I dove in Gorontalo based on a hunch and a few stories from fellow travelers on our ferry from Togian Islands. I arrived in Gorontalo with one mission in mind, to find the famous Salvador Dali coral. People say this particular coral only grows in Gorontalo and nowhere else on earth. So I reckon, one day dive should cover it.
But then Yunis, our dive master showed us that Gorontalo is more than just beautiful corals and spectacular landscape. Some of the local delights are Orang Utan and Pom-Pom Crab.The crab was not very happy to see gigantic objects hovered around her, but I decoded her tantrum-pouty-mouth-and-fists-throwing act as jovial as the next cheerleader 😀 .
The camouflage was not the only appeal to a muck diving. Spotting a microscopic species has its own fascination. Several times, Yunis pointed out this tiny specks and I gave him a blank look and an OK sign just for the sake of it haha. Fortunately, Yunis is a persistent DM, or rather the stupid look in my eyes were such a giveaway*doh*, he stayed until (again) its movement indicated that it was a living being. The half cm long baby pufferfish gives a new meaning to the word baby.
If only the diving price was cheaper, we would’ve stayed longer. Nevertheless, our 2 days dive was a good teaser of how impressive diving is here. It has also converted me from landscape to macro. My name is Terryna, and I am a muck-dive addict. It has been too long since I last did it. How about you?