The following is a good and accurate guide to get to the Togean Islands.The Togean Islands do not have an airport, but the closest airports are on the mainland namely Ampana in the south, Gorontalo in the north, and Luwuk in the Southeast.
From each of these airports the journey to reach the Togean Islands is carried out by sea from the seaport. Specifically from Luwuk Airport you have to travel overland for 1 hour to reach the port of Pagimana.Flights to Ampana are carried out only from the Airport in Palu so that all flights from any city such as Jakarta, Makassar, Balikpapan, Bali and Surabaya must transit at Palu Airport. Wings Air as the only airline that serves the Palu-Ampana route flying every day commuting on the same day with a duration of about 35 minutes. And vice versa to leave Ampana by air, it is always done by transit at Palu Airport. Then the flight continues to the next destination cities such as Palu-Jakarta, Palu-Surabaya, Palu-Balikpapan / Surabaya / Jakarta, Palu-Makassar-Bali / Jakarta / Surabaya / Ambon.Unfortunately, the Togean-Ampana departures / arrivals and airplane arrivals / departures make you have to stay 1 night at Ampana (unless you rent a charter speadboad). The flight arrives late in the afternoon to be able to continue with the ship to Togean which departs early morning at 10, and the arrival of the ship at Ampana late in the evening to be able to continue the journey by plane that departs early the same day.(For the time being, flights to Ampana are not yet available because the airline has temporarily stopped this route so that reaching Ampana is done by land transportation).The flights to Gorontalo can be made directly from Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, Toli-toli, Luwuk, or Manado. If going through Gorontalo, you must ensure that the arrival of the aircraft is close to the scheduled departure of the ship to Togean which is less frequent than from Ampana.By seaTo enter by sea, there are two main entry points, namely Gorontalo from the north and Ampana from the south. In comparison, Gorontalo is more easily reached by flights from Makassar or Manado, but the distance to Togean is roughly double (more than 100 kilometers versus 40 kilometers) compared to Ampana. Boat schedules from Gorontalo are less frequent than those from Ampana. Ampana has direct flight connections to Palu (and beyond to Makassar and Jakarta) but is otherwise close to a one-day road trip from Rantepao in Tana Toraja and two days by road from Makassar.From / to GorontaloTuna Tomini departs from Gorontalo on Tuesdays and Fridays at 17:00 arriving at Wakai at 06:00 the following day. In the opposite direction, he left Wakai on Monday and Thursday at 16:00 and arrived in Gorontalo at 5:00 the next morning. Either way the economic cost is 73,000 rupiah for adults, and business class is 89,000 rupiah. If you can ensnare a four-bed cabin (two sets of beds) it is an additional 400,000-500,000 rupiah. We slept on the deck and survived.From / to BumbulanBe sure to check in Gorontalo (or with your resort) if there is a boat from Bumbulan because it is about 4-5 hours from Gorontalo by car.Cengkih Afo departs from Bumbulan on Sundays and Thursdays at 09:00, arriving at Dolong in Walea Kodi at 14:00. Then Dolong left at 16:00 arriving at Ampana at 2:00 the next day. In the opposite direction, he left Ampana on Tuesday and Friday at 21:00, arrived at Dolong at 07:00 the next morning then departed again at 08:00 and arrived at Bumbulan at 13:00. Either way the economic cost is 22,000 rupiah for adults, and business class is 35,000 rupiah.From / to AmpanaNow because Ampana has an airport with flight connections to Palu (and subsequently to Makassar and Jakarta), Ampana is the preferred gateway to the Togean Islands with several ferry and speedboat options to choose from, such as:Mulia Puspita Sari Ampana's ship goes to Togean, leaving Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Departing at Ampana at 10:00 arriving at Wakai at 14:00, Katupat at 16:00, Malenge at 17:15, Popolii at 19:15 and Dolong at 20:30. On his way back, he left Dolong on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 22:00 arriving at Popolii at 22:45 and Malenge at 23:00 where he remained tethered until 5:30 (you can sleep on the boat) when then left for Katupat, arrived there at 6:30, then Wakai at 8:00 and Ampana at 14:00. These times apart from the initial departure time are only estimates and are subject to weather conditions. Ampana Express, the fare is Wakai 65,000 rupiah, Katupat 70,000 rupiah, Malenge 75,000 rupiah and Popolii and Dolong 80,000 rupiah.
If you are in a bit of a hurry, the fast boat Wamburabura serves almost the same route and takes about six hours faster. From Ampana, he departs on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Departing at Ampana at 10:00 arriving at Wakai at 12:00, Katupat at 13:00, Malenge at 13:30, Pulau Papan at 13:45, Popolii at 14:15 and Dolong at 14:30. In the opposite direction, he leaves Dolong on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 06:30 arriving at Popolii at 06:45, Pulau Papan at 07:15, Malenge at 07:30, Katupat at 08:00, Wakai at 08:30 and Ampana at 11:00. These times, other than the initial departure time, are only estimates and are subject to weather conditions. Ex Wakai, the fare is Wakai 90,000 rupiah, Katupat 100,000 rupiah, Malenge 110,000 rupiah, Pulau Papan 110,000 rupiah and Popolii and Dolong 120.
Importantly, neither Puspita Sari nor Wamburabura will stop at Bomba or resorts west of Wakai, so you should get off at Wakai and retreat if you use one of these services, or use one of the speedboat services (see below).
There are two speedboat services operating between Ampana and Wakai, Cahaya Manakara and Hercules. Hercules left Ampana at 09:00 and Cahaya Manakara left at 13:00. Each service takes about 1.5 hours to reach Wakai and about half to reach the resorts around Bomba. In the opposite direction, Hercules left Wakai at 13:00 and Cahaya Manakara departed at 09:00. Both of these services charge 130,000 rupiah one way - regardless of where you get off. Both will descend on Bomba Divers, Poya Lisa and Island Retreat. For Poki Poki ask to be dropped off at Bomba Divers and they will pick you up from there (prior arrangement is recommended).
In high season, this speedboat fills up quickly so it is advisable to book tickets a day or more in advance. If it's full or doesn't stop by to pick you up, a chartered to Ampana can cost more than 1,000,000 rupiah (depending on where you are from). When the weather is bad, they operate — often for days.
The speedboat arrival schedule at Ampana is slower than the flight schedule to Palu, so if you want to fly out, you must spend the night at Ampana.
Finally there is a regular cargo service between Bomba and Labuhan port to the east of Ampana, departing from Labuhan on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 09:00 and arriving at Bomba at 12:00; in the opposite direction, they left Bomba on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 09:00, arriving in Labuhan around 12:00.
In practice, this ship departs every day, with sometimes three or four ships departing every day. Ask at Ampana or at your guesthouse at Togeans to get the latest information in this matter; don't rely on them every day if you plan from afar. The charge is 35,000 rupiah. Remember that service to and from Labuhan doubles as a cargo service and you might spend a lot of time (like hours) waiting for ships to be loaded and unloaded ..
From / to Una Una
The access point to Una Una is not Gorontalo or Ampana, but Wakai. A public ship departs from Wakai for Una Una on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, leaves Wakai at 08:00 and arrives at Una Una at 11:00. In the opposite direction, he left Una Una at 07:00 and entered Wakai at 10:00. The fare in both directions is 35,000 rupiah.
If you head further south to Central and South Sulawesi, you must go via Ampana. Examples of goals for Ampana include:
Luwuk: A minivan departs daily at 08:00, takes seven hours and costs 150,000 rupiah.
Makassar: Departs every day at 23:00, takes about 30 hours and costs 280,000 rupiah. This bus runs through Tentena, Pendolo and Palopo. If you plan to do this in one hit, we suggest considering flying to Makassar via Palu because the price of a plane ticket is quite affordable if ordered beforehand.
Palu: Departs every day at 10:00 and 17:00, takes 10-12 hours and costs 150,000 rupiah.
Poso: Departs every day at 10:00 and 17:00, takes four hours and costs 85,000 rupiah.
If heading north to Manado and Bunaken, you have to go through Gorontalo, which has flight and bus connections to Manado, although many prefer to rent a Kijang rather than take a bus.
Head to your resort
If you have made a reservation, your resort might pick you up in the village that is most comfortable for them - they must tell you where and they may require a minimum stay to pick you up for free. If you don't have a reservation, they have a boat there to pick up passengers from the ferry. If there is no pickup from the restaurant, you can always offer to pay a local boat to take you to the resort. Boat charters, especially if you are the only passenger, can be expensive.
Basically accommodation in Togean is divided into groups.
1) The most western resorts (so Island Retreat, Poya Lisa, Poki Poki, Bomba Divers) use the speedboat service from Ampana.
2) Any resort in Kadidiri, via Wakai (both from Gorontalo or Ampana).
3) Resort near Katupat, Malenge, and Walea Kodi (up to Dolong or Popolii), the service from Ampana is better than Gorontalo because you will be closer to the direction you are going before you have to deal with charters. In high season, when they are most likely to be other travelers to your island, it is not too bad because you can share the fare, but in low season, rental fees can easily reach 600,000 from Wakai to Malenge (for example), further still to Walea Kodi.
Local inter island boat is not very comfortable. For example, if you come from Malenge or Katupat by public boat and want to go to Gorontalo by the Tuna Tomini night ferry, you have to leave your resort early in the morning and then wander all day waiting in Wakai ... and there isn't much to do in Wakai to spend time.To get past this tedious arrangement, many travelers choose to charter charters - either through their resort, or independently. The time taken will vary somewhat depending on the conditions and size / strength of your ship, so take the following as a rough estimate. The prices below are for one-way trips and entire ships - there is some room for bargaining, especially if you only have one or two people, while if you have four or more, prices can increase.Also note that these ships do not have life jackets and at night often do not have any navigation lights.Wakai to Lia / Pulo Tiga Beach: 900,000 rupiah 3.5-4 hoursWakai to Malenge Resorts: 500-600,000 rupiah 2-3 hoursWakai to Katupat Resorts: 400,000 rupiah 1-2 hoursWakai to Kadidiri Resorts: 100,000 rupiah for 1 hourWakai to Bomba Resorts: 500,000 rupiah 2-3 hoursWell ... Congratulations on planning your trip.
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