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The Togean islands with kids

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Sulawesi’s Togean islands are a great place to unplug and get back to nature with your kids—though you’ll have to work a bit both to get here and while you’re here to get the most out of them. These few tips kept in mind ahead of a visit might help you keep your sanity.

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It takes a long time to get to the Togeans. You’ll either have to get an overnight ferry from Gorontalo, or a speedboat from Ampana (which you can reach by flight or via a long car or bus ride from Makassar—via Rantepao and Tentena most likely—it’s legendarily awful). The archipelago is quite large—it takes around five to six hours to get from the northernmost resort to the pair of resorts furthest in the south by a two-engine wooden boat. Prepare accordingly!

Off to Bomba Atoll for a spot of snorkelling.  Photo taken in or around The Togean islands with kids, Togean Islands, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Off to Bomba Atoll for a spot of snorkelling. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Stock up on snacks—big, big time if you have smaller kids—before you get on that boat. The resorts offer three meals per day at set times as part of their compulsory full board set-up, but nothing in between. Some resorts will have a small shop but some don’t. Gorontalo has a large mall and very well-stocked Hypermart where you can even get Weetbix for those 05:30 wake-ups. Ampana has a few minimarts where you can get the usual array of Indonesian snacks but nothing much in the way of imported stuff (though they do have Cornflakes). One brainwave we had was to quit carrying around UHT milk and take powdered milk instead.

Other things you may want to pick up at this point are some fresh sketchpads and colouring pencils or textas—whatever you can get your hands on—and baby powder, which works a treat getting sand off ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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