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{{pagebanner|Togian Islands Banner.jpg}} '''Togians Togian Islands''' is a series an archipelago in the Gulf of islands off Tomini, [[central Central Sulawesi]] in [[Indonesia]]. The Togian are a plenty of different islands and villages accessible by boat from Wakay. Volcano Island [[IndonesiaUna Una]]is situated at the North of the archipelago.
==Understand==
Bomba Togean Islands is about 2.5 hours a beautiful island group in the Tomini Gulf, reachable from Gorontalo in the mainland of north and Ampana. It may be reached by public boats from in the small harbor near Marina Cottagessouth. The boats depart on Tuesdayjourney to get there is long, Wednesdaybut worth it! Togean, FridayBatudaka and Pulau Una Una are three main Islands, and Sundaytotal 56 small Island. The price is about Rp25Malenge,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 Ampanaand Bomba are famous place to visit and see white sandy beaches.  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, VISA and Cirrus available at the mainland. Only Kadidiri and Una una have small internet connection and you could pay by credit cards (also visa electron)
There are ATMs for Mastercard and Cirrus available at the mainland of Ampana but they cannot be used for VISA.
===History===
===Landscape===
 
Malenge and Bomba have white sand beaches, Volcano una una have black sand.
===Flora and fauna===
The Togians Islands are very close to the aequatorequator, 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.
===Climate===
The climate is all year around warm, due to the close position to the aequetor equator (40km). There The driest months are also no real rain or dry timesthe summer months.
==Get in==
The Togean Islands are difficult to reach as bus travel takes long on Sulawesi. As there are no airports on the islands you will either have to reach the towns of Ampana or Gorontalo first, which is a challenge itself. The best and fastest way to go to Togian is from Ampana. Today, WIngs Air/Lion Air group service the route Palu to AMpana everyday. Which means that you can fly to AMpana frmo any major cities in Indonesia in 6 hours. Book flight to Palu first and then to Ampana, since the system is not aligned yet. '''From Ampana''': The public ferries that run between Ampana and to Wakai leave on the Togian Islands leaves every second daymorning at 10:00, although sometimes all on the same dayexcept Fridays. The However, bear in mind that schedules often change due to breakdowns and weather. Also note that at least one day a week the Wakai boat leaves from the other port; 15 minutes east of town (NOT the port in Ampana; as of Oct 2014). Under normal conditions it takes about 4hrs to Wakai, where resorts will offer free connecting speedboats to Pulau Kadidiri, Ferries . The fare for the main ferry is 4065,000Rpas of June 2016). Some of the boats stop in Melange Malenge which is another 1.5hrs from Wakai. The ticket office is located in the white building to your right when entering the port area. There is also two public speed boats from Ampana going to Wakai via Bomba for 130.000 everyday. One (Hercules) leaves around 9 in the morning and the 2nd (Manakara) around noon after the flight from Palu has landed. Bomba is about 2.5 hours from the mainland of Ampana. It can be reached by public boats from the small harbor near Marina Cottages. The public boats depart on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. On the remaining days it is usually possible to catch a boat to a nearby village. Edi at Marina Cottages is a good information source for transfers to Bomba and other parts of the Togeans. The resorts are waiting with their boats at the ferry terminal in Wakai but it's nice to call them ahead to warn them. 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). '''From/To Gorontalo''':The ferry "Tuna Tomini" runs twice a week from Gorontalo was to Wakai (travel time 13hrs) and continues on to Ampana. It leaves Gorontalo every Tuesday and Friday at 20:00 o'clock, arriving in Wakai the next morning. The price (Oct 2014) is 63,000 Rp for Ekonomi class (seat in an open cabin with café), 72,000 Rp. for Bisnes1 class (berth in an open cabin) and 89,000 for Bisnes2 class (reclinable seat in A/C cabin).  The same ferry makes the return trip to Gorontalo twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, leaving Ampana at 10:00 in the morning, reaching Wakai about 15:00 o'clock. After taking Gorontalo-bound passengers and freight the ferry then leaves Wakai at 16:00 o'clock arriving in Gorontalo the next morning about 06:00 o'clock.  Make sure if it's busy and you're going overnight, you reserve a mattress when you buy your ticket. This is called "tatami", you'll get a number assigned, and costs Rp10,000. Otherwise you'll be sleeping on Wednesday the deck! The fastest way of getting to the Togian Islands is by flying directly to Ampana from Palu with Wings air. You can f.ex. arrive in the Togean islands in one day if leaving from Jakarta early in the morning. There's a public speed boat (Manakara) waiting for the flight and Fridays Evenings it takes you from Ampana to Wakai via Bomba. You can also fly to Luwuk, Poso or Palu and charter a car/taxi to Ampana. Another option is to fly to Gorontalo and takes 12-14hrs to jump on the Tuna Tomini ferry (Tuesday or Friday) to Wakai. Direct access form Marissa to [[Una Una]] in speed boat for 2,5m in 4h. ==Get around==Private boats of varying types can be chartered at anytime to and from the islands. To [[Una Una]]: - Charter boat wakai - una una 600.000 rp, 8 pers max. 3 hours
The resorts are waiting with their boats - Public boat on tuesday, friday and sunday at the ferry terminal. For Pulau Kadidiri8: 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)00 am 30 000rp.4 hours
Private boats of varying types can be chartered You better tell to your hotel to look for you at anytime the harbour or ask a motorbike to and from the islands and usually cost 1-2 million rupiah upwardsdrive you.
==Fees/Permits==
None
 
==Get around==
Resorts offer boats for charter
==See==
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.
==Do==There Togean is a long jetty outside of the Paradise Resort that has good snorkelling right off of it. It is possible to swim home to an indigenous population known as the island directly across from Kadidiri, but it takes a few hoursBajo colloquially called "Sea Gypsys". There The Bajo are sea kayaks semi nomadic and rely on fishing for rent their income. Tours from Black Marlin and it takes about 30 minutes most of the resorts will take you to row visit them. Selling fresh lobsters to tourists at a nearby island that has good snorkelling. There are many trails around fraction of what you would pay in the islandUS, Australia or Europe is an important part of their income, but so if you visit them make sure you bring cash to buy some fresh lobsters. Just make sure they are easy big, it's illegal and unethical to get lost onsell/buy small lobsters and lobsters with eggs. The walks are through dense growths young people love foreign visitors 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 will show off their humble village and equipment) and Paradise, check equipment etc carefullyschool rooms.
For diving A fascinating cultural experience fast approaching its demise is Pulau Una Una (The Pinnacle!) the highlight in the area - big groups of Barracudas, Jackfish and Napoleons "Living with Sea Gypsies." You 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 visit or even live with them, if the dive site is shallow enoughlast of the traditional sea gypsies who have endowed remarkable fishlike abilities that still baffle modern scientists.
==Buy==
All the villages have small shops/kiosks where you can buy snacks etc. Wakai has a bigger market every Sunday.
==Eat==
There are no shops on Kadidiri. The All resorts all include three meals per day in their prices. Paradise and Black Marlin Most resorts have a small shops selling snacks and cigarettes. All resorts or you can take you for free for a short trip to Wakai (when they pick up new travellers), if you want to buy specific thingsthem in the nearby villages.
==Drink==
Beer runs It costs about 30IDR 50,000 Rp to Rp 35-60.000 for a large Bintang beer 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 10IDR 15.000. A large bottle of water costs 8,000-IDR 10,000 Rp In Paradisein most resorts. Boiled water , tea and tea are Coffee coffee are provided Free free by all the Resortsresorts==Lodging==
==Sleep=Pulau Batudaka===
===Lodging==='''Bomba''' is great place for diving and snorkelling. The walls at Taupan island just 15 min from Bomba are fabulous, as well as at Bomba Atoll, the biggest atoll reef at Togean. There's also 2 bat caves near Bomba and a pretty bajo villages with very friendly people who always welcome visitors with a huge smile.
Bomba is about 2,5 hours from Ampana where you can find 2 3 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 , seaview 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 accomodation. Homemade pastas, bread, pizza, international and local cuisine. Various activities available - forest walks, village tours, snorkelling, diving, canoeing. Padi dive center, equipment rental. Good value.
*'''POYALISA Island Araya Dive Resort / Bomba Divers ''' Offering is located just before Bomba village. The public speed boat stops at their jetty when asked. This is your place is you for 'd like to stay in a place to relax small paradise island and feel like Robinson Crusoe on enjoy great diving in small groups with a small beautiful Islandvery professional dive center. Run by an indonesian-finnish PADI instructor couple. With 8 nice simple budget The new deluxe bungalows starting at Rp 125.000/person/night with three daily meals included, each with veranda are maybe the nicest ones in the Togeans and located on a lovely white sandy beach opposite Bomba villagethe view from the rooms is amazing. With excellent home made Indonesian The food. Kadidiri has only three resorts located right next to each other on the is very small beach. They all charge per person, per night and include all mealsgood.
*'''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 19 nice simple budget bungalows starting at Rp 150.000/person/night with three daily meals and a snack in the afternoon included, each with veranda and located on a lovely white sandy beach near Bomba village. With home made Indonesian food.
*'''Pondok Lestari Kadidiri''' .. Offers Bungalows for Single or Doubles with shared toilet/mandi. The only budget Accomodation on Kadidiri at Rp75,000 and 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 ===Pulau Togean===Wakai is 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 main ferry port in the Island to other uninhabited beaches .There are lots of birds including two kinds of Hornbills Babirusa Coconut Crabs area and lots of other wildlife Pondok Lestari does not have has a dive center, but both the Black Marlin and the Paradise are happy to take single resort located on extra business. Pondok Lestari Kadidiri (It is to the right of the Kadidiri Paridise and Black Marlin Resorts when facing the Islandan island across from it.)
*'''Black Marlin Dive ResortSunset Beach ''' Located in the middle of the three resorts A resort opened December 2011, with the longest stretch of private beach. Staff are lovely, all rooms are right on as is the water with amazing sea views food, and have attached western bathroomsoffer the 15mn boat transfer from Wakai Ferry terminal at nominal cost. Rooms from 175,000 Rupiah per person. Price of the room includes 3 daily meals, ceiling fans toocomplementary tea and coffee available all day. All rooms have double spring beds attached bathroom with mosquito nets. Water runs 4 hours per day, two hours in the morning western style toilets and two hours in the evening. Cold salt water onlyshowers. They Snorkeling trips are presently creating a rainwater recycling system available to supplement the freshwater bought in from Wakai. Standard rooms are 160surrounding locations for between 50,000 Rp per person, and Deluxe rooms are 180 -200to 500,000 Rp Rupiah 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 but 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 fitnesscannot be arranged. Transport must be arranged before arrival; try contacting Irena: 0821 99194240
===Pulau Una Una===*'''Kadidiri ParadiseSanctum Una Una''' Offers bungalows is a dive resort situated in the island of different sizes and quality ranging from 150,000-300[[Una Una]],000+ Rp per person. They are all in relative disrepair. They are supposed to have 24hrs an isolated volcano that offer some of running water in the rooms, but best dive sites of the system seems to break down oftentogean. Pure nature. Its beachfront The coral reef is very good untouched with a wide variety huge sea fans and full of fish, huge schools of coral barracuda and fish near your doorjack fiches, eagle ray, napoleon,nudibranch. Dive sites are 10 minutes boat drive to resort. The food Dive center is predominantly fish new and salad but very fresh modern 3 speed boat, new equipment, small dive groups and tasty. Diving available. Eftpos available at times but bring plenty of cash to be on A PADI instructor can give you the safe sideopen water/advanced training. The owners have another establishment in Ampana Deluxe rooms with private bathrooms: 350 000- 275 000rp shared bathrooms: 250 000 - 200 000 rp rooms towels, hammocks, privet balcony and you can pay via Eftpos there3 delicious meals included whit bread. Try book advance deluxe room.
*'''Nino´s Homestay''' At Una Una have nice clean Homestay, Nino´s Place with 3 sea front bungalows 150.000 rp / person incl 3 meals. Free coffie and tea. During 2016 Nino was building 4 new bungalow rooms with private bathroom, so more space is/will soon be available. If you follow the beach to the right (facing the water) for about 100 meters and then go into the water there is a huge coral reef with alot of fishes and turtles, great for snorkeling. You can also ask Nino and he will tell you where the best places are. If you are intrested in seeing the remains of the vulcano Nino's sons will happily show you the way through the jungle for 75.000 rp / person. Bring water: the trip to the vulcano is at least 3 hours one way, prepare to sweat alot. Ninos place is only a 15 min walk from Sanctum dive resort, keep your eyes open because they have no sign, ask locals and they will point you the way. Not possible to book in advance
 
===Pulau Kadidiri===
 
Kadidiri has four resorts, with three of them 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 squat toilet/mandi. The only budget Accomodation on Kadidiri starting at Rp 125,000 per person per night including all meals and free coffee and tea all day. Rustic bungalows with private bathroom cost Rp 175,000 per person. Snorkeling trips to nearby Islands and Reef with the owner who is a Bajo fisherman cost Rp 50,000. Atoll trip is Rp 150,000. Una-Una is Rp 200,000. 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, 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, 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 Rp 250,000 per person, and Deluxe rooms are Rp 300,000 per person. Delicious food with fish, chicken, pasta and vegetables. Has very well equipped dive center with all new equipment (30 sets) and 2 compressors and 4 speedboats. 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. Also has a pool table for entertainment.
 
*'''Kadidiri Paradise''' Offers bungalows of different sizes and quality ranging from 275,000-600,000 Rp per person including all meals and free coffee and tea all day. They are supposed to have 24hrs of running water in the rooms. Its beachfront is very good with a wide variety of coral and fish. The food is very fresh and tasty. Has a dive center. Credit card payment available at times but bring plenty of cash to be on the safe side - signal not always working. The owners have another establishment in Ampana and you can pay with credit card there.
 
*'''Harmoni Bay''' Very nice beach and modern bungalows, prices around 300.000 per person and night.
 
===Pulau Katupat===
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. ===Pulau Malenge===*''' 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. Slightly more expensive Bungalows with western showers and toilets. Very Seclude and wonderfully Quiet with Amazing reefs only 45 minutes boat ride from Malenge Village. Rp 150.000/200.000/250.000 per person and 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.*''' Sandy Bay '''
===Camping===
Check out these guys if you want to do camping trips: http://www.togianboattrip.com. Many many islands and beaches where you'll be the only one hanging around. Una una is also amazing place to do some camping u could ask help from Sanctum una una dive resort.
===Backcountry===
==Stay safe==
The islands are in general safe. Most important is Do not to walk through the reefs bare feet . Bring enough mosquito repellent containing DEET (many Stone- and Scropionfish!others will be useless), stay while swimming in sandy areasas mosquitoes that bite day and night are a serious annoyance.
==Get out==
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A good website to find accurate information about the transportation etc. is http://infotogian.weebly.com/togian-islands.html. The Black Marlin Dive Resort (www.blackmarlindiving.com) has also a good website with informations how to get out and in.

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