Experience village life
Located in the middle-of-nowhere, homely Rudy Backpacker offers an opportunity to experience rural village life in the small town of Wanokaka, about four kilometres from the namesake beach.
A large spotless bungalow graces the family garden shared with the ancestors’ tombs. Colourful sheets adorn kapok mattresses within the spacious four-bed air-con dorm. Large picture windows and shiny tiled floors add to the freshness, brightened with local ikat and grey, cream and gold paintwork. The roof is an odd mix of corrugated iron and thatch that shades a small pebbled veranda. Outside a spooky mural depicts a dead tree sheltering a traditional gravestone complete with birds of prey flying overhead. In contrast to the clean room, a walk across the garden is the stained share bucket-style cold-water bathroom with a Western toilet. The friendly family can drop you at the beach, any of the surrounding traditional villages or Lapopu Waterfall for 10,000 rupiah. They have surfboards for hire too. Rudy Backpacker borders a rice field and is opposite the local church. A blue surfboard signboard marks the entrance. Rudy speaks good English. All meals are included which makes it not a bad deal for 200,000 rupiah per person. There’s no WiFI the phone signal is fussy. If you’d like to be closer to the beach, friendly Joni Homestay is four clicks away.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Per bed in bungalow
|200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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