Wakatobi underwater enchantment is one of the best in the world. Wakatobi layout included in the World Coral Triangle region make this place as a paradise for divers. How not, Wakatobi has 750 of the 850 species of coral, coral species are diverse and sea creatures are hard to find in other areas.
Realizing the dream of enjoying all the beauty of Wakatobi is now not difficult. Transport to Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, is available every day. Meanwhile, in Wangi-scented, Wakatobi’s capital, has provided public transportation, taxis and motorcycle taxis. The amount needed is not too expensive, with only 7 million for a vacation for 3 days 2 nights. You can get ready backpacking there.
Transportation Matters while Traveling to Wakatobi
To go to Wakatobi underwater enchantment, you can choose to use ships or aircraft. Using ships are cheaper, but it is really time consuming, from Makassar to Wakatobi will take more than 10 hours. So, put on an airplane is a more appropriate choice though it may make your trip is not like a backpacker.
Currently, flights to Wangi-scented, Wakatobi’s capital, is available every day. Express Airlines fly from Makassar to Wangi-scented once a day, departing from Makassar approximately 8:00 WITA. The flight will use small aircraft loaded with 30 people, and will transit in Bau-bau.
Flights to Makassar can be done with any airline. But, try to be able to arrive a few hours before the flight departs to Wakatobi. When you want to be safe, it’s better to choose flights with the same airline. Fees from Jakarta to Wangi-scented with Express Air around Rp 1.9 million.
Until at Wangi-scented, you can start looking for lodging by taxi or motorcycle taxi. Taxis in Wangi-scented usually do not use the meter, so it’s better to do survey first about the taxi price and you can ask some parties. You need to prepare Rp. 250.000 for renting a taxi throughout the day when you want to go around Wangi-scented.
If you want to get an easy transportation, would be better off choosing lodging in Wangi-scented. Don’t worry about missing another area, because you can find a speedboat or a boat that you can ride toward another Wakatobi region, such as the Kaledupa, Tomia, Binongo and Hoga,
There are a variety of lodging options. The cheapest is to stay at home residents, will cost about Rp 50,000 per night. Hotel standards have around Rp 150,000 to Rp 300,000 per night. If you want more luxury, choose a resort with the usual price of Rp 500,000 to Rp 1.5 million per night.
Do These Things in Wakatobi
Done with the affairs of accommodation, you can start setting up the core event, enjoying beauty of the sea. As elsewhere, there are two alternatives, snorkeling and diving. If you do not have the equipment, you can rent, including hire a guide and a boat that will lead to the site of diving.
To search for a guide, most easily contact the office of WWF Wakatobi. They have a network to some residents who could guide the immersion. There are some packages that offer guides, diving equipment, boats and venue for Rp 1,000,000 per person per day. Condition, minimal group is 4.
With the package, you can dive in some of the best places Wakatobi, including Hoga, Waha, Tomia and elsewhere. In particular dive site, you can find napoleon fish that size is quite large, including the sea hare, various starfish and a definite diversity of coral.
In addition to diving and snorkeling, you can also enjoy the dolphins at Dolphin Watching or a panoramic view of sunrises and sunsets in Hoga, one of the places with the best panoramic view of sunset and sunrise. Land cultivation of seaweed can also be seen in certain places, especially around Kaledupa and Wangi-scented.
At night, the dark sky also offers a sprinkling of stars. For those who love astronomy, Wakatobi could also be one of the alternatives. In some areas, you can find Bajo village in the middle of the ocean, although increasingly less current number.
If it really wants to surround Wakatobi, take at least a week to be quite satisfied. Because the trip one island to another should be done by speedboat to a certain schedule that sometimes unreliable. Could have hired a special speedboat, but the pricing is expensive.
For culinary tours, there are a few to try. You can taste kasuami, the staple food made from cassava is grated, squeezed the water and steamed, usually eaten with fish. There is also a chicken curry and cake Wakatobi Karasi. To be sure, a variety of seafood can easily be found. There are people who even eat octopus.
Well, let’s realize the dream to enjoy the Wakatobi underwater enchantment. Enjoy the beauty that originally existed only in stories or movies. For those who do not like or cannot dive, do not be afraid. Snorkeling activity is promising beauty, just make sure the guides remain near you, at least make you feel calm.