For divers willing to journey off Indonesia’s beaten path, Wakatobi provides some of the most colorful diving in the world. Liveaboard diving here is perfect for underwater photographers.
Wakatobi National Park and its four islands are Southeast Sulawesi’s premier diving location. This area has some of the highest rated dive sites in the world. Here you’ll find 25 pristine coral reefs as well as pinnacles, ridges, ledges and overhangs. Furthermore, Wakatobi is home to more than 900 species of fish including numerous rare macro critters, making this part of Indonesia ideal for underwater photographers. Keep in mind that Wakatobi is a remote paradise. To dive from a resort, you’ll need to fly in using a small aircraft, so traveling here is best done by liveaboard. Typical itineraries last 7 to 11 days, and the best time to dive in Wakatobi is from March to December.