Gorontalo

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Category : Gorontalo Sub Category : Sulawesi

Gorontalo

 

In the early 2000s, some divers conducted underwater exsploratory survey to find dive sites beyond Bunaken and Lembeh, and, in the procces, discovered the beauty of the waters of Gorontalo. Gorontalo is a new province in North Sulawesi, and is considered to be the gateway to the Togian islands. Interestingly, Gorontalo is the only known place in Indonesia where a bizarre and beautiful sponge formation, the Salvador Dali sea sponge, Petrosia lignose, can be found.

It didn’t take long for Gorontalo to become a diving hot spot, mainly due to pictures of the Salvador dali sponge spreading through the dive media. These sponges dominate Gorontalo’s underwater environment, so much so that divers have begun calling Gorontalo the sponge capital of the world.

Gorontalo offers excellent and varied wall diving, both shallow and to 40 metres deep. Wide-angle underwater photographer are usually enthralled by the exquisiteness of this sponge-covered seascape. The area also boasts stunning bluish-white sea fans that are a rarity in other places. Great muck diving where you can encounter frogfish, leaffish, sea moths, various species of seahorse, and other exotic, marine life, is also, available in the area.

Diving in Gorontalo is seasonal. It is quite challenging during may to October because the winds blowing from the south result in high waves, but in November to April the sea is calmer and conditions can be very pleasant. To top it off from March to April, divers can also encounter whale sharks in these exceptional waters.

 

Getting There

Best Season : April – November

Fly to Gorontalo

Airport : Jalaluddin

Airport

Manado – Gorontalo

Jakarta – Gorontalo

Makassar – Gorontalo

Denpasar – Gorontalo

By Land : Ten hours by bus from Manado

Dive Site name : Tri Corner (1)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

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, Eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : –

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Tanjung Barat (2)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 29c

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, Eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Schooling fusilier, Rainbow runner, Tuna, Dogtooth tuna, Stingray, Underwater caveren with soft-coral-covered walls

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : White Point (4)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, 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, Froghfish, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Tuna, Solar-powered nudibranch, Whale shark (occasionally), Eagle ray, Huge sea fan, Big Salvador Dali sponges

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Mystic Point/Tanjung Keramat (5)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth :30m

Visibility : 5m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

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

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Patch

Type of diving : Boat, Muck

Highlights : Many Pipefish and Lionfish

Caution : A lot of boat traffic (fishing boats) and low visibility

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 0-2

 

Dive Site name : Tjendrawasih Barge Wreck (6)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 18m

Visibility : 10m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Mud

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Snapper, Fussilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Frogfish, Scorpion, Blennies, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Wreck

Highlights : Wreck of the Tjendrawasih barge sunk in 90’s

Caution : Risk of entanglement in ropes and drums, Boat traffic (ferries)

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Japanese Cargo Wreck (7)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 27c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand, Muck

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, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Deep, Wreck

Highlights : Wreck of a Japanese cargo ship

Caution : Deep dive

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Mirabela (8)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 28c

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, Scorpion, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Eagle ray, Slope with several pinnacles and huge table corals

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Swirling Step (9)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, 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, Scorpion, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Tuna Blacktip reef shark, Garden eels, Whale shark (occasionally), Combination of slope gradients make the topography look like a staircase

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Sand Bowl (10)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 18m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, vRock, 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, Scorpion, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Eagle ray, Sandy bowl-shaped area

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Kurenai Beach (11)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 18m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, 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, Scorpion,  Flathead, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Orange-back fairy wrasse

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Sunken Island (12)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

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

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Dogtooth tuna, Ribbon eels, Topography – mound looks like a sunken island covered with hard coral

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Shadow Land (14)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock

Current : Long shore

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

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Tuna, Mackerel, Yellow chromis, Whitel colonial encrusting tunicates, Flabellina nudibranch, Orangutan crab, Boxer crab, Wall with many overhangs and caverns

Caution : –

Recommendd for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Honey Comb (15)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral, 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 Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Schooling Jack, Tuna, Extremely healthy coral reefs, Blue and green sponges

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Sentinel (16)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 20m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

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

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Patch, Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Underwaters pillar-shaped pinnacles

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Traffic Circle (17)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 5m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Rubble, 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,  Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Cuttlefish, Eagle ray, Whale shark (occasionally), Salvador Dali sponges, Very healthy coral reef

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Traffic Jam (18)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, 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,  Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Tuna, Lemon chromis, Gilded triggerfish, Eagle ray, Huge cabbage coral formation, Cigar sponges

Caution : Current

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Jinn Cave (19)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 30m

Maximum depth : 18m

Visibility : 30m

Min temperature : 28c

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,  Eels, Scorpion, Dragonet, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Tuna, Mackerel, Eagle ray, Winding wall with caverns and overhang

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Clasification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Tanjung Kerbau (20)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Rubble, 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 Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Tuna, Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, Eagle ray, Green sponges, Dense coral

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Helicopter Bay (21)

Area : Gorontalo

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 28c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Drop off

Bottom composition : Coral reef, 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, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab Nudibranchn Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Tuna, Eagle ray, Blacktip and whitetip reef shark

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

information by Indonesia Dive Directory 


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