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Updated 2/20/2013

Tukang Besi Archipelago, Indonesia

We had two great weeks of diving beautiful walls and reefs around this small group of islands southeast of Sulawesi.  Reefs in this area are very different from others in the region because the dry climate and island geology of uplifted limestone (fossilized reefs).  There is little soil to run into the ocean so there are no mucky dive sites.  What you will find is a very clean environment where fishing is limited and the reefs are protected.



Amphiprion ocellaris

Ornate Ghost Pipefish

Solenostomus paradoxus


Fairy Basslets

Pseudanthias squamipinnis


Sea Fan and Anthias


Solar-powered Sea Slug

Phyllodesmium longicirra


Hairy Hermit Crab

Dardanus lagopodes


Chaetodon ocellicaudus


Pseudanthias tuka, female


Chromodoris kuniei


Oval Butterflyfish

Chaetodon lunulatus


Acropora millepora


Clark's Anemonefish

Amphiprion clarkii


Blue Ribbon Eel

Rhinomuraena quaesita


Bicolored Dottyback

Pseudochromis paccagnellae


Meyer's Butterflyfish

Chaetodon meyeri


Gold-belly Damselfish

Pomacentrus auriventris

Commensal Shrimp

Periclimenes tosaensis


Splendid Dottyback

Pseudochromis splendens


Palette Surgeonfishes

Paracanthurus hepatus


Soft-coral Crab

Hoplophrys oatesii


Wire-coral Crab

Xenocarcinus tuberculatus


Wire Coral Goby

Wire-coral Goby

Bryaninops yongei


Leaf Scorpionfish

Taenianotus triacanthus


Pygmy Seahorse

Hippocampus bargibanti


Plucked-chicken Pygmy Seahorse

Hippocampus sp.


Plucked-chicken Pygmy Seahorse

Hippocampus sp.


Soft Corals


Keoki & Red Gorgonian


Yuko diving the wall


Keoki & Tube Sponges


Reef-top Leather Corals


Orange Soft Corals



Amphiprion ocellaris



Amphiprion ocellaris



Amphiprion ocellaris


Clark's Anemonefish

Amphiprion clarkii


Coral and Fishes


Commensal Shrimp on Hell's-fire Anemone

Periclimenes brevicarpalis


Chromis & Crinoids

Imperial Shrimp on Sea Cucumber

Periclimenes imperator


Commensal Shrimp on Bubble Coral

Periclimenes holthuisi


Purple Gorgonian

Muricella sp.

Yuko photographing Anthias

Anthias & Soft Coral


Map Puffer

Arothron mappa



Pterois volitans

Wakatobi Bigeye

Bigeye and Hard Corals


Pyramid Butterflyfishes

Hemitaurichthys polylepis



Pterois volitans


Commerson's Frogfish

Antennarius commerson

Commerson's Frogfish

Antennarius commerson


Pearly Monocle Bream

Scolopsis margaritifera