The Indo-Pacific region is considered a biodiversity hot spot, benefiting from the currents and nutrients transported between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. No other place in the world has the colors, the corals and the creatures in such variety and vast numbers. Within that area, the Wakatobi region is near the epicentre of coral reef biodiversity.
The area is teeming with hundreds, if not thousands of different fish species. Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology at the Boston University Marine Program & Centre for Ecology and Conservation Biology, counted 301 fish species on a 100 minute dive at Wakatobi Dive Resort's house reef in 2004. The hundreds of kilometres of reef structure in the Wakatobi National Marine Park provide every imaginable marine animal, including whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, tunas, barracudas, marlin and more. For photographers, this means wide-angle, normal and macro opportunities abound.
For the macro photographer and for those who appreciate pristine, unexplored, undisturbed reefs, the Wakatobi region is the perfect match. On the cruise, you'll see an incredible variety of hard and soft corals, fish and invertebrates of the healthy reefs in the Wakatobi region. There are literally hundreds of world class dive sites -- many still unexplored.