Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia

 Ex-Tavel-Ganzer, Do you still confusse what to do to spend your money, to “Cold”your brain and to stop for a while from your routinity. Dont worry i will let you and guide you to the beautifull marine national park, still fresh, still blue, still natural, and free polution. Yes, this is a very good place to be listed in your destination travel list. No doubt, you can enjoy anything here and probably if you get luck, you will never back home and you will choose to live here because you love it and “damn” it is so natural. You will stuck forever at this place and you will never want to leave it (Hahahaha, Just kiding friends, but iam sure that you will enjoy it).
Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia
 Wakatobi National Park is a marine national park, south of Sulawesi island of Indonesia. The name of Wakatobi is an acronym of the four main Tukangbesi Islands: Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. Since 2005 the park is listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.
Wakatobi National Park is located south-east of Sulawesi, between 05°12’-06°10’S and 123°20’-124°39’E, between the Banda Sea to the north-east and the Flores Sea to the south-west. 
Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia
 The reefs of Wakatobi National Park — the third largest marine park in Indonesia — support a tremendously colorful cross-section of biodiversity. But its 3.4 million acres of islands and waters support a fishing industry that, through destructive practices and overuse, has placed those same natural resources in danger.
Wakatobi national park consists of four larger islands: Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko, as well as many small islands such as Tokobao, North Lintea, South Lintea, Kampenaune, Hoga and Tolandono. The highest elevation is 274 metres (899 ft) on Wangi-Wangi, followed by Lagole Hill (271m) on Tomia, Terpadu Hill (222 m) on Binongko and Mount Sampuagiwolo (203 m) on Kadelupa. The water depth varies, with the deepest parts reaching 1,044 metres (3,425 ft). 
Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia
 In 1994, a few people who joined the team conducted a survey in the Wakatobi IPB. From the survey they were doing was revealed, that there Wakatobi's diverse natural wealth under the sea, such as coral reefs and various marine animals. Because it has a natural wealth under the sea, the region presents a panorama of the underwater was so charming and very nice as a place to dive.
Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia
Wakatobi National Park such a special place to visit. In this park there is a panorama of natural beauty under the sea. Clusters of coral reefs can be found about 112 species from 13 families located on 25 points along the 600 km coastline. The rock types are: Acropora formosa, A. Hyacinthus, Psammocora profundasafla, Pavona cactus, Leptoseris yabei, Fungia molucensis, Lobophyllia robusta, Merulina ampliata, Platygyra versifora, Euphyllia glabrescens, Tubastraea frondes, Stylophora pistillata, throchelliophorum Sarcophyton, and Sinularia spp. In some places along the reef, there are some underwater caves that add charm Wakatobi National Park.
Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia
In addition to beauty, which is presented by a wide range of coral reef, the park also has 93 species of colorful fish. As for the fish species include: argus spots (Cephalopholus argus), takhasang (naso unicornis), pogo-pogo (Balistoides viridescens), napoleon (Cheilinus undulatus), red fish (Lutjanus biguttatus), baronang (Siganus guttatus), Amphiprion melanopus Chaetodon specullum, Chelmon rostratus, Heniochus acuminatus, Lutjanus monostigma, Caesio caerularea. Also, it can also be found erasia king prawns (Alcedo atthis) and three species of sea turtles often lay their eggs in the Wakatobi National Park, such as hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), jars of sea turtles (Caretta), and cracked turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).
Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia
 Various types of sea birds complement the beauty of Wakatobi National Park, such as goose-stone brown (Sula leucogaster plotus) and kettle melayu (Charadrius peronii). Various kinds of birds can be seen from the close when assembled on the island as well as when flying snaking follow the natural rhythm of the song, and occasionally dip into the sea to hunt fish.
For tourists who love the natural beauty of the underwater can perform some activities at the Wakatobi National Park, such as: diving, snorkeling and swimming to see a group of beautiful coral reefs and colorful fish dancing.
            So, if i can summarize what is the reason to visit Wakatobi, i can give you 6 reason why you should have to visit this place:
Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia

·     Coral Tri-Angle
Wakatobi located in coral tria-angle. Coral tri-angle is a place in the world that have the highest coral diversity and water bio diversity in the world. Wakatobi is very famous for divers in the world. This place contain 750 coral from 850 species in the big right.

·        Sunset,Sunrise, and Sea-Turttle.
Enjoting white sand with the best panoramic view to see sun rise and set in the world. Hoga Island is one of the place for enjoting sun set and sun rise. Sea turtle lovers can do observation in Runduma Island, Northern of Kaledupa Island. This island i little bit hard to reach because the wave is very unpredictable.
·        Seaweed Cultivation
In Wakatobi, beside you can enjoy the marine national park you can also see the seaweed cultivate conducted by local people around wakatobi. They got money by cultivte money, is very unusual to take a part in their activity.
·        Culinary activity
Yes, this is the important ones, along your journey in wakatobi, you can also taste local culinary. It is very delicious, taste good and of course unforgetable. There are so mnay sea food here. And with seafood you can also eat Kasuami. Kasuami is traditional food made from cassava and also there is salty fish.
·        Astronomic Activity.
Night in wakatobi is very wonderfull. A thousand of star distribute very well in blue sky of wakatobi. You can enjoy it using your binocular lens. And it is very rare to find this condition in such a big city with air polution in everywhere.
·        Nomaden Village.
Bajo trip is famous city i the world. They never life long last or stay in one place in such period time. They always move. So it is your once in a life experience to see their activity. To see what they do, and to watch everything they routine daily activity because maybe when you back they can not be found again. So bring your camera to capture it.
After the designation of the Wakatobi Marine Conservation Area in 1996, the Wakatobi National Park with a total area of 1,390,000 ha has been established in 2002. It is managed by the Wakatobi National Park Authority (Balai Taman Nasional). In 2005 the park has been listed as a tentative World Heritage Site. The criterion are:
  • (vii) "contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance"
  • (viii) "is an outstanding example representing major stages of Earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features"
  • (ix) "is an outstanding example representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems, and communities of plants and animals"
  • (x) "contains the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation"
Major threats are posed by overfishing and destructive fishing practices, including fish bombing and poison fishing.

 How To Get To The Wakatobi National Park

You can start your journey from Jakarta. From Jakarta you can take flight to Kendari which is about 4-5 hours using flight. Soon you arrive in Kendari you can continue  to Bau-Bau.
the journey starts from Kendari to Bau-Bau with the use of aircraft or speedboat. If using an aircraft approximately one hour travel time, From Kendari to Bau-bau by speedboat (twice a day), 5 hours; or by ordinary boat, 12 hours. From Bau-bau to Lasalimu by car, 2 hours, and then by speedboat to Wanci, 2.5 hours. Wanci is the first point of entry to the Park.


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