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Directions

Lia Beach is located in the Togean archipelago (Central Sulawesi), on Waleakodi island. Waleakodi is the second to last island on the East side of the archipelago.

There are 2 main ports of entrance to the Togean Islands: Ampana at the South, Gorontalo/Bumbulan at the North. From both these towns you can reach the Togean Islands by boat.

The choice will depend on your travel itinerary, since these 2 ports serve the Togean Islands on different days.
The way to reach these ports will also depend on your starting point, knowing that there is currently no direct way to access them… That’s one of the reasons why the Togean remain so authentic!

AMPANA AIRPORT
The Ampana airport opened in April 2015. There’s no direct flight from Makassar to Ampana yet, but Wings Air (Lion Air branch) operates short flights between Luwuk, Palu and Ampana. It can save you the hassle of a time-consuming and tiring road trip to reach Ampana.

 

 

 

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To make your journey to the Togean Islands a little easier, we have fixed you some useful documents:
Sulawesi map: the Togean Islands via Gorontalo (updated in October 2016)
Sulawesi map: the Togean Islands via Ampana (currently unavailable)
Wings Air flight schedule for Togean (updated in October 2016)
Togean boat schedule (updated in June 2017)

From Ampana

1. Flights to one of the Central Sulawesi airports
From Bali/ Jakarta, daily flights serve the 3 nearest airports to Ampana: Poso, Luwuk and Palu (all of them have a stopover in Makassar, except Jakarta > Palu, which is direct).

2. Central Sulawesi airports > Ampana
By air
From Palu and Luwuk, daily flight to Ampana on Wings Air (Lion Air branch).
By road
From Poso, Luwuk or Palu, travel to Ampana by charter car or minibus (collective taxi):
– Poso: 4-5 hours
– Luwuk: 6-8 hours
– Palu: 10-12 hours
You will have to spend at least 1 night in Ampana before taking the boat to Togean.

>>>>> Night in Ampana (see the “Details” tab for our recommendation)

3. Boats Ampana > Togean
Take one of the boats to the islands (see the “Details” tab for more info):
– Taxi boat Ampana > Pulau Papan: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
– Speedboat > Ampana > Wakai: every day
– Public boat Ampana > Popolii: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday

1. Flights to one of the Central Sulawesi airports
Daily flights on Lion Air/ Wings Air from Bali and Jakarta to Luwuk, Palu and Poso, with a stopover in Makassar (Jakarta > Palu is direct).
Garuda Indonesia only flies to Makassar, you will have to pair it with a Lion Air/ Wings Air flight.

2. Central Sulawesi airports > Ampana
By air from Palu or Luwuk on Wings Air (Lion Air branch)

  • Flight Palu -> Ampana:
    Daily
    Departure: 11:35 am / Arrival: 12:25 pm
    From Rp 398.000
  • Flight Luwuk -> Ampana (via Palu):
    Daily
    Departure from Luwuk: 09:50 am / Arrival in Palu: 11:00 am
    Departure from Palu: 11:35 am / Arrival in Ampana: 12:25 pm
    From Rp 981.000
  • It’s a little detour to fly to Palu first, then to Ampana, but it’s definitely shorter than going by car from Luwuk to Ampana (see below).

By road from Poso, Luwuk or Palu
POSO
– Charter car: from Rp 700.000 (per car), about 4 hours
– Minibus: Rp 80.000/ person, about 5 hours
LUWUK
– Charter car: from Rp 900.000 (per car), about 6 hours
– Collective taxi: Rp 150.000/ person, about 8 hours
PALU
– Charter car: from Rp 1.300.000 (per car), about 10 hours
– Minibus: Rp 180.000/ person, about 12 hours

>>>>> Night in Ampana
Our recommendation: Nebula Cottages
Nebula Cottages AmpanaLocated 3 km from the Ampana harbor and 1 km from the airport, Nebula Cottages is a nice recent hotel with spacious wooden cottages surrounded by coconut trees. All rooms have a private bathroom with hot shower.
Prices (breakfast included):
– Standard cottage (fan): Rp 200.000 per night
– Superior cottage (AC): Rp 350.000 per night
Free wifi, Togean information service.
Tel: +62 (0)464 21743
Cellphone: +62 (0)853 9492 4555
Email: nebulacottages@gmail.com

3. Boat Ampana > Togean
Nusantara, one of the taxi boats from Ampana to the Togean islands
OUR RECOMMENDATION: Taxi boat to Pulau Papan
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday (Company “Nusantara” or “Belavista”)
Departure: 09:00 am (be at the harbor near Nebula Cottages at 8:00) / Arrival: 02:00 pm (5-hour cruise)
Rp 75.000/ person. No need to book, buy your tickets at the harbor
From Pulau Papan, continue to Lia Beach by wooden charter boat (about 1 hour). If you have booked with us, we will come and pick you up in Pulau Papan (Rp 250.000).
If not, you can find locals to take you on their boat.
 

Hercules, the speedboat from Ampana to the Togean islands
THE FASTEST WAY: Speedboats to Wakai
Twice a day, daily (Companies “Hercules” and “Cahaya Manakara”)
Departure: 09:00 am (be at the public boat harbor at 8) / Arrival: 10:20 am
Departure: 01:00 pm (be at the public boat harbor at 12) / Arrival: 02:20 pm
Rp 130.000/ person. MANDATORY RESERVATION (contact us)
From Wakai, continue to Lia Beach by wooden charter boat (about 3,5 hours, Rp 900.000). If you have booked with us, we can arrange the transfer for you. If not, you can find locals to take you on their boat.
 
 

Puspita or Kapia, the public boats from Ampana to the Togean islands
THE CHEAPEST/LONGEST WAY: Public boat to Popolii
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday (Company “Puspita Sari” or “Kapia”)
Departure: 10:00 am (be at the harbor at 9) / Arrival: between 06:00 pm and 08:00 pm (8 to 10-hour cruise)
Rp 80.000/ person. No need to book, buy your tickets at the harbor
From Popolii, continue to Lia Beach by wooden charter boat (about 20 minutes). If you have booked with us, we will come and pick you up in Popolii (free of charge). If you haven’t, you can find locals to take you on their boat.

From Gorontalo

1. Flights to Gorontalo
Daily flights serve Gorontalo, from: Manado (direct), Bali or Jakarta (stopover in Makassar).

2. Land transportation Gorontalo > Bumbulan
By charter car or collective taxi: +/- 4h30

>>>>> Night in Bumbulan (sleep at a hotel 15 minutes away or on the ferry at the dock – See the “Details” tab).

3. Boats Bumbulan > Dolong
Take one of the boats to the islands (see the “Details” tab for more info):
– Speedboat to Lia Beach (about 2 hours)
– Wooden boat to Lia Beach (about 5 hours)
– Ferry to Dolong (5 hours), then charter a boat (30 minutes) to Lia Beach

1. Flights to Gorontalo
Daily flights on:

2. Land transportation Gorontalo > Bumbulan
Charter car Gorontalo > Bumbulan
About 4 hours
About Rp 600.000 per car (max. 5 or 6 people)
Contact New Melati Hotel in Gorontalo to organize your charter car: info@newmelatihotel.com, +62 (0)435 822 934

Collective taxi Gorontalo > Bumbulan
About 5 hours
Rp 70.000 per person (max. 8 people)
Contact New Melati Hotel in Gorontalo to organize your collective taxi: info@newmelatihotel.com, +62 (0)435 822 934

>>>>> Night in Bumbulan:
Spend the night at Marina Beach Resort in Marisa (about 20 km / 15 minutes from the harbor), rooms from Rp 250.000.
Pick-up/drop service from/to the harbor: Rp 100.000 per car.
Cellphone: +62 (0)821 8905 9988
Email: mbrpohuwato@gmail.com
Or sleep at the harbor (sometimes the captain allows to sleep on the ferry).

3. Boats Bumbulan > Dolong
Speedboat to Lia Beach
Any day
About 2 hours
Price: about Rp 5.000.000 per boat
Contact New Melati Hotel in Gorontalo to organize your speedboat: info@newmelatihotel.com, +62 (0)435 822 934

Wooden boat to Lia Beach
Any day
About 5 hours
Price: about Rp 3.500.000 per boat
Contact New Melati Hotel in Gorontalo to organize your boat: info@newmelatihotel.com, +62 (0)435 822 934

Ferry to Dolong
Thursday & Sunday
Departure: 08:00 am / Arrival: 01:00 pm (5 hours)
Economy class: Rp 22.000
Business class: Rp 35.000
Cabin on ferry (optional): Rp 350.000 – 400.000
Ferry company: Cengkih Afo
/!\ Note the schedule is not very stable so make sure to check it ahead with the New Melati Hotel in Gorontalo (see above contact info).
From Dolong continue to Lia Beach by wooden charter boat (about 30 minutes): if you have booked with us, we will come and pick you up in Dolong (Rp 130.000, free of charge if you stay at least 5 nights). If you haven’t booked, you will definitely find locals to take you on their boat.

Other option: Ferry Gorontalo > Wakai
Tuesday & Friday
Departure: 05:30 pm / Arrival: 06:00 am the next day (12-hour cruise)
Economy class: Rp 73.000
Business class: Rp 89.000
Cabin on ferry (optional): Rp 500.000
Ferry company: Tuna Tomini
From Wakai you can either charter a boat to Lia Beach (about 3,5 hours, Rp 900.000) or catch the public boat coming from Ampana on Wednesday afternoon and get off in Popolii.