NUSADAILY.COM-WAKATOBI-Southeast Sulawesi has a very beautiful underwater paradise. It is Wakatobi National Park. Located off the coast of Southeast Sulawesi Province, this national park holds a variety of surprises.
Wakatobi Regency has four islands, namely Wangi-wangi, Kalidupa, Tomia, and Binongko. The name Wakatobi itself is taken from the acronyms of the four main islands, ‘Wa’ from Wangi-Wangi, ‘Ka’ from Kaledupa, ‘To’ from Tomia, and ‘Bi’ from Binongko.
There are also several other small islands in the Wakatobi region. Those are Hoga Island, Kapota, Anano and Rundumana.
The Wakatobi National Park was officially established by the government in 1996. The total area is 1.39 million hectares. In this national park there are 750 of the total 850 species of coral in the world. The deepest part of Wakatobi waters reaches 1,044 meters.
To reach Wakatobi National Park, visitors must first cross the Buton islands. The trip can be taken by boat or plane. If using a ship from Makassar, the distance traveled takes more than 10 hours.
While the flight route can be taken approximately 45 minutes through Kendari. But flights to Wakatobi are only held once a day. Arriving at Wangi-wangi Island, visitors can rent a taxi or motorcycle to get around the island and look for lodging.
These are interesting tours that can be enjoyed during a visit to the Wakatobi Islands:
Paradise of Tomia and Onemohute
If you go to Wakatobi, it’s not complete if you don’t see the beauty under the sea. Almost all Wakatobi waters can be explored or just become a place to snorkel. But the most popular dive sites are Onemohute on Wangi-Wangi Island and Roma (Roma’s Reef) on Tomia Island.
Visitors can dive, snorkel, or even just play with dolphins that usually appear on the surface.
2. Hoga Island Beach
The beach on Hoga Island has a clean and soft white sand. The water is so clear and calm. Hoga Beach is very appropriate to visit if you want to find the sensation of a quiet beach. At night, visitors can also enjoy the stunning open sky view.
3. Puncak Kahyangan,
For those who want to see the beauty of Wakatobi Island from a height, the Puncak Kahyangan (Kahyangan Peak) located on Tomia Island is a must visit. This place is also used to be the center of sunset and sunrise lovers in Wakatobi.
4. Kolam Enteng Jodoh
in Kontamale Cave
Wakatobi National Park also has cave tours. As many as 12 caves were recorded on Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa and Tomia Islands.
The most popular cave is the Kontamale Cave in Wanci, Wangi-Wangi. This cave is also called the Telaga Cave, because at the lip of the cave there is a pool of water that resembles a lake. According to local beliefs, bathing in the water of the cave can make it easier to get a mate.
5. Lake Sombano in
the Middle of Mangrove Forests
Besides the beach, another water tourism option in Wakatobi is Lake Sombano, located in the Mangrove Forest area of Kaledupa Island.
Around this lake there are various species of orchids and pandanus. Unfortunately, local residents do not recommend swimming in this lake because of a legend about the black crocodile that inhabits the waters of the lake.
6. Pulau Seribu Penyu
This island is called Pulau Seribu Penyu (turtle) because this is where green turtles and hawksbill turtles lay eggs. This place is located on Anano Beach, which is a small uninhabited island in Wakatobi. The view of the sunset on Anano Beach is also amazingly beautiful to enjoy.
7. Hutan Lindung
Hutan Lindung Tindoi (Tidoi Protected Forest) is one of the tourist attractions that is sacred by the people of Posalu Village, Waginopo Village, Tindoi Village and East Tindoi Village. This forest is located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level and is about 10 km from Wanci City.
Visitors can enjoy the cool atmosphere of large trees and a variety of plants typical of tropical rainforests. (nativeindonesia/lna/yos)