wakatobi dive resort

The Broadclub can be seen in a range of colors. Commonly they are light brown or yellowish with white mottled markings. Males are sometimes dark brown, particularly during courtship and mating. The arms have longitudinal white bands that appear as broad white blotches when extended. Some arms have longitudinal brown bands that extend to the head. The dorsal mantle can sometimes be seen with a saddle mark with small white and brown spots. (Photograph: Steve and Carmen Williams)

Longnose hawkfish are almost always found skirting around lacey, fan-shaped, stinging-celled animals, particularly sea fans and black corals. Superficially, hawkfishes resemble rockfish, scorpionfish, and lionfish, but they lack the prominent head spines found on members of the scorpionfish family. They can reach five inches in total length. (Photograph: Mick Gulson)

One of the most exquisite parts of night diving is watching the coral feeding. Zooplankton rise from the nooks and crannies of the reef and drift past an ocean of mouths that include reef corals, sea anemones, brittle stars, and basket stars. Corals bloom after dark, absorbing nutrients from the water around them and looking truly beautiful. (Photograph:
Wayne MacWilliams)

The moray eel is a relatively secretive animal, spending much of its time hiding in holes and crevices amongst the rocks and coral on the ocean floor. By spending the majority of their time hiding, moray eels are able to remain out of sight from predators and are also able to ambush any unsuspecting prey that passes. (Photograph: Mark Snyder)

On the morning’s first dive, your guide leads you right to a pastel gorgonian that you would have otherwise swam right past. Following his gestures, you look close, then closer, and suddenly the timely and perfectly camouflaged profile of a Denise’s pygmy seahorse is revealed. Your guide places a steadying hand on your shoulder, allowing you to ease in for a close up without disturbing this tiny reef dweller or its surroundings. Your day is off to a pretty good start. (Photograph: Cor Bosman)

Ornate Ghost Pipefish is probably the most well know species, which is also known as the Harlequin ghost pipefish. It is often found in pairs living along side crinoids (feather stars) and occurs in a startling rainbow of colour forms. Like the other species the ornate ghost pipefish is a predator of small mysid shrimp.  Juveniles are almost transparent but are nearly adult length when they settle from their planktonic stage. (Photograph: Marco Fierli)