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 yellowish 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 and we were told you're able to comfortably snorkel around the entire island in a little over an hour. The bungalows are in one long row, with the restaurant area breaking them up. They're simple but solid, with very clean bathrooms and mandi and a good outlook from the veranda. Some bungalows are duplex while the more expensive ones are freestanding. This is a very sleepy spot -- we had to wake up three staff before we found the right one to talk to us, but once awake they were a friendly and chatty bunch. For the standard, prices are a bit high, but this has a much more relaxed vibe (and far smaller crowd) than similarly priced Kadidiri Paradise. The snorkelling here is quite good -- a lineball call between here and Sifa Cottage. When standing with your back to the restaurant (near the table tennis table), walk left as far as you can go and continue around the point -- while we didn't see any, other travellers have reported seeing Napolean wrasse and plenty of reef sharks on their way around the island.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 200,000 rupiah, high season 200,000 rupiah. Notes: Per person full board
Room: Superior double room, low season: 250,000 rupiah, high season 250,000 rupiah. Notes: Per person full board
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 300,000 rupiah, high season 300,000 rupiah. Notes: Per person full board
Pulau Bolilanga, Northeast of Pulau Katupat
T: (0852) 4100 3685
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp