Great place to hang out for a while if you enjoy snorkelling or diving. It is still a bit of a mission to get there, but that adds to the thrill of staying in unexplored territory with minimal tourists.
I stayed there for a week. It is very peaceful and quiet. Sometimes the guesthouse is full and sometimes there are only a handful of people staying there.
Jun and Anna were awesome hosts. Jun is a good cook, but is restricted by the fact that all the vegetables have to be imported onto the island (tip if you are a vegetarian it is worth considering taking some veggies along from the mainland). Huge portion sizes.
The snorkelling is amazing. You can rent all you need for snorkelling for $5 per day. Bring water shoes as it can get tricky to get out to the reef when the tide is out. You see turtles every day and so many different types of fish.
Jun will help to arrange transport to the different islands if you wish to explore further for a reasonable charge.
The huts are basic (don't expect 5 star) but are adequate. They have great nets over the bed to keep you from the jungle insects. You will spend most of your time in the restaurant which overlooks the beach/ocean. Two great hammocks are really great to hang out and read books.
There are plans to build an airport by the end of 2014 and no doubt there will be numerous new hotels and guesthouses spring up and this little bit of paradise will be overrun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maratua Guesthouse is the only guesthouse on the island of Maratua. We are located in the beautiful jungle, right on the beach. Our chalets are eco-concept chalets that have been described as cute and comfortable by our guests. We have a wonderful restaurant with astounding sunset views. Turtles come and eat the grass in front of the restaurant every morning. The diving and snorkeling in this area is fantastic and we can help you arrange trips anywhere in the vicinity. ... more less