This little island remains pristine. There are only two places to stay here, and Hoga Island Resort would be my recommendation. be aware that to come here you must be someone that is very adaptable and loves being in the nature, as this is not a luxury resort and its isolated from everything (a blessing for me).
Wiah, Gertjee and everyone else are very warm, they will try to make your stay as confortable as possible. overall its a good place to stay, there aren´t many places in the world left like hoga. if you go all the way to hoga allow enough time, a considerable transfer time is needed. allocate at least 5-7 full days there.
food its very good. expect rice, fish, curry, squid, fruit, etc. we just had seafood. beer its a bit more pricey, but the reason is they have to bring it from very far away (about 3 hours by boat).
expect very basic rooms. the bed has a mosquito net, something that is a must. there aren´t real walls in the room, so if you have a neighbour bungalow voices can be heared. i don´t point out this as a bad thing, just as a mere description of the place. it didn´t bother us. bathroom is mandy style: meaning outside the room, and there´s no shower, instead you will be provided with brackish water and a bucket.
be aware you will be in contact with nature from the island, so expect to see some beautiful birds, monitor lizard, gecko´s, one or two bats.
they just purchased new diving equipment so there are bcd´s available and octopus in perfect conditions. other equipment might be less but they will do their best to arrange if you dont bring yours.
I think the owner of the resort (not Gertjee or Wiah) could do a little bit of effort in improving a few things in the resort like: light in the bathrooms at night, they light up a querosene lamp but its quite dark. bring a torch. Also to invest in a depurator to have real drinking water wouldn´t hurt. water is bring from the next door island and boiled at Hoga, this is completely safe to drink, but it keeps a slight taste to wood. also would be better if they provide top sheets for the bed, you do get a thicker kind of blanket. and to build some rustic manual showers wouldn´t hurt, cold water its fine as weather its hot. and if you dive hot water can be provided after a night dive or the third dive.
would i go back? If i had a full week to go to Hoga, for sure.
this is a place to travel if you like diving, snorkeling or escape completely from contact with civilization.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The traditional cottages are built on stilts facing the beach and the sea, each with their own balcony and hammock for relaxing. On the beach there are also hammock areas where guests can read a book, meet for a cold beer and watch spectacular sunsets. The resort has electricity from 6pm till 10pm. Two rooms share one traditional mandy bathroom with water from the well. Often served on the beach, meals are varied and generous and are made with fresh ingredients including the catch of the day brought in by the local fishermen. Wia’s chips and spaghetti are famous as well as her traditional Indonesian dishes! When not diving, Hoga Island also offers other activities such as exploring around the island, a visit to the local sea nomad village, a trip by motorbike on nearby Kaledupa Island. We also have a small library of books in various languages as well as marine life reference books. The dive sites are all within a short boat ride from the Resort and include fantastic pinnacles, ridges, walls, ledges and overhangs which together, make this an unforgettable, underwater paradise. Due to Hoga Island’s remote location we do not have to compete with other divers for nice quiet dive sites and, whatever the weather, there is always a great choice of varied locations. Asrul, our local dive guide has a great eye for the small creatures on the reef, easily finding creatures such as pygmy sea horses and the orangutang crab in the bubble coral. Some sites have a superabundance of fish, where you can hang out at the end of your dive at 6 meters in utter bliss. ... more less