Snorkeling

Pelagian’s Best

Published April 23, 2014

“As a business man I can recognize commitment to quality, and service with passion when I see and experience it. You have that here, Pelagian and Wakatobi is world class! The whole crew on Pelagian is first class, all the way. Thank you for the wonderful experience. We shall return as soon as possible.“ Robert Davis, Feb 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 […]

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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 pygmies hidden from humans until very recently. Now, however, they have become superstars of Indian Ocean reefs, and the favorite subject of a growing number of photographers who devote many hours to the search for these tiny, elusive creatures. Dr. Richard Smith made pygmy seahorses the subject of his doctoral dissertation, and has shared some […]

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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

“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 you arrive at Wakatobi, seeing the sun reflecting off the ocean’s surface with its vibrant shades of blue and turquoise you become powerless to its call. Rather than finish unpacking, you round up your mask, fins and snorkel and head for the water. It’s time […]

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