We are always raving about commonly known places in the world, such as the scuba diving in Bali, on this site, but we also like to highlight the not so common places, that are simply amazing.
Places such as Sangihe for example, have an incredible underwater ecosystem for us to explore, yet simply do not get the attention it deserves.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some awesome things to do in Bali, and it is a world famous tourist destination for a lot of good reasons, but sometimes it’s interesting to explore something new and exciting, and see things most people have yet to.
Some places are better left a secret, considering how destructive people can be. But in my opinion, when certain things or places get a lot of attention and love, people start wanting to save or conserve it. A problem isn’t solver by ignoring it, it’s solved by showing it to the world.
To help me show the world another great dive destination in Indonesia, Pinneng, who has shared a ton of photo essays with us here, has given me some of his shots from his recent dive trip to Sangihe.
The Sangihe Islands are a group of islands within the province of North Sulawesi, in northern Indonesia. They are located north-east of Sulawesi between the Celebes Sea and the Molucca Sea, roughly halfway between Sulawesi and Mindanao, in the Philippines.
In other words, this is one remote dive location!
How to get to Sangihe:
Three times a week you can fly from Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado (Wings/Lion group), 1-hour flight from Bali.
There is also the Bahari Express from Manado on Monday, Wednesday and Friday that leaves at 9am, The Prima Oasis from Manado on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9am, as well as the slower and cheaper (but no so uncomfortable) ships leave Manado every evening at 6PM (harbour near Hotel Marina).
About the Photographer:
Pinneng and Gemala are the Indonesian team behind Wettraveler.com, and the authority in scuba diving around the wonders of Indonesia. Pinneng is an avid diver, underwater photographer and filmer. Gemala is a famous local surf champion, as well as avid diver. Together they travel every corner of their home country to explore and document some of the best diving the world has to offer.