Dive Spots

A stunning diversity, a unique diving experience

Fantastic soft corals or bizarre hard coral labyrinths including an incredible diversity of macro species, mystic wrecks or seamounts, shoals of colourful reef fish or majestic shark species, exciting drift and wall diving, mug diving or fascinating night dives at our beautiful reef, the extraordinary diversity of our diving sites at the West Coast of Central Sulawesi – what else could divers wish?
Extremely colourful, vivacious, and versatile: These are the key words that perfectly characterize the underwater world surrounding the Prince John Dive Resort. And yet the magic of the surrounding diving sites is hard to describe; instead, our guests should experience the diversity of tropical fish, the beauty of entirely pristine coral reefs and drop-off reef formations themselves live at places like:



Location: Only a stone’s throw away from the beach and the dive base
Depth: 5 – 40 m

A pristine underwater wonderland consisting of huge fan corals, massive black corals, beautiful gorgonians, colourful sponges and impressive soft and hard corals.
Underwater photographers may find stunning macro motives and a wide range of fish species that range from Spanish dancers, Scorpion fish, crocodile fish, frog fish, ghost pipefish, various kinds of sea horses, stonefish, needle fish, schnepf knife fish, and lionfish to the “ordinary” category including boxfish, filefish, and burrfish. Everyone should do at least on night dives at our housereef - they are extremly fascinating!



Location: Only a stone’s throw away from the beach and the dive center
Depth: 15 – 35 m

After approx. 15 m you will reach the fringing reef, which then falls steeply down to 35 m. Within a dense vegetation of hard corals that run along the reef like a forest, you may, for instance, see bat fish, shoals of doctor fish and fusiliers, pennant fish, grunts, impressive groupers, mackerels, moray eels, angelfish, burrfish, boxfish, slugs (various nembrotha and chromodoris species), and pygmies. With luck, you will meet a reef shark, Napoleons or bumphead parrot fish.. At the foot of the Green Wall, there is a cleaning station of cleaner shrimps and –fish. Another great motive for underwater photographers are the longnose hawkfish in three extensive gorgonian fans in three different colours. 



Location: approx. 2 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 5 – 30 m

A low flow fringing reef, which is flat and then, after 5 m, falls steeply down to 30 m and finally passes into sandy soil, where many individual beautiful coral blocks are offshore. One massive coral block is frequented by a cleaning station of cleaner shrimps and –fish and a territorial shoal of black snappers and harlequin grunts. Apart from invertebrates like, for instance, fantastic gorgonian fans, hard corals, feather stars and slugs, there are ghost pipefish, fusilier shoals,
doctor fish, bat fish, and shoals of pennant fish cavorting. Both beginners and well-experienced divers will be fascinated by the possible sight of black tip reef sharks, head parrot fish,
napoleons, or turtles! 



Location: approx. 3 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 10 – 35 m

Reefs with lots of snails, crabs, head parrot fish, napoleons, and striped razorknife fish. Quite frequently, you may even see stingrays and turtles!



Location: approx. 5 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 3 – 30 m

A vivacious fringing reef, that falls down to 30 m and then passes into sandy soil. In the upper range, you will be amazed by the beauty of hard and soft corals. Another highlight is an extensive coral block with black and blue moray eels, shoals of cardinal fish, and special kinds of crabs. Furthermore, this spot is regularly frequented by snappers, stingrays, moray eels, puffer fish, parrot fish, rabbit fish, leaf fish, fusilier shoals, doctor fish, crocodile- and scorpion fish. You may also see sea snakes, eagle rays, white and black tip reef sharks, napoleons and turtles. 



Location: approx. 7 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 3 – 20 m

This 100 m long and 20 m wide reef offers an outstanding diversity of invertebrates and fish in moderate depth. Being surrounded by extensive sand areas, there are stunning hard coral blocks, sponges, feather stars, gorgonians as well as various kinds of slugs and shrimps. Apart from orient and harlequin sweetlips, bluespotted stingrays, moray eels, bat fishes and doctor fishes, one may also see a Jenkins ray or a bumphead parrotfish and turtles. Tip: This place is perfect to watch Baby whitetip reefsharks sleeping under big tablecorals. Within the reef, there is an old anchor with fantastic coral growth that gave this spot it's name. When diving by various extensive coral blocks, you should pay particular attention as you might come across ghost pipefish and seaweed pipe fish! 



Location: approx. 9 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 8 – 40 m

Beautiful hard and soft coral landscapes with red and yellow pygmies, snails, crabs, spade fish, turtles, stingrays, and, with luck, napoleons.



Location: approx. 7 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 20 – 30 m

An approx. 80 m long shipwreck that sank in 1954. The wreck lies on its side, the holds are overgrown by soft and hard corals and you can dive inside. Most of the times we see a longnose hawkfish there as well as shrimps, crabs and sometimes pygmi seahorses.



For very experienced divers we offer a dive at the 90-meters long wreck Gili Raja. For already 60 years it lies on its side between 35m and 50m and is beautifully overgrown with soft corals.

This dive is performed only with a ratio of 1:1. A constant observation by our very experienced crew and spare bottles are a basic requirement.



Location: approx. 9 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 1 – 14 m

This recently discovered Muck Diving spot is a great addition to our beautiful reefs. We dive under the Jetty at Donggala's Harbour amidst a colorful variety of frogfish, various nudibranchs, seahorses, pipefish, razorfishes and many other small and larger creatures, which hide in the sand, at the beautifully overgrown pillars or between seagrass blades.



Location: approx. 20 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 5 – 40 m

A conical sea mount where we will see extensive shoals of fish with special tide. In the often heavy flow, there are red, brown, and white leaf fish, slugs (above all, ovulidae species), shoals of jack fish, bat fish, doctor fish, fusiliers, harlequin grunts, black snappers, frog fish, and pygmies. Coming across grey reef sharks, black and white tip reef sharks, and eagle rays will turn your dive into a perfect unforgettable experience! 



Location: approx. 30 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 7 – 35 m

Massive barracudas, grey reef sharks, eagle rays, and turtles frequent this sea mount, furthermore you will gaze at cuttle fish, snails, harlequin grunts, leaf fish, moray eels, and crocodile fish. 



Location: approx. 40 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 8 – 35 m

A massive seamount with an extensive, pristine, and beautiful soft coral garden. Apart from gorgonian fans, whip corals, and huge table corals, you will also find cuttle fish, special eels, head parrot fish, pygmies, pipe fish, shoals of jack fish, black snappers, grunts, butterfly fish, and angelfish. Another unforgettable highlight of your dive at the south atoll will be the sight of white and black tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, napoleons, or huge potatoe groupers. 



Location: approx. 45 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 10 – 30 m

This sea mount is the ideal environment for shark fans. Moreover, you will see beautiful gorgonians, soft corals as well as snappers, mackerels, jack fish, grunts, and rays. 



Location: approx. 45 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 2 – 90 m

This beautifully overgrown steep face stretches across the north side of the Bay of Palu, falling steeply down to 90 m. Many ledges, cracks, and small caves constitute the ideal environment for black corals, soft and hard corals, feather stars, gorgonian fans, huge sponges, and slugs. In a depth of 32 m, you will often find longnose hawkfish cavorting along the overgrown ledges. Moreover, you will be amazed by seeing shoals of grunts, yellow and red pygmies, black snappers, doctor fish, butterfly fish, fusiliers, frog fish, pennant fish as well as napoleons, and, occasionally, white and black tip reef sharks, turtles, head parrot fish, eagle rays, and ghost pipefish. 



Location: approx. 50 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 2 – 60 m

Non-tidal and smoothly declining fringing reef including an incredible diversity of gorgonian fans, various species of slugs, feather stars, cuttle fish and sponges. Apart from a fantastic selection of Anemone fish, you will be enchanted by seeing long nose hawkfish, an extensive variety of blue triggerfish, boxfish and puffers, grunts, pygmies, black snappers, schnepf knife fish, angelfish, napoleons, shoals of fusiliers, and bat fish (including juveniles). Possibly, you will also see turtles, bumphead parrot fish and reef sharks.



Location: approx. 70 minutes‘ ride by boat
Depth: 2 – 70 m

A phenomenal drop-off with lots of cracks, ledges, and small caves overgrown with beautiful soft and hard corals, whip corals, big gorgonian fans, black corals, huge sponges, and many slug species are an absolute highlight - not only for invertebrates fans. The overwhelming impression of a pristine, beautifully overgrown tropical steep face will definitely remain unforgotten for any diver! Apart from seeing jack fish, frog fish, and crocodile fish, you should pay particular attention to the many apogonidae and glass perches that you might eventually see as well!