The organic beauty of the Eastern part of Indonesia seems to be infinite. One destination that’s getting popular is Wakatobi. It has been well known among sailors from all over the world because of the beauty scenery of this underwater world. Over 942 fish species and also 750 coral species are recorded to inhabit the Wakatobi waters. Since 1996, Wakatobi has been designated as Indonesia’s national park and also the world’s natural book for marine biosphere by UNESCO.
The name Wakatobi is an acronym for Wakatobi’s four main islands namely WAngi-Wangi, KAledupa, TOmia, and BInongko. Apart from the four islands, there are numerous other modest islands in the Wakatobi region, including Hoga Island, Kapota, Anano and Rundumana. Besides being known as a paradise for divers, Wakatobi also offers other tourist destinations which may make you amazed. Here are 6 most recommended tourist destinations in Wakatobi.
- Hendaopa Natural Baths
Hendaopa Natural Toilet is located in the village of Wawotimo, the summit of Mount Tomia. This tub is extremely unique because of the shape of a cave that enters the floor. From the exterior, this place looks to be an ordinary hole, but it really forms a pool of water that is very clear and lovely. Hendaopa Natural Baths are not widely known by tourists, so it is no surprise that access to the location is very limited.
- Tomia Peak
As its name suggests, this tourist destination is quite famous because of its beauty. Kahyangan Peak, situated in Tomia Island, is a grass mountain that offers breathtaking views of Wakatobi from a height. Located 30 minutes in Usuku (East Tomia), this place is a favourite location for photographers to see the sunset. You could even spend the night in the panoramic area and revel in the view of this Tomia starry sky that’s far from city light pollution. In the early hours, you will be amazed by the perspective of the sun growing with its warm rays.
- Dive the Onemohute underwater world
The main activity when seeing Wakatobi is diving into the spectacular underwater beauty. Roma’s Reef is one of the most famous ‘busy’ coral reefs compared to another. Located in a depth of 15 to 25 yards, you may observe the colorful colors of coral reefs along with rows of fishes in addition to other amazing marine animals. This spot is also safe for beginner divers. Other fascinating diving areas in Tomia have been Cornucopia and Coral Garden. Do not be concerned if you can not dive yet, the pure scenery over the waters can also be beautiful. You’re able to just snorkel or talk with some dolphins that frequently show up on the surface. Among the best places to observe dolphins is at the Port of Mola Raya which can be achieved in 20 minutes by ferry ship from Wanci City, Wangi-Wangi.
- Hoga Island Beach
Beach tourist attractions are all common particularly in Eastern region of Indonesia. One of these is your Hoga Island. Soft white sand and very clear beach water will make you forget the time. Hoga Island will be calmer in comparison to other main islands in Wakatobi. Its place that’s only divided by a little strait with Kaledupa Island adding the uniqueness of this shore. You may try to spend the night in Hoga Dive Resort and believe the sensation of the beach that seems to be yours. Since it is absolutely totally free from light pollution, Hoga Island can also be an incredible stargazing area.
- Kontamale Cave
Wakatobi is very famous for its natural cave tourism and groundwater flow in it. There are just as many as 12 caves scattered on the islands of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa and Tomia. On the ceiling of this cave frequently found magical stalagmites. Using its clean water, many residents utilize this cave for a supply of water for washing and bathing. Nevertheless, the water in this cave is not muddy.
- Pajam Village, Kaledupa Island
Wakatobi residents are already famed for their hospitality. On the shore of Kaledupa Island, it is possible to come across the village of Bajo Sampela. Bajau Tribes are basically scattered in several areas in Wakatobi, like the Bajo Mola Tribe at Wangi-Wangi. Bajo Tribe or called sea gypsies according to history is the earliest sea nomadic tribe in Wakatobi. No wonder their payoff is always in the coastal location. Entering the mainland, there is the Pajam Village that’s the oldest village in Wakatobi. In this village, it is possible to satisfy the residents who produce Wakatobi clothes. This material is suitable for the Indonesia holiday souvenirs.
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