Mangrove Homestay, Pulau Mansuar, Raja Ampat

Mangrove 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)

Great snorkelling on the house reef and at nearby Yenbuba jetty, Walking Sharks in the mangroves, long hiking paths and a restful beachside location


Rooms
1 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x On beach - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x 7 night snorkelling package Sleeps max. 1 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 300,000 / person / night
Couple IDR 500,000 / couple / night
7 night snorkelling package IDR 6,625,000 / person
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Details

Located in a sheltered, northward facing cove near Yenbuba village on Mansuar, Mangrove Homestay has two private bungalows. Both are right on the beach, with verandahs that are over water at high tide.

Both bungalows have large bedrooms with mattresses on the floor, sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.  Bedrooms sre also equipped with a small table and have power outlets and a room light switch.

A covered walkway from the rear of each bungalow gives access to the bedroom and the verandah. The verandahs are provided with a small table and two chairs and have great views across the strait to Gam and Waigeo.

Mangrove Homestay’s bathroom and toilet facilities are in separate rooms in a building behind the bungalow. The toilet is western pedestal style, the bathroom is dip mandi, with a pebbled floor and a board provided for those with sensitive feet.

Meals are taken in a beachside dining shelter which also has great views of the strait between Mansuar and Gam. Tea, coffee and drinking water are always to hand there.

Electricity: Mangrove Homestay and its neighbour Koryau Kayem Homestay have a sweet arrangement with the owners of the nearby mobile phone tower. In exchange for permission to erect the tower on their land, both homestays receive free electricity from the tower’s generator. That means electricity is available all night and whenever there’s not enough sunlight to run the tower’s solar array.

The proximity of the tower also means Mangrove Homestay has great mobile phone reception which will usually support a 4G internet connection.

The village of Yenbuba is a short walk away along a well made path and basic supplies can be purchased there.

Only a little English is spoken at Mangrove Homestay, but Koryau Kayem’s owner Freddie is usually available to help if needed.

Transport / Getting there

Transport between Waisai and Mangrove Homestay is by speedboat and costs IDR 600,000 each way. The price is per trip and is split between passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Mangrove Homestay is a good base for a range of activities, with excellent snorkelling available at the door and close by at Yenbuba Jetty. Mangrove doesn’t have snorkelling gear available, so make sure to bring some.

There’s lots of hiking possibilities as a well made trail joins the homestay to the nearby village of Yenbuba and the more distant Yenbekwan to the west. From Yenbekwan it’s possible to continue along the north coast and then cross Mansuar past an inland lake to the south coast village of Sauwandarek. There’s great snorkelling at Sauwandarek too, but you might want to organise a boat ride back, rather than make the return trek!

At low tide it’s possible to cross exposed sandbanks to the tiny island of Ransiwor that lies between Mansuar and Kri. There’s excellent snorkelling to be had around the southern shores of Ransiwor too, but be aware that currents there can be very strong once the tide starts running.

The sandbanks themselves make for a fascinating exploration, as many young fish and other marine creatures are trapped in shallow pools by the retreating tide. Kri can be reached via the sandbanks at low tide as well, which opens up even more hiking possibilities. Be sure to time your walks carefully though, otherwise you’ll need to pay for a boat to get back to Mansuar.

The jungle behind Mangrove Homestay is full of birdlife, as are the low tide shallows in front of the homestay. You’re guaranteed to see Walking Sharks sleeping amid the nearby mangroves during the day, as well as host of small fish and other marine creatures. Do be careful walking in the shallows though: Try to always take the same (and shortest) path, as compaction of the sand destroys the homes of the myriad of creatures that live and breed in it.

Mangrove Homestay 7 night snorkelling package – IDR 6,625,000 per person

Mangrove Homestay offers 7 nights’ accommodation and meals plus four days of snorkelling trips for IDR 6,625,000 per person. You can book the package using the booking form above. Bring your own snorkelling gear.

The four snorkelling day trips include longboat hire, guide and lunch and visit the following sites:

  • Pasir Timbul sandbank and Cape Kri
  • Yenbuba Jetty and Sauwandarek
  • Manta Point and Arborek Jetty
  • Mangrove Bay and Friwen Wall

The package does not include transport to the homestay. Sorong to Waisai ferry tickets and boat transfer prices are not included.

Mangrove Homestay Raja Ampat Tours

Except for the Manta/Arborek tour which is by longboat, tours are by speedboat which can carry a maximum of 5 people. Tour price is total cost and is split among passengers. Boat tours to other destinations can be organised if required.

TOUR PRICE (IDR)
Manta Point / Arborek 1,000,000
Kabui Passage 5,000,000
Batanta 4,500,000
Piaynemo (Penemu) 6,500,000

Features

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

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Mangrove Homestay Contact Details

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Name Heka Sauyai
Phone +6282397828986
Name Wisye Sauyai
Phone +6285254644476

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10 thoughts on “Mangrove Homestay

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

    I had a really great stay here. It was quiet and relaxing. No other tourists when I was there so I had a more ‘local’ experience which was a nice change. Wisye & Heka and the Mamma are so lovely, always happy and make you feel Welcome. We had lots of laughing. They keep the homestay looking lovely and clean and well cared for. The food is plentiful, you won’t go hungry here. The snorkelling is excellent straight out from the bungalows. There were turtles and many fish and good healthy coral.

  1. Friendly owners, good location of the bungalows, very nice snorkeling from the village jetty nearby (10 min walking). Recommended

  2. Robert Ellents says:

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

    Great homestay, friendly owner (Freddy) and family. Served great tastefull meals. Location of the over water bungalow was super! Next to a small mangrove bush with loads of fish including the walking shark. The house coral was good, but a short distance walk is the village with jetty with amazing coral and fish. Because the homestay is somewhat far from the village it’s peacefull and quiet. There is electricity and a nice basic toilet and mandi. The surrounding islands feature the birds of paradise and the couscous. You can snorkle or dive. Freddy is planning to upgrade the homestay in the near future.

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

    Positive: good house reef, good snorkeling near the jetty, bird song in the morning, sunset
    Negative: hosts were busy in the village, absent most days. Cooking was left to a lady who had no imagination, cooked monotonous food and really ruined every fish by frying it to death

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

    During our two week-stay in Raja ampat we spent four or five nights at this lovely place in Mangrove homestay.
    the food: fried bananas, fish, fish every day. And it was amazing! Even though the fish was a little dry at times the meals were still good (even though not as good as at other stays), always on time and served friendly.
    The Place: at high tide you can jump into the sea right from the balcony – awesome!
    swimming: great area for snorkeling and a huge drop off just around the corner.
    surrounding: At low tide you can walk to other islands which is great during the day. Also there is a village in walking distance.

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

    In october/ november 2015 we spent 15 nights in Raja Ampat. At 11 of the 15 nights we were the only guests. Weather was fine – it used to rain once a day but mostly at night and only for short times, so this didn´t matter or even was a welcome refreshing.
    Communication in advance by SMS and e-mail was not easy but it worked.
    Given the prices partially called for boat transports – as incredible as impudent – I recommend to arrange boat transports in advance and negotiating with the one you (maybe!) are heading to gives you a better position.

    We stayed at 3 homestays: Mangrove/Mansuar, Beser Bay/Gam and Yenros/Gam and I can recommend all the three accommodations.
    But as there are differences, I can not rate them all equally with 5 stars.
    About all the three homestays I can tell: Located in nice surroundings, bungalows spacious and in good shape; great snorkelling just off the beach; food plentiful and varied, every day fish, rice and vegetable though, (One word about the handling of fish: Sometimes it would have been better to fry the fish not as long and not as hot as they did ;-)

    Mangrove Mansuar: Bungalow over the water (at high tide); very good coral and drop-off all along the coastline; pupils one their way to school passing by every day; a short path along the beach leads to the village facing Kri; spectacular landscape between Mansuar and Kri, especially at low tide; telephone signal is good enough even for internet.
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    • Anne Rademaker says:

      Hello. Can you tell is which homestay you liked the best!
      For your information we only stay 7 nights and like to stay at one place.
      We only are going snorkeling, not diving .
      And did you do the snorkeling package!
      Thanks, Anne Rademaker from Holland

  3. NOTE: We’ve noticed that the folks at Mangrove Homestay seem to have made a maths error when calculating the price of their 7 night snorkelling package.

    We’ve contacted them about this and will hopefully have a clarification soon.

    In the meantime, you’d be better off just booking accommodation and paying for snorkelling trips separately.