If you imagine spending your time in Indonesia on some beautiful sandy beaches where you can view the colorful sea coral then you may want to do some exploring on the Togean Islands. These volcanic islands have been pretty well kept a secret when it comes to popular tourist destinations and that’s a bonus. The Togeans lie in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tomini and consist of 56 small islands and islets. They sit off the coast of Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi district.
There are three main islands, which are Batudaka, Talatakoh, and Togian, and there are a total of 37 villages on these magnificent islands. You’ll find a wide variety of wildlife that makes its home in and is sheltered by undisturbed and scenic jungle land. The reefs that can be found here support a wide range of marine life while the people are as friendly as can be.
The Togean Islands may be a little hard to get to, but once you’re there you’ll quickly realize it was well worth the time and effort to get there. Many visitors soon fall in love with the natural beauty and the lifestyle the islands provide and often extend their vacations since it’s a hard place to say goodbye to.
The accommodations on the islands are quite basic, but comfortable and adventurous. Most of them are wooden cottages that sit on a beach or very close to one. This means you don’t have to wander far to enjoy all of the outdoor sea and sand activities. Mosquito nets are common here and the cool sea breezes mean you’ll be able to sleep well at night without the need of a fan.
Most of the lodging on the islands also include the spectacular local cuisine. When heading out to one of the many beaches it’s a good idea to take along some refreshments and snacks. You’ll be able to purchase water, soft drinks, and beer at the local shops and lodges.
Some of the more colorful animals you may come across on the Togean Islands include green turtles, the Dugong, and hawksbill turtles. Inside the rainforest you will often see numerous types of bird species such as the Tonkean Macaque, the Togean Hawk-owl, and the Togean White-eye. A good part of the islands was turned into a national park back in 2004. This represents a total of 292,000 hectares in the sea water, including the coral reefs. A total of 70,000 hectares is on the land which includes a mangrove reservation and a forest reservation.
Since the islands are located about 25 miles from the equator you’re guaranteed warm weather all year long. The summers are quite popular because they’re always usually the driest months of the year. There isn’t an airport on the islands so you’ll need to reach them by private boat or a ferry. You can also travel from island to island this way.
The swimming, snorkeling, and fishing are among the best in the world and the fresh seafood is as delicious as it looks. If you love spending time outdoors, learning about other cultures, and being close to Mother Nature, then the Togean Islands are definitely for you.
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