Wakatobi Islands consists of 4 main islands, and is part of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 4 islands are Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. Interestingly, the name of Wakatobi comes from the first 4 pronunciations of each of the islands. Here are the highlights for an exotic getaway to Wakatobi Islands.
1. Beautiful, serene vacation spot
Wakatobi is not on most people’s vacation list due to the location, as it is not easy to find hotels and transportation to the islands. Lots of planning are involved, and transportation between the islands can be a challenge sometimes. However, that also means the islands are pretty much not very populated, and you don’t have to worry about over-crowded beaches and resorts. Take your time to savour the goodness of Nature, with the crystal clear water and sunny blue sky. Romantic sunsets are a major attraction at Wakatobi too. Definitely one of the best location for a retreat!
2. Underwater Paradise
While in Wakatobi, the best activity available will be diving and experience the breath-taking underwater world. Most resorts that offer diving or snorkeling packages, so even novice divers will be well-taken care of. Do remember to bring along an underwater camera for some amazing photos! There are also dolphins swimming around the Wakatobi Marine National Park, particularly during the early morning timing, so you can check with the local guides or resorts if you intend to try your luck.
3. Cultural Exchange with the Bajo Tribe
People of the Bajo Tribe are said to be the gypsies of the sea. Living by the sea most of their lives, they are experts of the ocean and environment. A local guide from the Bajo Tribe will be able to show you the traditional ways of hunting for fishes and ways to preserve the ocean. You can even learn some lessons on life and happiness from them. Though lacking in modern technology and material possessions, these people are happy, and full of warmth. Perhaps we can learn more about enjoying life in a simpler way too.
Wakatobi is truly an unique destination for a vacation, but it will be good to take the path less traveled once in a while, and enjoy life in a slower pace. Do take note that the majority of the people there are Muslims, so it is respectful to their culture to dress decently when you are in public, other than the beach or pool side. Wakatobi is a cluster of tropical islands afterall, so be sure to also prepare your mosquito repellent and sunblock.
If you are looking for a resort that also offers diving packages, do check out Wakatobi Patuno Diving & Beach Resort. The resort is on Wangi Wangi island, and offers packages for both divers and non-divers. The perfect choice for your serene, romantic getaway.
Find out more about the hotel here!