• Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

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Diving Sulawesi’s Tjenderawashi Barge Wreck

Scuba Divers Diving on Sulawesi's Tjenderawashi Barge Wreck

Diving Sulawesi for Wrecks

Indonesia’s most famous wreck is undoubtedly the Liberty Wreck in Tulamben, Bali. For those diving Sulawesi, there are few options for those who wish to dive wrecks. However, Miguel’s Diving has discovered several wrecks over the years in Gorontalo waters.

A Sunken Barge

The Tjenderawashi was a dredging barge. It overturned in a storm in 1993. In 2004 Miguel’s Diving staff measured and drew a map of this wreck. Take a look at the map on our Wreck Diving page. The map will appear among the images that scroll across the screen. Imagine what the wreck looked like a decade ago.To read more about Diving Sulawesi’s Tjenderawashi Barge Wreck, scroll down to read a description of the wreck. A brief history is included. Find out why so many metal drums are hanging from the sides of the wreck and scattered along the ocean slope. Have you discovered how we know it is named Tjenderawashi? Before you come diving Sulawesi’s hidden paradise in Gorontalo, read the Virtual Dive section. It will give you an idea of what to expect diving the Tjenderawashi Barge Wreck. You can locate the wreck on Teresa Zubi’s map of Gorontalo dive sites. Her site and its recommendations are a must for those diving Sulawesi.

Changes Over Two Decades

Since we first discovered this wreck, some changes have occurred. Coral growth has increased dramatically. A colony of branching Acropora coral thrives at the base of the crane tower. Storms and the corroding effects of salt water have opened up some sections not previously visible. Some of the drums have since fallen. That means the wreck’s appearance is still changing with time. The dramatic photo of this wreck was taken by Pak Suhodo Kartarahardja earlier this month. The shot actually looks through the remains of one hanging metal drum. When you are diving Sulawesi, be sure to make time to dive in Gorontalo and explore this fascinating wreck.

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