Wakatobi National Park is broadly known as having the highest number of fish and reef species in the world. The islands are also known as the biggest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Here could be found fring, atolls and barrier reefs and provide more than 50 diving sites readily accessible from the main islands. This is the habitat of big and little fish species, the playground of turtles, dolphins and even whales. Wakatobi alone is said to possess 942 fish species and 750 corals sea species from a total of 850 of world’s collection, which contrasting with the two world’s famous diving centers, the Caribbean Sea owns only 50 species with 300 coral reef species from the Red Sea, in Egypt.
Due to the spectacular underwater life, Wakatobi is rapidly gaining worldwide attention for its quality dives that may be made by novices to professionals. Apart from its dive sites, Wakatobi has many excellent beaches. The conservation team Operation Wallacea, is very active in this marine park, conducting marine research and conservation. Throughout the Sail Wakatobi 2011 in August, the Marine Lab on Hoga Beach by Kaledupa is to be formally inaugurated. The District capital of Wakatobi is Wanci on Wangi. Since the opening of the Matohara Airport on Wangi, these remote islands are now more accessible and may be reached by flights from Jakarta or even Makassar.
There’s yet another landing strip on Tomia island, which receives charters out of Bali.
Xpress Air is the only many airlines that fly from Jakarta to Bau, in Southeast Sulawesi, also carries on to property on Wakatobi’s Matohara Airport on Wangi. From here you need to take a boat to Wakatobi. The Wakatobi Dive Resort operates Charter flights so that they can select up passengers from Bali arriving directly on the island of Tomia.