[6D5N] Togean Islands (by speedboat)

Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Jalaluddin Airport, Gorontalo

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Sulawesi Utara: [6D5N] Togean Islands (by speedboat)

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GORONTALO
Gorontalo is nestled in the calm waters of the northern shoreline of the Tomini Bay, on the southern fringe of Sulawesi's protective northern arm. Here the weather is balmy and equatorial, the landscape punctuated by chains of mountains. Being the main gateway to the diving mecca of the Togean Islands and only a 1-hour flight from Manado, Gorontalo is easily reached and often passed through. There are many small islands around the north and the south of the province, 67 of which have been identified and named. In 1525, with Portuguese assistance, three small rock fortresses were built overlooking the waters of Lake Limboto. Still in place today, the Fort Otonaha complex has commanding views.

Around April 2017, 13 whale sharks came to Botuborani, Gorontalo. As per the locals, it was the largest group of whale sharks of many sizes that they have ever seen. It was then they decided to inform the Ministry of Maritime and WWF to check this phenomenon. As one of the biggest type in sharks family, whale sharks (Rhincodon Typus) are more likely to be found in the tropical water, as they like the warmer ocean with temperature minimum 22 degrees Celcius, and rarely to be found below that. Their length could reach 12 meters or more, and weighed tons.


TOGEAN ISLANDS
The Togian (or Togean) Islands are a picturesque archipelago of 56 islands and islets, 30 km south of the equator, located in the Tomini Bay. There are 37 villages on the islands, with one settled by the Bajau people and also one volcano which was formed by the short, broad Colo Volcano, whose summit rises just 500 meters above sea level, with a 2-kilometre wide caldera.

[6D5N] Togean Islands (by speedboat) starting at Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Formed by volcanic activity, the islands are covered by lush rainforest and surrounded by ancient coral reef formations. Water temperature average 31 degrees Celsius and in perfect sea and weather conditions (which is often), the average underwater visibility is up to 45 meters. Both the terrestrial and marine ecosystems teem with exotic wildlife - much of which is extremely rare or endangered have attracted many divers to come by. Various type of coral of the world can be found here (Fringing reef), barrier reef, Patch Reef and atone. Admirable places for snorkelling and diving. 

In Togean islands we shall also spot various types of fauna, such as Togian Macaque, the babirusa, the Sulawesi Hornbill, Tarsius, Coconut Crab and hanging parrots.


ITINERARY
Following is the tentative itinerary. The final itinerary will be adjusted according to our flight schedule and will be emailed to confirmed participants nearer to the travel date. :)

DAY 1: JAKARTA – GORONTALO – TOGEAN (L,D)
Take 02.10 morning flight to Gorontalo. Reach Gorontalo around 6.30 am and transfer to Marina Port (about 3 hours) to take the speedboat across to Togean Island ( about 1 hour). Check-in. Rest and wash up. Free time.

DAY 2: TOGEAN ISLANDS (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will go to the jellyfish lake, snorkelling and also island hopping (Pulau Hantu Dan Soft Trekking Ke Pantai Barakuda). End the day at Karina beach before heading back to our accommodation

[6D5N] Togean Islands (by speedboat) starting at Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia
DAY 3:
 TOGEAN ISLANDS (B,L,D)
After breakfast, get ready for snorkelling at California Reef, Reef 1, 2 and 3! Before that, we will visit the Bajau Village on Papan Island. Get back to our accommodation for sunset.

[6D5N] Togean Islands (by speedboat) starting at Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

DAY 4:
TOGEAN ISLANDS – UNAUNA (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will take a speedboat to explore Una Una Islands (1-2 hours). We will do a little bit trekking here to explore the Gunung Api Una Una. For those who don't want to trek, can stay back and relax or snorkeling around the house reef. Stay overnight at Una-una.

[6D5N] Togean Islands (by speedboat) starting at Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

DAY 5: UNA-UNA – GORONTALO
 (B,L)
After breakfast, we will travel back to Gorontalo by speedboat (around 1 hour) and go to Botuborani to see the Whaleshark then travel back to Gorontalo. Stay overnight at Gorontalo.

DAY 6: GORONTALO (B)
Get ready to check out and transfer back to the airport.


Note:
Sequence of the itinerary may subject to change, if necessary.

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FLIGHT INFORMATION
(Do not make any flights booking until the trip is confirmed)

Return Domestic flight cost around S$390
[6D5N] Togean Islands (by speedboat) starting at Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

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