DIVING & SNORKELING

Through the Diver’s Eyes

Published June 6, 2013

A video described through the eyes of Wakatobi guests Gary and Robin Wright. It’s our second dive of the day and anticipation is mounting. When all is ready, we hit the water, creating a froth of whitewater as our fins make contact. The bubbles clear and our eyes grow wide as we reenter a dream world and leave the complexities of surface life far behind. Gliding weghtless over the reef once again, we attempt to take it all in.   The vast panoramas seem to roll on and on; it’s like cresting what you think is the summit of a […]

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The Fish that Goes Fishing

Published June 6, 2013

When you think of a predator, what attributes come to mind? Streamlined speed, explosive agility, aggressive strength… and then there’s the frogfish. Slow, reclusive and lacking in both offensive and defensive weaponry—not to mention being far from streamlined—the frogfish wouldn’t seem to have the tools needed to become a lethal predator. Yet despite some seeming shortcomings in the attack department, these enigmatic little creatures have developed a unique strategy to capture prey: they hide in plain sight and go fishing. Truly, frogfish are one of nature’s most unusual creatures. Watch the video to see the frogfish catch a meal! (video […]

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Muck, Magic, and Rainbow Reefs

Published June 5, 2013

Pelagian Dive Yacht features some ‘out of this world’ dives on both traditional reefs and muck sites. Follow along to enjoy a taste of Pelagian’s cruises in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle of undersea biodiversity. When the sun goes down, Desert, a popular site visited by the Pelagian, turns into a proverbial Fun House as nocturnal beasts like the reef squid above come out and put on the ‘night moves.’ Dancing in the dark on the edge of your dive light’s illumination, they flash iridescent hues looking as if an electrical current is running through their […]

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Fish Tails vs Fish Tales

Published June 4, 2013

The goal of every photographer is to bring back memorable images from those great moments spent beneath the waves. Some of the most challenging images to capture are those close ups with the fish looking back at you with curiosity, rather than running off in the opposite direction or taking refuge in the reef. So how do you get them?   You jump in with camera in hand, yet when you approach a likely subject, the star of the photo appears to flee in terror, and you say to yourself “why would it do that? I mean it no harm; […]

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An Underwater Photographer’s Guide to Wakatobi

Published June 4, 2013

Photos and text by Dr. Richard Smith Wakatobi is ideally placed in the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle,’ a region that encompasses the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Island. For underwater photographers seeking a diversity of marine life subjects, this is the place to be, because the waters of the triangle support the highest biodiversity of marine organisms in the world. But while the Coral Triangle is indeed home to a diverse and rich collection of species, it also has some of the greatest man-made stresses, with reefs subject to the pressures of destructive fishing practices […]

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Shallow Water Paradise

Published May 24, 2013

“As a snorkeler, it is rare to find a dive resort that makes you feel so special; the attention here in that regard was wonderful. Our trip was incredible in every way, coral, fish and personal service from management to staff to dive and snorkel masters.” – Joan and Tom Woodward, December 2012 The moment you arrive at Wakatobi, seeing the sun reflecting off the ocean’s surface with its vibrant shades of blue and turquoise you become powerless to its call. Rather than finish unpacking, you round up your mask, fins and snorkel and head for the water. It’s time […]

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Road to Roma

Published May 23, 2013

It’s been said all roads lead to Rome. But if you’ve been to Wakatobi, you might just say ‘all dives lead to Roma.’   Roma is a large, wide pinnacle, laced with broad colonies of corals. To one side there is a huge area of Pavona coral providing shelter for many small reef fish like anthias, redtooth triggerfish, fusiliers and convict blennies. To the other is a drop off fringed with table corals, soft corals, and fans. Descending down the hard coral ridge, you can see large barrel sponges on the way to Roma’s signature coral formation, which resembles a […]

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A Dive for the Ages

Published May 23, 2013

The Pacific’s youngest and oldest divers share an adventure at Wakatobi Dive Resort  Underwater, there is no generation gap. Or so it seemed when a buddy team with an 86-year age difference shared a dive in the waters of the Banda Sea. At age 92, Dr. Herb McCoy presents an ideal picture of graceful aging. Back home in La Jolla, California, he jogs a mile or more on the beach each day, then hops in the pool or ocean for a one-mile swim. And he’s a scuba diver. Herb picked up the sport at the age of 40 inspired by […]

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Magical Fluorescing Corals

Published May 23, 2013

Wakatobi has some of the most pristine coral reefs on the planet, and some of the only reefs that are actually thriving, getting healthier, richer and more diverse each year. Divers come from around the world to immerse themselves in Wakatobi’s coral gardens, and to take in the visual feast these reefs provide. Recently, science has provided divers with a whole new way to see coral reefs like never before. It turns out that many corals have a hidden ability to reflect light in spectrums that are not visible to the human eye, but can be revealed through the use […]

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Making a Difference: Wakatobi Conservation

Published March 11, 2013

“While training Wakatobi Dive Resort staff in GPS coral reef mapping, I witnessed firsthand the exceptional beauty of the local coral reefs. Pristine coral heads, healthy fish aggregations, and fascinating coral reef architecture make diving at Wakatobi an experience that is out of this world.”  – Stephan Becker, Founder and President of Beautiful Oceans  Wakatobi Dive Resort: the example that makes a difference by Stephan Becker, Founder and President of Beautiful Oceans You may be well informed about the ink that has been flowing to praise the outstanding customer service, excellent gourmet cuisine and exceptional quality of diving available at Wakatobi […]

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