Indonesia has one of the most beautiful underwater paradise of the world? The underwater paradise known as the Wakatobi National Park, located in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. Wakatobi is the capital of Wangi-Wangi. Wakatobi district consists of four main islands, namely Wangiwangi, Kalidupa, Tomia, and Binongko. So, Wakatobi is an acronym for the name of the four main islands. Wakatobi is located in the south of the equator and such other areas in Indonesia, Wakatobi has two seasons, rainy and dry season.
Regions in Southeast Sulawesi is very rich in species of coral. there are 750 of total 850 species of coral in the world. The configuration of the depth is varies from flat to sloping into the sea, and in some areas there is a steep waters. Its depth reaches 1044 meters.
Underwater tourism is the mainstay of tourism in the Park of Wakatobi. Wealth of marine life is possible because these coral reefs along the vast waters, with the underwater topography of colorful shapes such as slope, flat, drop-off, atoll and underwater cave.
More than 112 coral species from 13 families who live in harmony with other underwater inhabitants. A total of 93 diverse species of fish here. Several species of sea turtles also make this park their home such as Sisik turtle, Tempayan turtle, and the Lekang turtle.
Wakatobi waters become a comfortable place for the sperm whale. Normally, sperm whales are in Wakatobi by November, while the other hemisphere frozen. In november Wakatobi waters are relatively warmer and abundant of food. beside, Wakatobi is also a convenient place for manta stingrays which classified as a giant body size. Manta rays is one type of fish that distinctive and unique, which is only found in tropical waters.
The presence of 25 pieces of coral reef and its depth, making the Wakatobi waters are ideal places for many species of marine life, making the marine habitat has aesthetic value and high conservation.
Specifically, Wakatobi islands surrounded by beaches of the islands along the 600 km, as well as a potential tourist attraction. So it’s not without reason that the beach at Wakatobi is very suitable for tourism such as diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing.
How to get there ?
You can use a plane from Jakarta to Wakatobi with the aim of Kendari, the capital of Southeast Sulawesi, then traveled by ship directly to Wanci at the Wangi-Wangi island. Wanci is the first gate into the Wakatobi National Park area. Regular boats to the island of Wangi-Wangi depart every morning at 10 and will arrive at the destination of about 10 to 12 hours later. From Wangi-Wangi, travel to other islands can be reached by chartered boats or regular boat that is simple, but it’s safe