HomeBlogs Wakatobi National Park Wakatobi National Park has potential marine natural resources that are
both valuable and unique species, with stunning underwater panorama.
This amazing place is worth to visit among travel destinations in
Indonesia. The location is precisely at Banda Sea, Southeast Sulawesi
When doing scuba diving we’ll see that the sea bottom
is flat and slope, but there are some areas that steeply sloping. Water
depth varies, the deepest reaches 1044 meters with a sandy and rocky
bottom. This national park has 25 clusters of coral reefs spreading
around the atoll along 600 km. It consists of more than 112 species from
13 families of corals including Acropora formosa, A. Hyacinthus,
Psammocora profundasafla, Pavona cactus, Leptoseris yabei, Fungia
molucensis, Lobophyllia robusta, Merulina ampliata, Platygyra versifora,
Euphyllia glabrescens, Tubastraea frondes, Stylophora pistillata,
Sarcophyton throchelliophorum, and Sinularia spp. The collection has
made it as a place for research and beautiful recreational diving.
National Park owns fish species richness as many as 93 species. The
locals use fishes for consumption and sell them as ornamental fishes
such as spotted argus (Cephalopholus argus), takhasang (naso unicornis),
pogo-pogo (Balistoides viridescens), napoleon (Cheilinus undulatus),
red fish (Lutjanus biguttatus ), baronang (Siganus guttatus), Amphiprion
melanopus, Chaetodon specullum, Chelmon rostratus, Heniochus
acuminatus, Lutjanus monostigma, Caesio caerularea, and many more.
addition, there are several types of sea birds such as brown geese
(Sula leucogaster plotus), cerek melayu (Charadrius peronii), raja udang
erasia (Alcedo atthis); also there are three common types of sea
turtles that land on the islands like Eretmochelys imbricata, Caretta
caretta, and Lepidochelys olivacea.
Indigenous peoples who live
around the park or the ocean called Bajau tribe. The tribe still have
traditional boating culture. Seeing their lives everyday is interesting
and unique, especially when diving into the sea without scuba diving
equipment to spear the fish.
Hoga Island (Resort Kaledupa),
Island Binongko (Resort Binongko) and Resort Tamia are travel
destinations with attracting nature to visit, especially for
recreational diving, snorkeling, marine tourism, swimming, camping, and
cultural tourism. Those Islands are belong to Indonesia.
How to reach the location: From
Kendari to Bau Bau using regular speedboat twice daily with a five-hour
long trip or 12 hours trip with a timber boat. From Bau-bau to Lasalimu
ride four-wheeled vehicle for two hours, then using speedboat to Wanci
for an hour or using timber boat for 2.5 hours. Wanci is the first gate
into the Wakatobi National Park area.