Finally, almost arrived at the Toggian Island. Just three more hours of boat.
They load the boat as they can…
Here Capt’ain nine (he has only nine fingers…)
The Toggian Islands consist of a number of little and bigger islands.. They all belong to the 700 islands that constitue Indonesia. To reach the Toggian you have not many choices, as there is no direct flight to this remote part of central Sulawesi:
– Either from the south by landing at Makassar. You will need 3 days of buses to get up to Ampana and 3 to 5 other hours of local boat to get there. In that case, you may want to stay in Rantepao (where we stopped) for a few days to discover Tana Toraja culture.
– Or from north by landing at Manado. Here, it is a straight 6 to 8 hours bus/van to get to Gorontalo where you will embark into a 13 hours ferry to reach Wakai, the capital of Toggian. From there you will get a local boat to reach the island where you stay (as an example, 3 hours to reach Bomba Island, south of Toggian).
This long and adventurous trip (you can’t really book anything in advance, but make sure you come the right day because there is no boat every day of the week) make the Toggian Island a true destination far from the over-tourism you can spot when you are in Bali. It makes it special.
We stayed 6 days on a tiny island close from Bomba Island at the Poyalisa resort. We first plan to stay a few days and move onto another island (at Kalideri for example) but we loved so much the place that we decide to stay the whole week. (This is why as well it is good not to book too much in advance so we can change our mind at lower cost…)
The “resort” is located on the entire island. It is made of 9 bungalows with toilets and mandi (no real shower). At a total, there is maybe around 25 people including the staff. When we were there, we were a group of 8 to 12 guests. You share the meal, so it is quite good as you can meet new friends and share your stories.
Here our island…
With the best view from the balcony…
What have we done during these 6 days?
– Eat fish and rice for lunch et dinner every day
– Bought a kilo of lobster for 15$AU
– Snorkle on amazing reefs with thousands of different fishes, turtles and corals.
– The three “R”, Rest, relax and read
– Visit some remote fisherman villages
The view from the restroom…
– Swim around the island
– Enjoy the sunsets
– Meet lot of new people, some of them we travel with up to Bunaken island
– Go again snorkeling travelling on boats such as the one below.
Just the before the storm arrives…
Our 6 days trip has been really good and I just can recommend to anyone who is ready to overcome the trip hassle. It is one the best spot for a retreat away from our busy world. Some of the guests we met at Poyalisa were going to stay 2 to 3 months over there. There is no Internet, electricity on this island is only available from 6pm to 10pm. To call someone, you need to go to another island and climb a coconut tree to catch the signals… Hello, it’s me… where are you? On a coconut tree…
We left then to reach Bunaken Islands, north of Manado. These islands are in the top 10 of the best diving spots.
It is another story to reach them from Toggian Islands. We will go through on our next post.
See you soon, Caroline and Jacques