Are you a diver or a beach lover and planning to go to Wakatobi, an archipelago in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia? We know why you want to be here. This archipelago is known as one of the best diving sites in Indonesia with beautiful beaches. For your accommodation, we have picked a resort for you: Patuno Resort Wakatobi. This is one of the best beach resorts in the area with the most affordable prices but that’s not all!
Convenient resort in a remote area
Wakatobi is an archipelago that consists of many small islands and among the islands, Wangi-Wangi is the only island with an airport (Manohara airport). Patuno Resort Wakatobi is exactly the resort you need, as it is located on the island of Wangi-Wangi and it is just 15- minute drive from Manohara airport.
After the multiple flights that you must have taken to reach Wakatobi from your country (you will need to go to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, and Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi for connecting flights), you certainly need to rest and don’t want to go anywhere, at least for a while. Patuno Resort would be your safe and cosy haven for a good rest.
One of the few resorts with private beach
Patuno Resort is one of the few beach resorts in the area that has its own private beach. Once you reach the resort, you will definitely want to take off your shoes to step ashore because the resort’s private beach boasts a landscape of white sand where you can sit, swim or relax to enjoy the sea breeze and the sunset.
Patuno resort comprises a complex of bungalows. Unlike hotels in big cities that are usually tall concrete buildings, Patuno bungalows are constructed entirely of wood and shaped in ‘rumah panggung’ style, the indigenous architecture in which the wooden cottage is supported by sturdy wood pillars.
Room rates in Patuno resort is quite cheap compared to other resorts in the area, considering the facilities and convenience you’ll get. The rates range from 50 USD (superior) to 71 USD for the suite, which is more spacious and closer the beach. All rooms have air-conditioning so you don’t need to worry about the tropical heat. The rates already include return airport transfers, welcome drink (normally they give iced milk tea) and Wi-Fi connection (accessible from lobby and restaurant area, although you may not want to rely on the internet speed to watch YouTube).
The hotel has a restaurant named Dahlia. Buffets are served for breakfast (free for guests) and dinner (17 USD per person). They have Western food such as pancakes and omelets as well as some local delicacies in the buffet. For the local food, try Bubur Manado (Manado porridge). Like other kinds of porridge (very common in East and Southeast Asia), Manado porridge is boiled rice and it has softer texture than ordinary steamed rice. This one comes with yam, corn and spinach, which you can rarely find elsewhere.
Buy the diving package
You can also buy a diving (or snorkeling) package along with your hotel stay and it will cost you 456 USD for two-night stay in a suite bungalow as well as a diving tour to diving sites in the archipelago.
Talking a bit about Wakatobi’s underwater, it is one of the richest marine biodiversity park on earth that has more than 90 different species of fishes within the coral reefs. This is because it is a part of Pacific coral triangle, the marine area in the western Pacific Ocean that includes the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands, where a large majority of world’s marine flora and fauna is found here. Thus, many people have come to this place for diving.
The diving sites can be reached within a twenty-minute boat ride. Don’t worry about the transportation and diving equipments, as the resort will arrange everything for you. If you’re lucky, you will see a school of dolphins from your boat during your boat journey. If you come between May and September, you will have a better chance to see the dolphins. They usually come to the warm water of Wakatobi during these months.
Make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance
This resort has only 32 cottages and as one of the best resorts in Wakatobi, you can guess this resort is always fully occupied during the weekends. So unless you want to stay here on weekdays, you need to book your room at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival at the hotel. So, reserve a room now, before it is fully booked!
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