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The ultimate off-grid eco lodge experience in the heart of Coral Triangle of Sulawesi
Create memories of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful islands in the world - Togean. Relax on gorgeous white sand beaches, explore pristine and diverse natural habitats and discover the fascinating local “sea gypsie” culture. Togo Eang is surrounded by amazing adventures and plenty of nature to be explored by you!
Togo Eang is a private island resort located in the heart of the UNESCO Togean Tojo Una-Una Biosphere Reserve, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 1.2 hectar (3 acre) island has lush tropical rainforest growing over hilly limestone rock terrain and mangrove forests that fringe the island and are home to diverse wildlife including rare birds such as the Togean Hornbill or Burung Alo.
The south-west facing beach is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sunset or swim out 50 meters into the calm turquoise water to explore some of the worlds most pristine coral gardens teeming with colourful fish and sea creatures.
Experience the magic of both world by watching the underwater wildlife while hearing the beautiful sounds of many birds that call these islands home. There is a path built around the island, so you enjoy the beauty of the exotic surroundings at your own pace or soak up nature’s prana in our chill/meditation areas that are nested in the jungle and overlook the sea.
When it's time to explore, our naturalist guides will lead you on rainforest hikes, snorkeling, fishing and bat cave excursions, and to visit the local communities to discover the fascinating lifestyle of the Bajau, more commonly known as the “sea gypsies”. Experience unlimited use of our private preserve trails, as well as, traditional kayak, fishing and snorkeling gear.
Fully immersed in nature, the island only has views of the surrounding islands, with no other buildings in sight. Revel in the main lodge built on the top of a hill overlooking the rainforest and beautiful permaculture garden or relax in your private jungle bungalow overlooking the sea. Currently, there is main lodge with a kitchen, living and dinning rooms, and an adjacent open concept bathroom. In addition, there is an A-frame bungalow with a terrace offering stunning views of the sea. Freshly caught fish, locally grown vegetables, homemade tempeh, and tropical fruit create an authentic Indonesian culinary experience in our dining room overlooking the lush canopy of trees or choose to dine directly on the beach.
Sustainably designed and constructed, our unique off grid resort operates by harnessing 100% natural energy from the sun, using a 1.5 kW photovoltaic-battery system, and operates with minimal impact on the environment. Food waste is composted and used to grow food and raise chickens in our permaculture garden that is watered in part by rainwater collection. A durable eco friendly roofing material was built onsite using a Balinese technique that employs Alang Alang, a type of native high grass that absorbs carbon dioxide, as opposed to emitting it like its metal roof counterpart. We are testing a constructed wetland system where fruit trees clean the runoff from the toilets and can be fertilized from it. Plastic waste is being collected and will be converted into fuels and other useful products as part of a commitment to empowering the local communities. Our desire to minimize consumption has led us to use reclaimed materials such as logs floating in the sea and secondhand accessories and equipment such as utensils and plates. We strive to ensure that our guests enjoy an experience where adventure, conservation, and relaxation live in perfect balance.
Unplug from their stresses of busy modern lifestyles and reconnect with earth and community. Made to fit each guest differently. Togo Eang offers a unique and exotic destination for families, romantic escapes, relaxing group retreats, special events, research projects, and workshops. The days are yours, let us help you design your adventure.
History of Togo Eang
Togo Eang is derived from Togean. During kingdom of Tojo local people call it Togo Eang but the Dutch could not pronounce it well. Hence now it sometimes called Togean or Togian.
The Togean Islands are an archipelago of 56 islands and islets, in the Gulf of Tomini, off the coast of Central Sulawesi, in Indonesia. In 2004, the Indonesian 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.
As of June 2019, UNESCO has further contributed to protecting the area by creating the Togean Tojo Una-Una Biosphere Reserve. The area covers an area of 2,187,632 hectares on an archipelago of 483 islands in Central Sulawesi, at the heart of the Coral Triangle, featuring the highest coral diversity in the world, as well as mangrove forests and small island ecosystems.
The archipelago has extensive undamaged coral reef ecosystems, with all four known reef types (atoll, fringing, barrier and patch reefs). Coral reef fish are prolific and abundant, with 596 species inhabiting the Togean Islands National Park. The area is also an important spawning site for turtles and fish.
On the islands, extensive lowland rainforests are underlain by limestone, except on Una Una island, which is volcanic. Mangrove fringes the islands, and there are in numerable sandy beaches surrounded by steep limestone cliffs. The Togean Islands are host to 363 plant species, including 33 species of mangrove. Terrestrial endemic animals include babirusa, Togean macaques, tarsiers, Togean lizards, saltwater crocodiles, and the endangered coconut crab. Rare bird species also roost and nest in the islands, including the magnificent Hornbill or Burung Alo. The islands are undeniably a tropical paradise of extreme interest to the dedicated nature tourist.
There are 37 villages on the islands, home to some 150,000 people of great cultural diversity. The eastern half of the Togean Islands was originally settled by the Togian ethnic group. They speak Ta, a language similar to that spoken by people near Ampana, and because their culture seems to have been influenced by Goa in South Sulawesi, it is suspected that they may be descended from Buginese settlers. A second group, the Bobongko, live in the northern part of Togean Islands near the village of Lembanato. There are cultural affinities with the Togian people, but the Bobongko language is similar to dialects spoken near Poso, and the Bobongko myths say that they came from that area.
Perhaps the most mysterious are the Bajau people. Whereas the Saluan, Togian, and Babongko economies are primarily agricultural, the Bajau rely to a much greater extent on fishing. Their villages are typically distributed around beaches and rocky promontories, may include little or no agricultural land, and often lack fresh water. Known as the “sea gypsies”, Bajau families in eastern Indonesia and the Philippines have until recently lived on their boats. At sunrise Bajau girls can be heard loudly singing traditional songs as they paddle across the sea. The Bajau residents in the Togians are thought to have arrived about 1800 years ago from the Banggai Islands south of Luwuk or perhaps from the Kendari area in Southeast Sulawesi.
How we started
In 2017, the island, originally referred to as “palau pasir” because of its remarkably large sandy beach, was purchased by Sukmawati, who was originally from Ampana. Her ancestor was a warrior during colonization era of Kingdom Tojo Una-Una. Together, Sukmawati and her German husband, bought the island as their long-term retirement plan.
The idea of creating an eco lodge was initiated when Sukmawati daughter, Sihkami, joined in. After working over 8 years in digital technology in six countries around the world, she realized that her skills and knowledge could be instrumental to bring about positive change within her homeland. Driven by a deep-rooted desire to help the local communities become more prosperous, protect the fragile environment and fascinating ecosystems, and promote responsible tourism, Sihkami embarked on the journey to develop the necessary infrastructure and collaborations to make her dream become reality. After leaving the corporate world, she obtained a Permaculture Design Certificate and currently works as a teacher at the village school nearby and as a volunteer to help build the Togean Conservation Foundation.
In 2019, the family set out to build Togo Eang, an eco resort that lives in harmony with nature and where sustainable living practices and conservation initiatives can be developed and taught to the local people. Construction of the main lodge was completed at the end of 2019, and the bungalow will be finished by early 2020. Great care was taken whilst building the eco lodge to maintain the existing character of the island and the lush vegetation. We removed least amount of trees and will be replanting the ones that were necessary for construction.