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Wakatobi: A paradise for divers

  • Arief Suhardiman

    The Jakarta Post

Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi   /   Sat, April 24 2010   /  09:56 am

“Wow... it’s beautiful,” said a passenger sitting beside me as he was watching a vast expanse of blue sea and green terrain from the plane window upon its landing at Matahora Airport, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi. Heaven underneath: A diver observes coral reefs at Waha, Wakatobi archipelago, Southeast Sulawesi.Its gorgeous beach covered with white sand was clearly in sight, enhancing the magnificence of Wakatobi archipelago.Passengers seated in the middle also tried to peek from nearby windows for a better view of the panorama outside. Nearly all those boarding the plane with a capacity of 30 people were amazed as it touched down at the airport located in Wanci, Wangi-wangi Island.Wakatobi is an acronym of the names of major islands composing this island group: Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. The other name is Tukang Besi as the islands’ population is famous for its bl...