Togian Islands

The Togian (or Togean) Islands are an archipelago of 56 islands and many offshore islets, situated in the Gulf of Tomini, off the coast of Central Sulawesi, in Indonesia. The largest islands are Batudaka, Togean, Talatako and Una-Una. There are 37 villages on the islands, with one settled by the Bajau people, more commonly known as the sea gypsies.

Togian Islands
Native name:
Kepulauan Togean
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Togian Village
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Map showing the Togian Islands highlighted in red.
Geography
LocationSouth-east Asia
Coordinates0°23′30″S 121°57′28″E / 0.39167°S 121.95778°E / -0.39167; 121.95778Coordinates: 0°23′30″S 121°57′28″E / 0.39167°S 121.95778°E / -0.39167; 121.95778
Total islands56
Major islandsBatudaka, Talatako, Togian
Administration
ProvinceCentral Sulawesi
Demographics
Ethnic groupsBajau
Additional information
Time zone
Togian Ferry

AdministrationEdit

The islands are a part of the Tojo Una-Una Regency within Central Sulawesi Province. They comprise six districts (kabupaten in Indonesian) within that regency.

Name Area in
km2
Population
Census 2010
Population
Census 2015[1]
Una-Una 146.16 12,455 7,791
Batudaka 151.91 (a) 5,436
Togean 229.51 9,160 9,702
Walea Kepulauan
(Walea Islands)
67.60 10,065 5,085
Talatako 83.64 (b) 5,770
Walea Besar
(Great Walea)
84.51 3,851 4,168
Total Togean Islands 763.33 35,531 37,952

Notes:
(a) The 2010 Census population of Batudaka district is included in the figure for Una-Una district, from which it was cut out.
(b) The 2010 Census population of Talatako district is included in the figure for Walea Kepulauan district, from which it was cut out.

Geology and ecologyEdit

Formed by volcanic activity, the islands are covered by rainforest and surrounded by coral reef formations, which provide habitat and breeding areas for hawksbill turtle, green turtle and the dugong. The Tonkean macaque is found in the islands' forests. The Togian hawk-owl, discovered in 1999, is endemic to the islands. The Togian white-eye, another endemic bird species, was described in 2008. Non-venomous jellyfish are also found in Togian Islands, the unique one is jellyfish with red little spots.[2]

National ParkEdit

On 2004, the government established a part of Togean Islands as a National Park consists of 292,000 hectares of sea water (includes 132,000 hectares of coral reef which is the largest in Indonesia), 70,000 hectares of land and 10,659 hectares reservation of forests and mangroves.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  2. ^ "Tujuh Danau Ubur-Ubur Unik di Indonesia". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "Keindahan Bawah Luat Terpendam di Kepulauan Togean". September 25, 2011.

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