Hoga Island in Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province
Wakatobi Regency is a well-known vacation destination in Southeast Sulawesi. It consists of several islands including Hoga. Why is Hoga Island popular? Well, it is famous for its nautical beauty and serene nature. It is located in the east part of Kaledupa Island. That means you can hop to such nearby island easily. A local boat is always available for tourists. Apart from island hopping, you can enjoy other activities like swimming, beach walking, relaxation, playing sand, and snorkeling. It is because Hoga Island has a stunning beach, as well.
The best feature in Hoga Island is the crystal clear water. The color is blue and it never fails to mesmerize visitors. Most parts of the seawater are shallow, so you can swim in it safely. Watch out for boats, though. They often pass by there. If you don’t like water activities, the island offers an unspoiled forest. Bushes and trees grow abundantly there. That means you can explore and get around by foot. One thing, you must have recognized the route.
Exploring Hoga Island
Hoga is famous for its serenity, considering it is a secluded island in Wakatobi Regency. That means the nuance is peaceful and the scenery is flawless. Somehow, it is similar to that of Leonardo Di Caprio’s movie “The Beach”. Hoga Island represents such landscape as it is surrounded by white sand, warm sunray, and gusty wind. Not to mention the sea scenery is stunning as if you are spending some time in a heaven. With all these features, the beach in Hoga Island becomes the primary attraction for tourists so you must not miss it.
Apart from the beach, Hoga Island offers other attractions such as traditional structures and these often become a background for photography. Even foreigners come to this area to witness such buildings directly. There are tens of them passing by either in the beach or other parts of the island. Some locals usually approach these foreign tourists and offer a tour service. If you have enough money, they may help you to find great spots for relaxation and adventure in the island.
Another interesting thing to do is island hopping. That means you are going to visit nearby islands, which belong to Wakatobi Regency. These include Tomia, Kaledupa, Wangi-Wangi, and Binongko Island. There is also an opportunity to get closer to the local tribe called Bajo. Most of them live in Sampela Village, which also becomes an interesting tourist spot to visit.
- Wakatobi National Park
- Motika Park
- Mola Village
- Sampela Village
How to Get There
A beautiful island like Hoga is worth a visit, but not many people know how to reach it. The thing is the comfort of your trip depends on from where you depart. From Jakarta, you can directly head to Kendari City – Haluoleo Airport. From such capital of Southeast Sulawesi Province, you need to head to Bau-Bau City and head to Wangi-Wangi Island using a fast boat. This whole trip takes about 4 hours. From Wangi-Wangi, your last destination is Wakatobi Regency and Hoga Island.
Where to Stay
- Geertje’s Hotel
- Wakatobi Patuno Resort
- Wakatobi Dive Resort