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Malenge Indah

Budget huts with a great beach

Pulau Malenge

Malenge Indah

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The bungalows at Malenge Indah are no great shakes, but the beach is excellent and the price is right.

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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.

This will do nicely.

This will do nicely. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

Bungalow interiors are simple.

Bungalow interiors are simple. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

White sand and crystal waters.

White sand and crystal waters. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

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Walk-in rates at Malenge Indah

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Beachfront bungalow
200,000 rupiah
200,000 rupiah
Per person full board. Add 50,000 rupiah for a western bathroom
Room: Beachfront bungalow, low season: 200,000 rupiah, high season 200,000 rupiah. Notes: Per person full board. Add 50,000 rupiah for a western bathroom

Where is Malenge Indah

Malenge Indah
Pulau Malenge
Coordinates (for GPS): 122º4'40.32" E, -0º14'43.81" N
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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