Cheapest on the beach
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 accommodation is nothing more than four walls, a roof and a bed (with mosquito net) and a hammock strung out front. There is no room for an extra bed in the bungalow, though we guess a third person could sleep in a hammock. Rooms with private bathroom have a bucket flush squat loo in the cinderblock bathroom attached to the rear of each bungalow.
The huts with the share bathroom are slightly better appointed and have replaced some seriously old bamboo and rattan wooden huts, which stood here on our previous visit. They sit in a single row behind some shade trees looking out onto the small beach and waters beyond. The beach here is often used for boats coming and going, and while the snorkelling beyond is reasonable, watch out for the boats in close. The bungalows with private bathroom look immediately over the waters and felt a bit too exposed to us; both the private and shred bathrooms were not in great shape.
At 175,000 rupiah per night (full board), the share bathroom huts were among the cheapest rooms we saw in any resort on our trip in 2018, but for just 25,000 more you can be in an economy room at Black Marlin, which is better value in pretty much every way. That said, if you prefer Lestari’s rustic style, well, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this. If you are on a tight budget, other islands like Malenge to the east or even Poya Lisa to the west offer affordable lodgings in a better state than here, but they lack perhaps the high season crowds that fill here in season. Out of season it can be dead quiet—there was only one guest in residence at Pondok Lestari when we visited in April 2018.
In high season, Lestari’s huts are sought after and it is consistently full—in the past, a tent queue would appear as guests bided their time waiting for a bungalow to become available—if this is you, be sure to clarify if you are in the queue for a bungalow with or without a bathroom to avoid an unpleasant surprise.
Address: Pulau Kadidiri
T: (0852) 4199 8586;
Coordinates (for GPS): 121º50'38.52" E, -0º21'22.74" N
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan share bathroom|
Per person full board
|175,000 rupiah||175,000 rupiah|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Per person full board
|200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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