Gorontalo (city)

Gorontalo is a city in Northern Sulawesi.

With its old dutch colonial buildings, surrounding waterfalls, hot springs and pristine coral reefs for diving Gorontalo should be a world famous destination.

However, most travellers only use it as a hub for the Togean islands.

Get in

By boat

By plane

The largest Indonesian airlines (Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air) all connect Gorontalo to Makassar and beyond. Lion Air subsidiary Wings Air has flights to and from Manado.

By bus

Get around




Gorontalo is home to the Salvador Dali coral sponge, indigenous to this region. With more than 25 divesites accessible from the shore around Gorontalo, this should be a mecca for dive enthusiasts. However, so far this gem has remained relatively hidden.


Supplies for Togean. The islands are remote and essentials are expensive so bring sunscreen, mosquito spray / coils and other essentials that you can think of.



The local shops sell beer for you to consume in the privacy of your hotel. To enjoy a night out, I'm afraid you will have to put up with being at a karaoke place paying 30.000 Rp./hour for the pleasure.




The prices are mid range, but the quality really isn't.


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