100 divers in underwater flag-hoisting in Wakatobi

Posted: 08/17/2011 in all marine news

The Jakarta Post –

Around 100 divers took part in an underwater flag-hoisting ceremony to mark the country’s 66th Independence Day off Sombu Beach, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held to promote the Sail Wakatobi Belitong 2011 event.

A senior official with the Defense Ministry, Pos M Hutabarat, said he hoped the event could become an annual event in the region.

The Wakatobi district administration hosted a dinner reception for crews of 43 yachts participating in the Sail Wakatobi Belitong yacht race 2011 at Wangi-wangi harbor on Tuesday evening.

Wakatobi District Head Hugua in his welcoming speech said that his administration was determined to explore the district’s marine tourism potential.

“We hope Wakatobi district can become a paradise for both Wakatobi people and foreign tourists,” he said as quoted by Antara news wire.

Wakatobi covers a total area of 1.5 million hectares consisting of mostly waters (97 percent). Wakatobi waters are home to 750 species of coral reefs, or 90 percent of the world’s coral reef species.

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