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  Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

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I run after the time that flies. But a new journey is coming. To wait, I invite you to take another look here: Sulawesi 2007. Just to get back in the mood, while waiting ... Sulawesi 2010! Yes. I'm going back there.


This time, it will be much less "rootsy" than in 2007. No long drive on the central roads to cross the island. And most of my stay will be in diving resorts. It's because I have a subaquatic photo box to use, me ...


I will arrive in Sulawesi (also called Sulawesi Island) via Manado, as I did three years ago. On the program: two islands of North Sulawesi (Bangka and Lembeh) and the Toraja country. To go there, I will make a round trip Manado-Makassar with Lion Air (Yes, the company where there is a booklet of prayers to read with that of the safety instructions).

I'm already planning on making a lot of bubbles. And lots and lots of underwater pictures. With all kinds of weird stuff on it.



I'll come back to give you details very quickly.


  Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

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  1. We're going too (I've also got a chamber to test!), for us it'll be
    from the end of July to the end of August. We go back to Bunaken and then we go to Togians then the country toraja and we hesitate to finish on Nusa lembongan or Amed (to dive in Tulamben) but we do not know too much ... You who have been in both places would you have a council, a preference ? In any case we wish you a very good trip and good bubbles!

  2. Hello,

    I'd like to point out to potential travelers that there were a lot of problems on the Toggian islands last summer: overbooked accommodation, many people sleeping on the roof or on the ground, boat problems on departure from Gorontalo in August (1 boat had lost its license, the other was being repaired for 1 month). Only a few lucky people stumbled upon an inter-island cultural festival in July that was being "re-commissioned", and were transported from island to island for various events at the expense of the princess. This led me to discover the Sangir Islands (SANHIG), very accessible by speed-boat from Manado in 4 or 8 hours for the largest, still pristine and very pleasant, and Corinne, a 4-hour drive from Manado, there's an underwater volcano on one of them that might interest you (MAHATANGAN or something like that, as I've forgotten a bit, but I'll be able to find it).
    On Bunaken, a new Thai resort opened last year but still unfinished, no more expensive but more comfortable than the "Italian" dive center next door.

  3. Cool! 8) so it'll be Mimpi Indah for Bangka? It seems to me that the house reef of these bungalows (or so it is not far), is the spot called Alpha & Omega, where we find dugongs 😮 ...

    It's true that the Talaud and Sangihe islands suggested by Sarah sound very tempting, off the beaten track... I'd seen posters of them at Manado airport. If only there were accoms and a diving center...it would give me ideas. 🙄

    For me in August, it's Flores in Indonesia to start with: first Bidadari off Labuhan Bajo to go diving on the Komodo sites, and then a long 3-day drive to Maumere to visit the villages along the way.
    Maumere was one of the pearls of Indonesian diving before the 1992 tsunami (20m wave still 😯 ). I'll go and see how the corals have grown back, I hear there's some very interesting muck there too... 😀

    And then, to make sure of it, we're going to have a big week at Borneo Divers in Mabul 8) (which is becoming more and more inaccessible, with the Euro breaking the g****e... 😡 )

    There'll be plenty to do, I think 😉

  4. In reply to Ludovic/Wet and Sea, for diving, it's something to be explored, it does exist, but there's a lot of accommodation in Tahuna (SANGIHE) and on the other islands or when there are no accmdts (villages), you sleep with the locals or ask the village chief.
    On Bunaken, the "Italian" resort is Bastiano's.

  5. Can't wait to see new photos (nudibranchs, dudongs and anything else you can get your hands on).
    Have a nice trip 8)

  6. @Manta: I'm too happy !!! Still a little patience. I will be in Bangka Island from June 28th. But it will be necessary to wait a few days then, the time that I find an internet connection to balance images ...

    @IsaetMarco: I already know where I am going. I share between three resorts, on the length of stay. Murex and Mimpi Indah on Bangka, Various Lodge I already know about Lembeh.

    @Nani: Great program!!! If I were you, I'd aim for Tulamben anyway. The Liberty wreck is really, really worth a visit. I really liked Nusa Lembongan too, but for diving, it's a bit sporty with currents and lots of very cold thermoclines. That said, you're rewarded if you come across mola-mola!

    @Sarah: Thanks for all the info. I'm keeping the names Sangihe and Talaud in the back of my mind. I won't be going to Bunaken this time, I've already booked my stay for Bangka and Lembeh. As far as the Togians are concerned, three years ago there were apparently already comparable problems on the island of Kadidiri. Many people came to take refuge in the resort where I was staying, Island Retreat, near the village of Bomba, because they had been so badly received on the other island...

    @ Wet & Sea / Ludovic: How enticing! As for me, I'm going to make two stays in Bangka: first at Murex's at the beginning of the trip, then at Mimpi Indah's at the end. In between, I'll be visiting the Toraja and the Lembeh Strait.

    @Karin: Count on me !!!

    @ Marie-Julie: Yes Yes Yes !!! Very soon !!! Takeoff scheduled for June 26th. Arrival in Sulawesi on the 28th.

  7. @Cathy: Exactly!!! 😀
    Today is my last day at work, hey, hey!!!! Gotta pack my bag tonight when I get home. Saturday-Sunday: flight Paris-Singapore. Monday: Singapore-Manado flight. So, in principle, I'll be on Bangka Island by Monday! But you'll have to wait a few more days for fresh news, as it won't be possible for me to connect from Bangka itself.