Clown Triggerfish (juv.)
Sebayur Kecil, Komodo
Featherstars / Crinoids
Nusa Kode, Rinca
Manta Alley, Rinca
Porcelain Anemone Crab
Tondok Rasa, Banta
Sulawesi is located between Borneo and Papua New
Guinea and belongs, like Bali, to the huge Indonesian
The city of Palu in Central Sulawesi is accesible via
Ujung Padang with local airlines. From here it's just
another short transfer to Donggala with it's small but
Prince John Diveresort
Besides mass tourism and off the beaten track,
lovely reefs build a perfect macro paradise for
ambitious UW photographers.
Underwater there's a breathtaking variety with
many rare and/or endemic¹ species. Even the rare
Dugongs (Dugong dugon) have been
sighted here already.
special experience is a nightdive at PJ Diveresort:
Nocturnal sea life with it's numerous crustaceans
virtually lets UW life explode at the house reef.
also on land is lot to see: i.e. the rare cuscus
of the family of arboreal marsupials (Phalangeridae)
with their funny 'twin thumbs'.
A little cuscus family came to our veranda every
morning and again at dinner time to the
restaurant to get 'toast'-feeded.
Komodo Islands are located between Sumbawa and Flores
and are part of the 'ring of fire'² in the Indonesian
archipelago as well. The local dive sites are some of
the finest in Indonesian waters.
11/2001 I got the unique opportunity to visit
these fascinating islands in a joint Liveaboard
sailing trip on the "SY
Further information about Liveaboard
trips to the Komodo Islands and
similar scuba diving trips you will find here...
Komodo, Rinca and some more neighbouring islands
are part of the Komodo
Nationalpark which is wellknown
for it's famous and notorious Komodo dragons³.
The slightly frequented reefs of the area are a
true underwater Eldorado with many rare and/or
Rinca, Komodo N.P.
our eight days lasting Liveaboard trip (from/to Bali)
we have dived the following dive sites:
- Pulau Moyo, Satonda/North Sumbawa
(Soft corals, ghostpipe-
fishes, nudibranchs, cuttlefishes)
- Tondok Rasa, Banta (Reefs,
nudibranchs, schooling fish)
- GPS Point, Banta (Sea mount,
current, whitetip reefsharks, batfishes, manta
- Tanjung Torooiungke, Banta
(Nudibranchs, variety of species)
- Castle Rock, Gililawa Laut/Rinca
(Sea mount, schooling fish, variety of
- Sebayur Kecil/Komodo (Hard corals,
variety of species, nudibranchs, garden eels)
- "W"-Reef, Padar/Komodo
(Nudibranchs, sea squirts, bluering
- Manta Alley/Komodo (Reefs,
schooling fish, manta rays!)
- Cannibal Rock u. Yellow Wall/Rinca
(Reefs, schooling fish, whitetip reefsharks,
variety of species, nudibranchs)
- Crinoid Canyon, Nusa Kode/Rinca
(Drop off, featherstars, sea squirts,
» Sulawesi & Komodo
Khao Lak, Thailand
Pinnate Batfish (juv.)
¹ occuring only there.
² "Ring of fire", an area of still seismic and
³ Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) live
exclusively in Rinca, Komodo and in few areas of