Now a national marine park covering the whole Wakatobi District, it includes a total of 1.4 million hectares, out of which 900, 000 hectares are decorated with different colorful species of tropics coral reefs. For Wakatobi is widely known as having the highest number of reefs and fish species in the entire world. The islands are also known as the biggest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Here could be found fring, atolls and barrier reefs and offers over 50 magnificent dive sites readily accessible from the main islands. This is the habitat of big and small fish species, the playground of both dolphins, turtles and even whales.
Wakatobi alone is said to have 942 fish species and 750 coral reef species from a total of 850 of world’s collection, and that, compared with the two world’s most famous diving centers, the Caribbean Sea owns only 50 species with 300 coral reef species in the Red Sea, in Egypt. Get There. Airlines flying into Bau in Bali Jakarta or Surabaya is Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Airline. From here you must take a boat to Wakatobi. The Wakatobi Dive Resort operates Charter flights so that they could pick up passengers from Bali arriving directly on the island of Tomia.