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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get to Lia Beach?

It depends where you are coming from. For detailed directions, see our Directions page.

Which Togean resort are you the closest to?

Now that Sifa Cottage is closed, the closest operating resorts are on Malenge island, about 1 hour away.

Are there any ATMs on the Togean Islands?

Unfortunately no. You have to withdraw enough money before heading to the Togean Islands, either in Ampana or in Gorontalo. In both these cities, there are ATMs for Visa and Mastercard. Be aware that ATMs don’t have a very high withdrawal limit (up to Rp 1.250.000 or Rp 2.500.000 depending on the bank) so you might have to withdraw several times in a raw to get the necessary amount. Think of letting your bank know so that they don’t suspect a fraud on your card.

Can I exchange money on the mainland just before going to the Togean Islands?

We don’t recommend that you exchange money in Ampana or Gorontalo. In both cities, there are no money changers, so you can only exchange in banks.

  • Ampana: you can only exchange at BRI bank (Euros and US dollars). There are long waiting lines and sometimes their computer system is down, or the manager is not there, so they won’t exchange. Exchange rates are much lower than in other Indonesian touristy places.
  • Gorontalo: you can only exchange US Dollars, not Euros.

Note that banks do not accept ripped or rumpled foreign bank notes, everywhere in Indonesia, and that banks close at 03:00 pm

Can I pay by credit card at Lia Beach? Can I pay with Euros or US Dollars?

At the moment we don’t accept credit card payments, because we don’t have a credit card machine.
Besides, we only accept cash in Rupiah. It is complicated for us to accept other currencies (Euros, US Dollars) because it requires us to go to Ampana (1 night + almost 1 day on the public boat) to exchange them. Besides, exchange rates in Ampana are very low, not to mention that without any internet connection on the island, it is impossible for us to get up-to-date exchange rates. As a matter of fact, we could only offer very low rates if we accepted Euros and US Dollars, which wouldn’t be in your advantage.

Why is your name Lia Beach and your website pae-lia-beach.com?

We’ve had some kind of a name problem! “Pae Lia” is the original name of the beach, and we wanted to keep it, that’s why we bought the corresponding domain name. The trouble is, after a little survey, it turned out Pae Lia sounded too much like “paella”, the typical spanish dish (fried rice with seafood, among others).
So we decided to buy a new domain name (lia-beach) and redirected it to pae-lia-beach, cause we had no time to transfer our site to the new domain name.
Long story short: our real name is indeed Lia Beach, even tough we’re using both domain names for our website!!