Underwater Photography
An Underwater Photographer's Guide to Wakatobi An Underwater Photographer's Guide to Wakatobi Photos and text by Richard Smith Wakatobi is ideally placed in the heart of the Coral Triangle, a region that encompasses... Continue reading

Underwater Photography

Feature Pro Photo_Glen Cowans Picture, Perfect picture, perfect

There are good reasons why many of the world’s most accomplished underwater photographers return to Wakatobi time and again. At the top of their list is the diverse and abundant array of subjects found on our reefs. Equally prized are the stunning underwater topographies and clear water, which allow for breathtaking wide-angle images. And then […]

Feature 01_snorkel photography 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 dive center as they prepare for the next photo shoot. With miles of pristine reefs and tens of thousands of unique subjects awaiting, it’s no wonder underwater photography is a favorite activity at […]

Cuttlefish_photo by Mark_Snyder Kings of Camouflage kings of camouflage

It could be lurking close by, blending in perfectly with the coral reef or a sea grass bed. But unless it chooses to reveal itself, you could swim right by this alien-like creature without even knowing it was there. Sometimes referred to as “the chameleon of the sea,” cuttlefish have a remarkable ability to rapidly […]

Feature_Allan Saben Sunrise to Sunset sunrise to sunset

Wakatobi guests Allan Saben and Erik Schlogl share a sample of their images taken one day – from sunrise to sunset, during a visit to Wakatobi. Enjoy this photo essay and learn about some of Wakatobi’s interesting marine life subjects. It’s a new day on the coral reef and the first dive on the house […]

Trail Blazer Beyond the Bathtub beyond the bathtub

Sponges are much more than cleaning accessories, they are the ocean’s original reef builders. Did you know that sponges (Phylum Porifera) are one of the oldest simple multicellular organisms in the animal kingdom? In other words, they’ve been around a long, long time, first appearing in the ocean more than half a billion years ago. […]

Anthias_photo Steve Miller Look Back! look back!

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 […]

Hawfish_pink reef_Mark Snyder Fish Tails vs Fish Tales fish tails vs fish tales

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 […]

Feature_Mushroom Coral Fluo_Wayne MacWilliams Magical Fluorescing Corals magical fluorescing corals

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 […]