Coral Reef Snorkeling
The Togean Islands are frequently mentioned as containing all four coral reef types (patch, fringing, barrier and atoll reefs) in close proximity. The archipelago is located in the Coral Triangle, an area with extraordinary levels of marine biodiversity. There are at least 596 reef fish species in the waters around the archipelago. According to Conservation International Indonesia data, the islands provide a home to 315 coral species.
At Lia Beach, enjoy the housereef and/or go on snorkeling trips with us (day or half-day).
Here are the nearby snorkeling sites you might want to check out:
- Reef 6: a huge atoll reef with a coral garden on a drop-off, and a stunning natural swimming pool in its center, only 15 minutes from Lia Beach
- Reef 5: a small atoll, with beautiful corals and loads of fish
- Reef 4: recognizable by its sandbank rising above the surface (due to the combined action of wind, current and waves) resulting in localized shallowing of the water, Reef 4 is known for its beautful coral garden and if there is enough current, you might see some big fish passing.
Check out our Price List for trips and snorkeling gear rental fares.
It would be a lie to say that all Togean reefs are totally intact. Indonesia’s reefs locally suffer from bleaching (mostly due to warmer water temperatures), as well as from bomb and cyanide fishing. These unsustainable and dangerous fishing methods are illegal, but law is not always enforced and they are still practiced on the sly. Besides, the Togean Islands face regular outbreaks of COTS (Crown-Of-Thorns-Starfish), a poisonous sea-star that kill the coral reefs at high speed. These outbreak might be a consequence of the overfishing of Napoleon wrasse and Triton shells, its main predators.
Luckily, even though there are some “dead” areas, coral reefs subsist and those that have died have partly started to beautifully grow again in many places. Besides, the Togean Islands National Park has been doing an amazing job in transplanting coral since 2017 all over the archipelago, and the results are starting to be promising.
The National Park is also conducting COTS collection operations. You are very welcome to join the effort and collect COTS if you see some: feel free to ask for our bamboo pliers to collect them, since they’re poisonous and can’t be touched with your bare hands.