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  • Photo by Rantje Allen

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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


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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

Marine Protected Areas in Tomini Bay

Viable marine protected areas are a crucial need worldwide. At Miguel’s Diving, our business model is based on ecological sustainability and community development.

Gorontalo Marine Protected Areas

During our early years of operation, Miguel’s Diving staff conducted a series of coral awareness campaigns. These took place in local schools, village halls and government buildings. We even used the front porch of a house! Gorontalo Province Fisheries Department, the Nature Lovers club at the local university and law enforcement took part. The basic message was “no coral, no fish, your choice.” The culmination of these educational efforts was the establishment of the Olele Village Marine Park in 2007. Miguel’s Diving pays a fee directly to the village for our guests to dive in designated sites. In this marine protected area, fishing is not allowed.

Daily Patrols

A dive guide removes two Crown-of-Thorns from a pristine coral reef in Gorontalo
A dive guide removes two Crown-of-Thorns from a pristine coral reef in Gorontalo
During regular diving season, Miguel’s Diving staff are in the water almost daily. Diving season is November to April. We take time during each dive to clean up a bit of trash or fishing line. Any Crown-of-Thorns starfish are taken immediately from the dive sites. In other marine protected areas in the world, Crown-of-Thorn outbreaks severely threaten the coral reef. Divers will immediately notice the dense and healthy hard corals of Gorontalo.

Vast Tomini Bay

Miguel’s Diving offers diving along the northern shore of Tomini Bay. Other operators provide diving in the Togian Islands. They are located in southern part of Tomini Bay. Tomini Bay is one of the largest in the world. It plunges over four kilometers in depth near Gorontalo dive sites. It takes eight hours by metal ferry boat to cross from Gorontalo to the Togian Islands.

Togian Islands Marine Protected Areas

There is no dynamite fishing in the areas where Miguel’s Diving operates. This is because of environmentally-friendly local fishing practices and community education efforts. Gorontalo Fisheries Department also patrols the coastline. No so fortunate are our neighbors to the south. Although the Togian Islands is one of Indonesia’s official marine protected areas, enforcement is lacking. In fact, there is a petition on Change.Org to urge the Indonesian government to tackle dynamite fishing and over fishing in the Togian Islands. Would you add your name to this petition? We have!

Best Diving in Indonesia on Gorontalo’s Submerged Points

Divers looking for the best diving in Indonesia should try Gorontalo’s submerged points. These are a unique feature of the complex underwater landscape in this hidden paradise. Usually below thirty meters, a point of coral protrudes from the wall. The long shore current will hit these submerged points. Schools of fish gather here. Sea fans and sponges grow huge.

Buffalo Head Point Dive Site

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A diver rounds a submerged coral point

This dive site is named after the shape of the cliff. It looks like the head of a water buffalo. This prime dive site follows a submerged point that juts into deep ocean water. The point is a wide, downward sloping plain that starts at about 30 meters. When the long shore current hits this point, schools of fish gather to feed. This includes large trevally, snappers, fusiliers and triggerfish. Most of the fish will gather where the current hits. The hard coral growth here is amazing. Several smaller points of coral branch off the main wall. The shallow reef flat is teeming with life. The current here can be quite strong.

Miguel’s Diving has not measured this site.

Depth: 2 – 40 meters

Highlights for the Best Diving in Indonesia: dramatic wall with dense coral growth, schooling fish, vibrant shallow reef

Conditions: Typical visibility is 20 meters. Currents can be strong here and divers should let Miguel’s Diving staff decide whether the ocean conditions favor a safe dive.

Special Note: Down current is possible over the submerged point. Watch your gauge. Do not stray too far from your dive guide. Sometimes divers need to crawl around the coral point against the current. Only a short distance away is a sheltered nook. There divers can watch the fish action and then swim away from the current.

The Best Diving in Indonesia Virtual Dive on Buffalo Head Point

Back roll into the current and proceed over the reef flat. Follow your dive guide into a crack in the wall where waters are still. After descending to the pre-planned depth, drift with the gentle current. Watch a school of Slender unicornfish. On an outcrop of coral, an anemone provides a home to Nemo and his family. Sharing the anenome are several Sarasvati shrimp (Periclimenes sarasvati 2002). This is one of Gorontalo’s new species. The best diving in Indonesia includes seeing new species of marine life like this beautiful shrimp.

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Easily missed, a Cryptic Shrimp hides in a coralimorph

Drift above a sandy point that stretches beyond visibility. Do not be distracted by the coral wall and forget to look into the blue. Your dive guide signals for you to turn towards the deep blue. A school of hundreds of Big-eye trevally blast pass. But now divers hit a reverse the current. Your dive guide signals to follow him over a patch of soft coral. Ahead is a sheltered place behind the side of a protective arm of the wall. At this point, the currents from both sides of the point clash. Multiple fish schools gather to feed, oblivious of the divers. Midnight snappers drift below and Red-tooth triggers swirling all around the divers.

Passing several points of dense coral, start your ascent and swim back into the current for the safety stop. Hide from the current among coral bommies on the reef flat. From there you can watch the fish action over the edge of the wall. Your dive guide points to a family of Black anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus) living in Bulb anemones among densely branching coral. This fish is only found in one other dive site in Gorontalo. Marine diversity is a hallmark of the best diving in Indonesia.

Honeycomb Dive Site

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A diver discovers a Salvador Dali sponge at Honeycomb

This dive site follows a submerged point that juts into the long shore current. When the current is running, tight rolling waves pile up on the ocean’s surface. This phenomenon is all the more apparent at adjacent sites where the water is flat and calm. The dramatic wall is covered in dense coral growth with a heavy sprinkling of large sponges. As typical with walls in Gorontalo, the limestone substrate shows evidence of the erosive forces of nature. Numerous vertical chutes are carved into the wall. This site features two collapsed caverns and a swim-through that pierces one of the many buttresses that project from the undulating wall.

The site is about 580 meters long.

Depth: 3 – 40 meters

Highlights for the Best Diving in Indonesia: dramatic wall with dense coral growth, large sponges, swim through, schooling fish

Conditions: Typical visibility is 20 meters. Heavy rain can dramatically reduce the visibility, but the fish don’t seem to care. Ripping currents bring out clouds of fish and schools of large trevally. Heavy surf can produce strong down currents. This typically happens on the day of the full moon when the normally negligible tide change can be around a meter. This is a great site for those with some experience in current diving.

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Depending on the direction of the current, the dive may be run west to east as follows:

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Macro life, like this Boxer crab, is abundant

Descend past a collapsed cave to follow a narrow ledge to its end. Here, at about 15 meters, a Grand worm snail (Serpulorbis grandis) casts its mucous net to gather plankton. Below the collapsed cavern is an large patch of giant Cigar sponges (Haliclona vanderlandi 2001). It is one of Gorontalo’s new species. Cruising depth is excellent at 18 meters. The steep slope becomes a wall with six deep, vertical chutes. These chutes border dramatic buttresses that plunge into the depths. Turn around inside one of the chutes and look out into the deep blue. Watch the fishes passing back and forth. Before a long section of bending wall, divers encounter another collapsed cavern at about 20 meters. A dive torch will help you visualize how deep the cavern must have been. Large groupers still hide in its depths.

The next section of wall is pitted by numerous holes. If the current is slack, take time to look in holes with sand bottoms. Typically a shrimpgoby and its crustacean pals will live here. Most entertaining is the distinctive Sailfin shrimpgoby (Amblyeleotris randalli). After another chute-and-buttress grouping, the wall opens into a steep slope. Ahead is a free-standing, coral pyramid. Dramatic coral formations like this are part of the best diving in Indonesia. At a depth of 15 meters is a tunnel filled with gorgonians and other corals. At the safety stop level, numerous tree corals (Siphonogorgia sp.) grow on the wall. Their white polyps contrast sharply with their wine-red trunks.

Swirling Steps Dive Site

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A Whale Shark greets divers in Gorontalo

The shape of this submerged point is a series of steps. The shallow reef flat is the first step. It is only a few meters deep. The final step in safe diving rage is at 30 meters This step is very wide and long and stretches far out into deep water. The edge of this step drops to 40 meters. Hard corals dominate this site, even below 40 meters. Pristine coral growth marks the best diving in Indonesia. Currents often merge at the point and can create down current.

This site is about 500 meters long.

Depth: 2 – 40 meters

Highlights for the Best Diving in Indonesia: Walls and flats forming steps with dense coral growth, large sponges, chance to see pelagics

Conditions: Typical visibility is 20 meters. Encroaching river water can reduce visibility, but the fish don’t seem to care.

Special Note: When passing over the deep point, watch out for down currents.

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Descend amid swirls of chromis feeding in the current. Pass a plateau covered with swaying soft corals. Below the drop off is a large Salvador Dali sponge at the edge of a large flat of white sand. Drifting under schools of fusiliers, you pass a colony of large red whip coral and approach the edge of a coral ridge. Above it in a flat of white sand, garden eels feed in the current. Descend with your dive guide toward the deep sand flat below. A pair of Dog-tooth tuna blast by. Sponges here are gigantic, easily large than a diver. Some are almost horizontal, as if knocked over by something huge. A shadow passes above. Your dive guide signals as a Whale Shark swims past you and down the drop off. The best diving in Indonesia includes pelagic sightings.

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A rare blue sea fan off a submerged point in Gorontalo

Swimming up and against the current, you pass a school of Blue-dash fusiliers feeding on plankton. Resting behind a big rock, a Hawksbill turtle swims gracefully away. A single remora clings to its shell. Now that you have rounded the submerged point, the current eases. Notice numerous ridges of coral and valleys of white sand mixed with coral. Next to a giant sponge, Nemo and his family live greet you.

Now low on air and dive time, ascend to make your safety stop. The edge of the reef flat is jam packed with hard corals. Ahead lives a series of large Acropora table corals. Among the rocks at the top, your dive guide has located a Yellow-margin moray. Ascends to the dive boat, which waits overhead.

White Point Dive Site

One of Gorontalo’s most visited sites, this submerged point attracts school of fish and pelagics. The point itself is covered with white sand with only scattered hard corals. It rests below 30 meters. The visibility off this deep point is typically quite good. Schools of large snappers can be seen off the drop off. The reef crest at three meters. Because it faces into the heavy waves of off season, hard corals are not as large as other locations in Gorontalo. The reef flat is composed of hard corals and rocks, making for an interesting place for the safety stop.

Miguel’s Diving has not measured this site.

Depth: 2 – 40 meters

Highlights for the Best Diving in Indonesia: Dramatic wall, Salvador Dali sponges, giant sea fans, schooling fish

Conditions: Typical visibility is 20 meters. Cold up-wellings can reduce visibility at depth.

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Descend across a shallow reef flat of white sand near a beautiful Acropora table coral. White sand sprinkled down the wall mixes with the corals that growth there. Upon nearing the submerged point, your dive guide signals to descend. Several gigantic sea fans grows horizontally to the current. They are of pink, yellow and brown. Below the drop off, a school of large Midnight snapper wander about.

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Yes, it’s a nudibranch

Drifting over the white sand point, your dive guide points to several large Rainbow runners. They like divers. Rising back towards the wall, the dive guide gives a frantic signal. A school of hundreds of Big-eye trevally inspect the divers and their bubbles. On a patch of grassy coral, a Mossy nudibranch blends in to all but a trained eye. Nearby a large red Tasseled scorpionfish sits motionless on an up-side-down mushroom coral.

Now past the point, look below at the huge black coral bushes. They grow in a sheltered nook far below. Pacific pyramid butterflyfish hover in the current just off the wall. Your dive guide points to three strands of rare hanging soft coral, They are pink in color. Nearby under another overhang hang several colonies of Foxtail tunicates. Unusual marine life like this is characteristic of the best diving in Indonesia.

At the reef crest for the safety stop, watch pairs of Red firegobies flicking their dorsal fins in excitement.

Wall Diving Indonesia’s Hidden Paradise

Wall diving Indonesia offers many wonderful choices. Asian Diver magazine has called Gorontalo “Indonesia’s hidden paradise.” Wall diving here is world-class. Guests of Miguel’s Diving dive along the continental tall of Sulawesi. Here deep oceans meet limestone walls covered in hard corals. Below are are a few wall diving Indonesia sites found in Gorontalo.

Chimneys Dive Site

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Leather coral grows atop Gorontalo’s coral walls

This dive site is rarely dived because of its distance from Gorontalo City. Unlike wall diving Indonesia found elsewhere, the wall here has about 20 vertical cuts. They are deep, narrow and straight. They begin at the shallow reef crest and plunge down the wall. Only a few of these channels are wide enough for a diver to enter. Most are too narrow. Miguel’s Diving calls them “chimneys.” Many are full of a unidentified species of Gorgonian white fan. They obviously thrive in the protected environment inside these chimneys. More large Gorgonian sea fans are found here than at other dive sites in Gorontalo. This includes pale colored ones not found elsewhere. Another feature of this dive site is dramatic vertical drop, a feature of wall diving Indonesia. Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) and Pinnate batfish (Platax pinnatus) like this site.

This site is about 550 meters long.

Depth: 0 – 40 meters

Wall Diving Indonesia Highlights from Gorontalo: a few caves, narrow chimneys clogged with white fans, deep lower wall, numerous gorgonians.

Conditions: Visibility at this site rarely exceeds 18 meters. Sometimes, it is irritatingly cloudy after high winds or heavy surf. Its proximity to the point jutting farthest into the sea means it lies just off the equator. Wall diving Indonesia is available on both sides of the equator. Currents here can be unpredictable. Cold up-wellings and down currents are most noticeable at new moon and full moon. Any wind will usually make this site unreachable.

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Diving at an 18-meter depth, notice the wall’s many narrow chimneys as you pass five bends. The wall straightens after the sixth bend. Below is a very narrow shelf. It is edged in deep black water. Experienced divers may wish to start their dive here at the limit of no-decompression diving. Peer down the dark face of the lower wall. Investigate the cavern tucked above the shelf and search for creatures of the deep like passing tuna.

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A crinoid shrimp blends colorfully with its host

On the wall’s mid to upper levels, notice the high number of gorgonian sea fans. Next is a chimney large enough for a single diver to enter. The interior of this chimney is covered with tiny white fans. After another 100 meters, the wall is scarred by numerous fissures. Enjoy the quick succession of ten chimneys, most crowded with tiny white fans. Only the first one is large enough to enter.

Sunlight floods these fan-filled chimneys. Wall diving Indonesia here features some colorful Dendronephthya soft coral. After your dive, ask the dive master to find the smurf blue coral. A single example of iridescent blue branching Acropora grows on the reef crest. This unusual coral is more typically found in coral gardens in west Gorontalo in Tomini Bay. Northern Sulawesi, including Gorontalo, is home to over 500 species of hard coral. That is part of the rich experience when wall diving Indonesia.

Silvertip Grounds Dive Site

Diving this wall site pits the smallness of the human frame against an imposing wall, towering caverns, huge sponges, large marine life and often ripping currents. The shallow coral reef here is extremely narrow. In many places it measures only about a meter wide! The coral wall begins at between three to five meters. It bottoms out in the 30 to 40 meter range. A shelf hugs the bottom of this upper wall and descends sometimes gently and sometimes steeply to the second wall. This lower wall drops off into the deep to 120 meters.

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A Whale shark swims just off a Gorontalo wall

Miguel’s Diving staff surveyed this wall in 2000. At that time a Silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) routinely patroled this shelf. That is where the dive site name comes from. Several tall caverns tower above the shelf. The ever-bending wall is much smoother than other Gorontalo wall dive sites. Along several lengths of wall, the current has deposited parallel bands of sand.

This site is about 350 meters long.

Depth: 3 – 40 meters

Wall Diving Indonesia Highlights from Gorontalo: imposing wall, towering caverns, huge sponges, large marine life, excellent coral growth and lots of fish

Conditions: Typical visibility is 20 meters. On occasion, that can double. Expect currents. Remember: the faster the current the more fish! Travel with a boat crew like our staff at Miguel’s Diving who know local conditions. Winds from certain directions can dramatically impact surface conditions and currents during the course of a dive. Heavy surf from sudden winds can cause significant down currents in some places.

Special Note: This is a site for advanced divers or those experienced in current diving. Make sure to follow your guide in case swimming against the current becomes too difficult. The wall has many sharp bends, which affect the current. Divers may ride the current and swim against it during a single dive. Currents here also ebb and flow. If possible, wait for five minutes in a protected spot, then try again to round the bend and swim against the current. If the current has not subsided within five to ten minutes, it is not likely to do so during the time you are diving.

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Descend past a sloping point to peer into a small cavern wedged into a corner of the wall. Wall diving Indonesia usually means seeing beautiful soft corals. The area at the beginning of the dive is no exception. Look for the beautifully colored Dendronephthya here. The wall between the first corner and the next one hosts many sponges and gorgonians. After the second corner, divers encounter a steep ridge flanked by steep gullies and then more steep slope below 20 meters. Unbeknownst to divers, the land rounds a point here. Below the water line, the current usually speeds up here.

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Divers in Gorontalo love shooting video

The long section wall here is dusted with parallel deposits of sand and is relatively barren for Gorontalo. Below the 30-meter mark, the wall becomes a gentle slope protruding into the current. As the current speeds up, look for large Trevally (Caranx spp.) and large Emperors (Lethrinus spp.). They will rise to feed in the current. With time almost over, notice a narrow cavern and then a small divided point spilling down the lower wall onto the steep slope. Lastly, inspect a tall, narrow cavern. Ascend slowly for the safety stop at the reef crest.

Traffic Circle Dive Site

This site is located within Olele Village Marine Park. Miguel’s Diving pays the designated fee for guests to dive here. The village residents are proud that divers come from far away. The beautiful reef and wall the sits just in front of their houses. One glance confirms that they continue to protect the site’s corals. Hard coral coverage is over 80%. The site contains two ridges of coral that protrude into the long shore current. Schools of fish will gather at one or both of these locations. Many of these fish feed on plankton that drift by. Currents often reverse. On a typical dive the lower current carries divers past the two ridges. Then, the surface current returns everyone to the mooring buoy where the dive boat waits.

This site is about 250 meters long.

Depth: 2 – 40 meters

Wall Diving Indonesia Highlights from Gorontalo: magnificent Salvador Dali sponges, schools of fish, including several snapper species, sea turtle and spectacular coral growth

Conditions: Visibility is typically 20 meters.

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One of Gorontalo’s famous Salvador Dali spones

Special Note: The strange morphology of Petrosia lignosa that we call Salvador Dali sponge is only found in Gorontalo. This sponge itself is incredibly hard. But it has two vulnerabilities. If its skin is torn by a careless fin kick, the skin tears. Even worse is someone grabbing one with a glove, This skin damage allows bacteria inside. Fish begin to eat away at it. This injury can be life threatening. The other vulnerability is its fragile base and carefully weighted position. These huge sponges tend to grow below 20 meters. Wave action usually cannot snap them off the wall at this depth. Please be careful with your fins. If a Salvador Dali sponge should fall, the once majestic and strong sponge can no longer eat. It will disintegrate into dust within a few weeks.

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Back roll into deep blue water and follow your guide along the reef crest. Wall diving Indonesia features hard corals. Those on this wall  comes in countless variety. The wall is absolutely packed with them. A small school of batfish wiggle their tails. They descend away as you approach. A single Midnight snapper swims right up to the dive guide, as if to say hello. Then it turns descends back into the blue, casting its golden eye towards the new visitors.

Ahead a gigantic mound of Galaxy coral dominates the landscape. At his signal, descend with your guide to view a gigantic Salvador Dali sponge. Next to is grows a Pink sea fan so large that no Pygmy seahorse could ever get its tail around any of its branches. Around another point is the famous Salvador Dali sponge shaped like a flower. It measures about a meter and a half in diameter.

Even though the current is pushing against divers, your guide insists that you follow him. Wise divers will follow his profile exactly. He knows best how and where to advance against the current. Once over a ridge of coral, magnificent schools of fish gather to feed. These include snappers, triggers, fusiliers, butterflyfish and clusters of belligerent trevallys.

Traffic Jam Dive Site

Wall diving Indonesia is at its best here. This spectacular coral wall has ten deep vertical chutes cut into its surface.

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A cuttlefish hovers off Traffic Jam dive sive

These begin at the shallow reef crest and drop to the wall’s bottom. These narrow cuts are only large enough for one diver at a time to enter. Below in deeper water, the shy and singular Blue-lined grouper (Plectopomus oligocanthus) hovers.  These are a threatened species worldwide. Its dark brown body is splashed with blue scrawling. If you linger at a particular spot or swim close to the wall, carefully note your surroundings. Giant moray eels (Gymnothorax javanicus) are often sighted here. The wall also attracts large marine life, such as rays, Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and tuna. This is the favorite dive site of Gorontalo’s first governor Fadel Muhammad.

This site is about 400 meters long.

Depth: 3 – 40 meters

Wall Diving Indonesia Highlights from Gorontalo: millions of fish, wall cut by numerous chutes, dense coral growth, giant sponges

Conditions: Visibility is typically 20 meters. The current usually presents no problem. Sometimes, it can become quite strong during the course of a dive. Please follow your guide.

Special Note: Northern Sulawesi has the highest marine biodiversity on the planet. This Gorontalo dive site provides dramatic proof. Take your time to enjoy the site.

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The Sarasvati shrimp is a new species divers see in Gorontalo

Because of the height of the adjacent mountain, direct sunlight is late hitting the wall. About mid-dive, suddenly a sun-filled gentle slope spills down the wall. This slope is about 50 meters wide and is flanked by large inlets. This slope protrudes significantly from the wall. The current here is much stronger. But the stronger current also draws significantly higher numbers of fish. Expect five species of fusiliers, unicornfish, Schooling pyramid butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys polylepis), chromis, damsels, and anthias. This is a good place to look for Orang-back wrasse (Cirrhilabrus aurantidorsalis). This species is considered endemic to Tomini Bay and only named in 1999. Enjoyo the shallow reef crest during your safety stop. The coral growth is amazing. During your surface interval, find out if the crew has seen dolphin or the shell of a Chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius).

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