DIVE NORTH SULAWESI

BUNAKEN - LEMBEH STRAIT - MANADO - Bangka & Gangga

Bangka-Gangga-Pulisan  

The Bangka Archipelago

The Bangka Archipelago with steep drop-offs as well as slopes and pinnacles which exhibit almost undamaged marine life fames with soft corals, sponges, sea fans and crinoids. Hosting all kinds of scorpion fish, frogfish, beaufort crocodile - fish but also many pelagic fish as sharks and napoleon wrasses. Around Sahaung you will encounter large schools of snappers, surgeon fish, and fusiliers. There's also trigger fish and batfish around, parrot bumphead, large moray eels and an occasional turtle or group of eagle ray. Don't miss the baby sharks under the large table corals or the rock tuna rushing past! At Sahaung and Batu Gosoh there can be strong currents and surges, sometimes high waves on the surface (especially between mid-July and mid-September). Around Bangka you can also encounter the small stuff like mini shrimps, pygmy seahorses, pipefish, nudibranchs. Dives range from 7 - 42 metres, visibility is best from March to June and October to December, often exceeding 35 metres.

Cape Pulisan and Northern Shore

Another dive area different from Lembeh and Bangka, stretches out off the rugged northern coastline of Sulawesi, and besides some more well known sites like Batu Mandi and Paradise Jetty, is rarely visited by other dive centers or speedboats buzzing over from Manado on a day trip. Here diving is still exploring, and you will be the one to do that - guided by our expert staff. Feared by seafarers is "Priests rock" just off the steep Cape Pulisan. If the corals open up here you find yourself in an underwater flower garden. Napolean wrasse, parrot bumphead, eagle ray and trevally can be encountered here. Or look for the numerous nudibranchs and shrimps living in the soft corals covering the rock walls. Take a night dive at Efrata Point and amaze at rock and slipper lobsters, giant red sea stars, Spanish Dancer, saragassum angler fish. Another highlight is Punteng, a rock that stands out and is inhabited by colonies of seabirds. If you dive down to 33 metres you will encounter the pink pygmee seahorse, you will definitely meet several lionhead, stone fish, crocodilefish and several kinds of scorpionfish, maybe a sephia, an octopus, a turtle or a potato grouper. French marine biologists around Ginette Allard and Patrick Scaps have called this area the golden triangle of marine biodiversity.