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Clown Triggerfish (juv.) Clown Triggerfish (juv.)
Balistoides conspicillum
Sebayur Kecil, Komodo


Crinoid Canyon, Nusa Kode/Rinca
Featherstars / Crinoids
Crinoid Canyon
Nusa Kode, Rinca


Manta Ray, The Alley/Rinca Manta Ray
Manta birostris
Manta Alley, Rinca


Porcelain Anemone Crab, Banta Islands Porcelain Anemone Crab
Neopetrolisthes maculatus
Tondok Rasa, Banta


Broadclub Cuttlefish, Banta Islands Broadclub Cuttlefish
Sepia latimanus
GPS-Point, Banta

 
Donggala, Sulawesi

Sulawesi is located between Borneo and Papua New Guinea and belongs, like Bali, to the huge Indonesian archipelago.

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 fine Prince John Diveresort.

Prince John Diveresort 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.

A very 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.

But 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.
  Cuscus family Cuscus family


Komodo Islands

The 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.

SY Adelaar SY Adelaar
  In 11/2001 I got the unique opportunity to visit these fascinating islands in a joint Liveaboard sailing trip on the "SY Adelaar".

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 endemic species¹.
 
Komodo Dragon, Rinca/Komodo N.P.
Komodo Dragon
Rinca, Komodo N.P.

During 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 rays!)
  • Tanjung Torooiungke, Banta (Nudibranchs, variety of species)
  • Castle Rock, Gililawa Laut/Rinca (Sea mount, schooling fish, variety of species, batfishes)
  • Sebayur Kecil/Komodo (Hard corals, variety of species, nudibranchs, garden eels)
  • "W"-Reef, Padar/Komodo (Nudibranchs, sea squirts, bluering
    octopus!)
  • 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, nudibranchs)



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Longnose Hawkfish, Donggala Longnose Hawkfish
Oxycirrhites typus
Donggala, Sulawesi


Harlequin/Ribbon Sweetlips, Donggala Harlequin and
Ribbon Sweetlips
Plectorhinchus chaeto-
donoides/polytaenia

Donggala, Sulawesi


Sea Squirts/Tunicates, Donggala/Sulawesi Sea Squirts/Tunicates
Rhopalaea sp.
Donggala, Sulawesi


Pinnate Batfish (juv.), Donggala/Sulawesi Pinnate Batfish (juv.)
Platax pinnatus
Donggala, Sulawesi




¹ occuring only there.

² "Ring of fire", an area of still seismic and volcanic activity.

³ Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) live exclusively in Rinca, Komodo and in few areas of Western Flores.


 


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