Having a good house reef at the foot of our resort can be a deal breaker when we’re on the look out for new and exciting locations, the flexibility in the diving schedule really makes a difference, particularly when it comes to photography or if you like searching for the small stuff (which we do!). Over the years we’ve been lucky to dive in many of Asia’s premier dive locations, many of which have superb reefs (or black sand muck dive slopes) directly in front of our accommodation, over the next few weeks we’re going to be offering some tips about where our favorite house reefs are and what you can expect from the diving.
Our first stop is Wakatobi Dive Resort in southern Sulawesi, in terms of pristine reefs I doubt there are many house reefs which can match this. You can see from the photo how accessible it is either directly from the shore or from the jetty, Wakatobi Dive Resort also offer water taxi assistance between 6am and sunset meaning you can explore further around the coastline once you’ve got your bearings closer to home. This is essentially a wall dive, the reef crest starts at around 2-4 meters (depending on the tide) before plunging down to around 40 meters, the reef here is rich and pristine with hard and soft corals aplenty. Wide angle photography is recommended although accomplished spotters will be able to find critters among the explosion of colour, failing that take guide from the resort with your macro lense. It’s not uncommon to see the resident turtles cruising in this area whilst plenty of reef fish dart busily above the corals, a school of jacks can also be seen around the jetty area. For macro subjects it’s also worth exploring the sea grass and healthy reef top in the shallows and this is usually a good place to start and end your dive.
By varying your access points, making use of the water taxis and taking different dive profiles there are many ways at which you can dive this house reef, many guests actually give up there usual boat dive schedule so that they can make more dives here. You get to Wakatobi Dive Resort via Bali, a night in a resort close to the airport is recommended before catching the charter flight to Wakatobi the following morning. Prices start from £1,300 for 5 nights including diving and full board in a Garden View Bungalow.