Wakatobi is well-known as the Tukang Besi Island from the map and it’s the abbreviation of four major islands title which are: WA (Wangi-Wangi), KA (Kaledupa), TO (Tomia), and BI (Binongko), covers an area of about 1.400.000 hectares and the coral reef places approximately 90.000 hectares in the whole area. The island is also famous as the 2nd largest Barrier after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is made up of roughly 39 islands and a few of them are occupied with a total population of approximately 100.563, whereas the remainder remains uninhabited. Wakatobi consists of a multicultural society and Suku Bajo or even Bajo Tribe who reside in the seashore, acquiring a particular building architecture connected from the bridge and ships as their primary transportation and basic livelihood because of the fishermen. The culinary art of the area serves as a delicious natural noodle meal, traditionally created by generation by production.
Called the regency, Wakatobi is also called the National Park, commonly known as Wakatobi National Park (TNKW = Taman Nasional Kepulauan Wakatobi) and it provides the unique feature of the regency in Indonesia in the world using the same breadth with the National Park region. The exception of this island makes Wakatobi more solid and realistic in the effort to preserve its underwater beauty and preservation and other heritages to place Wakatobi since the underwater marine tourism item and the prominent cultural tourism item that’s incomparable with additional marine tourism areas to be seen by anybody.
Wakatobi Regency is one of the World’s Greatest Marine Tourism objects plus among the Best Diving Destination and among the Regencies in South East Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. By operating the Matahora Airport, launched in December 2008, the island will provide you with a more comfortable trip and spend the holiday in Wakatobi, one of the most submerged destinations in Sulawesi Island.
Wakatobi is also situated geographically in the planet’s coral reef triangle center with its 942 fish species and 750 coral reef species by complete 850 of planet’s collection comparing to both world’s famous diving centre like the Caribbean Sea that occupies only 50 species as well as other 300 coral reef species from the Red Sea, Egypt. The park comprises four big islands that are located between 05°12′ – 06°10’S and 123°20′ – 124°39’E, involving the Banda Sea to the North East and also the Flores Sea to the South West.
Wakatobi National Marine Park was created in 2002 and managed by the Wakatobi National Park Authority. It covers an area of roughly 1.400.000 hectares, is the 2nd largest marine protected area in Indonesia, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. The park is currently working with WWF Indonesia, supporting planning and improving efficiency across the playground. WWF Indonesia helped Wakatobi become the first Indonesian national park to embrace a zoning program accepted by both central and local authorities in addition to the communities residing within the Park.
Wakatobi is also home to Operation Wallacea, a UK-based non-profit conservation group looking at sustainable development of fisheries and coral reef research. An independent non-technical site was set up concerning the marine park. This site contains tourist and travel information about the Wakatobi and additional resources about biodiversity, conservation, and local individuals.
Wakatobi National Marine Parks is filled with several marine species, including argus places, takhasang, pogo-pogo, napoleon, red bass, baronang, Amphiprion melanopus, Chelmon rostratus, Heniochus acuminatus, Lutjanus monostigma, Caesio caerulaurea. Also, it can likewise be discovered eurasia king prawns (Alcedo atthis) and species of marine turtles regularly lay their eggs at the Wakatobi National Park, for example hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), jars of sea turtles (Caretta), cracked turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), and Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).
A variety of types of seabirds can also be located around Wakatobi National Park, such as lava rock brown (Sula leucogaster plotus) and kettle Melayu (Charadrius peronii). Various kinds of birds may be found from the near when assembled on the island and when flying, snaking follow the normal rhythm of this tune, and occasionally dip into the sea to seek fish.
Besides the underwater beauty, Wakatobi has other elegance and beauty, for example, white sandy beach, clean seawater, sunset in every islands border, historical ruins like historical fortresses and cannon that distribute in the four major islands, old village with its own column home, traditional metering, blacksmiths, Bajo tribe along with various particular dances. This culture and natural heritage place Wakatobi as the planet’s famous marine tourism objects. Ready to start your getaway to Wakatobi? Visit Wonderful Indonesia, and don’t miss out on the magic!