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.
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Map showing the Togian Islands highlighted in red.
|Major islands||Batudaka, Talatako, Togian|
|Total Togean Islands||763.33||35,531||37,952|
(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.
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.
- Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
- "Tujuh Danau Ubur-Ubur Unik di Indonesia". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "Keindahan Bawah Luat Terpendam di Kepulauan Togean". September 25, 2011.
- Togean Islands website for a general source of informations about the Togean Islands
- Togian Islands travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Informative and rare trip report
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