Born on the Reef

Published June 28, 2019

Coral reefs are often described as the nurseries of the sea. Which means that when you are enjoying one of Wakatobi’s signature dive sites, you are immersed in an undersea maternity ward. The process of reproduction is ongoing, and it’s taking place all around you. There are many fascinating ways the marine life of Wakatobi […]

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An Underwater Photographer’s Guide to Wakatobi

Published May 9, 2016

Photos and text by Richard Smith Wakatobi is ideally placed in the heart of the Coral Triangle, a region that encompasses the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Island. For underwater photographers seeking a diversity of marine life subjects, this is the place to be, because the waters of the triangle support […]

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Muck, Magic, and More

Published December 30, 2015

A Pelagian cruise showcases the full diversity of Indonesia’s underwater attractions Wakatobi has earned a world-wide reputation for its pristine reefs, spectacular walls and diversity of marine life. But there’s another dimension to the region’s underwater landscape that many find equally appealing: muck diving. To the uninitiated, it might seem that a patch of unremarkable […]

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Coral central

Published January 1, 2015

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 […]

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The Fish that Goes Fishing

Published June 6, 2013

When you think of a predator, what attributes come to mind? Streamlined speed, explosive agility, aggressive strength… and then there’s the frogfish. Slow, reclusive and lacking in both offensive and defensive weaponry–not to mention being far from streamlined–the frogfish wouldn’t seem to have the tools needed to become a lethal predator. Yet despite some seeming […]

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Survival of the Fittest, or Most Creative

Published June 4, 2013

The ocean is a vast expanse of calm and serenity, a beautiful haven for those who are lucky enough to marvel at. Yet for its myriad inhabitants, this vastly serene environment can rapidly become unforgiving. From feeding, to finding a safe refuge, to escaping predation, constant challenges are posed to the marine animals every day. […]

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Majestic Hiding Places

Published May 24, 2013

The coral reefs of Wakatobi are so rich with corals, sponges and marine organisms, that the vast majority of creatures are not immediately visible. Camouflaged and hidden amongst the myriad vibrant colors and shapes of the reef, sometimes the impatient amongst us are lead to move quickly and even wonder where all the creatures actually […]

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