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Wakatobi Offers World-Class Diving and Snorkelling

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Wakatobi Resort is known as one of the world’s premier diving and snorkelling destinations. Set on a small island in Indonesia’s Banda Sea, some 1000 km east of Bali, this landmark destination is surrounded by a private marine preserve that protects some of the world’s most pristine and bio-diverse coral reefs. Five-star guest reviews often mention the pristine condition of Wakatobi’s reefs, as well as the idyllic small-island setting, attentive service, ease of travel and gourmet dining experiences.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

Though remote, Wakatobi is easily reached by way of direct guest flights from Bali to the resort’s private airfield. Wakatobi’s concierge team assist with the details of international arrival, transfers and layovers. On arrival at the resort the staff takes care of everything, leaving guests free to relax and prepare for an afternoon dive or snorkel excursion.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

The Wakatobi preserve takes in more than 40 dive and snorkelling sites. The centerpiece of this protected area is the House Reef, which lies just offshore of the resort’s beach and stretches for more than a mile to either side of the resort. This expansive site includes seagrass meadows and patch reefs that are home to thousands of species of marine life, including unique finds such as pygmy seahorses and ghost pipefish. Some 73 meters from shore, the reef transitions from depths of 1 to 3 meters to deeper water in a series of precipitous slopes and walls.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

A fleet of 21-meter custom-built dive boats provide daily access to dive sites within the preserve. All boats feature  shaded seating, large deck-level bathrooms with freshwater showers and convenient mid-boat water entries. Many sites begin at depths of less than 3 meters and drop into deep water in a series of slopes and walls. This creates ideal conditions for long multi-level dive profiles, while also allowing snorkellers to enjoy the same sites as divers.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

Ashore, guests enjoy bespoke personal service and fine dining. Wakatobi is known for five-star guest experiences, with five staff members for each guest to ensure the highest level of individual attention. Bespoke indulgences include private beach dinners, dedicated personal guide services, spa services and private boat excursions.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

Many guests have described the dining experience at Wakatobi as a highlight of their vacation. Each day the resort chefs prepare a diverse range of culinary offerings that includes international and Indonesian favorites. The kitchen can also accommodate bespoke entrees and fulfill special dietary requirements or wishes.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

Resort accommodations include Bungalows set in a palm grove facing a white-sand beach and oceanfront Villas with sunset views of the reef. Buildings are hand-crafted in regional Indonesian style from sustainable local materials, and carefully sited to ensure both privacy and views. Though traditional in appearance, these spacious accommodations offer a full range of modern comforts, including air conditioning, private verandahs and details such as Asian-style outdoor showers.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

The resort’s latest property enhancement is the completion of the Turtle Beach Bungalows. Set amidst palms with ocean views across their namesake beach, these new accommodations are an enlarged version of the resort’s popular Ocean Bungalows. Turtle Beach is a quiet, scenic stretch of sand located at the southern end of the property, just a short stroll to the Longhouse, dive center, restaurant and dive boats.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

Wakatobi is a recognized as a global leader in private-funded conservation efforts. The resort supports one of the world’s largest privately funded marine preserves and is committed to programs that provide proactive environmental protection and social benefits to the local community.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

Vacationers who have the flexibility to visit Wakatobi in the months following the Christmas and New Year’s holiday find there are some added benefits to booking during this time. These months are known for comfortable mid-range water temperatures and good water clarity. During the first quarter of the year there is a greater chance of securing reservations for a desired week without necessarily having to book a year or more in advance. In addition, peak-season airfares of the holiday season often drop during the first months of the year.

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Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

We encourage you to get in touch with a guest experience consultant and discover the opportunities to enjoy Wakatobi at any time of the year.

Contact Robert Parrington, Guest Experience Representative:
Email: robert.parrington@wakatobi.com / Call: +44 20 8393 8511

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PADI Recognises EMEA Members with New Professional Development Excellence Award

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PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) has recently launched their new Professional Development Excellence Award in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), celebrating PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers (IDC)  that are championing creating more PADI Professionals, at all levels, during the previous calendar year.

“While becoming a PADI Five Star IDC Center is a prized accreditation amongst members, this exclusive rating comes with the responsibility of training the next generation of divers to become PADI Instructors,” explains Dave Murray, Managing Director for PADI EMEA.

“PADI’s commitment to a continuing education philosophy encourages divers to realise their dreams of a career as a PADI Pro, teaching others to do what they love – to scuba dive. This new recognition award distinguishes productive PADI Five Star IDC stores for the time and effort they dedicate to marketing and conducting the professional training needed to grow the scuba diving industry.”

PADI’s EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award recognises members for reaching specific milestones based on the number of PADI Pro certifications they issue annually. It also provides an extra layer of credentials in their “Pro Development Status” to potential Divemaster and IDC candidates, along with any other prospective Pro-level customers and prospective employees.

The first awards were distributed earlier this year, with 12 PADI Five Star IDC Centers receiving the Platinum Award. This means that they have issued a minimum of 100 PADI Professional certifications from Divemaster to IDC Staff Instructor, which include 30 Core Professional certifications and 70 Continuing Education Instructor level certifications.

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The 2025 PADI EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award is already underway and renewed PADI EMEA Five Star IDC Dive Centers and Resorts are automatically eligible. Stores that reach the recognition levels during 2024 will receive their award in the first quarter of 2025.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of award recipients visit here.

About PADI 

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest purpose-driven diving organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members, and more than 30 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonder of the underwater world accessible to all, empowering people around the world to experience, explore and take meaningful action, as Ocean TorchbearersTM, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle. For divers by divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARETM, creating positive ocean change. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM  www.padi.com

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Two great programs to thrill and excite from RAID

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RAID’s Performance Diver program is part of the training agency’s unique ‘tune-up’ options for divers at all levels, from basic to technical. Its appeal to newer divers who did not get all they wanted from their open water course (perhaps with a non-RAID dive centre) has always been strong. But it’s a winning option for someone who has been inactive for a while as well.

The skills taught in this course have been designed by some of the most respected dive professionals in the industry. They have condensed years of in-water experience into a great program that’s fuelled by great ideas and solid knowledge. Something useful in all sorts of conditions and all sorts of gear configurations. In short, a range of skills you will use on every dive: buoyancy, trim, situational awareness, gear selection and management, contingency planning… having fun and staying safe.

You can find out more about RAID’s Performance Diver program here.

And with the agency’s renewed focus in 2024 on breath-hold programs, July is a good time to read about the benefits of RAID’s range of Freediving courses.

Freediving is such an exhilarating and beautiful sport that allows you to connect with the underwater world in a unique way.

The thrill of diving deep down, holding your breath, and exploring the depths with just a single breath is truly an unforgettable experience.

It requires focus, control, and a deep respect for the ocean. The sense of freedom and tranquility you can find while freediving is unlike any other.

Have you ever tried freediving or are you interested in learning more about it? You do not have to be a scuba diver to start… not at all!

And if you are already a diver, RAID can help you discover a whole new way to look at a familiar world.

You can find out more about RAID’s Freediving courses here.

To find out more about RAID and the agency’s diver training programs, visit diveraid.com.

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