Togean Islands is a beautiful island group in the Tomini Gulf, reachable from Gorontalo in the north and Ampana in the south. The journey to get there is long, but worth it! Togean, Batudaka and Pulau Una Una are three main Islands, total 56 small Island. Malenge, Wakai and Bomba are famous place to visit and see white sandy beaches.
Togian is home to an indigenous population known as the Bajo colloquially called “Sea Gypsys”. The Bajo are semi nomadic and rely on fishing for their income. Tours from most of the resorts will take you to visit them. Selling fresh lobsters to tourists at a fraction of what you would pay in the US, Australia or Europe is an important part of their income, so if you visit them make sure you bring cash to buy some fresh lobsters. Just make sure they are big, it’s illegal and unethical to sell/buy small lobsters and lobsters with eggs. The young people love foreign visitors and will show off their humble village and school rooms.
A fascinating cultural experience fast approaching its demise is, “Living with Sea Gypsies.” You can visit or even live with the last of the traditional sea gypsies who have endowed remarkable fishlike abilities that still baffle modern scientists.