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Once you've landed at Wakatobi in southern Sulawesi onboard the exclusive private plane charter from Bali, you'll discover a relaxed, tranquil and remote dive resort with all the modern comforts, but untouched and untroubled by modern stress - calm your senses in this true tropical vacation paradise! What was once considered frontier diving is now made easy with the charter flights and the professionally run property.
You can make unlimited shore dives on the World's best house reef, plus you have endless miles of extraordinary, exquisite coral reefs which make Wakatobi diving a real pleasure. Seasoned divers have found these unblemished reefs to be among the finest they have ever visited. Combine this with the comfort and friendliness of Wakatobi Resort and you can see why it is winning such rave holiday reviews.
The Wakatobi Dive Resort is committed to sustainable eco-tourism through integrated marine conservation and community involvement. Local co-operation has meant protection of the natural resources to the benefit both of the nearby fishing villages and those of us who love to explore the underwater world.
There are deluxe beachfront and standard bungalows. In addition, the Wakatobi Resort now has new Cliff Villas - these facilities are far more spacious and luxurious, with fantastic sunset and oceans views.
All the accommodations have:
Air-conditioning and fan
Private sea view balcony with furniture
Private bathroom and shower with hot water
Toiletries and towels
Minibar with coffee and tea facilities
International telephone and LAN ports for 24 hour internet connection
Unlimited diving - dive as much or as little as you like! The Wakatobi scuba menu includes a beach dive before breakfast, a 2-tank boat trip before lunch, afternoon taxi boat dives on the "world's best house reef" (or a third boat dive) and night time beach or boat dives before and after dinner.
The Wakatobi sites include vibrant coral reefs, rich sea-grasses, dramatic slopes and walls, lush sea mounts and caverns. There are excellent opportunities for drift diving and critter encounters.
Boat trips include coffee, tea and drinking water and a divemasters. Nitrox is also available.
Wakatobi lives the belief that protecting the reefs is an integral part of running a sustainable resort operation. Scuba divers coming to enjoy the reefs, propel our reef conservation efforts around the Wakatobi Archipelago.
The Wakatobi Collaborative Reef Conservation Programme aligns the interests of the locals and the diving community. Local fishing communities obtain a fair share of the income generated by dive tourism in exchange for adopting more sustainable practices, such as leaving large stretches of reef completely untouched, and the surrounding villages receive financial incentives to improve their infrastructure. Other contributions go towards education and strengthening local support for the Wakatobi marine park.
Here agreements are reached among peers without the need to preach or apply pressure. The local communities become defenders of these precious underwater properties, a valued source of cash flow for them. You, the holiday diver, can visit Wakatobi and enjoy many miles of the finest reefs on the planet with a good conscience.
You can enjoy a variety of complimentary activities at Wakatobi - hiking, beach volleyball, badminton, cultural village tours, snorkelling and bird watching.
Lounge in a palm tree hammock with a book or indulge yourself with a relaxing massage! Open your senses and tune in to nature.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant - Dive centre with underwater photography and video editing suite - Satellite colour TV -Book, DVD, video and music & marine library - Business centre with international telephone, PCs, internet, fax, CD burners - Boutique - Massage - Laundry service
Location: Onemobaa Island, Wakatobi Archipelago, Banda Sea, South East of Sulawesi
The nearest re-compression chamber is in Denpasar in Bali, 2.5 hours flight south west from Wakatobi. Treatment in Bali is not covered so scuba divers should have their own dive holiday insurance policy - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation.
Wakatobi Dive Resort has oxygen on site, and there is an established evacuation procedure with an air rescue company. This is covered by Wakatobi's own insurance policy.
1 divemaster is provided for every 6 divers. There is a local hospital on the neighbouring island for common injuries.
The property features on-site security and a wide range alert network. Wakatobi is one of the most remote outposts in the world so is not known for loitering hoodlums on the island!