Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, and many of its 17,000 islands are famed for their beauty. Sulawesi’s Togian Islands, though, may be the best of the lot. Home to some truly world-class snorkelling and diving, these unspoilt islands are great for getting away from the chaos of urban Indonesia. Electricity is irregular, there is no internet connection, and phone signal is sporadic. This, combined with the islands’ friendly people and abundance of great resort hotels, makes the Togians perfect for a tropical island getaway.
The Togian Islands are an archipelago of 56 islands and islets, in the Gulf of Tomini, off the coast of Central Sulawesi, in Indonesia. The three largest islands are Batudaka, Togean, and Talakatoh. There are 37 villages on the islands, with one settled by the Bajo people, more commonly known as the sea gypsies.
Getting to the Togians is the biggest challenge they pose. The islands are not difficult to reach, but whichever way you come from, it takes a long time. This puts a lot of travelers off, but it is largely why they remain so unspoiled for the rest of us. There are two points of entry. The first is from Gorontalo in the north, which is the easiest route as it has an airport – however, the ferry is less frequent. The second is from Ampana in the south. Whichever way you come, you will probably arrive in Wakai, the Togians’ main transport hub on the island.
Many visitors to the Togian Islands come for one reason: scuba diving. The Togians are much quieter and less spoil than surf hot spots in places like Bali. They don’t boast the greatest biodiversity in Indonesia, but still provide good opportunities to spot sea turtles, rays and sharks among much other sea life. If you’re not a diver, snorkeling trips are very popular too.
The Togians are also home to the Bajo people, a community of ‘sea gypsies’ who spend much of their lives in the water. Boat trips are available to take you to their villages, where you can meet them and buy some freshly caught seafood for lunch.
The Togian Islands are hard to reach, but worth it for the determined traveler. They are a beautifully unspoiled collection of islands, and diving and snorkeling are very popular. Cultural trips are also on offer to visit the Bajo, a community of semi-nomadic sea gypsies.
DAY 01 : MAKASSAR ARRIVAL – RAMMANG RAMMANG TOUR (L.D)
Arrival in Makassar, meeting service and transfer directly to Rammang Rammang area. Before reach the Rammang Rammang port, first we will visit the stone tower garden. You’ll find the unique landscape and the typical of tower karst. In the region, limestone hills tower high with challenging cliffs. Arriving in Rammang Rammang Port, continue with a boat trip to discover the village. While crossing the river, we can enjoy the view of towering cliffs. The village has the beautiful landscape, there are the green rice fields surrounded by karst mountains, which keeps you busy if you love photography. You will also meet friendly local people who are working on their fields. We will visit one of the local people’s house to feel how peaceful and calm staying there. Continue with visiting Leang-leang is part of hundreds prehistoric caves scattered in the hills rock. Dated approximately 4,000 – 8,000 BC. You’ll find the signs of very old civilization stored in the cave. Late afternoon, transfer to Makassar for overnight.
DAY 02 : MAKASSAR – TORAJA (B.L.D)
Morning after breakfast at hotel depart to Tana Toraja or Tana Toraja By Private Air Conditioning Transport. Tana Toraja is one of District of South Sulawesi located on mountainous area with high about 600 – 700 m above sea level, with long distance from Makassar airport about 328 Km, and take approximately 8-9 hours drive, and lunch is served at Seafood Restaurant in Pare Pare the second town of Makassar. During the trip to Tana Toraja or Tana Toraja, Beautiful Scenic such as the row of typical Makassar & Buginese Houses, hill & Mountains as well as the kind of Plantation can be passed by. Late afternoon arrive in Tana Toraja check in Hotel at free at leisure.
DAY 03 : TORAJA -TOUR (B.L.D)
After having Breakfast at Hotel, full day exploring Toraja to see the unique Culture and tradition by visiting at first : LEMO The Typical of Torajan Grave on the rock mountain with effigies stand in front it, and this grave according to Torajan history were be made at 17th Century when the torajan people began to know the tool from iron., Than SUAYA the typical Of Baby Grave which are buried in the Big tree and Beautiful scenic in around. Proceed to TAMPANG ALLO to see the Bamboo Music are plying by Children Performance, KETE’ – KESU the torajan village with the their Traditional houses and this place is also for the handicraft centre (Sculptor) Lunch is Served at local Restaurant in Toraja, and after lunch tour is continued up to BATU TUMONGA the mountainous area in Torajaland. Feel the torajan’s atmosphere and beautiful Panorama. late afternoon return to Hotel and free at leisure.
DAY 04 : TORAJA – TOUR ( B.L.D)
Morning after breakfast at Hotel. Free at leisure and tour is continued to visiting some interesting Object Such : LONDA Natural Cave as function as old Torajan Grave with some statues stand in front it. MARANTE the hanging Grave of torajan, NANGGALA Traditional Village with some traditional building Houses with Bamboo tree as back ground with a lot of bat hanging on it. Lunch is Provided at Local restaurant. If We are Lucky in this tour, we can finding the Torajan Ceremony. Proceed to Local market to see the activities of Torajan. Late afternoon return to Hotel.
DAY 05 :TORAJA – PENDOLO (B.L.D)
After breakfast at hotel Leaving TORAJA for PENDOLO Some stops on the way for the nice views . Arrive in Pendolo direclty check-in at MULIA POSO LAKE HOTEL for overnight and dinner.
DAY 06 : TENTENA – AMPANA (B.L.D)
After Breakfast Trip be proceed to Ampana the east part of Central Sulawesi. Beauty Scenic such as Sea view and Mountains area as back ground are enjoyable. Lunch is served at Local Restaurant, and late afternoon arrive in Ampana Check in Hotel.
DAY 07 : AMPANA – TOGEAN ISLAND (B.L.D)
After having Breakfast, sailing to Wakai island by Boat for half Day. Arrive in Wakai is proceed again by Speed Boat to Kadidiri Isle about 15 Minutes. Kadidiri is really Natural and Very Quite isle. Arrive in Kadidiri Check in Hotel
DAY 08 : TOGIAN ISLAND TOUR (B.L.D)
Free at leisure and relax in Quite isle, and you can make surfing. Diving, Snorkeling. Swimming , to see very beautiful Corals & Kind of Fishes or Bathing on the white Natural Sand Beach, and surely to make a memorable in your life.
DAY 09 : SECOND DAY TOGIAN ISLAND TOUR (B.L.D)
Morning after Breakfast, still free & Relax and after Breakfast Cross By Boat to Taipi Isle for Snorkeling, Diving in Other Spot. Noon, Back to Kadidiri and free at Leisure.
DAY 10 : TOGIAN ISLAND FREE PROGRAM (B.L.D)
DAY 11 : KADIDIRI – WAKAI – AMPANA – PALU (B.L)
Free at leisure, and after having Breakfast transfer to Wakai and Back to Ampana. Arrive in Ampana, directly driving to Palu. Approximately 7 hours driving. Arrive in Palu, check in at Hotel for overnight.
DAY 12 : PALU – AIRPORT (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Ontime, transfer to Hotel for your next destination flight.
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