Scuba Getaway: Wakatobi Resort & Liveaboard

TRIP Overview

Diver Level Required: Advanced Open Water Certification, Enriched Air Certification recommended

Scuba Getaway is embarking on a new adventure to the secluded and ultra luxurious Wakatobi Dive Resort. Located on a private island all on its own in the Tukang Besi/Wakatobi archipelago, the Wakatobi resort provides exclusive access to the surrounding dive sites. In a tranquil island setting far from crowds and cities, with no other divers for at least 100 miles, Wakatobi seamlessly blends five-star amenities and civilized comforts with a pristine natural environment; a pairing that has secured its reputation as one of the world’s finest destinations.

We have designed a unique itinerary utilizing both the luxury resort and the privately owned Pelagian liveaboard to split our time on land and sea. A group of 20 divers will travel to Wakatobi, 10 divers will remain on land staying in the resort Ocean Bungalow accommodations, diving straight from the resort aboard their private dive boats, and exploring the world famous house reef with unlimited shore diving. The other 10 divers will board the Pelagian venturing into remote and seldom-visited corners of the Tukang Besi archipelago. Guests will enjoy the discovery and adventure to distant reefs, verdant island lagoons and fecund muck diving sites. Half-way through our trip, the groups will switch accommodations and experience the luxury and diving and of the other half, giving everyone a full experience of what Wakatobi has to offer.

Wakatobi is located at the world’s epicenter of coral reef biodiversity and is designated a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve. This means that while diving at Wakatobi you can see the greatest variety and diversity of marine life. You’ll not only see beautiful vistas or pristine coral reefs, but also abundant colorful reef fish and rare and unusual cryptic ‘critters’.  For sheer reef scenery and marine life variety, you won’t be disappointed with a diving holiday at Wakatobi. Nowhere else do you have such ease of access to miles of pristine reefs with diverse topography, life and highlights.

In Wakatobi you can enjoy diving 365 days a year, there is no period or season unsuitable for diving. The underwater visibility is mostly between 20 m and 50 m, with an average of 35 m or 100 feet. Regardless of skill level, all divers are welcome in Wakatobi since dive sites can be extremely varied and tailored to experience. Divers will find steep walls, overhangs, sandy bays, coral gardens, underwater pinnacles, and seamounts.

Highlights to see:

  • Cuttlefish
  • Nudibranchs
  • Mandarin fish
  • Mantis shrimp
  • Sea turtles
  • Pygmy seahorse
  • Blue ringed octopus
  • Blue spotted sting rays

Scuba Getaway Trip Leaders

Over 20 years experience as a PADI Scuba Instructor, and the owner of TSC and Scuba Getaway. Peter has been to all the top dive destinations around the world, and offers expert knowledge in all things scuba diving.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Store Manager at Toronto Scuba Centre. Jemma was born and raised in New Zealand where she did all of her training and is eager to explore the rest of the underwater world.


This one of a kind itinerary offers both land and sea accommodations during your 11 night stay. Wakatobi is an exclusive resort, with just 17 Ocean Bungalows, 9 Palm Bungalows and 4 Villas. You will find yourself slipping into Wakatobi’s easy rhythm, rejuvenated by its comforting ways – freshly prepared and appetizing food, comfortable accommodation, sensational diving and friendly, personalized service. Accommodations are within easy walking distance of all amenities (restaurant, spa, and more) and all are just a short distance from the beach and the ocean. Each hand-crafted villa and bungalow is spacious, quiet, comfortable and just a few steps from the ocean. All are air-conditioned with wi-fi satellite internet access, along with comprehensive amenities. All your meals and snacks (chef-prepared in our beachside restaurant) are included throughout your stay.

Pelagian expands on Wakatobi Dive Resort’s tradition of ultimate service and premier diving. With more space per guest than any dive yacht of its kind, Pelagian cruises to sites where no other dive operation has gone before. Along the way guests enjoy the personal service and exclusive amenities of a world-class motoryacht. With a maximum of 10 guests, Pelagian’s cabins are well-appointed and spacious. Pelagian’s spacious salon is complemented by a refined dining area, modern media centre and dedicated camera workroom, while several open and shaded deck areas offer additional space for privacy and relaxation. The master suite provides all the comforts one would expect of an upscale hotel suite – all other cabin levels are also spacious, with full en-suite shower rooms.

Master Suite

The beautiful Master Suite that spans the full width of the vessel (and occupies the entire bow on main deck) offers all the comforts of home and is the most spacious cabin available on any dedicated dive motor-yacht that we know of.

A King Size bed offers relaxing and restful sleep. A generously proportioned lounge with a love seat provide the perfect place to watch videos on the HD flatpanel TV with Blu-ray DVD player, listen to music, read, or work on your laptop – in total privacy. The roomy bathroom is contemporary in decor and equipment, featuring top of the line rainforest shower and vanity fittings.


The Superlux cabins offer fresh, bright spa-like environments for guests. From the spacious floor plan, to the wall art and the smallest decor details, these cabins evoke a feeling of tranquility and restfulness. Both of these cabins feature a walk-around, queen-size bed and separate day bed/generously proportioned extra bed. No need to climb over your partner in the middle of the night to reach the bathroom or in search of a drink!

Hanging bedside tables, floor-to-ceiling wardrobes and large drawers under the beds offer guests ample space to store personal items. Adjustable, high-intensity reading lights hang from the headboards for convenient night-time reading. Spaciousness extends into the beautiful bathrooms featuring a glass shower area, a big vanity with spa-like fixtures and great lighting. These cabins are, of course, air conditioned with private controls.

Deluxe Cabin

The efficient layout of the deluxe cabin creates the perfect accommodation for a couple or two dive buddies looking for their own space. This cabin features two beds; one wide enough for two people, the other accommodates one person. plenty of large cupboards and a small loveseat offers a place to sit, read, and maintain your dive log or work on your laptop. This cabin also has a spacious bathroom with shower and toilet. Air conditioned with private controls, of course.

Standard Cabin
For divers who tend to focus more on the boat’s common areas (and their diving) than on having the largest cabin onboard. The standard cabin features two single beds arranged opposite each other. Built-in storage is provided for stowing personal items. This cabin also has a newly-remodeled bathroom with shower and toilet and is air-conditioned with private control.
Take in a glorious view at the end of a satisfying day’s diving, to a soundtrack of waves gently lapping on the shore – all while seated on the balcony or in one of the comfortable lounge chairs in front of your Ocean Bungalow featuring a private ocean view. All have commodious front porches with comfortable lounge beds and stunning sea views. Ocean Bungalows have indoor bathrooms and spacious Asian spa-style outdoor showers. All are air-conditioned with wi-fi satellite internet access, along with comprehensive amenities. Beds can be arranged in a queen bed or 2 twin bed configuration.



Tukang Besi/ Wakatobi archipelago: There are more than 40 dive sites accessible directly from the resort. The Pelagian is able to travel to the more remote sites. 


Prices are per person, all taxes are already included. Prices differ depending on the 5N/6N combination of accommodations.
From $7,740 to $9,625 USD

6 Nights Land/5 Nights Boat
Ocean Bungalow/Master Suite: $9,390 USD
Ocean Bungalow/Superlux Suite: $8,720 USD
Ocean Bungalow/Deluxe Suite: $8,065 USD
Ocean Bungalow/Standard Suite: $7,815 USD

6 Nights Boat/5 Nights Land
Master Suite/Ocean Bungalow: $9,625 USD
Superlux Suite/Ocean Bungalow: $8,820 USD
Deluxe Suite/Ocean Bungalow: $8,035 USD
Standard Suite/Ocean Bungalow: $7,740 USD

Prices do not include flights to Bali from Toronto and return, additional hotel stays, additional land activities, gear rental, gratuities, and travel insurance (highly recommended).
Dive insurance is required to travel with Scuba Getaway, travellers need to purchase this separately.

Payment schedule

Due Now: $1500 USD deposit

July 1st, 2023: $1500 USD

July 1st, 2024: $2000 USD

Feb 1st, 2025: $2000 USD

March 1st, 2025: Balance