Diving in Wakatobi
Having some of the most pristine reefs and wall diving on this planet, Wakatobi liveaboards offer the amazing, world-class diving experience in the world. This remote island in Sulawesi, Indonesia is basically a group of four islands Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko islands in the Banda Sea, and is home to some outstanding coral and biodiversity. If you choose Wakatobi for diving, you will find plenty of critters and other pelagic species.
Wakatobi has been preserved under UNESCO Marine Park, which has greatly helped to protect and in turn expanding the marine life and diversity. Due to this, there are not many activities to do on this island other than diving and snorkelling. There are over 40 dive spots in Wakatobi out of which the most popular ones are, House Reef, Cornucopia, Coral Garden, and Roma.
Unlike Komodo, Wakatobi does not have huge aquatic creatures, but it still has Blacktip Reef Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, and Grey Sharks on several dive sites. You can quite easily come across Eagle Rays and Turtles too. However, this group of islands is a heaven for the macro photographers, who come here from all around the world to capture some breathtaking shots of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, and newly discovered species of the Ghost Pipefish. These waters consist of unusually healthy reefs, which attract around an astonishing 700 species of fish and 400 species of coral. If you are lucky, you can even see manta rays and whale sharks any time of the year.
Wakatobi is one of the more dry regions of Indonesia, which along with its brilliant preservation over the years, has resulted in remarkably clean underwater conditions in this island. This makes these waters dive-able round the year. Wakatobi receives rains in January and February, which are not too bad to avoid diving. The best season to dive around is from March to December, and especially in July and August. The water temperature in these months is reasonably warm, marking up to 30 Celsius. Sometimes the weather in Wakatobi is so accommodating that you can even devise your own Asia Liveaboard route according to your liking.
Because of the no rivers or rains, there is little to no erosion of soil underwater, which keeps the visibility outstanding, ranging up to 60m, making this liveaboard experience exceptionally amazing.
If you are looking specifically for pilot whales, you should book your Wakatobi liveaboard somewhere from November to April.
How to get to Wakatobi
The most straightforward way to Wakatobi is to fly from Bali. To get to Bali you will have to take either a direct or a connecting flight, considering where in the world you are flying from. Then you have to take a chartered flight of Pelagian liveaboard from Bali International Airport to Wangi-Wangi which will take around 2-3 hours, and will add to your liveaboard costs. Wangi-Wangi is the capital of the Wakatobi, and this is also the liveaboard port of the islands from where your only means of roaming between the islands is by liveaboards.
Another way to reach this island is by taking a flight from Jakarta or Makassar, to Kendari. You can either take another plane or a boat to Wangi-Wangi, depending upon your budget and travel preferences. It would be best for you to discuss your options with your Asia liveaboard operator in order to enjoy the diving experience in Wakatobi in the best conditions, without any hassle.