Archive for September, 2013

Sep 23 2013

Learning to dive on the Togean islands

Published by under Sulawesi

Nemo?

While certainly not the cheapest place to learn to dive in Southeast Asia, the Togean Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia are nevertheless a fabulous place to pick up a new skill — diving. Say hello to a variety of marine life and beautiful coral in this fairly isolated archipelago, where dive sites are blissfully uncrowded. After … read the full post

Sep 10 2013

Piers of the Togean Islands

Published by under Sulawesi

Under the pier can be nice too.

When people think tropical islands they tend to dwell on the natural stuff: the palms swaying in a breeze warm enough to keep you in a light sweat but not bring on a cardiac arrest; the powdery soft white sand that squeaks between the toes; the turquoise waters with hints of coral, fish, sharks and … read the full post

Sep 06 2013

Where to stay on Indonesia’s Togean Islands

Published by under Sulawesi

Sifa Cottage: Does that hammock have your name on it or what?

Sulawesi’s Togean Islands offer just 10 main non-package orientated places to stay, ranging from firmly backpacker-orientated bungalow operations through to midrange options. The bulk of the accommodation is to the east of Wakai, the main port in the archipelago, and it’s also in this area that you’ll find the most options for daytrips, such as … read the full post

Sep 02 2013

Exploring Danau Tempe, Sangkeng, Sulawesi

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In dry season you can walk up here.

If you’re travelling overland from Bira to Rantepao in Sulawesi, the beautiful Tempe Lake at Sangkeng makes for the perfect spot to break up the journey. The town is right on the rim of the lake and it’s easy to arrange a boat to explore. We’d heard about the lake via the guesthouse we stayed … read the full post