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Senin, 25 Januari 2010

Wakatobi Discovery

Wakatobi may seem like a mere speck on a map but in reality, Indonesia is a long swathe of islands cutting through the waters. Wakatobi sits on the edge of the Banda Sea and whilst you can opt to stay shorebased, there is no better way to really get to know the area that from the comfort of a liveaboard. The Wakatobi Discovery sets down at only the crème de la crème of the region’s dive sites to ensure you see nothing but pristine perfection underwater.

Departing from the Wakatobi Resort and check dive dispatched with, the Wakatobi Discovery makes a giant loop through the neighbouring islands and waterways. Kick you feet up and cruise the islands of Tomia, Kaledupa, Binongko, Hoga, Wanci and Buton. These exotic sounding stop offs offer the most varied and thrilling diving on reef tops of an unparalleled quality. Escape from everyday life on Alice in Wonderlands reef or take time to explore the Fish Market. Gone with the Wind is a long sweeping drift dive that lives up to its name whereas Cheeky Beach is named after the local children who like to spy on divers in the shallows. Magic Pier will not disappoint while Wanji Sea Mount is dripping in lush soft corals. The exact route changes to get to the seasonal highlights but as you splash into one mysterious site after another, you can be sure that this is as close to dive heaven as you will ever find.

The Banda Sea is a divers playground. The reefs benefit from a glut of nutrients that are pushed through the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The opulent coral reefs that spring up to feast on this are home to some of the most wonderful and exclusive marine critters you will find. Whilst black and white tip sharks are the largest predators, turtles and rays compete for the top spots. Sea snakes and blue ribbon eels slink along the reef whereas the eagle eyed will find spotted garden eels and napoleon snake eels. Lion fish, pipefish, cornets and triggers are the middleweights and hiding behind them are frogfish, scorpion fish, pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimp… and of course nudibranchs in every shape and colour. Even on the occasional muck dive, there is no lack of life underwater to marvel at.

The Wakatobi Discovery makes for an idea liveaboard for any diver although we suggest a minimum of 30 dives and advanced certification. The Wakatobi philosophy puts the environment and conservation at the core so good buoyancy skills are vital. Fish lovers will be right at home on any of the stunning reefs and photographers are spoiled for choice. Experienced rebreather divers are also welcome on the Wakatobi Discovery.

The Wakatobi Discovery will make you fall in love with diving all over again. And with the added comfort and luxury of the liveaboard, it simply does not get any better. Underwater, there is such a wealth of bio diversity that there is never a dull moment. Come discover Wakatobi for yourself.

Source : http://www.scubatravel.com/itineraries/liveaboards/indonesia/WD/WakatobiDiscovery.html

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