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PULAU BANYAK > ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

Click to enlargeAll the bungalows that made Pulau Banyak famous in the 1990ies are all gone. New losmen and bungalows are appearing again after the martial law and the tsunami. Now Pulau Banyak has well known among the travelers, as time goes by, Balai, Palambak Besar, Tailana and Sikandang has improve itself by built a basic but nice bungalows. Even Singkil, (the last stop before you get to Pulau Banyak) has been complied by hotel and motel. Another alternative is to do island hopping and go camping with a chartered boat or canoe. See under WHAT TO SEE AND DO. Maybe the best alternative is to take a kayaking tour, see under KAYAKING.

The local diet consists mainly of fish and rice. Vegetables and fruit are normally imported from the mainland. Alcohol is only sold on the black market (you are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the island) The beach accommodations have their own facilities, but one should be aware that not all kinds of vegetables and fruit are available.

This is several of the price lists for the accommodation. Remember, this is not a fixed price, but you can use this price as your guidance. Bargain is the most important thing in Pulau Banyak.

Balai – Palambak
speedboat : Rp.400.000 – Rp.500.000
robin (traditional canoe with machine) : Rp.250.000 – Rp.300.000
boat (fisherman boat/ for a group) : Rp. 600.000 – Rp.700.000

Balai – Tailana
Speedboat : Rp.600.000 – Rp.700.000
Robin : Rp.400.000
Boat : negotiable

Desa P. Balai and Haloban are the only places with formal restaurants. In other villages food can be arrange by locals if ordered in advance.The shops are still basic. What you need to bring yourself is sun lotion, clothes, and books if you like to read.

WHERE TO EAT IN P. BALAI

  1. Lae Kombih (food stall (warung) in front of Penginapan Lae Kombih), they are serving the local community’s food in general. Try their fish is a must. They also serve local Indonesian food in the morning for breakfast, “lontong sayur”.
  2. Losmen Putri, jl.iskandar muda, same like Lae Kombih but more variable. Here, they are accepting your request. Here you can ask for the food you want cooked like what.
  3. Warung Mie Aceh, jl.iskandar muda (just 10 meter from Lae Kombih). Serve local Acehnese noodle and meatballs noodle soup, fried rice and ifumie.
  4. Mak Yani, jl.A.Yani, serve fried rice and noodle.
  5. Warung Si Rap, same like Mak Yani
  6. Warung Kak Mar, opposite of Lae Kombih, they have fried rice, noodle, local cake, local coffee and “lontong sayur” ( Lontong is a dish made of compressed rice cake in the form of a cylinder wrapped inside a banana leaf, and put in vegetable soup) in the morning. The most busy food stall in the morning, local people spend their time here for coffee and talk about everything, from the daily activities, gossip artist and politics.

WHERE TO SLEEP IN P. BALAI

  1. Putri, Jl. Iskandar Muda 43. Ph: +62813 9737 6499. 14 rooms, fan or air-conditioner , with or without attached bathroom; Rp. 60-150.000. Restaurant. This the most complete and highest standard of Losmen in Balai. The place is also nice, far from the center of the village.
  2. Lei Kombih, Jl. Iskandar Muda 1, Ph: 085296895929 (some English) 10 rooms w. fan, with ( only 1 room) or without bathroom, Rp. 30-50.000. Restaurant. If you are looking for cheap but clean losmen, this is what you are looking for (backpacker inn). In the center of the village. Close to the food stall, jetty and daily needs shop.
  3. Nanda, Jl. Makmur. Ph: +62813 9768 5036, for English: +852 6025 6146. 6 rooms. With fan Rp. 50.000. With air-con and attached bathroom Rp. 80-120.000. The place is same like Lae Kombih, in the middle of the village activity, close to the jetty, food stall, market and daily needs shop.
  4. Aurora, 4 rooms, fan, no attached bathroom: Rp. 30.000. Coffee shop downstairs.

WHERE TO EAT AND SLEEP IN HALOBAN

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What we here call Haloban is actually two villages grown together; Haloban and Asantola. There is no restaurant or food stall in Haloban, but the only losmen, Sederhana Aleng Moon, serve food. Many consider they have the best food in Pulau Banyak. There are a few coffee shops though, for example Flamboyan, open 06.00-02.00, near the boat landing. They can serve you instant noodles if needed.

Sederhana Aleng Moon, Desa Asantola. (near health center). Ph:+6285361976160 or +6281376896895 (Mrs. Surni). 6 rooms, no attached bathroom, Rp. 40.000. Food available. Near the forest.

 

WHERE TO EAT AND SLEEP IN UJUNG SIALIT

The Christian Nias village of Ujung Sialit seldom sees tourists staying overnight. Now there finally are a few rooms available. Food can be ordered. There is no electricity in Ujung Sialit except for solar panels.

Homestay Risman. Ask for Pak Risman (at the health center), app. 200m south of boat landing. 2 rooms. Price is "up to you". Pay as reasonable as you feel.

WHERE TO STAY ON PULAU PALAMBAK BESAR

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Lyla's Bungalows, northern shore of Palambak Besar. +6281360170808, e: dmawan_skl76@yahoo.com (Mawan). Four bungalows, two separate bathrooms, restaurant. Rp. 200.000/person/day, including meals 3 times a day. Snorkeling equipment and kayak at reasonable prices. You can rent a tent also here. From Singkil to Palambak by speedboat will cost Rp.1.500.000 (max 5 people)

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WHERE TO STAY ON PULAU TAILANA

Pondok Tailana, 6 bungalows. Rp.80.000/night/bungalow (2 person). More than 2 person plus Rp.100.000. Meals is Rp.100.000/day/person. Kayak is available to rent here.
Also can rent a canoe for island hopping, @Rp.100.000 for min.3 person. Route is Tailana – Pandan – Tambego cave (see stalagmite and stalagtit) – Ujung Sialit (for village tour, see the traditional way of life) – Tailana. You also can create your own destination. Call Mawan (+6281360170808, e: dmawan_skl76@yahoo.com) and Rega (+62812909908084, e: regavia@yahoo.com)

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