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Five days on the Togean Islands

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One of Indonesia’s more glorious spots, the Togean islands, set within the Tomini Sea in Central Sulawesi, get a steady trickle of visitors year round, but are at their busiest in July and August, when, shock horror, a reservation may even be in order to secure that beach bungalow.

Not the easiest place to reach (from Bali you’re looking at three flights and a ferry ride just to get there), what to do once you get there? We’d suggest dedicating at least five days here. And here’s what you should consider doing.

An easy place to get stranded. Photo taken in or around Five days on the Togean Islands, Togean Islands, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

An easy place to get stranded. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The east-west running archipelago is clustered around seven primary islands, with accommodation stretched from one end to the other and while just about everywhere has their own strip of sand and perhaps a house reef, most of the activities will involve boats to get there.

While some of the resorts offer good off-the-beach snorkelling, doing a snorkelling trip is a great way to pass a half- or full-day. Depending on where you are staying, you may just be taken to one spot, or a handful and, the further you want to go, obviously the more it will cost. Trips tend to rely on a minimum of four passengers. If you’re staying between Kadidiri and Malenge a snorkelling trip is easily combined with a trip to jellyfish lake and Karina Beach. As far as coral is concerned, the standards can be very mixed—some of the reefs are in quite poor conditions—but expect plenty of fish. To the far west, Taupan and Pasir Tengah and Bomba Atolls offer excellent snorkelling (and diving). Other popular destinations for snorkelling trips include Pulau Taipi (near Kadidiri) and a series of reefs off of the coast of Malenge—imaginatively named Reef 1, ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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