Diving in Togian Islands
There are some places in the world that people don't seem to know about, yet when you go there you can't understand why. The Togians are such a place. Almost completely surrounded by the protective arms of central and north Sulawesi, Tomini Bay is reputedly the calmest deep water bay in the world. This is home to the undeveloped and remote Togian Islands.
Scuba diving in the Togean Islands is fantastic but the charm of the place extends well beyond the impressive dive sites: Peaceful tranquility, clean sandy beaches, sparkling seas, blue skies and no crowds.
As for the scuba diving here, well there's an awesome array of reefs, stunning underwater topography and fish diversity that some of the world's better known dive destinations could only dream of.
Then there's the variety of reef formations - isolated coral atolls with sheer deep walls, fringing reef slopes, barrier reefs, 30 or so coral gardens, deep water features such as The Crack - an awesome swim through at 50 metres, muck diving and mangrove areas, as well as a Second World War American fighter plane wreck - a B24 bomber.
The Togian Islands receive very few visitors and there are only a small numbers of locals, so the reefs are in exceptional condition. If you are looking for an idyllic tropical setting, with great diving right on your doorstep and little else to distract you, you've come to the right place. The Togean Islands are an excellent, and in no way inferior, alternative to other more popular Sulawesi dive destinations, no matter what your diving interest.
Dive Site Descriptions
Una Una - A great destination to sum up what makes the Togians a special place - huge coral and sponge formations, reefs teeming with fish, excitement and plenty of deep water action. The good visibility here means you can spot huge schools of black-tail barracuda, thousands strong, forming vast shimmering whirlpool walls. Although we can't guarantee it, blue marlins have been seen dashing through the water, and if you see one of those you certainly will never forget this place!
How to Dive the Togean Islands
The islands are pretty remote so there is no chance of doing daytrips from Manado, but they do deserve a holiday in themselves.
Diving the Togians nowadays no longer means a huge investment in time and energy to make it under your own steam to the islands. There are a number of liveaboard cruises scheduled to visit here, departing from the more easily accessible city of Manado.
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There is year-round diving in the Togian Islands. March to December is generally considered to be the best time to dive here since it is the dry season, but outside this time conditions are often excellent.
Good for: Large animals, small animals, wall diving, underwater photography, reef life and health, visibility, dive value-for-money, advanced divers and snorkelling
Not so good for: Non-diving activities
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 20 - 40m
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: ~30
Distance: 100 km south west of Gorontalo (10 hours)
Access: Togean dive resort
Recommended length of stay: 7 or 14 days
Dive Site Descriptions
For more on the detailed Togian Islands dive sites:
• Togian Islands travel information
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• Sulawesi - Indonesia
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