Category Archives: Diving

Down Under: Diving Northern Sulawesi

-The Coral Triangle is an area so rich in sea life that it is known as the global center of marine biodiversity.  Stretching north to the Philippines, west to Sumatra and east to the Solomon Islands, the Coral Triangle is where the Pacific and the Indian Oceans meet.  Over 500 species of reef-building corals can be found there, providing homes and feeding grounds to more than 3,000 species of fish.  The Coral Triangle is also a superhighway for migratory species like tuna, whales and ocean sunfish – and Sulawesi lies at the heart of it all.

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The Molas of Nusa Penida

The Mola Mola, often referred to as the Ocean Sunfish, is the heaviest fish in the ocean.  They typically reside in very deep water, too deep for divers.  However, every year between August and October the molas, get within 30 meters of the surface off the coast of Nusa Penida near Bali.  These magnificent creatures can grow up to five meters long.  Since they are almost perfectly round, it’s kind of like watching a Volkswagon Beetle go by.  Check out this video!

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