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Where to stay on Indonesia’s Togean Islands
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp

Sulawesi’s Togean Islands offer just 10 main non-package orientated places to stay, ranging from firmly backpacker-orientated bungalow operations through to midrange options. The bulk of the accommodation is to the east of Wakai, the main port in the archipelago, and it’s also in this area that you’ll find the most options for daytrips, such as to Jellyfish Lake or the trails and piers at... Read our full review of Where to stay on Indonesia’s Togean Islands.

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Pulau Batudaka

The westernmost island of Batudaka is home to the main port town of Wakai. At its western end lies Bomba, near where you'll find two resorts, budget-focused Poya Lisa (actually on Pulau Poya, a tiny islet just off the west coast of the island) and Island Retreat on the main island; the resorts are within eyesight of each other.


Island Retreat
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Bomba, Pulau Batu Daka
T: (0852) 4115 8853

This is the westernmost of all the accommodation on the Togeans, and what a note to finish on. Run by the very memorable Sylvie, while the snorkelling is nothing to write home about, Island Retreat sits on one of the best stretches of beach in the Togeans and if your primary concern is a tan and full stomach, and your budget stretches to Retreat's rates, this is easily the pick of the bunch.... Read our full review of Island Retreat.

Poya Lisa
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulau Poya
T: (0812) 3953 8675

One of the two bungalow resorts off Bomba in the far southern reaches of the Togeans, Poya Lisa has a bunch of eclectic wooden bungalows scattered around a small beachhead along with a handful of magnificently set clifftop options. Regardless of setting, the lodgings are solid but functional. Expect a firm bed, four solid walls and, for the huts that have a private bathroom, a clean, cold water... Read our full review of Poya Lisa.

Pulau Togean

Despite being one of the largest islands in the group, Sunset Beach at its far western extremity is the only guesthouse on Togean Island itself. The beach is a good size here and the views from the elevated restaurant are tremendous, looking north to Hotel California and Una Una.


Sunset Beach
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulau Togean
T: (0856) 5670 8146

This is the closest option to Wakai and while the stilted wooden bungalows are extremely basic -- bring a sleepsheet as fleas can be a problem -- this is an especially friendly spot with food served up at their super-elevated restaurant, which offers terrific views over the water and out to Hotel California (a very isolated snorkelling spot in the middle of nowhere) and Una Una in the distance.... Read our full review of Sunset Beach.

Pulau Kadidiri

Just 30 minutes from Wakai by boat, the small island of Kadidiri has the largest number of places to stay in the archipelago, with three resorts spanning a bay separated by a stone outcrop. They've lost a large amount of their beach over the years (especially towards the western end), and while much of the house reef is as dead as a doornail, the dropoff in front of Paradise and to the right offers some reasonable snorkelling. This island is your best bet if you're showing up in peak season without a reservation, solely because they have so many rooms. Paradise has a long public pier that is great for sunsets with a cold drink, while Black Marlin has a smaller beach platform (for their guests only).


Black Marlin Dive Resort
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Kadidiri
T: (0856) 5720 2004

We really need to emphasise the dive resort part of the name here as Black Marlin is solidly focused on the dive part of their business. If you don't dive, don't be surprised to have your reservation cancelled at the last moment -- as happened to one disappointed couple we spoke to who had planned their whole trip to Sulawesi around a stay there. Likewise, rooms can suddenly become unavailable to... Read our full review of Black Marlin Dive Resort.

Kadidiri Paradise
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Kadidiri
T: (0464) 21 058

One of the largest Togean resorts, Kadidiri Paradise is conveniently set just 30 minutes by boat from Wakai. Given its large number of rooms, it can be a first stop for those (like us) who arrive in high season sans reservation. Located on the same island as Lestari and Black Marlin, Paradise occupies the bulk of the real estate, with two longish stretches of beach bisected by a photogenic pier... Read our full review of Kadidiri Paradise.

Lestari
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulau Kadidiri

This is the cheapest of the digs on Kadidiri, with two main flavour of lodgings -- newish wooden bungalows between the small restaurant and the water are the best bet, while the cheaper rooms, located at the rear of the grounds and with shared bathrooms, are pretty dire and feel like they could blow away in a storm -- maybe they already have three or four times and been reassembled ... with a... Read our full review of Lestari.

Near Pulau Katupat

Katupat is one of the smaller islands in the Togeans group, and is home to the same-named village where the Puspita Sita stops. Both the following resorts are actually on small islands opposite and to the northeast of Katupat, a short boat ride away. Fadhila has poor snorkelling but great food while Bolilannga has some good snorkelling behind the island.


Fadhila Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Pangempa, opposite Pulau Katupat
T: (0813) 4117 9990

Straight opposite Katupat village, Fadhila is easily the most professionally run of all the places we saw on the Togeans -- and it shows. Despite having just an average beach, it was booked solid for the next two weeks from when we visited. Bungalows are solid wooden freestanding affairs, with decent decks and hammocks, though they're not stilted -- rather on solid rock and cement bases. All are... Read our full review of Fadhila Cottages.

Bolilanga Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Bolilanga, Northeast of Pulau Katupat
T: (0852) 4100 3685

Set on a blip of an island 30 minutes across the water from Fadhila, Bolilanga offers very solid, immaculate wooden bungalows in a couple of configurations on a pleasant yellowish sand beach. The island is so small that the restaurant, which sits slightly off the main beach, is actually on the other side of the island and we were told you're able to comfortably snorkel around the entire island in... Read our full review of Bolilanga Cottages.

Pulau Malenge

The village of Malenge is about half way along the south coast of the island, with the popular Lestari at its eastern extremity, opposite a Togean/Bajau village on a tiny island. This island is connected to another (and a village) and the eventual main island by a long wooden bridge. It's a scenic spot with a good pier for jumping off, but the house reef provides poor snorkelling. A trail network runs here and there on the island but we didn't try; another traveller who did reported the scenery to be beautiful but the paths very slippery and astonishingly easy to get lost on -- well, he said he was exploring, his wife said he was totally lost. There is a second resort on the island which we didn't visit. You'll find Pondok Indah on the northwest coast of Pulau Malenge.


Lestari
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulau Malenge

Lestari sits opposite a small Togean/Bajau village village on an island that is connected to another island and fishing village and eventually the main island. This gives Lestari quite an unusual outlook compared to most of the Togean resorts, but it doesn't stop here. As with Kadidiri Paradise, Lestari fronts onto the beach (and village) but also at the rear onto a lagoon. Management have built... Read our full review of Lestari.

Pulau Walea Kodi

This is the last large island, rounding out the eastern extremity of the Togeans. It is home to a single resort -- the budget orientated Sifa Cottage on its north coast. The upmarket Walea Dive Resort (unreviewed) at the far southern tip of nearby Walea Bahi. Sifa Cottage has one of the best house reefs in the Togeans.


Sifa Cottage
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulau Walea Kodi
T: (0821) 9596 6721

This is the most isolated of the budget orientated resorts on the Togeans, some three hours by outrigger to the east of Wakai (or an hour from Malenge or Dolong). It's home to a clutch of solid but simple wooden bungalows in a coconut grove backing onto a beautifully fine white sand beach. In many ways this is a counterpoint to Malenge Lestari, as the actual huts are quite similar, but here the... Read our full review of Sifa Cottage.




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