Daroyen Village, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Daroyen Village

Gam - Southern Gam

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

Verdant jungle, the marine wonderland of Pulau Gam’s south shore and one of Raja Ampat’s most experienced dive guides await.


Rooms
4 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x On land - VIP bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On land - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Couple IDR 600,000 / couple / night
Single IDR 600,000 / person / night
5 night 9 dive package for 2 or more IDR 6,650,000 / person
5 night 9 dive package (single occupancy) IDR 8,500,000 / person
7 night 14 dive package for 2 or more IDR 9,500,000 / person
7 night 14 dive package (single occupancy) IDR 11,600,000 / person
7 night 5 trip snorkelling package for couple IDR 6,450,000 / person
7 night 5 trip snorkelling package (single occupancy) IDR 8,500,000 / person
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Details

UPDATE: As of Wednesday April 19 2017, Daroyen Village has moved to Sawinggrai village on Gam. All their Kri bungalows have been relocated and facilities remain the same.

Located just east of the village of Sawinggrai on Gam, Daroyen Village has two VIP bungalows with ensuite bathrooms and five private bungalows that share separate bathroom facilities.

Four of the private bungalows are located on a narrow strip of beach that lies between the Gam jungle and coastal mangroves. A fifth private bungalow and the two VIP ones with ensuite bathrooms are located nearby on land.

Each bungalow room sleeps two on beds (twin or double) that are supplied with sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net. An extra bed can usually be organised if you require one. All bungalows have verandahs equipped with hammocks,

Meals are served in a dining shelter that has sea views,  a large table and bench seating and power outlets for charging devices. Free drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there for guests.

A generator provides electricity between the hours of 6pm and midnight. The phone signal at Daroyen Village is variable and is not usually good enough to support a data connection.

The nearest village for purchasing basic supplies is Sawinggrai. At low tide it’s possible to walk to neighbouring Nudibranch Homestay, and from there along a concrete path to Sawinggrai.

Please do take any inorganic rubbish you create away with you when you leave as there is no non-polluting method of disposal of waste like plastic and dead batteries in Raja Ampat. Leaving such trash on Gam will only contribute to Raja Ampat’s growing rubbish problem.

English is spoken at Daroyen Village.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai to Daroyen Village transfers are available by speedboat or longboat. Longboat transfers are only available subject to weather and sea conditions, can only accommodate 2 passengers and cost IDR 750,000 each way. Speedboat transfers can carry up to six passengers and cost IDR 1,200,000 each way. Both prices are per boat trip, shared among passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Diving and snorkelling

Daroyen Village has an onsite dive centre equipped with dive gear for up to 6 divers at a time, compressor, emergency oxygen and first aid kit.

The fringing reef and blue water mangroves at Daroyen Village provide fantastic snorkelling and diving, but beware of exceptionally strong currents when the tide is running. Daroyen Village owner Pak Herman Mayor is one of Raja Ampat’s original dive guides and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to impart. Back in the late ’90s he was a guide for Dr Gerald Allen’s exploratory expedition, which triggered Conservation International’s 2001 marine rapid assessment survey – the first scientific study to chart the richness and importance of Raja Ampat’s marine biodiversity. More recently Pak Herman has led a Korean television team to film leatherback turtles nesting at Saursapoh.

In addition to the great diving and snorkelling available at and around the guesthouse, Daroyen offers guided diving and snorkelling tours for small groups to the best Dampier Strait dive sites. These include Manta Sandy, Cape Kri, Friwen Wall, Chicken Reef, Sardines, Mike’s Point, Mioskon, Blue Magic, Cape Mansuar, Sauwandarek, Yenbuba Jetty, Turtle Point, Batu Lima, Sawinggrai Reef and more.

Daroyen Village accommodation and diving packages

Daroyen offers the choice of 2 diving packages, both of which include accommodation, 3 meals per day, tea & coffee and fruit. Also included are:

  • Boat hire
  • Dive guide
  • Tank and weight belt hire (Add BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins for IDR 350,000 per person per day.)
  • Airport pickup and dropoff to hotel in Sorong
  • Boat transfers Waisai – Daroyen Village – Waisai

Not included: Sorong-Waisai-Sorong public ferry tickets, Sorong hotel accommodation and Marine Park entry tags.

ACCOMMODATION & DIVING PACKAGE PRICE
5 nights/6 days/9 dives for 2 or more people IDR 6,650,000 per person
5 nights/6 days/9 dives for single IDR 8,500,000
7 nights/8 days/14 dives for 2 or more people IDR 9,500,000 per person
7 nights/8 days/14 dives for single IDR 11,600,000

Daroyen Village accommodation and snorkeling packages

Daroyen offers a 7 night accommodation package that includes 5 day trips to various snorkeling locations as described above. Also included are airport pickup, Waisai transfers to and from the guesthouse, three meals a day and unlimited tea and coffee. Not included are Sorong-Waisai-Sorong public ferry tickets, Sorong hotel accommodation and Marine Park entry tags. The package costs IDR 6,450,000 per person for couples sharing a room or IDR 8,500,000 for single occupancy. The five snorkeling day trips are guaranteed and have no minimum group size.

ACCOMMODATION & SNORKELLING PACKAGE PRICE
7 nights/8 days/5 day trips for 2 or more people IDR 6,450,000 per person
7 nights/8 days/5 day trips for single IDR 8,500,000

Daroyen Village excursions

Prices are in Indonesian Rupiah. Gam Birds of Paradise birdwatching tour is per person, others are per boat, shared among passengers.

EXCURSION PRICE
Piaynemo (max 6 persons) 6,500,000
Kabui Bay  (max 6 persons) 5,000,000
Gam Birds of Paradise (min 2 persons) 350,000

Other activities

Birdwatchers will enjoy simply lazing around the guesthouse trying to spot the variety of birds that fill the local jungle with their song. Long walks are comfortably made on a coastal concrete path between the villages of Sawinggrai and Kapisawar and Red Birds of Paradise can be easily seen a short distance into the jungle from Sawinggrai.

Video

Daroyen Village’s location is showcased in this short film made by guest Wisnu Widjaja.

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Has email contact
  • IDR 450,000+
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • Sandy Beach
  • On site dive centre
  • Has own speedboat
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows
  • Has ensuite bathroom/toilet

Daroyen Village Location Map

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Daroyen Village Contact Details

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Name Yohanes Mayor
Phone +6281288059215
Name Herman Mayor
Phone +6285244299590
Email inquiry@daroyenvillage.com
Website http://daroyenvillage.com/

Daroyen Village Reviews

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73 thoughts on “Daroyen Village

  1. Cindy Wong says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    A family with big heart and customer service oriented. The homestay is located on a little island on Gam. Absolutely secluded but not isolated. Daroyen Village have their own small beach meaning no tourists from other homestay passing through in front of your bungalows and offer better privacy. I like this place because its a perfect getaway from crowds.

    Diving is perfection, as many already said in the reviews. There are no bad dive sites in Raja Ampat. Their guide Alvian is a former liveaboard and very experience. We always feel safe.

    Overall service is basic but that is the whole point. It is exactly what they offers in their website. To step away from daily routine and learn to live with nature.

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    PRELUDE
    # Length of stay: 9 nights
    # Room booked: Standard
    # Purpose of visit: Diving

    HIGHLIGHTS
    + Yohanes replies emails diligently prior to trip. Always reassuring when you travel to remote places like Raja Ampat.
    + Haja and Herman are hospitable hosts and they always try to accommodate to your needs as much as they can.
    + Diving equipment are in good conditions. Air is good. Guide/crew is good. Emergency oxygen is available on boat. Daily dive planning and briefing is good.
    + Electricity runs for 10-12 hours starting from 6/7pm. Generator is away from the rooms and did not disturb my stay.
    + Water/coffee/tea is available for free.
    + Airport pickup at Sorong is included. Had no problems.

    COULD BE BETTER
    – Room lacks air circulation and is very warm even at nights. Sleeping in hammock outside room is much cooler.
    – Lack of fresh water for shower. I was their second guest since they moved. They have not found any fresh water source yet at new location.
    – The new location is subpar. Their old location seems to be nicer with white sandy beach and is much closer to the dive spots.
    – The small beach is located behind some mangroves. Sea view from room is obstructed.
    – Toilet cleanliness can be improved.

    EXTRAS
    * THEY HAVE MOVED LOCATION! They are now located in Gam island. Not Kri Island.
    * Everything is very basic including service. Helps to set your expectation right.
    * Sunday is sabbath for the family. No activities/trips.
    * Meals include mix of: rice, fish, vegetables, eggs, beans, fruits. Do not expect any other meat.

    CONCLUSION
    Genuine hospitable hosts who will try their best to make your stay enjoyable. They run good dive operations too.

    It is quite unfortunate that they have to move location to Gam island. Hopefully they will fix the fresh water supply soon.

    IF you are simply there to dive the underwater heaven and are on a budget, check this place out. You get what you pay for.

    Overall: 3.5 out of 5

    • Dear Wisnu,

      Thank you for your kind review. Thank you for your input and suggestions. We have already working on points you highlighted. Things that we are currently working on;

      The old location don’t have fresh water either. Fresh water are not available on Kri island. All homestays in that area only have access to water than contain sea water for bath and to wash their equipment. Our new location is closer to the fresh water and we will be bringing fresh water soon from the main island of Gam. We were recently moved at the time you arrive and have not yet finished the fresh water well. I apologize for that. You will have fresh water next time you visit.

      Other guests have mentioned about the mangroves as well. We have trimmed the Mangroves to clear some view to the sea prior you leave. The view is now less obstructed. Unfortunately, we can not cut down the mangroves because it protected the beach from bad weather, erosion and prevent salt water from entering Sawinggrai village’s fresh water well. One of our main goal is environment preservation and nature conservation comes first.

      Room feel warm at night. Unfortunately this is due to the weather at the time of your visit. We will put little fans in the room.

      Thank you for the input on the toilet cleanliness. we will make sure it will be always clean at all time.

      The old location is unfortunately getting crowded with homestays each year, the beach is no longer feel private and secluded. In this new location, we have a great opportunity to manage the area and help to save the beach. Already the sand have return slowly. We hope the beach will be back to normal again as in old time.

      Thank you again for spending time to write such details review. We hope you will visit us again.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    A five stars because we encounter Dugong. Not once or twice, but 4 days in a row. We even saw a Dugong mother with its pup.

    We sent email to ask questions and Yohanes reply promptly. He is very patience eventhough we asked a lot. Our obsession is to see Dugong. He explained that they can not promise Dugong sighting because its very rare and we probably won’t be able to see it. Which we understand and accept. They don’t want to sell what they can not deliver.

    The food is delicious and more than enough for everyone. Menu is always variety of fish, vegetable, and rice. You will not go hungry in this place. If you feel the food is not enough, just ask for more.

    Homestay is clean. We don’t see any rats. There are some organic debris on the beach but that is very normal.

    The house reef is really unique. Its worth to dive in this spot. We see manta rays and eagle rays passing through, bumphead, sharks, turtle, nudibranch, frog fish, stone fish, barracuda, etc.

    In our opinion, Gam island is underrated. Its not crowded with homestays such as Kri and has much to offer in term of marine biodiversity. We highly recommend it. A homestay managed by a modest family that emphasize on good service and guests experience.

    • Dear Andrew,

      First, thank you for your visits. We are also happy that we able to show you Dugong. Its the most challenging request we had encounter. Dugong are difficult because they are very shy and don’t like noises. Some divers only managed to see their tails from the boat before disappear and very few divers have spotted them. Gam island is one of the best location for the sighting but we can never guarantee because of the rareness.

      Thank you again for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back on another great stay.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    The bungalows are really basic but on the beach. There is a common bathroom and toilet. Bathroom has big buckets of water. You use the bucket to pour fresh water over yourself to shower. We kinda knew what to expect but still a bit surprised upon arrival when we saw this, because we are used to with luxurious resorts and liveaboard. But after a few hours of rest, we feel completely OK. Because you are on your own little private beach beach, surrounded by mangroves and unspoiled crystal clear with water in front of your bungalow. As their website (www.daroyenvillage.com) suggested, experience Nature and you’ll be rewarded.

    The food is tasty Indonesia dishes mostly consist of fresh caught fish, vegetables, and rice cook in various ways. No menu, you eat what they serve but you will not be dissapointed.

    The dive sites are the best. Abundant coulourfull corals, species of fish, mantas, turtles, sharks, its mind blowing. Raja Ampat never cease to amaze us. The best thing about this place is the diving. We go diving in a small group of four people but most of the time just two of us with a guide. At the sites that are known for strong currents, the guide will first check current then brief us or go to another site. The dive boat has its FirstAid kit and O2 emergency.

    This was our third time visiting Raja Ampat but the first time stay at accommodation run by local people and we feel so lucky to find this place. Its not a resort but the family really care and try to do their best to make your stay comfortable. We will definitely back next year.

    PS. thank you for stayrajaampat.com. Great website! hopefully more divers put trusts to local run dive centre such as this.

    • Dear Fiona,

      Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful 5 stars review. We are glad to know that you found the new location and services up to your expectations. We are proud and humble to be recognized that way and receive your special praise. Thank you once again and we hope to welcome again.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Will give 10 stars if possible. The new location on Gam island is beautiful. Its a combination of mangrove and sandy beach. What can I say about the homestay….clean bungalow, good food and most important of all clean bathroom. The family really work hard and service oriented. They’ll do anything possible to make us feel comfortable. Diving is world class. House reef is one of the best we have ever seen. Lots of fish big & small. lots of critters too such as nudibranch, sea horse, frog fish. We rarely see all that in one dive. Too bad we don’t have our camera with us.

    We will definitely come back again.

    • Dear Ray,

      Thank you for the kind words. We are very touched by your positive comments about our service and the dives. Yes, please bring camera next time and share your photos with all of us. We all look forward welcoming you again.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

  2. Steven Blood says:

    Booked to stay at Daroyen Village at the end of March 2017 but they were in the process of moving their village to Gam. We stayed next door which was lovely and did our snorkeling trips with Daroyen.
    Might be a good idea to check the current situation by phone or email before booking.
    Cannot rate our stay but trust that this review will be removed once this listing has been updated.

    • Thanks for the update Steven. That’s certainly unexpected: They only just got settled in at their current location after moving late in 2016! We’ve spoken to Daroyen and have updated this page with all the info currently available. We’ll update the photos and any other info as soon as possible.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    My girl friend and I stayed at Daroyen Village during Apr 1-6, 2017. Thanks for all staffs. We had an amazing vacation there.

    The room/food is quite basic, but they arranged diving & snorkeling very well. My girl friend took snorkeling, and I went diving. We went to almost every famous dive sites in central Raja Ampat region. Even only me went diving, we still went to some dive sites far away from Kri. Besides dive guide, there is also 1 staff snorkeling with my girl friend. And they would always check current on the surface before diving. Guide Alvin is very experience, I enjoyed diving so much! They provided rental gears, but it’s short in size. I suggest to go there w your own gears. If not, it would be better to make sure with them first.

    My girl friend only took snorkeling and still saw so many special fish!! She saw Bumphead parrotfish, Napoleon, reef shark, sea turtle, even manta ray. Also saw Wobbegong Shark during snorkeling!!!!! And Herman found 2 walking sharks for us, just at beach in front of room. RA is a really amazing place!!

    I will go back to there definitely!

  3. John and Asli Kent says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Myself and my wife stayed with Herman and his lovely family for about two weeks in February at Daroyen Village. We had a wonderful time and I thoroughly recommend his homestay.
    We were there principally to dive and all I can say is that this has to be the best diving in the world. Fredy and Alvin were great dive guides. You just had to say what you were interested in and they would find it for you. The coral is in fantastic shape and there are more fish and small critters than you can possibly imagine. You can access a huge number of dive sites via short boat rides from the homestay enabling you to do 3 dives a day plus a night dive if you so wish. The equipment is well-maintained and the boat crew are excellent. Snorkeling is great , too.
    It is a small, quiet resort which is just what we wanted. The bungalows are simple and the shower and toilet facilities are fine. But don’t come here if you are expecting luxury. The food is simple and the family will try to accommodate all your requests. We brought along a lot of our favorite snacks just for a bit of variation.
    We gave generous tips to each of the kitchen and diving staff individually and I encourage you to do the same to ensure each person receives an appropriate share.
    We look forward to returning some day, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  4. We’ve stayed in Mambrasar guesthouse for two weeks on New Year 2016-2017 and had amazing holidays. Herman, the owner of this homestay, and his family are very friendly, they really tried to do everything to make our stay at guesthouse very good (unlike many nearby guesthouses, which are not going to do anything, even if you are ready to pay extra money for it!)

    House reef near the homestay is really amazing. Every time snorkelling there you see black tipped sharks, turtles, napoleons, sometime big schools of bump heads parrotfishes and a lot of small fishes, like for example pinnate batfishes. Younkoranu (nearby homestay, 150 meters from Mambrasar) have a bit better location for snorkeling because of its jetty which is in the middle of the most interesting part of the reef, but it’s not a big problem to have a 15-minutes snorkelling towards this jetty. And of course walking sharks near the beach are amazing!

    Diving was also very good – we saw a lot of interesting things. However, dive guides are not very experienced (they are good as dive masters, but do not show you a lot of interesting things under the water). The guesthouse is really small, so you can choose where you want to go.

    Accommodation is very good, you have everything what you need to stay. Big houses, some of them are with a toilet, in some a toilet is outside. Big bed with mosquito net on it, and not very salty water in “shower”. Food is tasty, but do not expect to have a big diversity: on breakfast usually you will have very tasty cake, fried bananas or pancakes and on lunch/dinner rice with fish and some hot vegetables.

    We had really amazing vacation, for sure will come back to Raja Ampat once again and highly recommend to stay in this guesthouse if you are looking for good (but not luxury) accommodation and good diving/snorkeling.

    • Yohanes Mayor says:

      Dear Pavel,

      Thank you for the positive review and the overall value you experienced during your stay. Your description of our strategic location, perfectly located near great dive sites and snorkeling area is high commendation. Thank you for sharing this review and hope to see you again for another great stay with Daroyen Village.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

  5. very nice and friendly hosts and crew. Always helpful and cooperative to make their best for the guests. Beautiful location by the sea with a lovely view.
    Nice and simple cabins, quiet efficient for a comfortable stay.
    Very very good dives. Guests are free to choose the dive sites and all good sites are covered. Owner is a very experienced diver himself and cares strongly about safety.
    will be happy to go back.

    • Yohanes Mayor says:

      Dear Melek,

      Its a really great pleasure to know that you enjoyed the stays. We appreciate you positively mentioning our location, cabins, and the dives. . Looking forward to welcome you for your next stay with Daroyen Village so that you can explore more dive sites.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

  6. chris and erika says:

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

    we was two times in Dayroen Village and old Mambrasar. the service and the food are realy good. also diving we can choose our own dive spots because we was only two divers in this time. the bungalows are ok but not all have a bed. we dont have any animals in our rooom. its important dont bring food in your room. the location is for us perfect. nice beach few minutes walk to jetty during low tide, high tide your foots getting wet but its always possible. we enjoed our vacation by hermans family with diving , snorkelling, relaxing and explore the island of kri. if you know what is a homestay ,this place is great homestay. we recommended this place and we will back again.

    • Yohanes Mayor says:

      Dear Chris & Erika,

      Thank you for choosing us again for the second time you visit Raja Ampat. We are glad that you like our new locations and bungalows. . We are all looking forward to welcoming you back real soon.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Wonderfull homestay and the most autentic place in kri island!! The dives are beautiful !we must to have good level for apreciate it. All the team make their best for you! We stay 10 days and it was a fantastic experience . We hope to go back there one day!! Tahk you a lot !
    Ludovic et aurelie🇳🇨

    • Dear Ludo,

      We are really thankful for your glowing review. We appreciate your comment on our simple accommodation experience and glad that Raja Ampat have met your scuba diving expectation. We hope for the opportunity to welcome you again for more enjoyable stay.

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Epic place and the crew are sweet as :)

    I spent two weeks here in 2016 and had the most fantastic time. Exactly what I wanted and what I expected.

    Imagine waking up in a bamboo hut with a palm leaf roof, walking 5m to a lovely breakfast, diving all day on pristine reefs, smashing an epic home cooked lunch and then relaxing in the hammock will supper time. Perfect :)

    • Dear David S,

      I am happy to note that everything was to your satisfaction and that you had an enjoyable stay with us. Your review has been shared and all of us look forward to welcoming you again :)

      Sincerely,
      Yohanes

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • (1/5 starfishes)

    Awful experience. I can not recommend this place. It is not safe for women, nor for diver. This place needs serious help. We had dangerous troubles with our regulators and all the equipment and instead of changing it, they kept drinking beer and looked grimmy. They did not try to communicate at all with us but always decided weird stuff without explaining, so was my rented bcd not on the boat one day, just a way too big one, we had briefings for divesites and before going on the boat next day with no reason they announced another place and sometimes divemasters didn’t show up but we were only told after one hour of waiting in the morning. Bubbles out of the tanks and hoes and regulators was normal. Twice we had two regulators with two broken membranes during the whole dive. Don’t dive here. We also got harassed while already sleeping in our bed and at night they called us out to see a wobbegong shark, we went to watch but they kept picking that poor creature out of the water with their hands and its heart was racing wild, my boyfriend got really angry, it was sad to see. Ten people complained after six days of only cake for breakfast. Other places always change from cake to fried bananas and fresh fruit but here only cake even if it was no problem to fry some bananas as they were sitting around anyways. It seems like they really didn’t care at all about guests. We didn’t feel welcomed.

    • Dear Nastassja,

      I’m sorry to hear you did not like our place. I just want to clarify few things you mention here.

      The only problem you had with equipment is the mouthpiece that leaked. We quickly replaced with new mouthpiece. Our regulators are equipped with spare 2nd stage regulator (Octopus) for this kind of situation. You can easily switch to Octopus in case things like this happen again.

      You said we did not try to communicate but always decided weird stuff without explaining. Just want to explain the BCD issue, we don’t have BCD that fits. So we have to rent from other place. One day, the owner of the BCD need it back for just one day and will return it back the next day. So we spoke with you and your boyfriend and he said its fine you will wear the other BCD for that one day. We did ask a permission. I’m sorry this was not clearly communicate to you.

      You said the divemasters didn’t show up but only told after one hour of waiting in the morning. This is hard to believe, you dived everyday with guide. In our record, there was one day where we have to switch guide but we still went out to dive. Perhaps what you meant is on Sunday. You dived at 2pm and 4pm. The custom in Raja Ampat is no activity on Sunday. Sunday is a church day. In order to accommodate guests request and still respect the village custom we have the activity later after the church. We are the only homestay in the area that still have diving activity on Sunday.

      The one person that drinking beers was warn and let go, he no longer with us. We have strict policy no beers while we have guests. I understand your dissapointment but I think is very harsh to accuse us all drinking beers and doing nothing and all equipment are dangerous. I also need to mention that you were never charge with equipment rent either.

      Daroyen Village is a result of years struggle and hard work. We realize there are many aspects we can improve and we work on those issues everyday. Once again, we are truly sorry please feel free to contact us.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Hi all,
    because we love Raja Ampat and because we have extremely good experiance with Mambrasar homestay and Mayor family year before, we decide to visit them again but this time even with bigger group of 17 divers.

    Mambrasar Homestay is moved from west side of the beach to the east side where is more private and bigger place. They build whole new homestay and I saw big improvement in all segments at homestay. Everything was even better than year before at old Mambrasar homestay. New homestay is really nice and well organised place even for big groups like our. They bought two new air compressors, first aid kits & life jackets and emergency oxygen tank, they also build big area for divers equipment, we use three speed boats with double engines. Bungalows are better & bigger with more space and nice terace and we don’t saw any rat in 10 days. Big dining shelter with big white board for briefings and dive planing is also realy cool, big bravo for that. One of my friends is masterchef so we make short presentation to the kitchen crew where he explain how they can easily prepare fish by mediteranian way for us. We bring a lot of mediteranian spices and olive oils. We also bring so many delicatessen like bacon, ham, sausages, cheese, pate and bread for breakfast or mid-snacks. Everybody was happy with food. Must admit food was also better than last year. It was more hi-quality white fish than tuna. We have also organized big supply of beer,coke and ice and that was also really cool possibilities ;)

    We are made more than 20 dives in 10 days and every day we had half day or full day trips to the must see places around area. From Pulau Fam to the Kabuy Bay and all around Pulau Gam and rest of islands on the path.

    After our ten days staying at new Mambrasar homestay we’ve moved for five days to the Bunaken Island and five days to the Lembeh Island.

    All friends from group can tell that our time at R4 was most beautiful in comparation with Bunaken and Lembeh. Pristine waters and still richest coral reefs with mindblowing underwater life in combination with realy reliable and trusty family/owners who run well organised homestay far away from people and any kind of polution. Once again I will repeat that I see Big improvement inside and around new Mambrasar homestay in all segments. Bigger, better & more beautiful.

    They are also already rename homestay in Dorayen Village so Mambrasar doesn’t exist more.

    We will be back again for sure because they give the best they can do and because we don’t have any problems or complains with our first and second diving expeditions to the Raja Ampat.

    Many thanks to Mayor family because they make our dreams came true.

    Sampai jumpa lain waktu,
    Braco

  7. We stayed in Mambrasar after venturing Arborek and Gam. Mambrasar look nice and the foods and the service was very good. We tried the diving and it was professional. We enjoyed the beach in front if the guesthouse. The only complain I would have would be that our bed was smelly. Other guest said that the inn was quite full and we might get the room which usually not given to a guest and maybe the pillow sheet was not changed or maybe the pillor itself was smelling like sweat. Note: dont bring food into the room. The rats are quite aggressive.
    I noted some of my raja ampat experience in my blog maikamondlicht.blogspot.com might be useful for those who want to go.

    • Dear Maika,

      Thank you for the reivew. We have had a similar complain through email in regards to the the bed and pillow as well and responded several months ago. I can’t remember when and was wondering if it was you?

      Apparently after further investigating the problem, the odour and the moist you felt are from the mattras and pillows that are still new. The factory before they wrap mattras, pillows in plastic bag will add something to prevent any harmful bacteria grow in case there is a damage in packaging during the shipment.

      The moist and the smell will eventually disappear overtime and it will be just like any mattrass and pillows. We wish we had learned this earlier. I assure you that no homestays on Kri island will dare to use dirty sheets and risk damage to the homestay association reputation.

      Thank you again for spending time to write this review. We hope welcoming you back in the future and that you will find our current new bungalows are much nicer.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    What a fantastic and lovely place! We stayed 5 days in the beginning of August in Mamabrasar and we loved it. We came for snorkeling and diving and I have to say, it was breathtaking. Just outside the reeftop you find such a tremendous variety of fish, coral of all sizes and and and. Haja has taken us to some nearby diving spots and again it was just stunning. Equipment ok, boat just fine and Freddy the dive guide is a very nice bloke. There is definitely no need to go and see some of the resorts to go diving. You need to know that there is quite some current though. Haja and Herman and his family really made us feel welcome and warm at home. The booking through Yohanes worked every so fine and answers to our questions came swiftly and were helpful. Also our one day trip to Fam Island was great and not to be missed for the view (but don’t expect to be alone there, it is getting pretty crowded for Raja Ampat terms). We definitely want to come back and make our plans for next year! We had seen the new place under construction so we are curious to see the huts completed. Lots of love – Kay and Til

    • Dear Kay,

      Thank you for the really great review. Its a great pleasure when guests satisfied despite our simple accommodation. We have just recently moved to new place at Kri, you can find the photos here posted by Stay Raja Ampat who have been so kind to take time off to visit us just to take photos of the new location.

      Again, thank you for your visit and we hope we will welcome you again in near future.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    I definetly recommend Mambrasar Guesthouse!! We are a couple from Barcelona (35 years old) and just came back from Raja Ampat. We were 6 nights there and it was great! You can do amazing snorkel just in front of the guesthouse. Tourtles, sharks and many many fish and coral. They have now 2 new bungalows with private bathroom. We took one of those but they have also bungalows with shared bathroom for lower budgets. Haja, Herman, Yohanes, Noak and all the family are really nice people. They live just there and they will help you with anything you need. Every day they took us snorkeling in a different place for very reasonable price. We don’t dive but other guests did. You can dive or snorkeling, its up to you, just need to ask them!! The food is good and very abundant. Hope we can come back there some day. Thank you for everything!!!

    • Dear Bernat,

      Thank you for the glowing review. We really glad we can help and make sure you enjoy the stays at our new location. Our plan in the future is to have all bungalows equipped with private bathrooms. We hope welcoming you back in the future.

      Sincerely yours,
      Yohanes

  8. This was our first travel to Raja Ampat. We looked for a local homestay and finally decided to go to Mambrasar due to the good reviews on internet.

    We have to say that we really enjoyed our stay with this friendly family, who are so concerned about the welfare of the guests.

    We also made dive for 4 days, and although there were not the best season to see mantas, we had nice expiriences on dives with strong current and amazing corals and big stuff. Underwater world in Raja Ampat is much good than you can imagine.

    We want to thanks Haja and Herman and all your family, because we’ll remember this stay like one of the best places we have ever been.

    We’ll sure recomend our friends to come to Raja Ampat and stay in Mambrasar Guesthouse.

    I hope to see you again in the future.

    Francesc & Irene (from Barcelona, Catalonia)

  9. Marco Netherlands says:

    A very good choice: Mambrasar guesthouse. It was my first time to Raja Ampat (and I will go back there), so it was difficult to select a island and guesthouse. Based on the location, diving direct available at the guesthouse and the review I selected Mambrasar. Even at the first contact I was pleased with the quick response (and in good English) and booked my stay (also paying the deposit with paypall is going very good). Arrived I was welcomed by people at Mambrasar and they whole week they were very friendly and willing to help. For a guesthouse the service was quite well, with the available food they prepared nice meals (most of the time it was with fish, sometimes egg, but I like fish so for me it was good). There was always fresh drinking water, coffee and tea available. One tip: have one of two empty plastic bottles with you to fill, to take water with you on the boot with diving. Even they take hot water for tea and coffee with them on the boat to drink in the break between two dives. If you take telcomsell sim card, you will even access to internet with your mobile (be aware it can be down sometimes for some time).Diving was amazing (thanx to Jerry). I had 14 dives and each one was on the direct reef, the reefs are huge, a lot of coral, very much sealife and very good visibility. The marine life is very divers from small nice nudibranches to turtles and black tip sharks on most every dive. With some luck you see the wobbegong shark (I saw two).I like to thank the staff of Mambrasar guesthouse again for their hospitality and good service. Special thanks to Haja and Herman forbthe service at the guest house, Johannes for the e-mail contact and Jerry for the dives. If I come back to Raja Ampat again, then I am sure to stay there again. 

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Mambrasar guesthouse was my little paradise located on the island of Mansuar about 30 minutes boat ride from Waisai Port. With so many guesthouse & homestays to choose from I find that this guesthouse is located right smack in the middle of the top dive sites in Raja Ampat being Sardines, Chicken, New & Blue Magic Reef. Food was acceptable although I wish them to be more spicy but portioning was plentiful. Pak Herman & his lovely family live onsite & Freddy was a fantastic dive guide – make sure you ask for him for your trips. The bookings process was smooth – Yohannes responded to my inquiries diligently & promptly & had helped so much to ease my anxiety to travel to this remote place. The rest of the staff especially Pak Hajar were very soft spoken & attended to my request promptly. They even offer full service from pick-up from the Sorong airport to Sorong Port & pick-up from Waisai Port to the Guesthouse. Apparently they’ve shifted to Mansuar Island for one week I was lucky to be their very first guest. The new place is basic with western toilets, no fans in rooms & a well for the freshwater source although you can still taste the saltwater BUT if you don’t mind this then you should have a fantastic stay. There’s not much to do on Mansuar except to eat, dive & sleep. If you don’t mind basic accommodation then I would highly recommend Mambrasar. My 5 nights trip wasn’t enough to cover all the great dive sites BUT I had a awesome stay and would definitely plan another longer trips there. Overall I was very pleased with the trip.

    • Dear JoeJalil,

      Thank you for the glowing review. We are really glad you enjoyed the stay. Its not possible to cover all sites in Raja Ampat in one life time but we try to cover the best sites as many as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

  10. Pavel Milan Cerny says:

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

    We stayed at Raja Ampat for 4 weeks in March and April 2016. And we absolutely loved it. Probably really one of the last places on Earth where the nature is still pristine and you don’t meet many other tourists. I think this’ll change in the upcoming years since many new resorts are being built and the area is becoming more and more known. So if you want to go do it fast. :-)

    We are a couple of freedivers and we really enjoyed the underwater world. You won’t see so many healthy corals in the Red Sea and as you probably know the marine biodiversity is one the highest in the world here. It’s probably one of the best places to free/dive in the world.

    We stayed in three homestays during our time there so we can compare. A quick review for all of them:

    1. Monkairi Homestay (3,5 stars)

    Beautiful location, great beach and the best freediving/snorkelling site out of all three in our opinion. The beach has only a few homestays and there was hardly anyone there during our stay. There’s also the Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort down the beach but don’t go there – they weren’t very friendly (at least the guy – divemaster we met). VERY expensive beer and they try to be a bit posh.

    The owner of Monkairi, Boni, pissed us off I have to say. When we arrived we had no idea about the prices and he offered us absolutely ridiculous price for a trip to Manta Sandy. Also other trips we were very expensive in retrospect. Our impression was that he was kind but didn’t want to work much and wanted to squeeze you for your money, you rich Westerner. But he showed us birds of paradise which was nice. He did try to give us some experiences.

    The food was good but a bit repetitive. But the fresh fish they served were absolutely fabulous.

    The quality of mattress was probably the worst out of all three.

    Although the page says there’s an English speaking staff member it’s not true. No one speaks English at Monkairi. So you better learn some basic Bahasa Indonesia words.

    The family is nice, we loved the kids. All in all a fine experience but not without some downsides.

    2. Mambrasar Homestay (3,5 stars)

    A very different experience compared to Monkairi. Located on a looong beach with MANY homestays. There were a lot of people on the beach. It was the closest experience to going to Thailand or a similar place.

    Great thing about Mambrasar is that they speak English pretty well and they organize diving trips. We joined a scuba diver and went to all sorts of diving trips almost every day – also for a good price. That was great.

    Other than that – not much. The quality of sleep was terrible because they kept the light on all night long. Why? Because of rats. Yes, they were right in the bungalows.

    Food was fine although much better at the beginning of our stay than after a few days.

    And there’s not really much to do there. There’s no real place where you can rest during the day, no hammocks or stuff like that.

    The house reef we didn’t like that much. But if you walk about 700 meters then you arrive at a very nice reef to explore.

    The staff was nice and helpful. They also organised a trip to Wayag for a pretty good price.

    All in all also a fine experienced mainly because we enjoyed the diving trips.

    3. Yenkarom Homestay (4 stars)

    The best homestay we experienced. It’s VERY remote – basically you’re on your own on a small island. No one near except for the owners. It’s very nice when you know it and expect it – when you actually have stuff to do.

    The owners were very nice and helpful, they really tried to give a great experience.

    The housereef is ok and it’s home to Dugongs which we saw.

    There was on major downside though – there were TONS of mosquitos. And no repellents. We didn’t expect that many of them and we had only a small bottle of natural repellent – and it simply didn’t work. Honestly it ruined our stay. Because in the morning and in the evening all you could do is stay in the bed behind the mosquito net – you couldn’t be outside. During the day it was fine. Had we had it it would’ve been fine altogether.

    The food was fine although pretty repetitive and very often we got donuts for breakfast. You don’t go to Raja Ampat to eat donuts with lots of sugar I think.

    The quality of sleep was the best out of the three – a very nice mattress.

    As I said it’s very isolated so bring stuff to do. After a few weeks you won’t want to be in the sea all day. And don’t expect many trips either.

    All in all we enjoyed it mainly because of the owners and their attitude. It was the best place out of the three for us.

    Hope this will help you guys. :-)

  11. Gerardo Perez says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Great experience, beatiful location, amazing reef, wonderful food, friendly and kind local people… Don´t know what else can you expect if you want holidays in an authentic destination in west Papua.
    Booking in Mambrasar was very easy, tha answer was almost inmediate and the pay pal payment a very convenient option.
    It´s a bit hard to decide between so many guesthouses, so if you need to go for a sure bet, Mambrasar is a very good option.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Our stay at Mambrasar for a week (end of April – beginning of May) was awesome!
    Wonderful food (fresh, tasty and more than enough for all quests), lovely dogs, amazing diving (28 dives for 2 of us) and true hospitality of Herman and his family.
    Booking was very smooth and easy with quick and detailed replies from Yohanes, boat transfers to/from Waisai and diving trips safe and comfortable under constant Herman’s control. All guesthouse facilities are correctly described above and they totally met our expectations (couple of nights I was dreaming of a ceiling fan as there was no breeze, but that’s not a big deal really).
    Our diving trips were lead by Dany and I want to thank him separately for his sharp eye taking into account limited visibility we experienced. On the other hand with all that plankton we were lucky to see mantas several times!
    With all the diversity Kri and other islands nearby can offer over and underwater you will enjoy every minute of your stay at Mambrasar.
    There are some bigger and more modern guesthouses on the same side of Kri, but we enjoyed natural living and privacy of Mambrasar. If you require some beer, soft drinks or snacks – couple of homestays sell those.
    The only complaint we have – the Sorong airport/ferry harbor transfer! Not reliable as previous guests mentioned already. :( In our case Yerry was 30 minutes late for airport pick-up on our way to Mambrasar (our arrival time was provided to Yohanes in advance), and on our departure we again spent more than half an hour waiting near ferry ticketing office and finally used yellow minibus to get to the airport. Probably miscommunication between Yohanes and Yerry, but not very pleasant experience. I hope that Herman will fix this issue soon in order not to destroy the positive impression most guests have from their stay.
    In general I would certainly recommend Mambrasar guest house. Once again thanks to Herman and his team! Wish you all further development, success and prosperity!
    Kind regards from Larisa and Pavlo :)
    P.S. Hope the hammocks would arrive soon, as they would certainly add some more comfort :)

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We have been in Mambrasar homestay 1 week last april.
    We enjoyed a lot our stay here, amazing place with lovely people.
    The facilities are just like you can see in the photos, simple but enougth to spend some days in the paradise :) .

    We booked our stay in Mambrasar via email. Yohanes answered all our questions promptly.

    The food was incredible. We have big quantities (so big that even we could’nt finish them!) and variety. For breakfast really nice cakes and coco nut crepes and for lunch and dinner, fish, vegeteables, eggs, and good fruits.
    Mambrassar’s food was our favourite in Indonesia, really home made and natural.
    Congratulations to the chef! :)

    We are CMAS level 1. We have dived just 2 times in the sea before coming to Mambrasar. We have explained our situation to Mambrasar’s team, because we wanted to begin slowly and in places withouts currents.
    Our guide for all our dives was Danny. Really nice guy who helped us to discover all the wonderful flora and fauna in the area.
    We spent a nice time diving with him. He has good eyes to find animals, and he knows well the spots.

    We want to thanks Herman and all his family, they took care of us in our stay. they were really open-minded with all our needs.

    Before visiting Kri island we did’nt know what homestay to choose, but now we recommend mambrasar with no doutbs.

    Only one downside, the taxi service from Sorong Airport to the Harbour was unreliable for our round trip.

    Guillaume and Sara

  12. Matteo e Silvia says:

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

    During booking time, Yohanes replied in a very kind manner to all our questions. We stayed there 5 nights, snorkelling only. The sea in front of the guesthouse is just amazing! Snorkelling equipment is adequate.

    The staff is nice and helpful, when you ask something. We also had a problem and they brought us to Waisai at the last minute request!
    Food was delicious and abundant and we always ate everything in order to thank them.

    The bungalows were nice and as you can imagine there are rats and a lot of humidity, but we are not sure that they can do something about this…you choose to be there in the wild. In our opinion, because of the humidity and the warmth by night, it would be better to wash the pillow cases more often.

    Maybe paying attention to small details like replacing light bulbs or toilet papers or tidying up the whole area could make the difference. We do not want to criticize but only give an input for the next season.

    We had a great stay! Thanks a lot
    Silvia and Matteo

    • Dear Silvia and Matteo,

      Thank you for this review of your recent stay. We appreciate your feedback on the pillow case and small details. We will pay attention to these.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We booked our stay at Mambrasar just 2 weeks before our trip and were very impressed with how quickly the responses came and how helpful they were – thanks to Yohanes for guiding us through the necessary arrangements and processes!

    Pick up at Sorong (from airport) and Waisai (from pier) went smoothly despite last minute changes with our flights (long story), and the ride back to homestay with Herman went smoothly.

    We really enjoyed our stay here (hence the 5 starfish), the accommodation is very basic, but the food were tasty for all meals – having read other reviews we were a bit nervous about this and brought a lot of ‘in case’ food which were useful (especially energy bars for between dives), but probably not vitally necessary.

    The divings were really spectacular. We enjoyed our dive guide, Alvin, a whole lot and really appreciated how he’s very careful about the environment in which we dived in. Marianne already went into details about how he dealt with us and other divers at Manta Slope, so I won’t go into it. Our top dives have to include: Manta Slope/Sandy/etc., Chicken Reef, Cape Kri, and also Yenbuba jetty. I agree with Marianne that dive briefing were inconsistent (probably because Herman’s brother who normally does it were away), but we felt they were always willing to accommodate our wishes when possible – which sites, etc.

    We also really enjoyed meeting other divers there – the lack of seating areas rather made us all gather in the dining area. However, bringing a hammock was a great idea (and I understand the homestay are also considering putting in 5-6 hammocks of their own too).

    Yes, they are rats. Just take care of where you keep your food and you will be fine. It’s just part of the wild nature :) Usually when something is amiss (not enough water in the bathroom, needing extra bowls, etc.) all the staff had been very accommodating to all requests.

    We miss Steve the puppy too!!! Please do spend some time getting to know him if you make it out there :)

    • Dear Wan,

      We are delighted for your positive review. Your experience and recommendation is shared in the family meeting. Table, chair and hammock are on our list to add, it will take sometimes as we make our own but hopefully all completed by the end of this year. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other divers and travelers.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed for 5 nights and then returned for an additional three when another homestay did not honor our confirmed booking. :-( Mambrasar welcomed us back and even fed us as we arrived at the dinner hour.

    Food was tasty and the most varied. The cook is quite skilled. The house reef was fantastic and we snorkeled it day and night when we weren’t diving and had great experiences. Big and diverse fish populations and beautiful coral.

    Our guides were Noah and Alvin. We really enjoyed Alvin and were impressed with his clear directions on etiquette when we visited the mantas. He lined us all up to view them unobtrusively and when another guide brought his group right into the manta’s path (and a videographer with big lights chased after one), Alvin even gently pulled them back away from the zone. Really nice young guy who could find hidden treasures, watch everyones air and depth, and take care of the reef. We enjoyed kidding with him too.

    Noah was also great at finding tiny critters, but did odd things like dive with his kit (bc, tank, etc) under his arm, and completely ignore air consumption in the group. He also touched and harassed the entire dive – I was bummed to see him touch the coral constantly and poke fish out of crevices so a photographer could snap a shot. All of his dive profiles seemed to be to drop to 85 feet and work your way up. There wasn’t anything special at depth on those dives, and we wondered why he left so little time for us to spend in the brighter light and more vibrant color of shallower parts of the reef.

    Nobody ever asked for our C-card or about our experience. Dive briefings were intermittent – sometimes we had them and sometimes not. I was glad to have along my own computer and mask, fins, snorkel. The other gear seemed adequate.

    We stayed in two different bungalos. One had slats underneath and a pad that barely gave any comfort between our bodies and the thin boards below. The other was on a flat elevated surface with much thicker pads and the bed was by the window so it was much cooler. It also had a table for our stuff inside.

    There was almost nowhere to sit but the benches in the dining area. Bring a hammock and/or camp chair! If you have a small fan that would make life a lot more comfortable at night too. We saw rats every night and they got into food when given a chance.

    Hornbills and parrots were around the site and we got very good views of them. We also had bats visiting the flowering trees – watched them with a red light on our headlamp and they were pretty adorable.

    Friendly dogs – including a puppy that we fell in love with and called Steve. We very much wanted to steal him away but what a great life for a dog to swim and loll in the sand and play with other dogs all day. I hope visitors and the owners will be kind to this smart little pup, he’s a great ambassador greeting and saying goodbyes to visitors and coming by for a belly rub. Much appreciated by these four travelers away from their own pets.

    The brothers who run this homestay were both great and very helpful. The deckhand/boat driver whose name we never did catch was competent and once we broke the ice, very funny and nice. We really felt like he took care of us and was there to pick us up right away after a dive.

    This doesn’t feel as much like a homestay because the village is quite a ways away (walkable on a low low tide but we were never sure when our second dive was going to be so we never made the walk).

    Best house reef we had of the three homestays, and when we returned there after staying elsewhere my husband said he was glad we were going ‘home’ to that reef again.

    • Dear Marianne,

      Thank you for your positive review and the 5 stars rating. Food quality is our main concern from day one we opened, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed food we served.

      We have shared your review in the family meeting as well as said dive team last night. We take full responsibility and apologize for the unpleasant experience. We will make sure that our guides are more properly brief about divers responsibility. In regards to the dive briefing and credential checks, , going forward we will make sure there will be dive briefing everyday. We will also make sure that guests will be fully inform on when is the second dive. Our dive team are too focused and concern with the actual divers’ skills usually demonstrate in the first dive check than certification and number of dives. Sometimes divers with entry level have better buoyancy and control, because of this dive group is usually based on the divers skills than certification level.

      We hear suggestions from our guests and we are working on the upgrade on our facility this year. Hammocks, chairs, and fan in bungalows are on our lists. We should have it completed this before the end of this year.

      We love our dogs :) as it helped us to control the rodent issue which unfortunately is a problem on Kri island as our location close to the forest and they are part of the wildlife.

      Thank you for taking the time to review us, please feel free to write any input you may have to info@mambrasarguesthouse.com. We hope we will have a chance to welcome you again.

  13. Guillaume Souvrain says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We were a group of 6 and stayed at Mambrasar for 7 nights (7 nights packet with 14 dives) at the end of february. We were offered 20% discount on the package as we were 4+ people.

    Mambrasar is situated at the end of the beach starting from Yenkoranu, and you can only go further then the small cliff at low tide (or get a bit wet), which means the place is very quiet. The path leading to Lumba lumba is just behind Mambrasar, it takes then around 15 minutes to cross to the other side of the island.

    Food: we could eat fish at almost every meal and the food was always fresh, tasty, and plentifull.

    Rooms: Kri homestays standard, basic but clean, mosquito net, multiplugs for gadgets, no fan (I didn’t feel the need but my friends felt a bit too hot). Just do not leave food on the ground as mices and ants will come!

    Bathrooms: shared, in the back of the group of 6 bungalows. Water is slightly salty, as I guess it is not easy to get freshwater on Kri.
    For those who need private bathroom, there are bungalows just next door with concrete private bathrooms, but I have been told they get quite hot because of that concrete.

    Electricity was available every evening/night thanks to the generator, and beyond the announced midnight, so no worries to charge your gadgets in the evening.

    Concerning the dives: awesome!

    You go for 2 dives in the morning with the surface interval on some island nearby (mioskon if you dive Blue Magic and/or Sardines/Chicken reef, the sand bank near Sandy Manta …). The third dive is local dive on house reef or at Cape Mansuar, it can be arranged as a night dive.
    It is worth noting that we could choose our dive program beforehand (1 or 2 days before), with advices from the dive team.

    Special thanks to Yopi, who lead most of our dives. He was very knowledgeable on how to find small critters, and we always felt safe under his guiding.
    When the current was strong, someone from the team went beforehand to check dive conditions and adjust the boat dropping point.

    Maybe we could suggest a full pre-dive briefing before getting into the water (dive site topography, dive plan, what to see…), but is it a language barrier issue?

    Overall, I would be very happy to go back at Mambrasar guesthouse and recommend it to my diver or non-diver friends. I really enjoyed my stay along with Herman family, and dives were the most exciting I ever done.

    • Dear pak Guillaume,

      It is feel great to read this wonderful review of your recent stay with us, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the dives. Yes, unfortunately all water on Kri island is slightly salty because its a small island. This is also same with other accommodation at Kri from resorts to homestays. For cooking and drinking, we have water transported from our village Yenbuba.

      We glad you enjoyed the dives. Our dive team is always open for any dive sites suggestions from guests to be included in the dive program.We apologize on the dive briefing that is lack. Your kind recommendation is heard by our dive team and will make sure there will be dive briefing everyday. We hope to welcome you again and when you do, you will find our bungalows are different and even better.

  14. chris and erika says:

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    we stayed 11nights in mambrasar homestay and enjoed realy well. we saw all other homestays and mambrasar was for us the best location. you have a nice beach and a great food.we dove 14 times but you need an experience when you dive their. the owners was realy helpfull and take care of everthing what you bring in this homestay. we will come again

    • Dear Chris and Erika, we are glad that you enjoyed the stayed and the dives. Thank you for sharing the experience and we look forward welcoming you again.

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

    I and my girlfriend has a lovely stay at Mambrasar homestay in January 2016. Transfers from/to Waisai were seamless, with no waiting/delay. Although I am certified to dive I much prefer just snorkeling so we spent our week snorkeling all around the coast of Kri. Kri is a small island so really you can easily walk to most of the great snorkeling just off the shore. That said the house reef is quite beautiful and the reef on the other side of the island (Lumba Lumba bay) a 5 min walk over a small hill is spectacular. We saw tons of fish, reef shark and turtles! The small suggestion for improvement is that breakfast tends to be quite light, especially considering you’ll be burning a lot of calories snorkeling and diving. And most of the meals is vegetable and fish, so it can be a little monotonous. So bring energy bars (non packaged foods are not a good idea given animals/insects on island). But overall a very enjoyable stay and we hope to be back before too long!

    • Dear Tenzing, we are glad that you enjoy the stay and thank you again for the valuable input. We will make improvement based on your suggestion.

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    We had a wonderful time at the Mambrasar homestay, with the highlights being the absolutely amazing snorkeling and diving. Herman was helpful arranging for us to go diving on two separate days and making sure that we had all the proper equipment. We saw everything from reef sharks and manta rays to turtles and barracudas, and the list can go on! The snorkeling at the reef right in front of the homestay was also really incredible and you can tell that the family is careful to preserve it. Having the reef right on your doorstep was definitely a big plus! The one downside to our stay was that there seems to be a rodent problem on the island, which made eating dinner a bit unpleasant. This is likely also an issue for other homestays on Kri and it might be a good idea for all the homestays to see if they can solve the problem together.

    • Dear Isabelle, thank you again for your visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the stays. We aware and have been working to find solution with rodent problem. Because they are part of Kri island we need the safest solution. We had try all kinds of traps, glue, and our dog have also involve but they always return. We believe, we will find the best solution for this problem.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Awesome sunset, great coconut fruits in the afternoon after snorkeling, friendly pak Herman and Ibu…. convenient laundry by Ibu… happy snorkeling dogs, kids and lovely Mama bird (she will great you three times a day: when getting up in the morning, after lunch and and during sunset. I miss Mama bird so much. so indulged, so nice honeymoon.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We were in Mambrasar during october. In our group was 11 divers and one kid and we do trip to Raja Ampat, Ambon and Banda Island.We had to arrange all details with Mambrasar and other dive centers in advance because remoteness and because high season. With Mambrasar and family we start to talk 5 months before our trip and it was best organized part of our trip. It was really easy and fast to arrange all logistic stuff like enough gasoline for two boats,compressor and generator, enough dive tanks, enough electricity for charging, marine fee, feri tickets, transfers from airport to harbor and back, new cool beer box, all that trips around, ice and big fire ukulele good bye party…. Whatever we arrange we get, even more. ;)

    Accommodation at Mambrasar is better than in other homestays around. Spacious sweet palm leaf bungalows with concret floor and real wooden bed with mosquito net, there is also helpful tables and benches inside rooms and at verandas. 6 bungalows, two toilets and two mandy showers, dinning shelter is spacious with extra tables and two cool boxes. Beach is pure paradise, bring your own hammocks, sea is warm, place is wonderful, sunsets are magnificent. At the north Kri beach near sand bars between Kri and Mansuar in the center of Dampier strait. Behind homestay is location where comes coconut crabs at night. It is nice to walk from Mambrasar to Yenbuba village across amazing sand bars during low tide.There is one small shop in Yenbuba village and at Arborek if you need some extra Sambal and sweets. Every day we had all day long trips with 2 dives around central Raja Ampat. Dive guides are experienced, excelent and safe. They know everything about currents and dive locations and with eagle eyes they will find macro creatures like pygmies and nudies or crabs and shrimps. Diving is spectacular, layers of fish, richest coral reefs and sharks everywhere. We enjoyed so much in our tours around many different villages around Raja Ampat and their jetties too.

    Food is delicious and rich. Usually fresh fish and rice or noodles and many different vegetables with tofu for lunch and dinner and sweet cakes or donuts or eggs and noodles for breakfast. There is always option that you can make your own favorite breakfast if you bring some ham or cheese ;)

    Family is extremely friendly and always helpful. It is very easy to make a deal for whatever you want. If we had some problems there are Herman and Haja which can make our wish true. Our stay at Mambrasar was really wonderful lifetime experience for all of my friends, we are all so satisfied about everything, all what we arranged was really good organized and we have only good words about our time with Mambrasar crew.
    Next time we’ll be back to Mambrasar. Sampai jumpa lain waktu sayang Herman, Haja, Yohanes dan semua keluarga ;)

      • Haha! Thanks Braco. Extremely dangerous indeed! But don’t worry – hardly anybody will be able to try this at home :P You all certainly had a great time and the film is a great showreel for Mambrasar – is it OK with you if we embed it on their page?

        • Yes of course, please embed this film into Mambrasar page.
          This film is our thanks to the family Mayor and to the entire Yenbuba village. Without them, our expedition would not have been so successful, casual and happy ;) We’ll be come back with another group of friends during october.

  15. Anita Gardner says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Herman and his family were helpful hosts and the accommodation, view and beach were fantastic. Mind blowing sunsets.
    The snorkelling on the reef off the beach was amazing for sea life and beautiful coral. Saw sharks and turtles everyday! Huge variety of fish, EPIC.
    Food was great, good transfer service.
    We went diving with Dani, he hired kit on request, he was a good guide and safety conscious.
    Highly recommend walk up to view point , 5pm a good time to see sun setting, amazing view. Half hour walk up path behind home stay, take the left path.
    Thank you Herman for a great time!

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We spent 10 days in July. Islands are wonderful, see and beach amazing. All the staff and people were very kind with us. You don’t have to look for western standard of course, but the beauty of the place leave astonishing.
    Mambrasar has a very good position close to the end of the beach and very quiet.
    I thank all the staff and Herman who take care of us.

  16. Valerie Hidalgo says:

    We spent 6 days in Kri island in early May . It was an amazing experience for us. If you ‘re looking to spend a few days of peace and plenty simplicity, Kri island is the place. Mambrasar has a heavenly location , very clean rooms , they have everything you need to spend a few days off … bed , mosquito net and electricity at night. And the best part were the hosts . Herman , Haya and his family received us with great hospitality. We enjoyed its tasty lunch and dinner and share a little with family . You must do in Raja Ampat is going to Wayag per day ( tour organized Mambrasar ) to enjoy wonderful views and the best beach, and of course dive or snorkel . Grateful to Haya, herman , Sofia and the whole family !

  17. Valerie Hidalgo says:

    Pasamos 6 dias en la isla Kri a principios de mayo. Fue una experiencia increíble para nosotros. Si lo que buscas es pasar unos dias de maxima paz y mucha sencillez, la isla Kri es el lugar. Mambrasar tiene una ubicación paradisiaca, las piezas muy limpias, tienen todo lo que necesitas para pasar unos días desconectado… cama, mosquitero y electricidad de noche. Y lo mejor fueron los anfitriones. Herman, Haya y su familia nos recibieron con mucha hospitalidad. Disfrutamos mucho sus ricos almuerzos y cenas, y poder compartir un poco con la familia. Un infaltable para hacer en Raja Ampat es ir a Wayag por el día (tour que organiza Mambrasar) para disfrutar de unas vistas maravillosas y la mejor playa, y por supuesto bucear o practicar snorkel. 1000% Agradecidos a Haya, herman, Sofia y toda la familia!

    • Francisca Appelius says:

      Hola Valerie,
      Con mi novio estamos planeando ir a Raja Ampat, aunque nos preocupa mas que nada la cantidad de dinero a gastar.
      !ero que nada quería preguntar cuánto les costó en IDR la estancia por noche y cuánto cuesta ir a Wayag?
      Muchas gracias por tu respuesta!

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Dear friends,

    I would like to thank you for the truly magically experience of staying in Raja Ampat with your hospitality and services. Mambrasar Guesthouse is an unique, rustic experience where the accommodations are very traditional housing, traditional food, and wonderful hosts and friendly locals.

    There’s so many memories that I will daydream about for the rest of my life. Somedays, I’m sitting at the bottom of a manta cleaning area, watching them circle around to touch the bubbles coming out of my regulator. Or sometimes, I’m back in some quiet mangrove, swimming with thousands of harmless jellyfish. There’s days where I’m sitting in my boring cubicle, doing my boring job, and I can still see all the blink green algae with the backdrop of millions of stars in the sky.

    The diving and snorkelling was incredible! Herman and the gang sat down with us and carefully planned out the daily trips and made sure to understand what interested us. They’re definitely shy, quiet people, but it’s understandable because of how isolated the area is. English can be a bit of an issue, but I did find that they truly cared about how happy/satisfied we were, if we had enough food, if the diving was good or not. They made every effort possible to ensure we enjoyed ourselves.

    Our day consisted of waking up in comfortable traditional house, having a breakfast of pancake, banana, eggs and coffee. We would load up the boat for diving, and set forth. The crew would bring lunch. We’d often sit on a quiet, white sand beach and listen to the sounds of the ocean waves. After a nice rest, it would be time to dive again! Dinner was amazing! I love fish, but I had no idea it was possible to cook it so many different ways. It was hilarious to see the guys go running out into the ocean to wave down a passing fishing boat! We ate whatever the catch of the day was, with delicious vegetables and rice.

    On days off of diving, we throughly enjoyed just taking a mask, fins and snorkel and putter around the shore line. We’d enjoy seeing the local sea turtles going about their business, or explore the soft coral cliffs. Sometimes, we would just sleep the afternoon away!

    Make sure to bring amenities you need. You can get access to the small local store, but they don’t have important things like beer or liquor :) … or you can drink the local coconut alcohol. Medicines are a must. Sand fleas can be extremely annoying and painful, make sure you bring some antibiotic cream. Also, sun screen, mosquito repellent are a must!

    My lasting impression is that Mambrasar Guesthouse is that it’s the true Raja Ampat experience. This is a local business run by locals that benefits the community. I found that other resorts in the area are foreign owned and cater to vacationers. I’m about adventure. I don’t need internet, I don’t need cell phones or stereo systems, I don’t care what kind of toilet or shower there is (it’s western by the way). I want to experience life with the local people and experience the real culture.

    • lisa g Mitchell says:

      Thank you so much for your review. I have been trying to decide between the homestay and the ‘other’ European run resort. My main concern is of course for safety and quality of dive equipment. Did you have any concerns with that? Also did it bother you not having hot/fresh water after diving?
      Thank you

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Would return in a heartbeat! If you want to get away from it all and enjoy nature, here is the best option.
    We had a fantastic time while using Mambrasar as our base. Haja & Herman and their family took good care of us; showing us the most spectacular coral reefs ever; while the house reef is top notch too.

    Do take along some snacks/drinks along as there is only one little shop on the island. For lunch/dinner; the fresh fish and food was superb!

  18. We spent at Mambrasar for 4 nights on mid of November 2014. Pak Herman is good person and he treat our family very well. The food and the room also find. He give me a good price for the room where my 3 children take 1 room with no extra charge including the meal. Only the boat transfer pak Herman slightly pricy compare to other operator for the same distance but the diving package is at the reasonable price. Thanks pak Herman for your hospitality.

  19. We stayed at Mambrasar Guesthouse 4 nights. Our room was quite big, there was one huge bed covered with mosquito net, but no other furniture. Fortunately we had a rope with us, which we fixed along the walls, so we could hang up some of our clothes. Food was various and abundand, but breakfast was bit challenging. We especially asked about the breakfast; whether we should bring bread and eggs. We were told there is everything, we just need to bring snacks and sweet drinks, if we like. In reality we never had bread and eggs for brakfast :( There was just little piece of sweet cake and fried rice once. Do not ask them, if you like something just bring it with you.
    In the back yard there is a generator which is supposed to be off at 11 p.m. Unfortunatelly the generator was running until early morning hours what decreased sleep quality.
    The other day we went for a snorkelling trip. Hermann, the boss, was hidden all the time in his bungalow and his employee needed to run from us to him and him to us. So the negotiation was little bit difficult. We made a half day trip around the island, snorkelling was nice and even Hermann came with us as a snorkel guide, what upsed us in the morning, because nobody told us about the guide, but finally we liked the trip very much. Hermans initial transport and trips prices are slightly higher, some even double the market prices. (Maybe because he needs you to pay the petrol for whole night running genearator) Bargain, or ask in the neighbour homestays.

  20. Jacob Schultz says:

    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • (2/5 starfishes)

    Upon first meeting the owner of Mambrassar Homestay, Pak Hermann Mayor, we didn’t feel very welcomed. With a stony glare and not so much as a smile, we were shown our rooms, which provided little shade and little to no breeze. The main beach of Kri has a plethora of HomeStays (maybe 10 already?), and Mambrassar was between a jetty and another stay. Our group ordered 3 rooms, and found them to be generally clean (although 1 had rat feces on the beds), but simple. The view was great (where isn’t it in Raja4?) but it felt a bit like we were cattle–herded in and out, without much interaction or care shown from the staff. The food on the other hand, at Mambrassar, is delicious! Although breakfast is minimal, the lunch and supper meals were fantastic, with more than enough to eat. Fish was always served, but since it was always prepared differently with a variety of types of fish, we enjoyed it throughout our stay. Furthermore, what Pak Herman lacked in friendliness, he made up in knowledge and care for his home. He was always careful with the reefs and he showed us some fantastic snorkeling locations. Pak Herman pointed out a vast variety of underwater life for our group, including multiple sea turtles, giant clams, huge bump heads, sharks, sea cucumbers, and much more! Overall, I would give Mambrassar Homestay a low rating, but Pak Herman’s knowledge of the area makes the stay worthwhile.

    • Dear mr. Jacob,

      Thank you for you for bringing this situation to our attention. First, I would like to apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you. My father pak Herman meant no harm to you or any other group. He doesn’t speak English fluent and rely much to our interpreter. We have also made improvement to make sure room stay clean out of animal from the jungle. I am discouraged to hear of your negative experience. Above all else, providing excellent service is Mambrasar goal and it is unfortunate you were not treated with the respect you deserve. Given the opportunity, we would like to learn more details abour your case and to be able to make things right. Please contact us at your convenience.

      Sincerely,

      Yohanes
      info@mambrasarguesthouse.com

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

    We spent some days in Raja Ampat and Mambrasar was a very good accomodation for us.
    Nice location, tasty food, basic, simple and quite accomodation, warm and kind people.
    Very nice and rich coral reef for snorkeling.
    The staff was also very kind helping us to arrange trasportation and logistics (since we spend also some days kayaking during our stay) and they also organised for us divings (Hajja was our great and very kind diving and kayaking guide).

  21. Christine J. Faresty says:

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

    Mambrasar guesthouse is one of the few decent homestay organized by native Raja Ampat. My partner and I have a wonderful week here. The facility is quite basic but what makes it different is the place is well maintained. The shared bathroom is clean and the bungalow is cool and comfortable.

    The owner/manager Herman speaks little English but genuinely kind and attentive about the well being of the guests. The food is simple, clean, fresh and tasty consists of fish cook in different kind and vegetable. We were also introduce with wild vegetable called “panemo”. We love it so much we kept asking for more. Herman told us panemo is only available to pick during low tide in the jungle..oops…

    The coral garden in front of the guesthouse is spectacular. Reef shark and turtle is common. We even saw a large school of bumphead some 30 of them while snorkeling in front of the guesthouse. The staffs are extremely cautious with corals well being. They will often pick the spot with less corals to drop us off which is not easy by the way…as corals hard and soft is abundant on shore.

    Herman and Hajja took us to spectacular sites for snorkeling every day. If you love free dive as much as we do, you would not be disappointed. These guys know all the right places! Worry not about strong currents, we just let ourselves drifted away with the current and the boat always nearby ready to get us if we need help.

    I still can feel and actually missed the peaceful island. I love the deserted white sand beach, the sunset, the shy but friendly fisherman that came every late afternoon to deliver fresh fish who happen to be one of the owners.

    I can only say…of all the places I’ve been…Raja Ampat is the most pristine above and underwater. This place is worth to protect. If you are planning to visit, I recommend these guys. Supporting dedicated, hardworking local business such Mambrasar guesthouse is the best thing we can do. My partner and I both feel blessed, lucky and fortunate to be able to experience life in Raja Ampat.