Veneer guesthouse: "The only one in Calabai" Dompu Hotel Tip by theo1006
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We went to Calabai in order to visit Satonda Island. Another reason could have been to climb Tambora volcano. In the latter case you better travel the additional distance to the Tambora plantation guesthouse.
The only place to stay in Calabai is the guesthouse of the defunct Veneer logging station. The station - said to be owned by a crony of the late president Suharto - stopped operation in 2004 when it had denuded the Tambora region of 200-year old trees without doing any replanting.
The logging compound looks desolate, cows and goats run free. But the former manager's house is inhabited. Here lives mr Muhdar , who keeps the guesthouse habitable, although it could do with some repairs. But the beds are ok, there is plenty of water in the bathrooms, and the verandah looking out over the sea is superb. The bedrooms are built on poles above the sea; we were lulled asleep by the sound of waves.
Mr Muhdar charged us Rp 150,000 for a night. Coffee or tea was included. For meals we walked to Rumah Makan Optimis 2 across the road.
Mr Muhdar's mobile phone numbers: 087 866 989 455 and 085 333 264 819.
Address: Calabai village, Pekat district, Dompu regency.
Directions: On your left where the road bends to the right when arriving in Calabai.
Price: less than US$20
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