DIVING & SNORKELING

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 establishing training protocols for the GPS mapping of coral reefs in the Wakatobi area, Stephan Becker is impressed by the health of the underwater environment. This cannot be attributed solely to the reefs’ remote location, he feels, and is instead a direct result of numerous protective measures that remain in place, and to the cooperative partnership formed between Wakatobi Dive Resort and local fishermen and villagers – known as the Collaborative Reef Conservation Program. Wakatobi Dive Resort: the example that makes a difference by Stephan Becker, Founder and President of Beautiful Oceans Reefs that take your breath away You may […]

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Diving in a Whole New Light

Published February 25, 2013

Scuba diving is a visual sport. Whether it’s seeking out small creatures among the hidden crevices of a coral head, or admiring the majestic vista of a vertical wall, the eyes have it… or so it seems. It turns out that fish and other marine life have the ability to reflect light in spectrums that are not visible to the human eye, but can be revealed through the use of special lighting. This phenomenon is known as marine fluorescence, and it allows certain forms of marine life to glow in a range of unique colors that seem to come from […]

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