Corepen Homestay, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat: In a small cove at the far end of this fabulous beach

Corepen Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam

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A dive center, great snorkelling from a superb beach, dolphins, lobsters, the occasional dugong, birds of paradise and a private bungalow on the beach. Perfect.


Rooms
1 x Over water - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Details

Corepen Homestay occupies a great beach in a fabulous southern Gam location. Two private bungalows are available. Both are on the beach and one is over water at high tide.

All rooms sleep two on raised double beds which include sheets, pillows and mosquito nets. Each room is supplied with a pair of chairs and a small table which can be used in the room or to take advantage of verandah ocean views.

Meals are served in a beachside dining shelter and drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there.

Corepen Homestay bathroom and toilet facilities are housed together in a single room shelter with a coral rubble floor. The toilet is “hybrid style”: A squat toilet set in a concrete plinth that’s raised above ground level to make sitting possible.

Good mobile phone reception is available at Corepen and electricity is provided by generator from sunset to around midnight.

Basic supplies can be purchased in Yenbeser village which is a ten minute boat ride away.

Rubbish disposal is a problem at Corepen, as everywhere else in Raja Ampat. Please do take all inorganic trash like plastic and dead batteries away with you when you leave.

English is spoken at Corepen Homestay.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai – Corepen Homestay transfers cost IDR 500,000 each way (per trip, not per passenger). Transfers are by longboat which can carry up to two passengers. A bigger boat can be organised for families or larger groups.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

There’s a lot to do at Corepen Homestay. Located in a private cove on one of Raja Ampat’s best beaches, Corepen has great snorkelling at the door. Entry to the water is easy due to the sand bottom, which transitions to rich coral gardens with bountiful sea life. Nearby are seagrass meadows often grazed by dugongs and you’ll see dolphins almost every day.

At low tide long beachwalks are possible and a  Corepen also offers a guided 30 minute walk into the jungle behind the homestay to see the dawn displays of Red Birds of Paradise. The walks begin before dawn (bring a flashlight!) and cost IDR 100,000 per person. Others of the many bird species that can be observed at Corepen include cockatoos, parrots and ground dwelling mound builders known locally as maleo.

Yenbeser village is close by, as are the attractions of Kri, Friwen, Arborek and Kabui Bay.

Diving

Corepen Homestay has an on site dive center operated by Enzo and Maria (who were originally based at Kordiris Homestay).

Prices are in Indonesian Rupiah. Please note that you need to add the daily equipment hire charge of 150,000 to the prices below.

NUMBER OF DIVES PRICE
1 dive 450,000
5 dives 2,150,000
10 dives 4,000,000
Plus: Equipment hire charge (per day) 150,000

Corepen Homestay snorkelling and sightseeing tours

Snorkelling and sightseeing tours can be arranged as desired. The table below shows prices in Indonesian Rupiah for the most commonly requested tours. The prices are per boat and are shared by passengers. The longboat used can accommodate a maximum of two passengers, but a larger boat can be arranged if required.

TOUR TO PRICE
Kri Island 200,000
Friwen Wall 300,000
Batu Lima 350,000
Arborek/Mantas 500,000
Kabui Bay and Passage
(includes Wawiyai village)
1,500,000
Piaynemo (Penemu) 5,000,000

Features

  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Has email contact
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • Sandy Beach
  • On site dive centre
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows

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Name Corepen Homestay
Phone +6282197509570
Email corepenhomestay@gmail.com
Name Insemina Wawiyai
Phone +6282238750895

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20 thoughts on “Corepen Homestay

  1. Setaphong T. says:

    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    Homestay is clean and good. People here is good guy. But for meal, I think there is not enough food for all when there are many tourists. I faced this situation when there is another group with four persons come to homestay. Meal is served as buffet. I think, homestay should separate meal for each group.

  2. Annabelle Jameel says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    Lovely basic homestay with good food. Great diving near by and Sandy and Maria are excellent dive guides!

  3. Ardian Alhadath says:

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    Nice homestay and amazing people. It’s our second visit to Raja Ampat. This time we stayed at a beach front bungalow between 8-14 April 2017 and enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommended. Insemina and her family looked after us very well, food were great and our kids enjoyed playing with her and Daud. We noticed the water was very clean and fresh not the typical brackish water by the beach. There were only one bathroom but when we were there they were building new ones closer to the bungalows. They also have a dive centre, Maria and Sandy, the dive guides, were very helpful and looked after my wife very well when she dove with them. Thank you, Insem and all, we look forward to returning to your place again soon.

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    Fantastic homestay. Good food and good value. Nice room right on beach. 5 great snorkeling trips all well organised and safe.
    Our 4th guesthouse in Raja Ampat and probably the best.
    Many thanks.

  4. Patricia Guatimosim says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    Loved this place! It´s simple but clean. Food is amazing (varied, abudant, lots of vegetables and fruits, everything with very good taste without been hot). Dive and snorkelling trips are well organised and equipments are very well kept. Rooms are comfortable and, because they´re a small homestay located at a beautiful place, really feels like paradise. I travelled alone but found other people to share the boat trips. Fresh coconut water, cuscus on the trees and colorful birds fying around were a plus. Terima kasih Mama, Papa, familiy, Maria and Sandy

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    This is an amazing place not only because of the location but because of Maria and Sandi who run the diving.
    They are extremely professional and excellent dive guides and really helped me feel comfortable.
    The family who lives there is lovely and overall I felt that they couldn’t do enough to make your stay comfortable.
    I will definitely return to this special place.
    Thank you for a magical few days!
    Lisa

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    Corepen Homestay was the second of the four places we stayed on our trip. It was definitely one of our favourites with a great overall experience.

    First off the communication for pickup was easy and arrived to a hut on the beach. Food was good and the people very kind albeit quite shy.

    The snorkelling was very good on their house reef with lots of fish and good healthy corals. The beach is equally good with hermit crabs scattering along the sand.

    We dived here with Maria and Sunni (might be wrong name, sorry!) and compared to the other places we dived it was very good. The equipment was new and in enough different sizes. The great thing about this dive centre is not too many people dive as there are only 3 huts for people to stay in, although there are other home stays nearby. Both dive masters were professional and controlled the dive nicely. The only thing I would say is it would be good if we had slightly more information regarding the dive site and what we can expect to see and what is there, but overall we wished we had done all our diving here!

    The other point I would mention is you cannot see the Red birds of paradise here anymore apparently. This, I heard is because they are cutting down trees (there was a lot of chainsawing going on) in the forest to build more huts and as a result the birds have moved away. I think this is a real shame as if we hadn’t seen them already on waigeo we would have been disappointed. Like all the home stays one of the BIGGEST selling points is they are small and don’t have many guests which is what many people look for when they come to Raja.

    Overall though we would definitely come back here and do all our diving here. Thank you!

  5. It is better to learn first to fight underwater before you go to Raja Ampat because they have no dive rules.
    I was unlucky that I have the wrong company in Corepen homestay .
    I had to dive with a Canadian who have his first Gopro and he have the mentality me, me, me, me, me and my Gopro and the rest have to go out of my way and when we go to blue magic there where already around 20 divers making a half circle for to see 3 Manta’s and there he came over me push me on the coral and stamped me 10 times with his fins on my head so that I need my both hands to safe my dive mask but he look not back what he was doing and the only thing he look for was I must have the Manta full in my Gopro screen and the rest is not so important. The dive guide Sandi was behind me and have seen what happen but he find that behaviour ok.
    Dive guide Sandi look only for the person who spend the most money and look not good for all divers in his group.
    Corepen homestay can be good if they change the dive guide Sandi for someone who look for all the divers in his group.
    For the Paradise bird was it not the good time because you here the hole day the chainsaw for to make more rooms. So they take the high trees out of the forest where the Paradise birds lived

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    It was a great, lovely, unforgettable and irreplaceable experience for a first timer like me who just came to Raja Ampat. A big THANKYOU to buk Maria, who coordinated every single things for us. You just couldn’t ask more from them. The place is so cozy, clean, imperfectly perfect(its a homestay not a resort, must bare that in mind) but its perfect to me. The fooood… Just imagine, they served us with lunch meal before we left/after checked out. That was beyond expectation. Thankyou so much to Yamsen n families who always make us fullll everytime! Some more, they even invited n took us w their own boats to their village (Friwen village) to share their festival called Festival Injil. Despite the weather, their intention is just lovely pure to me. For sightseeing n diving parts, I must say that I salute to mas Sandi, Mannu, buk Maria, Pius and team members. You guys genuinely knows of what you’re doin. Not enough on land, y’all take a good care of us underwater. N y’all showed us from a tiny miny adorable marine animals to a majestic gigantic Manta!(me first time met Manta hehe)
    The people, the surrounding, the vibes, the service were all beyond expectations.
    Wishing all the best for Corepen Homestay. Keep it goin guys!!! 😁💪👏🎈💞 Ada jodoh, ketemu lagi kita ya.
    -Gai, si penghilang pointer😅-

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    We had the most amazing diving vacation with Maria and Sandy from Corepen homestay. We did 21 dives with them. They know the dive sites, currents and take you to the best places. They have very good equipment and they did everything to make sure we had amazing dives.
    Even when it was just the 2 of us wanting to dive they took us always on the boat, we did up to 4 dives a day.
    We got to dive with mantas, Sandy knew where and when to find them. They asked what we liked more and took us to the most beautiful coral gardens. It was an amazing experience and we would recommend anyone to go dive with them. They are professional and passionate divers.

    We stayed in the neighbour homestay Tau Yado and it was a great experience. It was clean, the food was extremely good, the beach is amazing. It has a really cool swing and the family is really nice. We had an amazing time and cant wait to go back!

  6. Lisbet Kvistgaard says:

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    I stayed in Corepen from 25-30 January 2017 in one of the 2 huts that are over water with high tide. Fabulous. The room has 2 mattress on the floor with sheets and pillows plus mosquito nets. There are 2 chairs on the terrace facing the sea/over the sea at high tide. The shared “mandi” – Indonesian scoop shower – and toilet worked very well. Food was good and tasty and water/coffee/tea available throughout the day/evening. There is a dive shop managed by Maria and Sandi and their prices are very reasonable. Boat trips with one of the boats from Corepen are very reasonably priced. We did several shorter trips to snorkel and visit villages. Friwen Wall is a must and Friwen village is lovely. We even got a free ride on the Sunday when we went with the family who were going to church on Friwen Island. Pak Alfons and his wife plus daughter Insemina are very helpful. We also sailed the inland lakes of Gam Island in the late afternoon with Alfons. Great stay. I can recommend this place anytime. Very special and secluded. A 3rd hut was being constructed while we were there, so it should be ready by now.

  7. Niels en lotte says:

    We stayed 6 nights (beginning februari). We enjoyed our stay every minute! Easy pick up with a longtailboat from the port of Wasai to this amazing paradise place. There are 2 (at the moment maybe 3) over water bungalow. The family is very nice and take really good care of you. They speak indonesian, bit still you can tell them with a little Indonesian words and hands what you mean. The food is very good, we enjoyed every meal (fish, chicken, tempe, tofu) with nasi putih or mie goreng. Keep in mind that everything is fresh from the market every day and there is no fridge. Tea, coffee and water is available all day. And if you want water with a taste, they serve limes on the the table to make soda yourself.
    The bungalows are very basic, for us, just what we were searching for. A matress on the ground with a musquito net. Also a small veranda on the beach and with high tide above the water. You can also snorkel in front which is also pretty good. Or walk on the beach to thr next homestay were it is easy to spot cockatoo.
    Since 2 months Maria and Sandi have a diving shop here. So it is easy to plan your diving trips or if you need to translate and tell the family want you want. Ask for fresh coconuts from the tree. Also it is possible to look for the red paradise birds in a short hike in the jungle. And if you are not lucky they are willing to help to go to another place were you maybe more lucky (I think Yenbuba homestay). We were lucky and saw 10 paradise birds dancing in one tree. Because there are not many bungalows it is quiet and a perfect white sandy beach hide away. We enjoyed every day. Thank you so much. Looking forward to come back dome day :-)!

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    We stayed at Corepen for five nights and just loved it! The bungalow huts on the beach are very simple but clean and have everything that’s needed. On the porch you can hang your wet stuff, watch a wonderful sunrise or just hang out. We didn’t have a hammock but Maria gave us one.
    Everything is clean and well looked after. We had a few mosquitos, not too bad, but some bug spray might come useful. Also, bring a flashlight, since the generator will be turned off around 10:30/11:00 and a walk to the bathroom hut will be an adventure, especially during new moon nights… the “shower” comes with fresh water, which, as we heard, is not the case on all the islands, and there are no rats on the island (also apparently not the case everywhere).
    The food is fresh, delicious and with enough variation to not get tired of it at all and there is as much coffee, tea, water and bananas as you like. The family is lovely, they do not speak much English, but Maria is happy to translate, if necessary.
    Diving with Maria and Sandi was awesome, they really listen to your needs and interests and the equipment is also very well looked after!
    We loved the intimacy of just two huts and not many people, so if you look for something like that, Corepen is the place for you! They we’re just building the third hut while we stayed there (beginning February 2017).

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    We had a fantastic 5 days stay. Food was excellent. The family is great and very helpful. Diving with Maria is great value. She looks after you really well. She can also pick you up at whichever home stay you are staying at. She speaks English. Her contact no. +6285399040888
    There’s three huts built right on the beach which is fabulous simple yet comfortable and clean. We brought our own hammocks and watch the world go by.
    Good location for all the snorkeling sites and their boat rides are good rates.
    Lots of birds behind the home stay and you can walk to the other beach next door with lots of different kinds of parrots congregate in the early evening on the trees.
    I would recommend this place to anyone.
    The hut

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    I really enjoyed my stay at Corepen Homestay. I was there for 4 nights for diving.
    The diving with Maria and Sandi there was just wicked. They are very good spotters and the equipment was good. The last two days it was just me and them so I had two diveguides for myself^^. It is also possible to dive with them without staying in the homestay too.
    The homestay is quite new and you will get a bungalow (there are two) directly at the beach. My bungalow was basic with a matrace, little table mosquito net and it was clean. Ebet (an employe) borrowed me his hammock so I could lay on the porch when there was no diving.
    There is a bucket shower and a bucket toilet behind the bungalows. Again very basic but clean and new. There is electricity in the evening. I liked the food which is included.

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    This place is awesome! Your perfect hut right over the beach! And there are only two so it feels very private. The local family is super nice and now Maria and Sandi are staying there who are not only great company but offer awesome diving (they also speak very good english)!

    In my case the food was pretty good, also compared to other homestays. Two times we had the most amazing spanish makarel, best fish I ever tasted. Maybe the cook improved and they learned from their early days? Breakfast is simple at most places but somedays they made Banana Pancakes at Corepen which seems rare at Raja4.

    Also electricity was available from around 6pm to 11pm. No light yet in the hut (only veranda) but they working on it and a plug to charge your electrics is provided in the hut. Blanket as well as towel provided which is not the case at all homestays.

    The location is awesome in a small hidden cove with purple rocks to the one side and a sandy beach right in front of you. Bird of paradise can be seen in the back by a 20 min walk (IDR 100k). Cacadoos and parrots fly around and dolphins can sometimes be seen in front.

    Maria and Sandi offer diving for reasonable prices. I am a beginner diver so I was skeptical to dive in Raja Ampat with Homestay but they both made me feel very safe at all times. Equipment is in very good shape and we were always small groups. They are most keen to search pygmea seahorses for you.. We even went diving when we were only two guests so it was one guide per guest. Also trips to Penemu and Manta Sandy were offered at fair price.

    If you want something more private than Kri with a great dive center, this is the place!

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    I stayed a few days here in november. There is no electricity, you don’t get a towel and the food is very simple. Once it was just rice and tofu.
    My opinion is the price is far to high for what you get. Especially comparing to other homestays.
    The family lives in the other bungalow when there are guests. They are friendly. but it is a bit strange. Once the brought lunch at 9.15. And they couldn’t understand, that I asked to give it later.
    Inside the bay is no current but be careful when you swim out. The current is very strong there.

    • Olivier Poncelet says:

      Yes, the same all around Rahah. Expensive for what you have and compare to th erst of Indonesia and the rest of SE Asia. But they will answer you that it is cheap compare to the ressorts that arr also overprived for the service they offer ! What a reference…

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      They now have electricity in the evening. They provide towels and food has improved tremendously with fresh fish and loads of vegetables. We stayed there on the late Jan 2017.

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    The homestay is still relatively new and new things are still being built, but this was a great place to be. The beach is amazing, there’s great snorkeling just a few meters away, and the family that runs it is very friendly. The food was basic but delicious. Make sure you ask to take a trip to Pasir Timbul if you stay here!