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Jakarta Post

Togean mystical beauty

Tue, August 21, 2018   /   05:58 pm
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    Play around: Children of Bajo tribe play in Kabalutan village on Togean Islands in Tojo Una Una regency, Central Sulawesi. JP/ Jerry Adiguna

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    Houses by the sea: An aerial view of Bajo village, Papan Island. JP/ Jerry Adiguna

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    Food treat: A cooking demonstration is held by renowned chef Juna as part of the festival on Malenge Island. JP/ Jerry Adiguna

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    Sea nomads: The village of the Bajo tribe on Papan Island. JP/ Jerry Adiguna

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    Dance with me: A dancer gives a contemporary touch to Tojo Una Una dance during the opening of Togean International Oceanic Festival on Papan Island. JP/ Jerry Adiguna

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    Jazz night: Singer Nita Arsen performs on the festival's opening night. JP/ Jerry Adiguna

Jerry Adiguna

Thousands of islands across Indonesia are renowned for their natural charms. Togean Islands in Central Sulawesi is one of the hidden gems. Located in the center of Tomini Bay, Togean Islands, which belongs to Tojo Una Una regency, was declared a national park for its rich and diverse natural wonders that make it one of the best places for tourists wanting to briefly escape modernity to experience nature’s beauty.

Renowned for its white sand beaches and clear blue seas, Togean Islands is situated in the middle of the World Coral Reef Trian- gle and home to a mangrove forest that boasts 33 types of mangroves.

The islands recently hosted Togean International Oceanic Festival, featuring local and international performers and putting it on the list of the archipelago’s maritime festivals.

The festival, running from Aug. 7 to 11, was held at three locations, namely Kabalutan, Malenge and Papan islands. Each island hosted art and culture shows.

Papan Island is one of the homes of the Bajo tribe on Togean Islands. The islands are inhabited by a number of tribes, namely the Togean, the Bajo, the Babongko and the Saluan. The sea is where their culture is rooted and developed, and on which their livelihoods depend.

One of the extraordinary things at the festival was a floating stage set in the center of a bridge connecting Papan and Malenge Islands.

The successful event reflected people’s spirit in preserving the islands while showing its natural beauty to the world.