Although Sulawesi is not known for its pinnacle dives, Gorontalo has multiple pinnacles available. Today, divers’ choices included wreck, wall, muck and pinnacle diving. Those who opted for the large Sulawesi dive pinnacle that we call Sunken Island enjoyed a brilliant dive. Visibility reached 20 meters, revealing the dense coral growth and clouds of anthias and chromis hovering over the pinnacle. Also sighted were Gold-spec jawfish
, Black nemos, a barracuda getting its teeth cleaned, a blue ribbon eel, schools of unicornfish, at least ten very large Tiger grouper, three Bumphead parrotfish, a large snapper, a Hawksbill turtle and a school of tuna.
With west weather bringing lots of rain to diving destinations in North Sulawesi, diving season in Gorontalo is at its prime. Typical weather is flat blue seas with a brief late afternoon shower. In addition to Bumphead parrotfish, large snappers, schools of fusiliers and anthias and Pacific triangular butterflyfish and Redtooth triggers, a hidden natural treasure in the shape of a large scorpionfish resting on a giant sponge caught the eye of passing divers. But that fish had its eyes on something swaying like a dead leaf. Sure enough
, a beautiful Leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) was only inches away. Back on the boat divers speculated if the larger fish intended to eat the smallerone or if the venonous dorsal spines would prevent this. After the diving for the day was over, diving staff checked and the smaller Leaf scorpionfish was still perched in the crevasse of the sponge. Those diving with Miguel’s today enjoyed visibility of over 20 meters on each dive.