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Byuk Beya Homestay lies on the north shore of Pulau Kri and is one of three that inhabit a beautiful stretch of beach at the less developed eastern end of that island.
Byuk Beya has three private bungalows on the beach, all of which have verandahs with fabulous ocean views across to Waigeo and Gam. The single room bungalows are shaded by surrounding trees and a table and bench seating is provided on each verandah.
Bungalow bedrooms sleep two people on a mattress on the floor which is provided with pillows, bolsters, sheets and a mosquito net. Each room also has power outlets and a room light switch.
Meals at Byuk Beya Homestay are served in a dining room which is also on the beach and affords the same fantastic sea views. The dining room has a large table and bench seating and drinking water, tea and coffee are always freely available there.
All guests share the two roomed, pebble floored bathroom building. A western style toilet occupies one room – the other is the dip mandi style bathroom.
Electricity is supplied by generator and is available from sunset to midnight. Byuk Beya Homestay was only receiving a weak phone signal when we visited in June 2016 and a data connection wasn’t possible.
The nearest village for supplies is Yenbuba on Pulau Mansuar, which is about a twenty minute boat ride away. It’s wise to bring any supplies you consider essential with you. Please also take home any inorganic rubbish you make: As in all of Raja Ampat, there is no non-polluting method of waste disposal on Kri and contributing to the
trashing of paradise is surely best avoided.
Only a little English is spoken at Byuk Beya Homestay, so if you have no Bahasa Indonesia a phrasebook will help ease any communication difficulties.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Byuk Beya Homestay and Waisai is by speedboat and costs IDR 800,000 each way. The boat can carry up to six passengers and trip price is shared.
Arborek Transfers: Byuk Beya also provides a transfer service for guests staying at Arborek homestays. A longboat pickup from or dropoff to Arborek will cost IDR 500,000. The longboat used can carry two passengers maximum (IDR 250,000 each). Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here. Activities
In common with
all Kri accommodation, a stay at Byuk Beya Homestay is all about the ocean. There’s great snorkelling at the door, diving can be arranged with the neighbouring Kri dive centre of your choice and just relaxing and watching the changing sea views from your bungalow verandah is pure bliss.
If you’re feeling energetic you can walk the entire north shore of Kri at low tide. You can also cross the sandbanks between Kri and Ransiwor and Mansuar to Yenbuba village. From Yenbuba walk trails run the length of the much larger island of Mansuar. You’ll need an early morning low tide and to arrange a boat pickup at the other end if you want to do all that!
Shorter walks to the heights of Kri for panoramic views are also possible.
Byuk Beya Homestay tours and snorkelling trips
Byuk Beya can arrange snorkelling and sightseeing trips as desired. The sampling of those provided in the table below are quoted in Indonesian Rupiah. Tours are by speedboat, can accommodate up to six people and the quoted cost is shared among passengers.
Sauwandarek village snorkelling (Mansuar)
Pasir Timbul sandbank
Kabui Bay/Passage/Batu Pensil
Piaynemo day trip 5,000,000
Wayag day trip
Association member Reef dropoff Western style toilet Seagrass Hiking available Coral Good house reef Has email contact Calm beach Diving available Sandy Beach Has own speedboat
IDR 0 to 350,000 Wayag trips Has private bungalows