Koryau Kayem Homestay, Yenbuba, Pulau Mansuar, Raja Ampat

Koryau Kayem Homestay

Mansuar - 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)

Koryau Kayem’s over-water bungalows provide a quiet refuge in a sheltered bay central to the range of marine attractions of Kri and Mansuar.


Rooms
2 x Over water - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x Over water - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
4 x 7 night snorkelling package for solo traveller Sleeps max. 1 persons / room
4 x 7 night snorkelling package for couple Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Couple IDR 600,000 / couple / night
Single IDR 500,000 / person / night
7 night 5 trip snorkelling package for couple IDR 6,625,000 / person
7 night 5 trip snorkelling package (single occupancy) IDR 9,000,000 / person
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Details

Koryau Kayem Homestay is located near Yenbuba village on Pulau Mansuar and has two private over water bungalows and a two room over water bungalow, all of which have great views across the strait that separates Mansuar from Gam and Waigeo.

All rooms have a double mattress with mattress covers, pillows and mosquito nets. Bungalow verandahs are equipped with table and chair settings and power outlets for charging devices.

Meals are served in an over-water dining room and tea, coffe and drinking water are freely available to guests there.

A sand floored bathroom building lies under coconut palms about fifty metres away from the bungalows and houses a western style pedestal toilet and dip mandi bathroom in separate rooms.

A deal with the owners of a nearby mobile phone tower sees electricity being supplied from the tower’s backup generator, which means that electricity is available at Koryau Kayem from an hour or two before sunset until dawn. (Plus at any other time there’s insufficient sunlight to power the tower’s solar array!)

The proximity of the tower means that Koryau Kayem receives a great signal. The tower was upgraded in 2016 to support 4G internet connections.

Basic supplies are available in the nearby village of Yenbuba, which is an easy ten minute walk away, but please do take any inorganic trash you create away with you, as there’s no safe waste management infrastructure in Raja Ampat.

English is spoken at Korayau Kayem Homestay.

Transport / Getting there

Transfers from Waisai to Koryau Kayem are IDR 1,200,000 by speedboat, or IDR 750,000 by longboat. Prices are each way and may be shared among passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Good snorkeling is available at Koryau Kayem (bring your own gear). Walking sharks (Kalabia) inhabit the mangroves that border the homestay to the west and marine life is rich over the house reef. Prices for snorkeling and sightseeing trips further afield are as below. Prices are per boat and may be shared among passengers:

SNORKELING/EXCURSION PRICE
Piaynemo by speedboat 6,500,000
Batanta by speedboat 6,500,000
Kabui Bay by speedboat 5,000,000

Accommodation and snorkeling package

Koryau Kayem also offers a 7 night package for snorkellers. Included in the package are 7 nights’ accommodation with 3 meals a day, 4 day snorkelling trips, boat transfers Waisai-Koryau Kayem-Waisai and airport pickup. The package price is IDR 6,625,000 per person for couples or IDR 9,000,000 for solo travellers wanting a private room. NOTE: Packages do not include Marine Park Entry Permit tags and Sorong-Waisai-Sorong public ferry tickets.

Koryau Kayem open expeditions

Koryau Kayem Homestay offers a 6 day/5 night camping adventure tour for groups. Transport is by 9 metre traditional covered wooden boat powered by diesel engine with two 15 horsepower outboards for backup. Minimum group size is 4 passengers, maximum is 6 and the price is IDR 6,500,000 per person. See our Raja Ampat liveaboard boat tours page for boat photos, more information and Mel and Andy’s review of their expedition experience.

Koryau Kayem private charter Raja Ampat expeditions

Private charters of the vessel described above are available if you want to design your own expedition with friends or family. Charters are available for a minimum 6 day/5 night trip. Prices start at IDR 30,000,000 for 4 passengers max or IDR 40,000,000 for 6 passengers max for the 6day/5 night length. See Koryau Kayem’s website (linked below) for more expedition details and boat photos.

Other activities

Village visits are easy, as Koryau Kayem lies beside the footpath that joins the villages of Yenbuba on Mansuar’s eastern tip and Yenbekwan which lies around a kilometre to the west of the homestay. Yenbuba is a short walk away, Yenbekwan is more of a short trek, as the path crosses some steep ridges to reach the village, which lies about a kilometre to the west of Koryau Kayem. There are side trails that lead to high vantage points on the coast, and the jungle is alive with birdsong in the early morning.

For the enthusiastic, it’s possible to continue westward past Yenbekwan to the low saddle between the north and south coasts of Mansuar. Crossing there will take you past an inland lake to the south coast village of Sauwandarek. There’s great snorkelling at Sauwandarek too, but unless you’re keen for a long day, you might want to organise boat transport to or from Sauwandarek to avoid having to walk both ways.

At low tide extensive sandbanks join the islands of Mansuar, Ransiwor and Kri and make walking between them possible. Even if you don’t cross to the neighbouring islands the banks are worth exploring. Scores of interesting creatures get trapped in small pools, making their discovery and observation really easy. Crossing to Kri will open up the possibility of other long walks too, but be aware of tide times otherwise you might have to organise boat transport back to Koryau Kayem.

The sandflats between the beach and house reef at Koryau Kayem – although not much to look at –  are home to hosts of marine creatures. When exploring them or the mangroves nearby, please do your best to take the shortest route possible and always walk in the footsteps of those that may have gone before you, as compaction of the sand will destroy the homes of the many creatures that live and breed there.

In addition to the above, Freddy can organise and guide you on any tour your want to make, from Bird of Paradise watching trips at nearby Sawinggrai to extended adventures in his home island of Batanta.

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Mangroves
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Has email contact
  • IDR 450,000+
  • Calm beach
  • Good phone signal
  • Sandy Beach
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows

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Koryau Kayem Homestay Contact Details

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Name Freddy Sauyai
Phone +6285197051271
Email info@koryaukayem.com
Website http://www.koryaukayem.com

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40 thoughts on “Koryau Kayem Homestay

  1. Amy and Chris says:

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

    My husband and I spent a week at Koryau Kayem Homestay in November 2016 and it was an absolutely amazing experience. Far, far away from civilization, we felt like the only people for miles (even though there are two villages on both sides of the island which we also explored). You can snorkel out to beautiful corals just a stone’s throw from the front door. As part of our stay we did the dive package (9 dives) and this was absolutely the best part. Freddie took us to some gorgeous – and mind blowing – dive sides that had so much variety of life… most of which I never even knew existed! It was truly a magical experience, one we will remember forever!

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

    We did the open expedition. It was an adventure of a life time! My boyfriend and i had the best time ever on this boat trip. We snorkeled at countless amazing spots, camped on beautiful deserted islands, hiked to a waterfall and visited a village. My boyfriend is a photographer, so Freddy and his crew, Calvin and Noah took extra care that he got the shots that he wanted. They took such good care of us – they cooked us amazing meals, made sure we always had fresh water to clean my boyfriends underwater camera equipment, and made sure we were always comfortable. Freddy tweaked the route/activities to make sure we were always doing what we wanted. He even asked his friend if we could camp on his island because we loved it so much when we visited it for sunset. He also helped us find the elusive dugong! We actually saw 3 dugongs! It was amazing. Freddy even helped arrange a ride for us to our hotel in Sorong after we got off the ferry, as we had failed to do that (oops). He really went the extra mile for everything. This is one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, and I’ve traveled a lot – I’ve been to 6 continents and over 30 countries. This was a really special trip. If you really want to experience Raja Ampat, this is the way to do it. 5 stars! 10 stars if that were an option!

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

    We stayed here in March….same comments as Paula. At least we saw the walking sharks! Freddie’s mood seems to be a hit and miss affair. Food was OK but could be better

  2. Alberto Gonzalez says:

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

    Very nice place to stay, they have very good infrastructure and service. They offer diving a very good price. Really cool guy the owner, Freddy. Very good for couples or groups, maybe not very good for people travelling alone, but the place is amazing.

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

    I booked directly with Pak Freddy three weeks prior to my arrival (I speak Indonesian). when I get there, someone took by bag to the bungalow and that was that. The location was great, right over the water, but the amenities were minimal, with no little touches. I wandered to the toilet block, which could have done with some upgrade, and since there was no toilet paper, I went to the kitchen to ask for some. None, forgot to buy. I asked what’s for dinner: eggs and rice. What about fish? forgot to buy. I called Freddy to let him know I wasn’t impressed and that since he is asking more than the other homestays (Rp 500,000 pp), he should provide more, not less. Besok (tomorrow) he said. On that I left for Kri.

    This homestays has mixed positive and negative comments so I guess it is the luck of the draw on whether Freddy is in the mood to play the homestay owner or not…

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

    The setting in the landscape is very nice.
    the different houses / rooms in houses differ strongly concerning space and quality.
    Food was poor, mandi and toilet need renovation.
    There are other homestays in Raja Ampat where we got better value for money.

  3. We stayed at Koryau Kayem for just three nights and felt it needed alot of help. The food was very basic and we never saw any fish or chicken or fruit which we did receive at other homestays…just rice and some basic vegetables with eggs. I hate to complain but felt that others wanting to visit this homestay should think twice as there are much better values in Raja Ampat. The best snorkeling here is off the jetty at the local village. The generator ran most of the time and drowned out the nice bird song in the morning. The best feature really was the trail to the village.

    • 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 5 nights at Freddys homestay (Koryau Kayem), last September 2015.
    Basic but beautiful bungalows over the water. Very quiet place compared to others homestays at the busier Kri island (north side), perfect for relaxing and for amazing snorkel just in front of the bungalows (including the fammous walking sharks, 30feet away, around the nearest manglar).
    It’s handy and interesting to have Yenbuba village only 10min walking (try Sundays morning Church).

    Both Freddy’s wife and cousin cook delicious food, although we found it in short of quantity (compared to other guesthouses – namely Mangur Kodom, where we stayed after Freddys).
    Talking to Freddy and ask for more food should solve it (we didn’t do it because it was our first homestay. But after comparing to others – and all homestays charge the same – we should’ve).

    At the time, Freddy didn’t have a boat (he was reparing it). So arranging for diving with him was not straith forward (as he depend on other people’s boat and gear). We dove once with him (gear was from Lumba Lumba guesthouse and it was fine) and the other 6 dives with Luky and Raymond from the Mangur Kodom.

    – Freddy, don’t forget to get a couple of hammocs for the bungalows! Guests will apreciate that…

    All in all, we spent 5 great days at Freddys and highly recommend it, specially for those looking for relax and Raja Ampat’s laidback beauty at its best.

  4. robert + susann says:

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

    we stay in raja ampat the second time and have visited about 7 homestays.

    very quite area with only a few bungalows. the private bungalow was very nice and has a great view from the balkony. perfect for snorkel just in front of the homestay during high tide or you can walk to the nearby famous jetty, which is highly recommended for diving and snorkeling.

    we stay several more days than we have planned

    the food was good.

    freddy was willing to help us to have a pleasent stay. he also organised diving for us with a very good service. he is no divemaster, but a good guide and know the spots.

    never the less dont try to talk with freddy before noon. he is sleeping, even when he walk around or serve the breakfast… :-)

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

    Out of the 3 homestays I stayed at, the best one. Awesome setting with bungelows over water. Very quiet and peaceful, you can watch the ocean all day. In the morning bird singing wakes you up.

    A 10 minute walk away is the best snorkelling I have done in Kri/Gam/Mansuar including 2x Cape Kri. Go to the Yenbuba village jetty, best spots are
    – around the jetty itself
    – halfway to the island in the middle of the Kri/Mansuar channel
    – Cape Mansuar (take fins in case there is current. Koryau Kayem has some)
    You will see 1000s of fusiliers, a lot of big fish, barracuda, turtles, and good coral.

    Freddy is nice guy, really helpful, somewhat quiet but speaks good English. If you find the rate for single person a bit high, he may be flexible. Internet is good via 3G. Yenbuba village has basic stores. The food was ok but not too great when I was there. Go here not for the food, but for the tranquility and the awesome snorkelling.

  5. I really enjoy things that are off the beaten path but I can’t hearing that Kri and Mansuar are “touristy”. Can someone out my mind at ease when it comes to this Homestay?

    Thanks!

    • Mansuar is not by any stretch of the imagination “touristy”. (Unless by that you mean “might see another tourist”.) The entire Raja Ampat region only receives around 10,000 international tourists a year, so there’s nowhere in the islands that can be truly considered “touristy”.

      Kri is the most visited island and has the most homestays. Thanks to the “Lonely Planet Effect” though, only a few of those are busy, and even the busiest have no guests at certain times of the year. There are still homestays on Kri waiting to receive their first foreign guests.

      If you’re looking for somewhere truly isolated, use the advanced search on the accommodation page to search for homestays with the Location Feature “Remote/isolated” and/or the Other Feature “Quiet hideaway”.

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

    Nos alojamos tres noches en abril 2015 y estuvimos encantados.la zona es una maravilla y el alojamiento y trato perfectos.el buceo alrededor del muelle es magnífico y como ya han mencionado incluso delante de las cabañas también está muy bien.ojala podamos volver algún día

  6. Agnes and Titouan says:

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

    We spent 4 nights at koryau kayem and had a lovely stay. Freddy and his family are very welcoming. The bungalows are very well maintained and have nice terasses. The day trips we made were always well thought and freddy always found some nice activities to do. The snorkeling at yenbuba jetty (10mins by foot) is amazing. The food is excellent !! We definitely recommend this homestay.

  7. Adrien and Mariana says:

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

    We planned to stay 10 days in july 2015 at this homestay, finally we stayed only 2 days, here is why :

    Koryau didn t have a boat to bring us snorkeling around, it wasnt expected because we arranged a “packaging” with snorkeling… So we had to wait the end of the day (4 – 5P.M) to have a boat from one other homestay to finally go snorkeling… And only 40 minutes !! It was like this the both days. We paid a large amount to confirm our booking, for the total of our stay (2 nights and one morning) we have losen money. We are going to ask for some money return (didn t have time to do it until now). Second point : the water of the shower at the homestay is salty, so it was like a mix between water and sea water.. Not confortable. Also the water always had small bugs so we were scared to wash our hair. These were the reasons we left early.
    Other point, we saw Freddy at Wasai (when we wanted to take the ferry to Sorong) , to pick up new guests : he was totaly drunk, was chating up my girlfriend when i was taking the tickets for the ferry… I was angry. It s also not safe to conduct guests by speedboat, irresponsible..

    There are good things about the homestay : the bungalows are private, in front of the sea, so you have a good view. The food was fresh and good. Good phone reception

  8. Linda Leijon says:

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

    We had a lovely stay at Freddie’s place Koryau Kayem!! We were two families (with children at the age of 12 &15) who stayed for 4 nights, five days. The owner is such a lovely guy! He often came by, sat down, played some guitar and just hung around! The food is plenty, mostly fish and rise though. For breakfast we had pancakes, fried bananas and even rice and fish one day. The bungalows are clean and there are plenty of room in the big one for playing cards and have dinner together – this was good for us since we were 8 persons altogether! Among all the places we visited this was one of the favourites! The villiage is calm and nice and the snorkelling at the jetty is really good. You can also snorkel just outside the bungalow and some of us saw a very big ray, a shark and several turtles right there. It´s nice to walk around in the mangroves to see all the walking sharks! Freddie took us for some snorkelling trips which were really good. We would like to have seen dugongs but unfortunately it was to windy! We also walked with Freddie to visit Yenbuba and Yenbekwan, we bought a lot of snacks and coca-cola – Freddie was really kind and hold them cool in his own refridgerator! We really enjoyed our stay here and it would be nice to be back one day…

  9. Me and my family from china, spend 6 days with Freddy and his crew, unbeatable boat-trip, during this chinese new year period. It is a unforgettable holiday, because of friendly people and the scenery which have no equal in this world! I love raja ampat, I love Koryau Kayem. 我們一家在這間民宿以及他們家的船上度過了一個禮拜~超棒的~Freddy每晚會帶我們去不同的小島露營,有無人荒島、有當地小村落,太多美好的記憶,早上起來看到一排海豚從平靜的海面跳起,穿梭在仙境般的群山海面,只有自己和動物,感覺非常好!其中一天去了一個無人海灘浮淺,看到比人還長的巨型魔鬼魚,海龜,成千上萬的魚群從身邊游過,水中的能見度至少有30米,比萬鴉老的25米,大堡礁的15米清晰得多得多得多!!最後兩晚住在他家的民宿,非常友善的一家人,怎一個好字了得~

  10. Pam & Bill Scholtz says:

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

    The beautiful film “Journey to the South Pacific” was the inspiration for our visit to Raja. At first we had planned to stay in a resort, but after discovering this amazing website, we decided to try the homestays, and we’re thrilled we did. This site did a really good job of presenting a realistic picture of what to expect from the homestay experience. We were in Raja for 9 days and we stayed at three homestays. They were very different and equally wonderful in their own way. At all three homestays, we were the only guests.

    Here is our review/comparison:

    KORYAU KAYEM/Mansuar
    Freddy, the owner was waiting for us as we disembarked from the Sorong Ferry and whisked us right to Mansuar. This homestay is in a great location because it is so central, yet feels remote.
    Pros- the homestay bungalow was huge, with a wonderful terrace from which to view the sunrise peeking over nearby Kri. Bathroom (separate toilet and shower!) was in a lovely grove of coconut palms and was very clean, and private. Over water location kept us relatively cool. Freddy runs the generator well past midnight, so charging your devices is not an issue. Meals were served on our own terrace, and the food, while very basic, was varied enough and there was plenty. Reef, reef, reef- snorkeling was excellent right off the homestay. It’s just a short, beautiful walk to nearby Yenbuba village where snorkeling was also amazing off the pier. Freddy was very social.
    Cons- Freddy could use a touch of maintenance on his place. We found some torn roofing so if it rained, you might get some wet belongings. Also three of the four chairs were broken, so we used the broken chairs as side tables for our electronics and toiletries (there was a large dining table on the verandah, however).

    YENDABABO/Southern Gam (Kordiris)
    Yendababo Homestay is on one end of a breathtaking sweep of beach. Mathias, the owner lives on site with his family. When we approached the Homestay by boat, we were a bit nonplussed to see four large modern bungalows with bright blue plastic roofs next to several traditional Papuan style huts. We were offered a choice to stay in the newer bungalows (private ensuite baths in each) but opted for the traditional hut. Mathias lives onsite with his family.
    Pros- the beach location with soft, white sand, palm trees, and emerald water is unsurpassed. The house reef had the most amazing variety of coral we saw anywhere. It was spectacular and we snorkeled several times a day during out stay. Our bungalow was not huge, but it was very well maintained, comfy mattress, and just steps away from the water. There was a very large table on our covered verandah for storing toiletries, electronics and whatnot. Mathias and family were ultra-accommodating…when he saw the one plug was not quite enough for our rechargeable camera batteries and phone, he instantly installed a power strip. Meals, served in the dining pavilion, were fantastic- wonderful fish, fried rice and eggs for breakfast, fresh vegetables, and plenty to eat. Excursion to Kubui Bay and The Passage would have been wonderful on its own, but Mathias also took us to Hidden Bay, a jaw-dropping inlet with turquoise and emerald green water, dotted with small islands. He also took us to several special snorkeling spots away from the homestay.
    Cons – although the bath hut contained a western-style toilet and western-style hand shower, both were in the same room- would’ve preferred separate spaces.
    Mathias is in the process of modernizing his homestay into a dive-oriented enterprise which he hopes to debut this summer. Although we realized the dive business is more lucrative, we fear the traditional spirit of Yendababo may be lost.

    WARIMPUREM/Waisai (Waigeo)
    This homestay felt very different from the others in that it is on the main island, and not so remote. Yet, Warimpurem was full of wonderful surprises that made it very special. The owner (did not remember his name) and his wife, the legendary Mama Engge, live on site with various relatives.
    Pros-the family at Warimpurem was probably the most friendly and inviting of all we came in contact with. And Mama Engge’s reputation as a fantastic cook is not overstated. The food we had here was incredible. One of our favorite memories, was daily tea around 430/5p when we were served fried plantains, which were the best we had ever tasted. The homestay property features a wonderful natural spring, which is exposed at low tide. The water is refreshing, and it is lovely to sit in it and watch the kids at play. We even joined some local women and did a bit of laundry there. There is something called the Firefly Tree, and it is magical. At night, thousands of fireflies light up a tree by the entrance to the homestay, and flash their lights on and off as if on the same circuit. It was breathtaking. Also, this homestay is close to more birdlife than most others, including the famed Bird of Paradise, although when we saw him, he did not display .
    Cons- Snorkeling was just ok here. Because our bungalow was away from the beach, and a bit more in the jungle, this was the only place where we experienced some mosquitoes, but there weren’t very many. The squat toilet (which actually wasn’t so bad) and the dip shower were in the same space when a separation would have been better. However, we spotted three nearly completed brand new buildings with western-style toilet and separate showers nearby so this won’t be an issue moving forward.

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

    My mother and I stayed here in December and by the time we left Koryau Kayem felt like Home to us! Freddie and his family are the best, so helpful and friendly. The food was amazing, fresh fish, veggies, and so well prepared! The area around the accommodation is kept very clean, they had huge clam shells as foot baths as you enter each homestay – best bathrooms of all the 5 homestays we stayed with. On the day we left the children were busy redecorating with shells along the path. Freddie took us out to Snorkel and see the Manta Rays at a very good price. One day we saw over 6 mantas together, was a dream come true. You can also snorkel right from the over water bungalow, and the reef and fish from this location just spectacular. You can swim along this reef to the village and jetty – this became our favourite underwater adventure, so many turtles, coral, fish of all sizes and shapes. The walk to town is great, the work that went into the church is just amazing!! Freddy mentioned that church over Christmas is an incredible experience – one that we are thinking of for our next visit to this Homestay. Thank you again Freddie for all your help and we look forward to staying with you and family again very soon!!

  11. Loïc & Christophe says:

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

    Dates : Jan 27th to Feb 3rd. 2015.

    Location : Amazing, protected coco area, birdsong in the morning, feel alone in the wild. The village is a 15mn walk east along the beach, very nice.

    Accomodation : simple & nice ! We stayed in the bungalow opposite to the mangrove, with it’s perfect terrace, and the stunning view on the beach and Kri.

    Staff : Freddy is a very nice guy, always available to show the walking sharks, monitor water level in the bathroom, or bring us to visit the surroundings.
    Although a bit shy, he was really helpful and always smiling.
    He also solved our own beer shortage issue by bringing us a 12 pack of bottled Bintang, and even arranged for some space in the just arrived fridge to allow it to cool ! Don’t hesitate to share one with him :)

    Food : Already said, but different every meal (fresh fish, chicken, fried noodle, sweet potatoes, curry, glass noodle salad, eggplants, water spinach…) always tasty, in more-than-two-can-eat quantity !
    As the common area was not finished yet, the staff (his family?) was bringing the meals right on the terrace three times a day… so exclusive !

    Snorkeling : Very good from the shore with all kinds of fishes, turtles, black tip sharks… Walking shark in the mangrove and… A very nice 2.5 meter wide manta passing by the wall just beside us while snorkeling on the second day ! What cay you ask more ? numerous kinds of healthy hard & soft corals, and the area around the Yenbuba jetty is wonderful !

    Tours : Freddy and his mate brought us with the other guests for a day tour to Gam, Manta point and then around Mansuar : very nice. We even saw some dolphins jumping a bit farther…
    And as we did not see any manta this day, he proposed us a cheap tour the day after with the same guests to catch up… And we were lucky enough to see almost ten of them very close to us. They dropped us in the current three times to ensure we were right by to admire them !

    Pieces of advice if I may :
    – Freddy, don’t hesitate to come and talk to you guests, even if there is a language barrier : we’re more than happy to hear about you, your place, your history and your expeditions !
    – The tide is bringing plastic bags, the wind is flying some of the garbage we leave there and the shallow water under and around the bungalow was a bit spotted by those. In one hour, I cleaned the place enjoying the sun… Why not encouraging the guests once in their stay to collect those, maybe providing them with a rice bag or similar to keep it as we like to enjoy it.

    Responsible tourism :
    – On our (guest) side, I strongly recommend for any remote location we visit, to bring back all cans, sun lotion bottles, peanut bags and any non biodegradable empty/used items we came with, to a place with better trash management… If possible even up to our home country !
    – Sun lotion : why not elect for a “reef safe” sun protection ? It’s now 5 or 6 years we’re traveling between the tropics and manage to ban the chemical ones without sun burn ! Yes, it’s a bit whiter, but can’t we put reef balance first to continue to enjoy it ?

    Final word : THANKS A LOT FREDDY & Team !!!

    PS : sorry if I posted twice, didn’t see it published.

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    My husband and I stayed in Koryau Kayem homestay for 3 nights (20th to 23rd Feb 2015) after a boat tour with Freddy. The homestay is really great with the following advantages:
    – Very nice location and very good snorkeling around (In front of the homestay + jetty of the village)
    – Quiet
    – Clean
    – The food is really good and changes every day (we had home-made french fries! After 1 week eating rice we were quite happy!)
    – You can easily rest on the hamak and on the “terrace”
    – The staff is lovely
    – Even if it’s not a diving center, Freddy could organize dives for us

    The only improvement comment I would have is that Freddy would need to be a bit warmer and friendlier with the guests. My husband and I speak bahasa Indonesia so the language was not a barrier but Freddy was not talking so much with us, compare to other local people we met. Other guests that we met at the guesthouse had the same feeling.

    However I would 100% recommend this guesthouse!

  12. One last comment. Freddie’s place is right under the cell tower for this part of Raja Ampat. We had a strong signal with pretty good data feeds when we wanted to see the news. Freddie kept the power on most of the night so recharging batteries for 4 people was very easy.

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    Freddie is the best. He used to work at one of the resorts but wisely decided to open his own homestay. His experience at the resorts shows with everything he and his family does to make your stay memorable. He was very accommodating to our vegetarian food request (and the food was really tasty, changing every meal). He guided us to great spots to snorkel off his beach, including some Raja Ampat “walking sharks” which live 30 feet from the hut. Freddie also served as a snorkeling guide on a day long boat trip around Mansar island which including several drift snorkels.
    Koryau Kayem is a great place for snorkeling. The wall directly in front (50 yards or so) with low current and a good diversity of fish and coral. The grass beds on the way to the wall are full of juvenile fish, blue starfish and more. Additionally, you can take your gear over to the pier at Yenbuba (15 minute flat walk) and snorkel between the islands. The reef off the pier is thick with large and medium fish, turtles, soft and hard corals and more. Not a spot of sand could be found on this reef it was so thick with life. Snorkeling this spot made our trip. We saw 12 turtles one sunny afternoon followed by a herd of humphead parrotfish. Our stay with Freddie was very memorable. Thank you Freddie!

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    We (two couples) stayed here for 4 nights in January 2015. The food was good and always vegetarian as we requested. We stayed at 3 homestays and this one was a favorite due to its proximity to Cape Kri and the pier at Yenbuba village, both having the best corals and fish schools of our time in Raja. The guide, Ranny (see her page on this website) arranged a boat outing around Mansuer Island and around Kri Island, snorkeling as we went. It was great to see these places. We walked to Yenbuba village for snorkeling on our own. Everything was clean at the homestay. Being over the water was nice, though when it rained things didn’t want to dry out. We had the two room cabin with a shared front porch. We counted 11 epaulet sharks in the mangroves next to our cabin. The run to Waisai was done in a longboat and took 1.5 hours. Freddie, the owner, met the ferry and also came around often to see if we needed anything. His English is fairly good and he answers emails.

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    Late November 2014, we stayed at the Koryau Kayem Homestay 5d/4n.
    Ranny, (very) good local guide, booked it for us in advance.
    In summary: better than what we expected.
    – secluded place, but not too much : Yenbuba village is at walking distance, 15 mn following the beach.
    – very intrusting large house reef : with the help of the current, you can reach the excellent reef under the jetty of the village
    – Freddy, the owner, knows everything and everyone around : feel free to ask what you want ;
    We made a perfect tour (full day) snorkeling best spots around mansuar and kri islands ;
    – The homestay is family run : cleanliness and attention :
    one has the impression of living with friends : a place to be.
    – Meals are good, often with a twist

    If I remember correctly, Ranny gave us the meaning of Koryau Kayem: “be well together.”
    It absolutely right.

  13. Johannes Hartl says:

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    For us just the perfect homestay in Raja Ampat! Had an amazing time, highly recommended! On this page are only 5 previous reviews but when you look up the guest book at the home stay, many many other travellers had the same impressions as we had…
    We stayed 7 days and had booked a package with 5 snorkeling trips.
    I think Koryau Kayem has three major advantages when compared with many other homestays in Raja Amapat:
    – The Location: Set at the end of beautiful beach with a great housreef. Directly opposite of Kri it has a central location with many of the best diving and snorkeling spots within a few minutes. In comparison to Kri there is a small village full of children (10min walk), if you wanna escape the island loneliness with a shop for basic supply (amazing snorkeling at the village too)
    – Freddy, the owner, has worked in various places as a guide and dive instructor before he opened his own homestay. He knows all the good spots and virtually everybody living in the area, therefore he can organize everything you wish, like trips to Batanta, diving, birdwatching, kayak-trips…
    – As Koryau Kayem offers a package with daily trips you can be sure to get around and see many different spots without an expensive lifeaboard-tour. Otherwise transport in Raja Ampat can be catchy and overpriced sometimes…
    – Booking is very easy via Email, we got a reply within 24 hrs, the food is great and mainly based on fish, rice and vegetables.
    When possible bring your own snorkeling equipment.

    Hannes and Anna from Germany

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    We did a 6 days island hoping expedition with Fredy last august and it was amazing…love Raja Ampat! The location of the Koryau homestay is wonderful!100% recommended.

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    We spent some days in Raja Ampat and Koryau Kayem was the best accomodation for us. Fantastic location, tasty food, impeccable service, simple and quite over water bungalow, warm and kind people.
    Very nice and rich coral reef for snorkeling. We also see walking sharks in the mangroves near the bungalow (Freddy, the owner, was very kind in accompanying us snorkeling to see walking sharks).
    Very pleasant to have a walk to the near village and fantastic snorkeling at the village jetty.
    They also helped us in arranging all 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).
    Summarizing, highly recommended refuge in Raja Ampat wilderness.

  14. Todd Peterson says:

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    Freddy’s place was in a fantastic location. The snorkeling right off the “patio” to the mangroves and coral was great. We saw tons of marine creatures each day. The location was also nice to walk to Yenbuba Village was nice and the snorkeling from the jetty in the village was fantastic!! Freddy is a very nice person and very accommodating!!