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Togean Islands

Eat and meet

The Togeans

Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with free tea and coffee all day, but bottled drinking water extra, is standard across all the main operations in the Togeans. There are no outside restaurants or bars on any of the resort islands. This means no wandering up to the restaurant at 15:00 for a quick nasi goreng or down to the beach bar for a lazy gin and tonic at sunset.

While the reason is related to staffing levels and costs, the full board scene can be frustrating as a guest -- especially when you're stuck in a resort with dreadful food. There's nothing quite like waking up and dreading breakfast when you're supposed to be on holiday. The other negative effect of this system is that dropping into another resort may need some pre-planning as they may start preparing the food early in the day, and catering is done for a specific number of guests.

On a positive note, servings tend towards the generous, with typically at least two dishes for lunch and three for dinner. While some resorts offer just rice and fish, fish and rice or some combination of the two, others offer a wider variety of food, so that those staying just a few days may never hit the same dish twice.

Beer, bottled water, cigarettes, snacks and soft drinks are usually available but are relatively expensive (45,000-50,000 for a large Bintang, 40,000 rupiah for a packet of chips, 10,000 for a small Sprite, for example) so bring what you can if you are watching your pennies, or just skip the booze for your stay.

Rates charged for hosting children vary resort to resort. Some charge half price for age six and up, while at others the kids are free, with no clear policy of when they need to start paying.


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