Diving

Fact Sheet about diving in Central Sulawesi

he most important facts like dive conditions and climate, a list of dive operators (for places where there are more than 10 dive centers I have listed dive centers not anymore), dive safety (addresses of the hyperbaric chambers), and how to get to Central Sulawesi on one page and ready to print.

On this page: diving facts about Donggala - Togian islands - Banggai islands
Look at my website about dive sites in Donggala, Banggai islands and Togean islands
Click here to look at underwater photos taken in Central- and South Sulawesi
Indonesian dive terms


How to get to Sulawesi, Indonesia

Maps of Sulawesi: Google maps

Sulawesi on world map

Sulawesi (Indonesia)

   

Sulawesi has two larger cities, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado with international airports. International Airlines Offices in Jakarta - Offices of Domestic Airlines in Indonesia

  • Manado in the north: Best connections are from Singapore directly with Silkair
  • Makassar (Ujung Pandang in the south): From Singapore, Denpasar or Jakarta daily direct flights
  • Daily flights from Makassar to Manado

   

small map of Southeast Asia with Sulawesi marked


Togian islands

Dive operators in the Togian islands

How to get to the Togian islands

There are flights to Gorontalo, Poso or Luwuk. The Togian islands can be reached from Gorontalo (ferry) or Ampana (public boat).

Climate in the Togians

A good time to visit the Togians is August and September, though it generally doesn't rain that much, so the diving season can be considered as April to October. Please notice, that Luwuk and the south coast of the peninsula receive more wind and rain during the South East monsoon, especially during June and July, so it might be rainy in Luwuk (and the Bualemo Peninsula) and fine weather in the Togians.


Gorontalo

Dive operators in Gorontalo

Miguel's diving is based in Gorontalo city, you stay at the hotel Melati in town. Also offers dive packages with diving in Gorontalo and around the Togian islands. Dive season November to April (too much waves and wind during the other months).

How to get to Gorontalo

Best reached from Manado either by daily flights or by private transport or by bus (approx. one day). There are also flights from Makassar (Udjung Pandang) to Gorontalo.

Weather averages in Gorontalo - weather map Indonesia

weather now in Gorontalo

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Average temperatures (C)
26.7
26.6
27.1
27.3
27.3
26.6
26.4
26.8
26.9
27.5
27.4
27.1
Precipitation (mm)
93
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157
135
95
53
67
117
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104

Banggai islands

Dive operators on the Banggai islands

On the Banggai islands are no dive operators. Some liveaboards visit the area.
On the peninsula close to Luwuk is a dive operator: Tompitika Dive Lodge . Dive sites are the small islands close by. Best season between October to May.

How to get to the Banggai islands

Banggai is reached by a approx. 2 hour journey from the airport of Luwuk (car and speed boat). Pelni ships also visit Luwuk. Flights from Manado or Palu to Luwuk (3 times a week)

Climate in Banggai

Luwuk and the south coast of the peninsula receive more wind and rain during the South East monsoon, especially during June and July. Other months are fairly dry, so the best time is October to December and then March to May. In Banggai, especially in October, the waters can drop until 26° so you need a thick wetsuit, from December to April they are generally about 27 to 28°.

Weather averages in Luwuk (mainland) - weather map Indonesia

 

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Best time to dive
Highest temperatures (C)
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29
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32
Lowest temperatures (C)
25
24
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25
24
24
24
24
24
25
25
25
Daily hours of sunshine
6
5
5
6
6
5
5
5
8
8
7
6
Rainy days
19
23
23
24
25
21
26
20
11
10
15
21
Precipitation (mm)
145
103
239
156
132
186
126
78
82
65
95
109
Humidity (%)
77
78
79
79
78
78
77
74
74
74
76
78
Water temperatures (C)
28
28
29
29
29
29
29
28
28
29
29
29


Donggala / Palu

Dive operators in Donggala

The Prince John Dive Resort, situated in Donggala is the only dive operator around Palu.

How to get to Palu and Donggala

Flights from Makassar, Balikpapan and Jakarta to Palu. Overland journey from Palu to the north and south are possible, but the roads are quite bad. From Donggala there are sometimes boats to Kalimantan. Pelni liners leave from Pantoloan to Ujung Pandang.

Weather averages in Palu - weather map Indonesia

weather now in Palu

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Best time to travel
Highest temperatures (C)
30
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31
31
31
31
30
31
32
31
31
31
Lowest temperatures (C)
24
24
24
25
25
24
24
24
24
25
25
25
Daily hours of sunshine
3
3
4
4
2
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
Rainy days
9
11
12
11
12
13
12
10
10
10
12
10
Precipitation (mm)
49
63
59
43
60
147
52
29
64
78
97
41
Humidity (%)
79
79
79
78
78
78
78
75
73
77
79
76
Water temperatures (C)
28
28
29
29
29
30
30
29
30
30
29
28

General information about Central Sulawesi

Look at maps and information on www.sulawesi-info.com and www.north-sulawesi.com and tourism northern Sulawesi (about Siau and Sangihe) - volcanoes in Indonesia

Weather in Sulawesi: In general Indonesia has two yearly seasons of monsoon winds: the southeast monsoon (dry) and the northwest monsoon (rain). The dry season usually runs from May through September and the rainy season from November through March. Exception are the Moluccas (Maluku) where seasons are reversed. Map with weather in Indonesia


Dive conditions in Southern Sulawesi


Dive safety

Phone DAN (Divers Alert Network) outside Australia +61-8-8212 9242

Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in Manado:

Manado: At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0812-4302970 / Dr Glen Hawkins HP +61 407700701 / Dr Sosiawati HP 0812 467 2923 / Dr Hanry Takasenseran HP 0813 4000 0840

Kalimantan: Rumah Sakit Pertamina Balikpapan, Jl Jendral Sudirman Nr 1, email: aspb@rspb.co.id, Tel:+62542 734020, 734020, 734024. Contact person: Dr Lukman Hatta, Sp.PD, Sp.KL (Internist).
The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)

Makassar: Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675 . Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.

For more information about hyperbaric chambers look at the Indonesia page or the dive safety page.


More Information about scuba diving in south-east Asia

Description of dive sites

Asia: Burma / Thailand
Indonesia: Bali (east, north, south) / Nusa Tenggara (Lombok, Komodo, Flores, Alor) / Sulawesi (Bunaken, Manado, Bangka, Tukangbesi islands, Makassar and Selayar, Lembeh strait, Siau and Sangihe islands, Palu, Togian and Banggai islands) / Kalimantan
Malaysia: East coast (Perhentians, Redang) / Overview Borneo / Sabah and Sarawak / Lankayan / Mabul and Sipadan
Philippines: Visayas (Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Siquijor) / Sangat and Palawan (Tubbataha Reef)
Galapagos islands: center Galapagos, north Galapagos, southeast Galapagos, west Galapagos

Fact sheets

Bali - Borneo and Kalimantan - Burma and Thailand - Galapagos - Malaysia(east coast) - Manado, Lembeh and Siau islands - Nusa Tenggara (Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores, Alor) - Moluccas (Ambon, Banda, Halmahera) - Palawan (Sangat, Tubbataha) - Sulawesi - Sulawesi central - Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Negros, Siquijor)

Tauchplätze

Indonesien allgemein - Bali - Bali Nord - Bali Ost - Bali Süd - Bunaken - Bangka - Manado- Lembeh

Informations-Seiten

Bali - Bunaken, Manado, Lembeh, Siau

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