It seems that Gorontalo is not only the domain of the macro photographer any more. Miguel’s Diving has hosted a flurry of wide-angle enthusiasts in the last several weeks. Their comments and great photos are available on this WetPixel thread.
Guests this week enjoyed the thrills of exploring the varied marine environment of Gorontalo. Nowhere else can divers experience dramatic coral walls, multiple pinnacles and muck all in the same day. Wrecks, caverns and shallow coral gardens are also available. In addition to the wide variety of diving, guests had the thrill of snorkeling with a school of about 30 Risso’s dolphins. With their white bodies, they look like pale ghosts underwater. One even dove right under them! Later the same day in the new Olele village marine park, a curious school of Yellowtail barracuda surrounded them. This made for a great circular shot for the videographer.
The marine environment of Gorontalo is currently on display, thanks to two great underwater photographers.Australasia Scuba Diver current issue features William Tan in its “Through the Lens” sections. Several of the photos were shot in Gorontalo including the full-page picture of a boxer crab with eggs in which embryonic eyes are visible through the egg casings.
Check out Phua Boon Wah’s on-line posting from his February trip here. One of the few intrepid divers who concentrates on shooting wide-angle photos, his results are spectacular. The picture of the giant multi-tube pipe sponge growing atop on of Gorontalo’s pinnacles has Miguel’s Diving dive boat floating on the ocean surface above. This shot took a half hour of patient effort.
Congratulations to both of you!