Cool and Colorful

Published June 29, 2016 in CONSERVATION, MARINE LIFE

“I expected to see at least some bleaching during my ten days snorkeling at Wakatobi, but I saw none,” says guest Paul Moliken who visited in January 2016. There continues to be little to no signs of bleaching, and the hard corals are showing strong coloration, which is an indicator of excellent health. One side effect of the cooler water was that visibility for the past year averaged about 25 meters (80 feet) instead of the usual 35 meters (110 feet), likely due to cool currents bringing more plankton. These extra nutrients, however, are appreciated not only by the thriving fish populations but also the corals themselves.

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Cooler currents bringing more plankton are clearly appreciated by thriving fish populations as well as the corals themselves. Photo by Marco Fierli, marcof8.com

Prevention pays off

Drop in at any dive site around Wakatobi Resort and you will find thriving reefs covered in rich growths of healthy hard and soft corals. “I have spent a lot of time diving in some of the worlds favorite spots, but I can’t think of another place where I saw so much life in such good condition as at Wakatobi,” says Simon. “I was assured that the reefs have been getting healthier and healthier as time has passed. Certainly what I saw is testament to this,” he says. “As such I will return to the resort in November [2016] for yet more exhilarating diving and stellar photography opportunities!”

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The reefs surrounding Wakatobi Resort are some of the healthiest on the planet. Photo by Didi Lotze

We’re thankful that our conservation efforts continue to bear fruit. To this end the Wakatobi Collaborative Reef Conservation Program is now one of the world’s largest privately-funded marine protection programs and one of the largest marine-protected areas. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that our reefs remain healthy and vibrant, not only for our enjoyment, but for that of future generations.

Visit Wakatobi —sooner than later— to experience our thriving reefs!  We’re easy to reach via private charter flights from Bali to the island every Monday and Friday. Learn more here.

Contact us at office@wakatobi.com or complete a trip inquiry at wakatobi.com.

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