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Why go to the Togean Islands?

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Why would you spend a not inconsiderable amount of time trekking over land and water to visit Sulawesi’s Togean Islands?





The archipelago in the southeast region of the Tomini Sea is not the easiest place to get to… but a few compelling reasons may make you want to take the Indonesian travel plunge and exert that extra bit of effort required to get here.

Taupan reef bomb damage from fishermen. Photo taken in or around Why go to the Togean Islands?, Togean Islands, Indonesia by SBE.

Taupan reef bomb damage from fishermen. Photo: SBE

First the bad news. While the diving can be excellent, since the early 1990s, destructive fishing methods like dynamite fishing and cyanide poisoning have been widely used across the Togeans, causing a plunge in aquatic animal numbers and serious shallow reef damage. Sharks and turtles are rarely seen — especially when compared to locations like Komodo National Park, which authorities have somewhat better protected.

But onto the good news. The diving can still be top notch once you get a little deeper, particularly because the sites are so uncrowded; we didn’t see another dive boat on any of our half a dozen or so dive and snorkelling trips.

Peak hour. Photo taken in or around Why go to the Togean Islands?, Togean Islands, Indonesia by Samantha Brown.

Peak hour. Photo: Samantha Brown

We saw an eagle ray while diving at around 15 metres in one location; while snorkelling, we came face to face with resident lionfish outside a resort; and we were besieged by a pod of dolphins one morning as we zipped out to a dive site. And there are plenty of out-of-the-ordinary trips to ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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