DAN), PADI, and Dive Assure. Thesecompanies offer specific dive-related policies that often include travel, gearand accident coverage all in one comprehensive policy.