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Where to stay in Togean Islands



Introduction


Under 150,000 Rp
Where to stay on Indonesia’s Togean Islands
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp

Sulawesi’s Togean Islands offer just over a dozen places to stay, ranging from firmly backpacker-orientated bungalow operations through to midrange resorts—all scattered right across the archipelago—leaving the question, where are the best places to stay? What part of the Togean Islands should you stay in? Luckily the accommodation is in a series of clusters. To the east there are... Read our full review of Where to stay on Indonesia’s Togean Islands.

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Pulau Batudaka

The westernmost island of Batudaka is home to the main port town of Wakai. At its western end lies Bomba, near where you’ll find four resorts. Budget-focused Poya Lisa actually on Pulau Poya, a tiny islet just off the west coast of the island, and on the main island, Island Retreat, Poki Poki and Bomba Divers.


West of Bomba, Pulau Batudaka
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Island Retreat
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
West of Bomba, Pulau Batudaka
T: (0852) 4115 8853

Sprawling Island Retreat is the westernmost of all the accommodation on the Togeans, and it offers spacious wooden beach bungalows with a terrific beach outlook. We’ve had two lengthy stays here, both times in the ever-so-slightly-slowly-falling-over honeymoon cottage at the western end of the resort. There are perhaps a dozen bungalows in all, set in a single row in a lawn garden running... Read our full review of Island Retreat.

East of Bomba, Pulau Batudaka
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Poki Poki
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
East of Bomba, Pulau Batudaka

“Welcome Home” reads the sign as you start the walk down the length of Poki Poki’s orchid-decorated, hammock-strewn pier. Yes, there are hammocks literally on the pier here, and that pretty much neatly sums up the place. Previously Pitate, Poki Poki offers a selection of wooden cottages and bamboo bungalows in a few different flavours, running along a very pretty beachfront about a... Read our full review of Poki Poki.

Pulau Poya
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Poya Lisa
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Poya
T: (0823) 4995 1833

One of the the handful of bungalow resorts clustered around Bomba in the far western reaches of the Togeans, Poya Lisa has a bunch of eclectic wooden bungalows scattered around a small beachhead along with some magnificently set clifftop options. Poya Lisa’s restaurant and “lobby” sits on a small islet connected to the rest by a sandy beach—in high tide you may be wading between the... Read our full review of Poya Lisa.

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Pulau Togean

Despite being one of the largest islands in the group, Sunset Beach at its far western extremity is the only guesthouse on Togean Island itself. The beach is a good size here and the views from the elevated restaurant are tremendous.


Pulau Togean
Under 150,000 Rp
Sunset Beach
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulau Togean
T: (0823) 4995 1833

The only resort-style place to stay on Togean island proper, Sunset Beach offers a clutch of very basic but well sized bungalows, with a beach ideal for sunset gazing. There are just a handful of freestanding bungalows here, running in a single row back from the beach, meaning only the first one has real beach views. The large elevated wooden building, once home to the restaurant, now hosts... Read our full review of Sunset Beach.

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Pulau Kadidiri

Just 30 minutes or so from Wakai by boat, the small island of Kadidiri has a concentration of places to stay, with three resorts spanning a bay separated by a stone outcrop and one more on another part of the island. Because there are so many rooms, this island is your best bet if you’re showing up in peak season without a reservation.


Pulau Kadidiri
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Black Marlin Dive Resort
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Kadidiri
T: (0812) 3830 7077

The highest profile dive resort on the Togeans, Black Marlin runs a tight ship which while very diver focussed in high season represents solid value in the off and shoulder season. It is a sizeable operation, wrapping around the headland (and a massive banyan tree) between Lestari and Kadidiri Paradise, encompassing a beach bar, restaurant, massage centre and plenty of lounging around... Read our full review of Black Marlin Dive Resort.

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Pulau Kadidiri
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Harmony Bay
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Pulau Kadidiri
T: (0821) 8832 1517

The newest kid on the Kadidiri block, Harmony Bay sits on its own bay around to the west from the main cluster of resorts on Kadidiri and offers a range of accommodation options. The resort sits on a pristine strip of white sand, enjoying a shallow drop off to a sprawling coral garden. There are plenty of shade trees along the beach, lazy chairs dotted around the place and even a volleyball... Read our full review of Harmony Bay.

Pulau Kadidiri
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Kadidiri Paradise
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Kadidiri
T: (0821) 9543 7099

The largest resort on the Togean Islands, Kadidiri Paradise is a popular crowd pleaser, with a splendid pier out front, but the rooms are aged and not really the best value in the archipelago. While the property is large—it encompasses two stretches of sand, more waterfront and a lagoon at the rear—most the the rooms are in pretty tight confines, clustered to each side of the central... Read our full review of Kadidiri Paradise.

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Pulau Kadidiri
Under 150,000 Rp
Pondok Lestari
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulau Kadidiri
T: (0852) 4199 8586

Uber-basic Pondok Lestari is the cheapest of the digs on Kadidiri, offering absolute bare bones wooden shacks wedged between the considerably more salubrious Black Marlin and the cliff face. Long-running Lestari’s rooms come in two flavours: wooden bungalows with share bathrooms and wooden bungalows with private bathrooms. A comfortable, simply-styled restaurant is wedged in between. The... Read our full review of Pondok Lestari.

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Near Pulau Katupat

Katupat is one of the smaller islands in the Togeans group, and is home to the same-named village where some of the larger ferries stop. Both the following resorts are actually on small islands opposite and to the northeast of Katupat, a short boat ride away. Fadhila has poor snorkelling but great food while Bolilannga has some good snorkelling behind the island.


Pulau Bolilanga, Northeast of Pulau Katupat
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Bolilanga Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Bolilanga, Northeast of Pulau Katupat
T: (0852) 4100 3685

Set on a blip of an island 30 minutes' across the water from Fadhila, Bolilanga offers very solid, immaculate wooden bungalows in a couple of configurations on a pleasant whiteish-sand beach. The island is so small that the restaurant, which sits slightly off the main beach, is actually on the other side of the island. We were told you're able to comfortably snorkel around the entire island... Read our full review of Bolilanga Cottages.

Pulau Pangempa, opposite Pulau Katupat
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Fadhila Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Pangempa, opposite Pulau Katupat
T: (0852) 4100 3685

Named after the owner’s first daughter and in business since 1996, Fadhila Cottages offers two main flavours of bungalows clustered around a sandy peninsula facing Katupat village. Rooms are cottage style, set on the ground rather than stilted, with tiled floors, verandas and Western-style bathrooms. They’re perhaps a little close together, and thanks to the shady coconut grove they sit... Read our full review of Fadhila Cottages.

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Pulau Malenge

The village of Malenge is about half way along the south coast of the island, with the popular Malenge Cottage at its eastern extremity, opposite a Togean/Bajau village on the tiny island of Pulau Papan. The north coast of Malenge has seen plenty of development with four resorts currently along the coast and more probably coming.


Pulau Malenge
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Bahia Tomini
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Pulau Malenge
T: (0852) 4032 9259

The first we heard about Bahia Tomini was when we saw a drone photograph of the bay from above and we thought, “Damn, we gotta take a look” at that joint—always a good sign. Unfortunately though, when we dropped by in April 2018, Bahia Tomini was closed till the 18th, so we were not able to give it a good look. The news isn’t all bad though, as an elderly lady who (we think) was... Read our full review of Bahia Tomini.

Pulau Malenge
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Sandy Bay
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Pulau Malenge
T: (0823) 4995 1833

Sandy Bay, the westernmost of the resorts on Malenge, boasts what is arguably the best house beach of the entire archipelago. It is actually two beaches separated by a blip of a headland, which you can walk around at all but high tide (when the cement footpath over the top comes in handy). There is a further, equally fantabulous beach in the next bay to the east (the bay between Sandy Bay and... Read our full review of Sandy Bay.

Pulau Malenge
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Sera Beach
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Malenge
T: (0823) 4995 1833

Just two bays to the east of Sandy Bay, Sera Beach has both bungalows looking out over the beach and running up the eastern hillside. It represents very good value for the standard. Bungalows, especially the sightly more expensive (and newer) ones on the hillside, are solid and a good size. We were shown a hillside one that enjoyed a great view over the surrounds and down to the water and,... Read our full review of Sera Beach.

Pulau Malenge
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Lestari Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Malenge
T: (0823) 4995 1833

Long-running Lestari Cottages offers two slices of island life: a gleaming white sand beach and, at the read, a near luminescent green lagoon. The white sand beach (with a small pier and hammock station) faces across to a small Bajau village clustered around Papan Island—which is really little more than a large rock. The island is then connected by an almost kilometre-long bridge which runs... Read our full review of Lestari Cottages.

Pulau Malenge
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Malenge Indah
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Malenge

The bungalows at Malenge Indah are no great shakes, but the beach is excellent and the price is right. When we dropped by in April 2018, the friendly owner confessed to not having had a guest in two weeks which, even by Togean standards, is a bit slow, but he obviously thinks business will be picking up as he was midway through building what looked to be a pretty impressive oversized wooden... Read our full review of Malenge Indah.

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Pulau Walea Kodi

Pulau Walea Kodi is home to a couple of ferry stops and two well isolated and very sleepy resorts.


Pulau Walea Kodi
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Lia Beach
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Pulau Walea Kodi
T: (0821) 9011 1340

Two outlandishly designed oversized bamboo bungalows enjoy the second most isolated location in the Togean Islands—Lia Beach is ideal for lovers and those wanting to drop well and truly off the map. French-Indonesian run Lia Beach was deserted when we swung past in mid-April 2018, with just a group of friendly young guys hanging out who were happy to walk us through the bungalows. With just... Read our full review of Lia Beach.

Pulau Walea Kodi
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulo Tiga Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulau Walea Kodi
T: (0813) 8576 7815

The last stop heading east along the northern coast of Walea Kodi, Pulo Tiga offers a clutch of affordable if typical beach bungalows on a glistening white sand beach, with very welcoming staff sweetening the deal. Only a year and a half old when we passed through in April 2018, Pulo Tiga (the name means three islands) has a single row of bungalows running back from the beach, backing onto... Read our full review of Pulo Tiga Bungalows.

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Una Una

Volcanic Una Una is home to at least two dive resorts and a homestay. We were unable to visit Una Una because of weather conditions and time considerations when we had planned to go. Please see the websites for Sanctum and Pristine Paradise to find out more about the resorts.


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