Mambefor Homestay, Sawinggrai, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Mambefor Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam

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  • (5/5 starfishes)

The only homestay with lounge room furniture, Mambefor has a coral reef dropoff at its door and Red Birds of Paradise in the jungle behind.

6 x Over water - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Couple IDR 700,000 / couple / night
Single IDR 400,000 / person / night
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Mambefor Homestay has six rooms in a large over-water bungalow positioned at the edge of a reef dropoff. The bungalow has a large and well furnished lounge and dining area with a dining table and chairs and lounge setting with armchairs and a small table. Rooms sleep two on mattresses equipped with covers and pillows.

There’s also a small outdoor dining shelter with panoramic ocean views across the strait to Kri, Mansuar and Batanta. The shelter is equipped with a large dining table and bench seating and is a great place to sit and watch the rich marine life below.

A shared squat toilet and dip mandi bathroom are located on land opposite the end of the Mambefor Homestay boardwalk. The bathroom is also used by Sawinggrai villagers.

Mobile phone signal is good and a generator supplies electricity for lighting and equipment charging. Mambefor is in the village of Sawinggrai and basic supplies can be purchased at small shops, the closest of which is on the shore next to the entry to Mambefor’s boardwalk.

Mimimal English is spoken at Mambefor, but a translator can usually be found in Sawinggrai if required.

Transport / Getting there

Contact Mambefor Homestay for current Waisai transfer prices.


Mambefor is the Betew name for the Red Bird of Paradise. These birds display at dawn every day on a hilltop tree not far from the homestay and guided trips to see them are available. Treks deeper into Gam’s jungled interior can also be organised.

Mambefor Homestay is one of the few where you can see a wide range of Raja Ampat’s marine life without even getting wet. Turtles, giant clams, phosphorescent night-time critters, reef sharks and schools of fish so colourful they make flocks of macaws look drab – you’ll see them all from the jetty Mambefor is built on. The homestay has been built right on the edge of the reef’s dropoff – you can sit and watch the tidal race swirling around the pilings while schools of tame fish churn the water, feasting on regular handouts from homestay visitors.

Great snorkelling is available at the door, and vast tracts of reef are exposed at low tide, leaving pools in which you can observe all manner of animals waiting the tide’s return. Diving is available in conjunction with the nearby Arborek Dive Shop.

A concrete path joins Sawinggrai with Nudibranch Homestay to the east and to the village of Kapisawar to the west. The path makes long walks and exploration of Gam’s southern villages easy.


  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000
  • Association member
  • Large groups OK
  • Good phone signal
  • Hiking available
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Diving available
  • In village
  • Reef dropoff
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • Good house reef

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Mambefor Homestay Contact Details

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Name Doly Mayor
Phone +6281340074710
Name Pak Yesaya Mayor
Phone +6285254544254

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11 thoughts on “Mambefor Homestay

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

    We already went to Raja Ampat, when there were no homestays and we went to Mambefor for the second time. The last time in december it was excellent, but now in August it was more excellent. It begins with the reaf just under the house, perfect for snorkeling. Since there is a new long jetty, there are many fishes, we have never seen there before. If you want to see the walking sharks or Murray eels, saku fishes, turtles, thounds of macarels like big bowls, water snakes,….. just enjoy swimming with them. If you can not swim, you can feed and see the fishes without getting wet. If you want to go by boat to other places, Pak Yesaya is the right person, he can bring you to the well known places, where all travellers go,like the Manta point or Piainemo, but he likes to always look out for new places, entering every little path through little islands and in the mangroves. You can always enjoy things on the way, not only the aim. If you are interested in bird-watching, it is an easy way up. Along the way you can see a collection of orchids and insect eating plants. If you come home hungry, you get really good food, also if you are vegetarian. There are new bathrooms with a shower. The connection with the smartphone always worked, when we were there. We had more than one moskito-net. And now one of the best things, If you are a foreigner and you speek a little bit indonesian, give a little less for the children in english or maths, you can be sure, that every day more children are coming to learn and you can learn much about the daily life in Raja ampat, an laugh a lot and hear songs from this area. All people we met in Sawinggrai were openhearted and friendly. And if you have a suggestion because you are not satisfied, I am sure, the owners will listen to. you and do what is possible.

  1. Revisited and enjoyed it again. It`s still impossible to ring because there is no phone signal (the new local tower is out of order). On the table next to the main door you might get an sms through every now and then. So you can`t make reservations, just go and try. The family is very polite and helpful. Food is simple, but tasty and more than one side dish was served. We told them we really liked the food and hope they can keep up the standard. Hygiene seems above the average for a homestay in R4.

    Hardly any english is spoken and there is no boat when the owner is away (he seems to spend some time in Waisai). The mandi in the village is old, but someone keeps it pretty clean. Location of the homestay is over a coral reef with snorkeling right there. One solid building with a communal area and six adjoing bedrooms. We saw one single bed being equipped with a mosquito net, not sure if there is just one. It is quite far from the beach, so very few mosquitos find their way to the homestay.

    Only drawback is the local tourist groups who come in speedboats to feed the fish. The curious visitors will walk into your room uninvited. Closing the front door didn’t seem to help. We figured it`s best to just sit in the door and run interference ;-). The idea for transportation costs above are not quite right. I don`t think anyone will take your for 600.000, but if you`re not a really big group the price should be per boat anyway and somewhere between 750.000 and 1.000.000 from Waisai. Travelling time is the best time of an hour.

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Hi Nic – thanks for taking the time to comment. Transportation costs have certainly risen substantially since the info for this homestay was posted and we haven’t had an update from the owner. 750,000 to 1,000,000 for a boat from Waisai is the current going rate to this area of Gam

  2. Suchi Dalmia Swaminathan says:

    We are a couple coming from Sorong. What is easiest way and cheapest way to get to your place?
    Also, how much are the rates? Plus, would you have tandem diving available? I am a non-swimmer but my husband can swim.
    We will arrive at Sorong on 14th December and come to you for 3 nights and leave on 17th December.


  3. We stayed at Mambefour Homestay in April 2012 for a week. The place is spectacular with the lodging built on the reef – we very much enjoyed greeting the cuttlefish, giant clams, turtles and parrot fish when we woke up in the mornings. Snorkeling was great right outside the hut. The Sawingrai village was friendly with singing and playing kids and puppies, we had some exciting little walks there as well as in the jungle paths. The accommodation was simple but clean: a double mattress on the floor of a small private space topped with a mosquito net. We were the only guests staying at the time so we were lucky to have the place to ourselves.

    The homestay was run by a man called Aco and his family. Food was good for the first day or two with fresh fish and side dishes provided. Food then gradually got worse to the point were we given fish heads for dinner and we suspected that the leftovers were recycled on to the next meal. This was a little bit ironic given that we were surrounded by the sea! The owner who turned up on the fifth day of our stay took us to some great boat trips including the manta rays. He however tried to make us pay double the agreed for both the accommodation and the trips. Overall we had an amazing time in this ocean paradise, but we would be wiser next time and not book the same place for a week. This seemed to make the owner less inclined to make any sort of effort, as he new we were going to stay anyway (our phones did not have reception at all).

    Our advice is to stay on a few different islands and try different homestays – as well as finding the best place to stay you will be able to make the most of your trip and explore several different reefs, jungles and villages. It may be helpful to arrange a boat / guide beforehand.

    • Staying on different islands is exactly what we are looking to do. It looks difficult to even lock down one place without being there. How would you recommend arranging a boat/guide/ different accommodation on different islands? I am looking to go end of june and would like to do it exactly the way you recommend but I am a little unsure the best way to go about doing this.


  4. We stayed here in december in 2011. Enjoyed it very much, picturesque setting, snorkeling is right off the hut, but bear in mind it’s just a simple hut with foam mattrasses and a communal bath down the pier that you share with the village. It’s very difficult to make reservations as there is no signal and the owner gets sms only now and then. If you want to go, arrange a boat to take you there and better take some fruits & veggies along. There may be arrangements for diving possible with Nudibranch homestay in the future, but that might take some time and it’s not for the faint hearted. Food at Mambefor is quite good as long as the provisions last. You can arrange a trip to Arborek from here.