Budget huts with a great beach
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 bungalow on the western headland—once finished, it should be a vast improvement on the current offerings down on the beach.
The wooden bungalows here run along from the restaurant and face out over the white sand beach to the sea. They are very simple, with cinderblock bathrooms attached to wooden-faced beach huts with tin roofs. The wet bathrooms here were among the most mediocre we saw among all the places we inspected—the cheapest room had grimy squat loos, while the slightly more expensive rooms had Western toilets and rainshower style showers—these are considerably more appealing.
Bathrooms aside, the rooms are ok—a bit pokey with a simple bed with a four-poster frame supporting a decent mosquito net, but they’ll do at a pinch, and prices were among the most affordable of the Togean digs we inspected. The decks all have hammocks pre-strung along with a plastic chair, and all bungalows enjoy a view out to sea.
The beach here is very good. A fine white sand stretch is dotted with the occasional recliner, along with sufficient shade trees. Management has erected amusing signs, and while a distance pole notes that Finland is 20,120km away, Paradise is just 0km away, this may be overstating things slightly. Nevertheless if you’re after an affordable beach hideout and don’t mind very simple lodgings, then Malenge Indah is worth considering.
Malenge Indah is best approached from Malenge harbour, around 20-30 minutes away depending on sea conditions. Both the Puspita Sari and Kapia Touna stop there.
If you want to spend a little more, nearby Sera Beach offers a big jump up in standards for not a lot more coin, else, for a more spendy stay, nearby Bahia Tomini or Sandy Bay are both considerably better options than here.
Address: Pulau Malenge
Coordinates (for GPS): 122º4'40.32" E, -0º14'43.81" N
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Per person full board. Add 50,000 rupiah for a western bathroom
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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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