Pulau Poya Lisa: Idyllic Island in the Togean Archipelago
Poya Lisa Island is an idyllic little island included in the area that makes up the Togean National Park in Central Sulawesi. Privately-owned and literally off-the-map, Poya Lisa is the perfect extreme getaway for complete relaxation and ultimate detachment from the hustle and bustle that is everyday city-life. Although relatively small and rarely mentioned, the natural beauty of the island and genuine warmth of the local people are sure to capture your heart and leave you with unforgettable memories of your trip to this miniature paradise.
This charming island covers just 5 acres of pure, white stretches of sand, glistening in the sun, surrounded by a crystal-clear, turquoise sea, rich in brilliant coral reefs. This tiny, yet gorgeous island has two beaches, lined with small benches to watch the sunset. Even at “peak season,” Poya Lisa will never be very crowded, so if seclusion and tranquillity are what you desire, you can’t get much better than this.
The Island is owned by Mr. Ismael, a registered nurse on Bomba Island, the closest island to Poya Lisa. Mr. Ismael built the island resort 15 years ago, and it is personally managed by him and his family. According to legend, Poya Lisa gets its name from a man called Poya, the first person who planted coconut trees on the island.
Aside from its obviously beautiful and practically untouched surroundings, Poya Lisa is best known for its amazing hospitality, which is what sets it far apart from the rest. Mr. Ismael and his family go out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home, and this added charm and friendliness effortlessly complementsthe enchanting atmosphere, creating the perfect ambience to make your trip a heart-warming and unforgettable one