Field Notes From Wakatobi and Buton Island, Indonesia – October/November 2022

The Autumn of 2022 saw our long-awaited dive trip to Wakatobi in Indonesia eventually become a reality having waited 4 years, 2 years of which were attributed to the Covid pandemic.

It was nice to be diving again after the long hiatus caused by everything going on hold, and we soon got back into it.

Our first week was onboard the Pelagian liveaboard which we thoroughly enjoyed despite me contracting a stinking cold that I struggled with for the entire trip, making the dives difficult for equalising my ears. The Pelagian’s itinerary included some of the further flung reefs within the marine reserve (from the Wakatobi Resort), with the highlight being our visit to Buton Island for some great dives. Especially memorable were the muck dives.

After the liveaboard week, we enjoyed a second week of diving based out of the Wakatobi Dive Resort itself, where we enjoyed seeing and photographing the prolific reefscapes of the marine reserve.

With both of us suffering with our ears at the tail end of the trip after all that diving, we enjoyed a rest at Ubud back on Bali before returning home.

Photographically, we captured some pleasing images, though as is normal in hindsight for me, I felt I could have achieved more.

The Wakatobi reception kindly displayed x 3 of my images to greet new arrivals, which I appreciated, and several were also used for our 2024 Diving Dreams Calendar. – JC

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