TOGEAN NATIONAL MARINE PARK
The Togian Islands have long been out of sight and out of mind for most, including the Indonesian government, and so remain very much undeveloped. Life continues for the majority of those that live here in a similar way to that which they have known for many years.
The islands have been in the fore front of several conservation groups minds for quite some time now. Several attempts were made to grant the Togeans national park status.
However, due the slow-moving machinations of the bureaucratic wheels within Jakarta, and the fact that any such revenues gained would go straight back to line the coffers of central government, national park status has never been achieved.
Moves are now a foot to grant local marine reserve protection rights instead. It is hoped that this will speed up the process, empower and motivate the locals to properly police the area, and bring much needed revenues to the residents of this part of Sulawesi.
Togean island - When crossing Sulawesi from South to North or North to South most travellers now choose for a stopover of at least several days at the Togian Islands.
The Togians are a picturesque archipelago of 56 islands and inlets, located in the Tomini Bay. Formed by volcanic activity, the islands are covered by lush rainforest and surrounded by ancient coral reef formations. Both the terrestrial and marine ecosystems teem with exotic wildlife - much of which is extremely rare or endangered. The reefs and coastal areas provide habitat and breeding areas for hawksbill turtle, the green turtle and the dugong.
Togian forests and skies are filled with exotic creatures such as the Togian Macaque, the babirusa, the Sulawesi Hornbill, and hanging parrots. Within this tropical paradise, 37 villages provide bright spots of gaiety and culture of several ethnicities, including the Bobongko, Togian, Suluan and the Bajau.
The Togians were declared a National Park in 2004, but there is no park administration center yet or patrols. Because a lot of people live from coconuts and not much from fishing, there is still an abundance of fish life. there seem to be some parts of the reef that were damaged by dynamite fishing,but it didn’t see any actual damage.
The archipelago is located in Tomini gulf, lies between Ampana town in Central Sulawesi province, and Gorontalo city in Gorontalo Province.
WHAT TO DO
The area offer you any activities during your staying on the area. To cover all sites of Togean Island, needs more than a week staying in the area. Anyway most of travellers is doing Island hop between the Islands about five to six days. And if you just want to stay at one site of the archipelago, Wakai is a best place to stay. This area is certainly in the middle of the archipelago, so it's easy to explore the Northern sites and the southern parts of the Togeans.
DIVING and SNORKELING
Togean Island has a most complete reef formation in Sulawesi Island, from the Attol reef, Barrier reef, Wall reef, Slope reef and also clear of waters is offer you an underwater experience on the area. For the wreck divers also is a one of the place where you can dive for plane wreck.
HOW TO GET THERE
From abroad, you can booking your flights to some destination cities in Indonesia such : Manado in North Sulawesi, Jakarta in West Java, Denpasar in Bali, and Makassar in South Sulawesi, Balikpapan in Kalimantan.
and also you can directly flights from somewhere abroad to an Asia countries such us : Singapore, and Malaysia. Thailand, Vietnam.
This all flights can connect to Sulawesi Island within some International airport and Non International, such us :
- Sam Ratulangi International airport - Manado, North Sulawesi
- Sultan Hasanudin International airport - Makassar, South Sulawesi.
If you have arrive in these two area ( Makassar or Manado), you can continue by plane to Palu or Gorontalo and Luwuk, and from these places you can continue by boat to Tomini Gulf where the Togians Island.
From Palu, you can take an overnight public transportation for 09 hours to Ampana town, then get the public ferry to Togean in the morning at 10.00 am, or you can go by charter the boat.
From Manado, take a rental car and drive for 08 - 09 hours drive through the southern sites of the peninsula or crossing through the northern site to Gorontalo Ferry Harbor. Then crossing by overnight public ferry about 10 - 14 hours.
From Gorontalo, you can take a charter boat, from the ferry harbor near Gorontalo city or going to Paguat Marisa or Bumbulan to take a charter boat to Togean Island, there are also a public ferry from Bumbulan, Pohuwato-Gorontalo region.
Or you can Contact us to arrange the public car transfer and the boat or ferry transfer to Togean Island