Due to its prime location in the center of the coral triangle, SCUBA diving is obviously one of the main attractions of the Wakatobi islands. As the second largest coral reef in the world, the vast combination of soft and hard formations of pristine reefs is sure to leave you in awe. Just a few of the adjectives put forth by previous Wakatobi visitors describe the marine gardens as colourful, enormous, eye-popping, lush, psychedelic, rainbowed, riotous, and stupendous. Many divers with years of experience exploring the subsurface terrains of numerous countries across the globe claim Wakatobi as the easily the most diverse and beautiful coral reef in the world.
An amazing variety of lively ocean creatures enhance the beauty of the already exquisite underwater landscape, adding colour and life to every inch of coral. The abundance of fish species alone are enough to create an almost endless list from the lovely Picasso Trigger Fish to the lurking Hammerhead Shark. Schools of Manta Rays glide overhead, while lobsters, starfish, sea cucumbers and anemones adorn the ocean floors and walls.
With over forty-five available dive spots across the islands, there is more than enough to see and do to keep a dive fanatic occupied for the entire duration of his stay—and more. More dive spots are still being explored, creating the opportunity for guests to visit areas of the ocean never before seen by man.
Not a diver? Fear not! There are plenty of waters shallow enough for beginner divers and snorkelers alike to enjoy a glimpse of this fascinating ocean paradise. Another must-do for marine lovers: Hop on a boat to take you deeper out to sea, and observe dolphins and pilot whales roaming free in their natural environment. Larger whales such as sperm whales and grey whales may also sometimes be seen. A host of other water activities are also available such as banana boat rides, rental jet-skis, and even learning to sail in a traditional dugout canoe.
Pay a visit to Mola, one of the stilted Bajo villages on Wangi-Wangi Island. While there, you can take a peek at the traditional seaweed farms and see how these peculiar, yet intriguing sea people have survived for centuries living on and in the water.
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