The Wakatobi islands are a remote treasure chest of unspoiled natural beauty. Located in the Sulawesi this area is the perfect destination for travellers looking for a tranquil islands getaway far from the sun worshipping crowds.
Celebrated as having one of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world, Wakatobi has no shortage of attractions.
Come here for an enriching experience where you can explore the breathtaking surroundings, indulge in the unique food and culture and participate in a number of refreshing activities.
The second part of this amazing cruise off the beaten track congregates the atolls of Selayar and Taka Bonerate, where Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the legendary ocean explorer, claimed this area as possibly the finest dive site in the world. End of the trip in Bira, the cradle of the boat building in Indonesia with surprising dive sites and incredible active marine fauna.
The minimum level of certification is OWD + Adventure Deep Dive or AOW. Possibility to do the Adventure Deep Dive certification on board (40EUR to pay on board), or in any dive centers on land.
While this is the description of a typical Diving trip, actual trips may vary due to wind and sea conditions, weather or guests preference and adapted to Non Divers (snorkeling)
Upon arrival in Kendari, you will be picked up at airport by our team to join the boat. Welcome drink, boat briefing including safety rules on board and introduction of the crew members.
Dive test close to Kendari harbor.
Overnight sailing to Wangi Wangi island in Wakatobi archipelago.
Wangi Wangi and Kapotta
Wangi Wangi is the biggest and the most populated island in the area. It has several interesting dive spots. Walls, drop off, pinnacles or jetty host numerous reef fish in pristine waters. The boat anchors here for the night. Possible excursion to the villages nearby.
This little island is the place that has been chosen by scientists to establish their center of conservation research named « Operation Wallacea » in the 90’s. It is true that the island offers a marine life particularly rich. With its two highlight dive sites « Inner » and « outer » pinnacle, Hoga is fascinating in every possible way. Hiking in tropical surroundings and encounter with the nomadic Bajo people who live in the mangroves with multiple shades of blue. Magical. A solid mooring will allow us to spend a peaceful night.
Tomia is an island where an exclusive Diving Resort operates in Wakatobi region. Numerous dive sites can be explored between Tomia, Tolandono and Tokobao. The Roma spot is particularly remarkable, all of this in a breathtaking landscape… Wakatobi is a truly change of scenery. Exceptional excursion in the Bajo village of SAMPOWATU, where the houses on stilts have been built above a submerged reef.
A second day won’t be too much in this beautiful area. Diving along vertiginous walls with a 40 meters visibility is just fantastic. Others hikes are possible to immerse yourself in the culture and the local atmosphere. Sailing in the North of the neighbouring island of Binongko is spectacular too with its white sandy beaches, coconut trees and incredible blue-turquoise-green colored waters.
This island is located in the southeastern Wakatobi archipelago, particularly wild, stunning and very fishy. We will dive twice in this area before heading to the remote Batuata island at more than 100 miles from there. We will anchor in the morning.
Very fishy too with schools of barracudas and numerous green turtles. We can observe there some boats as traditional Lambos under construction on the coast and encounter some local people particularly curious. In the village, the women are spinning some traditional Indonesian sarongs. Magical. Overnight sailing to Taka Bonerate.
Again, another wonderful change of scenery. Second biggest atoll in the world, Taka Bonerate has been praised many times by the commandant Cousteau during his explorations. Its submerged reefs stretch on hundreds miles and it’s walls falling into the infinite abyss attract all kind of multicolor fishes.
South East Selayar
Operated by a Diving Resort since many years, this region of Selayar island is absolutely stunning and worthy for the best photoshoot. Coconut trees, deserted white sandy beaches, floating wood… The diving is great too and the walls are really fishy with a visibility of 40 to 50 meters.
Bira is a perfect area for diving. Kambing island particularly where we can observe Napoleons Wrasse, Tunas and school of fish. Liukanglu island has some beautiful slopes favourable to the macro life. The end of the day could be used to visit the shipyards of Bira. Best carpenters in Indonesia, the Konjo people build the Pinisi, traditional Indonesian wooden boats for generations. Indeed, the Bulukumba/Tanah beru/Bira region produce the most amazing vessels of the country.
End of the trip and transfer to your hotel.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.