Join us on an extraordinary snorkeling safari to the ultra remote, and yet supremely decadent, Wakatobi Resort. The Wakatobi National Park, a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve, was named by combining the first letters of names of four main islands in the chain.
Wakatobi is situated at the geographical center of the Coral Triangle, the most marine bio-diverse environment in the world. Wakatobi in particular is recognized as having the highest number of coral and fish species found anywhere on the planet. The resort has a truly amazing house reef easily accessed from the resort’s pier. The islands in the Wakatobi National Park have been preserved from large-scale tourism as the area is only accessed by a private charter flight from Bali.
Marine Life Guide
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The tour meets in Bali. Upon arrival you can go and check in to the Bali Airport Novotel for the night, relax and recover from the long journey.
The group meets in the lobby and makes its way to the domestic departures hall to check-in for the charter flight to Wakatobi, followed by a light breakfast in the VIP lounge.
Upon arrival at Wakatobi private airstrip, we are transferred to the resort to check-in and have lunch and an orientation and safety briefing, followed by an optional afternoon snorkeling session.
Each day we will wake up to a fabulous breakfast, followed by a site briefing and snorkel session. Each snorkel session will last 75 – 90 minutes and have boat surface support, and in-water snorkel guides who will point out interesting creatures and be available to assist with creature ID. We return to the resort for a sumptuous lunch, and then head out to another site for an afternoon snorkel session. We can access the extensive, lush house reef at our leisure from the resort’s pier.
There are 2 boat snorkels each day, with an optional night snorkel or two during the week, all of which are facilitated by our own private boats. Towels, snacks, and water are provided on the boats for use after our snorkel sessions.
The snorkeling in Wakatobi is really quite amazing. Currents are mild, the reefs are vibrant and expansive, and marine life is in abundance. The reefs are typically characterized by hard coral plateaus which start right at the shoreline and fan out around the island and gently slope to about fifteen feet before they abruptly drop off into a wall. The area has done well with its conservation measures and pristine reefs and the diverse array of marine life is a testament to their efforts. Some of the highlights from past trips have been dozens of crocodile fish, schools of snappers and fusileers, sea snakes, nudibranchs, Spanish mackerel, and even a blue ring octopus spotted right on the house reef.
Most meals are served buffet style, and include an Asian Fusion cuisine with fresh, chef prepared options- daily roasts, salads and soups, and a variety of enticing desserts. The resort prides itself in offering a fine dining experience, so we can expect delicious food, served in the Beach Restaurant. Evening cocktails can be enjoyed at the Jetty Bar, sitting over the water enjoying the stunning view or night sky.
The resort can cater to most dietary requirements, please let us know if you have any with some notice to ensure they can get necessary ingredients.
On the last morning we check out after breakfast and take a mid-morning flight back to Bali where the tour ends.
Wakatobi Resort is completely secluded, reached by charted flights from Bali which land on a private airstrip followed by a short speed boat ride.
Despite it’s location, the resort has beautiful luxurious accommodation built in tune with the environment using ethically and locally sourced materials and labor. The resort offers other creature comforts like a full-service spa, a jetty cocktail bar with amazing sunset views, a small library and audio-visual room and souvenir shop.
The food at the resort is refined, and the professional chefs combine fresh ingredients to create a variety of Indonesian, Asian and International dishes. All special dietary requirements will be catered for (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free etc).
Wakatobi Snorkel Boat
Large wooden boats complete with gear up areas and full canopy for sun protection. Marine toilet with shower are on all boats as well as fresh water bins for equipment and cameras. Average travel time from the resort to the sites are fifteen minutes. Exit the water via ladders on the side of the boat.
On this page you will find our Tour Dates & Pricing (see below contact form), a Booking Form and Details of Payment schedule including deposit and final balance. If you have any further questions please complete the form and we will reply within 24-48hrs.
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Tour Dates 2023
12 – 20 October 2023
$5,375 per person (Twin/Double Share)
How to book your place?
Initial deposit: US$400 per person
12-months from departure: US$600 per person interim deposit
6-months from departure: US$1000 per person interim deposit
Final balance: Due 12-weeks before departure
- 7 nights’ accommodation Ocean Bungalow and full board (all meals)
- 1 night at the Bali Airport Novotel with breakfast
- 2 x 90 minutes boat snorkeling sessions per day, for 6 days (12 boat snorkel sessions)
- Unlimited House Reef Snorkeling
- Domestic flights: Bali- Wakatobi- Bali with 20KG/44lbs checked baggage allowance per person
- Free WiFi high speed internet access via satellite
- 24 hours tea / brewed coffee / hot chocolate / drinking water, and daily snacks
- Aromatherapy bath products in all rooms
- Optional Village Tour on last day
- Accompanied by a Snorkel Venture tour leader
- International flights & visas
- Snorkel equipment rental
- Travel and health insurance
- General Sundries, beverages, laundry, etc