A gorgeous rustic hideaway
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 owner, Sifa, is particularly friendly, the food gets consistently good reports and the reef is arguably the best house reef we snorkelled in the Togeans. When we asked to buy some bananas for our hungry son, the owner gave us a bunch for free. Another asset here is that Sifa has plenty of fresh water, thanks to a natural spring nearby (you'll see a half buried tube running across the sand) so it's no problem if you want to shower day in, day out. Bungalows are solid but minimalist, with hammocks strung and a couple of plastic deckchairs. Those with share bathroom are in a very aged longhouse opposite the better huts and we'd say the 150,000 (per person) bungalows are worth the extra money. There is a channel through the middle of the reef to give boats low tide access, but snorkellers will see evidence of artificial reef restoration along the channel's edge -- nice to see someone cares! Sifa is very isolated and will appeal most to those looking for true isolation with a friendly vibe. Reservations are essential in high season -- Sifa fills up fast and we couldn't get in during two weeks in July when we tried.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 26th May, 2014.