Wakatobi National Park is a park under the sea in Indonesia. With a total area of about 1.39 million hectares, Wakatobi National Park has the potential of marine natural resources of great value, both the type and uniqueness, which presents an amazing underwater panorama. Wakatobi has 750 of the 850 coral species known in the world. Wakatobi specialty is underwater beauty the sea that can do some activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming to look beautiful cluster of coral reefs that can be seen along the 40 km and a variety of underwater animals and also witness various cultural communities.
Wakatobi At the beginning into the Buton District, then separate themselves from Buton on December 18, 2003, now Becomes its own district of Wakatobi and district capitals is Wangiwangi. Wakatobi name taken from a number of islands located in the Wakatobi Such as: Island Wangiwangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko.
Another name from the island of Tukang Besi Wakatobi is the Islands.
Around April, the wind flow was always unpredictable rainfall is uneven. This season is known as the seasons transition, or transition between the rainy and dry seasons. In the month of May to August, the wind was blowing from the east came from the continent of Australia which contains less water steam. This resulted in a lack of rainfall in this region, so that happened the dry season.
In the month of November to March, the wind was blowing steam contains a lot of water that comes from Asia and the Pacific Ocean, after passing through several oceans. In those months in Kendari City and surrounding areas usually happened rainy season.
Wakatobi, How to get there?
Since the opening of the airport on the island Matohara Wangiwangi, For going there is not difficult. There are no direct flights to the airport Matohara from outside the island of Sulawesi, tourists usually have to go through the airport in Makassar, Kendari then headed to the airport then headed Matohara using propeller aircraft. Schedule flights from Kendari to Airport in wangiwangi on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Air tickets prices from Makassar-Wakatobi Rp 1000000-1500000, with the long travel time 1 hour. But many tourists who holiday or diving in Bali, they headed for the airport in Wangiwangi using charter aircraft.
After arriving at the airport then headed to Port Kendari, from the port in Kendari, go to Bau-bau using speedboats. Travel time is 5-6 hours. of smells to the Wakatobi about 3-4 hours. All to gather 9-10 Hours.
Travel can not be directly due to the schedule of Bau Bau Wanci crossing, the gate Wakatobi limited. Besides crossing the wooden ship approximately one day will be very tiring. Path, typical of Bau-Bau is a overland trip to Lasalimu, in the southeast district of Bau-Bau, about 3 hours. Furthermore, cross to the Wakatobi. Crossing schedule once a day, at 06.00.
Wakatobi, What will we do there?
As the name Tukang Besi, this Islands is famous for making beautiful traditional keris and remained in production until now. These islands have a natural pristine, quiet with fresh sea water, underwater caves adjacent to each other that are served exclusively for true nature lovers. It could be said that this region is a tourist area of Indonesia first marine park.
In these places tourists can go to the Tukang Besi Islands have 25 clusters of pristine coral reefs with a wide range of species. Coral reefs are a habitat for various species of fish and other sea creatures such as dolphins, sea worms, sea plants, turtles, mollusks, fish and whale shark is also a resident of this area. All of them create a beautiful sea garden and natural. Marine parks are considered the best in the world arena is often used as a diving and snorkeling for divers and tourists.
There is also a tourist area on the island of Wangi-Wangi, Hoga, the island next to Kaledupa and Binongko. In addition to snorkeling and diving, other tourism activities that can be enjoyed are the views of the beach, down the cave, photography, sunbathing, and camping.
There is a resort here that is owned by the Swiss, Patuno Wakatobi resort designed as holiday accommodation as well as a place with high standards. Visitors who come to this place are people who like diving, a new bride and also businessman.
But for tourists who want to dive and snorkel here with limited money, travelers can go to the other side of the island of Hoga, where tourists can stay with local people and could stay there for weeks, because many students who researching coral reefs and fish there. they lived in houses for days and weeks.
Dive sites in the atolls around Tukang Besi or Wakatobi :
1. Anano island
2. Karang Koromaha
3. Karang Koka
4. Moromaho island
5. Hoga Buoy 1 and 2
6. Hoga pinnacles
7. Hoga northern wall
The list in Wakatobi dive operators:
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