Photo: Brand spanking new.

Salt Cafe

Best backpacker base

Jalan Pantai Indah, Batu Karas T: (0812) 2173 5209 (0812) 2280 0922 

Salt Cafe

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At the time of research, October 2017, Salt Cafe was so new it had only opened its doors the day we arrived.

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Besides being a decent addition to Batu Karas’s food scene, they offer the best value backpacker room in the area, and by room we mean they only have one, so be quick. Perched on the second floor above the cafe overlooking the beach, the basic tiled interior is spotlessly clean (lets hope it remains so).

Street frontage.

Street frontage. Photo: Sally Arnold

Furnished with a decent spring bed (still with a plastic wrapped bedhead) sporting a garishly colourful bottom sheet and light mismatched blanket—you may wish to pack a sleep sheet. The room is air-con, a bonus at this price point, with a towel rack and small built-in shelf the only additional accoutrements in the modest digs. Unfortunately the small window doesn’t take full advantage of the sea view, but still manages to keep the room bright, and you can always enjoy the scenery from the balcony.

The sparkling tiled ensuite bathroom is equipped with a cold shower only and a plastic bucket if you’d prefer a refreshing splash, as well as a modern-style Western throne. A tiny handbasin and a couple of hooks sit just outside the bathroom, and at the time of research lack a mirror—but hey who cares what you look like on a beach holiday (we’re sure you’re beautiful!).

No frills but cheap.

No frills but cheap. Photo: Sally Arnold

Friendly staff speak good English, which was uncommon in the cheaper places we saw and mentioned that WiFi is “coming soon”, but we wouldn’t hold our breath that it’s any faster than the painfully slow signal in the rest of Batu Karas.

Salt Cafe is located at the first bay at Batu Karas 400 metres from the turnoff, a 200 metre walk to the surf beach where most of the other backpacker accommodation is located. Salt Cafe have no email, website or Facebook, so call or WhatsApp to book.

Alternatively the next best choice is at this budget is Lucky Luke Guesthouse, with two fan, cold-water rooms and no views or, looking a bit tired, but with a glimpse of the ocean, each with a couple of fan-cooled rooms BK Homestay, Beach Corner and Wooden House all in a row along the sand may suffice. If you don’t mind a bit of a trek to the beach and your budget can stretch a little, good value fan rooms are available at Sadati Homestay.

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Walk-in rates at Salt Cafe

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con private bathroom
150,000 rupiah
150,000 rupiah
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 150,000 rupiah, high season 150,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Salt Cafe

Salt Cafe
Jalan Pantai Indah, Batu Karas
T: (0812) 2173 5209 (0812) 2280 0922 
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º29'56.53" E, 7º44'59.34" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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