The Togean Islands are located in the Togean Islands National Park area, Tojo Una-Una Regency, Central Sulawesi Province (see map of Sulawesi).
A series of beautiful islands float in the ocean protected by a bay called Tomini. The area is a transition zone between Wallace and Weber’s Imaginary Lines, offering natural wonders not to be missed. Get ready to drink more of the splendor of Celebes and see firsthand the abode of one of the ocean-dwelling tribes, namely the Bajo.
After going through a complicated geological process for millions of years, the shallow ocean floor where ancient corals lived began to be lifted little by little to form the Togean Islands as we can see today.
The Togean Islands, with 2 ecosystem areas in the form of an ocean covering an area of 292,000 hectares and a land area of 70,000 hectares. Its remote location and far from the hustle and bustle of life is actually an attraction that attracts connoisseurs of the beauty of the natural landscape and the diversity of marine life.
Map of the Togean Islands (https://dody94.wordpress.com)
The Togean Islands consist of several large islands surrounded by about 66 satellite islands. Batudaka, Togean and Talatakoh are the 3 largest and adjacent islands separated by a narrow strait. The first two islands are included in the Togean Islands National Park area.
Waleakodi and Waleabahi form a group of islands on the east side. Una-una, far apart on the northwest side about 30 km from Batudaka. Mount Colo (407 m) which is categorized as an active volcano, dominates the landscape of Una-Una Island. The Togean Islands have a high diversity of habitats, ranging from hilly forests, lowland tropical forests, coastal forests, mangrove forests, lakes, waterfalls, seagrass beds and coral reefs.
In the Togean Islands you can see mangrove forests and a stretch of patai seagrass or ‘nambo’ (seagrass bed) which is a large beach grass and a food source for dugong marine mammals. Several species of rare turtles are also found here such as the green turtle (Chelonia mygas) and the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbriocata) which make the beautiful beaches here as a place for foraging and breeding.
In Togean there are about 33 types of mangroves consisting of 19 types of true mangroves and 14 types of associated mangroves. The 33 mangrove species are grouped into 26 genera and 21 families. It is clear that in it there are various fauna that inhabit with their own uniqueness.
The single most complete coral reef ecosystem in Indonesia can only be found in the Togean Islands. There are 4 types of coral reefs, namely: fringing reef, barrier reef, ring coral (atoll) and tompok coral (patch reef) or reef wall (reef wall). There are also 35 species of butterfly fish (Chaetodontidae) that live in the vicinity as well as an indicator that the coral reefs are so healthy and unspoiled.
From the results of a survey conducted by Conservation International (CI), Allen and Mc Kenna (2001), reported that in the Togean Islands, 262 species of coral reefs, 555 species of molluscs and 596 species of reef fish were found.
Meanwhile, on the plains live protected endemic animals of Sulawesi such as tangkasi (Tarsius sp), cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), deer (Cervus timorensis), and coconut crab (Birgus latro). There are also togean monkeys (Macaca togeanus), togean monitor lizards (Varanus salvator togeanus) and togean deer pigs (Babyrousa babirussa togeanensis) which only exist in the Togean Islands.
In the air, at least 90 species of birds live, including those that are protected, such as the Sulawesi hornbill or alo (Rhyticeros cassidix) and the bondol eagle (Haliastur indus).
An active volcano can be visited on Una-una Island. The existence of a lake inhabited by stingless jellyfish on the north side of Togean Island, adds to the specialty of this area.
The beauty of the Togean Islands lies in its stunning coastal landscape. The stretch of white sand on the edge of towering coral cliffs, the gradation of the color of the sea water from green tosca to blue, a series of tiny islands formed from chunks of coral, rows of Bajo tribal houses and outrigger boats belonging to fishermen combine to form a beautiful natural harmony.
Here there are various activities you can do ranging from fishing, sailing, swimming, and of course what is interesting is diving. There are rows of small and large islands that are densely forested and inhabited by a variety of unique flora and fauna. You can also visit the settlements of the Bajoe (tribe) in Kabalutan, Pulau Six, Pulau Malenge, or in Kayome where there is an original Bajo tribe house that was abandoned by its owner and is still original built without the help of a single nail.
Kadidiri Island is the most popular island in Togean which offers beautiful beaches with snorkeling and diving locations. Kadidiri Island beach has a calm current. There are many affordable lodgings on the west coast with rows of steep rocks that are habitat for coral crabs.
On the Taipi Wall about 4 km south of Kadidiri there is a dive site in the form of a vertical rock wall that extends from North to South. You will enjoy amazing views here in the form of coral reef biota and various types of coral and colorful coral plants. Here the currents are friendly with depths varying from 5-30 meters and the water is warmed by the sun so it will make you feel at home for long under it.
Under the water close to Six Island there is a dive site in the form of the wreck of the United States B24 bomber that crashed in May 1945. The plane is in very good condition where you can see the remains of the plane’s wing propellers and one of the cabins complete with machine guns on the side. behind him. You can find the wreckage of this plane about 16 km from Kadidiri at a depth of about 14-22 m.
Those of you who are experienced diving can go down to Dominic’s Reef in the northernmost part of the Togean Islands and are at a depth of 30-40m. At this dive site you are a professional diver can find a variety of depths up to the level of opacity at a depth of 40m.
Those of you who are not yet interested in diving under the sea, why not try fishing, explore the natural forest on Malenge Island. Or you can also visit Mount Colo on Una-Una Island as well as an alternative tourist activity. You can also do cultural tourism activities by visiting the settlements of the Bajo people in Kabalutan.
The route from Jakarta to Togean is: Jakarta-Palu-Ampana-Togean. From Jakarta to Palu you can use Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Garuda Indonesia planes, from Sukarno Hatta Airport Cengkareng to Mutiara Airport in Palu about 3 hours. The road trip from Palu to Ampana via Poso is about 375 km or a 10 hour road trip. The length of your trip will be accompanied by the beauty of the mountains of coffee plantations and the beauty of the beaches on the Equator.
Next continue the journey by boat from Ampana to Wakai and Malenge. The regular schedule of this boat is every day at 10.00-11.00. By knowing the boat departure schedule, you can determine the time and direction of your tour.
Jakarta-Luwuk-Ampana-Togean. Luwuk has an airport and serves flights from Surabaya and Makassar (Ujung Pandang). From Luwuk to Ampana it is closer about 4-5 hours by road.
If you come from Gorontalo, you can travel to Marisa and then take a boat to Dolong or Wakai. From Gorontalo the boat only sails every Wednesday, while from Ampana the boat sails every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Upon arrival in Ampana, you can directly come to the Office of the Togean Islands National Park Office on Jalan Poros Uemalingku Atas, Ampana Kota District. Here you can ask for information about the Togean Islands National Park, the full address is below.
More information contact
Togean Islands National Park Center (BTNKT)
Jln. Raya Poros Uemalingku, Uentanaga Atas Village, Ampana City District, Tojo Una-Una Regency, Central Sulawesi Province.
Tel./Fax.: +62464- 22087 or +6281342036000
Email : [email protected]