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Learning to dive on the Togean Islands

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While certainly not the cheapest place to learn to dive in Southeast Asia, the Togean Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia are nevertheless a fabulous place to pick up a new skill—diving. Say hello to a variety of marine life and beautiful coral in this fairly isolated archipelago, where dive sites are blissfully uncrowded.

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Learning to dive on the Togeans may be more expensive than what you’d pay at a busier diving hub like Ko Tao, but the diving is generally far less crowded. So for this isolation, you do pay a premium.

Off for a spot of diving at Taupan. Photo taken in or around Learning to dive on the Togean Islands, Togean Islands, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Off for a spot of diving at Taupan. Photo: Stuart McDonald

A PADI Open Water course goes for around 5,500,000 rupiah on the Togeans. We saw it at Bomba Divers for 5,100,000 rupiah, at Black Marlin for 5,800,000, for 5,500,000 at Kadidiri Paradise and E340 (around 5,800,000) at Sifa Dive Resort. Over on Una Una, Sanctum Dive charges 5,400,000 while Pristine Paradise charges 5,500,000. Note all these prices were taken from their websites, please contact the operators directly for details and don’t use price as the sole determinant on who to use.

The Togeans are not Ko Tao, where you can walk down the road and compare 10 dive shops in an hour. Do your research online and ideally with a few current personal recommendations in hand. If a centre is specifically recommended to you, check that the instructor concerned is still working there—great people leave and are perhaps replaced by those ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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