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Togean Islands

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  • Jellyfish lake and Karina Beach
    4 stars

    Caused by a big and presumably sudden geological change that sealed off the lake, Jellyfish Lake (real name Mariona Lake) is what it says on the can -- a large lake full of jellyfish. Isolated from predators for untold jellyfish generations, they've lost the ability (and need) to sting and so the ... read more

  • Snorkelling trips
    4 stars

    Most resorts can organise snorkelling trips, either to specific destinations the group requests or to a set route determined by the resort. Generally a snorkelling trip will require a minimum of four people (or at least four seats paid for) and will come in a half-day or full day flavour. Prices ... read more

  • Hotel California
    4.5 stars

    Set an hour from Kadidiri, Hotel California is an atoll due north of Wakai that's home to nothing but three fishing shacks, a single stone outcrop with a lone palm tree and some quite solid snorkelling. This is one of the few sites that is more popular with snorkellers than divers (due to the ... read more

  • Una Una
    4 stars

    Pulau Una Una should really be called Pulau Colo, as that's the name of the volcano that encompasses most of the island and spectacularly exploded in 1983. Today it's a popular stop for diving trips and less so for snorkelling, but it's also possible to arrange to climb the peak. To do so you'll ... read more

  • Diving on the Togeans
    4 stars

    While the Togeans are popular with beach lovers and snorkellers, it is the diving here that gets the best reports. As with snorkelling, some of the reefs are in quite poor condition thanks to cyanide and dynamite fishing, but the more isolated and deeper sites do serve up good ... read more

  • Pulau Taipi
    4 stars

    This small island sits about 30 minutes by boat northeast of Kadidiri and is well regarded for its house reef and a back outer reef. The island was once home to a resort owned by the same family behind Kadidiri Paradise but it's been abandoned and is now slightly eerie -- and we saw it on a sunny ... read more

  • Pulau Taupan
    4.5 stars

    One of the top snorkelling and diving spots at the far east of the archipelago, a trip to Pulau Taupan is highly recommended for those staying at Island Retreat or Poya Lisa. The island is home to a single village on the east coast and two lovely white sand beaches running down the east coast. ... read more

  • Visiting a sea gypsy village
    3 stars

    Island Retreat organises trips to a nearby sea gypsy village, where some of the staff live. If you've not had much experience visiting Indonesian coastal villages, it's worth doing to get a flavour of what life's like by the sea. At this village, fish farms are set up by the formerly nomadic ... read more

  • Hornbill trip
    3.5 stars

    A trip to Tumbulawa on Batudaka at around dusk is usually tied in with seeing the sea gypsy village. Here, at around 17:30 or 18:00, dozens of hornbills glide home to sleep in the trees. The day we went there would have been close to 200 swooping over our heads to land. Most of the village ... read more


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