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“Quiet stay in Togian” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sifa Cottage - Waleakodi

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Sifa Cottage - Waleakodi
L'Hay-les-Roses, France
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74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Quiet stay in Togian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is not the easiest place to reach in Togians (on Waleakodi island), but for sure this is very good for value. Sifa is a very nice person, managing this family owned resort.
Be aware that you'll be alone (well, with other guest of course!) on the island, and that the next city, Malenge, is about 1h by boat. No signal, no electricity except from 6 to 10pm, then no fan, no AC, ... a very quiet place !
The beach is quite nice, you can go snorkeling from there, otherwise you can go by boat to other reefs for diving/snorkeling.
Bungalows are very simple but clean, with indonesian bathroom.
Food is fresh and very good (no extra fat, grilled fish, salad, fruit, ...)
Most of the people we've met there were extending their stay.
Note that without signal, bookings have to made in advance, this is managed by Sifa's husband located in Czec Republic ! and she got info only we she's going in Malenge, every morning.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Basel
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41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Sifa cottages is the best place to stay and to relax. I stayed there for 5 nights in December 2012, coming from Fadillah cottags. From the first minute I arrived on the beach I knew this place is different. Very welcoming people, excellent food and the two guys working there were just amazing. We went fishing every evening and enjoyed the sunset from the boat. They took me to some local markets and explained a lot about their culture. It was not only about money as it as at Fadillah cottages, where I had the feeling of beeing a cash cow for them.
The beach is one of the best I have seen and the snorkeling was quite ok just in front of the cottages. If you are looking for some relaxing days with great people this is the place to go. They are very helpful with information about transport and do not charge every boat ride extra.
Check it out yourself. They offer as well diving and have brand new equipment which was great. The only thing which could be improved are the matrasses. They are a bit soft...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Matthias G
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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49 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

I can only agree with the good reviews before, about the great service, peace and quiet, delicious food.
The bungalows are basic but with good mosquito nets. The generator only runs until 10 pm or so, and the electricity is quite weak, had problems keeping batteries fully charged.
The house reef is like a haunted house, with creepy grey and black shades, interesting crevices and rocks to look under for eels and octopuses. The clownfish colony right of the beach is truly one of a kind.
Two big issues with location: it is 45 mins from Malenge, and the two islands are separated by a strong current. Even when the weather is calm, the current is nasty. For 4 days, we never made it to reef 5 because Ikbal judged the conditions to be too rough - and it wasn't a nasty storm, just some waves on top of the current. Only managed to get to other reefs once.
It was interesting to visit the nearby village though, you can go with them when they get shopping etc done. I would only go back there in the un-rainy season, as my main interest is snorkelling, and it was annoying to be so stuck there, with the seas looking almost perfectly calm, but too rough anyway for the little boat. I would also really really hate to be in that boat again for the crossing from Malenge in rain or bigger waves - even if you are not scared, you will get drenched.
The other issue is that there is no mobile signal. Which would be ok.... if we hadn't got a ride to Dolong before sunrise, in nasty rain, only to be told there that the ferry never even departed from Wakai and there wouldn't be another one for a week. The staff was really really nice and took us all the way back to Malenge, but we wasted a whole day in the boat going up and down, and then 2 more days waiting for another ferry to go north. If you are on a beach with signal, or within reach of signal, then at least you know in advance that you will be stuck.
It is a very nice place, and again, no issues with service etc, but the location makes it very inconvenient in certain ways, which I think you should know about before you commit yourself to a remote location like this.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Santiago, Chile
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Great snorkeling, great food and great people.
We had an excellent time here, it was so pleasant and relaxing.
This is what all my beach holidays will now be measured against and so far nothing comes close...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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84 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

I was staying in SIFA s cottage 15 days. It s perfect for snorkeling
Above all REEF N° 5 the best
The staff is friendly, food very good and I enjoyed a lot.
Hoping to see you next year 2014
Pay attention to the matress : no so confortable if you stay a long time.
A real paradise.
Thanks a lot for everythings and thanks to SIFA and IKBAL for the work they do for us to be happy.

Room Tip: From MALENGE, Ikbal will wait for you. Only 40 minutes to arrive in the paradise of Sifa s cottage
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anne B
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Austria
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed 10 days on this really nice place. The Bungalows are clean, but the mattresses are not the best quality. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The Food was very good and they also prepared nice vegetarian food for me. Most of the time they serve two different kind of vegetables per meal.
The riff in front of the beach is very good for snorkeling especially the clown-fish-colony.
The best way to reach the place is to go to Malenge with the ferry. One of the staff is always there when a new ferry arrives and will pick you up.
We enjoyed our days there and wish Sifa and her staff all the best for the future.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Verena A
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Switzerland
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23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights at Sifas cottage. The bungalows were simple but clean with their own mandi. The food was plenty and delicious. They have a nice beach with hammocks with ok snorkeling in front. Good price value option. Don’t take the bungalow next to the kitchen as it is very noisy in the morning.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sabrina K
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Property: Sifa Cottage - Waleakodi
Address: Waleakodi Island, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > Central Sulawesi > Togian Islands
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Togian Islands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7

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