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"Wakatobi" is the common name for a string of four island groups off the southeast coast of Sulawesi. It's an abbreviation derived from the first two letters of the main islands in each group: Wangiwangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. The well-known Wakatobi Dive Resort is often the only name that comes to mind for diving the area, but there are a growing number of other operators starting to offer trips in the area. Getting to Wakatobi generally involves flying to Bau Bau from Makassar, then taking a boat trip to your final destination. The dive resorts will generally make all the arrangements for you.
Wakatobi Dive Operators
- Wakatobi Dive Resort
- "The" name in Wakatobi diving. The posh resort operates its own live-aboard "yacht" to reach the further-flung dive sites of the archipelago. It may be pricey, but it's probably worth it.
- Wasage Divers
- New (established 2008) dive operator based in Bau Bau and running both local dive trips out of Bau Bau as well as live-aboard trips to Wakatobi.
- Tukangbesi Diving
- Located on Hoga Island in the Wakatobi group, Tukangbesi is the only other dive resort in Wakatobi. Not much detail on their web site, but they only take 10 divers.