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Directions: how to get to Lia Beach?

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.

 

Above all, take it easy!

You might have heard that access to the Togean Islands is difficult. Well it used to be much worse than it is now! If you read this page carefully, you’ll find out it’s not that complicated.

Here are the 3 important rules:

  1. Allow yourself a bit of patience
  2. Get organized
  3. Remember there’s no such thing as an easy-to-reach paradise.

You have to deserve The Togean Islands!

Ampana airport

The Ampana airport (VPN) 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 access Ampana.

The airport is located quite close to the town center: it takes about 10 minutes by bentor (local tuk-tuk) to reach Nebula Cottages for example.

Note that there is currently no counter selling flight tickets at the Ampana airport (which could have been useful to book your return ticket).

Entrance fee to the Togean Islands National Park

Since December 15th, 2017, every tourist staying on the Togean Islands is required to pay a Rp 150.000 entrance fee at one of these three entrance points:

  • Ampana
  • Wakai (if you arrive on the ferry from Gorontalo)
  • Dolong (if you arrive on the ferry from Bumbulan)

Read the article about the Togean Islands National Park on our blog for more information.

So, are you ready to do your homework before making your island dream come true? Lets’ go!

Choose your port of entrance

Once you’ve done that, just follow the steps, clicking the “Summary” & “Details” tabs further down this page.

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 from major cities outside Sulawesi… That’s one of the reasons why the Togeans remain so authentic!

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. Air or raod access from Central Sulawesi airports to 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 the Togean Islands.

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

3. Boat access from Ampana to the Togean Islands
Take one of the boats to the islands (see the “Details” tab for more info):
– Fastboat Ampana > Popolii: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
– Speedboat Ampana > Wakai: every day
– Taxi boat Ampana Pulau Papan: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
– Public boat Ampana > Popolii: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Pay the entrance fee into the Togean Islands National Park: Rp 150.000/person.

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: 09:20 am / Arrival: 10:10 am
    From Rp 629.000
  • Flight Luwuk -> Ampana (via Palu):
    Daily
    Departure from Luwuk: 07:45 am / Arrival in Palu: 08:55 am
    Departure from Palu: 09:20 am / Arrival in Ampana: 10:10 am
    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. Boats Ampana > Togean Islands
Remember you’ll have to pay a Rp 150.000 / person fee at the Ampana harbor to enter the Togean Islands National Park.
Wamburabura, the new fastboat from Ampana to the Togean islands, operating since November 11th, 2017
THE BEST WAY (fast & cheap): Fast boat to Popolii
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday (Company “Wamburabura”)
Departure: 09:30 am (be at the public boat harbor at 08:30) / Arrival: about 02:30 pm
Rp 120.000/ person. No need to book, buy your tickets at the harbor

You can get off Wamburabura either in front of Lia beach (if the sea isn’t rough), or in Popolii (20 minutes away from Lia Beach). In both cases, you’ll need to confirm your reservation with us so we can pick you up at either place:

  • Let us know if you’d like to be dropped in front of Lia Beach so that we can organize the drop-off with the Wamburabura captain. We will pick you up at the fast boat with our own boat.
  • If you prefer to go all the way to Popolii (20 minutes from Lia Beach) or if the sea is too rough to be dropped off in front of Lia Beach, we’ll come and pick you up in Popolii for free. Note that we offer the free transfer from Popolii only if it’s operated by our boat.

Hercules, the speedboat from Ampana to the Togean islands
THE MOST FLEXIBLE WAY: Daily 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: 12:30 pm (be at the public boat harbor at 11:30) / Arrival: 01:50 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.
 

Nusantara, one of the taxi boats from Ampana to the Togean islands
ALTERNATIVE WAY: 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). Let us know upon reservation if you want to take the taxi boat, so we can come and pick you up (Rp 300.000, 50% off on 1 transfer if you stay at least 5 nights). Note that we offer 50% on the transfer from Pulau Papan only if it’s operated by our boat.
 

Kapia Touna, the public boat from Ampana to the Togean islands
THE CHEAPEST/LONGEST WAY: Public boat to Popolii
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (Company “Kapia Touna”)
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). Let us know upon reservation if you want to take the public boat, so we can come and pick you up (free of charge). Note that we offer the free transfer from Popolii only if it’s operated by our 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. Boat access Bumbulan > Dolong > Lia Beach
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
In Dolong, pay the entrance fee into the Togean Islands National Park: Rp 150.000/person.

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
On request
About 2-hour cruise
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
On request
About 5-hour cruise
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-hour cruise)
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).
Remember you’ll have to pay a Rp 150.000 / person fee at the Dolong harbor to enter the Togean Islands National Park.
From Dolong continue to Lia Beach by wooden charter boat (about 30 minutes). Let us know upon reservation if you want to take the ferry to Dolong, so we can come and pick you up (Rp 200.000, 1 transfer free of charge if you stay at least 5 nights). Note that we offer the free transfer from Dolong only if it’s operated by our 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
Remember you’ll have to pay a Rp 150.000 / person fee at the Wakai harbor to enter the Togean Islands National Park.
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 (arrival in the evening).