Wakatobi Dive Liveaboards and Resort
Wakatobi National Park
Wakatobi is a portmanteau, meaning the name comes from the first letters of the four main islands: Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. The national park is the 3rd largest in Indonesia and one of the most well protected in the country.
Wakatobi diving is not necessarily known for big creatures, but the varied topography, health and diversity of coral make this one of the top dive destinations in the Coral Triangle. If you want to visit some of the most pristine reefs in the world in one of the most secluded dive destinations then you should consider booking a trip aboard a Wakatobi Dive Liveaboard or Resort.
Diving in Wakatobi
Best Time of Year: Wakatobi is a year-round dive destination. The rainy season is from December-February. As a result, you might be able to find deals during these months and still get to enjoy the amazing diving. If you want to dive Wakatobi under the best conditions consider traveling between March-October.
Peak season is April-May and September-November. As a result, you may experience more traffic during this time, but nowhere near the crowds of Komodo.
Air & Water Temperatures in Wakatobi
Wakatobi is located just South of the Equator on the Southeast tip of Sulawesi. As a result, both air and water temperatures stay between 78-86°F (26-30°C) year round.
Best Way to Experience and Dive Wakatobi
Wakatobi National Park covers 13,900 km², roughly the same area as the Bahamas. While Wakatobi Dive Resort is the most popular way to stay, our preferred way to travel would be by dive liveaboard. Most liveaboard focus on the more famous destinations of Komodo and Raja Ampat. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our featured Wakatobi Dive Liveaboards.
What you will see diving in Wakatobi
The diving in Wakatobi is less about big creatures and more about the seemingly endless reefs. The dive sites here don’t necessarily have a starting or ending point. Therefore you could dive the same area and have a different experience every time. In addition to the expansive reefs, over 900 species of fish have been identified here.
Best Wakatobi Dive Liveaboards
Liveaboard and Resort
MSY SeahorseWakatobi Focused and
All Star VeloceanWakatobi Focsed and
How to get to Wakatobi
If traveling to Wakatobi by Dive Liveaboard you will need to check where you board and disembark the vessel. Most liveaboards offer Wakatobi during a transition trip, in which case you might be boarding in Ambon, Alor or another destination. Wakatobi Focused itineraries will typically board in Wakatobi (private charter flights only for Wakatobi Dive Resort or Pelagian Guests) or from Buton (BUW) or Wangi Wangi (WNI) if joining another Wakatobi liveaboard.
The most direct flights originate from Denpasar Airport, Bali. If you are looking to extend your trip with a stay in Bali, have a look at our list of the best things to do in Bali.