If you have ever been to the Togean Islands you know it’s not easy to get there. Transport in Sulawesi is still very scarce and slow.
There are two ways to get to the Islands: via Ampana and via Gorontalo.
My way there was a long and hard one. Unfortunately, there is not enough information online about it. After arriving in Jakarta coming from Barcelona (Spain), I took a 4 hour flight to Palu. From Palu a long and bumpy 10 hour ride to Ampana. From Ampana a 5 hour boat trip to Wakai and from Wakai another 1 hour boat trip to Kadidiri.
The way back was shorter and felt less strenuous: I took the boat back to Wakai. From there I took the ferry to Gorontalo (a 12 hour overnight trip) and from Gorontalo a flight to Makassar and (after a few detours to see Rammang-Rammang and Bira) back to Jakarta.
As said, Transport in Sulawesi is very slow and roads are bumpy but national flights are very cheap and can be purchased the day before the trip or even the same day.
Said this, the best places are difficult to reach. Togean is a paradise for divers and, for those who don’t dive, an awesome place to snorkel. It has beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise water, and lots of palm trees. You can swim in a lake of jellyfishes (no stinging), hike through the jungle, visit the villages of the Bajau people (also called Sea Gypsies), and go for a swim at night to see bioluminescent plankton.