About land-based diving East Sulawesi

  • Indonesia - the diving country where there is something for everyone
  • Macro or large animals - beautiful corals and walls
  • Huge wildlife and crystal clear water for muck dives with limited visibility
  • Unique resort completely alone on the eastern course and many different dive sites

East Sulawesi and land-based diving is the part of Sulawesi that is perhaps the least exploited today. There are only a few possibilities for diving here, but the diving is very good. What you have to be prepared for is that it's a bit "jumpy" to get to these places but it's well worth a couple of nights and extra flights. On the eastern tip of central Sulawesi, about a three-hour transfer from the city of Luwuk, where you can most easily reach by plane from Jakarta, is a lovely little resort where Tomini bay meets the Maluku Sea. It can also be combined with the north Sulawesi and Manado, where you have Bunaken, Lembeh, Gangga and Bangka, by air.

Fantastic family resort

Here there are fantastically beautiful reefs and filled with a mixture of large and small animals. Whale sharks and manta rays sometimes pass by the dive sites and there is also outstanding macro diving here. It is very familiar here and you live next to a small village and have direct contact with the local population. Here you can also do shore excursions or just relax and enjoy the view of the blue sea. For those traveling with family or in small groups, this is a really nice option and there is also nice snorkeling here.

Inside Tomini Bay today there are very few places for diving and they are very simple. It also takes 10-12 hours by ferry from Gorontalo to get there today and the diving is not that remarkable by Indonesian standards. However, the islands are beautiful and if you like backpacking or longer remote trips, it is really beyond mass tourism. We currently do not arrange any trips here to Tomini bay as it is simply too uncertain whether the transports will work.

Sometimes, but it rarely happens live boards passing by this area and staying for a day or so. It is from this area that the incredibly beautiful Banggai cardinal fish originally comes. It was completely endemic here but has spread to some other places around Sulawesi, The Moluccas and West Papua with Raja Ampat