Wakatobi is the name of an islands and regency located in an area of Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. The capital of the regency is located in Wangi-Wangi.
Wakatobi is also the name of a national park established in 1996. The national park consists of marine biodiversity hotspot known as Wallacea and coral reefs. Wakatobi Islands is a part of the Coral Triangle and it contains one of the richest marine biodiversity on earth. This marine national park is considered as one of the highest priorities of marine conservation in Indonesia.
Wakatobi National Park is consists of four larger islands: Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko, as well as many small islands such as Tokobao, North Lintea, South Lintea, Kampenaune, Hoga and Tolandono. It is the third largest marine park in Indonesia and people also call it as “Underwater Nirwana”. Wakatobi has the highest number of reef and fish species in the world and it is the second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is the habitat of large and small fish species, dolphins, turtles and whales.
Beside the underwater beauty, Wakatobi has also other beauty and richness such as white sandy beach, clear sea water, sunset in every islands edge and historical sites which tell the traces of the past Wakatobi. Here you can also find cultural scenaries such as old village with its pillar house, traditional waving, blacksmiths, Bajo tribe and various particular dances. This nature and culture heritages put Wakatobi as the world's famous marine tourism objects.