- Wakatobi Dive Resort takes you right off the beaten path, to a destination that caters to divers and nature-lovers looking for world-class diving far from crowds and commercialism.
- Guests can choose between villas and various types of bungalows facing the sea, or charter the resort’s 36m motor yacht to venture further away in perfect luxury.
Why is this a ‘responsible’ destination?
- Beyond offering a high-end diving experience, Wakatobi Dive Resort is all about making guests become part of an environmentally and culturally sound conservation program, regardless of the length of their stay.
- To drive down its environmental footprint, the resort treats its own waste water in biological ways, and uses local traditional skills to build and maintain the resort. One of the truly innovative ideas that the resorts has pioneered is financing electricity for the 500-person village on the resort island, in return for villagers honoring a 3-km reef sanctuary on their traditional fishing grounds. In fact, through the Wakatobi Collaborative Reef Conservation Program, the resort has established one of the world’s largest privately-funded marine protected areas to minimize the impact of divers.
- The resort also sponsors patrols on the reef, performed by representatives of the local communities, police, military, and rangers; public awareness meetings about conservation issues; and employs staff to socialize conservation programs in all villages.
- Wakatobi Resort’s efforts have been recognized by Scuba Diving Magazine (2005 Editors’ Choice Awards with "Best Environmental Initiative by a Resort"), and the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards among others.
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