Repeat divers to Gorontalo picked a brilliant day to return here to dive. Visibility has been running around 25 meters lately. But today it jumped a notch to 30 meters at Chimneys dive site where we found a rare polyclad flatworm (Acanthozoon sp.) spiraling down the wall like an undulating ribbon. Miguel’s Diving actually has a picture of this beautiful creature taken by Massimo Boyer on display in our picture frame at Gorontalo’s airport. Its black surface is edged in white and dotted with cream and yellow spots.
The location crew for Indonesia’s Trans 7 TV’s weekly series Jejak Petualang(Steps of the Adventurer) spent about a week in Gorontalo shooting for upcoming episodes. Among their adventures was a day of scuba diving the biodiversity waters with Miguel’s Diving. Series hostess Medina Kamil enjoyed touring the multiple pinnacles of Sentinels dive site and even spotted one of Gorontalo’s special Salvador Dali sponges without help from our dive staff. One highlight of the dive at Traffic Jam was watching the remarkable color changes of a large Broadclub cuttlefish. The filming guys appreciated the 25-meter vis. We will inform our Indonesian-based guests when the Gorontalo episodes will air.
Manado-based marine biologist Sebastian from Germany got his first look at the biodiversity found underwater in Gorontalo yesterday. Miguel’s Diving staff was able to show him some of our endemic fishes and new shrimp discoveries. What made the biggest impression on him was the dense and diverse hard coral colonies that are a hallmark of Gorontalo. With over 500 species, hard corals here come in a bewildering variety of shapes and colors, including several neon hued ones. Flat seas, sunny skies, warm water, and 25-meter vis at all dive sites visited completed the day.
The current edition of Asian Diver magazine contains a review of our new book Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise, which details and portrays the beautiful underwater environment here. We at Miguel’s Diving have yet to get our hands on a copy but eagerly listened to excerpts read over the phone. Most newsstands and books shops regionally should carry this magazine, so you can get your copy if you are not a subscriber. Thanks to Ned for the complimentary review. For more information on the book, click the Weather tab; it will lead you to the Hidden Paradise book page on the main web site.