Wakatobi is well known among divers as one of the world's best dive sites. The name is an an acronym of the four component islands: Wangiwangi, Kaledupa, Tomea, and Binongko.
Most travel to Wakatobi departs from Kendari and arrives in Wangi-Wangi, either by boat or plane. The first commercial flight was on October 30th, 2012 by Wings Air, a subsidiary of Lion Air. There are plans for Merpati to fly there as well. Be aware that the airport is on the exact opposite side of the island than the only city and there is no public transport available. If you've booked ahead at a resort they will probably have someone waiting for you. Otherwise someone at the airport can call a taxi or ojek for you and you will likely have to wait 30min for it to arrive before starting your 30min journey into town. An ojek costs RP 50,000.
Most divers arrive in Wakatobi via the Wakatobi Resort's scheduled chartered flights from Bali.
- Mawadah Dive Centre, Wisata I, JL. A. Yani. (Just to the left of the large pink hotel as you face the ocean. You have to walk back a little bit), ☎ 040421128. Dive shop that wasn't affiliated with a resort. The dive master, Asrul, doesn't speak much English and isn't very professional. They'll go diving literally any time you want. Most of their prices are for a minimum of 3 divers but they'll go with fewer it just costs more. All inclusive with a light snack for 3 people, here are their prices: 1 dive: RP 600,000 2 dives: RP 1,000,000 3 dives: RP 1,200,000 That includes the boat, the gear and the dive master. You must already be dive certified. They do just gear rental if you're interested. firstname.lastname@example.org edit
- Wakatobi Dive Resort, . Seven-day packages from US$2,640, including all dives and meals, but excluding transfers. edit
- Jelly Homestay, (Kitty-corner the main square, opposite the hospital. Anyone can tell you where it is). The staff doesn't speak any English but they're super friendly and helpful. Cheapest good rooms in town. There's one cheaper place but the staff is rude and the rooms are terrible. The price listed is for a double room with a traditional bathroom and fan. RP 40,000. edit