Home to amazing reefs, rocks and walls, dive sites in Southeast Sulawesi are the stuff of dreams. Divers can swim with a huge number of species, from big to small and many endemics.
Underwater photographers will capture some of their best-ever shots while diving in this pristine environment. Wakatobi National Park is Southeast Sulawesi’s premier diving location. Here divers will find 25 pristine coral reefs as well as pinnacles, ridges, ledges and overhangs.
Furthermore, Wakatobi is home to more than 900 species of fish, making these dives some of the most diverse in the world. Head to Pasarwajo for world class muck diving or Batuatu - a mid-sea site with an excellent wall for spotting pelagic species and a few fascinating caves and overhangs.
Divers can expect warm, equatorial weather year-round with waters ranging from 84-91°F (29-33°C) and crystal clear visibility. Keep in mind that visibility may be affected by nearby mangroves.
Diving is possible 365 days a year, but warmest water temperatures occur in October and the coolest air temperatures can be felt during July and August. Diving in Southeast Sulawesi is the opportunity of a lifetime for a dive trip you won’t soon forget.
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For the easiest access to Southeast Sulawesi fly to Manado, Kendari, Wangi-wangi, or Makassar. These ports of entry welcome domestic flights from Indonesia as well as a handful of international flights from destinations such as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Once on the ground in Sulawesi, you can choose to travel to Southeast Sulawesi by bus or ferry. Divers may also choose to travel around Southeast Sulawesi on a liveaboard.