Diving at Sombu Beach, Wakatobi’s Underwater Paradise

Traveling to Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, is not complete without trying diving or snorkeling tours. The reason is, Wakatobi is known for its white sand and clear sea. One of the famous spots in Wakatobi for diving is Sombu Beach. This white sandy beach with a row of coral reefs is always hunted by tourists.

Sombu Beach is located in Wangi-Wangi District. The distance is about 30 minutes from Matahora Airport, or 20 minutes from the city center. At first glance, this coastline does not look so long. Even so, the white sand and coral reefs peeking behind the clear sea are guaranteed to fascinate. To swim and dive at Sombu Beach, visitors just need to use the pier that has been provided.

Beginner divers can try to dive in the sea to the left and right of the pier which is relatively shallow in depth. Even so, there is no need to worry because various marine biota such as ornamental fish and turtles can be found here. Meanwhile, those who want to explore the sea deeper, can go directly to the end of the pier. The difference is, the sea here has a depth of 20 meters. The coral reefs at Sombu Beach are known to be colorful and have sloping contours and slightly terraced. This is what makes the rows of coral reefs on the seabed of Sombu Beach look more special.

Besides being hunted by tourists, Sombu Beach is also a spot for underwater flag ceremonies every Indonesian Independence Day. In fact, Sombu Beach was once used for underwater mass wedding ceremonies recorded at Indonesian Record Museum (MURI). Not only does it provide a beautiful underwater panorama, Sombu Beach in Wakatobi can also be used as a spot to watch a beautiful sunset. Not surprisingly, most tourists are advised to do snorkeling and diving in the morning when the waves are still calm, then enjoy the sunset when they are satisfied with their adventure.

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