UNPARALLELED SERVICESWakatobi’s famously high standards of service become apparent as soon as you start to plan your visit. Before even getting to the resort, the concierge team are at your disposal. They are able to organise a stay in Bali to take in the sights, relax to get over your jetlag or sample some local cuisine. Even if you only have transit time between your Bali arriving or departing flight and your flight to the resort, the concierge team can happily arrange a transfer to a local restaurant or spa, to kill a few hours in style. However, it really all starts after dropping your bags with the Wakatobi team at Bali domestic airport. Amazingly, you won’t need to worry about these again until they’re seamlessly deposited at your bungalow or aboard Pelagian. After an easy and personalised check-in, you’re escorted to a private lounge to have a short and relaxed wait to join the flight. There are snacks available, and you have the opportunity to make some new buddies who’ll also be heading to the resort.NON DIVERSIf you are coming to Wakatobi with a non-diving partner or children, there are plenty of services and activities to keep them occupied and happy. For a truly relaxing non-diving activity, a significant other can spend some time at the spa—or enjoy a spa service right at your bungalow or villa. There’s a library for quiet times, and a wildlife media presentation several evenings of the week. Infants and young children can be trusted to the care of Wakatobi's nanny service, and children 5 and up have exciting activities at the Kids Club. Active teens can go for kayaking, snorkeling trips, waterskiing or wakeboard runs.

And, kitesurfing at the resort during June through September has become a very popular option. If shopping at the resort's boutique isn't enough retail time, there are tours to island villages that include stops at the local markets.

STREAMLINED DIVINGFor most of us, however, diving is paramount and any little ways that this can be made more streamlined and personalised is often greatly appreciated. Dive group sizes are always small at the resort, in the region of one guide to four guests, and sites are never crowded; however, at Wakatobi they can go one step further. It’s possible to charter your own private boat. You can do this by the day, or for your entire trip. With your own boat, guide and crew you can head off wherever you want, whenever you want. You can choose to take a packed lunch and stay out all day, staying at the same site for all your dives, or head off further afield. Is there a certain site you want to revisit or animal you really want to see? Then this service would suit you perfectly and it’s surprisingly affordable. Definitely one for the photographers.

Taking their dive services a step further, Wakatobi now offer the skills of a resident photo and video pro. Whether you are a total beginner and want help setting up your first underwater camera, or you’re an experienced shooter wanting to hone your skills, these one-on-one classes are sure to be beneficial. You can even learn how to organise your pesky Lightroom catalogue or sharpen your post production techniques.