There are a number of great dive sites which can easily be reached from Bau-Bau town, on Buton Island. There are some great Bau-Bau dive sites for macro stuff as well as sites where you can see the big stuff, like reef sharks, rays and turtles etc. There are also some very unique and simple cave diving sites to discover around Buton Island.
Nirwana BeachClick for More Picture
This area is great for macro stuff and underwater photography. There are sandy slopes, a beautiful wall with overhangs and small caves, and a couple of well-established artificial reefs which are home to resident frog fish. We also regularly see scorpion fish, turtles, sea horses, ghost pipe fish, moray eels, and occasionally reef sharks. This area is also great for night dives which give an amazing opportunity to see octopus, lobsters, coral crabs, and the night time coral flowers.
Dives starting at Pantai Nirwana, Bau-Bau, area are generally shore dives, and there are a number of unique sites to explore. The sandy slope makes for easy entry to the water and we often carry out our dive training projects here.
Siompu IslandClick for More Picture
This is the area to dive if you want to see the big stuff. We have yet to dive in this area and not see a number of reef sharks on any one dive. Although the coral here can no longer be described as pristine, it is still pretty spectacular and the reef is teaming with fish, which in turn brings the bigger fish. We regularly see black-tipped and white-tipped reef sharks in large numbers, turtles, dog toothed tuna fish, napoleon fish, bumpheads, barracuda, eagle rays and more.
Dives around Siompu are boat dives, and we travel by speed boat which can accommodate up to 15 divers. It takes approximately 1 hour to reach this area from Pantai Nirwana, and once here there are a number of great dive sites to choose from. Dive sites we often visit include; a ridge, a pinnacle, and a wall dotted with small caves where sharks like to hide.
We also stop for lunch on the small uninhabited white sand Tongali beach, where there are caves to explore, shady patches to sleep in, and rocks to jump off. It is also possible to follow a small ‘goat path’ up the cliffs to get some amazing views.
Loba-loba Salt Water Cave & Blue HoleClick for More Picture
Probably our most unique Buton dive spot, where you can experience diving in a cave and some impressive coral topography. We take 30 minutes boat ride from Baubau to reach this dive site. The dive starts on a wall and there is an entrance to a 10-meter-long salt water cave situated at around 20m. You can enjoy the unique shape of the spacious cave and there are many small creatures living inside. Then divers will suddenly experience a sense of light in the darkness. That is the end of the cave as it opens into a space called “the blue hole” in the middle of a forest. The blue hole is not accessible from the forest end, so nature remains untouched there. The fantastic landscape of the Blue hole has amazed many divers in the past, and this has easily become one of our most popular Buton dive spots.
Another highlight of Loba-loba dive area is a fascinating long-stretching wall of sea fan forests which are spread along the steep cliff from the shallows and down to depths of over 30 meters. It is often possible to see pygmy sea horses, groupers and giant trevally, along with schooling barracudas.
Kota MaraClick for More Picture
Kota Mara is home to some of our newly found Buton dive sites; stretched along the waterfront of Baubau city is a perfect spot for muck and night diving. Being situated at the river mouth also makes this a unique diving environment where we can encounter many unusual marine life species.
The shallows at 3 – 7m are covered by dense and rich soft corals, where you may enjoy the best time capturing beautiful underwater pictures.
KadatuaClick for More Picture
Kadatua cliffs are also some of our newly unlocked dive site. Yet there is still so much more to discover there. Huge rocks have fallen off the cliff areas, exposing a beautiful panorama along the north side of the island. Those car-sized rocks have tumbled down to the sea bottom and formed rows of new reefs along the bottom. An extraordinary scenery you can enjoy and explore.
PasarwajoClick for More Picture
Diving Pasarwajo bay area on the east side of Buton Island offers some very interesting and unique dive sites. There are healthy coral reefs and also great muck diving and wreck diving opportunities.
We have a great site where we can guarantee you will see mandarin fish in abundance and photographers can take their time in getting the perfect shot! A large colony of mandarin fish inhabit a small rubble area along with many other interesting critters.
Another site offers a surprisingly healthy reef considering it is dotted with many small caves from where fresh water gushes out visibly, enabling us to see and feel the haloclines and thermoclines and observe the unusual array of fish and critters which thrive in this unique environment. This spot has often been voted a favourite dive site by our guests.
For something different again we will take you to some wall and overhang dive sites boasting stunning coral topography to rival any found in the Wakatobi (which is just a stone’s throw away from Pasarwajo). The colouful panoramas are breathtaking.
We recommend that anyone wishing to dive around Pasarwajo, allows themselves at least 2 days to really discover the amazing variety of diving that Pasarwajo has to offer. Although diving day trips can also be arranged for those short on time
Pasarwajo can be reached by road and is a 1.5 hour drive from Bau-Bau. Once in Pasarwajo we use a small boat to access the dive sites around the bay.