Togean Islands: 10 Hidden Gems of Central Sulawesi to Explore in 2023
Updated: Jan 13
Have you ever heard of the Togean Islands? Located off the coast of Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, these tropical islands are a hidden gem that offers crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and breathtaking natural beauty.
With diverse marine life, coral reefs and traditional villages, the Togean Islands are a perfect destination for travelers of all interests.
In this guide, we'll take you through the top 10 places to visit and things to do on the Togean Islands.
From diving and snorkeling at Pulau Batudaka, to relaxing on the beaches of Pulau Tomini and exploring the traditional villages of Pulau Kodingareng Keke, there is something for everyone to enjoy on these beautiful islands.
1. Dive and snorkel at Pulau Batudaka
This island is known for its great diving and snorkeling spots, boasting colorful coral reefs and a rich variety of marine life. Be sure to check out the "Three Colors" dive site for its vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life, and the "Batu Mandi" dive site for its beautiful coral formations and sea turtles.
2. Relax on the beaches of Pulau Tomini
The island is famous for its stunning beaches and beautiful sunsets. Take a stroll along the sandy shore, or relax in a hammock under the palm trees and watch the sunset over the crystal-clear waters.
3. Snorkel at Pulau Pisang
This small island is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling, with a beautiful coral reef just off the shore. Rent a snorkel and mask and explore the colorful underwater world.
4. Swim with stingless jellyfish at Pulau Kakaban
This island is home to the unique Kakaban Lake, a protected marine reserve where you can swim with stingless jellyfish. It's a mesmerizing and unique experience that you won't want to miss.
5. Unwind on the peaceful beaches of Pulau Una-Una.
This island is a great place to relax and unwind, with beautiful beaches and a peaceful atmosphere. Spend the day lounging on the white sand, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, or simply soak up the laid-back island vibe.
6. Explore the traditional villages and cultural attractions of Pulau Kodingareng Keke
The island is home to great beaches, coral reefs and traditional villages, and it offers a great opportunity to learn about the island's history and culture.
7. Relax on the secluded Dodola Beach
This island has a hidden beach surrounded by palm trees and crystal-clear waters. It's the perfect place to escape the crowds and relax in peace.
8. Take a hike on Pulau Malenge
This small island offers hiking opportunities to explore the rainforests, spot exotic wildlife, and discover hidden waterfalls.
9. Dive, snorkel and explore traditional villages on Pulau Togian
The largest island in the Togean Islands group offers many activities such as diving and snorkeling, hiking and exploring traditional villages.
Dive sites around the island include the "Togian Wall" dive site for its colorful coral reefs and diverse marine life, and the "Japanese Wreck" dive site, a World War II wreck that is now home to a variety of marine life.
You can also visit the traditional village of Batudaka and take a hike through the lush rainforest to see the island's stunning waterfalls and natural beauty.
10. Visit the cultural attractions and beautiful beaches of Pulau Benteng
This island is known for its beautiful beaches and rich cultural history, with a number of traditional villages and cultural attractions to explore. Visit the traditional village of Kampung Benteng, where you can learn about the island's history and culture, or take a boat tour to see the island's beautiful beaches and coral reefs.
Other popular attractions include visiting traditional fish markets, taking a cooking class and learning about the island's unique traditional dances and music.
How to go to the Togean Islands from Buka Buka Island?
The two traditional ways to reach the Togean Islands (or Togian Islands) are via Ampana or Gorontalo.
However, if you are already staying at Reconnect on Buka Buka Island, you can go to the Togean Island directly from there with a chartered boat.
Click here to find out more about the access to Reconnect.
What are the best places to stay in the Togean Islands in 2023?
During the pandemic, a lot of resort have closed, some of them permanently.
However, tourism is slowly recovering in the Togeans, and here is a list of the top 5 resorts that are open and easy to book in 2023:
- Sanctum Una-Una an eco dive resort located on Una-Una Island - book here
- Harmony Bay, a famous dive resort on Kadidiri Island - book here
- Kadidiri Paradise, one of the first Togean Islands Resort - book here
- Black Marlin, also located on Kadidiri Island - book here
- Sunset Beach, a lower budget option - book here
You can access all of those resorts directly from Reconnect, either for day trip experiences, or as your next destination.
The Togean Islands offer a unique and diverse experience that will be an unforgettable addition to your travel itinerary. If you're looking for a hidden gem for your next vacation, then the Togean Islands should be at the top of your list.