Diving in Central Sulawesi

A veritable underwater Eden waiting to be explored, Central Sulawesi is perfect for both beginner and advanced divers with warm, gin-clear waters. Take your pick from colorful reefs and dramatic walls to caves that beg to be explored and wrecks that encourage a whole variety of marine life to flourish. You can take your pick of dive sites, from the Donggala peninsula near the capital Palu, the Togian Islands and the Banggai Archipelago. Once on land it doesn’t get more tropical than this with sleepy fishing villages, pristine beaches and sweeping bays. This area is slightly off the beaten track, so you can expect quiet dive sites as well as endemic species and spectacular conditions. It is said the Gulf of Tomini, around the Togian Islands, has the calmest deep water bay in the world, while the Banggai islands are the perfect spot for a liveaboard and Donggala s surrounded by easy-to-reach dive sites promising critters galore, a wreck and sometimes even dugongs. If you love underwater photography, the variety of marine life and clear conditions are perfect for capturing amazing shots, while each of the different dive clusters has a slightly different season, meaning there is always somewhere to visit and experience the underwater bounty.

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Togean consists of white sands and lush rainforests is remote enough that you either need to go and stay there or do a liveaboard to explore them properly.

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Aquatic Life in Central Sulawesi

From endemic species to the rare sight of a dugong majestically swimming by, Central Sulawesi certainly promises variety. Here it all depends on where you choose to dive. The sandy seabed of Donggala is home to the comical wonderpus and even frogfish, as well as moray eels and scorpionfish, while the odd reef shark and even dugongs have been spotted here. In the Togian Islands you can find endemic species of coral, as well as hundreds of other coral and fish species, while the Banggai Archipelago has its own endemic cardinalfish.