Meadows of the sea Meadows of the sea Discovering the wonders of Wakatobi’s sea grass beds Wakatobi's House Reef has earned a reputation as one of the... Continue reading


Feature Coral Central 01_Walt Stearns Coral central coral central

As anyone who has visited Wakatobi Dive Resort can attest, the surrounding reefs are covered in a thick and diverse carpet of corals. The overall health and near-pristine condition of these reefs is the result of a proactive conservation program funded by portions of resort revenue. But protection alone doesn’t account for the tremendous diversity […]

Feature Bi-color parrotfish_1000 x 430_WDR Coming of age coming of age

On Wakatobi’s reefs, age can bring dramatic changes Few of us still look the same as we did growing up. But for some fish, maturity can bring some truly startling transformations. On the reefs of Wakatobi, these transformations take place all the time, which can cause confusion among fish watchers who aren’t savvy to the […]

1000x430_green turtle_William van de Wouw Wakatobi’s Turtle Nursery wakatobi's turtle nursery

When Mother Nature needs a bit of help, Wakatobi’s caring staff play surrogate parent to sea turtles. Sea Turtles can live to be 100 years old, but most don’t survive their first few days. In the wild, the tiny hatchlings typically encounter a gauntlet of predators as they hatch and make their way from beachside […]

NEWBLOG-Hawkfish feature_Eric Cheng Playing the Odds playing the odds

Survival and reproduction on the reef While diving a coral reef, vibrant and bursting with activity, it’s easy to think of this ecosystem as a ‘magical kingdom’ with a community of strikingly beautiful creatures living in serene harmony. Yet, the appearance of serenity is a facade. Life within this coral metropolis can be very difficult. It’s […]

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. […]

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 […]