A destination where you can dive the world’s most pristine reefs and experience remoteness from everyday life in total comfort. Situated on a beautiful tropical island in the remote and peaceful Wakatobi archipelago in the Banda Sea, Wakatobi Dive Resort offers what many consider to be the best reef diving in the world.
The team of professional chefs are highly trained and have years of experience working in other first class resorts and restaurants before joining the Wakatobi team. The food served is an international blend, combining Indonesian delicacies and flavors with dishes from around the world. For those that are adventurous there are exotic dishes and for those looking for comfort foods those are available as well. There are always multiple choices of starters, main courses and desserts. If you have special dietary needs the chefs will happily accommodate you. This is true whether it’s a food allergy or simply a preference. In order to provide the most varied meals while having everything ready as soon as groups of hungry divers arrive at the restaurant most meals are served buffet style – but not just any buffet. This one is constantly replenished and kept fresh and hot. No stale cold food here! For dinner there’s also a station for the day’s roast as well as a another one for the day’s soup – and let’s not forget a variety of desserts! Wait staff are on hand to serve drinks, whether you’re looking for a soda, a fresh fruit juice, beer or an imported highly-rated wine.
They also serve gourmet cappucino, espresso and a variety of teas. Should you wish to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning in your room they offer a la carte breakfasts served right in your Bungalow or Villa. For the ultimate romantic dining experience we offer private tete-a-tete dinners by the beach. Wakatobi has a spa area that can offer you a variety of treatments to make your stay even more enjoyable.
THE WAKATOBI VILLAS
For couples seeking the best – these are the nicest accommodations. Located on the northern end of the resort beach and perched on a rocky ledge with superb views over the ocean and sunset. Each villa is a modern design and constructed of earthy materials such as wood, glass and sandstone. They are more spacious than any of our other accommodations and are decorated for luxurious comfort and relaxation.
SELECT BEACH BUNGALOWS
The Select Beach Bungalows are located directly on the beach north of the jetty. They’re simply gorgeous! They all have huge front porches with comfortable lounge beds / cushions and a stunning views. They also have indoor bathrooms and Asian spa-style outdoor showers.
STANDARD BEACH BUNGALOWS
Front row with an ocean view on the south or west beach. See the fish jump, hear the gentle waves and listen to the birds – all while seated on the balcony or in one of the comfortable lounge chairs in front of your bungalow. The ones on the south end of the resort are the ones with the best breeze from the ocean and is an excellent choice for those who prefer to enjoy a holiday in the tropics without the use of air conditioning.
These very comfortable “cabanas” are located slightly behind and in-between the front-row bungalows amidst beautiful palm trees and other tropical plants. Available both on the south and west section of the Resort. Some garden bungalows have partial ocean view.
Wakatobi has all of the dive equipment you need to enjoy a state-of-the-art diving experience. If you wish to travel light, leaving your own equipment at home, they can supply everything you need at a very modest rental price. The boutique also has several items for sale, especially hoods and vests so that you can opt to layer your dive gear if you get cold from several days of amazing diving.
Many guests are underwater photographers. Therefore, they provide excellent facilities for working on your camera. The camera room is climate-controlled and has large work tables and storage shelving for all your camera gear. The workbenches have cushion pads to protect your equipment. The resort provide voltage-regulated power to charge all your batteries. There is plenty of light to allow you to work on your camera.
Behind the scenes Wakatobi has a modern compressor room and tank filling center with modern compressors and abundant capacity and storage to fill enough tanks to keep avid divers in the water 24/7 (if they desire that much bottom time).
Because of the very fortunate location there’s a wide range of superb dive sites within reach of the dive boats. There are more than 40 sites that are regularly dived, all accessible by a normally short boat ride. Boat rides range from 10 minutes up to a maximum of an hour away for a few of the furthest away sites. Most are within minutes from the resort.
The “signature dish”. This is what has made Wakatobi the number one choice among not only resort divers but also liveaboard lovers. World’s best shore diving. Simply get your gear and step right out on the beach, get in the water, flip your fins a few times and enjoy some of the most amazing reef life you will ever see. Here on the house reef you can spend hour upon hour throughout your stay. Sometimes you will enter from the beach, other times from the ladder at the jetty. Most dives will be in a slight current meaning that you will drift at various speeds along the reef while exploring it’s beauty. You can enter and exit the water right in front of the resort at high and medium tide while at low tide you will need to use the jetty or the canyon “second gully” at the corner of the island. Due to the location next to this unique island corner canyon you can shore dive at any tide! When getting in the water in front of the resort you will first gently drift over an area completely covered in lush sea grass. This is a superb macro site with tons of wondrous critters.
TAXI BOAT DIVING
The house reef is more than three (3) miles long. The resort offer a service that allows you to explore dive sites on the house reef normally not accessible from the resort. Due to the house reef being so expansive this adds several sites for you to enjoy. Simply let one of our dive guides know that you and a buddy (or a group of up to 6 divers) wish to go out with a tender boat and they will help you get your gear on board. Then, as the boat glides out over the reef you fine tune your gear and get ready for the dive. Once over the site you will do a back roll to enter the water.