While diving in Wakatobi, you may see the greatest diversity and variety of marine life. You won’t just see beautiful views or pristine coral reefs, but also abundant colorful reef fish along with rare and strange mysterious creatures. New and undocumented species are still found at Wakatobi. There are other places where one can see bigger schools of fish, larger animals and experience more adrenaline packed beneath water rides, but also for absolute reef scenery and marine life assortment, you won’t be disappointed by a diving vacation at Wakatobi.
Wakatobi is blessed with over 50 mapped and named dive sites all within a brief distance of the main hotel. The reefs enclosing Wakatobi are actually continuous, therefore to call a dive site a site is somewhat misleading. We identify most of our dive sites at places on the continuous world where we start the dive. We have generally selected these starting points because of some identifying beneath water typography or marine life that’s common for this place. Epicenter of all biodiversity. The Wakatobi region is thought of as the epicenter of coral reef biodiversity. 85% of the planet’s coral reefs are located from the Indo Pacific area, and as you travel either east or west in the epicenter of biodiversity, the number of species decreases.
From the western border Indian Ocean or Eastern boundary of the Pacific, you may just find about 25% of the amount of species that are found in Wakatobi. The Atlantic/Caribbean region has less variety, less than one 10th the amount of species located at the Indo Pacific. As an example, the Atlantic/Caribbean area has fewer than 70 species of coral whilst the Indo Pacific has over 700 species. The environment influences biodiversity. Coral reef ecosystems need warm, clear waters to flourish. Whenever there is too much runoff from big rivers or urban expansion nearby, the reefs might be choked by siltation or pollution.
The waters need to be sexy, but not overly sexy. Above 29 C, the symbiotic algae living in the corals starts to die off and strain that the corals. Depth is essential too. Very shallow waters have too large temperature fluctuations and tumultuous tide and surge activity. Too heavy, and light is diminished, which decreases diversity. At about 20 M thickness, there is lots of lighting, and also much wave action, even during big storms, and more species can endure.
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