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Seraya Island Bungalows

Rustic

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Seraya Island is Kanawa's poorer sister, with a row of seriously rustic bungalows overlooking an attractive beach with an excellent reef offshore. In every way that Kanawa is proactive in organising activities, Seraya is the opposite. The management are not unfriendly, but to say they are completely nonchalant about whatever the hell you do while you're there is a massive understatement. And as with Kanawa, the restaurant service is mind-bendingly slow and the menu here is far, far more limited than at Kanawa. Bungalows are in very variable states, none have fans (the only electricity is during early evenings, until 22:00) and all are saltwater flush toilets (you fill your own bucket from the ocean). The standard is best described as very basic. Hammocks can be rented, and do rent one – swinging on the veranda is a lovely pastime to indulge in here. Overall, Seraya does have an old school, clapped out charm to it and we would return, with a battery-operated fan to get us through the nights – that's how hot it gets in the rooms. There are two viewpoints you can walk to and the snorkelling is fabulous. Sunrises are also amazing to watch – we could see ours from our bed, as we had to leave our door open to catch any breeze we could. You can organise boat trips from here to Solobo Island (highly recommended) and the two offshore islets along with longer haul trips to Komodo and Rinca, but you're better off doing the latter two from Kanawa. In high season management told us they host up to 80 guests, which really defies credulity -- we assume you have to order dinner a month in advance.


    Contact details:

    Seraya Island.  T: (0813) 3949 5244 
    Email them at: fransisoan@yahoo.com
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    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Bungalow fan private b'room 260,000 300,000 175,000/200,000 for single travellers

    Added to Travelfish on: 6th May, 2013
    Last visited or updated on: 6th May, 2013

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    Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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