Budget Accommodation in Raja Ampat
- Last Updated on Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:48
Location: On an islet on the southeast coast of Pulau Gam (see map)
Accommodation: One 4 room and one 3 room bungalow
Owner: Kornelis Wawiyai
Phone: +6285399040888 (Maria) +6281248569412 (Kornelis) (SMS text message best)
Kordiris Homestay can accommodate up to fourteen people in seven rooms.
Kordiris has a 4 room bungalow with hammocks on a shared verandah and a 3 room bungalow with a shared verandah with a small table and bench seats. One of the rooms in the 3 room bungalow has a free standing bed, the other rooms have mattresses on the floor. All beds have mattress covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.
A new waterside private single room bungalow with verandah is under construction.
Two separate dining shelters with tables and benches are provided and extra hammocks are to be found strung between trees in the beautiful shady gardens. Bench seating and beachside table settings are also provided.
An outhouse building contains a dip mandi bathroom and separate western pedestal style toilet.
Mobile phone reception at Kordiris is good and a generator provides electricity for lighting and charging devices.
The villages of Yenbeser and Friwen are both about 15 minutes’ boat ride away if you need supplies..
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Kordiris Homestay Accommodation Price: IDR 350,000 (~USD 35.00) per night per person including three meals a day and unlimited tea and coffee.
Transport: Waisai transfers are by speedboat (maximum capacity 4 passengers) and cost IDR 500,000 (~USD50.00) per each way. (Cost shared among passengers.)
Language: Maria speaks excellent English and lives on site.
Located on the islet of Kordiris, which is separated from the Gam Island mainland by the wildlife rich Dore Dor mangrove waterway, Kordiris Homestay lies in the shelter of the point at the western end of a perfect white sand bay. The winding mangrove filled waterways and dense jungles of Dore Dor are a birdwatchers paradise, alive with hornbills, sea eagles, eclectus parrots, kingfishers, herons... the list goes on.
The sandy beach at Kordiris offers great snorkelling over seagrass and coral reef. Dugongs can sometimes be seen in the bay at front of the homestay and walking sharks are regular visitors. Whales can be observed further offshore from the homestay as they move through the strait in April and May.
Kordiris Homestay has its own dive equipment and dives can be organised at any of the Raja Ampat dive sites.
The jungle behind Kordiris is home to birds of paradise, couscous, squirrel-like tree rats, black king cockatoos and bush fowl that build huge nest mounds in the forest.
Birds of Paradise also display near Kordiris and tours depart at 5.00am to view them. The cost is IDR 200,000 (~USD 20.00) per person, paid to the owner of the land where the birds display.
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Kordiris Homestay reviews
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Kordiris Homestay Review - March 2013
Review by Thomas van Luijtelaar. Thanks Thomas for helping out the folks at Kordiris by being the first to let us know about them and including such great photos :)
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This Raja Ampat 'Kordiris' homestay is truly amazing. The family is very hospitable and the setting of this place is wonderful. This hidden gem has an original Papua style bungalow sleeping up to 6 people (two more being built at the moment), with klamboe (mosquito nets), good mattresses and a nice seabreeze. Toilet and shower is traditional (mandi): a bucket with water from the nearby well. The whole place is very stylish with great ocean decorations.
A stay includes three meals a day and unlimited tea, coffee and water. Bring your own sweets and biscuits. Hopefully you don't mind eating fish every night, although they serve chicken (ayam) on request. The food is delicious. They are open for any suggestion. Just be patient :-)
The place is perfect to have a lazy day in one of the hammocks under the palm trees on the beach or go on a tour. The family can arrange different tours like a walk-snorkel combination in their own bay or a paradise bird watching trip early morning our late afternoon. A longer and highly recommendable tour is the one to Kabui which includes snorkeling in two great spots and a climbing to a Wayag-like panorama (the one of the brochures). All are a great day out. Just ask for it, Maria and Cornelis will explain. Their private beach by the way is excellent for swimming and snorkeling.
Maria speaks good English and is operating a small dive business too. In case you have very limited time and want to do as many dives as possible in a few days, I would recommend a dive resort. When you are looking for one or two dives a day and don't mind not having the fanciest equipment and the perfect size, this is perfect. Everything worked well. Dives cost 450k rupiah (cheapest in Raja Ampat!) and include all equipment. Ask for a good guide. Personally I wasn't very enthusiastic about Mathias. Paulus may be a better choice.
In Raja Ampat it is one of the best value you can get for your rupiahs. In the unlucky event the place is full, consider the place of their uncle (Thomas - see album) on the next beach. We checked it out and it looked charming too with comparable facilities.
This little paradise deserves more visitors. You can be one of them, you will love it!
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