In the opinion of many that have been scuba diving in Wakatobi, Roma is as good as any dive site in the world.
Sinking in through rays of light you will be instantly greeted by large schools of fusiliers, and red-tooth triggerfish swirling around. The centre point of the site is an extraordinary pinnacle teeming with life. Anywhere other than Wakatobi this pinnacle would be a dive in itself. Banded sea snakes are very common here and divers have seen them in double figures.
Aside from the pinnacle you can cruise around the other undulating mounds endowed with pristine coral and anemones. 2 of the smaller bommies are great for focusing on the macro life. One is home to several leaffish of green, white, yellow and black, sometimes perching in a pink sea fan. If you have the time and inclination you can search under reef boulders with your torch for the rare and beautifully patterned cometfish. All in all, Roma rules.
Roma Reef Basics: Coral pinnacles and bommies
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 15 - 80m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 26 - 29°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: March to December
Distance: ~5 km north of Onemobaa Island (15 minutes)
Access: Wakatobi dive liveaboards
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