Buka Buka Island

Buka Buka Island
Native name:
Pulau Bukabuka
Buka Buka Island Pulau Buka Buka Sulawesi Tengah.jpg
LocationCentral Sulawesi, Indonesia
Coordinates0°44′38″S 121°45′44″E / 0.74389°S 121.76222°E / -0.74389; 121.76222Coordinates: 0°44′38″S 121°45′44″E / 0.74389°S 121.76222°E / -0.74389; 121.76222
ArchipelagoTogean Islands
Adjacent toMolucca Sea
Area2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
ProvinceCentral Sulawesi
RegencyTojo Una-Una
VillageTete B


Buka Buka Island (id:Pulau Bukabuka) is a small island in the Molucca Sea. Part of the Togian Islands, the island is administrated as part of Indonesia's province of Central Sulawesi, in the regency of Tojo Una-Una, district of Ampana-Tete, village of Tete B.

The island is home for various endemic protected species such as Coconut Crabs, Bear Cuscus, and has a well preserved reef.

Part of the island is occupied by a sustainable resort called Reconnect Island Resort.[1][2][3]


Buka Buka Island is located 30 minutes away from the closest town of Ampana, and can be accessed by boat, usually provided by Reconnect, the local eco-resort operating on the island.

To get there, travelers need to board a local plane from Palu, which is a 45 minutes flight available every Monday and Friday morning.

Alternative routes consist in taking a car from: Poso (4h), Luwuk (5h) or Palu (8h).


Traditionally, Buka Buka Island has been used by Bajau villagers to farm coconuts and produce copra, mostly relying on uncertain market price to make a living.

It's only recently that the island became popular as an eco-tourism destination, after French entrepreneur Thomas Despin started to work together with local government and villagers to develop a sustainable resort called Reconnect.[3]

The project attracted both national[4] and international[1] coverage, and the island is now one of the main attraction in Central Sulawesi, both for local and international travellers.

Cleanliness of Buka Buka Island is now preserved as a collaboration effort between Reconnect and local villagers of the Tete B Village.


  1. ^ a b "Thomas Despin is Transforming the Buka Buka Island with His Latest Venture Reconnect". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  2. ^ "Pulau Bukabuka". www.ppk-kp3k.kkp.go.id. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  3. ^ a b c "Reconnect - Private Island Resort in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia". Reconnect. Retrieved 2022-07-06.
  4. ^ "Surga Kecil Di Pulau Buka Buka Ampana - Trans TV". transtv.co.id/. Retrieved 2022-07-06.

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