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Sulawesi and Maluku Islands June/July

  • alexalex_23

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    Hey!

    I am a 20 year old solo female adventurer. I am flying into Denpasar on June 15. I am looking to pass through Bali and catch a Pelni ship to Makassar in South Sulawesi then travel North. If I have time I will visit the Maluku Islands on the way back. I am keen to see the Tana Toraja, the Togean Islands and do some diving. If anyone has a similar itinerary or wants to come along between June 15 and July 9 just let me know.

    Cheers!

    Alex :)

    #1 Posted: 10/4/2012 - 02:26

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  • irma1786

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    oww...i wish i could join u. unfortunately our schedule is different. i would be in sulawesi on aug after muslim celebration (idul fitri). i am planning to visit togean and toraja too.

    let me know if somehow u are in the same road with me

    btw, if u like diving and u want to go a litle bit far, u could go to wakatobi. u can find information about that place here :
    http://www.divetrip.com/wakatobi/wakaphot.htm
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/wakatobi

    cheers
    irma

    #2 Posted: 17/4/2012 - 13:56

  • SBE

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    Just a heads up.

    When people say Wakatobi they usually mean Hoga. Hoga is full of wealthy marine biology students doing the Operation Wallacea thing in summer (during summer university break) Accommodation prices will be sky high when the rich students are about and you're not even sure of getting a bed.

    #3 Posted: 17/4/2012 - 15:10

  • irma1786

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    actually, in the link that i gave b4 its already mention that wakatabi contains islands. i think 4 island if i am not mistaken. wakatobis is the abrev for those islands. only one island that pretty much a resort. very expensive resort. but the rest are not. even its quite empty islands from what i heard

    another tips, u could go to bira beach and takabonerate too. bira for snorkling and takabonerate for diving

    cheers
    irma

    #4 Posted: 18/4/2012 - 06:19

  • SBE

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    Yeah I know, I've been there twice. [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]

    WaKaToBi = Wangiwangi (AKA as Wanci, which is where the expensive hotel is), Kaledupa (where you have to get a motorized canoe from to get to Hoga because there are no public ferries) , Tomea and Binongko.

    Hoga is a small island where most tourists stay. The first time I went we had the whole island to ourselves for two weeks because it used to be a royal pain to get to. Couple of years back Lion Air started flying to BauBau and Express Air started doing flights all the way to Wanci. Don't know what their current flight schedule is but in 2010 the plane arrived too late to get the ferry public ferry to Kaledupa. You either had to spend a night in the expensive resort on Wanci or charter a boat to get to Hoga.

    Have you been to Takabonerate? I heard the reefs there had been severely damaged by dynamite fishing?

    #5 Posted: 18/4/2012 - 06:57

  • irma1786

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    deffinetely my next destination. in aug me and my friend will explore sulawesi coz too many places that we plan (me and my friends) to visit and with strict schedule probably for this trip we will go to some places near makassar, we will fly from jakarta to makassar. spent a day in makassar then go to bira, takabonerate, then turn around to toraja, and probably togian if we have time.

    a litle bit chaos with ittinarary [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]

    cheers,
    irma

    #6 Posted: 18/4/2012 - 07:32

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    I'd be interested to hear what you think of the diving in Takabonerate.

    I've been to the Togeans loads of times but never in peak season. The last time I was on Bolliangga (which is a bit more difficult to get to than Kadidiri so it gets fewer tourists) the manager said that the previous August he'd had 50 tourists a day showing up looking for accommodation. They had to sleep them 5 to a bungalow (just one double bed in each bungalow) and the others were sleeping on the beach, on the floor of the restaurant and in staff quarters. There are 5 fairly recent bungalows there and he was replacing his 2 older double bungalows at the time but there simply isn't enough space on the beach to add any more.

    If you go out of main season there's generally no problem finding somewhere to stay but in July/August the Togeans are mobbed.

    Providing water for mandis (bathrooms) must be a really major headache during August because nearly all the Togean islands catering for tourists have no water supply of their own. It has to be brought by boat from villages on inhabited islands and even in low season water is in short supply. (There are notices saying washing clothes is forbidden in some resorts)

    Anyway, up to you, just saying August is the worst month to go there in case you didn't already know.

    #7 Posted: 18/4/2012 - 08:51

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