In October, 2019 I will be traveling to the Togeans to see an Indonesian friend who lives on one of the islands. He says,"Jangan kuatir!" (don't worry) but I'm interested in other travelers experiences with the topics listed below. Also wondering if anyone else on this forum is going in October. The good folks at Travelfish have helped me figure out my inter-island air and boat transport – thank you, Stuart!
1) Safety and reliability of "speedboats" from Amapana to Wakai and "motor canoes" from Wakai to smaller islands. I'm aware of "jam karet" (rubber time) and the likelihood of long waits and disrupted boat schedules - that doesn't bother me.I just want to be and feel safe.
2) Women traveling alone in the Togeans
3) I've had dengue in the past - don't want it again. Just use tons of repellant and sleep under a mosquito net every night?
4) How much cash to bring for a 5-day stay? I will not be scuba diving or doing any major commercial adventures.
5) Any anti-Western vibe to be concerned about?
6) Pickpocket/theft issues on boats with people handling my luggage?
7) Water: Do they sell bottled water on the speed boats or the “motor canoes”? How much to bring in my own camel-back or 1-litre bottles? Is there a bathroom on the speed boats- I doubt it but just wanted to ask.
#1dewilondo has been a member since 9/1/2019. Posts: 3
In answer to your questions:
1) The boats are generally small outriggers. They can flip, tho I’ve never seen that happen. I wouldn’t get on one in very rough seas, but otherwise, unless you are going out to say Una Una you’re never too far from an island...
2) No issues that I’m aware of/heard of.
3) Yes, it is a dengue area, so use repellant and a net. Just about all accommodation supplies nets.
4) Really depends on the place you are staying. Some are half or full board, so hard to say. Snacks and drinks are more expensive than the mainland, but not extortionately so,
5) None that I have encountered.
6) Never experienced this kind of problem, tho, as always, makes sense to not be flashy, keep cash on you etc.
7) No, bring your own water (a litre or so). No toilets on the speedboats I have used.
#2somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,058