Wakatobi Diving Holidays: An Overview

Sulawesi is near the top of all divers' bucket lists and Wakatobi offers a luxurious way to experience this incredible part of the world whether on board the boat, Pelagian, or from land.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Pristine reefs accessed easily from the resort of by liveaboard.
  • Easy diving with little to no current so great for divers of all levels.
  • World-class macro life, particularly the pgymy seahorse.

Our Guide to Wakatobi Diving Holidays

The location of Wakatobi could not be more exotic, hanging like an earring off the southern tip of Sulawesi in the Banda Sea. To make it easier and also to give you a great two-centre holiday, you have to route through Bali, not exactly a hardship and a wonderful excuse to stay at one of the incomparable hotels to be found there en-route.

When it comes to the diving in Wakatobi it is difficult to know where to start. How about 400 species of coral and 700 species of fish officially recorded, not in Indonesia generally, but here in Wakatobi. A further statistic, a yardstick used by marine biologists to establish the health and diversity of the reef, is the number of species of butterflyfish encountered. The highest count we can find is 40, and that is here in Wakatobi. There's not much more to be said. Well there is, it has the reputation of having the best house reef in the world, rightly so.

You can stay at the resort and do daily boat diving from land as well as unlimited shore diving, or you could choose to join their liveaboard, Pelagian to head to some of the dive sites further afield. Whatever you want, we can help you to arrange it.


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Wakatobi now offer fluo-diving which enables you to experience the reef in an otherworldy and magical way. Fluo-diving involves using UV light at night to observe the fluorescent colours of the coral and marine life. This is all viewed through special mask filters and the colours are electric! We highly recommend giving this a try.

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  • Average Temp. — 30°C / 86°F
  • Rainfall — 39cm / 15.4 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Flight from London

14:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs

Top picks for Wakatobi

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Wakatobi Dive Resort


The Wakatobi Dive Resort is something of an enigma, straddling the divide between luxury dive resort and boutique hotel. The atmosphere is incredibly relaxed, the local staff ever helpful, and given where you are it is an amazing achievement, the more so as it puts so much back into the local community. Without the hotel’s existence, it is frighteningly credible that the reefs would by now have been dynamited to extinction.

Where to stay

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Pelagian Liveaboard


The boutique-style Pelagian liveaboard offers an extremely comfortable way to explore Wakatobi and the surrounding waters and with a maximum of 10 guests onboard, a very personal experience.

Where to stay

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