A Roma Therapy Session0
Ready for a quick video vacation? Try Wakatobi’s version of immersion therapy as you make a virtual drift dive across the sunlit shallows of the coral reef known as Roma.
This broad pinnacle, which sits within the Wakatobi Marine Preserve, is home to a huge grove of Pavona coral that shelters schools of anthias, redtooth triggerfish, fusiliers and convict blennies. Table corals, soft corals, and sea fans adorn the adjacent slopes, and as you descend a ridge of hard coral, you pass barrel sponges on the way to Roma’s signature coral formation:
a gigantic mass of turbinaria coral more than 20 feet across that resembles a giant rose. While the coral gardens are fruitful for a host of residents such as blue ribbon eels, scorpion leaf fish, octopus and cuttlefish, nudibranchs and other colorful macro life, it pays to look up. Large schools of fishes such as Blackfin and Bigeye barracuda, snapper, crevalle jack, turtles and eagle rays patrol the water column above the pinnacle, making Roma one of Wakatobi’s most popular dive sites.
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