Banggai Islands Journey Information & Itinerary For Sulawesi Indonesia

The Banggai space in Sulawesi is one in every of Indonesia’s most underrated locations, with an incredible blue lake referred to as Paisupok and different good issues to see together with seashores, caves, waterfalls, and wildlife.

This can be a massive space that features three completely different regencies — Banggai, Banggai Islands, and Banggai Laut — so it’s a bit extra sophisticated than visiting different locations in Sulawesi. My spouse is Indonesian in order that helped so much.

We visited the Banggai islands independently, arranging our personal motels and transport for every step of the journey, and this weblog submit will clarify how one can too. I’ll additionally share some contacts for native tour guides if you wish to be part of a gaggle or do a non-public tour to make it simpler.

Both approach, Banggai has some fantastic sights and it’s properly value a go to in case you’re already planning a visit to Sulawesi!


Banggai Islands Itinerary Day 1: Luwuk To Peleng

• Fly To Luwuk

This itinerary for the Banggai islands begins and ends in Luwuk, which is a city of about 35,000 folks in central Sulawesi.

There are direct flights to the Luwuk airport (LUW) from Makassar in South Sulawesi, or Manado in North Sulawesi. In any other case, you possibly can rent a driver and go overland to Luwuk from Ampana after visiting the Togean islands, which is one other good place to go to in Sulawesi.

When you’re flying to Luwuk from Bali, Jakarta, or someplace else in Indonesia, you then’ll should transit in Makassar or Manado on the best way to Luwuk. You’ll be able to store for flights on Skyscanner.

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Mandel Seaside


• Take The Ferry To Peleng

When you arrive in Luwuk, you possibly can take the general public ferry from Luwuk Folks’s Port (‘Pelabuhan Rakyat’) over to Leme Leme on Peleng island. It departs day by day at 2 PM and the journey takes 2 hours, though it often leaves an hour late (i.e. Indonesian rubber time).

Tickets may be purchased on the spot for 54k Rupiah (~$3 USD) per individual. This can be a massive wood boat that carries about 50 to 100 passengers. It has bunks and benches to sit down on, however they’re not very comfortable. If you would like extra privateness, you possibly can hire a small room for 2 folks which has bunk beds and a fan. This prices an additional 50k Rupiah per room.

Alternatively, you possibly can prepare a speedboat to take you over to a few of the greatest sights on Peleng island, together with Paisu Pok Lake & Poganda Seaside. In that case, the journey takes 1 to 2 hours from Luwuk, and you may typically see dolphins in your approach over.

A day tour with a non-public speedboat like it will set you again anyplace from 1.5 to 4 million Rupiah (~$100 to $250 USD) for the roundtrip, so it’s not low-cost, however it’s faster than the ferry and it could possibly be economical in some circumstances in case you’re touring with mates to share the boat value.

No matter whether or not you select the ferry or speedboat, the ocean could be very calm between Luwuk and Peleng island, so I wouldn’t count on waves to ever be a difficulty for crossing in regular conditions.

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia

Floating in a ship on Paisu Pok Lake


• Keep In a single day In Peleng

By the point we arrived in Peleng, it was already previous 5 PM and the solar was setting. We had been anxious to go see Paisu Pok Lake, however there wasn’t sufficient time left on our first day.

We stayed at Novpitri Homestay, which is true by the harbor in Leme Leme. The rooms are very fundamental, with a fan, squat rest room, chilly water bucket for showers, and electrical energy from roughly 6 PM to six AM.

They solely have one air-conditioned room, so it’s a good suggestion to guide this upfront if you need it. They’re sluggish to reply on WhatsApp even in case you converse Indonesian. Don’t count on luxurious on the homestay, however in case you’re out exploring all day it’s superb. We already knew this may be the roughest place we’d keep on our Banggai journey, so two nights right here was no drawback.

The conventional fee is 180k Rupiah per night time for the A/C room, or 120k for the fan room. Hopefully they’ll add mosquito nets quickly. The household was useful and cooked supper for us, which was additionally very low-cost and good: rice, veggies, omelets, fried tofu, and rooster.

If you wish to keep nearer to the Paisu Pok Lake, there are a bunch of very fundamental homestays within the Luk Panenteng village, which is true by the lake. When you keep there, you possibly can stroll to the lake and swim day by day.

Earlier than going to mattress, we organized a scooter rental from the homestay so we might spend the following day going to the lake and the seaside. That they had it prepared and ready for us by the point we went to sleep!

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Banggai has a lot of little personal seashores like this one close to Mandel Seaside.


Banggai Itinerary Day 2: West Peleng Island

• Paisu Pok Lake

Paisu Pok Lake is a ravishing blue lake in Peleng island, and it’s one of many fundamental highlights of the Banggai space.

You’ll be able to hire a small boat, canoe, or standup paddleboard for exploring the lake, or you possibly can swim and snorkel in it. The colour of the water is amazingly blue. It’s simply as good because it seems within the photographs.

Paisupok is a 1 hour drive from Leme Leme as a result of some components of the street are damaged and you must decelerate to cross them safely. There’s little or no visitors on the street and it’s straightforward to seek out the lake. You’ll be able to’t get misplaced, particularly in case you obtain an offline map beforehand.

I wrote a whole journey weblog submit about our go to to Paisupok, with a lot of suggestions and photographs, which you’ll take a look at within the hyperlink beneath.

Learn Extra: Paisu Pok Lake

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Paisu Pok Lake within the Banggai islands of Sulawesi.

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Drone view of Paisupok Lake


• Paisu Batango

The following cease on Peleng island is slightly lagoon referred to as Paisu Batango, which is a 5 minute drive from the lake. On maps it’s marked as ‘Luk Tub Panenteng.’

The identify Paisu Batango means ‘trunk water’ or ‘water from a tree trunk’ because the lagoon is fed by a pure spring. Sadly the locals use this place for bathing and washing their garments with detergent, which messes up the readability of the water a bit.

The chilly spring water has a pleasant turquoise coloration although the deeper facet of the lagoon mixes with salt water from the ocean.

Paisu Batango

Paisu Batango


• Poganda Seaside

The third place to go to on Peleng island is a white sand seaside referred to as Pantai Poganda, which is roughly midway between Leme Leme and the lake. From Paisupok, it’s only a 30 minute drive.

This can be a peaceable seaside with calm water and palm timber, and it’s a great place for snorkeling. We had been shocked to see a lot of starfish, even with out snorkeling. There are a bunch of them sitting within the shallow water close to the seaside.

It’s a very good seaside for each dawn and sundown, relying on the time of 12 months. There are additionally a number of swings and a pier the place you possibly can sit and chill out.

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There’s a white sand seaside close to the lake referred to as Pantai Poganda

Pantai Poganda Beach

The pier at Poganda Seaside


• Keep In a single day In Peleng

After spending all day sightseeing, we went again to Leme Leme and spent one other night time on the Novpitri Homestay.

Earlier than going to mattress, we organized a driver with a van for sightseeing after which a switch to Salakan the following day.

The associated fee was going to be 850k Rupiah (together with petrol and driver) to take us on to Salakan, or 1.2 million Rupiah to go go to two caves in southwest Peleng earlier than going to Salakan. We determined to see the caves!

Banggai Itinerary Day 3: Caves & Salakan

• Driving To The Caves

Our driver Anto met us at 6:30 within the morning after which we began our day journey. First, we needed to replenish on petrol, which took about 45 minutes since we had a tough time discovering a spot that was open this early.

The journey to the caves is a scenic drive with hills, jungles, palm forests, and ocean views. This concerned about 5 hours of driving — 2 hours to the caves, after which 3 hours to Salakan — so we had been joyful to be in a automobile as a substitute of a scooter.

As we discovered, the Peleng roads are paved however they’re damaged in lots of locations. You possibly can do it with a scooter, however I wouldn’t suggest it until you’ve gotten some expertise.

One of the best time to {photograph} the caves is within the morning, when the solar is true. We received to the primary cave (Gua Susendeng) at 9 AM, and this was good.

Green Lizard On A Tree

Inexperienced lizard


• Gua Susendeng

The primary cave we visited was Gua Susendeng, a shallow limestone cave with a excessive ceiling and a blue pool on the backside. To succeed in the cave from the place we parked on the fundamental street, it was a 10-15 minute downhill stroll on a grassy path.

The stroll down is simple, however going again is a bit tougher as a result of it’s all uphill and there’s no shade to flee the solar. When you get to the mouth of the cave, there’s a concrete stairway in good situation that goes right down to the blue pool.

The colour of the water is wonderful and it will be enjoyable to swim right here. Our driver mentioned the cave has been explored by scuba divers, and there’s apparently an underwater tunnel no less than 200 meters lengthy!

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Gua Susendeng

Gua Susendeng

Gua Susendeng

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Gua Susendeng


• Gua Bab’banang

From the primary cave, it’s solely a ten minute drive to the following cave, which is known as Gua Bab’banang. Then, there’s a brief 5-10 minute stroll by means of the forest, the place you possibly can see a lot of blue-tailed lizards and likewise some good brilliant inexperienced lizards.

Gua Bab’banang is nice for footage, particularly while you’re wanting down at it from above. There’s a concrete stairway that goes to the underside of the cave. The water right here was much more blue than the primary cave! It’s stunning.

Sadly the locals have already constructed an unpleasant concrete rest room proper by the mouth of the cave, and there was lots of trash within the forest too. Hopefully with the elevated curiosity from tourism, they’ll have some motivation to maintain this space clear. The cave itself could be very good!

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Gua Bab’banang

Gua Babbanang Cave Banggai Islands Luwuk Sulawesi Indonesia Travel Guide Itinerary

Gua Bab’banang


• Drive To Salakan

After we received performed on the caves, it was a 3 hour drive to the city of Salakan. We hoped to cease for lunch on the best way there, however we didn’t see something that seemed worthwhile, so we determined to attend and have a late lunch in Salakan.

• Keep In a single day In Salakan

We spent one night time in Salakan. It’s a small city with solely 2,000 folks, however there are a number of snug motels and eating places to select from.

We stayed at Wisma Sidapore Teluk Bayur, which had clear A/C rooms and free breakfast. Different choices are Wisma Sidapore Jalur Dua (owned by the identical folks) or Wisma Alfrend Salakan.

You may make a reserving with any of those motels through WhatsApp. They’ll additionally prepare a scooter rental, or a automobile and driver.

Banggai Itinerary Day 4: Salakan To Banggai Laut

• Bone Pompon Seaside

For our 4th day in Banggai, we employed a driver from Salakan to take us to a number of seashores after which drop us on the harbor in Tobing so we might go to our subsequent vacation spot, Banggai Laut island. This time the fee was 550k plus petrol, so the entire got here to 800k Rupiah.

The primary seaside we visited was referred to as Bone Pompon, and it was good. It’s a 30 minute drive from Salakan. At Pompon, you possibly can rent a small boat to go to a number of hidden seashores, together with slightly secret island referred to as Pulo Tambun, which has a white sand seaside.

Nonetheless, we had been in a rush to get to our subsequent seaside (Mandel) because it’s one of many spots that has began to go viral on Instagram.

Pantai Bone Pompon Beach

Bone Pompon Seaside


• Mandel Seaside

Mandel Seaside is a white sand seaside greater than a kilometer lengthy, and it’s in all probability probably the most stunning seaside in all of central Sulawesi.

This seaside has extraordinarily white sand and turquoise water. Although it’s solely a 1 hour drive from Salakan, we solely noticed two different folks there! It was wonderful to have all of it to ourselves. I anticipated it to be crowded like Paisu Pok, however because it’s a bit tougher to achieve, I feel that has stored the crowds away.

It’s an exquisite seaside and I hope it doesn’t grow to be overdeveloped. There was some garbage on the seaside, so we crammed two small baggage with trash and tipped our driver for serving to to get rid of it on the town.

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Mandel Seaside is among the most stunning seashores within the Banggai islands.

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Mandel Seaside


• Bone Uluno Abason Seaside

The third seaside we visited was referred to as Bone Uluno Abason, and it was a 30 minute drive from Mandel. It’s a protracted seaside with brown sand.

This was a pleasant seaside, however there was trash in all places. It was unhappy to see. This will likely have been partly due to the wet season, as a result of I’ve seen footage of this seaside the place there was no trash in any respect, so your expertise might fluctuate relying on while you go.

Pantai Bone Uluno Abason Beach

Bone Uluno Abason Seaside


• Boat To Banggai Laut

After we had been performed seeing seashores, we drove one other hour to the harbor in Tobing, which is the most effective spot to get a ship switch to Banggai Laut island. An alternative choice is the harbor in Kalumbatan, however it’s costlier.

From Tobing, it’s straightforward to get a ship trip to Banggai Laut. The associated fee was 80k per individual as a result of we shared it with 4 locals and their children. The final shared boat goes at 5 PM, so in case you present up later than that you just might need to pay extra to constitution a ship.

The boat trip is secure and cozy, and solely takes Quarter-hour to get to Banggai Laut. It’s a small speedboat however there’s loads of room for baggage.

• In a single day In Banggai Laut

When you arrive in Banggai Laut, there are motels and eating places inside strolling distance from the harbor.

We stayed at Lodge Banggai, which was slightly expensive by Indonesian requirements, however it was snug and had free breakfast. The proprietor Refly was extraordinarily variety and useful for each side of our keep on the island, in order that was an enormous bonus.

One other good possibility is Batara Visitor Home, which is a bit cheaper and likewise has breakfast.

Banggai Itinerary Day 5: Banggai Laut

• Bontolan Seaside

We anticipated dangerous roads in Banggai Laut, however truly nearly each street on the island is paved and in good situation, though there are some steep roads while you’re going up or down a hill.

The primary place we went was Bontolan Seaside, which is simply Quarter-hour from city. The seaside will not be very exceptional above the water, however it’s a great place for snorkeling. You’ll be able to see the endemic Banggai cardinalfish right here, and different good fish species.

Pantai Bontolan Beach

Bontolan Seaside


• Oyama Seaside

Oyama Seaside is a pleasant little white sand seaside that may solely be reached by boat from Banggai Laut, though it’s a brief and straightforward boat trip that takes 10 minutes or much less.

You’ll be able to rent a ship driver from both Lokotoy or Popisi village in northern Laut, and the entire value is just 50-150k Rupiah for the return journey. Our boat was small however held 7 folks, so you might attempt to be part of others and cut up the fee.

Oyama has a non-public really feel, and good turquoise water. When you go searching within the timber there are many colourful inexperienced lizards, and a boardwalk that results in a mangrove forest behind the seaside.

Pantai Oyama Beach

Oyama Seaside

Pantai Oyama Beach

Oyama Seaside


• Lambangan Pauno Seaside

This can be a good seaside close to the upcoming airport in Banggai Laut, and it’s uncommon as a result of it has a pure rock arch, which you’ll solely attain at low tide. It’s additionally a great place for dawn photographs.

• Tanjung Gundul

Tanjung Gundul is an fascinating little cove and seaside that’s solely accessible by boat. The start line is Pasir Putih village, and the boat trip takes about Quarter-hour.

Tanjung Gundul might be one of the vital distinctive seashores in Indonesia, with white pebbles as a substitute of sand, and an enormous rock arch that’s been carved out of limestone by the wind and waves. It jogged my memory of the white pebble seashores in Kefalonia, Greece.

A brief go to with a non-public boat is 150k Rupiah for the return journey, or you possibly can pay extra to remain awhile on the seaside. We stayed a number of hours and paid 300k to go to this spot and likewise the Teluk Lalong lagoon talked about beneath. When you share a ship with a gaggle, you might do it less expensive.

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Drone pic of Tanjung Gundul

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The distinctive white pebble seaside at Tanjung Gundul in Banggai, Sulawesi


• Teluk Lalong

There’s a pleasant lagoon only a brief distance away from Tanjung Gundul, so you possibly can go to each locations in the identical boat journey.

The Teluk Lalong lagoon has brilliant blue and inexperienced water. You’ll be able to see fish and coral within the lagoon, and we even noticed a sea turtle, though I wouldn’t suggest swimming within the lagoon because the locals advised us there are crocodiles.

Teluk Lalong Lagoon Boat

Teluk Lalong

Teluk Lalong Lagoon Drone

Drone pic of the blue and inexperienced lagoon


• Kelapa Lima Seaside

Kelapa Lima is a distant seaside with palm timber and tall limestone cliffs. It’s a pleasant seaside, and it was empty after we visited. The identify means 5 coconut seaside.

This was the one spot in Banggai Laut the place we felt like we truly wanted a automobile. The street was very tough and it’s a problem with a scooter, though you possibly can nonetheless do it.

Afterwards, we went again to city and stayed one other night time on Banggai Laut island.

Pantai Kelapa Lima Beach

Kelapa Lima Seaside

Pantai Kelapa Lima Beach Drone

Drone pic of Kelapa Lima seaside


Banggai Itinerary Day 6: Mbuang-Mbuang Island

• Boat Journey To Mbuang-Mbuang

Among the finest locations to go to close to Banggai Laut is the island of Mbuang-Mbuang, which is about 80 kilometers to the southeast.

There are a bunch of fine issues to see on Mbuang island, however it’s not very straightforward to get there, particularly if the climate is unfavorable, prefer it was for us. We needed to skip at the present time journey as a result of the climate simply wasn’t superb in December.

You will get there with a public sluggish boat, which is reasonable and comparatively secure, however takes about 7-8 hours. The opposite possibility is to do a day journey with a non-public speedboat, which takes about 2 hours every approach, however it’s extra climate dependent because the boat is smaller.

The speedboat is fairly costly (no less than 2.5 million Rupiah), however it’s much more handy than the general public boat, and it might be economical you probably have mates to share the fee. It’s at the moment the one strategy to go to Mbuang-Mbuang on a day journey.

• Pasir Panjang Seaside

That is the principle seaside on the village of Mbuang-Mbuang, and it has good white sand. You’ll be able to stroll on to this seaside from the village, so it’s straightforward to entry when you get there.

• Paisu Batongan Jellyfish Lake

The principle attraction in Mbuang-Mbuang island is a lake the place you possibly can swim with stingless jellyfish! Due to the remoteness, it’s nonetheless not as properly often called a few of the different jellyfish lakes in Indonesia.

There are two completely different sorts of jellyfish within the lake, and each are innocent to people. It additionally has some fish in it, together with the endemic Banggai cardinalfish.

• Palanggang Seaside

This can be a small hidden seaside close to the Mbuang village that’s good for snorkeling. It’s not removed from the Pasir Panjang seaside, however you continue to want a ship to achieve it.

• Popisi Hill

There’s a pleasant viewpoint right here referred to as Bukit Popisi, the place you possibly can see a number of islands unfold out on the ocean. It’s type of much like the views in Raja Ampat, Sombori, or Ang Thong Thailand. The hike to the highest takes about 10-Quarter-hour.

• Pingo Seaside

This can be a lengthy seaside with white sand on the east facet of Mbuang island. It’s surrounded by limestone hills, so the one strategy to go there’s by boat.

• In a single day In Banggai Laut

When you go to Mbuang island on a day journey, you possibly can keep the night time in Banggai Laut once more, the place there are many motels.

In any other case, in case you go along with a sluggish boat, there’s just one place to remain within the Mbuang-Mbuang village and it’s a really fundamental guesthouse.

Banggai Itinerary Day 7: Return To Luwuk

• Ferry From Banggai Laut To Luwuk

When you get performed seeing all the things in Banggai Laut, the one strategy to get again to Luwuk is by boat.

The ferry from Banggai Laut to Luwuk goes day by day at 1 PM (however ours didn’t truly go away till 2 PM), after which the journey takes about 8 hours. The boat is massive and secure, and fairly snug. The ocean was slightly wavy in some spots however nothing loopy.

The ticket value is 130k Rupiah per individual, and in case you pay an additional 200k you possibly can hire slightly room for 2 folks, with bunk beds and A/C. Our room was freezing chilly, however it was good to have a spot to relaxation in personal on the lengthy boat trip.

• In a single day In Luwuk

Spend this night time in Luwuk, the place there are many resort and restaurant selections.

Low cost motels in Luwuk embrace Ayana Homestay, RedDoorz RSUD, and RedDoorz Plus Syariah. There are additionally a number of excessive finish motels like Swiss-Belinn, Lodge Santika, and Estrella Lodge.

We stayed at Lodge Kota, which was a pleasant stability of consolation and affordability. We paid 345k Rupiah per night time for an A/C room with free breakfast.

Banggai Itinerary Day 8: Waterfalls

• Piala Waterfall

The Piala Waterfall is a giant turquoise waterfall with a number of cascades, positioned proper exterior of Luwuk city. The drive solely takes about Quarter-hour.

This one jogged my memory a little bit of the well-known Kuang Si Falls in Laos, which additionally has turquoise coloured water and many separate cascades and pure swimming pools the place you possibly can swim.

This waterfall continues to be principally unknown to worldwide vacationers, however loads of locals go there, so if you wish to beat the crowds then you must go within the morning, ideally on a weekday!

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Piala Waterfall in Luwuk, Sulawesi

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Shut up view of Piala Waterfall. It’s good for swimming!

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Piala Waterfall


• Laumarang Waterfall

This can be a second waterfall close to Piala, and it’s accessed by the identical street, however you must go a bit farther and the street turns into very tough.

You may as well get to Laumarang by mountain climbing from the parking space at Piala, however it takes no less than 1 hour for the roundtrip. They’re engaged on enhancing the roads right here, so hopefully quickly there might be higher entry.

When you hike previous Laumarang, there’s a pleasant and massive third waterfall referred to as Akar Darah.

Black Lizard

Lizard close to the waterfalls


• Dendengan Waterfall

Dendengan Waterfall is one other spot close to Luwuk, only a 20 minute drive from the airport or 40 minutes from city. It’s pretty common and straightforward to achieve, with a paved street all the best way to the falls.

Sadly the waterfall was dried up after we went in early December, however the footage I’ve seen from different occasions of the 12 months look good.

• Kamumu Waterfall

That is one other turquoise waterfall that’s northeast of Luwuk. It’s very good however you possibly can’t drive all the best way to the falls, so it requires a little bit of mountain climbing.

• Salodik Waterfall

That is the final waterfall we visited within the Luwuk space, and it’s about 40 minutes from the city middle. The street is sweet and there’s loads of parking.

Salodik is a pleasant waterfall with a bunch of various cascades, however it’s very overdeveloped.

They’ve turned it right into a little bit of a concrete jungle, sadly, with a lot of ugly buildings throughout the falls. It was a bit distracting and made it arduous to benefit from the pure surroundings of the place.

Air Terjun Salodik Waterfall

Salodik Waterfall

Air Terjun Salodik Waterfall

Salodik Waterfall


• In a single day In Luwuk

We stayed one other night time at Lodge Kota in Luwuk.

Banggai Itinerary Day 9: Pulau Dua

• Pulau Dua

Pulau Dua is a scenic little island that you may go to on a day journey from Luwuk, with steep hills and a stairway to the highest of the island. The terrain seems slightly bit like Padar island in Komodo, and it’s additionally an excellent place for snorkeling.

From Luwuk, it’s a 2.5 hour drive after which a 15 minute boat trip to get to Pulau Dua island. The boat value is 200k to 300k Rupiah per day for the entire boat, they usually’ll carry you throughout the island wherever you need to go.

• In a single day In Luwuk

Spend your final night time in Luwuk earlier than catching a flight to Makassar or Manado, after which onwards to your subsequent vacation spot.

Alternatively, you possibly can rent a driver to take you to Ampana, the place you possibly can catch a ship to go go to the Togean islands after which discover Gorontalo in north Sulawesi.

5-Day Banggai Islands Itinerary

When you’re restricted on time in Banggai, you are able to do most of the highlights just like the lake, seashores, and waterfalls in 4 or 5 days.

Right here’s what a shorter itinerary for Banggai might appear like:

  • Day 1. Arrive In Luwuk. Take the three PM ferry from Luwuk to Salakan (4 hours) after which keep in a single day in Salakan.
  • Day 2. Seashores. Drive 2 hours from Salakan to the southeast harbor in Kalumbatan and take a fast 10 minute speedboat trip over to Oyama Seaside. Afterwards, drive overland to Mandel Seaside and Pompon Seaside earlier than returning to Salakan to spend the night time.
  • Day 3. Lake. Drive from Salakan to western Peleng (2.5 to three hours) after which go to Paisu Pok Lake, Paisu Batango, and Poganda Seaside. Keep in a single day in Leme Leme close to the harbor.
  • Day 4. Return To Luwuk. Take the 8 AM boat from Leme Leme again to Luwuk (2 to three hours), after which go see Piala Waterfall and the opposite waterfalls close to Luwuk city. Keep in a single day in Luwuk.
  • Day 5. Go away Luwuk. Fly out from the airport to Makassar or Manado, or proceed overland to Ampana to go to the Togean islands and north Sulawesi.
Colorful Seashells

Colourful seashells at Tanjung Gundul

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Mandel Seaside


Map Of The Finest Issues To Do In Banggai

Right here’s a map of a few of the greatest issues to do within the Banggai space. Sights are marked in blue, motels in yellow, harbors in inexperienced, and airports in crimson.

Remember the Banggai space continues to be very new to tourism, so there are undoubtedly extra hidden gems ready to be discovered on this space in case you go searching. That’s a part of the enjoyable!


Banggai Tour Information Contacts

Once we visited Banggai, we booked our personal motels after which organized our personal transport (boats, drivers, and motorcycle leases), often with a little bit of assist from our motels. My spouse is Indonesian, in order that made issues so much simpler.

When you don’t converse Bahasa, it will be a bit tougher to rearrange all the things your self, however I feel you might nonetheless do it. In any other case, the best strategy to go to Banggai could be with an area tour information who can prepare all the things for you. Listed here are some good contacts for that:

  • Michael Wagey – Freelance tour information primarily based in Salakan on Peleng island. Mick does personal journeys and infrequently shared journeys in Banggai. He’s the principle one who popularized the Banggai islands, and his viral Instagram posts have impressed lots of people to go to.

    Although we didn’t do a tour with Mick, he was very useful answering questions for us, and he was in a position to put us in contact with a driver in Salakan to take us to the seashores after which drop us on the harbor to go to Banggai Laut. You’ll be able to contact Mick Wagey by WhatsApp at ☎ +62 813-4201-5440 or on his Instagram web page.

  • Acho Akina Chowji – Freelance tour information within the Banggai space. You’ll be able to contact him by WhatsApp at ☎ +62 822-9374-8745 or on his Instagram web page.
  • Butros Galileo Delim – Freelance tour information primarily based in Peleng island. You’ll be able to contact him on his Instagram web page.
  • TripBanggai – Tour firm in Banggai. You’ll be able to contact them by WhatsApp at ☎ +62 811-433-7690 or on their Instagram web page.
  • HV Journey – Tour firm that typically does open journeys to Banggai if you wish to share a tour. You’ll be able to contact them by WhatsApp at ☎ +62 821-5942-7772 or on their Instagram web page.
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Drone image of the amazingly blue Paisu Pok Lake.

Underwater Blue Snorkeling Trees

Underwater shot within the lake


Banggai Driver Contacts

  • Boni – Taxi driver primarily based in Luwuk. He can switch you from the airport or harbor to your resort in Luwuk, or vice versa. You’ll be able to contact him by WhatsApp at ☎ +62 853-8562-5578.
  • Anto Unus – Driver with a van primarily based in Leme Leme on Peleng island. You’ll be able to contact him by cellphone at ☎ +62 822-7855-7858 or on his Instagram web page. The Novpitri Homestay put us in contact with him, and he drove us from Leme Leme to the caves, after which to Salakan.
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Gua Bab’banang


Different Ideas For Banggai

  • Airports: At present the one airport within the Banggai space is the one in Luwuk (LUW), which has a lot of flights from Makassar and Manado. They’re additionally engaged on an airport in Banggai Laut, which ought to open up some new journey potentialities when it’s completed.
  • Roads: The roads are principally good in Luwuk and Banggai Laut. The worst roads we encountered had been in Peleng island, though it’s nonetheless okay with a scooter if you already know what you’re doing.
  • Apps: You should use the GoJek app for taxi rides and meals supply in Luwuk, however most individuals use an area app referred to as Draiv, which has a few of the identical options. This app additionally works in Banggai Laut.
  • Electrical energy: Energy is by generator solely in distant locations like Leme Leme and Mbuang Mbuang. They’ll often flip it on from round 6 PM to six AM. Nonetheless, you’ll have 24/7 electrical energy in the entire vital cities in Banggai like Luwuk, Salakan, and Kota Banggai Laut.
  • Cell Service: We had good 3G/4G sign with Telkomsel in all places in Luwuk, Peleng, and Banggai Laut besides whereas driving by means of the hills and such.
  • WiFi: Surprisingly, we had usable WiFi at each resort the place we stayed in Luwuk, Peleng, and Banggai Laut. The one exception was on the homestay in Leme Leme, the place our room was out of vary of the WiFi connection. When you go to Mbuang Mbuang island, don’t depend on any WiFi there both.
  • Malaria: Based on this Lancet examine from 2018, Malaria has been vastly diminished within the Banggai space, however it might nonetheless be current to some extent. I’d err on the facet of warning and do all the things you possibly can to guard your self from mosquito bites. We didn’t take Malaria prophylactics.
Pantai Pasir Putih Beach

The seaside at Pasir Putih village on Banggai Laut

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Paddleboarding at Lake Paisu Pok


When To Go to The Banggai Islands

Like most of Indonesia, the most effective time to go to the Banggai islands is usually within the dry season, from April to November. The climate is extra sunny and temperatures are milder and cooler.

We visited Banggai within the wet season (early December), however the rain was solely at night time and it by no means precipitated a difficulty for our journey. Nonetheless, in case you plan to go to Mbuang-Mbuang island then the ocean crossing may be tougher right now of 12 months.

Among the waterfalls within the Luwuk space begin to dry up round September or October, they usually keep that approach till the center of the wet season (often January or February), however the Piala Waterfall is sweet all 12 months. It had a lot of water after we visited in early December, although the local weather round Luwuk was nonetheless fairly dry at the moment.

Paisu Pok Lake is sweet in any month of the 12 months. Simply attempt to keep away from holidays and weekends since it may get very crowded at the moment. Sunny days are greatest for seeing the colour and readability of the lake.

Blue Tailed Lizard Skink

Blue tailed lizard


Extra Indonesia Journey Ideas

Thanks for wanting! I hope you loved this journey information for visiting Luwuk and the Banggai Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Don’t neglect to take a look at my full information for Paisupok Lake for extra tips on what to anticipate at Banggai’s fundamental attraction.

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