Snorkeling with Stingless Jellyfish in Togean Islands

(Togean Islands & Gorontalo trip, December 24th, 2013 – January 2nd, 2014)

A few years ago I snorkelled with stingless jellyfish in Palau, Micronesia. This time, I snorkelled with their fellows in Togean Islands, Indonesia! :). The species is different with the one in Palau. This jellyfish has some spots and the size is bigger!

Togean Islands in Sulawesi has a stingless jellyfish lake that is easily to reach. One can rent a boat to get to this spot and then walk for only 5 minutes to reach the lake. Don’t forget to wear your sandals when you’re off the boat, because you’ll walk on a rocky path.

Tips when swimming with the stingless jellyfish:

  • Don’t wear your fins. Just bring your mask & snorkel.
  • Try not to touch the jellyfish.
  • Don’t litter.

I had so much fun swimming at this lake, I didn’t even realise that I already spent 1.5 hour in the lake! The boat captain asked us to leave the lake before the rain started. He was right. Once we reached the boat, the rain poured down so heavily with strong winds! I got a bit worried because our wooden boat was so small. All of us were all wet and soaked inside the boat due to those heavy rains. I was scared of the boat might be tipped over due to the wave, so I looked at the boat captain to see his facial expression several times, but he always looked calm, so I thought, “Ok, he doesn’t seem to be worried, so it should be fine”. Maybe for him it was just a “normal” rain :D.

Fellow travellers, always listen to your boat captain. If he said, “Let’s go. Strong winds and heavy rain are coming soon!”, then pack your stuff and rush to the boat! Boat Captain is the boss when it comes to traveling in the sea.

So, even though I still wanted to take more pictures and videos of the spotted stingless jellyfish, I had to say goodbye to these cute creatures and the green lake. Bubbyeee stingless jellyfish! You guys were super cute! xxx

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