General Info

My Holiday

May 2011 I went back to Indonesia visiting the island of Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes). Staying at the Guesthouse the 4 Fish under management of a Dutch couple. The daily dives were organized by Thalassa Dive Center at Manado I was born in Amsterdam at the Menado street so it felt a bit like coming home to me). The dive trips brought us to the Bunaken National Park, noth side; The Bunaken National Park, south side and the Bangka Archipelago. It's also possible to visit the famous Lembeh street but that would take a 5 hour drive.


Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes is an island in Indonesia. One of the four Greater Sunda Islands, and it is situated between Borneo and the Maluku Islands. It is lying in the Celebes sea which is part of the Pacific ocean.


Like most of Indonesia's national territory
the island is of volcanic origin and therefore highly structured and of very irregular shape. Mountains ranging between 3,000 and 3,500 meters can be found as well as fertile plains. With about 70 percent hilly region Sulawesi is the most mountainous island of Indonesia. It is surrounded by deep waters with a coast line of about 6,100 kilometers, which is the longest in the archipelago.


The Sunda–Sulawesi languages (also known as Inner Hesperonesian or Inner Western Malayo-Polynesian languages) are a putative branch of the Austronesian family. The greatest diversity of languages is on the island of Sulawesi, the likely homeland of the Nuclear Malayo-Polynesian languages.


Like other regions in Indonesia, North Sulawesi has a typical equatorial climate with two seasons: rainy and dry. Starting in September, cool Northwesterly winds pick up moisture while crossing the South China Sea and arrive in the Sulawesi Sea about November. The wet season lasts from about November to March, but it is usually less pronounced than in many other parts of Southeast Asia.

Diving conditions

You can dive Sulawesi all year round. The best time to dive Bunaken is from March to October. November to late-February sometimes sees winds and rains so surface conditions can be occasionally rough with 1 or 2 metre swells at that time. Litter washed up from the mainland can also be a problem in rainy season too. Water temperature (27-30°C) and visibility (20 - 35m) are pretty constant all year round.

Time difference

+8 hrs GMT