Coral Central

Published November 5, 2014

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 of coral species divers and snorkelers will discover when they visit. The other half of the equation is location, and that’s where Waktaobi has the real advantage. Marine biologist and world-renowned photojournalist, Dr. Richard Smith, shares his expertise in the first of two articles about […]

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Wakatobi’s Turtle Nursery

Published May 29, 2014

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 nests to open water, and they remain especially vulnerable those first few months of life. When nature is in balance, this attrition is a normal part of the circle of life. But when turtles become threatened by factors such as habitat loss, or predators like […]

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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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Through the Diver’s Eyes

Published June 6, 2013

An underwater experience described through the eyes of guests Gary and Robin Wright. “Some say the streets of heaven are paved with gold. But now we know they are paved with sand and lined with shells. Wakatobi is magic. To have the opportunity to dive on these amazing reefs is truly life changing.” Gary and Robin Wright It’s our second dive of the day and anticipation is mounting. When all is ready, we hit the water, creating a froth of whitewater as our fins make contact. The bubbles clear and our eyes grow wide as we reenter a dream world […]

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Variety is the Spice of Diving

Published May 24, 2013

The waters around Wakatobi are considered to have one of the world’s highest degrees of coral reef biodiversity. But what exactly does that mean, and is it important to the average diver? Here’s a little lesson on the basics of marine biodiversity, and how it can make for a better dive. Biodiversity is simply a tally of the variety of species that can be found in a given ecosystem. There are many factors that determine the overall number of species in an ecosystem, one of which is time. The longer an ecosystem goes without major changes or die-offs, the more […]

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Pygmy Seahorse Research

Published March 11, 2013

In 2011, marine biologist and accomplished underwater photographer, Richard Smith completed his PhD on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, a little known group of miniature seahorses resident in the waters of Wakatobi. A great deal of Dr. Smith’s research, which focuses on the gorgonian-associated species, Denise’s (Hippocampus denise) and Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses (H. bargibanti), was carried out at Wakatobi Dive Resort. At one point he found the Wakatobi house reef had the largest local population of pygmies and Kollo Soha, a site located north of the resort off Tomia Island, had the greatest proportion of gorgonians with pygmies […]

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Making a Difference: Wakatobi Conservation

Published March 11, 2013

While establishing training protocols for the GPS mapping of coral reefs in the Wakatobi area, Stephan Becker is impressed by the health of the underwater environment. This cannot be attributed solely to the reefs’ remote location, he feels, and is instead a direct result of numerous protective measures that remain in place, and to the cooperative partnership formed between Wakatobi Dive Resort and local fishermen and villagers – known as the Collaborative Reef Conservation Program. Wakatobi Dive Resort: the example that makes a difference by Stephan Becker, Founder and President of Beautiful Oceans Reefs that take your breath away You may […]

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