Wakatobi Resort in Indonesia has announced that it will re-open for business on June 2nd, 2022.
The announcement comes as Indonesia eliminates all quarantines for arriving international travelers and reinstates its Visa On Arrival program. A number of international airlines have resumed flights to Bali and as in years past, Wakatobi says it will offer their private guest charter flights directly from Bali to the resort.
According to resort founder Lorenz Mader:
“We are excited to once again welcome guests from around the world. Wakatobi has always felt like a family, and that family includes all of our friends from around the world who come to share the magic of our island and our reefs.”
Wakatobi Resort closed its doors in March of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of the 26-month closure, the resort’s management team has continued to make the welfare of its staff and the local communities their number one priority. Wakatobi said it has also continued to fund reef patrols, social programs, and lease payments to the villages to ensure no-take agreements are honored and the reefs remain in prime condition.
The closure provided an opportunity to refresh the resort’s physical property and infrastructure. All of Wakatobi’s dive boats have been updated; the property has seen a number of significant repairs and improvements; the jetty has been widened and smoothed, and the airstrip received an upgrade under the supervision of a certified runway engineer, according to a Wakatobi statement.
The dive team reports that the reefs are in excellent health, and the local community and area fishermen remain committed to protecting the reefs. A number of dive and snorkel sites that have not been in the daily rotation for many years due to historic damage before the resort opened have now recovered to near-pristine status.