Lalosi Homestay, Pulau Arborek, Raja Ampat

Lalosi Homestay

Arborek

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

Close to the famed Manta dive and snorkeling sites, Lalosi offers private bungalows on the beach, a shady beachside garden setting and diving and snorkelling.


Rooms
2 x On beach - 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
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Details

Lalosi Homestay lies on the southern shore of Pulau Arborek and has  5 bungalows of 3 different kinds.

There are two private bungalows on the beach (over water at high tide),  and two 2 room bungalows and a 3 room bungalow lie just back from the high tide mark under the shade of beachside trees. All have views across the Dampier Strait to Mansuar and Batanta.

The two private bungalows have panoramic views from their verandahs which are equipped with a small table and chairs. The bungalows sleep two in mattresses on the floor with the usual sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.

The two room bungalows have large shared verandahs with tables, chairs and power outlets for charging devices. The three room bungalow has a smaller, similarly equipped verandah. All rooms in these bungalows also sleep two and have the same bedding as in the private bungalows.

All Lalosi Homestay’s bungalows are nicely decorated with Papuan statuary and masks and all bungalow rooms have power outlets and room light switches.

Meals are served in a sand floored dining room next to the 2 room bungalows, and drinking water, tea and coffee are always freely available there for guests. A large table and bench seating is provided, as are power outlets for your devices.

Lalosi homestay has two separate bathroom buildings. One provides a dip mandi bathroom and western style toilet in separate tile floored rooms, the other is a large pebble floored room with dip mandi facilities and western style toilet combined.

There’s no shortage of places to relax at Lalosi Homestay. In addition to the bungalow verandahs, there are a number of beachside tables, chairs and recliners, as well as another beachside shelter with a large table, bench seating and power outlets.

There’s good phone reception at Arborek (a slow internet connection is possible) and Lalosi’s generator provides power and lighting between sunset and midnight.

Lalosi is a two minute walk from Arborek village where basic supplies and cold soft drink can be purchased, but please take any inorganic waste like plastic, dead batteries etc away with you when you leave. There is no safe way of disposing of this kind of trash in Raja Ampat without causing pollution and contributing to the growing rubbish problem in the islands.

Basic English is spoken at Lalosi, so bringing a phrasebook will help enrich conversation if you don’t have any Bahasa Indonesia.

Transport / Getting there

Transfers between Waisai and Lalosi Homestay are by longboat (4 passengers max) and cost IDR 1,200,000 each way. Trip cost is shared by passengers.

A speedboat is available for larger groups and has a shared one way transfer cost of IDR 3,500,000. The speedboat can carry up to 8 passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Lalosi Homestay is situated on the edge of Arborek village, which has a jetty famous for its diving and snorkelling sights. Cultural performances are often staged in the village for guests of visiting liveaboard and cruise boats and local crafts are made for sale there. Arborek is a pretty village and offers plenty of opportunity for social interaction. Arborek Island is quite small and can easily be fully explored in a couple of hours.

Diving and snorkelling: Diving is available at Lalosi Homestay in conjunction with Arborek Dive Shop.

Arborek is the closest you can stay to the famed attractions of Manta Point and Manta Sandy and the island is also handy to Piaynemo (Penemu) and the Pam (Fam) Islands for those wanting to explore further afield.

The beach at Lalosi gives way to weedy shallows and then coral as you move away from the shore. Good snorkelling can be had at the door, but the village jetty is where the real action is. Lalosi has 7 sets of masks, snorkel and fins available for hire for IDR 100,000 per person per day. Bringing your own fins at least is a good idea though, just in case none of the ones on hand fit.

Manta Point snorkelling trips including equipment hire are available for IDR 500,000. The trip is by longboat capable of carrying up to 4 passengers and the trip price is shared among participants.

Piaynemo day trips for snorkelling and sightseeing can also be arranged. The trip is by longboat (4 people max) and costs IDR 2,000,000 (shared).

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • Sandy Beach
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows

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Name Ulis Mambrasar
Phone +6282397520748
Name Marlon Mambrasar
Phone +6281247964006
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15 thoughts on “Lalosi Homestay

  1. Gaby Motuloh says:

    Lalosi has only 1 over water bungalow, not 2 as stated here. The other over water bungalow shown in the picture is not Lalosi’s. It is owned by Kayafyof homestay. We stayed there in March this year. Kayafyof however was still using Lalosi’s bathroom & toilet but the owner said they were building their own.

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

    We booked 2 bungalow overwater but had 2 on land…
    the place is cute and clean (we we had rats…), we enjoyed to stay there.
    The snorkeling under the village jetty was the best we had!
    The only problem we had was the owner who trayed twice to change the price for boat at the last minute! Not very serious…

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

    Accommodation was very basic, which was to be expected and is OK. Food quality was down straight BAD, and in little quantity. It sometimes felt as if we were eating leftovers: cold, dry fish with rice, 2 boiled eggs with ketchup. Breakfast was a joke.
    The beach in front of the homestay is fine, but full of dead corals making it difficult to walk in the water/swim.
    Globally disappointing and overpriced.

  2. Mateus and Chloe says:

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

    We spent 6 nights at Lalosi out of our 15 day in Raja Ampat. We had the homestay to ourselves as there were no other guests around. Arborek is a little island paradise where we first thought to stay 2 nights and ended up staying for 6 nights. Snorkeling on the island is just outstanding , as pretty much anywhere in Raja Ampat. The homestay is very nice and has good common area to relax at the beach. The big negative point was food, as in every homestay in Raja Ampat the food is included ( no restaurants on the islands ) , and food was very poor at Lalosi homestay. Out of our 6 nights in a fish paradise we had 4 full days fed with eggs (plain omellete mid-day and dinner) and for our last breakfast we were served chocolate cookies (yes like a pack of local oreo).

  3. Dave Taylor says:

    We stayed on Arborek island at Lalosei homestay for 6 nights. As most previous reviews have noted the island is delightful to stay on. The streets are clean by indonesian standards, the people are friendly, the snorkelling around the jetties is excellent. The dive shop hosts are welcoming and provide a great service to visiting divers. Manta dive sites are right on the doorstep of this island. We also visited piyanemo and yebben islands, a great day out.
    The homestay has a great location on the beach, we had our last 2 nights in the over water hut, this was a real bonus, get this hur if you can. The huts are basic, ie mattress on floor, a small table and a mosquito net, thats all..power is on from 6pm to midnight for lights and recharge gadgets….The food is basic, but we enjoyed it, Always some vegetables and rice and mostly some fish with the meal, tea and coffee always available. The rooms have no security, if you have lots of cash, credit cards not accepted on the island think
    about how to keep it safe when you are both snorkelling, etc…staying on the island is a fantastic experience, Raja Ampat is amazing, the prices charged for the services provided, ie boat from Wasai to Arborek and accomodation are hard to justify, but there is little alternative, if you want to visit RA you have to payup and enjoy the adventure, good luck…

    • Thanks for taking the time to write a review Dave :)

      Just a note about cash while out in boats: Depends on what individuals are comfortable with of course, but we’ve always felt that the safest place is with us in the boat. We’ve never had a problem, whether leaving it in unlocked rooms or taking it with us and leaving it in the boat while we’re in the water.

  4. Johan and Anna Mia says:

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

    Lalosi, Arborek

    We – a family of five, age 8-73 – spent a few days here in July 2014.

    The snorkelling around the jetty is the best so far in Raja Ampat (or elsewhere, to our experience around Asia). The number of schooling fish is mind-blowing, and the diversity is amazing. We saw walking sharks, scorpion fish, numbers of lion fish and leaf fish among all other interesting stuff. Make sure to spend some time here, and you will be rewarded.

    On Arborek you live close to the village, which was very nice for a change. You can buy supplies. Lalosi is nice and well kept. Food was good, and we got bananas, which was rare in other places.

    This is the place we stayed the shortest time, therefore we don’t have as much to say as about the other places we visited (Kordiris, Piyanemo, Nudibranch and Yenkoranu).

  5. jacques briffe says:

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

    a very nice place. the bungalows are nice but very basic. the matress is on the floor and no chair and table in my bungalow. but a good landscape, seats on the beach, nice location
    but the food is a SHAME !!!! during one week, two meals without fish or eggs. only rice and vegetables. once, half an egg!!! when there is fish, very small portions. and two or three fried bananas for the breakfast. i complained twice, ( i speak indonesian) but they are enable to change
    it could be a very nice place, 5 stars, if the food is okay. its very expensive for the comfort and the food

  6. Sigurd and Chris 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 three night at Lalosi Homestay, in the water bungalow.
    The homestay was super quiet, we were the only guests. Food was the best we’ve had in Raja Ampat, it was plenty, and different every day. The spots for mantas are very close, (10-15 minutes) so if you’re into swimming with them, this would be the perfect place to to try.
    Arborek is a charming, beautiful island, full of kids. Very clean, with no trash lying around, which is unfortunately isn’t a given around these parts of the world.
    Snorkelling or diving around the jetty excellent, and there are two dive centers on the island.
    Also, the shops in the village sell cold beer, which is very rare.

  7. Linda & Michel says:

    We had a wonderful time for 7days in Lalosi. Spent most of our time in the jetty watching (snorkeling) an enourmos sea-life aquarium, their incredibly stunning corals and those fishes were outstanding, they were massive, and some species we only saw during our deep dive in another island. Plus the sunset, it’s a really breathtaking moment.
    The fact that there was a little village there, we really got to know their cultural life. It’s just amazing.
    We went for a couple of excursion, it was a little rough because we got caught in a stormy rainy weather, other than that everything was just amazing there.
    The food was great. Plenty of veggies, unfortunatelly a little lack of fishes (I know! They had a village competition at that time so noone went fishing!).
    Would love to come back again someday.

    • 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 at Lalosi for one night only but we wish to stay longer. We got the bungalow facing the beach and it was so great to have the ocean view in front of your room. The room is clean and adequate and spacious enough (compared to other homestays there in Arborek). As we were the only guests at that time, the host tried his best to serve us. Pak Ulis (the owner) is very helpful. The bungalows are very picturesque and we loved chilling by the chairs in front of the bungalows.

    We passed by some other homestays in Arborek and found that Lalosi was much better in terms of room space. We would love to go back to Lalosi when we have the chance to visit Arborek again next time.

  8. Joakim & Helena 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 enjoyed three nights at the pretty and well-kept Lalosi homestay in july-14 and loved being on this small island-village, which can give you some more flavours than “only” snorkeling and enjoying the reefs. Strolling up and down the “streets” of the village in the afternoon or dawn, doing some extra-shopping, including semi-cold Bintang beer, contributed to our liking. Snorkeling was great, but during our time there it was quite windy on the Lalosi-side so we did most of the snorkeling on the jetty on the opposite side.
    The nice owners have almost no english so communication is a bit hard; though we had no problems with it. We did´t try any of their excursion-offers so we can´t say anything about prices. We liked the food; the variation now offered compared to the rest of the places we visited (Kordiris, Yenkoranu, Nudibranch and Piaynemo) consisted in the teriyaki-style sauce that accompanied the fish:) The breakfast was also slightly better; not only a sweet spongy cake, more often fried bananas. Toilet and dip mandi bathroom was well kept and clean. Beware of rats – don´t keep any snacks inside unless you have safe cans/jars! We learnt the hard way…: )

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

    We stayed here for 4 days recently with our 7 years old son and we had a great time ! Lalosi has a beautiful setting of lush garden, clean bathroom (mandi style ) and toilet in western style.

    The food was kind of boring , so we decided to buy our own fresh fish from a local fisherman and we BBQ on the beach ( survivor style) and it was quite yummy!

    The snorkeling under the main jetty ( entrance to arborek ) was great, the soft corals were so beautiful!
    The plus about this island beside clean and cute, that you can get treats and cold beer at the small stores.

    Our son had the best time with the local kids , they were so sweet!

  9. I stayed 4 days in April 2014. I really liked Arborek Island and it’s beautiful village which is very clean and has trashbins on the streets. It looks like a real role model for the area.
    The Lalosi Homestay has a beautiful setting, directly on the beach. The Bungalows are basic but everything is made from wood and bamboo, quite nicely.
    The drawbackfrom my point of view is that it is highly overpriced, especially in terms of food quality. During my stay, food was quite poor (even for Raja4 standards) and portions were small. Often we were given only one egg, rice and a small portion of vegetable for lunch or dinner. This was during a period where the place was fully booked (8 persons) and definitely a lot of revenue was gained by the owners (8 x 350.000 Rp) .
    In addition, the prices for tours to the closeby Manta snorkelling sites were ridiculously high and we never accepted them and skipped the tours.
    So as my comment, the owner should think about providing quality and customer needs (especially regarding food) for the high price he is calling and definitely should re-calculate the tour and transport prices – otherwise people will use other places, for sure.