Home to amazing reefs, rocks, walls, wrecks and caves, the dive sites in Central Sulawesi are the stuff of dreams. Here divers can swim with a huge number of species, from big to small and many endemics.
All levels of divers are sure to enjoy diving in Central Sulawesi, but underwater photographers will capture some of their best-ever shots while diving in this pristine environment.
The beauty of the underwater environment draws repeat visitors throughout the year. The Togian Islands are the best-known diving destination in Central Sulawesi. They are located in the Gulf of Tomini, which is reputed to be the calmest deep water bay in the world. As such, these islands offer excellent training opportunities.
Divers can expect warm, equatorial weather with waters ranging from 84-91°F (29-33°C) and crystal clear visibility. Keep in mind that visibility may be negatively effected by nearby mangroves. Dive seasons vary based on location.
The Tongians’ season lasts from March to December while the Banggai Archipelago can be dived from September to February. Donggala has a dive seasons from December to May and July to September. Wherever you choose to dive, you are sure to have memories that will last a lifetime from Central Sulawesi.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
There are airports in Palu and Luwuk with domestic connections to Manado and Makassar. It is also possible to reach destinations in Central Sulawesi by bus from other provinces on the island.
Keep in mind that roads are often damaged and traveling on them can be quite slow. If you are trying to reach a coastal resort, consider a private boat transfer or catching a ride on a local ferry.