Wakatobi Dive Resort is an luxurious and eco-friendly resort located in the Wakatobi archipelago in remote Southeast Sulawesi. Situated on the beautiful tropical island of Tolandano, Wakatobi Dive Resort offers, arguably, some of the best reef diving in the world. What makes this resort so unique is the extent to which it envelops the surrounding area into a sustainable marine protected area. Underwater photographers in particular enjoy the ease of diving with spectacular critters on the world famous "house reef" which offers 6 different dive sites! You can get to Wakatobi with direct charter flights from Bali.
Wakatobi offers three levels of accommodation: Villas, Ocean Bungalows and Palm Bungalows. All are of equal floor size but what sets them apart is location and interior equipment / decor standard. All come with a King-size bed as standard but two twin beds are available upon request as an alternative. All bungalows are equipped with a sofa, coffee table, wardrobe, mini bar with fridge, a bathroom with (of course hot and cold) shower, LAN internet connection, ceiling fan and a spacious balcony as well as private sun chairs and umbrella in front.
These very comfortable bungalows are located slightly behind and in-between the front-row Ocean Bungalows amidst beautiful palm trees and other tropical plants. Available both on the south and west section of the resort. Some palm bungalows even have ocean view.
Wakatobi's Ocean Bungalows are located directly on the beach. See the fish jump, hear the gentle waves and listen to the birds - all while seated on the balcony or in one of the comfortable lounge chairs in front of your bungalow. They all have huge front porches with comfortable lounge beds / cushions and a stunning views. They also have indoor bathrooms and huge Asian spa-style outdoor showers. The ones on the south end of the resort are the ones with the best breeze from the ocean and is an excellent choice for those who prefer to enjoy a holiday in the tropics without the use of air conditioning (this applies primarily during June, July and August).
For couples seeking the best - these are the nicest accommodations. They are located on the northern end of the resort beach and are perched on small ledge just above the beach offering unobstructed views over the ocean and sunset, even from the bathrooms.
Each villa is classically designed and constructed of earthy materials such as wood and sandstone. They are more spacious than any of our other accommodations and are decorated for ultimate comfort and relaxation.
Wakatobi Dive Resort is a destination that caters to divers and nature-lovers looking for world-class diving off the beaten track and far from the madding crowds.
The main house as the "loungehouse" was designed in the traditional architectural style of an Indonesian longhouse. It was constructed by local craftsmen with traditional hand tools. The longhouse is near to the accommodation bungalows which are spaced along an exquisite beach.
The loungehouse contains all the common guest facilities such as the dive centre, rental equipment room, dining area, kitchen, video lounge and marine life reference library, storage rooms and the bar.
The team of top-trained Balinese Chefs prepare delicious, ample and healthy meals using fresh produce that they get from Bali and overseas. Added to this are loads of day-fresh tuna sashimi, excellent soups, barbecued fish, fresh fruits, steaks and oriental specialities. Meals are generally served buffet or family-style in the Longhouse dining area. They also host a beach luau or two during your stay. Special dietary needs can be happily catered for with prior notice. In the lounge complimentary instant coffee, tea and cookies are supplied around the clock.
Wakatobi has a fantastic SPA where you can indulge in a huge variety of massage and beauty treatments. There is more information in the section "Additional Information about Wakatobi Resort".
How to get here
Wakatobi Resort's & Pelagian's private air charter provides a direct connection to and from Bali’s international airport. All flights are operated by Garuda Indonesia, the nation’s national carrier and highest-rated airline. In just over two hours the flight aboard a modern, spacious ATR 72 aircraft brings guests directly to the resort’s private airstrip.
Flights to and from the resort are currently scheduled on Mondays and Fridays, leaving Bali around 8am on the outward leg to the resort, and returning to Bali around 3pm on the same day. Any international flight connections for the same day should be booked for a departure after 6.00pm.
The logistics involved in these private charter flights are fairly complex and depend on many factors. Therefore it is of great importance to reconfirm your charter flight with the Wakatobi Bali office upon arrival in your hotel in Bali.
There is a good chance that your mobile (cell) phones might work in the resort through a public system on the island, which is however not always reliable. In addition, there are several satellite phones for use in an emergency. There is a computer available in the Lounge with internet access. Internet speed may be limited as it is not broadband. It can be used for guests own laptops as there are LAN ports in every room. A WiFi network is also up and running.
Wakatobi Resort is a very idyllic place with a truly outstanding house reef, where experienced divers can dive independently. The location of Wakatobi and the reefs make this destination a real insider tip for demanding divers who want something very special. One pays for the exclusive location, a stay in the resort is not cheap, but worth every cent.