• Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

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Yearly Archives: 2006

Really Off Season

This past weekend Gorontalo’s governor insisted on going diving. So we braved waves and stiff winds to take him where he wanted to go. Swells were breaking up to six meters up the cliff face. Because of all that turbulent water, visibility was about two meters. But he seemed more relaxed after his time underwater.Continue Reading

Uncommon Sighting: White-mouth moray

Today’s dive at one of Gorontalo’s multiple pinnacle dive sites turned up a number of surprises. But the most impressive was a shy White-mouth moray (Gymnothorax meleagris). Although this species can grow over a meter in length, the one today was clearly a juvenile. Found in tropical waters, this beautiful moray is uncommon in mostContinue Reading

Asian Diver Magazine Feature Destination

This month’s edition of Asian Diver Magazine features Gorontalo and the amazing diving here. Singapore-based William Tan took the photos for the spread as well as wrote the witty article. His Teddy bear crab, shot here in Gorontalo, is on the magazine’s cover.

Off Season Diving in Gorontalo, Sulawesi

With the exception of world famous Bunaken Marine Park, most other scuba diving locations around Sulawesi have distinct seasons. This includes diving in Sulawesi’s Gorontalo Province. Fortunate weather during this last week of May has allowed advance scouts from a scuba diving club to enjoy the waters here in Gorontalo. Even our more weather-affected sites were availableContinue Reading

Business Trip to Gorontalo Made Better

Most Sulawesi diving locations are too remote to allow someone on a business trip to get in a quick dive or two prior to meetings – or afterwards. However, in Gorontalo our dive sites are so close to town that business people can make their trips here better by scuba diving, too. Miguel’s Diving offers flexible schedulingContinue Reading

Gorontalo in Scuba Diver Australasia Magazine

The current issue of Scuba Diver Australasia features Takako Uno’s dramatic photo of one of Gorontalo’s Salvador Dali sponges on page 7. Check out her comments in the X-traOrdinary Dives section. Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of this fine dive magazine.

Newest Endemic: Blue belly blenny

Miguel’s Diving is pleased to announcement another confirmed endemic species in our area. The Blue belly blenny (Escenius caeruliventris) was only described scientifically by Springer and Allen in 2004 after it was first discovered in Tomini Bay, Sulawesi, where Miguel’s Diving operates. Only this past dive season have we noticed this cute little fish, finding itContinue Reading

Whale of a Season

As diving season in Gorontalo draws to a close, whales are showing up just off areas where Miguel’s Diving takes guests diving. Several days ago Miguel’s Diving staff thought a bomb exploded only to see a 12 to 14 meter long Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) blowing, sending spray up almost four meters. It played on the surface for halfContinue Reading

Another Endemic Specie

The list of undescribed and/or endemic species found in Gorontalo continues to grow. Miguel’s Diving can now show guests a recently discovered undescribed specie found only in northern Sulawesi and Tomini Bay. The Yellow crown demoiselle (Chrysiptera sp.) is commonly found in Gorontalo’s coral rich reefs. It is also quite easy to photograph. Distinguishing features include theContinue Reading

Hear Them Breathing

Guests from Taiwan, Japan, and Jakarta have seen multiple pods of both Bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins each day. Rarely seen elsewhere, Risso’s dolphins are resident in Gorontalo. They have distinctive white bodies with scaring, black dorsal fin, no nose, and are noticeably larger than Bottlenose. Today on the way to a dive site, a pod ofContinue Reading