Gone Diving!

Some will celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day tomorrow in parades but not me. Tomorrow I shall be in the Togians diving.

Where’s that, you may ask. Don’t worry if you don’t know. I didn’t either until my diving group Orbit decided to go there. Since then I’ve mugged up on the place and the Togians are a group of island is the midle of Tomini Bay, in central Sulawesi (see map to righ, its SSW from Gorontalo).

To increase the diving envy factor here’s a description of the diving and some photos from the Dive the World website:

Perhaps the greatest feature of diving in the Togian Islands is the incredible diversity of reefs to explore here. It is the only dive destination in Indonesia, and one of the very few places in the world, to boast coral atolls, fringing reefs, barrier reefs, as well as artificial reefs – wreck diving.

Schooling trevally - Dive the World - Togians

The wealth of riches the Togians possess is enough to make any other travel destination jealous. As well as the reef systems, there are 30 or so coral gardens, reef slopes, deep walls, sandy slopes, deep water features such as The Crack – an awesome swim through at 50 m, mangroves, sea grasses, muck diving, and easy house reefs – all easily accessible from the local resorts. The quite isolated Togian Islands receive very few visitors and there are only a small numbers of locals, so the reefs are in exceptional condition, and have terrific diversity.

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.

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 Togians are an excellent, and in no way inferior, alternative to other more popular Sulawesi dive destinations, no matter what your diving interest.

Will report on whether the diving lives up to the hype when I return next week, hopefully with some good photos as well. In the meantime Happy Independence Day to land lubbers and, if you’re a diver, dive safe.

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