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Travel Report Central-Sulawesi, Palu

PADI Open Water Diving Course

Prince John Dive Resort
Central Sulawesi, Tanjung Karang / Donggala / Palu


Kind of travel: Travelling alone
Year of this voyage: 1997
Author's age: 45-60 years

I arrived by plane from Ujung Pandang in Palu, Central Sulawesi, a small province capital at a beautiful bay, surrounded by green mountains, in the end of November 1997.

An old, noisy minibus took me to Donggala. From this small village it's just another 3km to Tanjung Karang. Next to the sea there is "Prince John Dive Resort", at that time under a German management. With Padi Dive Instructor Richard Gierster I could get my diving licence within a week.


PADI Open Water Diving
Travel Report Central Sulawesi, Palu
Where dreams come through


Prince John Dive Resort
Prince John Dive Resort

Actually I didn't come here for diving. Originally I had plans to travel a little bit around in this region. But all those stories from other divers made me listening and I decided to start a first try.
I wanted to prove myself, if I'm really the right guy for such a "deep underwater adventure". My first dive gave me such an overwhelming impression, that I decided to get the necessary licence for this great sport. What I saw in those crystal clear waters was absolutely unbelievable. These colours of corals and fish I remembered from TV. But now all was real. I nearly stopped breathing.

Looks like an Aquarium
Looks like an Aquarium

Being in between all these underwater world, .. being a part of it, that was an overwhelming feeling. Peter always was a little bit ahead and pointed at something. Otherwise I would have overlooked much of that beauty in this new strange world. The deception was often to perfect.

Gerhard goes diving
Gerhard goes diving


Gerhard goes diving
Gerhard goes diving

Gerhard Waldner
Gerhard Waldner

Born in Ludwigshafen at the River Rhine (Germany), Gerhard was fascinated to discover foreign countries since his early schooldays. Mostly by bicycle and motorcycle he travelled through more than 60 countries. During a his life he found enough time to travel to faraway regions, he was interested in.

Since 2006 he is living mostly in his house in Bali with his Balinesse wife Yuni. He always felt drawn to the island of Bali, with its people, culture, religion and its countryside. More than 17.500 islands of the Indonesian archipelago are lying now in front of his doorstep, waiting to be discovered.

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We started our exercises and dives direct in front of Prince John Dive Resort down to the "Green Wall", some underwater rocks and a beautiful reef. All was easy to reach without long boat trips.

So my holidays just passed with new and unforgettable impressions under ...and above the water.

All necessary routine lessons and learning of theory were easy done in such an tropical atmosphere. There was no "I have to..".

My target was to get my "diving licence"!

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