Donggala Island – Dive Point Results

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House Reef

Category : Donggala Sub Category : Sulawesi

Donggala

 

Under the Dutch colonial government, Donggala was the most important town and port in Central Sulawesi. When the main harbor was ruined, ship had to use the harbor in palu, 34 kilometers to the south on the other side of the bay. Since then, Palu has become the regional capital and Donggla has become a quiet town that people pass through on the way to Tanjung Karang.

Donggla has had a reputation as a great dive destination since the 90s. It is easily accessible from palu, only about an hour away by car. A fantastic resort is located in Tanjung Karang, which has faithfully served divers ever since its construction.

The dive sites in Donggala surround Tanjung Karang (Coral Cape) and most are only minutes away from the aforementioned resort. Tanjung Karang is a faforite sport for is easily accessible house reefs. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, there are several sites that can be explored by speedboat from the duve center near rhe resort.

There are more than 20 dive sites around Donggala. Other than the thriving coral rrefs, there is also a shipwreck lying 40 meters at one of the sites, said to be from a 1957 Permesta rebellion uprising. The area is of course inhabited by fascinating marine life, including various nudibranchs, scorpionfish, leaf fish, pengasus sea moths, anthias ereathing the tips of the acropora, and also white tip shark from time to time.

 

Getting There

Best Season : March – October

Airport :

Fly to palu

Airport : Mutiara

Airport

Route :

Makassar – Palu

Balikpapan – Palu

Jakarta – Palu

By Land :

Approximately a one hour drive from Palu to Donggala

Dive Site name : House reef (1)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 27m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Flounder, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Shore

Highlights : Schooling snappers/goatfish/fusilier, Ghost pipefish, Harlequin shrimp, Frogfish, Pygmy seahorse

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 0-2

 

Dive Site name : Irmi’s Block (2)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Flounder, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Shore

Highlights : Pygmy seahorse

Caution : Deep Dive

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Alex Point (3)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 32m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Flounder, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Shore

Highlights : Pygmy seahorse, Ghost pipefish

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 0-2

 

Dive Site name : Gili Raja Wreck (5)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 35m

Maximum depth : 50m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Flat

Bottom composition : Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevalies, Snapper, Sweetlips, Angel, Grouper, Batfish, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Moray eels, Scorpion, Octopus, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Shell, Snake, Ray

Coral reef  : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Shore, Deep, Wreck

Highlights : Schooling silversides, Eagle ray, Wreck of a cargo ship sunk in 1958 during the permesta insurgence (covered in colorful black coral)

Caution : Deep Dive

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 3-4

 

Dive Site name : Wreck Mutiara (6)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 5m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Flat

Bottom composition : Mud

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevalies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Grouper, Batfish, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Moray eels, Scorpion, Flathead, Octopus, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Shell, Snake, Ray

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Wreck

Highlights : Wreck of a passenger ship sunk in 1958

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Green Wall (7)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Flounder, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Shore, Wreck

Highlights : Schooling silversides/fusilier/batfish/redtooth triggerfish, Eagle ray, Whitetip reef shark, Huge colony of green tubastrea

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Natural Reef (8)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Flounder, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Dugong in the shallows during high tide

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Anchor Reef (9)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rubble, Rock

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels,  Eels, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Barrier

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Schooling fusilier and rabbitfish, Mackerel, Ship’s anchor covered with corals and sea fans

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Coral Valley (10)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Barrier

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Pygmy seahorse, Frogfish, Dugong, Many barrel sponges

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Pasi Pome (11)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Whitetip reef shark, Sea mount covered by healthy hard corals

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Pasi Kawe (12)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Eagle ray, Whitetip and blacktip reef shark, Pygmy seahorse, Leaf fish, Frogfish ; Shallow section covered in green soft corals resembles a golfing green

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : South Atol (13)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Porcupine, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels,  Eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Schooling Fusilier; Whitetip and blacktip reef shark, Pygmy seahorse, Frogfish

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Enu Gorgonian Forest (14)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Whitetip reef shark, Pygmy seahorse, Frogfish

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

 

Dive Site name : Enu Wall (15)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore, Down current, Other

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights :-

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Batu Suya (16)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility :10m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : –

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Pulau Pasoso (17)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Steep Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Dogtooth tuna, Many turtles

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : North Atol (18)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperatre : 30c

Bottom contour : Droop off, Steep slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Jack, Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef :Average

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat, Deep

Highlights : Cuttlefish, Whitetip and blacktip reef shark, Grey shark

Caution : Deep dive, Possible strong current

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Marantale (19)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 29c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Hardly any current

Marine life :  Jack, Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion,  Dragonet, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Schooling jack, Many huge sponges

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Naz Dream (20)

Area : Donggala

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 29c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Hardly any current

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fussilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch,  Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Schooling redtooth triggerfish, Whale sharks (occasionally)

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

 

 


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