Wakatobi, Pulau Tolandono, South East Sulawesi S06 E124, Indonesia
Coordinates in degrees decimal: N -5.7761111, E 123.8947222
Visited in April, 2018. Photographer: Nigel Thomas. Cameras: Pentax WG-II, Sea & Sea 1G with DX1G housing and Olympus Tough T5.
Wakatobi Resort is located on a small island, Pulau Tolandono, adjacent to the slightly larger Pulau Tomia, in the Banda Sea. It is a resort run by divers, for divers, so it would be a shame to go there and not have a dive! Having said that it also has an excellent house reef and lagoon area, with easy and accessible snorkeling. Access can be gained to the waters of the lagoon off the shallow, shelving beaches. The deeper water, reef edge, can be accessed using the steps at the end of the jetty. Although current conditions can be challenging on big tides, particularly to the south of the area, the resort operates a well controlled, observation and recovery facility. If you want to snorkel a good distance and can’t be bothered to swim back, they will come and get you! Be aware of vessel activity picking up and landing divers at specific times of day.
This is one of the resorts particularly worthy of a night snorkel and you can explore further snorkelling locations (in the company of divers!) from the dive boats.
Approximately 340 species identified, of which over 150 are fish. These photos provide a (partial) inventory of the species present, so some of the images are not best quality. If you want to see the fish from the area, more beautifully photographed than I can achieve, then go straight to Pam Osborn’s e-book Wakatobi’ House Reef http://www.wayneosborn.com.au/ (all her photos are taken while snorkeling!).
Information was updated with the support of the resort.