Situated in the heart of the Wakatobi region you can’t get better than Patuno Resort Wakatobi. This beautifully designed Wakatobi resort offers the perfect get away or romantic retreat and appeals to divers and non-divers, international guests and Indonesian guests alike. Whether you are looking for a busy activities packed holiday, or a quite place to kick back and relax, Patuno Resort Wakatobi is the perfect choice. Our high standard accommodation along with the natural beauty of the Wakatobi makes for the perfect destination; be it for a Wakatobi diving holiday, a Wakatobi weekender, a romantic Wakatobi honeymoon, a Wakatobi wedding, a Wakatobi business conference, or a Wakatobi reunion with old friends.
White sand beaches, wonderful Wakatobi diving, a comfortable and luxurious resort, quality service, and a good range of tasty international and Indonesian cuisines enjoyed on our jetty restaurant.
Patuno Resort Wakatobi is a locally owned establishment and is under new Western management since October 2010. This Wakatobi resort began receiving guests in December 2009 and our high-quality, comfortable facilities along with our tastefully designed natural hard wood rooms have not failed to delight our guests. We are committed to keeping things natural without compromising on comfort and as a result we offer high quality, luxury accommodation located in the beautiful Wakatobi Marine National Park.
We are located in the heart of the Wakatobi, only a 10 minute drive from the Wakatobi airport on Wangi-Wangi Island. Our Wakatobi Resort stretches along a long white sandy beach which is ideal for sunbathing on, snorkeling from, strolling along, or organizing an impromptu barbecue on. A long barrier reef in front of this Wakatobi resort offers great diving and snorkeling opportunities. The breathtaking overhangs and steep walls of colourful corals are teaming with schooling pelagic fish and hammerhead sharks have recently been spotted here too.
All of our staff at Patuno Resort Wakatobi are committed to providing top quality service to all guests from the moment you arrive until the time of your departure. This includes a free airport pick up and welcome drinks upon arrival. Throughout your stay we will do our utmost to ensure your comfort and enjoyment of our Wakatobi resort. Be assured that our staff are attentive and helpful at all times, yet they will also respect your privacy, ensuring you a pleasant stay with us in the Wakatobi.
Diving safety standards and procedures are a huge priority to us at Patuno Resort Wakatobi, and we run our dive center on PADI principles. Rest assured that you are in safe hands, and whether you are already an experienced diver or someone wanting to take a diving course for the first time, safety is our top priority. Next comes our commitment to ensuring that we don’t damage the reefs of this underwater paradise in the Wakatobi and we ask all divers to join us in our mission of:
‘looking but not touching,taking nothing but photographs,and leaving nothing but bubbles’
Your enjoyment of the diving experience is also high on our list of priorities and our team of helpful and professional staff will work hard to take care of all your diving needs and to ensure that you have a great Wakatobi diving experience.
Table of Content
- Getting Here
- Environmental Commitment
- Social Commitment
- The Resort
- Room Facilities
- Things to Do
- Resort Gardens
- The Dive Sites
- The Dive Centre
- PADI Courses
- The Packages
Getting to the Wakatobi has never been easier. Patuno Resort Wakatobi is the Wakatobi’s most accessible Resort, situated only a 10 minute drive from the Matahora Airport in Wangi-Wangi. The Wakatobi National Marine Park encompasses over 12 thousand hectares of protected marine park and is made up of four main islands; WAngi-Wangi, KAledupa, TOmia and BInongko.
The Wakatobi Airport is serviced by daily Express Air flights from Makassar and Kendari, and twice a week by Merpati flights from Makassar and Kendari. Express Air have been flying here regularly for 2 years and Merpati recently began flying here in December 2011.
Express Air Flight Schedule
The flight route is:
Jakarta – Makassar
Departs Jakarta at 05.00 / Arrives Makassar at 08.00
Makassar – Bau-Bau – Wangi-Wangi – Kendari – Wangi-Wangi – Bau-Bau – Makassar
The flight departs Makassar between 09.00 and 10.00 each day (except Sundays – it departs at 12 noon)
The flight arrives in Wakatobi at approximately 11.30 each day.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays there is no service to & from Kendari.
The flight departs Wakatobi for Makassar at the following times:
Monday Departs Wakatobi 13.00 / Arrives Makassar 15.30
Tuesday Departs Wakatobi 12.00 / Arrives Makassar 14.30
Wednesday Departs Wakatobi 13.00 / Arrives Makassar 15.30
Thursday Departs Wakatobi 13.00 / Arrives Makassar 15.30
Friday Departs Wakatobi 13.00 / Arrives Makassar 15.30
Saturday Departs Wakatobi 12.00 / Arrives Makassar 14.30
Sunday Departs Wakatobi 14.30 / Arrives Makassar 17.00
It is also possible to connect directly with Express Air flights to and from Jakarta and Surabaya in Makassar, and a range of other destinations such as Bali, Manado and Komodo can be accessed easily using one of the large range of flight companies operating out of Makassar Airport.
Return flights with Express Air from Makassar to Wangi-Wangi cost from Rp 2,600,000 – Rp 3,000,000 per person.
Merpati Flight Schedule
At present this route is available on Tuesdays and Saturdays
The flight route is:
Jakarta – Makassar
Departs Jakarta at 05.00 / Arrives Makassar at 08.15
Makassar – Bau-Bau – Wangi-Wangi – Kendari – Wangi-Wangi – Bau-Bau – Makassar
The Schedule is as follows:
Makassar – Wangi-Wangi (via Bau-Bau)
Depart Makassar 09.30 / Arrive Wangi-Wangi 11.40
Wangi-Wangi – Kendari
Depart Wangi-Wangi 12.10 / Arrive Kendari 12.55
Kendari – Wangi-Wangi
Depart Kendari 13.25 / Arrive Wangi-Wangi 14.10
Wangi-Wangi – Makassar (via Bau-Bau)
Depart Wangi-Wangi 14.40 / Arrive Makassar 16.50
Return flights from Makassar to Wakatobi start at Rp 1,500,000 per person
Baggage Allowence Express Air
Express Air has a limited baggage allowance of 10kgs of checked in baggage per passenger. This is due to the capacity of the airplane which can accommodate only 32 passengers. Passengers are however allowed to take on reasonably heavy hand luggage as long as it complies with international hand luggage size requirements. It is also possible to pay excess baggage fees at a rate of Rp 25.000 per kg for flights from Makassar or Kendari to Wakatobi. For Express flights from Jakarta to Wakatobi the excess baggage rate is Rp 40,000/kg.
Baggage Allowence Merpati
Merpati offers a 15kg baggage allowence of checked in baggage per passenger. This is due to the capacity of the airplane which can accommodate only 54 passengers. Passengers are however allowed to take on reasonably heavy hand luggage as long as it complies with international hand luggage size requirements.
At Patuno Resort Wakatobi we are committed to the environment, and we are continually striving to improve our environmental policies. We invite all guests to help us in this effort by recycling plastic bottles and other recyclables such as aluminum cans and bottles, being conscious of energy consumption by turning off lights and air conditioning units when leaving your room, and by reusing towels when it is not an inconvenience to do so.
We are in the process of designing and cultivating a large organic fruit and vegetable garden close to the resort in the hope that we will be able to supply our Wakatobi Resort kitchens with the majority of the fruits and vegetables needed in the near future. We are excited by this prospect as not only will we be providing guests with meals made up of freshly picked ingredients, but also our carbon footprint will be reduced as it will no longer be necessary to import vegetables by boat and plane from nearby islands.
At Patuno Resort Wakatobi we are committed to being socially and culturally responsible. The traditional Wakatobi Island culture is varied and unique and at Patuno Resort Wakatobi we celebrate the Wakatobi Culture and are concerned for it’s preservation. We invite guests to get involved and experience local customs and culture through taking part in our Wakatobi cultural tours and half day trips. We ensure that local communities financially benefit from these visits and you will have the opportunity to purchase local Wakatobi handicrafts such as traditional weaving’s and ceramics.
We also employ local people from the Wakatobi region wherever possible and we take care to provide them with a high standard of training in order to increase their skills base and future enjoyability in the tourism and hospitality industry. Our capacity building training programs for local Wakatobi staff include; 3 month residential hospitality training programs in Bali, regular on-the-job English Language training, PADI Dive Course training up to Dive Master level, Emergency First Response training, basic IT skills training, and on-the-job customer service training. The aim of employing local staff is to ensure that local Wakatobi communities benefit from tourism generated income in the Wakatobi area.
Another key aim in employing people from local Wakatobi communities is to provide them with alternative income opportunities. We believe that in providing members of local communities with job opportunities in the tourism sector, we are offering an attractive alternative to some of the traditional income generation techniques which have been found to put pressure on local natural resources and result in environmental degradation. Since the Wakatobi Region became Indonesia’s third largest Marine National Park many new regulations have been put into place to protect the coral reefs and preserve bio-diversity. As a result there are restrictions on fishing, and destructive fishing practices (which unfortunately many people used to rely on as a way of generating income) have been banned in the interest of preserving the Wakatobi’s unique marine environment. As a result local communities are in need of alternative income solutions and at Patuno Resort Wakatobi we are committed to being a part of the solution, both in the interest of the environment and in the interest of local communities. We see the development of responsible diving tourism in the Wakatobi region as a key component in protecting this marine reserve and we are proud to be involved.
The beach side setting of the Patuno Resort Wakatobi along with the preservation of the natural greenery and flowers surrounding the resort enhances the romantic, peaceful and secluded atmosphere at this Wakatobi resort. Natural building materials such as bamboo, teak wood, coconut wood, rattan and palm leaves are used throughout the resort, once again adding to the natural ambiance of this Wakatobi Resort.
There are 3 types of rooms available at Patuno Resort. We have a choice of Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Executive Bungalows. At present the Resort has five Executive Bungalows, ten Deluxe Rooms, and fourteen Standard Rooms.
All rooms and Bungalows are fully equipped with air conditioning and powerful hot water showers.
Standard Rooms are either double or twin, with en-suite bathrooms. Other facilities include; mini bar refrigeration unit, inter hotel-telephone system, and a balcony area shared with 1 neighboring room. Towels and sandals are provided for your comfort and convenience.
Deluxe Rooms are either double or twin, with en-suite bathrooms. Other facilities include; flat screen TV with a range of channels, mini bar refrigeration unit, hot water kettle and tea/coffee making facility, inter-hotel telephone service, and a private balcony area. Towels, sandals and a complimentary beauty kit are provided for your comfort.
Executive Suites have large bathrooms with a bathtub, spacious washbasin area, WC, and powerful hot shower. Slippers, sandals, towels, bathrobes, and a complimentary beauty kit are provided for your comfort and convenience. The bedroom area is equipped with a king sized bed, spacious wardrobe space, mini-bar refrigeration unit, flat screen TV with a range of channels, inter-hotel telephone system, hot water kettle for coffee/tea making facilities, an easy chair, and a relaxing sofa area.
An extra bed can be requested in all rooms whenever necessary for a small extra charge.
Room rates include a complimentary buffet breakfast for 2 people. The breakfast buffet offers; homemade breads, toast and preserves, omelets and eggs cooked to your liking, banana pancakes and syrup, porridge, cereals, Indonesian fried rice and other local specialties, fresh fruit, fruit juices, tea, and coffee.
Our spacious restaurant comfortably seats 80 inside and 30 outside on the scenic jetty restaurant. The restaurant bar area is open-sided enabling you to enjoy the beachside atmosphere and natural surroundings of the Patuno Resort Wakatobi. For honeymooners and those seeking a more romantic setting our jetty restaurant on the water is just the thing. Our varied menu incorporating a range of European, Asian and local Indonesian Cuisine is sure to delight you, and with much of the produce coming fresh from the Resort’s Wakatobi gardens you are sure to be impressed by the high quality and nutritious dishes served by our team of friendly, helpful and efficient staff.
Our well stocked bar offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy a refreshing sunset aperitif on the jetty restaurant, a cool beer after a busy day diving, a soothing glass of wine, or a cheeky nightcap. Our extensive range of beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails is designed to cater for all and we’re sure you will not be disappointed.
The chill out areas
Relax on our comfortable beach side kabanas. Order cocktails from the bar, read a book, have a light meal or snack, chat with friends, take a siesta…the choice is yours!
Another favourite chill out area is the library, which is equipped with comfortable sofas inside and a choice of easy chair recliners or table and chairs out on the balcony area which offers scenic views overlooking the beach and sea. Ideal for chilling out with a book or tapping into the free WIFI connection.
Our grand ballroom is well suited for large weddings, functions, business conferences, meetings, and exhibitions. At full size the grand ballroom measures 41 x 17.5 meters and can comfortably accommodate more than 200 people for a seated meal. For smaller parties the ballroom can be broken down into 2 or 3 sections using its discreet sliding walls, meaning that smaller parties won’t get lost inside! The ballroom is fully equipped with a portable stage area, large projection screens and lighting system, and a state of the art sound system.
The Meeting Rooms
Our spacious and comfortable executive meeting room (also known as the library) is situated above the reception area and provides you with the perfect place to receive guests or relax privately with friends. The meeting room has its own private bathrooms, shower and kitchen areas attached and its large balcony area offers great sea views. This area is also well suited for small business meetings and our food and beverage department can provide drinks and snacks for coffee breaks.
Patuno Resort Wakatobi has two minibuses; one seats 15 people and the other seats 9 people. These are available for comfortable air-conditioned airport transfers, which are free to all guests. The minibus is also used for local city tours and our guests are ensured comfortable transportation while staying at Patuno Resort Wakatobi.
Free Airport Transfers
Patuno Resort Wakatobi has a minibus seating 15 guests, which is available for comfortable air-conditioned airport transfers, which are free to all guests. The Wakatobi airport is only a 10 minute drive from Patuno Resort Wakatobi so you will be with us in no time!
Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink in the lobby upon arrival at Patuno Resort Wakatobi.
There is an ATM available in the nearby town of Wanci, Wakatobi, which can be reached by car in approximately 30 minutes from Patuno Resort Wakatobi. The ATM is provided by BRI bank and accepts Mastercard but NOT Visa cards. For most debit card/credit cards it is possible to withdraw a maximum of Rp 5,000,000 per day (approximately US$ 500).
Patuno Resort Wakatobi can provide a taxi service to the nearby town of Wanci, Wakatobi (subject to availability) for a charge of Rp 200,000 per trip. This price includes return trip and the driver will wait for you up to 1.5 hours. If you think you will be longer than 1.5 hours then the price includes a one way journey only.
Mobile Phone Network Coverage
At Patuno Resort Wakatobi it is possible to get Telkomsel network coverage in almost all areas of the Resort. Due to the remoteness of the area there is as yet no signal coverage for other networks.
Patuno Resort Wakatobi can provide FREE WIFI access to guests in the following public areas; front lobby, restaurant, jetty restaurant, and small meeting room (library). Ask at receptin for details of the password.
The Patuno Resort Wakatobi shop is situated close to the lobby/reception area and stocks many essential items for your convenience, such as; toiletries, snacks, drinks, cigarettes, Wakatobi T-Shirts, and a range of other Wakatobi souvenirs.
Printing &Photocopying Services
The Patuno Resort Wakatobi shop also offers a printing and photocopying service.
Meeting Room Facilities
Our large ballroom is suitable for holding meeting business meetings and conferences. We can comfortably accommodate up to 200 people and for smaller meetings the ballroom can be broken down into 2 or 3 sections using its discreet sliding walls. One section of the ballroom will comfortably accommodate a meeting of 20-70 people. The meeting rooms are fully equipped with a portable stage area, large projection screens and lighting system, and a state of the art sound system.
-Ensuite Bathroom with hot water shower
-Sea-facing balcony shared with neighboring room
-17″ TV with 16 national & international channels
-Complimentary drinking water
-Ensuite Bathroom with hot water shower
-Private sea-facing balcony
-24″ TV with 16 national & international channels
-Complimentary drinking water
-In room tea & coffee making facilities
-Ensuite Bathroom with hot water shower
-Large Private sea-facing balcony with loungers
-Beach Longers and umbarella
-29″ TV with 16 national & international channels
-Complimentary drinking water
-Room sandals & beach sandals
-In room tea & coffee making facilities
-No close neighbours (stand alone bungalow)
Things to Do
We have lots of activities and things to keep you busy during your stay at Patuno Resort Wakatobi so you need not worry about getting bored ! Read through the following options and have a think about how you would like to spend your Wakatobi vacation.
Of course Scuba Diving is one of the main activities offered at Patuno Resort Wakatobi, as the Wakatobi Marine National park is most famous for it’s underwater paradise. Our professional Wakatobi Dive Centre offers a range of PADI dive courses and Wakatobi diving day trips. If your a qualified diver we are sure you will enjoy our range of Wakatobi diving day trips and if you haven’t yet tried scuba diving then here is your chance, just get in touch and sign yourself up for a Discover Scuba Diving Session or a Scuba Diver Course.
For non-dives (and divers!) snorkeling on our home reef offers a great way to relax and enjoy the colourful and vibrant Wakatobi coral reefs. We offer guided snorkeling trips, by boat or directly from the beach. Rest assured that our knowledgeable guides will look after you, take you to the best Wakatobi snorkeling spots, and point out all sorts of interesting fish and invertebrate species. For the more intrepid among you, feel free to step out of your bungalow onto the beach and take a short swim out to the reef. We just ask that you remember to go in pairs and that you check in with the dive centre staff to let us know your plans, and also so that they can fill you in on any local information regarding possible currents and conditions.
Wakatobi Whale & Dolphin Watching Trips
Join for a Wakatobi whale & dolphin watching trip. This offers a great chance to see dolphins, pilot whales and sometimes larger whales such as sperm whales and grey whales, in their natural environment. Our knowledgeable guides can regularly find these beautiful species, and you will find that the playful nature of the dolphins and pilot whales means that they often follow our boats ducking and diving in the waves and surf. They often come so close enabling us to hear their high pitched clicking and squeaking, and enabling us to see the details and expressions on their intelligent faces. This trip is a must for all animal lovers! Trips generally take 2-4 hours and prices include snacks and soft drinks.
Patuno Resort Wakatobi has 2 jet ski’s available for guests to hire. Partake in some Wakatobi watersports and join our experienced guides for an exhilarating ride. You can even have a go at driving one yourself ! Jet Skis are hired out for 20 minute intervals and prices are on a per person basis (min 2 people). Prices include guides and the compulsory use of life jackets. For safety reasons we have designated jet ski areas and we request that guests strictly adhere to these rules at all times.
Banana Boat Rides
Bounce along the top of the Wakatobi Waves sitting astride our banana boat (up to 6 riders). Don a lifejacket, hold on tight, and be prepared to fall in! This sure is good fun for all the family, adventurous couples, or groups of friends. It is sure to make you laugh out loud if not scream with glee! Banana boat rides are also calculated on a per person basis per 20 minutes (min 2 people).
Lie on your belly aboard a disk shaped tube and hold on tightly as our motor boat tows you skimming across the waves. The motor boat will make sharp turns and your task is to try not to fall in – although it is always more fun if you do! Life jackets are compulsory as you are bound to fall in so be prepared to get very wet!
Rubber Dingy Hire
If you prefer to take things more slowly then hire a rubber dingy and quietly row your way around the bay. Early mornings and late afternoons are the perfect time for this and if you’re feeling romantic you can order a packed lunch from our restaurant and take your sweetheart off for some quiet time and discover a secluded beach up the coast from the resort. Alternatively if you’re looking for some exercise a spell of vigorous rowing is a great way to work up a sweat, and an appetite for breakfast!
Traditional Style Sailing in Dugout Canoes
Join one of our local guides and learn how to sail a small dug out canoe with a bamboo mast and a plastic sail. A great pastime on days when there is a strong breeze to whip up your sails and carry you across the bay. Learn the fine art of catching the breeze without capsizing the canoe, and also how to steer using just a paddle. Be prepared for relentlessly bailing out water with a scoop, as these local canoes are known for being quite leaky! Great fun and ideal for 2-3 people at a time.
We have 5 bikes for hiring out to our more adventurous guests. There are some great mountain biking trails around the Wangi-Wangi island and it is a great way to get out and about and to see the Wakatobi countryside and to observe the way that the local Wakatobi farmers and fishermen work and live.
Cultural Village Tours
We offer a couple of different cultural village tours and half day trips. The range of activities included in cultural trips are; visit a traditional market, visit a historic fort, visit a Bajo sea nomad village on stilts and see how these amazing people have survived living literally on and in the water for centuries. Also visit a seaweed farming village and learn how these people make a living by farming seaweed, visit old ladies who weave the traditional Wakatobi material which is used by local communities for all number of garments, and also visit a holy spring which locals believe to bring youthfulness, beauty and good luck to all who wash their faces with the holy water.
Traditional Dance Ceremony
If you are interested in watching traditional music and dances we can arrange cultural evenings at the resort or afternoon trips out to a village (Min 8 people). Colourfully dressed dancers along with their accompanying band or drummers and musicians offer interesting entertainment and guests are often invited to learn the steps and join in the dancing. This is a great way to become familiar with Wakatobi culture.
Campfire & Beach BBQ
Patuno Resort Wakatobi is enthusiastic about growing vegetables in its two hectare garden. At present (September 2011) we are harvesting tomatoes, chillies, aubergines, and pumpkins. Ealier in the season we were harvesting cucumbers, sweetcorn, ubi (a root vegetable), papayas, chinese greens and kangkung (Indonesian green leafy vegetable). This fresh produce is brought straight to you in the Patuno Resort Restaurant. We hope to one day be able to grow all the seasonal vegetables and fruits and ensure that we can provide an even greater amount of fresh homegrown vegetables in our restaurant.
The Wakatobi Marine National Park is renowned for its spectacular underwater world and as a magical paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers alike. Here at Patuno Resort Wakatobi we are committed to providing our guests with the opportunity to experience Wakatobi diving at it’s finest.
Our professionally run Dive Center along with the wide range of Wakatobi dive sites which we visit ensures that even the most experienced divers are delighted with the Wakatobi Diving experience on offer at Patuno Resort Wakatobi.
Divers can enjoy a number of different home reef dives accompanied by a PADI Dive Master guide, and home reef dives can be boat dives or shore dives depending on conditions and diver preferences. However due to occasional strong currents we nearly always dive the home reef from a small speed boat, as opposed to shore diving. Species regularly seen on the home reef include; schooling jack, schooling trevallies, a myriad of colourful fusiliers, reef sharks, and even the occasional passing hammerhead shark.
Patuno Resort Wakatobi also offers a range of diving all around Wangi-Wangi Island, and further afield as far as the Western tip of Kaledupa and aroung Hoga Island, enabling you to explore many more of our favourite Wakatobi dive sites.
At Patuno Resort Wakatobi we do diving a little differently. Rather than coming back to the Resort after every dive, we rest and take surface intervals on one of our comfortable wooden dive boats. Our dive boats are equipped with WC facilities, towels, a fresh water tank for rinsing cameras, refreshments such as tea, coffee, soft drinks, drinking water and a range of snacks. We also often take a packed lunch with us if we are going to be out all day. This approach to Wakatobi diving enables us to take you to sites further afield, and let you enjoy a variety of different marine habitats.
We operate two different dive schedules, for those wanting to do two dives per day only, we leave the Resort at 8am by air-conditioned minibus. We take a short 15 minute bus ride through local villages and meet the boat at Sombu Jetty, from where we set off on our diving trip. After a second dive we return to Sombu Jetty at 1pm and take the short minibus ride back to Patuno Reosrt Wakatobi in time for lunch at 1.30pm.
For those wishing to do 3 dives per day, we follow the same schedule as the 2 dives per day trip, except that we have lunch on the dive boat, or on a little secluded beach, and return to Sombu Jetty in the late afternoon, where our minibus awaits. Depending on the diving day trip destination you may arrive back at the Resort anytime between 4pm and 6pm.
The Dive Sites
A wide range of world class Wakatobi dive sites are easily accessible from Patuno Resort Wakatobi. The stunning home reef offers fantastic Wakatobi diving and snorkeling, and is situated just a short swim away from the long white-sand beach which fringes the entire length of the resort. A small speed boat can also be used to access the diving and snorkeling sites on the home reef.
The Patuno Resort Wakatobi home reef is unique in that it is a very long barrier reef with a steep outer wall plunging to great depths. It boasts enormous overhangs, stunning coral reef topography and a couple of swim throughs.
Some of our favourite Wakatobi dive sites include:
Jon’s Point. Located on the home reef this Dive site is characterised by its many overhangs and caves. The deeper dives on this wall bring you to overhangs where hammerhead sharks have been seen to pass. Reef sharks and Schooling barracuda are often sighted here. Many very large sea fans and encrusting coral species cover the wall creating a plethora of different colours.
Patuno Gate. This home reef dive is situated in just a short boat journey from the resort. The dive begins on the sandy slope on the inside of the barrier reef where after a short swim we pass through a saddle at about 15m where turtles can sometimes be seen. As we pass over this saddle the reef drops away into a beautiful wall covered in an array of huge barrel sponges, soft and hard coral. Swarms of red tooth and Black trigger fish are in abundance here. The reef has many overhangs and swim throughs that house orange cup sponges and sea fans. Reef sharks, Spotted Eagle rays and Barracuda can also be seen here.
The Zoo (Waelumu). This dive is at the tip of the long barrier reef which stretches out in front of Patuno Resort Wakatobi and ends in front of the Waelumu village area. The steep wall drops from 5 meters down to about 35 meters where it turns into a sandy slope which continues to extends down into the depths. A great dive where schooling barracuda and big eye trevallies are common, as are passing white tip and black tip reef sharks and dog tooth tuna. The wall teams with a huge variety of gorgonian sea fans of all different colours making it a great habitat for pygmy seahorses. Colemans Pygmys and Bargybanti’s have been spotted here. The 5 meter tip of this barrier reef makes for a enjoyable safety stop, where you can take your time enjoying the table corals and panorama of colourful soft corals.
Waha Wall. This wall is teeming with a huge variety of corals, huge barrel sponges and sea fans and it plunges to depths of 60m or more. This is a great site for passing pelagic fish such schooling tuna and eagle rays. It is possible to experience schools of spawning bumphead wrasse and parrot fish. There are many turtles, trevallies, and myriads of other fish in every direction. There are also many things to interest macro-lovers, if you can focus and tear your eyes away from the colorful bigger picture! Commonly we see a variety of nudibranches, leaf scorpion fish, porceline crabs, and many more interseting critters. This dive is suitable for beginner divers as well as advanced divers as currents here are generally mild or non-exis
Wandoka Pinnacle. From the surface this pinnacle doesn’t look all that impressive, but once you descend down to 10m and begin to follow the ridge on the side you will be astonished by the variety of hard and soft corals, huge sponges, sea fans and black corals. This site is teeming with fish, and dog-toothed tuna and Big eye trevallies can regularly be found schooling here, along with schooling bohar snappers, schooling fusiliers, Giant trevallies, butterfly fish, turtles, and sometimes eagle rays. The safety stop on the top of the pinnacle provides an opputunity to take photos of scorpion fish and play with the tightly schooling juvenile striped catfish.
Turtle Transporter. This often fast flowing drift dive is a favourite of many guests. A steady current flows along this wall indented with many overhangs and caves where large turtles often rest and shelter from the flow. Regularly turtle numbers can get into double figures with the larger specimens sitting staring back at the approaching diver. Other common seen sights include groups of large eagle rays, schools of large midnight snapper and a ‘family’ of Napoleon wrasse.
Coliseum. This dives offers a bit of all, coral garden, sand slope, wall. The central part is a very pretty garden that starts at 5m/15ft, slopes down to 20m/60ft and continues deeper as sand slope. Eagle rays, mobula rays and schooling bumphead parrotfish are occasionally passing by on the slope. On the sides the garden is getting steeper, ending on two steep points – with a top around 8m/25ft and bottom more than 50m/150ft. The points are usually swept by current and their walls are full of fan corals, soft corals and lots of fish. Bargibanti pygmys seahorse are not uncommon and Coleman’s pygmys have been spotted as well.
Wanci Jetty. Wanci jetty is a rare treat for underwater photography enthusiasts, accessible only at certain times. It is home to a profusion of species and enormous flashing schools of bait fish. The columns of the jetty are covered in sponges and fans, and the reef flat and slopes are home to cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, several species of morays and a variety of pipefish. A true muck dive that reveals more unusual creatures with every visit.
Topi Miring. This site consists of two pinnacles connected by a saddle ridge, the slopes of which are covered in large acropora tables, barrel sponges and mushroom corals. The corals formations and sponges are huge and many experienced divers have commented on how pristeen and ancient these corals must be. Patrolling great barracuda, nudibranchs and many species of cryptic crustaceans are found here.
Red Fish. This site is so named after both the large schools of red tooth triggers that are found here and a guest who helped discover the site. Here the reef consists of a gentle slope with high coral coverage ending in a sharp corner where you can hang out and watch the large pelagic species pass by.
Kapota Ridge. The ridge here extends out from the island of Kapota’s home reef. The dive starts on a gentle sandy slope where many barrel sponges and foliose coral can be seen. Regular sitings of pelagic species such as dog tooth tuna and trevalies make this a popular spot.
Kapota Point. On the furthest point of nearby Kapota Island, this site is one of the most vibrantly coloured walls in the region. Enormous sea fans and coral overhangs are found all over the wall, and schools of reef fish as well as pelagic drifters can often be seen taking refuge from the brisk currents that ensure a multitude of fish species.
Karang Gurita. This is a great location for an outstanding days diving. This is a stunning coral atoll shaped like an eye. Several fantastic sites can be dived here. The dive sites here encompass walls, coral gardens, plateaus, ridges and slopes. You can see big sponges, a huge variety of sea fans, colourful soft and hard corals, schooling trevallies, barracudas, turtles, rays, reef sharks, or if you’re lucky even hammerhead sharks! This is a favourite dive site and guaranteed to be an exhilarating dive!
Karang Gurita (Clown Fish City). As the name implies, this site is home to an amazing concentration of Amphiprion percula as well as several other anemone fish species. Located on Karang Gurita off the south east coast of Wangi-Wangi Island, it is an excellent place to encounter pelagic species and boast 25m+ visibility much of the year. The stronger currents in the area bring in impressive schooling fish.
Kaledupa Double Spur. On the edge of nearby Kaledupa Island, Double Spur has some of the most pristine hard coral coverage in the area. The dive begins on a deep ridge covered in soft corals and anemones with resident porcelain crabs and ends in a shallow garden of large boulder corals, plate corals and anemone fishes of all species covering the reef.
Kaledupa. The reef slope here has many overhangs and crevices where blue spotted rays hide away. The crest of the reef is covered in a variety of soft coral where large schools of fusiliers and juvenile trevally are seen.
Langira. The crest of this reef sits at approximately 10m. Here very large coral Bombies are the dominant growth form with large numbers of juvenile reef species using this as a nursery area. The reef itself slopes away into the depths with overhangs housing blue spotted rays and more. Eagle rays and Tuna often pass in the blue.
The Ridge. This ridge extends out from the top of Hoga Island’s home reef. The area often has currents running along it making this a drift dive. One of the best features of this site is the much loved ‘crazy corner’ where the current rushes around the tip of the ridge. It is here that large schools of pelagic fish such as giant trevally gather to feast of the even larger schools of fusiliers and triggers that reside here.
Inner Pinnacle. These two pinnacles lie close to the Hoga home reef. The pinnacles have a ridge at approximately 15m connecting the two. Large schools of Barracuda are often sighted on this pinnacle as well as crocodile fish and large scorpion fish being prevalent on the top of the pinnacle.
Outer Pinnacle. This is a large pinnacle near Hoga Island with a ridge leading away from it at a depth of 25m. Outstanding corals, big sponges, and a huge variety of colourful soft corals cover the pinnacle and ridge. On this dive you will be surrounded by thousands of fish, from giant trevallies, schooling fusiliers, passing tuna, great barracudas, large napoleon fish and many more. There are also many interesting nudibranches and frog fish for the photographers. This dive also offers the opportunity to look for the very well camouflaged scorpion fish and other critters during the 5m safety stop.
Hoga Channel. This is a great site to visit at high tide when it offers great visibility and an abundance of fish, against a backdrop of spectacular coral. As it is a channel fish come to feed here at high tide as the currents bring plankton to the area, and other fish use it as a highway. This a spawning site for snapper especially at full moon, and we commonly see schooling barracuda, trevallies, napoleon wrasse, bumphead parrot fish along with many more smaller fish in large schools. This is one of the favourite sites around Hoga island.
The Dive Centre
Patuno Resort Wakatobi offers a professionally run Wakatobi dive centre headed by a well qualified and experienced PADI Instructor who has been diving in the Wakatobi area for over nine years. You can rest assured that you will be in good hands when diving in the Wakatobi with Patuno Resort Wakatobi. Our attention to detail is second to none and PADI safety standards and procedures are strictly adhered to at all times. We are currently in the process of applying for PADI Resort Status, which will enable us to further ensure guests of our professionalism and expertise, so please watch this space.
With 15 sets of well-maintained and regularly serviced Scuba Pro Dive Equipment, you can rest assured that your dive equipment needs will be met when diving with us in the Wakatobi. For guests bringing their own dive equipment we offer individual and allocated storage areas in our spacious dive shed.
At present Patuno Resort Wakatobi has 2 wooden dive boats, each comfortably accommodating up to 10 divers. Patuno 1 is a custom built dive boat, and Patuno 2 is a modified pleasure fishing boat. Both boats have toilet facilities on board, shady areas, sunny areas, towels, tea & coffee making facilities, fresh water tanks for rinsing cameras, Life rings, Emergency Oxygen Kits, Medical Kits, Spares kits, GPS & Depth Sounders.
We also have 3 small speed boats which are used for diving on the home reef. The boat most regularly used for diving on the home reef is open topped and has one 40HP engine. One is a glass bottomed catemeran and is used for snorkeling and glass bottom boat trips, it is equipped with two 40 HP engines.The third speed boat is enclosed and is only used for very small groups of divers, it is also equipped with two 40HP engines and is most regularly used for non-diving day trips to Hoga Island.
Our dive center is equipped with a compressor which is capable of filling 4 tanks per hour and with our set of 35 tanks you can rest assured that there will always be full tanks available.
Our full range of safety equipment includes; life jackets, first aid kits, emergency oxygen kits, life rings, safety sausages, emergency satellite phone, and GPS.
The Patuno Resort Wakatobi Dive center offers the full range of PADI dive training courses from PADI Open Water up to PADI Divemaster, and at present we can offer all courses in English or Indonesian. Out the front of the Patuno Resort Wakatobi we have an ideal area for confined water training, theory classes are taken in the Patuno Resort Wakatobi’s comfortable library/meeting room, and Open Water dives are taken on the spectacular reefs surrounding this Wakatobi resort.
Our team of dive staff are all in the process of being trained up to PADI Divemaster level, and along with our head PADI Instructor they will take care of your diving needs throughout your Wakatobi dive trip.
We can offer many PADI Diving Course qualifications, and where better to study diving than the Wakatobi Marine National Park!? So if you want to try diving for the first time and get an internationally recognized qualification, or if you are already a keen diver and feel it is time to take your diving qualification one step further, then come and visit us for a fun diving packed holiday at Patuno Resort Wakatobi. Study hard and let the beautiful Wakatobi white sand beaches and warm clear blue waters be your classroom!
Confined water dives are for learning basic scuba skills and are generally taught in swimming pools but at Patuno Resort Wakatobi you will take your confined water dives in sheltered shallow waters close to one of the Wakatobi’s most beautiful coral reefs. This gives you the opportunity to start experiencing all that the Wakatobi underwater paradise has to offer right from the start of your scuba diving adventure.
Below is a list of PADI Dive Courses offered at Patuno Resort Wakatobi:
PADI Scuba Diver Course
This dive course takes 2 days and includes 2 dives along with some basic dive theory. It is the ideal option if you don’t have much time but would like to give Scuba Diving a go. If you only have a weekend in the Wakatobi and you don’t want to miss out on experiencing Wakatobi diving then this is the course for you.
PADI Open Water Course
This dive course takes 4 days and includes between 3 and 5 confined water dive sessions and 4 open water dives (on some of the Wakatobi’s best dive sites!), along with basic dive theory classes, module quizzes, and a final exam. Most divers take this diving course as their first PADI diving qualification, and there is no pre-requisite to taking this course. Upon completion of this dive course you will have an internationally recognized diving license which is valid for life. The PADI Open Water Certification allows you to dive up to a depth of 18 meters anywhere in the world.
PADI Advanced Open Water Course
This dive course takes 2 days and includes 5 dives. This is the next step after taking the PADI Open Water Course and it is a very fun course. It doesn’t include a lot of theory and it is designed to improve your diving skills and give you some diving experience after finishing the PADI Open Water Course. On the PADI Advanced Open Water Course at Patuno Resort Wakatobi you will do; a night dive, a navigation dive, a peak performance buoyancy dive, a deep dive (to 30m), and a PADI Aware Fish Identification dive. Upon completion of the PADI Advanced Course you will be certified to dive up to a depth of 30 meters.
PADI Rescue Diver Course
This course takes 4 days and teaches you how to deal with a whole range of emergency situations which may occur when diving. It comprises of a theory exam and many in-water practical exercises. We also train you in Emergency First Response (EFR) and First Aid for which you will receive a certificate at the end of the course. It is a fun course with many scenario role-plays and will increase the confidence of any diver. You will come away knowing what to do should an emergency occur. This course is highly recommended for all keen scuba divers and it is necessary to complete 20 logged dives before enrolling on the PADI Rescue Course.
PADI Dive Master Course
The PADI Dive Master course is the next step after the PADI Rescue Course and it is particularly appropriate for scuba divers who are interested in becoming professional scuba divers. The prerequisite is 60 logged dives and the course generally takes a minimum of 12 days, and can take up to 1 month depending on individual diver skills and experience. If you are interested in taking this dive course please contact us for more details. When contacting us please include info regarding your current diving license, your current number of logged dives, info on how long you have been diving for, info on where you have been diving, and info on how long you have to take the course with an idea of your dates. We will then get back to you with a tailor made itinerary and quote for the PADI Dive Master Course.
Patuno Resort Wakatobi offers a range of packages to suit our clients needs. Full board packages give you the peace of mind of knowing the total price of your Wakatobi holiday or business trip before it actually starts.
Our Wakatobi packages generally include; accommodation in a standard room on a twin share basis, airport transfers, 3 meals per day, a range of activities including guides, transport and equipment, snacks and soft drinks when taking part in activities and day trips, and coffee breaks and facilities when holding meetings. See individual package offers for full details of what is included.
Patuno Resort Wakatobi offers a range of:
-full board Wakatobi diving packages
-full board holiday packages
-full board meeting/conference packages
In the near future Patuno Resort Wakatobi intends to introduce more packages such as honeymoon packages, wedding packages, dive training packages and more.
We offer a range of Wakatobi diving packages for certified divers. You can choose from 2 dives per day packages or 3 dives per day packages.
All package prices include:
-3 meals per day
-Boat Diving & PADI Dive Guide
-Tanks & Weights
-Snacks, drinking water,tea & coffee, & soft drinks on diving day trips
-Airport Transfers to & from Wangi-Wangi airport
-15% local tax & Service Charge
-Minibar, Bar & additional Restaurant Bills
-Dive Equipment Rental
-Land-tours & other activities
Patuno Resort Wakatobi offers a range of Wakatobi Holiday Packages aimed at meeting the needs of the non-divers out there. These packages are designed to introduce you to the Wakatobi culture and environment, and to give you time to relax and enjoy the Patuno Resort Wakatobi surroundings.
These Wakatobi Holiday Packages offer a varied mix of activities to suit your needs, ranging from snorkeling, cultural tours, water sports, dolphin and whale watching trips, day trips out to other islands, beach picnics and discover scuba diving sessions for those wishing to give scuba diving a go.
All Wakatobi Holiday Packages include:
-Accommodation in Standard Room (twin/double share basis)
-3 meals per day
-Range of tours & activities (see itinerary)
-Snacks & soft drinks when on planned tours
-15% local government tax & service charge
-Minibar, Bar & additional Restaurant Bills
-Any additional activities not included in package itinerary
At Patuno Resort Wakatobi we can accommodate large groups wishing to hold meetings or conferences, training days, team building workshops and more. We can also accomodate small executive meetings (up to 20 pax) in our executve lounge complete with a large sea facing balcony and relaxing sofa area.