Scuba Diver Sites Indonesaia - Sanghie
This is the first southern island in the Sangihe chain. This Island can be recognized by the stunning 200 mt cliff located on the southern side. The west side of the island is home to the prominent village for the island.
On this site of the island there is also a large flooded caldera open to the sea that provides a beautiful, sheltered area to anchor for the evening.
On the north east side of the island, near Zaccharias Rock, are some well-sheltered white sandy beaches for a little walk and swim after lunch. There are several dives around the island from the cliffs at the south, around the west side past the caldera, to the northeast end of the island.
this is not particularly special during the day, but it provides an excellent night dive. It is shallow at 5-10m with a gently sloping bottom. Highlights including:
- A large population of Snake eels,
- Hermit crabs and Sea Anemones,
- Sleeping Sting Rays and Parrot fish that provide excellent photo opportunities.
This site is particularly well known for its amazing landscape and topography. It is approximately 15 m deep and consists of a series of volcanic flows with about 2 m of relief that from a labyrinth of channels between them. Often this dive has a strong current. The highlights are:
- Moral eels,
- Large Sea whips and Sea Fans,
- Jack fish and Tuna
These two dives are near each other on the north side of the island. They are both underwater pinnacles with sloping bottoms interspersed with shelves. Both of these dives are a paradise for underwater photographers. Mild surge at shallower depths. Highlights include:
- Magnificent corals, varied hard corals,
- Turtles, scorpion fish, sea cucumbers, large oysters, nudibranchs,
- Humphead parrot fish, lizard fish, map and seal pufferfish,
- Zaccharias Rock has large table corals with sharks often resting beneath them.
Tagulandang Island and Ruang Island
These next two neighboring islands in the Sangihe chain also have great dive sites. Ruang is an obvious volcano with the striking remains of a lava flow that the jungle has failed to overtake yet.
Sloping bottom dive that then drops off to a wall; current is variable and changes with the tides. Extremely well preserved reef with varied colors, type of life and corals- almost too much to look at! Mixed currents bring together unlikely groups of fish- barracudas, dog tooth tuna, striped sweetlips, bronze and golden trumpetfish. Highlights:
- Hard & soft corals, lots of variety in great condition!
- Oysters / clams, schools of batfish, barracudas
- Excellent for wide angle photo
- Cuttle fish, abundance of crinoids
- Crocodile and lizard fish..
Quite interesting sloping bottom dive over old lava flow just off the shore of Ruang Island. Same as above but with an amazing amount of schooling reef fish. The contrast between barren black lava rock and the abundance of life underwater is striking. Our Australian guests said it was their favorite dive. Highlights:
- Manta and eagle rays,
- Schooling banner fish,
- Large Bumphead or Napoleon wrasses.
Another volcanic island further north in Sangihe island chat that is active enough that at night can be see a rosy glow from the volcano crater. This island is the main producer of nutmeg in this area. This is a good island to do a land tour on if you want a break from diving.
- Great deep dive as deep as 50 - 60m
- Big grouper at 40m 3m long
- Wall with leaf fish, frog fish
- Both wide and macro photo.
Wall dive like Bunaken along reed ending with protruding rock. This dive has a volcanic hot spring on the beach!
- Great to see white tips
- Abundance of reef fish and coral
- Great night dive