Showing posts with label Gorontalo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gorontalo. Show all posts

WW: Taman Laut Olele, Gorontalo, Indonesia

welcome to  Taman Laut Okulele, Gorontalo, Indonesia

Hi everyone.

More photos and stories from my recent trip to Gorontalo, northern part of Sulawesi island, Indonesia.

On my second day of diving trip here, we were visiting Olele at Bonebolanga area. This place is famous for its underwater garden, Olele. One of the unique underwater plants we can find here is the typical, one-of-a-kind soft coral sponge famously called Salvador Dali because it looks like Dali's famous painting. Besides, its pristine walls and soft corals are intact, providing comfy homes for various school of fish and underwater creatures. 

We drove from Amaris Hotel Gorontalo, our hotel, to Olele, for around 1 hour. The road was curvy yet beautiful as you can see the Bone river and the gulf of Tomini. 

Here are some photos I took in the area and tell me whether you enjoy it as much as I do.

The famous Salvador Dali sponge in Taman Olele. 
Beautiful sponge, don't you think?

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WW: Meet the Whale sharks at Gorontalo, Indonesia

Meet the Whale sharks at Gorontalo, Indonesia
Meet the Whale sharks at Gorontalo, Indonesia

I have just had an awesome adventure. 

Meet the Whale sharks at Gorontalo, Indonesia!

I was very lucky I got a chance to visit Gorontalo province, in the northern part of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It took 3.5 hours flight directly from Jakarta or around 4-5 hours with transit. Together with my diving club, around 12 of us, we went to Gorontalo and had 8 dive trips arranged by local dive operator. Well, my friends even have more, since they stayed 2 days longer than me. I went back earlier as I have some meetings in the office.

So, long story short, we started our diving journey to Botubarani Village, Gorontalo, where whale sharks have been spotted in group. When we arrived, there were 2 whale sharks already waiting! Lucky us indeed! The third one joined us in the middle of the dive. Well, I will spell more stories in the next post and meanwhile, enjoy some of the underwater photos I took here during my diving.

they are such a majestic creature!

say hi....

Super happy me!

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WW: Tenun Karawo from Gorontalo

How I love wearing the traditional fabrics from my beloved country, Indonesia.
And I have to say I am blessed and extremely lucky to have my dearest friend, Agus Lahinta, sending this beautiful piece of Karawo dress proudly made by Rumah Saronde, Gorontalo.

Karawo is the traditional embroidery from Gorontalo, Sulawesi. 
Meticulously handcrafted, it takes months to create one, particularly with its special patterns. Most of them are in the forms of flowers and geometric patterns of colors.
Let's take a closer look ..

I haven't seen the process of making it myself, but citing it from the website of the Provicial Government of Gorontalo, the making of  this piece of art requires slicing and pulling the threads from the yards before embroidering it back with desired patterns. Not that easly for sure but it turns out beautifully.

And I am proudly wearing it to the UN :)


proudly holding my national flag :)

Get more information about Karawo from Rumah Saronde and feel free to see those colorful patterns on their Facebook page and Instagram @karawosaronde

Have you seen or worn Karawo?

Rumah Saronde
Jl. palma 71 LibuO
Kota Gorontalo, Indonesia
Phone: +62 813 55992999