Northern Iceland

Galapagos Islands

Bira, South Sulawesi

Palu, Central Sulawesi

Alor, East Nusa Tenggara

Port-Cros Marine National Park, France

Colombia: Isla Gorgona Marine National Park

Maumere, Flores, Indonesia

Raja Ampat


Zenobia, Cyprus

Cenotes, Mexico


Maratua, Indonesia




PALU CENTRAL SULAWESI: Prince John Dive Resort
Palu is a city located in Central Sulawesi, located on the western side of a narrow land mass. There are regular daily flights from Makassar. The dive resort is located at the tip of the bay about one hour by taxi from the airport.


The location of Palu in relation to Sulawesi



The dive resort with the unusual name (“Prince John” was the favorite son of the original owners), is well set up and is run very professionally by a German couple. Located beside a beach all diving is by boat with either single or double dives. There is also the opportunity to do overnight dive expeditions by boat or car further away



Many reef sharks were seen at south atoll

A group of large hump heads at coral garden



On my first dive we encountered at least six black / white tip reef sharks, which kept circling back around attracted by our dive guide hitting a plastic water bottle with his hand. On another dive we saw a group of six large hump head parrotfish.

Nudibranch and Denise pygmy seahorse

On the macro side there was plenty of interest including a Denise pygmy seahorse, and nudibranches.



Strong current at coral garden

The dive resort had lots of amenities



There was a strong current at one of the sites. Visibility in general was 10-15 metres, and sea temperature 29-30 degrees. The dive resort had several types of bungalows, a restaurant with great food, library and camera room. After two days diving (total four dives), I went in a small group by car to the other side of the narrow Sulawesi land mass (three hour trip over mountains) to dive in the Tomini Gulf near Toboli, in an area know for its good visibility and corals.



Unique Salvador Dali coral

A large cabbage coral



Unfortunately the visibility did not live up to its name, being similar to that of the west coast, although the corals were quite spectacular. Included in these were the Salvador Dali coral, which is unique to the area.



Some large trumpet corals

Three inquisitive squids



Fish life was restricted mostly to small reef fish due again to overfishing. The trip consisted of four dives and overnight accommodation and meals in a hotel. The trip and diving Palu was combined with a trip and diving at Bira (separate article) with the overall cost of this two week trip from Perth including 17 dives, accommodation and transportation being $AUD2,500.