• Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

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Monthly Archives: November 2007

Olele Village Marine Reserve

First PaymentMiguel’s Diving was proud today to bring the first divers to the newly formed Olele Village Marine Reserve. Set aside by village residents themselves, the reserve protects about 300 meters of coral reef that includes its famous multiple towering pinnacles. This represents the culmination of the process begun about five years ago by Miguel’s Diving to educate Gorontalo fishers about the need to protect the reefs in their own villages. The payment of Rp. 5.000 per diver is divided 25% to the village treasury and 75% to those village residents who maintain the reserve, which is marked off by buoys. No fishing of any kind is allowed and boats must go around the site rather than pass through. Divers today descending to the first pinnacle were greeted by a large Napolea.n wrasse, a school of batfish, eight young Bumphead parrotfish, and a Blue-spotted puffer so large that it had a remora attached.

Indonesia Book Fair

Our book Gorontalo Hidden Paradise was the theme of the annual book fair in Jakarta attended by scores of publishers and book lovers, which concluded today. Gorontalo Province had the stand directly in front of the entrance. The book’s author Rantje Allen from Miguel’s Diving spoke about the book’s development process and the special features of Gorontalo’s underwater world. The book can be ordered via the Internet from Miguel’s Diving. For more information click this link.

Quite a Special Place

That’s the comment from veteran divers Steve & Shirley from the UK about diving in Gorontalo. Unjaded by over 30 years of scuba diving exerience, they enjoyed what Gorontalo and Miguel’s Diving provided during opening week of the diving season. Highlights included a dense school of hundreds of trevally, a tuna weighing 50 – 60 kilos, a very pregnant Thorny seahorse, acres of hard corals and of course Gorontalo’s many new, undescribed or endemic species of various marine life.

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