The most well known islands are Kadidiri and Melange. Kadidiri is reached by private speedboats from Waikai, provided free by the three resorts on the island. Melange can be reached by public ferry from mainland Sulawesi. Some of the islands that have been visited in the past now have abandoned hotels. Note that all the hotels charge per person (not per room!!), and there are no ATM's, so bring enough cash.
Flora and fauna
The public ferries that run between Ampana and Gorontalo leave a few times a week, although sometimes all on the same day. The schedules often change due to breakdowns and weather. As of September 2008, they were leaving Ampana on Saturday (4hrs to Waikai, where resorts will offer free connecting speedboats to Kadidiri, fare is 40,000Rp). Some of the boats stop in Melange which is another 1.5hrs from Waikai. The boat from Gorontalo was leaving on Wednesday afternoons and takes 12-14hrs to Waikai.
Private boats of varying types can be chartered at anytime to and from the islands and usually cost 1-2 million rupiah upwards.
Resorts offer boats for charter
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. A canoe can be rented 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.
There are no shops on Kadidiri. The resorts all include three meals per day in their prices. Paradise has a small shop selling snacks and cigarettes.
Beer runs about 27,000 Rp for a large Bintang at the resorts. A large bottle of water costs 8,000-10,000Rp. Hot boiled water and tea are usually provided by the resort.
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===Offers basic bamboo bungalows for singles or doubles with shared toilet/mandi. The only budget accomodation on Kadidiri at 75,000 Rp per person per night. As of Sept. 2008, there were only 4 bungalows but they were in the process of building several more. It is to the right of the Black Marlin Resort when facing. Included is a free snorkel trip with the owner who is a Bajo fisherman. It does not have a dive center, but both the Black Marlin and the Paradise are happy to take on extra business.
===Black Marlin=== Located in the middle of the three resorts, the rooms are newer and have attached bathrooms. Water runs 4 hours per day, two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. Cold water only. Has the best bar of the three resorts. Standard rooms are 140,000 Rp per person, and Deluxe rooms are 175,000 Rp per person
===Kadidiri Paradise=== Offers bungalows of different sizes and quality ranging from 150,000-250,000 Rp per person. They are all relatively new. Cold water only. They usually have 24hrs of running water in the rooms, but the system seems to break down sometimes for days at a time. Its beachfront is somewhat better (although it is not private and is accessible by all).