Tukang Besi Islands Resorts
| Hoga Island Resort|
The Island of Hoga – WAKATOBI ISLANDS AND ATOLL Have you ever dived along a reef that was totally packed with invertebrate life so abundant that hardly any bare rock is visible? You haven’t? Well, the waters of the Banda Sea off Hoga Island await you. There are no roads on the island, just a small fishing village at the other side. The last 10 years Hoga became well known in the university world because of the scientists and students from Operation Wallacea who are working here. Diving at Hoga Tukangbesi Diving is one of the unique places in the world where you will see incredibly colourful reefs in one of the most bio-diverse regions of the Indo-Pacific. The reefs are so unspoiled, that they explode with life. There are some fantastic pinnacles, bridges, and a blue hole and sea-grass bed, which makes the place a dream world. There are many different types of diving, mostly wall drift dives. As the place is so remote, there is hardly any chance to see other divers underwater, apart from your boat members, the resort is kept small. Snorkelling is a great way to relax on de-gas days or for those of you who don’t dive. It is just a stroll from your cottage to the waters edge and then across the sea-bed also teeming with life and out to the reef and the drop-off. The diving is getting more special when the bajo ‘sea nomad’ children from the nearby village come with you on your dive. They are of course great free-divers which is a wonderful opportunity to take underwater photographs of them when they are fishing with their home-made harpoons. Local dive masters will show you the beauty of the tremendous amount of species. The number of species is 10 times more, compared to the Caribbean dive sites. All of these factors combined, lend to the most spectacular and relaxed diving. The resort can handle groups of 10 divers. They have to be experienced divers. The best season for diving is from March till December. Hoga Island Resort The wooden houses on stilts are overlooking the ocean. Meals are served on the beach or in the small restaurant. In the morning you are woken up by different kind of birds. When you are lucky you can see the endangered coconut crabs. At night when walking through the resort you will see trees alight, full of fireflies. One of the great pastimes in the evening is to take a walk along the beach in the splash zone and watch your footprints light up with the bio-luminescence. To end a day you can make a campfire on the beach and watch the stars, a great way to relax after a days diving. The dive resort is heavily involved in the local community and has set up a charity organization with the primary focus of giving children the opportunity to have an education. Hoga Island Resort offers diving for USD US$ 120,- per person per day. The above price includes: – 2 boat dives a day, including belt, weigths and tanks – accomodation in traditional wooden style built on stilts, overlooking the ocean – meals and hot drinks – tour to the sea nomade village Pick up at Wanci airport, and transfer to Hoga cost USD US$100,- (1 -4 people) Full set rental equipment USD US$ 35,- Location Hoga Island is part of the Tukang Besi archipelago, located off S.E. Sulawesi. In 1996 these waters were a designated marine park, now it is the second largest protected marine park in Indonesia. When you read how to get to this island it might strike you as too much trouble, but I can tell you it is worth the effort. To get there is a great adventure itself and besides that a gradual acclimatization to this part of the world. The island has no roads and has only one small village. Sightseeing SAMPELA – (from Hoga) Sampela is a village from the Bajau people which is only ten minutes from Hoga by boat. The Bajau are seanomades who used to live in big canoes, nowadays they live in this village which is built on poles in the sea. This is a great opportunity to learn something about their culture and take some wonderful pictures. MANGROVES – (from Hoga) Visiting the mangroves by Bajau canoe is a special experience. It is also possible to dive in the mangrove forest. How to get to Hoga Island, Wakatobi. From Jakarta or Bali it can be possible to travel to Hoga in one day. Everyday except on monday there is a fligh from Makassar to Wanci with Expressair.