Finally I write again. Its my first post in 2012. I didn’t write for long time because last year I was busy with my goal to graduate from uni. I graduated from dentistry on December 2011, now im dentist ^^. After graduated, I visited my parents in Palu-Central Sulawesi. After that, I moved to Bali to get English course and also to refresh mind. I’ve been there for three and half months. I’ve got a lot new experience there, met many new friends from around the world, explored some places I’ve never been before, party a lot and of course improved my English.
I left Bali in the end of June and visited my parents again in Palu. Well,bit bored actually cause not many interesting place around the town and also I missed to have trip again, so I decided to visit Togean island, lucky, I also have best friend who work in the main town of Togean. Togean island located in Tojo Una district, Central Sulawesi. I started my trip from Palu (capital city of Central Sulawesi). I took mini bus (Touna Travel, cost 110K ruphias) to get to Ampana (main town of Tojo Una district). I started from Palu at 5.30pm and arrived at 3am. I stayed one day in Ampana, cause no ferri go to Wakai (main town in Togean island) that day. Ferri schedule on Tuesday, Thursday – cost 40K for business class and 35K for economy class. Beside ferri, there are some wooden boat available too (cost 40K) named Lumba-lumba and Puspita-the schedule on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. I through the sea by ferri on Thursday (120712). The ferri took about 3,5-4 hours to arrive in Wakai.
In Wakai, I stayed 1 night at my friend’s home – my friend is a dentist in Wakai, named Ria Anbar. Wakai was a nice place with friendly people, good phone signal but poor electric – electric only on start from 6pm to 12am. In Wakai, me and my friend met the owner of “Black Marlin” – one of the most popular cottage and dive centre in Togean. We went with the owner to Kadidiri island.
Kadidiri island close from Wakai, only about 20 minutes by speed boat to get there from Wakai. FYI, Black Marlin’s speed boat always stand by in Wakai harbour to pick up visitor who wanna go to Kadidiri island (free for people who already booked their room). Kadidiri is nice islands,,,and I think the most popular island in Togean. There are 3 cottage company there, Black Marlin (dive centre available, room cost 250K per person per night), Paradise (dive centre available, best room, but unfriendly worker, cost start from 175-500K per person per night, but the room cost depend with holiday season), and Lestari (cheapest cottage, room cost start from 100K). I stayed in Paradise, because all cottage already full. Actually, Paradise was really nice place, nice room, water on everytime, but most of the consumer complain with unfriendly and uncared worker. But overall, still nice to stay there. I met Canadian couple there (Heather and Shawn), some German guys, woman from Mexico (Conny), woman from England (Jane), man from California (Peter) and yah, finally a visitor also from my country (Jopi). I also met and talked with some worker there (Farid and Eli), really nice to know them. I think that’s the rule when u have trip, meet and interact with many people include the local people – u will find many easiness for sure. When we talked each other, a worker offered us for the “snorkeling trip”. Boat rent cost 800K, and we were about 7 persons, so we paid 115K per person include lunch – unfortunately exclude snorkeling equipment. Strange, u r in snorkeling trip but exclude the equipment (snorkeling equipment rent cost 30K). In the night, Black Marlin and Lestari cottage made bonfire and that was really nice moment, we was singing, talking and dancing under the dark sky with awesome stars and moon light.
Next day, we started the snorkeling trip. We started at 8.30am. First, we wnt to Karina beach. People said the beach is the most beautiful beach in Togean. Well,,for me its nice, but I’ve seen more beautiful beach than it. We had snorkeling there for 1 hour, and after we continued to the island with awesome laguna. The boat stopped in the middle of the sea,so we needed to walk for a bit. While walked, I wasn’t carefull so I got coral’s prick (well, till now im not sure is it coral or what). There are 5 prick point under my foot and it was really hurt, bit bleeding, and made me cant walk well. But it didn’t make me unexcited to see the laguna. Wow, the laguna in the middle of the island was really nice and beautiful, we swim around to watch the unpoisoning jellyfish (I thought its only in Berau), one word “amazing”.
We continued the trip again to Pangempa island (around 30 minutes from Kadidiri). Pangempa island is a nice island like Kadidiri. Only one cottage available there named Fadhilla cottage, and for me it was the best cottage from all. In front of the island,there is one small village named Katupat. In Pangempa, there are some coconut tree,and if u want drink and it the coconut, just tell it to the worker so they will climb and take it for u for free. Fadhilla cottage has so friendly worker, and they always care with the visitor. The owner also friendly and always talk active with the visitor. We only took our lunch there cause we have to continue the trip to another island. We planned to get snorkeling in the atol and also visit Malenge island. In Pangempa I met Eli so I invited him to join us.
The trip to the atol was nice first,but then sky became bit dark, waves became worse, so in the middle trip we decided to cancel snorkeling to see atol – we went to Malenge island directly. Trip to Malenge took long time,,,around 45 minutes. I saw many islands with white sand, also island with small village, and it was so interesting. I talked with the motorist and Eli about the empty islands. They said, to buy one island need about 250 hundred million ruphias. Its not expensive for an island I think. I also asked them about “Tanjung Kramat” – the most expensive, exclusive, and private island owned by Italian. They said to get there u need to pay about 2million ruphias per person per night. People who not stay there cant get the island, cause they have security who will chased u if u come in 500 meters from the island. We kept the conversation till I saw very nice blue sea….wow its like giant swimming pool,,,awesome !!! After the boat got the pier, I was so excited to walk around the island. Wow!!! Really nice. There is only one cottage there too named “Lestari cottage” (room cost start from 100K per nite per person) – the owner and the workers so friendly too. I walked to the pier in front of the island, and my eyes catched a very long long long bridge…I followed the bridge and it stop in the small other island where “Bajo” people lived – Bajo is a people community who lived on the sea.
Time already in 5 pm,time to back cause only one room available, so only Conny stayed there. We back to Pangempa island. In the middle of the trip, waves became worst and sky became so dark…After 50 minutes more, finally we arrived in Pangempa. We got bad news, only 1 room available too…haha. So, me, Anbar, Hetaher, Jane and Shawn will stay in one room together with 2 extra beds. Actually, the owner said that we can get guesthouse in Katupat for 100K, but we already tired and decided to stay in Fadhillah cottage (room cost 150K per nite per person). Night in Pangempa island was so nice. The environment there so different. People interacted each other – visitors and workers. We talked till midnight. Ah, btw, at that night my foot became worse and swelling. But thanks for Heather for her antiseptic cream – it was make me better.
Next day, me and Anbar back to Wakai. Eli pick us there, Jane also joined us to get phone signal in Wakai. Ah there is no phone signal after u left Wakai. U will get signal in Kadidiri, but just in some point, if u left the point even only 1 cm, u will get lose the signal…haha, interesting. Before i left Pangempa, i talked with worker in Fadhillah cottage and he told about their ptogramm named “everto – everybody for Togean”. Its about programm to save the environment in Togean. www.everto.org
In Wakai, I joined Anbar to her workplace in local clinic. I heard in Wakai there is nice waterfall,but we didn’t get there cause raining all time. So in afternoon, I just played with some local kids – Rani, Icha, and Yerni. They were so nice girls. I also taught them some Math and help them to finish their homework. I really enjoyed play with them.
Next day, our friends in Wakai (Ais and Laurens) invited us to join to Kadidir,,,well, nice invitation – free ^^ . We joined them to Kadidiri. Kadidiri more quiet and not so many people cause most visitors already left. We unplanned to sleep over there, but ya ya ya, we got jackpot, after swim boat already left and no choice, we have to stay. But the problem is, we didn’t have clothes to change. Ya, fortunately, we talked with some workers also with the dive instructor there (Dalton), and they help us to get soap, shampoo, and clothes – once again the easiness when u knew local people. But the best jackpot that night, Ais (son of the Black Marlin’s owner) gave us room for free. Perfect!!! It was my last night in Togean cause tomorrow I have to leave Wakai with ferri. In my last night I talked with some new friends again… Some of them are dive instructor in Kadidiri. It was so cool I thought cause they still young (20) and already had license as master dive. Cool! People there also made bonfire, so most of the visitors came to the bondfire, we was singing and talked each other. Very nice night.
Togean is nice place. I found many new experience there, met many new friends, and the most important had good interact with people there. I would like to come back there one day but after I took dive course…haha. The bad things from there is my foot. It was already 2 weeks not swelling anymore but still hurt and now it become itch . Hope it will get well soon.
So, for Indonesian,,, come on….go to Togean, explore ur country, there are so many awesome place in our Indonesia. Don’t u feel shy when people from western part already around ur country but u still stay in ur place and didn’t know anything??? So,lets visit Togean ^^