DIVING & SNORKELING

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

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 mountain, […]

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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 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 and […]

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Shallow Water Paradise

Published May 24, 2013

When coral reefs lie just yards from the shore, and a few feet from the surface, underwater explorations require nothing more than mask and fins. At Wakatobi’s House Reef, one can heed the call of the reefs soon after arrival at the resort, and spend hours exploring one of the world’s most colorful underwater environments. Join us as we wade in and take a peek at some of the beautiful scenes and critter action seen right off the beach. The House Reef calls The moment you arrive at Wakatobi, seeing the sun reflecting off the ocean’s surface with its vibrant […]

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