Have you ever traveled to a place called Wakatobi? Really, there is a place called that. “Where is that,” you ask? Well, we have some great information below. So let’s dive in.
But first: Have you ever wanted to travel the world? I know I have and do. Traveling the world can mean many things to different people. Some go primarily for business. Others go to enjoy the sport they like such as going to the Swiss Alps or head over to Vail, Colorado for some awesome skiing. Others head over to New Zealand for some great outdoor hiking. But then others enjoy traveling to learn about a new people group, tribe, history of the area, or of a subject. Whatever the reason for traveling we each learn new things about that area. We learn more of what we like or don’t like. In the end it is a fun journey to take, the journey of traveling our wonderful globe!
With that thought I want to share with you some of my latest experiences of my travels. I had the privilege of going to Wakatobi dive resort to do twelve days of diving on the resort and on their liveaboard, the Pelagian. We will be doing a series on this area, besides the diving part. Our Team has compiled some great information and also the knowledge I learned and has created a three part series about the Wakatobi area. Even if you are not a scuba diver we hope this perks your interest to visit this area. And if you are a scuba diver, like I am, I highly recommend this area. You won’t regret it. I sure didn’t!
Series 1 of 3 about Wakatobi – Indonesia
Indonesia is surrounded by a vast expanse of sea, rich with natural beauty and marine. Indonesia is also an underwater paradise, which has become one of the best in the world. There are many national parks in Indonesia and one of the underwater national parks is called Wakatobi National Park. There are some reasons why Wakatobi National Park is known as one of the best marine tourism in Indonesia and the world:
- Wakatobi is located in the heart of the world’s coral triangle.
- Wakatobi rich with species of fish and coral reef. Based on Operation Wallacea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wallacea, Wakatobi has 750 species of the 800 species that exist in the world.
Wakatobi National Park provides scuba diving, snorkeling, great views of the beach, caving, photography, sunbathe, camping, historical tourist, and cultural tourism for foreign and local tourists. The beauty of Wakatobi water is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. Many of tourists and divers from around the world captivated by the charms of Wakatobi.
Before December 18, 2003 Wakatobi district was called Blacksmith Islands because many of the blacksmith came from this island. For the local folks who live in this area, Wakatobi National Park still unfamiliar in their ears but well known to scuba divers and snorkelers.
Wakatobi National Park is located in the Wakatobi district which is in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Wakatobi district has 142 islands, but only 7 islands are inhabited. The four main islands of these seven spearhead the name Wakatobi. If you take the first two letters of each of these four island you will come up with WA-KA-TO-BI. Here are those four islands: Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. Thus Wakatobi is an acronym of those four main islands that is Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko.
Every main island has its own characteristic, below their information:
Wangi-wangi Island or Wanci Island is center of economic activity for Wakatobi. She is also the gateway to the beauty of the underwater paradise in Wakatobi. All transportations access to Wakatobi National Park must go through Wang-wangi Island. The beauty and purity of water in Wangi-wangi islands has been recognized. Pure water, calm waves, and a variety of colorful fish embellish the Wangi-wangi water. Thirty five percent of species of marine fish has been found in and around this island.
Kaledupa Island is a center of education in Wakatobi. She also has one of the clusters of what is call the blacksmith archipelago. Rather than known as place for marine tourism, Kaledupa island is known as a place for cultural tourism. Because there are a lot of historical buildings in this island, like Kaledupa Mosque Fort, http://thelostpacker.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-great-mosque-bente-of-kaledupa.html. But the beauty of marine tourism in Kaledupa cannot be underestimated. You can find a sacred lake, called Sombano Lake which has salt water in this lake. The Sombano Lake is called a sacred lake because people say that there’s a black crocodile in it. Therefore, local people rarely dare to swim in the Sombano Lake.
It is hard to get to Sombano Lake. You must walk through a beach and then through forest shrubs through many reefs. But all the difficulties would be paid by the beauty of the Sombano Lake. You will find clear water, many types of shrimps, and green algae which grow in the bottom of the lake.
Tomia Island is located south of Kaledupa and north of Binongko Island. The mileage from Wang-wangi Island to Tomia Island is around four hours by boat. Tomia Island is rich with calcium but a bit barren. However it doesn’t make divers and snorkelers stop enjoying the ocean. Hundreds of barracuda fish are in the area as well as rows of colorful coral formed as flower undersea.
Binongko Island is also part of the blacksmith archipelago, located south of Tomia Island. Binongko Island still unspoiled but is busy with human life. If you visit this island, you will not find any hotel or resort and electricity is very limited. But, if you decided to visit this island you will not disappointed. Because you will find the beauty of Binongko Island that still fresh and very exotic, like:
– Palahidu beach, located in Palahidu village. Palahidu beach provide the scenery of beach which accompanied with cliffs.
– Long Sand Beach, located in Togo Binongko district. Long Sand Beach provides calm wave for beginner surfing, white sands, and clear water.
It is a must to take the time and travel the Wakatobi area. But for sure one thing to keep in mind. Never leave home without your passport and travel insurance. I am a TCK (third culture kid) and I know how important that passport is to me when traveling outside the U.S./ my country. But I also know the importance of travel insurance, https://www.adventuresportsinsurance.com/. Why? Because I have had to use it on my travels. The first two questions medical facilities ask when outside your country is “how may I help you” and “which credit card do you want to use.” Isn’t it nice to know that all (non-pre-existing condition) new medical conditions will be covered so you do not have that charge on your credit card to pay? Yes, travel insurance is the second next thing to my passport when I travel. Sorry, iPad buddy. You come in third!