Wakatobi, Indonesia

A dive paradise like no other

Welcome to Wakatobi, whether you are diving or snorkeling among our vibrant protected coral reefs bristling with marine life. At Wakatobi, you can enjoy a rejuvenating spa, take in a glorious sunset with your favorite cocktails at the jetty bar, or perhaps indulge in a romantic beach dinner.  The resort provides a unique and enriching experience for those seeking recreation, relaxation, and privacy.

You will enjoy the tranquility and secluded location of Wakatobi; no traffic noise, no pollution, no other dedicated dive resort for hundreds of miles.The resort’s private charter flight will transport you from Bali to our purpose-built airstrip in less than three hours. There is then a short boat ride to our resort and your vacation will truly begin.

 

The Wakatobi Dive Resort

 

Wakatobi is an exclusive 5-star resort, with just 15 ocean bungalows, 9 palm bungalows, and 4 oceanfront villas.
Voted the world's best dive resort, The Wakatobi resort was built in the middle the Coral Triangle, so it offers some of the best diving in the world.

With over 4 dozen dive sites that are exclusive to the resort — you will never see another dive boat all week. If you are a non-diver there's paddle boarding, hiking in a bamboo forest, cooking classes, spa, yoga, kayaking, sunset cruise, kite surfing and a village market tour.

A vacation with a little bit of everything

Domestic private charter air from Bali to Wakatobi, 7 or 14 nights stay June 16 to 23 or 23-30, 2017, 3 dives daily, unlimited shore diving, 3 gourmet meals, cultural excursions, local presentations, digital photography classes and SeaLife HD Micro(1 per family to use during the week), SASY, Seal Team, (fins, mask and snorkel set to keep)kids rental gear, fully escorted by Margo & Tom Peyton.

  • Dive valet service
  • Gourmet meals, some beverages, and snacks
  • 9 or 12 days of diving
  • 3 boat dives per day
  • VIP arrival and transfer service at the Bali airport
  • Round-trip private charter flight from Bali to Wakatobi
  • Spa
  • School and village tours
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking and hiking in the Bamboo Forest cultural tours
  • Yoga
  • Remote island picnics
  • Kayaking
  • Demonstration for Kiteboarding & Foiling
  • Culinary classes
  • Paddle-boarding
  • 1 night at the Discovery Hotel in Bali Deluxe room.
  • Snacks, drinks, and towels provided on the boats
  • Full porterage for dive / snorkel gear / cameras
  • Dive valet for rinsing and drying gear
  • A substantial contribution to the award-winning conservation program
  • 24/7 management on staff
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • 3 guided 70-minute boat dives/snorkels a day
  • House reef tender boat taxi service. (choose when and where you want to dive our famous house reef)
  • Private air charter
  • Round trip direct flight from Bali to Wakatobi’s private airstrip
  • Full international luggage allowance, with resort credits available for traveling light
  • Pre-flight VIP lounge access
  • In-flight snack and hot/cold non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfer from airport to resort by boat
  • Assistance with all check-in luggage right through to your room/cabin

Barefoot luxury

Whether you are diving or snorkeling amongst our vibrant protected coral reefs bristling with marine life, enjoying a rejuvenating spa, taking in a glorious sunset with your favorite cocktails at the jetty bar, or perhaps indulging in a romantic beach dinner, Wakatobi Dive. The resort provides a unique and enriching experience for those seeking recreation, relaxation, and privacy.

Wakatobi, IndonesiaIt’s not unknown for there to be tears on the last day of a trip in Wakatobi – guests simply don’t want to leave this little piece of heaven and return to the ‘real’ world.

Location: You will enjoy the tranquility and secluded location of Wakatobi; no traffic noise, no pollution, no other dedicated dive resort for hundreds of miles. Our private charter flight will transport you from Bali to our purpose-built airstrip in less than three hours, followed by a short boat ride to our resort and your vacation will truly begin.

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Tailored treatments to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated: Why not soak up a sumptuous spa on your stay at Wakatobi? East and West come together at Wakatobi’s spa, which blends the best of Indonesian and European traditions. Our original custom-blended oils and aromatherapies complement personalized massage and a variety of other treatments. With a caring heart and a pair of well-trained hands, our skilled therapists will ease your aches or stresses and leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

Relaxing massage and body treatments: Wakatobi has a number of massage treatments available including Balinese massage, Aloe Vera Balinese Recovery, Hot Stones Essence, revitalization, Aromatherapy, Tension relief and Foot indulgence. Treatments range in duration from 45 to 90 minutes. Body treatments include Facials (Natural Refresher, Traditional, Scrub, Naturally Indonesian, Exotic Almond & Honey, Soybean & Yoghurt Splash, Classic Manicure and Classic Pedicure). Treatments are around one hour in duration.

Beauty treatments: Wakatobi offers two Island Packages specialized beauty treatments: Ultimate Indulgence (170 minutes) – choice of scrub, aromatherapy massage and your choice of facial or foot indulgence; and Stress Recovery (150 minutes) – a Balinese or Revitalization massage followed by your choice of facial.

Amenities to enhance your Wakatobi trip: The Longhouse is the location for a number of amenities which will enhance your Wakatobi experience, including the Library, the Media Room, our Boutique and gift shop, and the Longhouse lounge.

Browse for a while in the Library: The library, which is located in the Longhouse, is a relaxing space where you can sit in air-conditioned comfort and read, books (which you may also borrow) from the library shelves. Books cover fish identification and marine life as well as broader geographic topics and fiction.

Take in a marine wildlife show in the Media Room: The media room is the venue for the popular marine wildlife shows which are held regularly in the evenings, it is equipped with rowed-seating as well as digital projector and sound system.

Souvenirs, gifts, and essentials: Wakatobi has a fully stocked boutique and gift shop in the resort. Here you will find a wide selection of T-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, casual clothing, silver jewelry, hats and other logo wear. We also have some diving accessories, local souvenirs, postcards and a selection of personal items that you might need while staying at the resort. Come in and browse when you wish to take a break from diving.

Relax over a drink in the Longhouse lounge: The Longhouse Lounge is a shaded open air area with comfortable seating and a cooling breeze. A range of hot drinks as well as cookies are available self-service as well as soft and alcoholic drinks from the drinks menu upon request. Freshly prepared snacks are served here in the afternoon.

Room TypeDouble (2 person is room)Additional person in roomSassy/Seal rate (ages 5 to 9)
Ocean Bungalow$7,800$6,100$3,900
2 bedroom Ocean Villa$x,xxx$x,xxx$3,900
1 bedroom Palm Bungalow$7,100$5,900$3,600
1 bedroom Ocean Villa$x,xxx$x,xxx$3,900

Welcome to the Coral Triangle

Wakatobi was created with the vision to deliver the ultimate dive experience and was established following an extensive search to identify the perfect location for a dive resort in terms of geography, climate, oceanic topography and marine biodiversity. To ensure its future we then created one of the world’s largest privately protected marine reserves. That gives you some idea of the extent to which we will go and the attention to detail that goes into every aspect of the Wakatobi experience.

Wakatobi, Kids Sea CampHaving identified the premier location, Wakatobi developed a resort that, despite its remote position, offers a plenitude of facilities and comforts to make a dive trip, and all that surrounds it, an experience that you will cherish.

Marine life: Wakatobi is located at the world’s epicenter of coral reef biodiversity. This means that while diving at Wakatobi you can see the greatest variety and diversity of marine life. New and undocumented species continue to be discovered at Wakatobi.

Our "signature dish", shore diving the House Reef: The Wakatobi house reef is world-famous. Some guests never go on a boat dive, because the reef and wall right in front of the resort and hosts enough territory and diversity to keep divers exploring for several days. There is no need to swim long distances. Wakatobi even offers ‘taxi-boat’ services to transport you to and from extended parts of the house reef.

Fluo diving; a new dimension, new experience: Experience a new dimension in diving so exclusive that more people have seen Earth from space than have seen corals in this totally new light! Fish suddenly speak and coral communicates through fluorescence.

Night diving – any night: Night diving at Wakatobi is fantastic! One or two night dives (depending on the duration of the trip and weather) will be offered from the boats. You can dive any night on the house reef in front of the resort (unguided buddy teams). Simply gear up in the diver preparation area and walk-in off the beach. Night dives should be finished at the latest by 10.00 p.m. but special arrangements can be made to dive at other hours.

A plethora of sites to dive by boat: The resort have more than 40 sites that we regularly dive, all accessible by our day boats. Boat rides range from 10 minutes up to a maximum of an hour for a few of the furthest sites.

Your stay supports our protected conservation zone: The entire Wakatobi region has been turned into a sustainable protected marine park. The local village and surrounding communities have enthusiastically adopted the conservation plan and as a result, illegal fishing, reef walking and other activities detrimental to the coral reef have been halted. Part of your payment for staying and diving at Wakatobi goes back to the community to sustain and support this new way of living. Living in harmony with and in respect of the coral reef ecosystem.

Comprehensive pre-dive briefings: Prior to each scheduled dive boat departure, there will be a briefing at the resort by your guide. A sketch of the dive site is displayed, the likely conditions discussed, and a dive plan rehearsed. Known marine inhabitants and their locations are explained, along with specific advice for photographers. On arrival at the dive site, your guide will enter first. If conditions are as expected, the ‘pool is open’. Otherwise, your guide will amend the dive plan before giving the OK to enter the water. Boat dives always have trained guides to locate and point out marine life and/or assist divers.

Comfortable surface intervals: Surface intervals are comfortable in our spacious and stable boats. Snacks are served between consecutive boat dives (and before the first dive for those who may have skipped the resort breakfast) as well as drinks such as tea, hot chocolate, and water. Dry fresh towels are also available. For safety purposes, all divers are encouraged to remain well hydrated.

Boats are based on traditional Indonesian boat designs and are built locally. They are fabricated to our specifications and are tailored to maximize the comfort for divers. They may not look as fancy as some of the fiberglass boats used in other places but rest assured that they do the trick – and then some! In fact, they are very spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. There’s even a (very clean) tiled bathroom in the back!

Comfortable and spacious day boats: With ample space for divers, dive gear, cameras and crew they’re a joy to spend a few hours on. Set up your gear, grab a snack/drink and lean back in the sun – you’re on your way to another Wakatobi dive site!

And perfectly suited to local conditions: These locally-crafted boats are specially designed for Indonesia’s waters. They are 24 meters (70′) long and feature a large camera platform, rinse tank, toilet, fresh water shower, oxygen, GPS and marine radio. The boats have a range of 70 miles and can comfortably cruise at 11 miles per hour. They can comfortably accommodate 14 divers (usually 10-12). Entry is by ‘giant stride’ to port or starboard. Getting back into the boats is a snap – there’s a very sturdy ladder with easy-to-use handles. Gear is stowed in individually numbered baskets beneath the gunwale benches. These boats are used to transport dive groups to reefs outlying from the resort.

 

A feast for the senses

Meals are included in your package as well as coffee, tea, juice, and water. All other beverages as well as room service are not included in your package and can be added to your room charges.
The food is varied, fresh and prepared and served with love. Our guests often express their surprise at finding such a refined cuisine in such a remote location. And what’s more: it is all included in the price – for three delicious meals and snacks every day. Mealtimes in the Beach Restaurant, which are as eagerly anticipated as the dives, are an enjoyable culinary odyssey, taking in Indonesian and other Asian delicacies along with a comfortable selection of dishes from around the world.
And at the end of the day, the Jetty bar offers the ideal location to take in a wonderful Wakatobi sunset and watch the stars come out, along with yourfavouritedrink – be itcocktail, wine, beer or juice.

Wine and dine at the Beach Restaurant

Enjoy a premier dining experience in a relaxed, elegant setting at the Beach Restaurant. Our team of professional chefs

are

highly trained, with years of experience working in first class resorts and restaurants. The food we serve is an international blend of the exotic with the familiar.
If you have special dietary needs our chefs will happily accommodate you, whether it be a food allergy or simply a preference. They are used to low-carb, vegetarian. low lactose, gluten free etc. Just let our Bali office know your preferences prior to your trip and we’ll do our utmost to accommodate your wishes.

Most meals are served buffet style – but not just any buffet. This one is constantly replenished, kept fresh and hot. For

dinner

there are also stations for the day’s roast and the day’s soup – and let’s not forget a variety of desserts!
Wait staff

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on hand to serve drinks, whether you’re looking for a soda, a fresh fruit juice, beer or an imported highly-rated wine. We also serve gourmet cappuccino, espresso and a variety of teas.
Personalized dining options

Should you wish to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning in your room we offer à la carte breakfasts served right in your Bungalow or Villa and a room service menu throughout the day.
And for the ultimate romantic dining

experience

we offer private tête-à-tête dinners by the beach. This is a perfect memory for honeymoon couples and those celebrating anniversaries, but also an ideal way to turn any vacation into a special occasion.

Unforgettable sunsets at the Jetty Bar

Sitting at Wakatobi’s Jetty Bar with your

favourite

drink, sharing experiences and the day’s fantastic sights on the reefs, all the while taking in a jaw-dropping sunset through to the stars and the milky way lighting up the night sky – Wakatobi regulars know that life doesn’t get much better than this.
And regarding that

favourite

drink – we can mix your

favourite

cocktail, mocktail or juice, offer you a selection of fine wines as well as a range of liquors soft drinks and cold beers.

Traveling around the world to get to paradise

Very Important: Arrive in Bali, the Denpasar airport one day before the transfer to Wakatobi.

June 15th arrival: For example, if you are booked June 16th to June 30th. You would fly into DPS-Denpasar airport on June 15th. We have included one deluxe room per family in your package for arrival day. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

June 23rd arrival: If you are attending Wakatobi on June 23rd, then you would fly in on June 22. The flights to Wakatobi are 2.5 hrs and depart for Wakatobi around 9:30 am.

Your return: You will leave Wakatobi by 10 am, and arrive back in Denpasar about 1 PM. We do not recommend that you book a flight out on the same day unless it’s after 5 pm. We are happy to arrange additional nights for you in Bali or at Wakatobi.

Very important: Flights to Wakatobi are June 12, June 16, June 23, June 30 and or July 3 as are the flights from Wtoakatobi.

Easily accessible from Europe and the US: Located in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia (Southeast Asia) Wakatobi is easily accessed from Europe or the USA. Many airlines offer flights to one of the major cities in Asia with transfer on to Denpasar, Bali which is the gateway (and most amazingly beautiful stopover on the way) to Wakatobi.

Just a short hop from Bali: Our private air charter brings you from Bali to our purpose-built airstrip in a two-and-a-half hour flight over some breathtaking tropical island scenery, and then it’s a short drive and boat ride to the resort. A light meal is served on the flight and you will be assisted with all checked baggage.

An easy transfer with our Wakatobi-Bali air charter: Wakatobi’s private air charter provides direct access from Bali to our purpose-built airstrip, cutting travel time to Wakatobi to less than three hours. Currently, we offer flights each Monday and Friday, leaving Bali in the morning and arriving to the resort in time for lunch. Flights are made aboard a comfortable, 70-seat turboprop aircraft, with ample allowances for both checked and carry-on luggage. Bali is well served by numerous international airlines that provide a wide range of budgeting and scheduling options from points around the world. International flights to Bali from the US and Europe are easily arranged with any of the following popular carriers. Our Bali-based concierge staff can arrange all details of overnight or extended stays in Bali. For details, email office@wakatobi.com.

More about international flights to Bali call Margo 803-419-2556

Recommended airlines

  • Singapore Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • KLM
  • Garuda
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • China Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • EVA
  • Jetstar
  • Virgin Australia
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Asiana
  • Hong Kong Airlines

If you’re traveling from the US: When traveling from the United States to Bali you will be flying over the international dateline. This means that you will lose a calendar day when traveling to Bali and gain a calendar day when returning to the States. The important dates to remember are the dates you need to be in Bali and the date you will be leaving Bali. Your airline professional can help work out the schedule, or call and speak to Margo.

If you’re traveling from Europe: Flight times to Bali will consume the better part of a calendar day but does not cross the international dateline.

Arrival in Bali: From the moment you land in Bali and pass through immigration, the Wakatobi staff is on hand to greet you, guide you through baggage claim and customs, and assist with ground transportation, including our pre-arranged driver services.

 

Never a dull moment, no matter what age or interest

PADI courses

  • SASY- Wakatobi teaching
  • Seal Team-Wakatobi teaching
  • Open Water-Wakatobi teaching
  • PADI digital photo certification: Includes, Macro photo dives, wide angle photo dives, classes, review, slide shows. Photo Pro and Instructor. Free use of SeaLife HD cameras with new macro lens and SeaDragon 5000 lights, Fisheye wide angle lens.
  • Nitrox certification
  • E: learning is required for Photo, Jr. Open Water, and Nitrox. PADI E: learning fee is not included and will be paid directly to PADI.  Training, materials, and instruction is included in the package.

Other Activities: Whether you are a non-diver or would simply like to take a break from the scheduled dives, Wakatobi offers a plethora of non-diving activities, both water-based and on land, to absorb you whether you are looking for a physical or intellectual distraction.

Untouched tropical bliss for your kiting exploration: Imagine an enormous expanse of untouched tropical bliss completely open for your kiting exploration.

  • Direct access by exclusive air charter from Bali
  • Luxury accommodation at one of the world’s premier eco-resorts
  • Easy access to immense virgin kite spots
  • On-site kite instructor
  • Multiple support boats for drop-offs and rescue
  • Internet access at resort for the occasional business email
  • Gourmet meals thrice daily plus snacks
  • Loaner radios and GSM phones for down winders
  • Kiting right from and back to resort

One of the world’s most remote kite spots with miles and miles and miles of shallow flats, reef breaks, beach breaks and untouched expanses of tropical bliss.

In the sport of kiting there are generally two kinds of places to ride. Most spots are easily accessed by a variety of transportations near urban centers. They are often very crowded and offer only one kind of rides. Then there are the far-flung remote locales with pioneer experiences that have rarely or never been ridden before. The trick with those spots is that they’re extremely difficult to reach and generally come with very limited luxuries.

Wakatobi is different as it combines both worlds: There’s the easy access by a private flight from Bali, then there’s the resort with all the amenities and comforts to delight even the most discerning traveler. And right in front, you have an immense area with a fantastic variety of kite spots seen only by a handful of other kites. You can live in the lap of luxury and kite as if you were on your own planet.

Paddle calm waters in a kayak or stand up paddleboard: The shallows and mangrove forests surrounding Wakatobi are the nurseries of the reef, and rich habitat for a host of resident bird populations, invertebrates, and colorful fish life. You can glide over these calm waters in a self-guided kayak or SUP tour, or go with an experienced guide who knows the best sights and sounds of this saltwater forest.

Take the Onemobaa nature trail: The Onemobaa Nature Trail leads guests from the resort into a world of pristine greenery, and on to a local village on the island. Paths crisscross the interior, providing opportunities for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. Keep your eyes open for monitor lizards, which can often be seen in an area that has been set aside as habitat for these intriguing animals.

Take the village tour: Enhance your Wakatobi stay with a visit to neighboring islands, where you can engage in walking tours of villages and open-air markets and immerse yourself in the local culture. Many of our staff are from the local villages, which welcome resort guests into their communities. Bring a camera, as curious and gregarious children are often eager to pose for photos.

Yoga: Wakatobi is a calm and peaceful location, surrounded by nature with beautiful sunrises and sunsets – a perfect and inspiring location to carry out yoga.

Experience meditation: Wakatobi is surrounded by clear water, infused fresh air and a wide-open sky dominated by sun, moon, and stars. There is nowhere better to calm your mind and relax the body than our remote paradise. At Wakatobi, inspiration can come not only from sitting quietly, but also from drinking in the richness of our natural surroundings, or by simply walking barefoot on a secluded sandy beach.