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Togean Islands Guide: A girl is snorkeling with a jelly fish.

Togean Islands Guide


 

The Togean islands are an archipelago paradise located in the in the center of the horseshoe shaped Sulawesi Indonesia and are not easy to reach. In this Togean Islands Guide we give you all the information you need to know so that your trip will be a big hit and not a miss.

 


Why you should consider the Togeans as your next destination


 

What is paradise on earth for you? In which surrounding can you see yourself breathing deep when waking up and instantly forgetting all the stress, all the problems and disconnect yourself from the internet.

If this ideal place for you is an island with a beautiful beach and great snorkeling, then don’t look further.

The Togean Islands are your place to go.

 


How to get there


 

The Togean Islands are not easy to reach but they are worth the hassle and the long journey. We met so many people who came back there for several years.

There is no airport on the island so you will need a combination of transports. These are your options:

 

From Makassar:

1. Bus to Rantepao where you can experience the interesting culture of the Tana Toraja
2. Bus to Tentena
3. Bus to Ampana
4. Minibus to Poso
5. Bus to Ampana
4. Ferry to the Togean Islands (for the schedule please see below)

This is a really long journey but there are many interesting places along the way to break down the journey.

 

From Manado:

1. Flight or car to Gorontalo (the car ride takes about 10 hours)
2. Ferry to the Togean Islands (for the schedule please see below)

 

Regarding the Ferry schedule: Please note the schedule can change from time to time because these are private ferry companies

SPEEDBOAT HERKULES (130k IDR)
Route: AMPANA – BOMBA – WAKAI
Daily at 9:00
Route: WAKAI – BOMBA – AMPANA
Daily at 12:00
SPEEDBOAT KM. WAMBURABURA (150k)
“fastest way to Malenge & Co.”
ROUTE:AMPANA – WAKAI – KATUPAT – MALENGE – PULAU PAPAN – POPOLII – DOLONG
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00
ROUTE: DOLONG- POPOLII – PULAU PAPAN – MALENGE – KATUPAT – WAKAI – AMPANA
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, please check at your hotel about departure times
FERRY BOAT KAPIA TOUNA (100k IDR)
“the classic way to Malenge & Co.”
ROUTE:AMPANA – WAKAI – KATUPAT – MALENGE – PULAU PAPAN – POPOLII – DOLONG
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00
ROUTE: DOLONG- POPOLII – PULAU PAPAN – MALENGE – KATUPAT – WAKAI – AMPANA
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, please check departure times at hotel
FERRY BOAT TUNA TOMINI (overnight, approx. 12 hours, different seat classes)
“the connection to the north of Sulawesi”
ROUTE: GORONTALO – WAKAI
Tuesday, Friday, afternoon (approx. 17:00)
ROUTE: WAKAI – GORONTALO
Monday, Thursday, afternoon (approx. 16:00)

 

Please note: Foreigners have to pay 150k IDR entrance fee because the archipelago is a national park

 


Where to stay


 

 

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First of all you should decide on which island you want to stay.

Is your main focus diving? -> go to Una Una

Are you looking for a places with not so many other guests? -> go to Malenge

Or maybe another island?

There are so many islands to stay on so you should do some researches before you go because moving around from island to island is not easy.

We personally went to Malenge and staid at the Sandy Bay Resort and had were really happy.

 

Types of accommodation:

All of the accommodations in the Togean Islands are full board that means in the room price are three meals (sometimes a snack as well) and unlimited coffee, tea and water included.
Beer and softdrinks need to be paid extra.

 

Price range (per person):

Homestay: 150k

Budget Bungalow: 200 – 300k

Mid-class Bungalow: 350 – 450k

Luxurious Bungalow: 500k+

Please note: The prices are mostly for double occupancy. If you want a room by your own you have to add 20 – 50% (depending on the resort policy).

 

Here is a selection of resorts with good rating and from which we heard positive feedback from other travelers:

 

Malenge
Malenge Indah
Sandy Bay Resort

 

Una Una
Sanctum Dive Resort

 

Bomba
Poki Poki

 

Kadidiri
Harmony Bay Resort

 

Important Information:

  • there are no ATMs on the Togean Islands -> bring enough cash
  • beside the port of Wakai, there is no phone or internet signal
  • in high season (July – October) reserve your accommodation of choice in advance via booking.com or E-Mail or you may end sleeping on the restaurant floor on a mattress 😉

 


 What to do – Togean Islands Guide


 

The best activities on the Togean Islands are:

  • relaxing at the beach or in a hammock and reading a good book
  • enjoy the stunning underwater world when snorkeling/diving

 

These are the best spots for snorkeling:

  • The Jelly Fish Lake
    This lake was once connected to the ocean but since not anymore, there are no more predators for the jellyfish so they lost the ability to sting.
    Imagine swimming with thousands of harmless jellyfish. This experience is unbelievable beautiful and there is only another place in the world which is like this lake.
  • Reef 1 + 5
    You can see many different fishes and corals at these spots.

 

The best island for diving:

  • Una Una
    You can book diving tours for example on Malenge as well but for better diving consider to go to Una Una.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. There are no flights from Palu to Ampana anymore. Lion/Wings air cancelled my flight in October, 2019 for “commercial reasons.” No other airline does the Palu/Ampana route.

    Consider flying to Gorontalo and taking the Tuna Tomini overnight ferry (which I would avoid for safety reasons in case there’s an accident at sea) to Ampana. Or fly to and hire a car for 12 hours to Ampana.

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