Bunaglows in a row, Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bunaglows in a row, Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bunaglows in a row, Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia


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The Togean -- or Togian -- Islands are an archipelago in the southeast region of the Tomini Sea in northern Sulawesi. Famous for both their difficulty to reach and diving, the archipelago is formed by seven primary islands situated near the centre of a global hotspot of biodiversity known as the coral triangle. Home to a great number of rare marine and terrestrial species, most tourists who come here are divers or snorkellers hoping to see some of the world's best marine life in unspoiled surroundings.

Are the surroundings unspoiled? Not really. While above the water, the islands are beautifully little developed and unspoiled, below the waves it's a different story. Since the early 90s, highly destructive fishing methods like dynamite fishing and cyanide poisoning have been widely used in the Togeans, causing a steep decline in fish numbers and immense shallow reef damage.

Sharks, other large fish, and turtles are rarely seen -- especially ... Read our complete Togean Islands travel guide

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