DIVING & SNORKELING

Uncommon Senses

Published July 16, 2013

Marine animals have many different ways to interpret the world Like us, marine animals depend on their senses to interpret the world around them. But the ways in which they taste, touch, smell, see and hear are quite different from what we know. Some use feet rather than tongues to sample their meals, while others detect noise and vibrations with their skin instead of ears. Such adaptations may seem bizarre to us topside dwellers, but in the ocean, they provide the sensory advantages needed to find prey, escape predators, or communicate with a potential mate. Let’s take a look at some […]

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Life’s a Carnival

Published July 11, 2013

There’s a show of marine life at Wakatobi. It’s been said that life is like a carnival. This certainly seems true when you are diving at Wakatobi. The show begins the moment you arrive at the reef, that underwater equivalent of the midway at a festival. There, you are enveloped in a blurring parade of festive colors and frenetic activity. Show-stopping beauties steal the limelight, roving bands of juveniles flit in and out of the crowd, and there are plenty of everyone’s favorites: the sideshow freaks. Ever had a close look at the eyes of a mantis shrimp? This underwater […]

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The Bizarre Burrow Builder

Published July 3, 2013

Wakatobi’s reefs are covered in a colorful carpet of corals, sponges and gorgonians that shelter a range of interesting creatures. To find one of the area’s most intriguing and bizarre animals of all, look beyond the growth to find a bare spot where coral rubble surrounds a small hole. The Mantis shrimp or Stomatopod is not just another wimpy shrimp. It’s an industrious builder that roams the reef in search of materials to build elaborate burrows. The mantis is also a formidable hunter, with lightning-fast claws that smash or spear prey, and could give a diver a pretty nasty finger cut if […]

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Look Back!

Published June 17, 2013

With all there is to explore and find, it’s smart to keep one eye on the reef and the other eye out in the open. And yes, do look back! When diving or snorkeling Wakatobi’s reefs, teeming with wondrous and colorful marine life, finding the tiniest, most bizarre critters can quickly turn into a highly addictive passion. While our heads are often firmly engrossed in life among the coral jungle, you can’t help but wonder what sometimes goes on behind your back…. or just who might be having a look at you.   Sometimes it pays to maintain a good […]

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Starry Nights

Published June 10, 2013

Just as Van Gogh’s famous painting Starry Night captures your eyes and soul with its swirling clouds and blazing stars, so too will a night dive at Wakatobi. You wait as the sun melts into the sea, watching an array of colors dance across the sky, with mirror images reflected by the water’s surface. As twilight fades, you ready yourself for a journey below that liquid boundary layer, into an aquatic fun house of intriguing and captivating creatures that go bump in the night.   It is a different world, but one that is just yards from Wakatobi’s beach; directly below […]

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Breathless Moments

Published June 10, 2013

Floating on the surface, snorkelers survey the sun-dappled shallows of Wakatobi’s House Reef. Then, free of the encumbrance of scuba gear, they descend, and enjoy magical moments as they become one with the creatures of the reef. At Wakatobi you need not go far or dive deep to experience the wonders of the reef. There’s some incredible marine life encounters to be had right under the jetty bar, which also serves as a great entry point to the House Reef and more wondrous sights. Just steps from the beach, a rich diversity of undersea life and color awaits. One could […]

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Through the Diver’s Eyes

Published June 6, 2013

An underwater experience described through the eyes of guests Gary and Robin Wright. “Some say the streets of heaven are paved with gold. But now we know they are paved with sand and lined with shells. Wakatobi is magic. To have the opportunity to dive on these amazing reefs is truly life changing.” 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 […]

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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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