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 mandi -- anything else is a bonus. Nearly all bungalows have a veranda of some description -- be it just enough room to sling a hammock, or an upstairs terrace with great, and private, water views. While a few of the bungalows are the same, most are different from one another -- and while the clifftop ones are among the most threadbare, they were also our favourite, with outstanding water views and a true Robinson Crusoe vibe. There's a clifftop launching pad for those wanting a swim and, while the beautiful beach isn't the biggest, there is plenty of sand for all. The compact restaurant sits atop a second hillock separate from the rest of the resort and the food, while simple (fish and rice and fish and rice), gets good reviews. This is a family-run spot and expect to be greeted with a firm handshake followed by a tap of the chest. Like Sifa Cottage to the far north, Poya Lisa will appeal to those looking for isolation on a budget, with a friendly family atmosphere thrown in for free. Not sure we got this story straight, but the resort is named after the original owner of the island (centuries ago... apparently) named Poya, and the first guest they had was named Lisa. Recommended.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 26th May, 2014.