DAY 1 | Arrival Wangi Wangi
After arrival at Wangi Wangi airharbour you will be picked up and driven to your residence in about 30 minutes. Wangi Wangi is the first and largest island of Wakatobi, a national maritime park in Southeast Sulawesi, located in the coral triangle. Wakatobi is the acronym for the islands Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Timia and Binongko. It is the second largest marine park in Indonesia and is called the underwater nirvana by Jacques Cousteau.
DAY 2 | Tomia
In the early morning you drive in about 10 minutes (if you stay in Patuno for about 30 minutes) to the harbour where you board a boat to look for dolphins. Between Wangi Wangi and Kapota Island most of the dolphins are being seen in the morning, and although we cannot guarantee it, you have a great chance to see dolphins here together with dozens of fishermen in their small canoes at sea in the early morning. Afterwards, you will leave to another harbour to wait for the ferry to Tomia, while breakfast is served in a local restaurant.
The wooden boat to Tomia leaves at 9 o'clock in the morning. Under normal weather conditions the trip takes about 3-4 hours, but with higher waves (April-August) the crossing can take an hour longer. Arriving in Tomia you walk in about 5 minutes to your guesthouse where you leave your luggage and enjoy the lunch. Afterwards you explore Tomia's surroundings by bike with the guide. You cycle about 15 km on mostly flat roads, sometimes asphalted. You stop regularly to look around, have a chat with the locals, and to get a coffee at a local house. You will be back at your guesthouse in the late afternoon or early evening. Keep in mind that it can be warm and make sure that you wear slightly covering clothing because of the fact that you cycle past Islamic villages (also good as protection from the sun). A simple dinner is served in the guesthouse.
Note: the number of bicycles on the island is limited. If there are not enough bicycles, the trip is done on the back of a motor bike and it is possible to explore some more of the island.
DAY 3 | Tomia
A fun day on the east coast of the island. Once arrived at the village of Kulati, you can enjoy the view of the most beautiful coastline of Wakatobi, jagged cliffs, white sand beaches and azure blue water. You will get on board of a boat to sail down the coastline, which consists of several bays. You can snorkel in a few places, including above a Japanese wreck that you can see already while snorkeling. In the beginning you will pass a cave that you can pay a visit and a fish bbq is freshly prepared on a deserted beach in a bay. You can also choose to go diving today. Dinner will be served at the guesthouse.
DAY 4 | Fastboat to Kaledupa, visit Bajo village
The boat to Kaledupa leaves at 6 o'clock in the morning and lasts about an hour. On the way you also have a chance to see dolphins. Once arrived in Kaledupa you walk down the long pier and drive with your guide and driver to a traditional Bajo market to buy the ingredients for the cooking class (if you arrive from Wangi Wangi there will be no time to visit the market). You will drive inland towards a small village. In one of the local houses you help the women to prepare lunch and you can give them a helping hand with their daily activities such as weaving and rope making. If it is the season, you can you also go with some of the women to the fields to look for sweet potatoes which will be part of the lunch. Once the preparations are done, you walk to a cave that is about 200 meters away (up hill!). You will experience how the villagers cook their food while using hot stones. The stones are heated and put in a pit together with the food. The pit is closed until the food is ready. It is also possible that you learn today how to cook with the use of bamboo cookers. This is also prepared in the cave. The food is done in bamboo and then cooked on an open fire. Both processes take at least an hour before the dishes are ready. Meanwhile, a traditional dance is performed for you. When everything is ready, walk back to the house and enjoy a delicious lunch.
After lunch you drive to another port and board a motorized canoe. You sail in about 20 minutes to the large mangrove forest where you sail through narrow passages, if the tide allows. After this, you continue to a beautiful beach where you go ashore and walk to the Sombano lake. From the side you can already see the many red shrimps, endemic to this lake. If you want, you can also go snorkeling here.
In the late afternoon you sail to a village that is built on stilts in the middle of the sea. This friendly Bajo village is also the village where you will spend the night. Here you find the nomadic Bajo people, who now lead a semi-nomadic life in which they have built a permanent village on coral waste in the water, but still regularly go out fishing for months. Narrow gangways connect the different houses together. At some parts the boards are broken, so please beware where you walk!
DAY 5 | Activities Bajo village
This morning you will participate in the daily activities of the Bajo. The women will be happy to show their self-made diving glasses that allow them to enter the water up to a few meters deep. You could for example go search for sea cucumbers together with them. Together with the men you will set sail to fish for lunch and dinner. With their homemade spears, they are able to stay underwater for several minutes in order to catch the fish. walk through the village and enjoy a delicious lunch on your terrace. in 20 minutes to the island of Hoga.
DAY 6 | Hoga, free day for leisure
Free day to share as you wish, you can book scuba diving at the resort or snorkel at the house reef, the reef is a little further away from the beach, it is about a 10 minute swim.
DAY 7 | Hoga, free day for leisure
Free day to do as you like
DAY 8 | Back to Wangi Wangi
You cross with a local boat to Kaledupa, a crossing of about 25 minutes. In the same harbour as where you arrive, the fast boat departs to Wangi Wangi around 6 o'clock in the morning. About an hour later you arrive in Wangi Wangi, where you are picked up by a driver who drives you to your accommodation.
In the late morning you will be picked up by the driver and guide with who you will drive to a traditional village, a cultural heritage site in the south of the island. The inhabitants of this village have kept their traditional values and rituals for decades. The remains of historic architecture can still be found today. The village lies on a small hill where you can enjoy beautiful views of the sea, the coastline and nearby islands. Most residents live in wooden houses in simple conditions. According to the residents, these houses have existed since the founding of the Kingdom of Liya and have not changed since then.
The kingdom of Liya was surrounded by three layers of forts. The first layer had four "Lawa" (gates), the second nine and the third two gates. The gates of the first two layers were secured by guards, who were served as defenses against sea pirates from the Banda Sea. The other two gates in the third layer were called Lawa Lingu and served as secret evacuation paths for the king and his government in a state of emergency.
When you arrive in the village you will get a sarong to wear in respect of the kingdom. You visit the remains of the fort and make a nice walk through the village and the forest towards the sea. Afterwards you board a canoe and sail through the lagoon. At sunset you have a beautiful view from your canoe on the flying dogs who wake up at this time and fly out of their trees.
You drive to your hotel after the trip, but stop at a local house / restaurant for dinner. The family here makes the most delicious 'Parende' of Wakatobi. 'Parende' is a typical dish of Wakatobi, a fish soup, made from fresh coral fish with onion, lemongrass and turmeric.
DAY 9 | Transfer Airport
Today you drive to the airport, time depending on your flight.