Sep 10 2013
When people think tropical islands they tend to dwell on the natural stuff: the palms swaying in a breeze warm enough to keep you in a light sweat but not bring on a cardiac arrest; the powdery soft white sand that squeaks between the toes; the turquoise waters with hints of coral, fish, sharks and the occasional moray. But what about the piers?
We first encountered piers en masse earlier this year on Thailand’s Ko Kut, but Indonesia isn’t too shabby on that front either — Kanawa Island for example has a great one — but the Togeans in Sulawesi, well they make ‘em good there too.
Take the pier at Fadhila, near Palau Kapupat, for example. It has a bend to the right that draws your eye to the beachhead, but with its bad camber and wonky wood, I bet more than a few late-night star-watching, Bintang-quaffing guests have gone straight off the edge — watch out for the lionfish!
Then there’s the Jellyfish Lake pier. None of the wood is actually nailed down, making for all manner of slapstick ridiculousness. Once they nail it together this will become one of the most solid piers in the archipelago.
But that’s enough on the nasty stuff. Let’s focus on the upside of Togean piers.
Heading east, Lestari on Malenge has two piers, a rear one that looks over a lagoon — think hammocks and books — and a front beach pier. This is the one to head for…
Now let’s jump right to the other side of the archipelago, almost as far west as you can go. Meet Poya Lisa, which has an understated stubby pier.
The real attraction at Poya Lisa though is the cliff you can jump off on the far side (yeah, okay, we know this has nothing to do with piers, but we like the picture).
A short boat trip or a rather long swim takes you to Island Retreat, which does have a rather nice pier. Great for strolling, sun-baking and leaping into the sea.
Piers really come into their own when the sun dips under or pops over the horizon. Here are a few more of our favourites.
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