Honeycomb is a west facing, north-south wall covered with porous corals, sponges and pink cupressina hydroids. What makes this Gorontalo diving site special is the spectacular array of abundant and unusual fish species.
For starters, try spotting the blue-headed tilefish. They can often be seen swimming in pairs and are easily identifiable by their blue heads on an otherwise yellow body with a scissor tail. More difficult to spot is the rare sailfin goby, found mainly on rock ledges. These small grey fish have a semicircular dorsal fin with an orange aura and a dark central spot. The fish also has bright orange bands down its body.
Slightly more common but beautiful nonetheless are the gilded triggerfish. Males are pale blue with royal blue cheeks and with a yellow bright edging on their fins. Females are gun-metal grey with checkered cheeks. Then there's the pink-tailed (often green here) triggerfish. These triggers have brown/black bodies and white fins (apart from the tail that is). At the top end of the fish size scale here are Napoleon wrasse, long-nose emporers, bigmouth mackerel and unicornfish.
Honeycomb also has the most beautiful tunnel in Gorontalo scuba diving. At a depth of 15m and running through the sides of a buttress, the tunnel is full of sea fans and telestia coral bushes. Finally, there's a cavern at 18-20m depth too. The cavern is 6 metres wide, laced with pale, delicate sponges, and booby-trapped by black coral bushes and scorpionfish lying in wait.
Honeycomb Reef Basics: Wall diving
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 15 - 30m
Surface conditions: Can be choppy
Water temperature: 28 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: November - April
Distance: ~19 km east of Gorontalo (35 mins)
Access: Gorontalo dive resorts
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