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What we say: 4 stars

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.


    Contact details:

    Pulau Poya.  T: (0812) 3953 8675 
    Email them at: poyalisaisland@gmail.com
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    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Bungalow fan share b'room 125,000 125,000 Per person full board
    Bungalow fan private b'room 150,000 150,000 Per person full board Upto 175,000 depending on the bungalow

    Added to Travelfish on: 6th September, 2013
    Last visited or updated on: 26th May, 2014

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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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    Poya Lisa
    Pulau Poya. 
    T: (0812) 3953 8675 
    poyalisaisland@gmail.com
    http://poyalisa.blogspot.com

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