• Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

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Tag Archives: Gorontalo

Heinz Online Magazine Showcases Salvador Dali Sponges

Heinz Online Magazine showcases Salvador Dali sponges of Gorontalo in its sixteenth edition.

Surreal Sponges

One of Gorontalo’s claim to fame is the discovery of Salvador Dali sponges. This morphology of Petrosia lignosa is unique to the northern coastline of Tomini Bay, Indonesia. The article found in Heinz Online Magazine explains the discovery. Also, it explains the origin of these bizarre looking sponges. Rantje Allen christened this sponge after the famous Spanish painter. He is the diving pioneer in Gorontalo. The surreal style of Salvador Dali describes the appearance of these giant sponges.

Divers will usually find these sponges below 25 meters .There ,they are protected from seasonal high waves and storms. Additionally, they grow off the vertical coral walls in Gorontalo. There, ocean currents bring plankton to them. The article explains how they can break off in storms. When this happens, these ancient giants fall to the ocean bottom. They can no longer feed and soon die, turning to dust in a matter of weeks.

Heinz Online Magazine

The article on Salvador Dali sponges is available for free download. It comes in PDF format. Moreover, it comes in English, German or Chinese. It is in Heinz16 edition of the magazine with a release date of August 31, 2019. Heinz Press of Nuremberg, Germany, is the official publisher.

Mr. Heinz Ritter publishes Heinz Online Magazine. He is well known among underwater photographers. Actually, he published the original UWF, a highly regarded magazine on photography. That original publication became Germany’s Unterwasser magazine. This occurred in the early 1990s. Mr. Ritter served as publisher for that new magazine for years. Eventually, Mr. Ritter sold his interest in Unterwasser. After that, he started Heinz Online Magazine. Since its format is online, printing issues do not constrain design. Mr. Ritter is known for his unique design perspective.  

Photos by Steve Jones, Underwater Photographer

The Heinz Online Magazine article on Salvador Dali sponges comes with incredible underwater photographs by Steve Jones. Mr. Jones is an award-winning underwater photographer and journalist. His travel and work spans the globe, including Antarctica. Ironically, he received his first break as an underwater photographer from Unterwasser magazine in 1996.

During his worldwide travels, Mr. Jones visited Gorontalo during wave season. Ocean conditions are challenging during that time of year. However, he left with a sizeable archive of spectacular photos of Gorontalo’s marine environment.

Photos featured in the sixteenth edition of Heinz Online Magazine include several Salvador Dali sponge shots. Among the macro photos Sarasvati shrimp, Robust ghost pipefish, and cuttlefish. In additional, one photo contains a Coleman’s coral shrimp. It is a new species discovered in Flores and Gorontalo. Dramatic wide-angle shots include red sea whips, Jinn Caves cavern and a deep-water Blue sea fan.  

After enjoying the article, please make your dive reservations with us!

Acanthosphex leurynnis Discovered in Gorontalo

Acanthosphex leurynnis, a rarely seen type of waspfish, recently made an appearance in Gorontalo.

Surprising Find: Acanthosphex leurynnis

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A rare Wasp-spine velvetfish lies in the sand

During a great muck dive in February 2018, one of our guests discovered an unusual fish. Initially, Miguel’s Diving staff assumed it was a juvenile Cockatoo waspfish, which is often seen at the Tambo’o Fish House Dive Site. That muck site continues to thrill divers with its variety and density of marine critters.

Fortunately, Wolfgang from Germany took a photo of the fish. Then staff sent the photo to a marine identification community on Facebook. A longtime marine biologist working in Pacific Asia identified the fish for us. It turned out to be a Wasp-spine velvetfish. Its scientific name is Acanthosphex leurynnis. It is the only species in its genus. This fish is so seldom seen that it is missing from even large volume fish books. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History possesses specimens of Acanthosphex leurynnis from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan and Australia.

The Wasp-spine velvetfish grows to a maximum of nine centimeters. Its coloration tends to be dark to light mottled brown. Additionally, white patches occur randomly on its body. It has two spines pointing behind its eye and four more behind its chin. Also, the chin has a pair of short tentacles. Given its small size and camouflaged coloration, divers rarely see this singular fish.

Waspfish of the World

Although Acanthosphex leurynnis is not technically a waspfish, it is generally grouped with waspfish species. Worldwide, there are forty species of waspfish. However, because they are secretive and nocturnal, divers rarely seen them. Some waspfish have venomous spines that can cause painful stings. Waspfish eat shrimps and other small invertebrates. Typically, the tall dorsal fin on the head is the distinguishing characteristic of waspfish.

Waspfish in Gorontalo

Cockatoo waspfish Ablabys taenianotus
A Cockatoo waspfish pretends to be a dead leaf

Besides the unusual sighting of Acanthosphex leurynnis, divers in Gorontalo are most likely to see Cockatoo waspfish (Ablabys taenianotus). This fish has great camouflage and looks like a dead, brown leaf laying in the sand. They are often in pairs. So, careful divers will look for another one if one is already found. Although this waspfish tends to be dull brown, it can have white on its face.

In Gorontalo, divers will only see waspfish at a single dive site, Tambo’o Fish House. A careful diver will check each dead leaf lying on the sand. If spotted, a waspfish will pretend that a slight current is pushing it about and moving it away. The motions are quite clever!

It lives in the western Pacific Ocean, including northern Australia and Japan. Despite what some guidebooks or interet postings claim, it does not live in the Indian Ocean. The waspfish that lives there is a different species, Ablabys binotatus.

Spiny waspfish Ablabys macrancanthus
A Spiny waspfish sketch

Actually, another waspfish lives only in Indonesia and the Philippines. It is the Spiny waspfish (Ablabys macrancanthus). Distinguishing it in the ocean from the Cockatoo waspfish is extremely difficult. According to marine biologists, the spines of the Ablabys macrancanthus protrude from its dorsal fin. Hence its common name Spiny. The guaranteed way to distinguish between the two species is to count dorsal spines. The less common Spiny waspfish has 15 to 16 and the more widespread Cockatoo waspfish has 17 to 18.

Few divers will wish to count waspfish spines! However, for your chance to see a waspfish in Gorontalo, please book your dive trip with us.

Sea Hare Mating in Gorontalo

That tumbling mass is really sea hare mating! Imagine the surprise of divers looking for critters at Sand Castle, one of Gorontalo’s muck diving sites. On the sand in shallow water were masses that looked like sea weeds, rocking back and forth in the gentle surge. In fact, there were patches of algae on the sea floor. That added to the confusion. But a closer inspection revealed a rarely witnessed event, sea hare mating.

Slugs Looking Like Rabbits

Sea hares are members an opisthobranch order of sea slugs. More colorful opisthobranchs are famously called nudibranchs. Their sensing organs are called rhinophores. In sea hares, these and their oral tentacles are rolled. Many sea hare species have an internal shell, giving them a pudgy appearance. These characteristics make the slug look like a rabbit, hence the name. Sea hares can grow to enormous sizes and weigh five kilograms or more.

Lined Sea Hares

The sea slugs discovered by guests of Miguel’s Diving in the midst of sea hare mating were not of the large variety. Instead, they were Lined Sea Hares (Stylocheilus striatus).

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Lined sea hares during mating

Notice the fine dark lines in the photo by Senior Aldo Galante of Buenos Aires. Some light spots are also visible. This color pattern makes for great camouflage. Lined Sea Hares are usually quite small, such as the ones found in Gorontalo that day. But they can grow to up to 65 mm in length. Like other sea hares, Lined ones eat blue-green algae. When disturbed, most sea hares will secret purple ink. This purple secretion actually comes from toxins found in the blue-green algae eaten by sea hares.

Sea Hare Mating Video

To witness sea hare mating is a rare event. Watch the video shot in Gorontalo that day.

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At the beginning of the video, there are several still photos. Can you make out the individual sea hares? Notice how the mass of sea hares resembles the clump of algae growing on a nearby rock. Do you see individual sea hares crawling from the upper left screen towards the sea hare mating frenzy? Notice the dark portion inside the body of a sea hare. This is the internal shell.
For your chance to witness a rare marine event, please make a dive booking with us at info@miguelsdiving.com

Whale Shark encounter in Gorontalo

A whale shark encounter was in store for two American divers. On their way to the Togian Islands, they made a last minute decision to make two dives in Gorontalo. That decision made memories to last a lifetime.

World Class Diving in Gorontalo

Whale shark encounter in Gorontalo, Indonesia
A whale shark swims over divers

Sadly, many travelers miss diving in Gorontalo on their way to its more famous neighbors, the Togian Islands, Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh Straits. But world class diving is easily available here. After touch down at the airport, the ocean is only an hour away. Eight different dive sites are only fifteen minutes from the private dock of Miguel’s Diving. Over 30 named sites are available.

The whale shark encounter captured in the video was at one of those close dive sites. It is named Swirling Steps because of a series of short drops and ledges that push into the current. Staff of Miguel’s Diving have forgotten the number of times we have seen whale sharks at this site. There have been too many over the years! In addition, this site has hard coral below 40 meters, which indicates the vibrant health of Gorontalo reefs. Only in Gorontalo can diver see Salvador Dali sponges with their surreal, carved surfaces.

Whale Shark Encounter Video

[svpVideo v=1]Watch the video shot to see the whale shark passing by. The whale shark enounters in Gorontalo are in a natural environment. They are swimming around looking for schools of small fish. Days with a higher plankton count will also bring in the whale sharks. That is what happened the day this video was shot.

Miguel’s Diving staff tell guests that if a shadow appears overhead, look up! It maybe a whale shark or a manta ray. It seems that the whale sharks are not only curious about divers but also they like the bubbles. They also like the dive boat, which has had numerous whale shark encounters of its own. Perhaps they think it is a long lost relative floating on the surface! A fantastic photo of one is available on our home page. These large pelagics can grow up to 15 meters in length. They can live up to 100 years. Judging by its small size of merely six meters, this one was probably in his early twenties.

For your chance for a whale shark encounter, please make a dive booking with us at http://miguelsdiving.com/contact-us/

Pinnacle Diving in Sulawesi

Pinnacle diving in Gorontalo is possible at several dive sites. Most pinnacles here are tall pillars of coral. One pinnacle is so large that it resembles an island that sunk below the surface of the sea. Here are three dive sites where pinnacle diving is primary.

Mirabella Dive Site

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A diver hovers at twilight over a Gorontalo pinnacle

This dive site is named after an early supporter of diving in Gorontalo, Mbak Mira Hassan from Jakarta. It offers beautiful views of pinnacles rising along a steep slope of white sand and coral. Miguel’s Diving begins this pinnacle diving experience at a series of three large pinnacles. They descend in a row. Various other pinnacles and promontories make for a continually changing landscape. This dive site is protected from heavy waves. The result is table corals grow to over three meters in diameter. The dive typically ends over a tall pinnacle.

This site is about 400 meters long.

Depth: 1 – 40 meters

Pinnacle Diving Highlights: multiple pinnacles, jawfish, Acropora table coral, unusual sponges and dramatic landscape

Conditions: Visibility varies depending on wave action. Sometimes the long shore current pulls the river water towards the dive site. So, visibility can range from ten to 30 meters.

Special Note: The coral reef at this dive site rises to the surface. After finishing pinnacle diving here, divers are  picked up in blue water. The boat cannot approach the reef. All those giant table corals are fragile. Please do not try to see how close you can hover over them!

Virtual Pinnacle Diving at Mirabella

Descend to avoid the surface current amid swirls of anthias and chromis and their shallow coral garden. Your dive guide points out three pinnacles. Notice the Salvador Dali sponges on them. Ahead is a cluster of large Cigar sponges (Haliclona vanderlandi 2001). This is a new species found during wall and pinnacle diving in Sulawesi. In the crook of the arm of a long pinnacle, the dive guide has found a Soft coral crab. Nearby is a baby Salvador Dali sponge. It measures less than 20 cm tall Already it exhibits the distinctively carved surface of this unique sponge found only in Gorontalo.

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Giant table coral at Mirabella dive site

Your dive guide beckons for you to watch a Gold-spec jawfish (Opistognathus randalli, 2009). It is one of the newest species found in Gorontalo. Nearby a finger-sized Ring-eye jawfish disappears into its hole. It is still an undescribed species. Divers pass a pinnacle shaped like the long blade of a giant knife. Passing several more points, your dive guide points out a spiky Ruby-lined sea cucumber. His dive torch brings out its vibrant color.

Leaving the large spirals of a greenish Turban coral, notice the first of several gigantic table corals. Nearby a small pinnacle swarms with glassy cardinalfishes. Among dense coral growth, your dive guide points out tiny, mostly transparent Pink-eyed gobies. Your pinnacle diving time approaches one hour. So, your dive guide signals you to swim away from the coral bank towards deep water. Suddenly, a tall pinnacle comes into view. Make your safety stop hovering amid Purple queen anthias at the top of this pinnacle.

Sentinels Dive Site

More than a dozen pinnacles of varying heights rise from the slope. Because they are scattered at various depths, visiting all of them is not possible during a single dive. Some pinnacles are stubby, others tall and needle-like. One looks like a Rastafarian because of a tangled Octopus sponge growing on its top. Several host large anemones along with their associated fishes and shrimps. Pinnacle diving here includes diving over coral reef slope. This is one of the few dive sites in Gorontalo where divers have a bottom to observe. The slope is very gentle. The reef crest starts at two to five meters and descends to about 15 meters. The mix of coral, sponges and sand make this a relaxing shallow dive.

The site is about 300 meters long.

Depth: 2 – 35 meters

Pinnacle Diving Highlights: multiple pinnacles, mixed coral garden, large angelfishes, Gilded triggerfish

Conditions: Because of the sandy bottom, visibility varies greatly depending on wave action. Visibility can be anywhere from ten to 30 meters. Divers may miss major pinnacles without a dive guide familiar with the site. This pinnacle diving site is more mysterious in moderate visibility. Pinnacle after pinnacle emerges then disappears from view. They look like sentinels stationed along a misty hillside. This makes you wonder: against what danger lurking in the deep are they guarding?

Virtual Pinnacle Diving at Sentinels

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A diver passes a large pinnacle at Sentinels

Descending in deep blue water, you encounter the first massive pinnacle rising from the depths. After a swim around this sentinel of the deep, move to the next seven pillars. One pinnacle has a huge bushy black coral on top. Be on the look out for lionfish prowling the pinnacle for careless fusiliers. Between pinnacles, scan the steep slope for the beautiful Gilded triggerfish (Xanthichthys auromarginatus). Usually found only at depth, here both males and females ascend to quite shallow waters. After the Rastafarian sentinel, the upper slope becomes very gentle. The bottom here is more open and sandy. Numerous large colonies of branching Acropora grow. Notice the striking Bicolor angelfish (Centropyge bicolor). It is not found in dense coral environments.

After passing a profusion of human-size guards and a deep double point, notice a large pinnacle rising from a steep sand and coral bowl. This sentinel is probably too deep for your current dive plan. The final three pinnacles are clustered in the twelve-meter depth range behind a coral arm that projects this trio. The mixed coral garden here officially ranks in the top five most biodiverse reefs in Indonesia. One of the cutest sand gobies here is the almost transparent, green-eyed Signalfin goby (Coryphopterus signipinnis). It sits on the sand and flicks its dark spotted first dorsal fin up and down. Although common at this dive site, it is missing in most fish identification books.

Sunken Island Dive Site

Discovered by accident, this pinnacle is so large that Miguel’s Diving staff named it Sunken Island.

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Sunlight bursts over soft coral

It rises from a sandy bottom. Its edge closest to shore is as shallow as 15 meters. The side facing the open ocean probably plunges below 40 meters. Its large flat top is at seven meters. This top makes a perfect place to hover during safety stop time. Pinnacle diving here is best above 16 meters. The deeper walls are mostly rocky and uninteresting. However, at our recommended depth, this dive site looks like no other in Gorontalo. It is mostly covered with extremely dense, fine branching corals in multiple colors. There are patches of large Turban coral and gigantic pink Cabbage coral approaching three meters in diameter. The island is not uniformly round. One arm, in particular, wanders ocean ward. Divers rarely have any bottom time left to explore it. The top of this pinnacle is covered by submassive corals and hundreds of mushroom corals. Purple vase sponges rise profusely above about ten meters depth. The site also has a few patches of rubble. Miguel’s Diving typically guides this dive in a spiral, allowing guests to see most of the sea mount.

Miguel’s Diving has never measured this site.

Depth: 7 – 20 meters

Pinnacle Diving Highlights: forests of dense fine branching corals, schools of chromis, unicornfish, damsels and fusiliers, passing pelagics and large rock fish, jawfish and ribbon eels

Conditions: Sandy bottom and water movement affect visibility. It is rarely above 15 meters. Currents help attract schools of fish. In order to see these and other large marine life, divers need to follow the guide into the current. Large tidal change can create sudden and severe down currents. This site should not be dived at certain times during the month. Miguel’s Diving staff all live on the water and are quite familiar with Gorontalo’s changing ocean conditions.

Virtual Pinnacle Diving at Sunken Island

Follow your dive guide along a sand and rubble bank.  At his signal, cross over the channel leading to the dive site. Look for impact craters of rubble. Actually,  these holes dotting the sea floor are made by Yellow-margin triggers. They have used their fins to dig for crabs, shrimps and other edibles. One hovers mid water, keeping his distance. Surrounded by a field of large branching Acropora, a large coral rock is home to a pair of rare Black anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus). They are living in a bulb anemone. Follow your dive guide along the sand bottom edging the coral mound. Your dive guide points out a Gold-spec jawfish (Opistognathus randalli, 2009). It is one of the new species found in Gorontalo.

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Leaf scorpionfish sits on top of a Gorontalo pinnacle

Rise to a plateau on the sea mount at about 15 meters depth. Please swim using side kicks, so as not to touch the fine branching Acropora. These dense colonies extend to the edge of visibility like an impenetrable forest. A large snapper swims away. Then a large Spanish mackerel passes overhead, inspecting the visitors. Swim into the current with your dive guide. He frantically points to a large dark rock ahead. But as you approach, the rock flicks its tail and disappears below the edge of the wall. It is one of several large Tiger groupers on the sea mount. Schools of grey chromis feed in the current. Pairs of Horned bannerfish hover over barrel sponges. A school of large Slender unicornfish pass as do schools of fusiliers.

Hiding among the curves of a yellowish Turban coral, Flower cardinalfish observe the divers passing by. Your dive guide points as a Hawksbill turtle sails away. He points to a garden of giant pink cabbage corals. Swimming back into the current, your dive guide points to a large barracuda. It is getting its long teeth inspected by a cleaner wrasse. Nearby a Blue ribbon eel bobs up and down. It hopes to catch a small fish distracted by the presence of divers.

Minke Whale breaching in Gorontalo

A Minke Whale Breaches in Gorontalo

On March 27, a Minke Whale breached the perfectly flat sea off Traffic Jam dive site in Gorontalo. Our boat captain watched the 10-meter long whale jump into the air. It hit the water with the belly-flop style characteristic of this whale. The Minke jumped four times and also blew water into the air. Divers that day had already descended. We heard several loud bangs but did not realize a whale was breaching less than 400 meters away. Miguel’s Diving has reported this exciting encounter to the APEX Environmental’s Coral Triangle Oceanic Cetacean Program. We have reported whale sightings to APEX for about ten years.

A breaching Minke Whale
A Minke Whale breaches

The Life of a Minke Whale

Minke Whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) are the smallest type of rorqual whale. Rorquals have numerous, distinct pleats of skin under their chin. These can expand to hold tons of water when the whale opens its mouth to feed. They eat krill, fish and squid. A Minke Whale uses the baleen of its upper mouth to filter food out of the water held in its mouth. They can be found in all oceans and live up to 60 years. A Minke Whale can weigh up to 10 tons. With populations numbering over 500,000 the Minke Whale is not considered to be endangered.

Good News from the International Court of Justice

Four days after Miguel’s Diving staff sighted the breaching Minke Whale, whales living in the southern oceans received good news. The International Court of Justice in the Hague sided with Australia in a suite against the Japanese whaling industry. The Court determined that the annual hunt was not for scientific purposes as claimed. The Court ordered a halt to any more whaling in the southern oceans. Japanese demand for eating whale meat has declined drastically over the last decade. According to news.com.au, the meat of more than 2,300 Minke Whales is sitting unsold in freezers in Japan. Whalers had planned to take 1,300 whales annually, despite plunging sales. Minke whales are also hunted in Iceland and Norway.

Everyone here is happy that the Minke Whale we saw will not end up in a freezer! For your chance to dive the blue waters of Gorontalo, please take a look at our dive packages and send an email to info@miguelsdiving.com.

Duiken in Gorontalo aan Golf van Tomini in Sulawesi, Indonesie

Niet ver van de beroemde Bunaken Nationaal Park en de Straat van Lembeh ligt een verborgen paradijs….

Duiken in Gorontalo: Overdadige onderwaterlandschappen

Gorontalo ligt aan Golf van Tomini in Noord Sulawesi, Indonesie. Torenhoge kalkstenen kliffen duiken de zee in. Direct langs de kust ligt een smal ondiep koraalrif. Enkele meters verderop houdt het koraalrif abrupt op en duikt de wand naar een diepte van ongeveer 30 meter. Na het tweede plateau volgt opnieuw een steile wand eerst naar 120 meter om vervolgens naar een diepte van 4 kilometer verder te dalen.

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Direct langs de kust ligt een smal ondiep koraalrif

Doordat het diepe oceaanwater direct richting de kust stroomt, passeert het pelargisch marineleven dicht in de buurt van de muur. Dit geldt ook voor walvissen, walvishaaien, permanent verblijvende scholen van Risso-dolfijnen en vreemde, bijna transparante wezens.

De kalksteen basis van de wand is door de natuurlijke krachten van de zee geërodeerd. Dit resulteert in enkele van de meest bijzondere onderwater formaties ter wereld. De muur zelf zit vol gaten en spleten. Er zijn grotten, grotjes en swim-throughs. De grote scheuren in het koraalrif bieden een spookachtig beeld. Het onderwaterleven, de riffen en de onderwaterlandschappen zijn rijk, ongerept, gevarieerd. Het gebied beschikt ook over een aantal rijke en verrassende muckduikstekken. De stroming zorgt voor de aanwezigheid van grote scholen jagende vis.

Duiken in Gorontalo: Inheems onderwater leven

Noord-Sulawesi beschikt over de grootste biodiversiteit van het onderwater leven op de planeet. Dit gebied bevat ruim 500 soorten steen, rifbouwende koralen – meer dan tien keer zoveel als in het hele Caribisch gebied.

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De gigantisch en surrealistische Salvador Dali sponze

De gigantisch en surrealistische Salvador Dali sponzen kunnen alleen in Gorontalo worden gevonden. De prachtige blauwe buik blenny (Blue belly blenny: Escenius caeruliventris 2004) wordt beschouwd als specifiek voor Gorontalo’s Tomini Bay. De lijst met nieuwe, nog niet eerder beschreven, specifiek inheemse soorten van het mariene leven in Gorontalo groeit jaarlijks. Een groot aantal daarvan is opgenomen in het prachtige onderwater-fotoboek “Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise” (2006).

Ga met Miguel’s Diving, Gorontalo’s pionier op het gebied duiken, in zee en laat u meenemen naar de unieke duikstekken die wij sinds het jaar 2000 hier zelf hebben ontdekt.

Duiken in Gorontalo: Gevarieerde duikstekken

Met onze uitgebreide kennis van Gorontalo’s wateren, bieden onze medewerkers de gasten een grote variëteit aan duikenstekken waaronder grotten en grotjes, muckduikstekken, pinakels, ondiepe koraaltuinen, stijle-wand-duiken en wrakken. Een paar van de meer dan 20 duikstekken:

  • Honeycomb: een verzonken koraalblok in de vorm van een honingraat in de lange kuststroom
  • Japanese Cargo Wreck: een 50-meter lang metalen wrak gezonken in 1942
  • Jinn Caves: een spleet in de koraalwand zorgt voor een spookachtige omgeving
  • Sand Castle: vreemde schoonheid in het zand en puin
  • Sentinels: een onderwatertour langs meerdere pinnacles
  • Traffic Circle: miljoenen vissen rond fantastische koralen

Wat heeft Miguel’s Diving te bieden?

  • Twee tot drie duiken per dag voor gecertificeerde duikers
  • Huur duikuitrusting
  • Twee compressoren voor schone lucht
  • Zuurstof en eerste hulp aan boord van speciaal voor duiktrips gebouwde speedboot
  • Meer dan 20 uitstekende duikstekken binnen 10 tot 60 minuten per boot bereikbaar
  • Een duikseizoen dat loopt van november tot april
  • Hotel- en duikenarrangement naar wens

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Hoe reist u naar Gorontalo?

De stad beschikt over een eigen vliegveld met dagelijkse vluchten vanuit Manado, Makassar, Jakarta en Denpasar. Internationale reizigers kunnen vliegen naar Jakarta, Denpasar, Manado om daarna per binnenlandse vlucht door te vliegen naar Gorontalo.

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Speedboot Miguel’s Diving

De route over land vanuit Manado duurt, met eigen vervoer of met een locale bus, een volledige dag.

U kunt contact met ons opnemen om u te helpen met uw keuzes, uw reservering en vluchten via info@miguelsdiving.com

De keuze van de critici

“Het feit dat maar heel weinig duikers ooit hebben hun vinnen hebben gebruikt op deze ongerepte riffen betekent dat er een enorme rijkdom aan zeldzaam onderwaterleven ligt te wachten om hier ontdekt te worden.” – William Tan, FiNS magazine, april 2004

“Gorontalo heeft een aantal van de beste (zoniet de beste) harde koraal kolonies die Takako en ik ooit zijn tegengekomen in onze reizen …. In al onze talloze duiken over de hele wereld, zagen we in Gorontalo zo veel dat we nooit eerder hadden gezien. “- Stephen Wong, What’s Happening tijdschrift, maart 2006

“Best bewaarde geheim in Indonesië” -Editor, Asian Diver magazine, juni / juli 2006

“… wereldklasse duiken … (werp) een blik op de beroemde Salvador Dali sponzen of op de talloze inheemse dieren.” – Sol Foo, Asian Diver magazine, I/2010

Activiteiten op land

Er zijn meerdere mogelijkheden om een dag in of rond de stad Gorontalo door te brengen. Wat dacht u van een bezoek aan een aantal 16e eeuwse Portugese forten met uitzicht op het meer Limboto? Of een duik in de Lombongo hotsprings na een wandeling naar de waterval in de jungle? Of een bezoek aan de vismarkt vroeg in de ochtend? Reizigers met meer tijd kunnen een bezoek brengen aan de inheemse wilde dieren, zoals de Babirusa, in Nantu Forest Reservaat. De afgelegen locatie van dit reservaat vereist vervoer over land en over de rivier! Voor een trip met overnachting kan een vergunning worden geregeld.

Alle accommodaties zijn gelegen in Gorontalo Stad, een provinciestad met vriendelijke bewoners, vervoer via paard en wagen of per gemotoriseerde riksja’s (bentor genaamd). Omdat Gorontalo niet gebombardeerd is tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, zijn veel Nederlandse gebouwen zijn nog steeds in gebruik.

Waar verblijft u in Gorontalo?

Alle accommodaties bevinden zich in Gorontalo Stad, een provinciestad met de prettige gemoedelijke sfeer van een dorp waar de bewoners vriendelijk zijn, de kippen vrij rondrennen en haar excentrieke gemotoriseerde riksja’s welke hier bentor worden genoemd. Omdat Gorontalo nooit is gebombardeerd tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog zijn veel gebouwen uit de Nederlandse koloniale tijd bewaard gebleven en in gebruik. Toch is Gorontalo van alle moderne gemakken voorzien. Geldautomaten, mobiele telefonie en internet zijn overal aanwezig en beschikbaar.

Miguel’s Diving biedt pakketprijzen voor duiken en accommodatie passend bij elk budget en voor alle verblijfsduren. Yulia, een lokaal zakenhotel en biedt een goede prijs-/kwaliteitverhouding. Voor duikers die voor iets meer luxe gaat is het sterrenhotel Grand Q Hotel beschikbaar. Kamers in beide hotels zijn voorzien van:

  • Dubbel- of Twinbedden
  • Airconditioning
  • Warm water douche
  • Internationale kabel-tv
  • Mini bar
  • WIFI
  • Ontbijtbuffet

Ook voor budgetreizigers kunnen wij eenvoudige accommodatie verzorgen.

Hoe kunt u contact met ons opnemen?

Voor vragen of boekingen, neem contact met ons op via e-mail of via ons kantoor:

  • Miguel’s Diving Gorontalo
  • Jl. Yos Sudarso No 218A, Pabean, Kota Gorontalo
  • Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia 96117

Menyelam di Gorontalo – Apa sih uniknya?

Menyelam di Gorontalo merupakan pengalaman yang tak terbayangkan. Apa uniknya?

Menyelam di Gorontalo: Dasar laut yang dramatis

Propinsi Gorontalo terletak di pesisir utara teluk Tomini di Sulawesi dan merupakan propinsi terpisah dari hasil pemekaran Propinsi Sulawesi Utara pada tahun 2001. Di bagian selatan propinsi Gorontalo terdapat lokasi penyelaman yang berupa tebing menjorok langsung ke dalam laut, hanya beberapa meter dari bibir pantai. Tebing ini adalah bagian dari Tebing Kontinental Sulawesi yang terkenal.

Menyelam di Gorontalo di tebing
Tebing karang Gorontalo

Pada tebing pertama sedalam lebih kurang 30 meter terdapat sebuah dataran sempit yang menuju ke lereng berikutnya sedalam 120 meter. Teluk Tomini sendiri dalamnya lebih dari 4.000 meter. Karena adanya laut dalam pada pesisir pantai, hewan-hewan pelagik jadi mendekati pesisir pantai, termasuk ikan Paus, ikan Hiu Geger Lintang, lumba-lumba dan berbagai hewan transparan dari laut bebas.

Dengan kondisi alam yang membentuk berbagai macam bentuk tebing karang di Gorontalo, termasuk berbagai bentuk gua, celah dan juga tiang (pinnacle) dan padang pasir di bawah laut membuat arus air laut bebas melewati tanjung-tanjung dan kontur di bawah permukaan laut dan mengundang gerombolan ikan-ikan bermain di sekitarnya.

Menyelam di Gorontalo: Biota laut yang endemis

Gorontalo terletak di area Segi Tiga Terumbu Karang (Coral Triangle) memiliki biota laut yang paling bervariasi di muka bumi ini, dengan lebih dari 500 jenis terumbu karang keras, menjadikan area ini lebih dari sepuluh kali lebih kaya akan terumbu karang dibandingkan dengan semua laut Karibia di Amerika.

menyelam di Gorontalo melihat Salvador
Memandangi bunga karang Salvador Dali

Salah satu dari sekian banyak kelebihan Gorontalo adalah Bunga Karang Raksasa Salvador Dali, yang hanya dapat ditemui di daerah ini. Spons ini memiliki kontur seperti ukiran gaya surealis oleh pelukis terkenal Salvador Dali. Ikan Blenny Perut Biru (Escenius caeruliventris 2004) juga hanya dapat ditemui di Teluk Tomini dan setiap tahunnya terus bertambah temuan-temuan akan biota laut yang belum diteliti atau endemis. Beberapa dari temuan tersebut juga sudah diekspos ke dunia luar dan dapat dilihat di buku Gorontalo: Surga Yang Tersembunyi (2006).

Ijinkan kami, yang merupakan Dive Operator perintis di Gorontalo menunjukan lokasi-lokasi dan kehidupan bawah laut yang telah kami selami sejak tahun 2000.

Menyelam di Gorontalo: Situs-situs diving yang bervariasi

Dengan pengalaman lebih dari sepuluh tahun menyelam di Gorontalo, staff kami dapat menunjukan tempat-tempat terbaik untuk para tamu kami, seperti tebing, gua, padang pasir, tiang karang, taman laut dangkal, tebing karang dan juga bangkai kapal di lebih dari 30 lokasi, di antaranya:

  • Tanjung Pasir : Tempat tanjung di bawah permukaan laut langsung bertemu dengan arus laut bebas
  • Japanese Cargo Wreck : Tempat bangkai kapal kargo Jepang sepanjang 50 meter tenggelam pada tahun 1942
  • Gua Jinn : Tempat tebing karang terbelah membentuk sebuah gua raksasa yang misterius
  • Sand Castle : Tempat keindahan padang pasir bawah laut yang sangat unik
  • Sentinels : Tempat deretan tiang karang membentuk suatu area menarik untuk diselami
  • Simpang Siur : Tempat ribuan ikan berenang di sekitar terumbu karang yang sangat sehat dan padat

Apa saja yang ditawarkan oleh Miguel’s Diving?

  • Menyelam di Gorontalo dua atau tiga kali sehari, hanya untuk penyelam bersertifikat
  • Penyewaan alat-alat selam
  • Dua kompressor udara untuk pengisian tabung selam
  • Kotak P3K dan tabung Oksigen Murni di kapal yang dibuat khusus untuk keperluan menyelam
  • Lebih dari 30 tempat menyelam yang dapat dijangkau dalam 10 sampai 60 menit dari dermaga Miguel’s Diving
  • Musim selam dari bulan Nopember sampai April setiap tahunnya
  • Paket selam berikut hotel sesuai permintaan

Bagaimana cara untuk mencapai kota Gorontalo?

Speed boat omenyelam di Gorontalo dgn Miguel's Diving
Speed milik Miguel’s Diving

Gorontalo dapat dicapai dengan penerbangan langsung setapi hari dari Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Denpasar dan Menado. Untuk tamu dari Singapura dapat langsung naik Silk Air ke Menado. Bagi tamu dari Kuala Lumpur dapat terbang dengan Air Asia ke Makassar.

Jalan darat dari Menado dapat ditempuh dalam 9 (sembilan) jam dengan kendaraan pribadi atau 12 (dua belas) jam dengan bis umum.

Untuk informasi jadwal penerbangan yang terkini, silahkan hubungi kami melalui:info@miguelsdiving.com

Rilis Media mengenai dunia selam di Gorontalo

“Sedikitnya penyelam yang pernah datang menyelam di Gorontalo berarti bahwa masih banyak sekali biota laut yang masih menunggu untuk ditemukan di taman laut yang kaya dan perawan ini.” William Tan, FiNS magazine, April 2004

“Gorontalo memiliki karang keras terbaik yang pernah kami temui di antara semua tempat yang pernah kami selami. Di antara sekian banyak penyelaman yang telah kami lakukan di dunia ini, kita melihat begitu banyak hal yang belum pernah kita lihat sebelumnya.” Stephen Wong, What’s Happening magazine, March 2006

“Indonesia’s best kept secret” Redaktor, Asian Diver magazine, June/July 2006

“Daya tarik Gorontalo bagi penyelam adalah beranekaragamannya lingkungan laut, dari tebing-tebing karang yang menakjubkan sampai teluk-teluk kotoran yang sepi, dari bangkai-bangkai kapal yang misterius sampai tiang-tiang karang yang menjulang, dari gua-gua yang gelap sampai taman-taman karang dangkal yang bercahaya di bawah sinar matahari…Gorontalo bawah laut adalah sekeping surga.” – Rantje Allen, Garuda Inflight Magazine, August 2006

“Dengan tawaran wall diving kelas dunia, menyelam di Gorontalo saat ini sangat nyaman. Jarak pandang jernih puluhan meter, tiada gerombolan penyelam.” – Christantiowati, National Geographic Traveler (Indonesia), March 2011

“Dengan ciri khas ragam spons unik berukuran raksasa di hampir semua situs, dapat dipastikan Gorontalo akan menjadi destinasi selam baru kelas dunia.” – Suhodo Kartarahardja, Scuba Diver Australasia (Indonesia), Issue 1/2011

“Keindahan laut Gorontalo telah lama memikat diver international sampai-sampai ia pun dijuluki ‘Indonesia’s best kept secret’. Provinsi muda ini juga menawarkan keramahan lewat sikap dan senyum tulus para warganya.” Sari Widiati, Garuda Inflight Magazine, April 2011.

“Tim Whale Shark Indonesia yang telah melakukan penelitian sejak tanggal 12 hingga 30 April 2016 mendata terdapat total 17 individu jantan telah teridentifikasi, bahkan jumlah ini dapt terus bertambah….” Scuba Diver Ocean Planet Magazine 2/2016

Kegiatan Wisata Darat

Lake Limboto view
Danau Limboto dari Bentang Otanaha

Setelah menyelam di Gorontalo, adapun kegiatan wisata darat. Kunjungan ke Benteng Otanaha peninggalan Portugis dari abad ke 16 merupakan salah satu wisata darat di sekitar Gorontalo yang terpopuler. Di area Benteng Otanaha terdapat tiga buah benteng yang langsung menghadap ke Danau Limboto, salah satu danau terbesar di Indonesia dan juga salah satu tempat di mana Presiden Pertama R.I Ir.Soekarno melakukan pendaratan pesawat di air menjelang masa kemerdekaan RI.

Arah timur dari kota Gorontalo terdapat pemandian air panas dan air terjun di area hutan lindung dengan kehidupan satwa liar yang terjaga. Tak kalah menarik adalah kunjungan ke Pelelangan Ikan di pinggir laut yang dimulai sesaat setelah matahari terbit. Jangan lupa untuk membawa oleh-oleh khas Gorontalo, di antaranya Kue Pia, Kain dan Kopiah Kerawang juga T-Shirt Gorontalo Hidden Paradise.
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Di mana anda dapat menginap di Gorontalo?

Semua akomodasi penginapan berada di sekitar pusat kota Gorontalo, di mana suasana kotanya sangat akrab dan udara yang bebas dari polusi. Anda masih dapat melihat bendi dan gerobak beroperasi di jalan-jalan di kota di samping Bentor (Becak Motor), salah satu kendaraan asli Gorontalo.

Pada umumnya akomodasi hotel di Gorontalo punya fasilitas sebagai berikut:

  • Spring bed twin atau dobel
  • Air conditioning
  • Shower air panas
  • TV kabel
  • Mini bar
  • sarapan
  • WIFI gratis

Kebanyakan tamu Miguel’s Diving menginap di Hotel Grand Q yang adalah hotel berbintang yang terbaik di Gorontalo. Kami juga menawarkan paket hotel/diving memakai Hotel New Melati untuk kalangan yang ingin menginap di hotel klas melati dengan harga murah. Hotel-hotel ini hanya sepuluh menit dari dermaga Miguel’s Diving.

Bagaimana anda dapat menghubungi Miguel’s Diving?

Untuk melakukan pemesanan tempat, reservasi atau mendapatkan informasi, silahkan hubungi kami langsung melalui e-mail atau hubungi kantor kami:

  • Miguel’s Diving
  • Jl. Yos Sudarso No 218A, Pabean, Kota Gorontalo
  • Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia 96117

Was ist einzigartig am Tauchen in Gorontalo?

Nicht weit vom berühmten Bunaken-Nationalpark und der Lembeh-Straße liegt ein verborgenes Paradies.Tauchen in Gorontalo ist Weltklasse.

Tauchen in Gorontalo: Dramatische Unterwasserlandschaft

Gorontalo liegt an der nördlichen Küste der Tomini-Bucht im Norden der Indonesischen Insel Sulawesi. Kalksteinfelsen fallen steil ins Meer ab, wo ein schmales, flaches Korallenriff die Küste säumt. Wenige Meter vor der Küste beginnt der Kontinentalhang von Sulawesi.

Tauchen in Gorontalo
Kalksteinfelsen in Gorontalo

Die erste Wand fällt auf etwa 30 Meter, wo ein schmales Plateau erreicht wird. Darunter fällt eine weitere Steilwand auf 120 Meter ab. Die Tomini-Bucht selbst ist über 4.000 Meter tief. Da das Tiefenwasser direkt auf die Küste trifft, zieht auch pelagische Meeresfauna nahe der Riffwand vorbei. Dazu gehören Wale, Walhaie, Schwärme geisterhafter Risso-Delfine und seltsame, fast durchsichtige Kreaturen.

Die Kalksteinwand wird durch Naturkräfte stark erodiert. Das Ergebnis ist eine der zerklüftetsten Unterwasserformationen überhaupt. Die Wand selbst ist voller Löcher, Spalten und Höhlen. Felsnadeln und „Muck-Diving“-Plätze sind häufig. Küstenströmungen treffen auf Hindernisse entlang der Wand und ziehen Fischschwärme an.

Tauchen in Gorontalo: Endemische Meereslebewesen

Nordsulawesi ist mit der größten Artenvielfalt aller Weltmeere gesegnet. In der Gegend kommen weit über 500 Arten von riffbildenden Steinkorallen vor – mehr als zehn Mal so viele wie in der gesamten Karibik.

Tauchen in Gorontalo

Die gigantischen und surrealistischen Salvador-Dali-Schwämme gibt es nur in Gorontalo. Der reizvolle Blue-Belly-Blenny (Ecsenius caeruliventris 2004) gilt als endemisch für Gorontalos Tomini-Bucht. Die Liste der neuen, unbeschriebenen oder endemischen Meerestierarten, die in Gorontalo entdeckt werden, wächst jährlich. Viele sind in dem Unterwasserbildband „Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise (2006)“ zu finden.

Lassen Sie sich von Gorontalos einzigem Tauchbasisbetreiber das einmalige Unterwasserleben und die Tauchplätze, die wir seit unseren ersten Tauchgängen im Jahr 2000 hier entdeckt haben, zeigen.

Tauchen in Gorontalo: Abwechslungsreiche Tauchplätze

Unsere gute Kenntnis der Gewässer Gorontalos ermöglicht es, unseren Gästen eine Vielzahl von Tauchplätzen einschließlich Höhlen, „Muck“, Felsnadeln, flachen Korallengärten, Steilwänden und Wracks anbieten zu können. Zu den mehr als 20 Tauchplätzen gehören:

  • Honeycomb, wo ein Korallenfels in die Küstenströmung ragt.
  • Japanese Cargo Wreck, wo im Jahr 1942 50 Meter Metall im Meer versanken.
  • Jinn Caves, wo ein Spalt in der Korallenwand eine eindrucksvolle Lebenswelt hervorgebracht hat.
  • Sand Castle, wo einen ein eigentümlich schönes Arrangement aus Sand und Geröll erwartet.
  • Sentinels, wo der Tauchgang um mehrere Felsen führt.
  • Traffic Circle, wo Millionen von Fischen fantastisches Korallenwachstum vor unserem Blick verbergen.

Was bietet Ihnen Miguel’s Diving?

Tauchen in Gorontalo Sulawesi
Miguel’s Diving Schnellboot

      • Zwei bis drei Tauchgänge pro Tag für zertifizierte Taucher
      • Verleih von Tauchausrüstung
      • Zwei Kompressoren
      • Sauerstoff und ein Erste-Hilfe-Kasten an Bord des speziell angefertigten Schnellboots
      • Über 20 erstklassige Tauchplätze, die innerhalb von 10 bis 60 Minuten Bootsfahrt erreichbar sind
      • Tauchsaison von November bis April
      • Maßgeschneiderte Hotel- und Tauchpakete

Wie reist man am besten nach Gorontalo?

Gorontalo kann direkt angeflogen werden. Internationale Reisende können z.B. mit Air Asia nach Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Manado oder Makassar (Ujung Pandang) fliegen und anschließend mit einem Inlandsflug nach Gorontalo. Flüge sind täglich verfügbar.

Die Anreise über den Landweg von Manado mit einem gemieteten Auto oder dem Bus dauert einen ganzen Tag.

Kontaktieren Sie uns direkt, damit wir Sie über das aktuelle Flugangebot nach Gorontalo informieren.


“Die Tatsache, dass nur sehr wenige Taucher je ihre Flossen auf diese unberührten Riffe gesetzt haben bedeutet, dass hier ein enormer Reichtum an seltenen marinen Lebewesen darauf wartet entdeckt zu werden.” – William Tan, FINS Magazin, April 2004

“Gorontalo hat einige der besten (wenn nicht die besten) Steinkorallenkolonien, die Takako und mir auf unseren Reisen je begegnet sind …. Trotz all unserer unzähligen Tauchgänge rund um die Welt sahen wir so viel in Gorontalo, was wir vorher noch nie gesehen hatten.”- Stephen Wong, What’s Happening Magazin, März 2006

“Indonesiens bestgehütetes Geheimnis” -Herausgeber, Asian Diver Magazin, Juni / Juli 2006

“… Weltklasse-Tauchen in Gorontalo … betrachte die berühmten Salvador-Dali-Schwämme oder wirf einen Blick auf die unzähligen endemischen Lebewesen.” – Sol Foo, Asian Diver Magazin I/2010


tauchen in Gorontalo
Portugiesischer Forts

      Beliebte Tagesausflüge rund um

Gorontalo Stadt

      schließen einen Besuch zu einer Gruppe portugiesischer Forts aus dem 16. Jahrhundert mit Blick auf den Limboto-See, ein Bad in den heißen Quellen von Lombongo nach einer Wanderung zu einem Wasserfall im Dschungel oder eine Fahrt zum Fischmarkt am frühen Morgen ein. Reisende mit mehr Zeit können die einheimische Tierwelt, wie z.B. den Hirscheber (Babirusa), im Nantu-Forest-Reservat beobachten. Die abgelegene Lage erfordert eine Fluss- im Anschluss an eine Überlandfahrt! Die Genehmigung für einen mehrtägigen Trip durch das Reservat kann im Voraus organisiert werden.

Alle Unterkünfte liegen in Gorontalo, einer Stadt, die mit seinen freundlichen Bewohnern, Pferdewagen, eigentümlichen motorisierten Rikschas und sauberen Straßen wie ein großes Dorf wirkt.
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Welche Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten gibt es in Gorontalo?

Alle Unterkünfte befinden sich in Gorontalo City, einer Stadt, die mit ihren freundlichen Einwohnern, freilaufenden Hühnern und verrückten motorisierten Rikschas, Bentor genannt, wie ein zu groß gewordenes Dorf anmutet. Da Gorontalo im Zweiten Weltkrieg nicht bombadiert wurde, sind noch viele Gebäude aus der holländischen Ära in Benutzung. Aber es gibt auch die Annehmlichkeiten des modernen Lebens. Geldautomaten, Handys und Internet sind weit verbreitet.

Miguel’s Diving bietet Tauch-/Hotelpakete, die auf Ihr Budget und Ihre Aufenthaltsdauer zugeschnitten sind. Das Hotel New Melati ist das beliebteste Hotel bei Rucksacktouristen, die zu den Togian Inseln reisen. Es bietet jetzt neue, hübsche Luxuszimmer zum Schnäppchenpreis an. Für Taucher, die noch etwas Schöneres suchen, steht das Sternehotel Grand Q zur Verfügung, welches als bestes Hotel in Gorontalo gilt. Die Zimmer in beiden Hotels verfügen über:

      • Doppel- oder Einzelbetten mit Federkernmatratzen
      • Klimaanlage
      • Warmwasserdusche
      • Internationales Kabelfernsehen
      • Minibar
      • WIFI
      • Zusätzliche Steckdosen

Wir können einfache Unterkünfte für Budget-Reisende organisieren

Wie kann man uns erreichen?

Für Anfragen oder Buchungen kontaktieren Sie uns bitte direkt per Email oder über unser Büro:

Miguel’s Diving Gorontalo
Jl. Yos Sudarso No 218A, Pabean, Kota Gorontalo
Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia 96117

Cosa c’è di unico nel’immergersi a Gorontalo?

La spettacolare geografia subacquea

Gorontalo si trova lungo la costa settentrionale del Golfo di Tomini, nella parte settentrionale dell’isola di Sulawesi, in Indonesia. Straordinarie scogliere calcaree scendono direttamente in mare, dove una stretta e poco profonda barriera corallina costeggia la costa. A pochi metri dalla riva giace la parete continentale di Sulawesi.

La prima parete scende a circa 30 metri di profondità, dove sono visibili un breve pendio e un terrazzo. Al di sotto, c’è un altro dislivello di 120 metri prima che la parete scenda di nuovo. Lo stesso Golfo di Tomini ha un profondità di oltre 4.000 metri. Poichè l’acqua delle profondità marine risale verso la costa, la vita marina oceanica si svolge tutta presso la parete. Questa include tra gli altri balene, squali balena, anfratti dove vivono il delfino spettrale Risso e altre strane creature quasi trasparenti.

A causa della sua base di pietra calcarea, la parete è fortemente erosa dalle forze naturali. Ciò crea alcune tra le più complesse formazioni sottomarine mai viste da nessun’altra parte prima. La stessa parete è piena di cavità, fessure e caverne. Pinnacoli e bacini fangosi sono qui comuni. Le correnti lungo la costa colpiscono diversi punti sommersi della parete, attirando interi banchi di pesci.

La vita marina endemica

La parte settentrionale di Sulawesi può vantare la più alta biodiversità marina di tutto pianeta. Quest’area contiene oltre 500 specie di coralli rocciosi che costituiscono la barriera corallina, oltre dieci volte il numero trovato in tutto il bacino dei Caraibi.

Le gigantesche e surreali spugne Salvador Dali, possono essere viste solo qui a Gorontalo. La deliziosa Blue Belly Blenny (Escenius caeruliventris 2004) è considerata endemica del Golfo di Tomini a Gorontalo. La lista di nuove specie, non ancora descritte ed endemiche del mondo marino, trovate a Gorontalo, cresce ogni anno. Molte di queste sono state descritte nel libro di fotografia subacquea “Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise” (2006).

Siamo l’unico operatore nel settore delle immersioni che può mostrarvi queste unicità e questi luoghi, scoperti da noi stessi nel 2000, quando è partita la nostra attività di immersioni qui a Gorontalo.

Diversi siti di immersione

Con la sua ampia conoscenza delle acque intorno a Gorontalo, il nostro staff è in grado di offrire ai propri ospiti una varietà di ambienti di immersione, tra cui grotte, detriti fangosi, pinnacoli, giardini di coralli poco profondi, punti sommersi, pareti e relitti. Gli oltre 20 siti di immersione includono:

  • Il nido d’ape, dove un punto di corallo sommerso sporge lungo la corrente costiera
  • Il relitto di un cargo giapponese, dove giacciono 50 metri di metallo affondato nel 1942
  • Le grotte Jinn, dove una spaccatura nella parete di corallo crea un ambiente ammaliante
  • Il castello di sabbia, dove una bellezza sconosciuta aspetta tra la sabbia e il pietrisco
  • Le sentinelle, dove i sub nuotano tra molteplici pinnacoli
  • Il traffico, dove il passaggio di milioni di pesci oscura il proliferare di coralli fantastici

Cosa offre Miguel’s Diving?

  • due o tre immersioni al giorno per sub in possesso di brevetto
  • attrezzature per l’immersione in affitto
  • due compressori per aria pulita
  • ossigeno e primo soccorso a bordo di una barca veloce privata
  • più di 20 siti di immersione di prima qualità raggiungibili tra 10 e 60 minuti in barca
  • stagione di immersione da novembre ad aprile
  • albergo e pacchetti di immersioni per soddisfare i vostri interessi

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Come arrivare a Gorontalo?

Gorontalo può essere raggiunta via aereo ogni giorno attraverso voli domestici. I viaggiatori internazionali possono scegliere tra numerosi voli provenienti da Jakarta e Bali.

La compagnia aerea “Silk Air” collega Singapore con Manado, mentre la compagnia “Air Asia” collega Kuala Lumpur con Makassar (Ujung Pandang).

Dagli aeroporti di Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Makassar (Ujung Pandang) e Manado partono quotidianamente voli per Gorontalo.

Da Manado è possibile inoltre raggiungere Gorontalo con un viaggio via terra di durata giornaliera, sia con mezzi privati che con l’autobus.

Contattateci direttamente per stabilire il vostro piano di volo fino a Gorontalo scrivendo a: info@miguelsdiving.com


“Il fatto che ben pochi subacquei abbiano mai messo le loro pinne su queste barriere coralline incontaminate, significa che c’è un enorme patrimonio di rare creature marine da scoprire qui.” – William Tan, rivista FiNS, aprile 2004

“Gorontalo ha alcune tra le migliori (se non le migliori in assoluto) colonie di corallo indurito che Takako e io abbiamo mai incontrato nei nostri viaggi …. In tutte le nostre innumerevoli immersioni in giro per il mondo, abbiamo visto così tanto a Gorontalo che nelle nostre esperienze precedenti non avevamo mai visto”-. Stephen Wong, rivista What’s Happening, marzo 2006

“Il segreto meglio conservato dell’Indonesia” -Editore, rivista Asian Diver, Giugno/Luglio 2006

“… un sito di immersioni di livello mondiale … date uno sguardo alle sue celebri spugne Salvador Dalì o una sbirciatina alla miriade di creature endemiche”. – Sol Foo, rivista Asian Diver, I/2010

Attività terrestri

Una tipica escursione giornaliera nei dintorni di Gorontalo include una visita ad un gruppo di forti portoghesi del sedicesimo secolo che si affacciano sul lago Limboto, un tuffo nelle terme di Lombongo, dopo una camminata alle cascate nella giungla o un viaggio di prima mattina al mercato del pesce. I viaggiatori con più tempo a disposizione potranno vedere la fauna endemica, come i babirusa, presso la riserva di Nantu Forest. La sua posizione remota richiede l’uso di trasporti terrestri e fluviali. L’autorizzazione potrà essere richiesta in anticipo per chi volesse viaggiare di notte.

Tutte le strutture ricettive si trovano a Gorontalo, una città che si comporta come un villaggio di campagna cresciuto troppo in fretta, con i suoi abitanti amichevoli, carrozze trainate dai cavalli (bendi) e stravaganti risciò motorizzati (bentor).

Dove alloggiare a Gorontalo?

Tutti le strutture ricettive di Gorontalo sono localizzate nel centro dell’area cittadina, ad un’ora di macchina dall’Aeroporto Jalaluddin, ed il servizio di trasferimento aeroporto-hotel è incluso nei pacchetti proposti da Miguel’s Diving.

Gorontalo è una città in continua evoluzione che vive ancora come se fosse un grande villaggio rurale. I suoi abitanti sono amichevoli ed ospitali, la cucina è tipica, genuina ed economica e le vie cittadine sono percorse dai numerosissimi bentor, i tradizionali risciò motorizzati guidati dagli abitanti locali.

Poichè Gorontalo, a differenza della vicina Manado, riuscì a sfuggire ai bombardamenti alleati durante la fine della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, molti degli edifici e delle abitazioni risalenti all’epoca coloniale olandese sono ancora in uso e conservati in ottimo stato. Questa immagine di un antico passato coloniale si fonde con gli elementi del progresso: internet, telefoni cellulari e tv satellitari sono largamente disponibili e divenuti di uso comune.

Il Miguel’s Diving offre, ai propri ospiti, dei pacchetti soggiorno in hotel/immersioni fatti su misura per ogni tipo di budget e di durata di vacanza. In Gorontalo si possono trovare varie soluzioni di strutture ricettive, quelle che Miguel’s Diving raccomanda sono due delle migliori in città:

Yulia Hotel

E’ sicuramente la struttura preferita da tutti gli uomini d’affari che si recano in città e vi trascorrono del tempo per lavoro. Situato lungo la via principale cittadina, strutturato attorno ad un giardino centrale, il Yulia Hotel dispone di camere con letti matrimoniali o singoli, aria condizionata, TV internazionale via cavo, doccia con acqua calda e mini bar. La prima colazione viene servita nella sala pranzo dell’hotel. La rete WIFI gratuita è disponibile nella zona reception.

Grand Q Hotel

Per i divers che desiderano una soluzione ancora migliore, Miguel’s Diving suggerisce l’hotel top in città: il Grand Q Hotel. La struttura offre vari tipi di camere, dalle standard alle deluxe, tutte dotate di letti singoli o matrimoniali, aria condizionata, doccia con acqua calda, TV internazionale via cavo e minibar. Nel seminterrato dell’Hotel c’è il club privato che offre spettacoli di musica dal vivo. La prima colazione a buffet è servita nella sala da pranzo dell’Hotel. Connessione internet WIFI libera e disponibile per i clienti dell’Hotel.

Come contattarci?

Per domande o prenotazioni, contattateci direttamente via email o attraverso il nostro ufficio:

  • Miguel’s Diving Gorontalo
  • Jl. Yos Sudarso No 218A, Pabean, Kota Gorontalo
  • Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia 96117
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