Shooting Shallow Shooting Shallow On any given day at Wakatobi, you may find a dozen or more divers fiddling with high-end underwater camera systems at the... Continue reading


House reef crest snorkeling_feature_WS Surface Delights surface delights

Discovering a wealth of great snorkeling sites at Wakatobi Divers come from around the world to experience Wakatobi’s coral reefs. But not all of our guests don scuba gear and plunge into the depths—some prefer to view the region’s underwater wonders from the surface. And those who do soon discover that many of the same […]

Wakatobi shallow drop off 1000 x 420_photo Walt Stearns Beyond the beach beyond the beach

Snorkeling at Wakatobi is an enriching experience for all. Wakatobi has earned a reputation as one of the finest dive resorts in the world. But that title can be a bit misleading, because you don’t have to be a diver to experience the splendor of our reefs. In fact, we might just as easily have […]

Pygmy Seahorse _Richard Smith Horses of a different color horses of a different color

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 pygmies hidden from humans until very recently. Now, however, they […]

juvenile-filefish-Richard Smith Born on the Reef born on the reef

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 […]

Underwater Harmonist Ai Futaki shared her gifts with guests at Wakatobi Dive Resort in the spring of 2013. Life’s a Carnival life's a carnival

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 […]

feature Peacock Mantis 02_photo Walt Stearns The Bizarre Burrow Builder the bizarre burrow builder

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 […]

didi lotze_100707_0067 Breathless Moments breathless moments

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 […]

Cuttlefish_Mark Snyder Shallow Water Paradise shallow water paradise

“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 […]