Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine May 2019 - Page 110

Travel / Archipelago Journal / ON THE MAP 1 Togean National Park is comprised of six large and some 60 small islands in the Gulf of Tomini, Central Sulawesi. Getting to the remote Togean National Park is an adventure in itself. From Jakarta, I first flew to Palu, the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi, before continuing my journey overland to Ampana. From there, I crossed by boat to the Togean Archipelago. E/ As the islands are in the Gulf of Tomini, they can be accessed from several neighbouring places, namely Central Sulawesi, Gorontalo and North Sulawesi. However, the most popular routes are via Ampana or Gorontalo. Situated in the ‘coral triangle’, an area with the largest diversity of coral and coral-reef fish in the world, it is unsurprising that the Togean Islands are a magnet for divers. Among the many dive spots is the famous Una-Una, where giant coral form an enchanting home for plentiful rainbow-coloured fish as they dart about the seabed. High visibility makes it easy to spot the marine life – watch out for schools of black-tailed barracuda, blue marlin and turtles. If you’re lucky, you may even see whale sharks. The Togean Islands consist of six large islands and 60 smaller ones. As well as diving and snorkelling, you can while away your time island-hopping and exploring. 108  ituated in the ‘coral triangle’, S an area with the largest diversity of coral and coral-reef fish in the world, it is unsurprising that the Togean Islands are a magnet for divers.