Wakatobi is a luxury dive resort in south eastern Sulawesi. In a tranquil island setting far from crowds and cities, with no other divers for at least 100 miles, Wakatobi seamlessly blends five-star amenities and civilized comforts with a pristine natural environment; a pairing that has secured its reputation as one of the world’s finest resorts. Created with the vision to deliver the ultimate dive experience, the resort was established following an extensive search to identify the perfect location for a dive resort in terms of geography, climate, oceanic topography and marine biodiversity. To ensure its future they then created one of the world’s largest privately protected marine reserves in order to protect this special marine location.
With direct flights from Bali to the resort’s own airstrip, the resort is easily accessible to guests and offers the chance to arrive by lunchtime and enjoy an afternoon dive on the very first day. In keeping with its desire to provide luxury within nature, Wakatobi provides fine dining experiences from its beach restaurant, as well as extensive drinks options at the jetty bar.
Accommodation is in beautiful individual villas spread along the beachfront, with three different categories available. Palm bungalows are the most basic level, set slightly back from the beach. However they are still within easy reach of the sea and provide luxury amenities to ensure absolute comfort. Ocean view bungalows are situated right upon the beachfront, and give guests access to services such as priority diving (in smaller groups) and private concierge services. The ‘ultimate’ Wakatobi villas (one or two bedroom) are set upon private beachfronts and offer ultimate luxury with private pool and deck space, outdoor spa showers and bath tubs. These villas also include private butler service, private dive guides and one Fluo dive experience (using fluorescence to see sea life in a whole new way.
Wakatobi also offers another option for keen divers – The Pelagian dive yacht. This vessel follows the resort’s tradition of ultimate service and premier diving. Venturing into remote and seldom-visited corners of the Tukang Besi archipelago, guests enjoy cruises of discovery and adventure to distant reefs, verdant island lagoons and fecund muck diving sites.
Accommodation packages all include VIP greeting in Bali, all meals and snacks throughout your stay, satellite internet access, in-room aromatherapy soaps and lotions as well as amenities such as minibar, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer and safe. There is a jetty bar, longhouse lounge and beach restaurant, and options for private dining experiences if desired. On-site library, media room and spa.
Spectacular diving facilities means they can cater to air, nitrox or rebreather users, as well as free divers and snorkelers.
Wakatobi is located at the world’s epicentre of coral reef biodiversity and is designated a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve. This means that while diving at Wakatobi you can see the greatest variety and diversity of marine life. Over 700 species of corals live in the reefs, home to many colourful reef fish, seahorses, squid, rays, turtles and other unusual creatures.
Enjoy a relaxing treatment at the spa, browse the library or enjoy a marine life show in the Media room. Alongside diving, there are other water sports to enjoy such as kite surfing, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Alternatively, enjoy a yoga class or indulge in a spa treatment, take a tour of the local village or follow the Onemobaa nature trail from the resort for the chance to see bird life and monitor lizards.
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We had a fantastic trip and had some amazing wildlife encounters which we’ll always remember. We got to see everything we wanted and more.