There are many different ways to get around in Indonesia. The following information provides different options to get in, around and out of the Wakatobi National Park. Be aware that prices and schedules might change in Wakatobi.
How to get to Wakatobi
To get to Wakatobi depends on your time and budget you wish to spend. You can either fly to Makassar (also called Ujung Pandang) or Kendari and get a connecting flight or a boat to Wangi-Wangi directly, or fly to Bau Bau (Buton Island) and find a boat to one of Wakatobi’s big islands.
How to get around
As Wakatobi consists of four main islands, the only way to get around is by boat. Be aware that weather conditions also play an important role. If the waves are too big no boats can cross the sea. Another challenge in transportation in Wakatobi is that the timetables of airplane and ferry is not coherent. You might be staying in Wangi-Wangi for one night to catch a ferry the next morning.
Flight from Makassar (UPG) to Wakatobi (WNI)
You can take this flight operated by Wings Air and Garuda Indonesia from Makassar to the airport of Wakatobi (Ma-tahora Airport) on Wangi-Wangi Island. It is a transit flight, stopping in Kendari for a transit before heading to Wangi-Wangi Island. Wings Air operates the flight daily, while Garuda Indonesia flies four times per week. Please check for the exact schedule on the airline website (www.lionair.co.id and www.garuda-indonesia.com) or your booking operator of choice. The flight prices vary, but are usually around Rp1.000.000/person or US$100/person.
Flight from Bali to Tomia Island
A direct flight to Tomia Island is available on private chartered flight provided for the guest of the Wakatobi Resort.
Flight from Kendari (KDI) to Wakatobi (WNI)
Kendari (KDI) is the main hub for flights to Wakatobi airport. Flights from Surabaya, Jakarta or as mentioned Makassar are well connected. From Kendari to Wakatobi there are daily flights operated by Wings Air, as well as four Garuda Indonesia flights per week. Please check for the exact schedule on the airline website (www.lionair.co.id and www.garuda-indonesia.com) or your booking operator of choice.The flight prices vary, but usually are around Rp500.000/person or US$50/person.
One of the best online flight ticket booking operators in Indonesia is Traveloka (www.traveloka.com). The prices which are shown on the homepage are fixed prices. Other reliable sites are Tiket.com (www.tiket.com) and Pegi Pegi (www.pegipegi.com).
Taking the boat is cheaper for all tourists who prefer to travel on a budget. Be aware however that safety standards in most regions of Indonesia may not be as it is in other developed countries. Weather conditions may also affect your plan because the boat does not operate if the waves are too high.
Boat from Kendari to Wangi Wangi Island
If you are in Kendari, go to Pelabuhan Wanci to find Kapal Wanci (Wanci Boat/Ship) leaving at 11.00am in the day. It takes about 10 hours to get to Wakatobi. There are two types of boats or ships: KM Aksar Saputra and KM Agil Permai, with different date of departure. KM Aksar Saputra de-parts every Monday and Thursday from Kendari to Wanci, Tuesday and Saturday from Wanci to Kendari. KM. Agil Permai departs every Tuesday and Saturday from Kendari to Wanci, Monday and Thursday from Wanci to Kendari. The cost of a ticket is around Rp200.000/person or US$20/person.
Boat from Bau Bau to Wakatobi
Another way is to fly from Makassar to Bau Bau, Buton (BUW) and continue with a public boat to Wangi-Wangi Island, Kaledupa Island or Tomia Island. There is Jetliner operating from Tuesday to Friday at 22:00pm, taking around 6 hours until it’s destination Wangi-Wangi. There is also a daily ferry running from Kamaru on Buton Island to Wangi-Wangi at 13:00pm, which takes around 5 hours. To get to the harbor of Kamaru, you need to take a car from Bau Bau for about 3 hours. The price for a ticket of the Jetliner and the ferry are approx. Rp80.000/person or US$8/person. There are also several boats running between Bau Bau and the islands of Kaledupa and Tomia. Please check the schedule on the harbor.
Boat Time Tables
The following time tables, prices and the ferry location shall give you an overview.
From Wangi-Wangi Island to Kaledupa Island
Transit to Hoga Island
If you want to go to Hoga Island you need to take the boat from Wangi-Wangi Island to Kaledupa Island, and at the Ambeua Harbour, ask the local people there for a chartered boat to Hoga Island. The cost should be around Rp50.000/person.
Return Kaledupa Island to Wangi-Wangi Island
From Wangi Wangi Island to Tomia Island
Return from Tomia Island to Wangi-Wangi Island
From Wangi Wangi Island to Binongko Island
All times are subject to change in the dynamic Wakatobi.
Please let your accommodation check the daily changes.