In between central Sulawesi and the northern “arm” is a string of mountainous islands called the Togean islands. They can be reached by boat, primarily from Ampana and Gorontalo. We took the boat from Ampana after spending two painstaking days in a car and two buses from Tanah Toraja. The boat’s engine was not the best and we had to switch to a smaller boat at this bajo village.
The bajo, also called “sea-gypsies”, have been nomadic sea farers but nowadays they mainly live in permanent stilt villages.
We ended up staying on Pulau Pangempa. Here is a picture from nearby Pulau Bolilangga.
All together, the Togean islands were nice if one forget the time it took getting there and away. If you are into diving, snorkelling and relaxing, these islands should meet your expectations. Not much of archaeological interest though.