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BOMBA, TOGEAN ISLANDS

Togean Islands are in the middle of the Tomini gulf in Central Sulawesi between Ampana and Gorontalo.

 

Our dive shop is located in the south-western part of the Togean Islands in a peaceful place just a few minutes away from Bomba village. Find us on google maps!

 

ARRIVE VIA AMPANA

Fastest and easiest way to reach us is by flying to Luwuk, either from Makassar or Manado and taking a car to Ampana. The drive takes about 4-5 h.

 

In the airport of Luwuk is usually plenty of cars and drivers waiting for customers and they can bring you to Ampana for a fee of 800.000 - 1.000.000 idr per car. But even better to prebook a car with Adnan, a very reliable agent who speaks good English. Please contact him via WhatsApp at +62 852 4210 8719.

 

Arriving via land from Tana Toraja / Lake Poso / Tentena area is also an option if you are on a Transsulawesi trip.

 

You can also fly to Palu and then take a bus or car to Ampana (10 - 12 h) if your trip does not match with Susi Airs schedule.

PUBLIC SPEED BOAT FROM AMPANA DIRECTLY TO OUR JETTY

 

We are located in the southern part of the Togeans, which means Bomba is very easy to reach from Ampana.

 

The public speed boat Hercules leaves at 9.00 from Ampana towards Bomba and forward to Wakai.

 

Please tell the captain you want to go to Araya in Bomba and he brings you directly to us. Our jetty is the big one on the right hand side. The journey takes about 40 min and costs about 130 000 idr.

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LOCAL WOODEN BOAT

There's also a local boat connections (about 75 000 idr) to Bomba or a nearby village (Molowagu, Kuling Kinari or Siatu) almost every day. The boats leave at 10am from pelapuhan Molowagu and Labuan in Ampana. 

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FROM GORONTALO / WAKAI

If you come from the north, the ferry Tuna Tomini runs two times a week Tuesdays and Fridays from Gorontalo to Wakai.

 

From Wakai you can charter a local boat towards Bomba (about 500 000 idr / 3 h) or come to us with the public speed boat Hercules at 12:00. They can stop directly in our jetty. The journey takes about 45 min and costs 130.000 idr.

LEAVING TO AMPANA OR WAKAI AND GORONTALO

Leaving from us to Wakai or Ampana is pretty much the same as the arrival.

To Ampana: Hercules can stop in our jetty around 12.45.

To Wakai: Hercules can stop in our jetty in the morning around 9.45 am

 

The journeys takes about 45 min and costs 130.000 idr. A booking is required, we can help with that!

The ferry Tuna Tomini runs to Gorontalo from Wakai on Mondays and Thursdays, leaving in the afternoon and arriving in the morning. 

GOOD TO KNOW

 

In general Sulawesi is still very unspoilt and usually people are trustworthy. Also the prices are usually the same for locals and for tourists and there is little need to haggle. But with increasing tourism there are already unofficial touts/tourist guides in the harbours who might give you wrong information about the accommodations. Do not pay accommodations or dives directly to them, also don't buy any boat tickets from them. 

 

If arriving via Ampana, always buy the speed boat tickets only from the official stand inside the big white harbour building. We would anyways recommend not to buy the return ticket in advance unless you will for sure be going back to Ampana in the next few days. Due to weather conditions or change of travel plans you might be taking another boat back to Ampana.

If you want to prebook a car or a speed boat, we can highly recommend mr. Adnan, a very reliable agent who speaks good English and resides in Ampana. Please contact him via WhatsApp at +62 852 4210 8719.

If coming via Gorontalo airport, make sure your luggage is in the same car with you. We have heard there has been a luggage scam going on where your luggage "accidentally" ends up in the wrong car when leaving the airport and you have to pay their transport extra to the hotel or harbour.

As the Togean islands are a national park, all the visitors have to contribute to the National park funding by paying an entry fee of 150 000 idr in the national park office in the harbour + additional 50.000 idr tourism fee. The money goes to the conservation of the islands. 

All transportation schedules are subject to change without prior notice.