There are some experiences in life that shouldn’t be missed. Like floating weightless in warm, crystal-clear water immersed in the life and eye-popping colour of a coral reef.
Fortunately, there’s a place on Earth where such an experience lives up to the expectation. Wakatobi Resort, in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, is an iconic destination prized by divers, snorkellers and water lovers for its pristine surroundings, spectacular underwater landscapes and brilliant diversity of marine life.
Though remote and unspoiled, this small island in Indonesia’s Banda Sea is easily reached via direct charter flight from Bali to the resort’s own airstrip. On arrival, settle into a private bungalow or waterfront villa set in a beachside palm grove before making your way to the resort’s famous House Reef.
Explore House Reef
Part of the UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve and just a few fin strokes from the resort beach, House Reef is brimming with healthy corals, seagrass meadows and fascinating marine life. It’s this lush diversity that earned it the title of world’s best shore dive.
Available to guests day and night (yes, you can even go night diving), the reef has both shallow and deeper coral formations, accommodating everyone from young and novice snorkellers to veteran divers and avid underwater photographers.
Wakatobi also operates a fleet of spacious, custom-built dive boats that make daily trips to more than 40 unique sites within the marine preserve. Professional and attentive in-water guides are always available onboard to assist with equipment, lead dives or point out the reef’s rare and intriguing marine life.
Many sites visited by boat are equally suitable for both divers and snorkellers, allowing mixed groups and families to share the experience.
Back on land
Back on land, Wakatobi Resort has families firmly in mind, offering nanny services, engaging children’s programs and a culinary team that can accommodate special dietary requests, and provide kid-pleasing meals and treats.
Families and small groups can even charter a private boat to enjoy the reef at their own pace, head off on a boat cruise to explore the island or plan a private beachside dining experience.