Wakatobi National Park is one of the largest marine parks in Indonesia which is located in South East of Sulawesi Island. Since 2005, this park has been listed in the World Heritage Site. Wakatobi is an acronym of four island names there; they are Wangi-Wangi (WA), Kaledupa (KA), Tomia (TO), and Binongko (BI). Those islands have their own characteristic that makes them be incredible in their own way.
- Wangi-Wangi Island. This island is also called as Wanci Island which is the main of the every economic activity in Wakatobi. This island also is the gateway of the spectacular underwater beauty in Wakatobi. If you want to go to the Wakatobi National Park, this island is the access that you should go across. Therefore, this is the right place for discovering underwater Wakatobi. The purity and beauty of underwater in Wangi-Wangi Island can calm your days. Calm waves, pure water, and various fish species make you really enjoy the water in this island. For about 50% of ocean species has been discovered in Wangi-Wangi Island.
- Kaledupa Island. It is a place of cultural wealth since you can find many historical buildings there. However, the underwater living still should not be underestimated. There, you can find famous Sombano Lake which is also called as sacred lake. The lake contains of salt water in it. The name of sacred lake is because there is a belief about black crocodile lives there. It makes many people do not dare to swim there.
- Tomia Island. To come to this island, you will need to board a boat from Wangi-Wangi Island for about 4 hours. Even though this island is quite barren, the snorkelers and divers do not want to stop enjoying this ocean beauty in Tomia Island. There are a lot of colorful corals which are like a water flower under the sea. Discovering underwater Wakatobi Island will not be perfect if you do not explore Tomia Island.
- Binongko Island. Local people in this island still believe about some mystical stories of the island. Some sacred places can be found in this island. Also, it is a home for many iron workers.
Discovering underwater Wakatobi species may be the dream of people who really love the underwater living species. It is a true Earth heaven for snorkelers and divers. Wakatobi Island has more than 900 known fish species and more than 700 known coral reefs species from total number of 850 world’s coral reefs collections. It is one of the most world’s famous centers for underwater living lovers. Wakatobi is an island which has bio-diverse of underwater living species.
Wakatobi is recognized as an island which has the highest total amount of fish and reef species in this world. You can find a lot of spectacular things, especially in underwater view in this island since there are many accessible dive sites from the main island. It is like a home for small and large species of fish, turtles, dolphins, and also whales.