Itinerary and Expenses to Wakatobi

After I posted so many information about Wakatobi, it seems like it won't be complete if there's no itinerary and budget/expense of mine. Some people asked me about my itinerary, so I'm gonna share it now. Hopefully it gives you insight on planning your trip to Wakatobi

Sunday, 2 June 2013
Should be depart from Makassar by pelni KM. Lambelu at 1 a.m. but the ship delay and we depart on 11 p.m. Reached Bau-Bau after 14 hours, exactly on 2 a.m., and stayed overnight on one of the wooden boat to Tomia.
Expense: Pelni to Bau-Bau (Rp 145,000/person)

Monday, 3 June 2013
With the help of boat crew, we managed to rent a public car (angkot) with the driver and explore the city. Started from Nirwana Beach, Lakasa Cave, Governor office, Fortress (Benteng), Tirta Rimba Waterfall, a beach near the waterfall, and back to the harbor. Started around 9 a.m. and finished around 1 p.m. Chilled out at KFC in Kamali Beach while waiting for the boat until 9 p.m. Then off to Kaledupa
Expense: Rent the car to explore the city (Rp 180,000), entrance fee Nirwana Beach (Rp 5,000), ticket to Kaledupa (Rp 55,000/person), Retribution fee to enter the harbor (Rp 2,000/person)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Reached Kaledupa at 11 a.m. and picked up by a small boat then transferred to Hoga Island for about 30 minutes because the tide was high at that time. Checked into a small cottage, snorkeling for whole day!
Expense: Small boat Kaledupa-Hoga Island (Rp 50,000), Cottage+Dinner provided in Hoga Island (Rp 100,000+Rp 100,000= Rp 200,000)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Back to Kaledupa by small boat, then walked a little bit until we found a pickup who took us to Taw Peer. Around 20 minutes ride, and we arrived at Taw Peer around 10 a.m. Boat to Tomia came around 12.30 p.m. We had to take a small boat again to the middle of the sea to catch the boat. Reached Tomia at 14.30, met Pak Agus, lunch for a while, and had our discovery dive until 6 p.m.
Expense: Small boat Hoga Island-Kaledupa (Rp 50,000), Pickup/car to Taw Peer (Rp 35,000), small boat transferred to Tomia Boat/Koli Koli (Rp 10,000/person), Boat Kaledupa-Tomia (Rp 50,000/person), discovery dive (Rp 400,000/person)

Thursday, 6 June 2013
Explore Tomia to Huntete Beach, Puncak Kahianga, Benteng Patuha for half day. Then snorkeling time until the sun went down.
Expense: Car+diver to explore Tomia (Rp 150,000), boat for hopping island/to snorkeling spot (Rp 300,000), homestay in Tomia (Rp 150,000 for two nights)

Friday, 7 June 2013
Left Tomia at 9 a.m. and arrived at Wangi Wangi at 1.30 p.m. Took a public car from station to Waha Beach. Snorkeling time until 5 p.m. Again, we stopped a public transportation to take us to the harbor. Departed from Wangi-Wangi to Bau Bau at 9 p.m.
Expense: Boat Tomia-Wangi Wangi (Rp 100,000), public car to Waha Beach (Rp 5,000/person), paid for the car from Waha Beach-Wanci Harbor (Rp 25,000) because no more public transportation. Boat Wangi-Wangi to Bau Bau (Rp 105,000/person)

Saturday, 8 June 2013
Reached Bau Bau at 6 a.m. and waited for our Pelni boat which came at 8 a.m. Goodbye Bau Bau and welcome back to Makassar (around 10 p.m.).
Expense: Entrance fee to harbor (Rp 2,000/person), pelni from Bau-Bau to Makassar (Rp 150,000)

Please noted that there were 3 of us, so the cost was shared among 3 of us. More people will be cheaper. Big thanks to Sodikin and Jeffry for joining me. In total I spent around Rp 1,500,000 including food, dive, and all personal expense. Who said that going Wakatobi need big money? It's pretty easy to backpacking by yourself because there're public boats then you can share with other travelers you meet. So, see ya again Wakatobi!

Thanks Jeffry(left) and Sodikin (right)


  1. i have a plan to travel to Sulawesi next September for 7 days. Still dont know where i must go. Wakatobi or Takabonerate? Any suggest?

  2. Hi Noe, ehm depends on your budget actually. It'll be safer if you go to Wakatobi regarding the transportation fix schedule. Takabonerate, you have to rent boat which requires you to go in a group or else it will be expensive.

  3. Hi -

    My girlfriend and I want to go to Wakatobi for snorkeling.

    I read on your blog that you did snorkeling there in Wakatobi.

    Do you recommend it for snorkeling?

    Do you know if the town there has Telkomsel 3g internet available?

    I did not understand how you went to Wakatobi. By ferry? Or plane?


  4. Hello Matt, sorry for late reply. I just went back from another travel. Yepp, mostly I did snorkeling. I only had one time introduction dive. I really recommend it ! Plenty corals, fishes, so beautiful. Yes telkomsel is available mostly on the island. I went there using ferry/pelni from Makassar to Bau Bau (12 hours). You can take plane as well, faster. Hope it helps, and have fun =)

  5. Hi Velysia,

    Thank you for your sharing. May I ask that the contact persons you provided that can we communicate with English. Others, Tomia island Home Stay, is it easy to seek after arriving or I need to make a reservation before I go? Moreover, do you know any travel agent in Wanci Wanci for air ticket purchase?

    Many thanks

    1. Hello foster, depends. Usually it will be full during public holiday. Check indonesian calender. Try to contact dr yudi. He has homestay and also diving operator +628218787751 or check their website there are some travel agents near the port or airport. Hope it helps :)

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  6. hi Vel, if i go alone like you, how can i go for snorkling? or do you snorkling just around the island? (Tomia and Hoga)


  7. Hello Fendra, yes. you can swim directly from the beach for snorkeling in Hoga and Wangi2. For Tomia it's a bit far, but the boat for hopping island is not too expensive. Try to socialize and maybe there are other tourists/travelers and you can join them