A mere 20 metres from your bed, you can simply fin into the paradise that is Wakatobi's House Reef. Breakfast has never heard so much enthusiastic chatter as it does here, with tales abounding of the delights of what many call "The Best House Reef In The World".
First you swim along a sandy bottom of snake eels and flounders, blue-spotted rays and shrimp gobies before reaching the drop-off where, after greeting the resident school of trevallies, you can descend to 12 metres and check out the as yet unnamed species of pygmy seahorse, resident on a sea fan.
Then gently drift along the craggy wall past beautiful pristine corals and anemones housing all manner of shrimps, crabs and nudibranchs. There is so much to see here with the lionfish, scorpionfish and batfish, that if you aren't careful you might miss the sight of a few early morning turtles and eagle rays about their business in the blue.
It is little wonder that, given both the beauty and proximity of this dive, many divers come back here in the evening. With your torch at the ready you can marvel at this extraordinary explosion of colour just a hop, skip and a giant stride from your bed.
House Reef Reef Basics: Fringing reef
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 15 - 80m
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 26 - 29°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: March to December
Distance: Onemobaa Island
Access: Wakatobi diving liveaboards
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