Delvin Homestay, Pulau Kri, Raja Ampat

Delvin Homestay

Kri - North coast

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

If real beds, ensuite bathrooms, electric fans and door locks are things you can’t live without, Kri’s peaceful Delvin Homestay is the place for you.


Rooms
1 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
4 x On land - VIP bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single in beach bungalow IDR 350,000 / person / night
Couple in beach bungalow IDR 600,000 / couple / night
Single in VIP bungalow IDR 400,000 / person / night
Couple in VIP bungalow IDR 700,000 / couple / night
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Details

Delvin Homestay is located on the north shore of Kri and has five bungalows, four of which we’re going to call VIP, because they offer a level of luxury substantially above the usual homestay standard.

With tiled concrete floors, ensuite bathroom and toilets, real double beds with sheets, covers, pillows and mosquito nets, a small wardrobe, a desk and an electric fan, Delvin Homestay’s bungalows are stretching the definition of “traditional accommodation” – but they definitely fit the bill if comfort is your top priority.

In addition to the features mentioned above, each bungalow also has glazed windows, a solid lockable door and is fronted by a small tiled verandah equipped with a pair of comfortable recliners to laze away the hours. Wooden racks for drying wet towels and clothes are also provided.

VIP bungalow ensuite bathrooms have western style toilets, but no showers. Bathing is by traditional dip mandi.

Delvin Homestay also offers a more traditional style private bungalow on the beach. The beach bungalow has similar features to the VIP bungalows, including a double bed, power outlets and room light switches, a clothes drying rack etc. The beach bungalow has no ensuite bathroom, but that lack is well made up for by the fabulous views available from the bungalow verandah.

Bathroom facilities for beach bungalow guests are provided in a nearby concrete floored building which houses a western style toilet and dip mandi bathing facilities (a shower is also installed for when the water pump is running).

Meals are served in Delvin’s dining shelter at a large table that has bench style seating. Drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there.

Electricity is supplied by generator at night and the bungalows have power sockets and room light switches.

Delvin Homestay receives a fairly good mobile phone signal which will usually support a data connection.

The nearest village where you can buy basic supplies is Yenbuba on Mansuar. Yenbuba is about a fifteen minute boat ride away and can also be reached on foot via sandbanks exposed at low tide.

Only minimal English is spoken at Delvin, so be sure to bring a phrasebook if you have no Bahasa Indonesia.

Transport / Getting there

Transport from Waisai to Delvin Homestay is by speedboat and costs IDR 600,000 each way for 1 to 5 passengers. If more than 5 passengers the cost is IDR 100,000 per person. The boat can carry up to 10 passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Delvin Homestay’s location between neighbours Mambetron Homestay and Mambrasar Guesthouse means that, like all Kri homestays, Delvin has a great house reef and offers a range of activities. Be sure to bring your own snorkelling gear to make the best of it!

Diving: Diving is available at Delvin Homestay in association with other Kri homestay dive centers.

Long north coast hikes are possible at low tide and there are trails leading to a panoramic lookout on Kri’s heights that provides spectacular views over the neighbouring islands of Ransiwor and Mansuar, south across the Dampier Strait to Batanta and north to Gam and Waigeo.

In addition to long beachwalks on Kri, at low tide it’s possible to cross the sandbanks that join Kri, Ransiwor and Mansuar. The sandbanks are a great attraction in themselves, as they afford the chance to see a host of marine creatures trapped in small pools waiting for the tide’s return. The exposed sand gives access to Ransiwor, the small island between Kri and Mansuar which has excellent snorkelling around its southern shores. Beware of strong currents there though – especially once the tide begins to run.

You can cross to Mansuar to visit Yenbuba and then continue along a well made trail along Mansuar’s north coast all the way to Yenbekwan if you want. Be aware of tide timings though – otherwise you’ll need a boat to get you back to Kri.

Delvin Homestay Raja Ampat day tours and snorkelling

Tours are by speedboat capable of carrying up to ten passengers. The prices are per tour and are split among passengers. All tours include lunch.

TOUR PRICE
Piaynemo (Penemu) 6,500,000
Kabui Bay & Passage 5,500,000
Arborek/Mantas/Sauwandarek/Pasir Timbul sandbank 3,500,000

In addition to the above, Delvin can organise sightseeing and snorkelling trips to any location you wish. Ask about those. Prices will depend on trip duration and distance.

Features

  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Good house reef
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000
  • Sandy Beach
  • Has own speedboat
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows
  • Has ensuite bathroom/toilet

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Name Dani Sauyai
Phone +6282239307439

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12 thoughts on “Delvin Homestay

  1. No reason to take VIP bungalow because it’s terrible wet inside, very low ciling, no air coming inside and many moskitos. Better way – a bungalow with shered toilet and tall roof. Exactly.
    But food was very tasty.
    Staff is ok.
    Not enough space for a rest on the shore. Just few broken sun bed and uncomfortable plastic chears. OMG. If there are more then two guests, the problem with the space takes place. Mostly it is the problem with seats inside homestay yard and coastline

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

    We were staying 5 nights with my partner here are plus and minus.
    Plus:
    – friendly
    – sufficient food for all people and taste good

    Minus:
    – Even enough food for everyone and it tastes good but its quite repetitive
    – They charge you for snorkeling for small tour over price but you dont have many option as well in the island because they charge you more and less the same.

  2. Eric and Annick 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 stayed 12 days on a VIP bungalow. It’s good to find a little confort. In front of the guest houses is the fantastic place for snorkelling. The food is very good and enough. Daniel is friendly , it’s sometimes necessary to give some explanation to understand. Thanks for all !!

  3. michael serafin says:

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

    an excelent choice for Kri homestay friendly family good English good food more than you can eat fishing and tours readily available snorkelling out the front three metres to the water at high tide good enough for us to stay more than two weeks and enjoy every minute Michael and Julie

  4. Sangat menyenangkan tinggal disana selama 2 hari, pelayanan memuaskan trims om dani see you next time,salam buat anak kecil yang bungsu

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

    J’ai vraiment apprécié mon séjour au Delvin Homestay. Bien sûr, c’est un Homestay sur l’île de Kri et le confort “moderne” n’est pas de mise. Ceci dit, les bungalows sont récents, ils ont une salle de bain “privée” (rare sur Kri) et surtout la nourriture est excellente, variée et abondante. Dani est attentif aux demande et il parle bien anglais ce qui n’est pas le cas de tous les homestay.
    Je prévoie un autre séjour à Kri en septembre et je retournerai au Delvin Homestay !

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

    Nice homestay. Clean rooms, small fan provided, private bathroom with western toilet. No shower.
    Very good food and plenty.
    Good snorkeling from the reef, some puppies and parrots (beware of the crazy parrot! :))
    Dani is a nice guy, speaks English and he’s helpful. We spent 2 nights at Delvin, as a family with a 5 yrs old kid.

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

    Nice homestay, and the “VIP” rooms are a good deal. Food better then average and with variety (even chicken on last day). Dani is a really nice guy. He arranged to join the Yenkoranu boat transfer from Waisai, saving me a lot of money. He replies fast to SMS and speaks decent English.

    Only issue with this homestay is that thers is no good place to watch the ocean from. The bungelows face sideways towards another homestay that is currently under construction. Not really nice. Towards the sea are trees. But you can go to Yenkoranu, buy a beer and use their hammocks. If you want an ocean view from your bungalow, book Mambetron (if you can get them to reply….otherwise just turn up).

    Main advantage of North Coast of Kri is that across the 6 homestays there you can easily get a group together for longer tours (such as Manta or Penemo/Fam). Of course for the same reason, you dont get a Robinson Crusoe / paradise feeling, more like a “normal” backpacker beach.

    Btw while the snorkelling in front of the homestay until Kri Eco Lodge is good by normal standard, it is really not that great for Raja Ampat. For best snorkelling from the shore, nothing beats staying in Mansuar and swimming at Yenbuba Jetty. See my review for Koryau Kayem.

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

    Was there at the same time as Verena (November 2015), and had an amazing stay! The bungalows are very cute, with shower and western bathroom. Nice proper bed with mosquito net. The food is simple but sufficient. Amazing snorkling just outside the porch. The diving was with Yenkoranu homestay, just down the beach. The prices are good for diving, equipment not the best. Do a full check before you go, or bring your own equipment. Dani speaks English and is very hulpfull. Kri island is just incredible, and so is the diving! Soooooo many fish. Overall an incredible stay with lovely people at an epic spot on the planet. Go before it gets too crowded ;)

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

    We spent also 6 nights there.
    Kind and helpful family. Nice dogs and parrots there.
    Food ok but nothing special. They try their best ;-)
    Good diving and snorkeling on the house reef possible. Equipment and dives with a guide are available at Yenkoranu. The equipment is not the best. You have to do a safty check by yourself bevor diving, or bring your own equipement with you. I would recommend a computer at least.
    Kri Island and Ramja Ampat is one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen.

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

    We have spent 6 nights at this Homestay in Kri Island at the beginning of April, 2015 and were first guests in here. The nature around is wild and beautiful. A good snorkeling is just in front of the Homestay.
    All of four bungalows stay perpendicularly to the beach and all of them have en suited bathrooms “mandi” style. Clean beddings and towels are provided. The owners, Mr. Dani and Mrs. Balandina, are very kind and helpful. She’s a good cook, serving delicious three meals a day. He is advanced diver joining the guests for the diving. As Delvin Homestay is near to other homestays, it’s easy to find tourists to cooperate and share the price for the boat trips visiting Raja Ampat.
    Dani speaks English, but not fluently, so, for reservations, he prefers text messages +6282239307439. Telecommunications in here are unreliable, so if you will not receive an answer, just keep trying. They are really waiting for guests. Overall it was a great stay at very reasonable price.