Diving the Underwater Nirvana of Wakatobi National Marine Park

Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau is said to have called the Wakatobi islands – then known as the Tukangbesi islands: an “Underwater Nirwana”, for Wakatobi is widely recognized as having the highest number of reef and fish species in the world. The islands are also famous as the largest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Here divers can found fringing, atolls, barrier reefs and more than 50 spectacular dive sites eas
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Among the thick sea anemones, a sea eel disguises itself to blend with the environment

Among the thick sea anemones, a sea eel disguises itself to blend with the environment

Its vibrant colors and unique appearance have always captivated divers: the nudibranch is truly a marvel of the deep sea.

Its vibrant colors and unique appearance have always captivated divers: the nudibranch is truly a marvel of the deep sea.

Among the magnificent coral reefs and a school of swimming fish, the clear blue water seems almost magical, seen within

Among the magnificent coral reefs and a school of swimming fish, the clear blue water seems almost magical, seen within

An adorable Bleny fish sticking its head out of a hole in a coral reef.

An adorable Bleny fish sticking its head out of a hole in a coral reef.

Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau, surely got it right: the waters of the Wakatobi Islands are truly an underwater nirvana.

Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau, surely got it right: the waters of the Wakatobi Islands are truly an underwater nirvana.

Above and below the surface of Wakatobi waters are two different worlds, yet equally amazing.

Above and below the surface of Wakatobi waters are two different worlds, yet equally amazing.

The underwater garden of Sombu is truly exceptional, it is home to many of ocean-floor dwellers and a gallery of various types of coral reefs.

The underwater garden of Sombu is truly exceptional, it is home to many of ocean-floor dwellers and a gallery of various types of coral reefs.

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The Crinoid Crab, Another enchanting creatureinhabiting the floor of the Wakatobi Marine Park.

The Crinoid Crab, Another enchanting creatureinhabiting the floor of the Wakatobi Marine Park.

It is a whole different universe underneath the Wanci harbor, a Lionfish swims majestically above a beautiful coral reef welcoming a diver into the splendor that is Wakatobi.

It is a whole different universe underneath the Wanci harbor, a Lionfish swims majestically above a beautiful coral reef welcoming a diver into the splendor that is Wakatobi.


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Its vibrant colors and unique appearance have always captivated divers: the nudibranch is truly a marvel of the deep sea.

Its vibrant colors and unique appearance have always captivated divers: the nudibranch is truly a marvel of the deep sea.

Among the thick sea anemones, a sea eel disguises itself to blend with the environment

Among the thick sea anemones, a sea eel disguises itself to blend with the environment

Amazing Indonesian coral @bali :)

Amazing Indonesian coral @bali :)

It is a whole different universe underneath the Wanci harbor, a Lionfish swims majestically above a beautiful coral reef welcoming a diver into the splendor that is Wakatobi.

It is a whole different universe underneath the Wanci harbor, a Lionfish swims majestically above a beautiful coral reef welcoming a diver into the splendor that is Wakatobi.

The adventure to explore the underwater nirvana starts here at Wanci, a serene small town on the island of Wangi-Wangi, about 12 hours from Kendari, capital of South Sulawesi Province.

The adventure to explore the underwater nirvana starts here at Wanci, a serene small town on the island of Wangi-Wangi, about 12 hours from Kendari, capital of South Sulawesi Province.

A dramatic view of the Sombu divespot, a favorite diving area within Wakatobi National marine Park.

A dramatic view of the Sombu divespot, a favorite diving area within Wakatobi National marine Park.

The underwater garden of Sombu is truly exceptional, it is home to many of ocean-floor dwellers and a gallery of various types of coral reefs.

The underwater garden of Sombu is truly exceptional, it is home to many of ocean-floor dwellers and a gallery of various types of coral reefs.

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One of the world's best kept secrets, it seems, is the amazing Bono, the huge roaring tidal waves that rush in more than 60 km up the wide Kampar river in the district of Palalawan in the province of Riau on Sumatra

One of the world's best kept secrets, it seems, is the amazing Bono, the huge roaring tidal waves that rush in more than 60 km up the wide Kampar river in the district of Palalawan in the province of Riau on Sumatra

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