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Tranquil island setting, Wakatobi blends amenities & comforts with pristine natural environment

Pygmy seahorses are morphologically distinct from all other seahorses. Apart from their extremely miniscule size, they have a single opening gill on the back of their heads, whereas all other seahorse have a pair of gills opening on both sides. (Photograph: Maureen Curtin)

Pygmy seahorses are morphologically distinct from all other seahorses. Apart from their extremely miniscule size, they have a single opening gill on the back of their heads, whereas all other seahorse.

Wakatobi: The Experience

Wakatobi: The Experience

The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby, also known as Randall’s Shrimp Goby, was first discovered in the Western Pacific in 1978 by Hoese and Steene. The body is white with orange stripes, with one orange stripe over the eyes and around its entire head. The male may be identified by the fan-like dorsal fin that bares a dramatic eyespot. (Photograph: Paul Brazier)

The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby, also known as Randall’s Shrimp Goby, was first discovered in the Western Pacific in 1978 by Hoese and Steene. The body is white with orange stripes, with one orange.

Also known as the Bi-color Pseudochromis, the Blue Eye Royal Dottyback is a fish with vivid colors; while the back half of the Royal dotty back fish is a combination of orange and yellow, the front portion is dominated by violet. Like the rest of the family, the Royal Dotty back fish are also hermaphrodites and can adopt either male or female characteristics. (Photograph: Richard Smith)

Also known as the Bi-color Pseudochromis, the Blue Eye Royal Dottyback is a fish with vivid colors; while the back half of the Royal dotty back fish is a combination of orange and yellow, the front.

In the sun-dappled shallows, the reef with its garden of hard and soft corals presents a virtual wonderland of strange shapes and colors. (Photograph: Wayne MacWilliams)

In the sun-dappled shallows, the reef with its garden of hard and soft corals presents a virtual wonderland of strange shapes and colors.

The striking dark brown and white colouring of the zebra crab and the weird and unusual shape of the carapace makes it really easy to recognize it. Zebra crab is one of the crustaceans live all their adult life on fire urchins. (Photograph: Steve & Carmen Williams)

The striking dark brown and white colouring of the zebra crab and the weird and unusual shape of the carapace makes it really easy to recognize it. Zebra crab is one of the crustaceans live all their.

There are several families of cleaner shrimp: the spotted cleaner, the Pacific cleaner and the banded coral shrimp, shown here, which is actually more closely related to lobsters and crabs than it is to other shrimp. At Wakatobi shrimp-run cleaning stations are prolific on the reefs. As many as two dozen cleaner shrimp may inhabit a single cleaning station.  (Photograph: Walt Stearns)

There are several families of cleaner shrimp: the spotted cleaner, the Pacific cleaner and the banded coral shrimp, shown here, which is actually more closely related to lobsters and crabs than it is.

There are two main types of nudibranchs: dorid nudibranchs and eolid nudibranchs. Dorid nudibranchs, breathe through gills that are on their back. Eolid nudibranchs have cerata - finger or nodular-like appendages that cover their back. Ocellated Phyllidia is belongs to the former and it’s also probably the most humorously patterned nudibranch - like it’s wearing a clown suit. (Photograph: Eric Schlogl)

There are two main types of nudibranchs: dorid nudibranchs and eolid nudibranchs. Dorid nudibranchs, breathe through gills that are on their back. Eolid nudibranchs have cerata - finger or.

Depending on the species, a sea star’s skin may feel leathery, or slightly prickly. Sea stars have a tough covering on their upper side, which is made up of plates of calcium carbonate with tiny spines on their surface. A sea star’s spines are used for protection from predators, which include birds, fish and sea otters.  (Photograph: Rod Klein)

Depending on the species, a sea star’s skin may feel leathery, or slightly prickly. Sea stars have a tough covering on their upper side, which is made up of plates of calcium carbonate with tiny.

The Emperor shrimp is known for transporting itself around on the backs of other sea creatures that inhabit the same seas. This is also serves as a way of feeding. They have a very specific habitat and diet, and their overall characteristics and disposition are similar to most other shrimp. (Photograph: Mark Snyder)

The Emperor shrimp is known for transporting itself around on the backs of other sea creatures that inhabit the same seas. This is also serves as a way of feeding. They have a very specific habitat.

The Longnose hawkfish likes to rest on the branches or in the midst of a sea fan typically seeking the high ground from where they can survey their surroundings. Perched from a good vantage point like a hawk on an outstretched tree branch, they can dart out to grab small crustaceans or other invertebrates, as well as fish swimming by. (Photograph: Lynne Fieber)

The Longnose hawkfish likes to rest on the branches or in the midst of a sea fan typically seeking the high ground from where they can survey their surroundings. Perched from a good vantage point like.

Look out for 2 pieces of seagrass floating more or less in parallel. These just might be a pair of robust ghostpipefish or a dead leaf and a single robust ghostpipefish! Hey presto, you are an admired master spotter pointing out one of the best camouflaged critters to your buddies! (Photograph: Ken Knezick)

Look out for 2 pieces of seagrass floating more or less in parallel. These just might be a pair of robust ghostpipefish or a dead leaf and a single robust ghostpipefish! Hey presto, you are an admired.

"Of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today." ~ Dale Carnegie  (Photograph: Eric Schlogl)

“Of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are.

The Copperband Butterflyfish is easily recognized by the copper colored vertical bands over a silver heavily compressed body. It has a black eye spot on its dorsal fin and a black band around the base of its tail fin. It has a fairly long snout which it uses to pick small food from crevices. (Photograph: Steven Miller)

The Copperband Butterflyfish is easily recognized by the copper colored vertical bands over a silver heavily compressed body. It has a black eye spot on its dorsal fin and a black band around the base.

Wakatobi is located in an area that encompasses the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world. (Photograph: Walt Stearns)

Wakatobi is located in an area that encompasses the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world.

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