A Marine Paradise at Wakatobi Dive Resort
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By Gayle Hudson
At our July meeting, Larry Muth treated us to a beautiful video presentation of his trip to Wakatobi Dive Resort.
“…a highly-rated, luxury eco-dive resort located in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia…prized for the density of marine life and…hosts 942 fish species and 750 coral reef species (of 850 globally), versus 50 in the Caribbean and 300 in the Red Sea.”
Larry said the staff can do not do enough for divers visiting the resort and commented the food, regardless of individual needs and preferences, is excellent. Larry traveled to this resort with Linda Muth and Jim and Debbie Driggers, where they shared a large dive boat with two other divers, so they had plenty of space all week to comfortably move about and relax into paradise.
The video began with House Reef, which has been named the world’s best shore dive. Unusual sponges appeared to be perched on stilts, rather than covering the reef, and a large lionfish appeared in its native habitat. There was a spotted stingray, a sea snake hunting in the coral, a school of Moorish Idols, and a two-foot puffer. Larry calls the variety of fish ‘tremendous’ and said most dives were 50-80 feet with wall walls stretching to 150 feet; most of their dives were at 70 feet with an average water temperature of 84 degrees and little to no current. The footage showed reefs dense with fish and vibrant coral species tightly stacked together. We saw wire coral and Larry’s favorite, an 18” Clown Triggerfish. Pink fans dotted the reefs and there were Red Fang Triggerfish, bubble snails and a variety of nudibranch.
The video continued to Zoo Reef and Magnifica Reef, well named as it was beautifully covered with black coral and teeming with fish. At Roma Reef there was plate coral and another example of a healthy reef with many species of fish.
It is not surprising that “Jacques Cousteau was sufficiently moved to claim this area the finest dive site in the world…The reefs for Wakatobi diving are unlike any others in the region because of the drier climate and uplifted limestone. Or, in other words, these are fossilized reefs. This means there is an exceptionally clean environment due to the lack of soil erosion.”
Wakatobi is truly a special place in the world and we were all glad Larry shared his video and memories of beautiful Wakatobi Dive Resort. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakatobi_National_Park  http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-indonesia-wakatobi.php