Underwater Photography

Getting the Big Picture

Published November 12, 2014

Capturing the true scope of Wakatobi’s reefs through wide-angle photography Text and imagery by Walt Stearns A photographer could spend weeks on Wakatobi’s House Reef and the surrounding reefs filling memory card after memory card with spectacular marine life portraits and macro shots, without ever once running out of unique subject material. There’s no denying the allure of capturing images of those elusive varieties of marine life that hide in the recess of a reef. Yet too often, photographers run the risk of getting so caught up in documenting the small details we end up missing the big picture. It […]

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Photographer’s Picks

Published July 21, 2014

Wakatobi Dive Resort is considered to be one of the world’s premier destinations for underwater photography. We asked several prolific and highly-acclaimed underwater image makers to share what they like best about Wakatobi, along with favorite images and a few tips on how others can achieve their best results with any type of camera. With many thanks we share their contributions. Warren Baverstock Warren Baverstock is one of the most recognized underwater photographers in the Middle East. He lives in the United Arab Emirates where he is an aquarium curator in Dubai. He also manages the region’s only sea turtle rehabilitation […]

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A Fishy Defense

Published July 11, 2014

Though lovely to behold, coral reefs are far from a placid environment for the creatures that call these places home. It’s a world of eat or be eaten, of stealthy hunts and lethal attacks that must be countered by equally sophisticated defensive strategies. For most, simply fleeing the scene won’t work. Instead, many reef dwellers have come up with unique methods for thwarting would-be predators that involve everything from chemical cloaks to poisoned spikes. Follow along as we explore some of the more unusual defensive adaptations these animals employ. The flounder’s eyes function independently, with each capable of rotating 180 […]

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Night Moves

Published June 1, 2014

Seeing Wakatobi’s reefs under the cover of night can be a magical and inspiring experience. When the sun sets and the stars appear, the reef transforms into an even more magical place. Under the cover of darkness, divers encounter creatures that appear quite different from their daytime counterparts. Many marine animals are nocturnal, with appearance and behaviors that are adapted to live in the dark. Those who dive only during the day will miss out on seeing them, as many of these interesting and unique creatures are either hiding or sleeping through the sunlit hours. Here’s a little tour of night […]

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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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Silence on the Reefs

Published March 5, 2014

“Overall, it would be hard to imagine a more perfect environment. You don’t have to dive a rebreather to experience all the wonderful attractions of Wakatobi, but having these systems can add yet another layer to your enjoyment of this magnificent ecosystem.” Craig Willemsen, owner, Silent Word Diving Rebreather diving at Wakatobi dive resort Wakatobi’s house reef is ideal for rebreather diving. Divers have the option to enjoy extended CCR dives mere steps away from the beach fronting the resort’s villas and bungalows. photo by Walt Stearns When rebreather divers cite the many benefits their equipment provides, ease of travel […]

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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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Kings of Camouflage

Published January 12, 2014

With eight arms growing out of their heads, and three hearts pumping blue blood through their pliable, gelatinous bodies, cuttlefish may seem like creatures from another planet, but they actually thrive in abundant numbers on the colorful reefs of Wakatobi. Alien-like intelligence from the deep blue It could be lurking close by, blending in perfectly with the coral reef or a sea grass bed. But unless the cuttlefish 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 […]

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Sunrise to Sunset

Published December 10, 2013

Wakatobi guests Allan Saben and Erik Schlögl 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 reef begins as the sun rises slowly overhead. It’s a peaceful moment, as the creatures of the night find their niche to sleep off their nocturnal activities, while the creatures of the day slowly wake up and rise. As the sun comes up, Erik […]

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Vicariously Yours

Published October 26, 2013

“Wakatobi is the perfect backdrop of casual elegance and refined service. It is an idyllic place where creatures great and small co-mingle in harmony.”  Adrienne DeAngelis, Dec 2013 No description or photo can fully capture the adventure and magic that is Wakatobi. But you can enjoy a tantalizing taste of what awaits by being our guest for a “virtual slice of life” at the resort. So relax, follow along and let your mind wander while you visualize one perfect day at Wakatobi. A restful night’s sleep finds you eager to rise and greet the day. It’s just a few barefoot […]

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