Dive Sites

UNBELIEVABLY GORGEOUS ​DIVE SPOTS
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Sanctum Una Una offers 4-5 times of diving every day, 12 months a year, 7 days a week. We have professional diving team made up of 2 instructors, 2 divemasters, and 2 local guides. Togian Island, Sulwesi, Indonesia

Groups are small, with maximum 5 people per guide. Dive times are long, with no time limits. Most of the dive sites are 5-10min boat ride away from the resort. One of our best dive sites, Jam, is just in front of Sanctum, featuring an amazing tornado of barracudas with white and black tip reef sharks often scuttle by. We also do a half day trip to Apollo Reef and the west side of the island.

We have been to the Togean Islands three times, and Emmi and Andri’s place is without doubt the best place to stay.”
– Fanny, Denmark

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We saw Napoleon fish almost on every dive, schools of jack, rays, turtles, and the friendliest school of barracudas, not to mention the healthiest and abundant coral. We even get the chance to witness the bioluminescence of the planktons in our night dive, which is amazing”

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SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS ARE COMMON AT UNA UNA

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Some of our highlighted dive sites:

Jam – Barracuda Barricade

Jam, also referred to as our house reef, is an exceptional dive site which is located directly in front of Sanctum. Jam was given this name as it is literally a traffic jam down there, and the amount of fish and the variety is unbelievable.

The reef begins at 14m after a brief 5-10 minutes stint over sand in 5-15m depth. In the sand it is possible and highly likely to spot different species of Nudibranches and Flatworms, which are less likely to be found over reef, so keep your eyes open!

At your arrival at the reef, you will be amazed at how large the corals, the sponge, soft corals & hard corals, completely untouched, that goes for the other sites here as well. The majority of the dives here will be around 15-20m, making them suitable for all divers, with very mild currents experienced on and off throughout.

The main attraction of Jam is the resident school of Blackfin Barracuda which often are found in massive numbers, forming an impenetrable wall of large barracuda, often humongous tornadoes. It is truly a sight to behold. Other spectacular marine animals that are on show here are Green and Hawkbill Turtles, Napoleon Wrasses, Dogtooth Tuna, Spanish Mackerels, Herds of large Bumphead Parrotfish, and there has also been recent and frequent sightings of Black Tip Reef Sharks. You also have a very high chance at spotting Cuttlefish, Ghost Pipefishes, Shrimps and Nudibranchs. Large Eagle Rays gracefully glide through the water passing by the deep reef.

Visibility at this site depends on the tide, time of day, prevailing currents, and other factors taken into consideration. For the staff here this site is one of the favourites and should definitely be on your list of dive spots. It will set your expectations extremely high and it has every right to, as other dive sites are fascinating in their own way.

Kingstons Wall – Captain Hook

Kingston’s Wall is a dramatic wall plummeting down to 50m plus. Here, depending on your guide, we usually hover between 15-25m, with deeper dives also common upon request. Here the wall corals are covered with Gorgonian Sea Fans as large as yourself (take your chances at spotting a pygmy nestled there) and Tube Sponges towering like skyscrapers. There is truly nothing like this lying around the coasts of Central Sulawesi. Towards the end of the dive you will find yourself basking in its coral gardens, the shallow waters atop of the wall, where the sunlight beams through the water to light up the copious amounts of corals on show. Here you have a very high chance at spotting the graceful Eagle Rays, Napoleon Wrasses, and Bumphead Parrotfish. Visibility is generally top notch at 20-30m. Currents are not of concern here, as they rarely affect the dive.

Greta’s Place – Waterloo Station

Greta’s place is an exceptionally serene site with the wall heading in a northerly direction. The wall is covered in large soft and hard corals, often being larger then the average person. Gorgonian Sea Fans exude light like in children’s book, they break off from the wall each forming their own microcosm. Cone shaped hard corals larger than you could even imagine possible litter the wall every few meters. Eagle Rays fly past on the Eastern Side of the wall, Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Sharks scout out the deeper areas of the wall. The monstrous Napoleon Wrasse inspects various areas of the wall, and some even are resident to the area. Dolphins are a possible sighting as well, so cross your fingers. Current can be of some concern at Greta’s Place, on occasion, thus an in-depth briefing will be conducted prior to the dive. Visibility is generally top notch at 20-30m.

Pinnacle I – Jack Jungle

Pinnacle is currently ranked, and has been consistently so, in the top 100 dive sites in the world according to various sources. The amount of fish you will see here is truly breathtaking, especially on the Northern Tip. Here and throughout the dive your vision will be blurred by the bounteous array of fish passing you by. The site ranges from wall to slope as it is a mountain towering off of the sea bed. There is a rather huge school of Jack Fish circling around the site, often forming shimmering silver walls as they light up in the sunlight, boasting awe inspiring displays nature is generous to share with us. Eagle Rays are a common sighting on the Eastern Wall, often providing the divers with close encounters, as well as many a Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Napoleon Wrasse, Reef Shark, Green and Hawksbill Turtle, Great Barracuda, Bumphead Parrotfish herds and Giant Grouper. All of them are easily found here residing in the Pinnacle´s healthy reef system. The corals here are so dense (just as on every site), leaving not a single inch of sea bed visible to the eye.

Apollo – Mariannas Trench, Abyss, Bermuda

Apollo is a must see dive site here at Una Una. Here we have an exceedingly high possibility for coming face to face with an enormous school of Blackfin Barracuda, easily numbering in the thousands, massive age old Green Turtles rest silently on the sea bed, making solid eye contact with you in a rather peculiar way. Eagle Rays whizz past the deep reef, Dogtooth Tuna, Spanish Mackerels, Bumphead Parrot Fish, Reef Sharks and other Pelagics are frequenters of this pure joy of a reef. Here you will feel like you are in an aquarium, as the amount of fish will crowd your view and you will only wish you could stay longer.

The reef begins at 22m and continues down to 35m, the whole dive is generally conducted at around 25-30m so our no decompression time limits our available bottom time. That is not to worry, as we will soon head into the Lunar Landscape, a black sand desert with rolling mounds of sand, with the action of the waves creating parallel lines in the sand and with scattered fallen coconut trees creating a site suitable for spotting interesting Macro Life, such as Pipefishes, Shrimps, Crabs and possibly certain species of Seahorse. Visibility here is exceptional at 30-40m. Currents can be of some concern but it is discussed at length prior to the dive by your guide.

Note: This dive is 30min away by boat and it is only put into place if there are enough customers interested in going (min 4.). It is made as a double dive, you will complete your second dive at Hong Kong on the way back from Apollo. Surface intervals will be completed on the beach, where light refreshments will be served.

Hong Kong – Chinatown

Hong Kong is a densely populated underwater metropolis. It bustles with fish, the sheer number of which found in this site brings justice to the name. Hong Kong consists of two separate reefs that are rather shallow, so it makes for a great dive after Apollo. The corals here are extremely healthy and the sunlight blasting through the water lights up the corals like fireworks. On the dive you can expect to see Napoleons, Turtles, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Pipefish, Nudibranchs, and many other critters and creatures. Visibility at this site varies from average to just great.

Menara II – Waterworld, Poseidon, Black

Menara II is a mesmeric wall dive with caves and overhangs scattered on all parts of the wall. The coral formations along the wall are amazing and on the reef top the corals are glorious. The wall plummets to a massive depth, so keep your eyes on the blue, as this is a great site to spot Pelagics and Eagle Rays. Menara II is to the only dive site to have a cave on the island, that we know of so far.

Jungle – Bermuda, Chernobyl

Jungle is a mysterious site and considered as a semi-muck dive, with large parts of it being over sandy bottom. The dive goes from slope to wall to flat sandy bottom, and visibility is generally low as the sea bed is quite silty. But thats not to worry. Macro life is the main objective of this dive so be ready to squint your eyes and behold the magic hidden there. Turtles and Napoleons casually swim by the reef on a regular basis.

Jack Wall – Rainbow Road

Jack Wall, as its name suggests, is another wall dive here on Una Una. The farthest dive site on the northern side of the island, its corals by some people are considered to be the best Una Una has to offer. Lush coral gardens as far as the eye can see lie on the reef crest just before the massive drop off. The site ranges from wall to slope but the majority of the dive is along wall.

The Rocks – Alcatraz

This dive site was given the name Alcatraz on account of the mysterious large rock formations that sit there, silently, broodingly, on the sandy sea bed.

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Even when Una Una had not yet a dive resort, already 3 divesites had been listed in the 100 best dive sites of the world! Be the lucky one and come to see this magnificence, now.

“Fantastic Resort! Best in Togian!!”

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​FROG FISH ON UNA UNA, TOGEAN ISLANDS

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As an Indonesian diver, I could personally say that Una-Una have got to be one of the best dive sites in Indonesia.”

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BARRACUDA TORNADO AT JAM

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SCHOOL OF JACKS AT THE PINNACLE

MOST DIVE SITES ARE NEARBY

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JAM’S BARRACUDAS AT 10M DEPTH

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“REINO” CUTTLEFISH AT HONGKONG

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HUGE GROUP OF SNAPPERS AT M&M

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BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH HIDEOUT

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KINGSTONS WALL TOBYS

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