Kordiris Homestay, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Kordiris Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam

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

With an on site dive centre, a sensational beach and beautiful garden surrounds, it’s no wonder Kordiris is a favourite of island travellers.


Rooms
1 x Over water - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x On land - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
7 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night

Details

Kordiris Homestay can accommodate up to twenty people in ten 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.

Kordiris also offers three private bungalows, each of which sleeps two people. One of the bungalows is over water, the other two are on land. All the private bungalows are a single room with covered verandah at the front. Bedding is mattresses on the floors, equipped with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. The over water bungalow has a hammock on the verandah and bungalow 3 has a small table and plastic chairs.

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.

Maria speaks excellent English and lives on site.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai transfers are by speedboat (maximum capacity 4 passengers) and cost IDR 500,000 per each way. (Cost shared among passengers.)

Activities

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 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 per person, paid to the owner of the land where the birds display.

Features

  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Association member
  • Large groups OK
  • Western style toilet
  • For the sociable
  • English speaking
  • Has email contact
  • Good phone signal
  • Hiking available
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Has own speedboat
  • Diving available
  • On site dive centre
  • Seagrass
  • Calm beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • Has private bungalows

Kordiris Homestay Location Map

Kordiris Homestay location shown above. Full page map for Kordiris Homestay

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22 thoughts on “Kordiris Homestay

  1. Joakim & Helena says:

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    We arrived july 7 and spent a great week at Kordiris with it´s friendly staff. We enjoyed snorkeling the great reef outside the beautiful beach, saw birds of paradise in the forest close to the home stay, and did the most amazing excursions with the competent staff that took an effort in showing us the marvels of Raja Ampat. Like all the home stays we visited the food is good but basically the same for lunch and dinner; fish, rice and veggies. For breakfast mostly a sweet cake with coffee/tea, so it might be good to bring some extra energy. During our week we saw turtles, sea snakes, reef sharks and even a dugong (plus so much more!). Do make the excursion to the Passage – there´s nothing like it. We highly recommend a stay at Kordiris!

  2. Virginie Vacher says:

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    At first I was supposed to stay 3 days and then hop to another island but it was so quiet and beautiful and cool that I stayed 10 days. Maria and Enzo are the perfect hosts. The dives were fantastic and I see no reason at all for me not to go back there as soon as possible. Thank you STAYRAJAAMPAT for allowing me to find this piece of paradise on Earth.

  3. seila and milan says:

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    After so much searching on internet, comparing with a neverending list…we chose Kordiris…and I have to say that was bullseye. This place is amazing, the snorkeling, the food….and Maria is a delightfull person…super helpful and is always happy.
    We also would like to mention John Terminal from Sorong, he was literally an angel, he `rescued ´us from nowhere in the harbour, when we were stuck because there was no information, no one, no ferry no nothing…so if you arrive during the weekends be sure to know what time your conection is!

  4. Abdullah Hamad says:

    Salam.. before rating this home stay I’d like to thank the guy or anyone helped building this website, you really made our stay in Raja Ampat incredible. Thank you so much :)

    We stayed at Kordiris at the end of this April 2014, for 5 nights.
    We’re 4 guys from Saudi Arabia.. our stay was really lovely and comfortable especially with having Maria around to communicate in English and order what you wish.

    We were all Non-divers but we really enjoyed snorkeling so much, especially at the passage point.

    We were planning to go to Wayag but changed our minds since the cost is really high and the weather is unstable. We decided to go to Piannemo and was a prefect decision.
    One note here: The locals in Kordiris gave us really a VERY high price to take us to Pianemo (around 11 Millions!!) so Maria called another home stay boat(or hotel!) and we went for 6 millions with much better boat even!

    If you want Ice or coke or anything(I wouldn’t say beer since it’s prohibited in my religion, Islam lol :p), just ask Maria they can buy for you. ( Ice stayed with us for like 1 day and a half or 2 before melting completely).

    Thanks again for this beautiful website.

    here is a group photo in front of Kordiris with our local friends and guests

    http://i1091.photobucket.com/albums/i394/AbdullahHamad/Raja%20Ampat/85b1c7aa-5fab-41ff-a9dd-4fcc5abf752d.jpg

    • Salam Abdullah. Thanks for the thanks and for taking the time to write this review – it’s truly appreciated. Glad to hear you had such a good time and that we could help. Great photo! :)

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

    We spent a week in Kordiris after spending 10 days on Kri Island. Maria is a perfect host, she is friendly, helpful and very professional. You can ask her anything and she will organize it for you. We did snorkeling trips (near, so not too expensive) and a walk in the jungle early morning to see the paradise birds. The place is amazing and the food is really good. We had a very nice stay !

  5. Stayed here 3 days and had a good stay, although we felt that the prriority here is diving. We only snorkel and felt that you could better stay on Kri (where we were before to do this). Maria is not very keen on organizing snorkeling trips for you (only possible to go to manta point when divers go and other snorkeltrips in the afternoon only because in the morning the boat takes the divers. It’s also a bit more expensive than other homestays. Otherwise, the beach is beautiful, the water and view are amazing. You can walk into the jungle from here as well and there are lots of birds. The rooms are clean and you have private bungalows where you have your own verandah, though not a private bathroom. The communal bathroom is very clean though. The food was very good as wel l, varie df and vegetarian options. All in all, beatiful setting but mainly focused on diving.

  6. My wife and I stayed here for a few days in February 2014 and had an incredible time. Maria, Kordiris, and his family and friends are all great. The diving was amazing, however be sure you are VERY experienced as there is no real divemaster — more of a dive coordinator, but once you are underwater you are on your own. The journey there is long but worth it as once you set foot on their little Island, you will be in Paradise! The snorkeling right off the beach is fantastic. So much life right off the shore. As for meals, fish, fish, rice, and more delicious fish. One of the best places we have ever stayed. Left super relaxed. Take in the sounds of the jungle and birds of paradise while there. Enjoy!!!

  7. Make sure that you book in advance to stay in Kordiris. I
    have met a lot of people who wanted to go there and they were fully booked so
    they missed out. I was very lucky on my trip, for some reason in the 6 nights
    that I stayed there, there was a maximum of 4 people, and all I did was move
    from one hammock to the other, to the beach bed, and back to the first hammock…

    It truly is paradise and the owners paid a lot of attention
    to the “landscaping”. Unlike other homestays in Kri where I was guest, Kordiris
    has a really nice wide beach that gets even wider during low tide. Around the
    bungalows there are a lot of green plants, little gardens where orchids grow
    and the bay is rather isolated. There is only one homestay next door but you
    barely see anyone on the beach. The snorkelling is very good there, I had a
    good time everytime I was in the water. In the mangroves there is a little
    walking shark, at least there was when I was there. To our surprise one of the
    locals fished it out and took it to the shallow for us to have a look at, so I don’t
    know if the animal still opts to live there J
    In the next door homestay’s trees we spotted a cuscus twice and I got some
    amazing pictures. They have birds of paradise in the “backyard” and Cornelis
    took us one morning to see them. We were lucky and spotted 3 red ones! My
    intention was to stay there only 3 nights but all is so relaxed and laid back
    that you don’t want to leave. Also Maria has been incredibly nice, and will
    always have a suggestion how you can improve your stay and enjoy it even more.
    She has helped me a lot in getting money when my card didn’t work, suggested
    many things that I should do and see and is truly passionate about life in
    Kordiris. It is impossible not to befriend her. Such a nice and genuine
    person!!!!!

    I also went diving with Maria’s dive shop and I hope that
    they have now found a reliable dive master (I heard from others that they did
    after I left).

    The owners are going to Waisai quite frequently which is
    good if you have to go to stock up on cash, beer, cigarettes or whatever you
    may need.

    Definitely one of the nicest places I have stayed at and I
    consider myself very lucky that I landed there by chance.

    Thank you soooo much for making my stay in R4 so unique and
    memorable!!!!!

    Big kiss,

    Katrin

  8. Four of us (all New Zealanders) stayed here for four nights. Maria is the shining star of this place – she organises the diving and snorkelling trips (using her gear and boat) and acts as facilitator of everything you need done – including helping you organise your next home stay to move to. Without Maria, you would struggle here (she speaks English). The food was tasty and the price was good. Compared with some of the horror stories we heard from people staying at other home stays, this place is good value and feeds you well. The house reef was not rich in coral and was subject to currents. When there are more than 6 guests, the home stay desperately needs another toilet and mandi. It would have been nice if the toilet and mandi were cleaner. The birdlife was great, including red bird of paradise 15 minutes easy walk from the home stay (you can do this yourself). Ask Maria to arrange a boat trip through the Mangroves behind the island Kordiris sits on.

  9. If you are a homestay person and a social extrovert, this might be your place. For us it was a bit cramped in the building with four rooms, also quite shakey when someone is walking. We stayed a second time. The building with 3 rooms where we slept later was better for us, it was more stable and the rooms a little bigger. The restaurant is not that close, so you don`t have to listen to everybody`s conversation when you`re in your room. We got one of the big mattresses that time which made a difference too as the thin foam mattresses are a bit uncomfortable.

    The bungalows would be the best choice and they are going to build more – which is great. The mosquito nets are good and without holes. Hygiene can improve, at least the bins should be emptied more often. Toilet needs more looking after when a couple of guests are sick. But then, it`s a homestay and its cheaper than most of the lot. Food was ok for us.

    The small beach is nice, but the real tourist magnet and heart of this place is the manager Maria. She is such a lovely person and very reliable if you want to organise something. She always gave us a fair deal which is not easy to find in Raja Ampat where highly inflated prices are the norm. We never felt like we had to negociate with Maria, a nice change. Then, always a smile and time for a chat. You just have to love her :-)

  10. I was staying in Kordiris in November 2013 for 10 days. It was really wonderful! The hostipality is superb! The food is really good and diving with Cornelis is really cool! Special thanks to Maria – you made my holiday so great. I always think back how nice it was talking in the restaurant while it was raining the whole day. Incredible! So all thumbs up for Kordiris!

  11. As Marcello (previous comment) I planed to stay like 4-5 nights in Kordiris and ended up staying 12 nights, I would have stay longer (hello lucky Ulie!) but I had to leave as my return flight to europe was waiting for me…I will write a longer comment later about this place but I am taking the opportunity here to say thank you to Mama, Nelce (I hope I did not mispelled your name) and their familly for one memorable stay in paradise. And moreover to say thank you to Maria for all you help and for the big laughs we had together. Maria, you made my stay there a memorable moment full of sweet memories. For all the jalan-jalan ;) and other amazing trips around THANK YOU!

  12. I’ve been @ Kordiris homestay for almost 2 weeks in Late August.

    My first intention was to stay just 2/3 nights and then move to other places… but after 10 days I was still there and didn’t want to move on.

    It is definitely the best place I visited in my last trip.

    Placed on a beautiful and cosy beach, it’s really a family run place: of course it’s a no-frills accomodations, but i like it simple, so it was the perfect place for me. The family running the place is really nice and friendly, Mama cooks good simple food – you have to love fish, rice and vegetables – and

    Maria, the manager of the place, is the nicest person you can happen to meet, speaks a good english and is a priceless help for any relation with local people.

    Of course the diving is outstanding in the Raja Ampat. Enzo, the Italian divemaster, here runs a small and very well organized diving center with well mantained gear, he personally cares for the divers and with his constant attention and unselfish advices really can make the difference for divers of any level of experience.

    Of course there is good snorkeling right from the beach, and anyway the place is good even for non- divers/snorkelers, just to relax and spend a few days out of the busy world.

    Just to have an idea about how the place looks like, Here there is an album with a few pics I took there:

    http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/ciddu64/library/kordiris%20homestay

    OK, by now you all know I love this place and the people I met there.
    I just hope to have the chance to get back there, and that this place won’t change too much!

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Great review Marcello – thank for taking the time :) Thanks too for the link to your Kordiris Homestay photobucket album. Excellent photos!

  13. Mikhail Goldovskiy says:

    We stayed at Kordiris 2.5 weeks in June-July. The owner’s mother
    cooks very well. There was plenty of fresh fish every day – grilled, in various
    sauces, or baked in leaves, sometimes squid. Some vegetables and fruits came directly from their garden (like eggplant or lime).

    At the time we stayed they had 5 rooms and were about to finish another few. The room we had was pretty comfortable, with a new mattress and a mosquito net.

    Many birds fly around the place – lorikeets, eagles, a few times it was
    possible to hear the birds of paradise (and the owner’s mother has seen it next
    to the bungalow on one of the days we were away snorkelling and diving). Cuscus
    are coming sometimes to their well in rainy weather, but we weren’t lucky to
    see. The shallow bay near their well is sometimes visited by a wobbegong, we
    have seen it once.

    When snorkelling from the shore at the bungalow we have seen reef sharks almost
    every time, small stingrays, ghostpipefish, squid – among other big and small
    fish. Other guests staying simultaneously with us have seen a turtle when
    snorkelling there. There are plenty of mudskippers in the mangroves around; the
    bungalow’s garbage is often visited by a 0.5 m long monitor lizard. There is a
    good dive site just 100 m away – Maya Dream, snorkelling was also interesting there.
    Max (or Mike’s) Point is another 500 m or so away.

    I was diving 1 day with Paulus from Nudibranch homestay (he found 2 pigmy
    seahorses), 1 day with Elias from Yenkoranu. Both guides were good. Diving
    trips were difficult to organize on some days because of lack of petrol in the villages (it happens in Raja Ampat) or busy guides. Maria (the manager of Kordiris) has diving equipment and a compressor.

    We went on a few snorkelling trips too, including Manta Point (seen
    mantas on 2 occasions, when diving and snorkelling), Friwen Mondai, Yenbuba,
    Batu Lima, Mike’s Point.

    Maria manages Kordiris very well, she is a nice, responsive person, speaks good English. The friendly owner, Kornelius, is on 3 pictures from the boat. The 2nd last photo is not from Kordiris, but from the neighbouring beach.

  14. Received by email from Thomas van Luijtelaar. Thanks Thomas for helping out the folks at Kordiris by letting us know of them and providing the original information.

    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!