Bomba is about 2.5 hours from the mainland of Ampana. It may be reached by public boats from the small harbor near Marina Cottages. The boats depart on Tuesday,Friday, and Sunday. The price is about Rp25,000 per person. Kadidiri is reached by boats from Wakai, provided free by the three resorts on the island. Melange can be reached by public ferry from mainland Ampana. Note that all the hotels charge per person (not per room!!), and there are no ATMs, so bring enough cash.
There are ATMs for Mastercard and Cirrus available at the mainland of Ampana but they cannot be used for VISA.
Flora and fauna
The Togians Islands are very close to the aequator, due to that are all islands covered with tropical rain forest. Special for the Togian Islands is the Coconut Crab which can grow up to 4kg.
The reefs surrounding all islands are full of tropical fish. It is also possible to see big Eagle rays, Napoleons, Bumphead Parrotfish and rarely sharks.
The climate is all year around warm, due to the close position to the aequetor (40km). There are also no real rain or dry times.
The public ferries that run between Ampana to Wakai Togian Islands leaves every Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday and saturday at 10:00.a.m. although sometimes all on the same day. The schedules often change due to breakdowns and weather.(4hrs to Wakai, where resorts will offer free connecting speedboats to Kadidiri, Ferries fare is 40,000Rp). Some of the boats stop in Melange which is another 1.5hrs from Wakai. The boat from Gorontalo to Wakai togian Island leaves every Tuesday and friday at 08:00.p.m.
The resorts are waiting with their boats at the ferry terminal. For Pulau Kadidiri: Black Marlin Dive Resort, Kadidiri Paradise and Pondak Lestari are charging nothing if you stay with them - if you change to one of the other ones, you have to pay a small fee of 25.000 Rupiah (all 3 resorts are in walking distance to each else).
Private boats of varying types can be chartered at anytime to and from the islands and usually cost 1-2 million rupiah upwards.
The fastest way of getting to the Togian Islands is by flying to Gorontalo and then taking the tuesday or friday ferry to Wakai.
Resorts offer boats for charter
Kadadiri is home to an indigenous population known as the Bajo colloquially called "Sea Gypsys". The Bajo are semi nomadic and rely on fishing for their income. Tours from Kadidiri Paradise will take you to visit them. Selling fresh lobsters to tourists at a fraction of what you would pay in the US, Australia or Europe is an important part of their income, so if you visit them make sure you bring cash to buy some fresh lobsters. The young people love foreign visitors and will show off their humble village and school rooms.
There is a long jetty outside of the Paradise Resort that has good snorkelling right off of it. It is possible to swim to the island directly across from Kadidiri, but it takes a few hours. There are sea kayaks for rent from Black Marlin and it takes about 30 minutes to row to a nearby island that has good snorkelling. There are many trails around the island, but some are easy to get lost on. The walks are through dense growths and are not particularly picturesque. Fishing is not allowed in the no take zone so fishing trips must be outside this area. naturally there is diving at Black Marlin (more boats and equipment) and Paradise, check equipment etc carefully.
For diving is Pulau Una Una (The Pinnacle!) the highlight in the area - big groups of Barracudas, Jackfish and Napoleons can be seen. Other good dive sites are The Gap, Dominik Rock, The Crack, Batugilla and for Nightdives especially Little Lembeh.
The dive boats take normally also snorkellers for free with them, if the dive site is shallow enough.
There are no shops on Kadidiri. The resorts all include three meals per day in their prices. Paradise and Black Marlin have a small shops selling snacks and cigarettes. All resorts can take you for free for a short trip to Wakai (when they pick up new travellers), if you want to buy specific things.
Beer runs about 30,000 Rp to Rp 35.000 for a large Bintang at the resorts. Other option for alcohol is the local Arak, a kind of stronger palm wine - all resorts can get it for you in Wakai for around Rp 10.000. A large bottle of water costs 8,000-10,000 Rp In Paradise. Boiled water and tea are Coffee are provided Free by all the Resorts.
Bomba is about 2,5 hours from Ampana where you can find 2 places to stay .
Island Retreat has a 400 meter long white sand beach, and 3 hectares of surrounding forest.There are 10 large oceanfront cottages with private bath , sea view veranda, king-sized beds. There is a honeymoon cottage and a family cottage, suitable for a family of 4 (or more)starting at $30 US/person/night . Delicious meals are included in the price of accommodation. Homemade pastas, bread, pizza, international and local cuisine. Various activities available - forest walks, village tours, snorkeling, diving, canoeing. Padi dive center, equipment rental. Good value.
POYALISA Island Offering you for a place to relax and feel like Robinson Crusoe on a small beautiful Island. With 8 nice simple budget bungalows starting at Rp 125.000/person/night with three daily meals and a snack in the afternoon included, each with veranda and located on a lovely white sandy beach opposite Bomba village. With excellent (and plenty of) home made Indonesian food.
SUNSET BEACH A Brand new resort with PRIVATE BEACH only 15 minute FREE boat transfer from Wakai Ferry terminal. Rooms from 125,000 Rupiah per person. Rooms also available for 150,000 Rupiah including FREE 19 liters of bottled drinking water. Price of the room includes 3 delicious meals each day + FREE tea and coffee available all day. Big clean rooms with brand new mattresses and mosquito nets. All rooms have attached bathroom with western style toilets and running water. Each room has a big veranda with your own hammock And Fantastic view from huge restaurant .
Kadidiri has only three resorts located right next to each other on the very small beach. They all charge per person, per night and include all meals.
Pondok Lestari Kadidiri .. Offers Bungalows for Single or Doubles with shared toilet/mandi. The only budget Accomodation on Kadidiri starting at Rp 100,000 per person per night including all meals and free coffee and tea all day . And free snorkeling trips to nearby Islands and Reef with the owner who is a Bajo fisherman. You can also join him on fishing trips also for free. You can go for great walks on the Island to other uninhabited beaches .There are lots of birds including two kinds of Horn bills Babirusa Coconut Crabs and lots of other wildlife Pondok Lestari does not have a dive center, but both the Black Marlin and the Paradise are happy to take on extra business. Pondok Lestari Kadidiri (It is to the right of the Kadidiri Paridise and Black Marlin Resorts when facing the Island.)
Black Marlin Dive Resort Located in the middle of the three resorts with the longest stretch of beach, all rooms are right on the water with amazing sea views and have attached western bathrooms, ceiling fans too. All rooms have double spring beds with mosquito nets. Water runs 4 hours per day, two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. Cold water only. They are presently creating a rainwater recycling system to supplement the freshwater bought in from Wakai. Standard rooms are 160,000 Rp per person, and Deluxe rooms are 180 -200,000 Rp per person. Delicious food buffet style with fish, chicken, pasta and vegetables on the menu. Has very well equipped dive center with all new equipment (30 sets) and 2 compressors, 4 speedboats (oxygen on all boats) and very experienced staff. Highly recommended for doing a course or just diving the local reefs or B24 Bomber plane wreck. Are some extra fees for some of the further away dive sites but well worth it. Laid back fun atmosphere with professional back up. Now has some sea kayaks for rent so can get to nearby islands to snorkel or just bit of afternoon fitness.
Kadidiri Paradise Offers bungalows of different sizes and quality ranging from 150,000-300,000+ Rp per person. They are all in relative disrepair. They are supposed to have 24hrs of running water in the rooms, but the system seems to break down often. Its beachfront is very good with a wide variety of coral and fish near your door. The food is predominantly fish and salad but very fresh and tasty. Diving available. Eftpos available at times but bring plenty of cash to be on the safe side. The owners have another establishment in Ampana and you can pay via Eftpos there.
Katupat Island is about 1 hour from Kadidiri Island where you can find 2 beautiful resort just 10 minute with a small boat from Katupat Village Togian Island.
Bolilanga Island offering you a quiet and charming bungalows on a powdery white sandy beach starting at Rp 200.000/person/night with three daily meals included.Snorkeling in a perfect turquoise waters teeming with tropical fish and extensive coral formation just a few meters from the beach.
Fadhilla Cottage Also known as Pangempa island, a small Tropical island that most people dream about: beautiful beaches, comfortable beach-chairs and jungle sounds in the night. Offering a variety of meals from local dishes to western favorites with all fresh ingredients. Starting at Rp 125.000/person/night with three daily meals included. Diving available.
Losmen Lestari Malenge Remote and seclude Island with an amazing archipelago far away from almost everything. The room starting at Rp 125.000/person/night/with three daily meals included.
Malenge Indah Basic bamboo cottages with Mandi bathroom and excellent food . Very Seclude and wonderfully Quiet with Amazing reefs only 45 minutes boat ride from Malenge Village.Starting at Rp 125.000/person/night/with three daily meals included.
Sifa Cottage Located at Walea Kodi and is a place where you can find the ideal combination of beaches and Coral reefs with Amazing people from Togian. Starting at Rp 125.000/person/night/with three daily meals included.
The islands are in general safe. Most important is not to walk through the reefs bare feet (many Stone- and Scropionfish!), stay while swimming in sandy areas.
The Black Marlin Dive Resort (www.blackmarlindiving.com) has a good website with informations how to get out and in.
Also try to find the latest information about togian Island at www.togianisland.net.