Gorontalo Oasis Hotel where Miguel’s Diving operates is included in the current edition of ScubaDiver Australasia. The cover photo is a stunning face shot of a ribbon eel. Look inside the pages to find us!
The underwater paradise found in Gorontalo is revealed in the current edition of National Geographic Hungary. To see the article on line, go to this link. Thanks to Gabor (text) and to William Tan (underwater photos).
Divers from Malaysia and Jakarta had some unusual if brief opportunities to shoot video and take photos this week. Two rarely seen dottybacks made brief appearances for divers to see: the endemic Togean dottyback and the undescribed Goldcap dottyback, both of whom are quite shy. Taking their photo takes great patience and a bit of luck. As predicted by Miguel’s Diving staff, after a few days of overcast skies, dolphins were out with large white Risso’s trying to sun while the smaller Bottlenose ones kept swimming around them. Lots of surface action and again a challenge to shoot. On request staff located a rare Bubble bee shrimp. However, instead of preparing for its close-up, it decided to jump under a rock – and right into the waiting tentacle of an octopus! Oh well, at least the cavern with the skylight at Cathedral dive site and all those Salvador Dali sponges never move about.
Members of Corona Dive Club spent a week diving in Gorontalo, basically wearing themselves out from lots of diving, eating all the crabs available at the night stalls and singing silly songs. To read Parvita’s impressions of the diving in Gorontalo and see some great wide-angle shots, go to this link. Thanks so much to trip leader Teti who did a great job with everything including organizing 18 pieces of checked luggage!
Just released this year is the fabulous full color Footprint guide to diving southeast Asia. Among its 304 pages is a section on diving Sulawesi including a new diving hot spot: Gorontalo! Congratulations to Beth & Shaun Tierney on this fine achievement.