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Hotel category
5 Star
Rooms
28
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
YES

Resort Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site and biodiversity hot spot
  • Sea turtles, macro life, octopus, anchor coral and more
  • Exotic nature trails, white sand beaches, crystal clear seas
  • Air-conditioned eco villas with en-suite bathrooms, local art
  • All-inclusive resort with waterfront spa, gym, library
  • Freshly prepared fine dining, marine wildlife shows
  • Flights to and from the resort are scheduled on Mondays and Fridays

Resort Description

Wakatobi Dive Resort is an all inclusive eco dive resort based in Indonesia’s Sulawesi Sea

Within this UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve and macro heaven, look out for cuttlefish, lionfish, sea turtles, scorpionfish, pufferfish, mantis shrimp, octopus, bubble coral shrimp, anchor coral, sea slugs and more. 

Tropical vegetation is lined with a white sand beach and turquoise waters. The resort made up of traditionally styled buildings with wooden floors and thatched roofs, linked by sandy floored paths through the trees. 

Each hand crafted and air-conditioned villa is furnished with neutral pieces, breezy drapes and colourful local paintings.

The restaurant serves freshly prepared, refined cuisine using local ingredients from breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Facilities include a gym, spa, library and souvenir shop. Regular marine wildlife shows are arranged. 
 

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Explore diving around the Wakatobi Dive Resort

Best dive sites in Bali

USAT Liberty – Bali’s most famous dive site and a chance to see a resident school of bumphead parrotfish, black sand muck diving combined with a coral encrusted wreck. The USAT (United States Army Transport) Liberty was awaiting repairs on the shore when lava flow from an erupting Mount Agung pushed her back into the water where she now lays on her side. Starting at just over 5 meters and extending down to 30 meters this wreck is a marine life hotspot. Look out for barracuda, turtles, pygmy seahorses on fans, numerous species of nudibranch, sting rays and a wealth of critters. Gili Tepekong – These magnificent rock pinnacles are encrusted with a vibrant mix of hard and soft corals and offer stunning underwater topographies ranging from walls and slopes to canyons and swim throughs. Biomass here is exceptional with hoards of fish occupying the reef. It is a great site for spotting reef sharks, seasonal Mola Mola and when looking out to the blue - anything is possible! Due to mild-strong currents, Gili Tepekong is an advanced dive site and is recommended for experienced divers. Gili Selang – Starting out on the black sand slope you’ll be impressed by the variety of nudibranch and other macro critters as you head down to the top of the reef. The reef and wall offer gorgonian fans, rope sponges, branching corals, occasional bommies, colourful soft corals and barrel sponges in the deeper areas. Look out for moray eels, trevally, cuttlefish and pygmy seahorses camouflaged in the fans with schooling fusiliers and passing pelagics in the blue. Due to mild-strong currents, Gili Selang is an advanced dive site and is recommended for experienced divers. Eel Garden – This is a beautiful dive site which takes its name from a sandy ridge, populated by literally hundreds of garden eels which sway to and fro in the plankton rich currents. That’s not all though, this is a diverse dive site where you can spot passing pelagics and a wealth of critters on the reefs and sandy slopes. Underwater Temple – Also known as “Temple garden” or “Taman Pura” this site is an artificial reef designed to look like a traditional Balinese temple. There are sunken stone statues of Buddha and Ganesha behind ornate Balinese gateways. If there was ever a site that reflected Balinese spiritualism underwater, this is it! Bali is home to innumerable dive sites which offer diverse topographies and marine life. Other notable sites in Bali include: Coral Gardens, Napoleon Reef, Secret Bay, Jemeluk Bay and Blue Lagoon.

What to see

Bali is one of the most diverse underwater environments the ocean has to offer. Famous for sightings of mola molas, manta rays and sharks it would be easy to overlook the other riches available. Tuna and barracuda stalk the reef. Vibrancy comes from in the from the 2500 varieties of reef fish that make Balis reefs their home. Octopus, cuttlefish and scorpion fish hide in plain sight. Divers will often encounter turtles here. Play close attention for the macro and muck diving delights. Discover pygmy seahorses, mimic octopus, frogfish and an array of nudibranch. No matter how long you have been diving, unless you have been to Bali before, you are virtually guaranteed to see so many fish and critters that you have never seen before.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Beachfront 5* Dive Resort in Bunaken National Marine Park 
  • Convenient diving on (usually) hard to reach reef systems
  • 40+ dive sites between 10 minutes and 1 hour's drive
  • 85% of world’s marine species 
  • Sea turtles, octopus, cuttlefish, shrimp, seahorses, nudibranchs and more
  • One-to-one instruction and fun diving
  • Solo diving, Fluo diving 
  • Snorkelers are welcome to join divers at most sites, instruction is offered

Description

Wakatobi Dive Center is a PADI 5* Resort that places the utmost value on reef protection. 

Boat dives run in the morning and the afternoon, and night diving is possible daily. 6 spacious boats are moored next to the dive center, and each contain emergency oxygen, first aid kits, and VHF radios.

Facilities include air conditioning, classrooms, fish ID books, camera room, battery charging station, warm water showers, a training pool and filling station.  

A full range of PADI recreational courses are offered, including deep, night and underwater videographer specialties. One-to-one fun dives or training can be arranged. 

Experience unique Fluo diving- not to be confused with bioluminescence (or phosphorescence), fluorescence is the absorption of one wavelength of light and emission of another. See marine life in a whole new light!

Solo diving is allowed for experienced, instructor level and ‘reef friendly’ divers with adequate back-up gear. 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Thick (5-7Mm) Wetsuits ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station
  • Rebreather Friendly

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front
  • Housereef
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Ping Pong
  • Hiking
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Yoga

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Kosher Food

Wellness

  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • Wakatobi Resort's private air charter provides a direct connection to and from Bali’s International Airport for an additional charge (please inquire). 
  • Flights to and from the resort are currently scheduled on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Check-in time for charter flights from Bali to Wakatobi's private airstrip is 6:45am (strongly advised to arrive the day before).
  • In Bali International Airport you will be assisted by Wakatobi Resort's concierge team.
  • You will also enjoy access to a VIP airport lounge for refreshments and breakfast upon morning check-in for the flight to the resort. 
  • If you wish to arrange your own transportation you need to book a domestic flight from Bali to Makassar or Kendari; from here you can schedule local flights to Wangi-Wangi, and after a one-night stay, a local ferry to Tomia Island where you will be greeted by a member of our resort staff.

Departure

  • If you have booked with the private air charter, your arrival back into Bali Domestic Airport will be mid-afternoon. To ensure a reasonable connection time, please only arrange onward connects after 5:30pm.

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