DIVING & SNORKELING

Playing the Odds

Published April 22, 2014

Survival and reproduction on the reef While diving a coral reef, vibrant and bursting with activity, it’s easy to think of this ecosystem as a ‘magical kingdom’ with a community of strikingly beautiful creatures living in serene harmony. Yet, the appearance of serenity is a facade. Life within this coral metropolis can be very difficult. It’s a realm of “eat or be eaten,” with its own brand of ‘mean streets’ and a harsh set of rules. Let’s look at a few of the survival and procreation strategies used by marine creatures you are likely to see on Wakatobi’s reefs. Survival […]

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Bold Statements

Published April 18, 2014

On the coral reef defense tactics can be highly visual and deceptive Coral reefs are places of great beauty. But the tranquil appearance can be deceiving, as there are dangers everywhere for those who live among the corals. Reef communities are among the most densely populated environments on the planet. When predator and prey live so closely together, survival strategies become very important. Follow along for a few examples of the creative and bold defenses of some unique marine creatures found on Wakatobi’s reefs. Adapt or perish Fortunately, nature has bestowed a number of defense mechanisms, or adaptations, on marine life, […]

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A CCR Experience Without Equal

Published March 5, 2014

Reaping the benefits of closed-circuit scuba at Wakatobi Dive Resort With more than 20 kilometers of protected reef to explore, most visitors to Wakatobi find they run out of bottom time long before they run out of things to see. Short of growing gills, one of the best ways to rack up a bit more underwater exploration is to dive with a rebreather. In recent years, the popularity of closed-circuit rebreathers, aka CCR, has continued to increase among the recreational diving community. There are a number of advantages rebreathers provide, including the possibility of increased no-stop bottom times, the unit’s […]

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A Day in the Bay

Published February 4, 2014

It’s day three of your five-day cruise on the Pelagian dive yacht, and you’re looking forward to a type of diving you’ve read about, but not yet experienced. This trip began with a stay at Wakatobi dive resort, where you logged more than two-dozen dives on some amazing reefs and walls. By the end of the week, you could have flown home happy, but instead you opted for a second helping and added a cruise on Pelagian to expand your horizons and experience Wakatobi’s more distant islands and reefs. Follow along for a taste of this Pelagian experience, and enjoy the cruise! […]

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Horses of a different color

Published January 28, 2014

Though you might not guess it based on name or appearance, seahorses are actually fish, and pygmy seahorses are some of the smallest fishes in the sea. The largest specimens would barely stretch across a silver dollar coin. Their tiny size and near-perfect camouflage kept pygmy seahorses hidden from humans until very recently. But once discovered, they have become superstars of Indian Ocean reefs, and the favorite subject of a growing number of photographers. Pygmy central Wakatobi Dive Resort has earned a reputation as one of the premier locations in the world to find pygmy seahorses. The surrounding waters of […]

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Kings of Camouflage

Published January 12, 2014

With eight arms growing out of their heads, and three hearts pumping blue blood through their pliable, gelatinous bodies, cuttlefish may seem like creatures from another planet, but they actually thrive in abundant numbers on the colorful reefs of Wakatobi. Alien-like intelligence from the deep blue It could be lurking close by, blending in perfectly with the coral reef or a sea grass bed. But unless the cuttlefish chooses to reveal itself, you could swim right by this alien-like creature without even knowing it was there. Sometimes referred to as “the chameleon of the sea,” cuttlefish have a remarkable ability […]

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Sunrise to Sunset

Published December 10, 2013

Wakatobi guests Allan Saben and Erik Schlögl share a sample of their images taken one day – from sunrise to sunset, during a visit to Wakatobi. Enjoy this photo essay and learn about some of Wakatobi’s interesting marine life subjects.   It’s a new day on the coral reef and the first dive on the house reef begins as the sun rises slowly overhead. It’s a peaceful moment, as the creatures of the night find their niche to sleep off their nocturnal activities, while the creatures of the day slowly wake up and rise. As the sun comes up, Erik […]

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Vicariously Yours

Published October 26, 2013

“Wakatobi is the perfect backdrop of casual elegance and refined service. It is an idyllic place where creatures great and small co-mingle in harmony.”  Adrienne DeAngelis, Dec 2013 No description or photo can fully capture the adventure and magic that is Wakatobi. But you can enjoy a tantalizing taste of what awaits by being our guest for a “virtual slice of life” at the resort. So relax, follow along and let your mind wander while you visualize one perfect day at Wakatobi. A restful night’s sleep finds you eager to rise and greet the day. It’s just a few barefoot […]

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Pelagian: Wakatobi & Beyond

Published October 21, 2013

“The perfect dive vacation. We did five days on Pelagian and five days at the resort. Pelagian is the best liveaboard we have experienced in our 20 years of diving. Our cabin was equal if not better than a five star hotel room.”  – Ann Donahue, October 2013   Many guests complement their Wakatobi experience with a cruise aboard Pelagian to dive some of the most remote and raved-about sites in Indonesia. Having spent time at Wakatobi dive resort to conduct his research on the pygmy seahorse, Dr. Richard Smith finally realized a long time dream of a cruise aboard […]

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Beyond the Bathtub

Published October 9, 2013

Sponges are much more than cleaning accessories, they are the ocean’s original reef builders. Did you know that sponges (Phylum Porifera) are one of the oldest simple multicellular organisms in the animal kingdom? In other words, they’ve been around a long, long time, first appearing in the ocean more than half a billion years ago. Wakatobi boasts one of the highest diversities in sponge species worldwide, much to the pleasure of wide-angle photographers. Differences in species can be attributed to available habitats, and the greater the diversity of habitat, the greater the number of species. In more tropical waters such […]

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