WAKATOBI, JALANJALANAJA- Wakatobi National Park is one of the national parks in Indonesia. It is located in Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi. This national park was established on August 19, 2002 based on the Decree of the Minister of Forestry Number 7661/Kpts-II/2002. The land used is 1.39 million hectares.
Wakatobi saves a million tourist charms, ranging from the beauty of underwater tourism, beach tourism, historical relics, to cultural arts. After being designated as one of the ten priority tourist destinations by the central government, Wakatobi continues to improve.
Data from Wakatobi National Park shows how Wakatobi deserves to be a priority tourism destination. Of the 820 species of coral in the world, 750 species of coral (90 percent) of them are in Wakatobi. Thus, 90 percent of the world's coral species are found in Wakatobi.
In addition, Wakatobi has also become one of the world-class dive sites, a world class diving site. There are dozens of dive sites and dive tour operators ready to pamper tourists to enjoy an underwater paradise.
In Wakatobi there are also Bajo tribes who spend almost all their lives on the sea. The uniqueness of their cultural customs has a tremendous attraction for local and foreign tourists. The unique potential of marine and cultural tourism led Wakatobi to be designated as the 8th Earth Biosphere Reserve in Indonesia by UNESCO in 2012.
5 Beautiful and Must-Visit Wakatobi Tourist Attractions
Tomia Island is one of the islands in Wakatobi with a quiet and serene atmosphere. This is because Tomia Island has not received much attention from tourists. To get to this island, you have to travel a distance of approximately 3 hours from Wangi-Wangi Island.
What is very fun about Tomia is that the diving spots are very beautiful and many. Just imagine how beautiful this island is because it has 28 diving spots, including Ali Reef, House Reef, and Teluk Maya.
Being an island that is at the forefront of Wakatobi, Wangi-Wangi Island is indeed the most widely known by tourists. Moreover, on this island there are indeed a lot of tourist objects that can be visited to have fun as well as be educated about history and landscapes.
One of the attractions on Wangi-Wangi Island is Liya Fort. This place is located in Liya Togo Village, South Wangi-Wangi District. In the past, Liya Fort was used to communicate by the local royal community with residents outside the kingdom.
One more island in Wakatobi Regency with less tourist visits than other islands because the route to get here is quite difficult. If you like a quiet and beautiful atmosphere, visiting Binongko is of course an interesting choice, especially the scenery is so beautiful.
People in Binongko still keep their ancestral cultural heritage that still exists today. The culture is in the form of a dance called Balumpa. This dance is usually performed for big and important events in Wakatobi.
Fort La Donda, Makan Tua, and Fort Ollo are three famous tourist attractions in Kaledupa. All three are commonly known as historical attractions because they have many interesting stories for tourists to learn.
Inside the Ollo Fort, there is also the Old Mosque as a historical site for the local community. The culture that was once embraced by the local community is still sustainable until now.
Those are 5 tourist attractions in Wakatobi that can be visited to be a very fun and enjoyable vacation spot. It can be visited at any time, but of course the best time is during the dry season, especially when the goal is to sunbathe on the beach or dive in the sea while looking at the coral reefs. -23