Snorkeling

Top of the Reef

Published July 29, 2014

Wakatobi is known as one of the world’s finest diving destinations, but it could just as easily be called one of the planet’s best places to snorkel. Not only are the sunlit tops of many reefs located within ideal snorkeling depths, the resort staff and boat crews are completely “snorkeler friendly,” and treat surface-swimming guests with the same respect and attention as the divers. Here is a sampling of the many shallow water attractions snorkelers can discover on the reefs of Wakatobi. Snorkelers often say they could spend days exploring the house reef before ever venturing off on a scheduled boat trip. […]

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Private Underwater Video Class at Wakatobi

Published April 24, 2014

You need two things to make a great underwater video: skills and the right location. When Steve Cohen booked his second trip to Wakatobi Dive Resort, he knew he had the right location, because the reefs around the resort are legendary for fish and coral life. In order to perfect the skills needed to capture the beauty of our reefs, Steve enrolled in the resort’s Private Underwater Video program. The results By the end of his stay Steve Cohen was able to put together a dynamic video illustrating the essence of Wakatobi’s healthy reefs and varied marine life.  Video by Steve Cohen Take […]

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Only on Pelagian

Published April 23, 2014

The Pelagian brings divers to some of the most fertile underwater landscape on the planet. From its base at Wakatobi Dive Resort, our 36-meter luxury dive yacht embarks on cruises along the outer reefs and atolls of the Wakatobi Archipelago, and to the southern coast of Buton Island. This itinerary encompasses sites ranging from exciting drifts over towering pinnacles and steep walls to leisurely critter hunts on shallow coral gardens and sandy slopes rich in invertebrate life. Guests often offer praise for the high levels of service the crew provides, and the comforts the accommodations allow. From the spacious cabins and […]

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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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Born on the Reef

Published September 4, 2013

On the coral reefs, there are many challenges to reproduction and survival -from larvae to adult. Let’s explore the unique behaviors and methods marine animals have developed to meet these challenges.   The first step to successful reproduction is finding a suitable mate. Usually, it’s the male who does the seeking, looking for the best female—and he will try anything to attract her (sound familiar?). At dusk, dozens upon dozens of Mandarinfish at Magic Pier in Pasarwajo Bay (a Pelagian Yacht signature dive), can be witnessed performing their beautiful courting dance. Accessed only by Pelagian, this is one of the best […]

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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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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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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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