The pod of beaches and resorts just east of Waiara centres on Wodong, 26km east of Maumere. The narrow, palm-dappled beaches here, which include Ahuwair, Wodong and Waiterang, are tranquil and beautiful.
There’s an impressive variety of dive and snorkelling sites with plenty of marine life offshore around Pulau Babi, Pulau Besar and Pulau Pangabatang, a sunken Japanese WWII ship, and colourful microlife in the ‘muck’ (shallow mudflats). Damage to the reefs from a devastating tsunami in 1992 has largely been overcome by new coral growth. In November whale-watching trips are also offered, although you’ll probably see migrating sperm whales spout from the beach.