Diving-snorkeling

There are more than 28 dive sites around Tomia that have been named and mapped such as Ali Reef, Gunung Waha, Mari Mabuk, Roma, KoloSoha Beach, Table Coral City, Cornucopia, Dunia Baru, Tanjung Batok, House Reef,Turkey Beach,Conchita, Zoo, Barracuda, Tanjung Lentea, Trail Blazer, Teluk Maya, Pockets, Fan 30 East, Fan 30 West, Spiral Corner, Magnifice, Fan Garden, Starship, Pinki’s Wall, Black Forest, Lorenzo’s Delight and Channel.

Best time to dive in Tomia

The climate is tropical with the sun shining year round and air temperature ranges from 26 °C to 30 °C. This area is much drier than other parts of Indonesia and in particular Sulawesi. Rainy season is in January and February but nothing too bad to avoid diving. Peak Season runs in April and May and in September and November and you should book well in advance during these periods. The best diving season runs between March and December as well as July and August. The water temperature ranges all year between 26°C to 30°C.

Tips

If you want to spot pilot Whales, the best period is from November to April!

Scuba diving conditions

The current is usually gentle around Wakatobi. However it can sometimes be very strong on certain dive sites. The water temperature ranges from 26°C to 30°C all year round. There are no rivers in the area and so the visibility is not affected by rains. It is generally excellent and ranges from a good 20 meters to an outstanding 60 meters.

Snorkeling conditions

Wakatobi is a perfect place for Snorkelling. With kilometres of pristine reef and shallow coral gardens you can spend your days snorkelling without any boredom.

And then…here is awesome diving spots in Tomia Island

1. Mari Mabuk

Mari Mabuk is one of the diving sites in Tomia. Various types of coral reefs can be seen here; especially soft corals and coral table decorated with a variety of species bump-head, parrot fish, lion fish, clown fish, turtles and sea snakes.

2. Roma spot

Roma, Tomia – Is a large, wide pinnacle, fringed with beautiful potato coral and adorned with anemones and clownfish rising into the current. Large schools of fishes patrol the water column above the pinnacle, which make for a constant flittering of light on the dive dite. Sinking in through rays of light of you will be instantly greeted by large schools of fusiliers, and red-tooth triggerfish swirling around. The centre point of the site is an extraordinary pinnacle teeming with life.

3. Kolo Soha Beach

4. Magnificia

Average depth : 18m Maximum depth : 27m Visibility : 25m Min temperature : 240C Max temperature : 290C Bottom contour : Drop off Bottom composition : Coral reef, Vegetation, Rock, Sand Current : Long shore, Hardly any current Mrine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Angel, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Porcupine, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Snake, Turtle, Ray. Coral reef : Good Type of reef : Fringing Type of diving : Boat, Drift Highlights : Crocodile needlefish, Cuttlefish, Bubble coral shrimp, Lobster, Green turtle, Hawksbill turtle, Banded sea krait, Bargibanti pygmy seahorse, Denise pygmy seahorse Caution

5. Tanjung Lintea

Average depth : 16m Maximum depth : 20m Visibility : 16m Min temperature : 260C Max temperature : 290C Bottom contour : Slope Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand Current : Long shore Marine life : Fusilier, Butterfly, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Puffer, Gobies, Scorpion, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Turtle, Ray. Coral reef : Bad Type of reef : Fringing Type of diving : Boat, Drift Highlights : Mackerel, Dartfish, Hawksbill turtle, Green turtle, Eagle ray, Many large barrel sponges Cautio

6. Trailblazer

Average depth : 18m Maximum depth : 27m Visibility : 20m Min temperature : 260C Max temperature : 290C Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope, Flat, Mixed Bottom composition : Coral reef, Vegetation, Rock, Sand Current : Long shore Mrine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Gobies, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Turtle, Ray, Shark. Coral reef : Good Type of reef : Fringing Type of diving : Boat, Drift Highlights : Schooling fusilliers/snapper, Cuttlefish, carpet anemone shrimp, Porcelain crab, Hairy squat lobster, Green turtle, Hawksbill turtle, Blacktip reef shark, Spotted eagle ray, Devil rays

7. Zoo

Average depth : 16m Maximum depth : 25m Visibility : 15m Min temperature : 260C Max temperature : 290C Bottom contour : Slope Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand Current : Hardly any current Mrine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Cardinal, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Trigger, Gobies, Eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark. Coral reef : Average Type of reef : Fringing Type of diving : Boat Highlights : Tuna, Garden eels, Dartfish, Jawfish, Stonefish, Spearing mantis Shrimp, Peacock mantis Shrimp, Lobster, Saron Shrimp, Hermit Crab, Hairy squat lobster, Cuttlefish, Banded sea krait, Hawksbill turtle, Green turtle, Blacktip reef shark, Bargibanti pygmy seahorse, Hairy squat lobster, Robust ghost pipefish, Lobster in lettuce coral, Big potato coral formation