Dive into the underwater beauty of Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi
One of the most beautiful underwater paradises in the world is in Indonesia, to be precise Wakatobi National Park. This amazing tour is located in Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi. Due to its incomparable beauty, this national park has become one of the world's top tourist destinations for divers.
Southeast Sulawesi Wakatobi
Consists of Four Main Islands
The Wakatobi area of Sulawesi has four main islands, namely Wangiwangi, Kalidupa, Tomia, and Binongko. When viewed more clearly, the name Wakatobi itself is an abbreviation of the four islands.
In addition to the four main islands, Wakatobi also has other islands that are no less beautiful. Tourists can visit Hoga, Kapota, Anano, and Rundumana islands. With an area of about 1,39 million hectares, Wakatobi was designated a national park in 1996 by UNESCO.
Wakatobi World Underwater Heaven
It's not the beauty of the most beautiful coral on the island of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago, which you can find in Bali watersports Nusa Dua only. However, Wakatobi is known to foreign countries because of its enchanting underwater beauty. Wakatobi became famous after the Wallacea Expedition in 1995 which stated that this area is rich in coral species.
Just imagine, from a total of 850 coral species in the world, 750 of them are in Wakatobi. Of course, this is an amazing finding and made Wakatobi quickly spread its popularity.
In addition, more than 112 species of coral from 13 families can be found in Wakatobi. Meanwhile, for fish in Wakatobi waters, tourists can find more than 90 types of fish.
In addition, Wakatobi is also home to several types of seabirds such as the Brown Rock Swan, Malay plover, and the Erasian King Shrimp.
Wakatobi sulawesi is also included in the "Coral Tiangle” or the coral triangle. Areas located in Coral Triangle save the diversity of coral reefs and other marine life. This region includes the Philippines,
Indonesia, to the Solomon Islands.
Turning from coral reefs, tourists can also find great guests in Wakatobi. The great guest was none other than the sperm whale who made this area his playground. Sperm whales are usually found when the seas in other parts of the world are freezing, around November.
At that time, the waters of Wakatobi have a warm temperature that is able to invite sperm whales to stop by.
Wakatobi is also a playground for manta rays which have giant bodies. This distinctive and unique fish can only be found in tropical waters. For lovers of manta rays, of course Wakatobi can be a tourist choice that is second to none.
With a variety of underwater wealth, Wakatobi is touted as one of the paradises for diving by many divers in the world.
This is quite reasonable considering this area has also become a national park. Many world tourists, especially divers, make Wakatobi one of their main tourist destinations.
Dive into the underwater beauty of Wakatobi
A trip to Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi would not be complete without diving activities. There are several points in Wakatobi that can be visited. Of course, each location has its own beauty and uniqueness. There are four points that are said to be the best dive sites, namely Coral Garden, Cornucopia, House Reef, and Rome.
One of the dive points, Rome, is one of the favorites. This dive point is in the waters of Tomia Island. The waters of Rome are only 15 to 20 meters deep. This location is suitable and safe for tourists who are just learning to dive.
Schools of colorful fish such as red-tooth tigerfish will welcome tourists to this location. In addition, charming coral reefs and seaweed also add to the beauty so that tourists will feel at home to dive into these waters.
Throughout the year, the water temperature in Wakatobi ranges from 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. This temperature is good enough for diving activities. Usually, this area will be crowded in April – May and September – November.
After diving, tourists can enjoy the view of the Wakatobi sea, while chatting with cute dolphins. One of the best places to watch dolphins is Mola Raya Harbor. This location can be reached within 20 minutes from Wanci Town, Wangi-wangi.
Various Other Interesting Tours in Wakatobi
Even though it is famous for its underwater tourism, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, still has a variety of other tours that are a pity to miss.
One that can be an alternative is Hoga Beach. This beach has a stretch of white sand and coconut trees that line up so it looks beautiful. In addition to offering its natural beauty, in this area there is also an underwater laboratory that can be visited by tourists.
Besides the waters, tourists are also advised to enjoy culinary delights in Wakatobi. One that must be tasted is the tempting kasuami. This dish is made from grated cassava which is formed solid, then steamed. This kasuami dish is served while still hot, side by side with parende fish soup which is a typical Wakatobi dish.
After enjoying the culinary delights, tourists can spend the afternoon at Bukit Kayangan located on Tomia Island. This location is the most beautiful place to enjoy the panorama of the islands in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi.
In addition, this place is also the best spot to enjoy a romantic twilight time. No wonder this hill is a favorite area for tourists to camp. Enjoying a star-studded night will make your trip to Wakatobi even more complete. (M)
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