Monkairi Homestay, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Monkairi Homestay

Gam - Eastern Gam

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

On the fabulous calm, white sand beach of Yenanas and perfect for family holidays. Red Birds of Paradise, walking sharks, cuscus and more.


Rooms
2 x On beach - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 4 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Details

Situated at Yenanas, to the east of Yenbeser village, Monkairi Homestay offers two rooms in a beachside bungalow. Each room sleeps four in two beds with mattress covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.

The bungalow’s verandah has great sea views and is equipped with a table and bench seat.

Monkairi shares bathroom and toilet facilities with Batu Lima Homestay, which was formed when the original Monkairi partners opted for separate businesses. The facilities have a concrete-floored western style toilet and dip mandi bathroom in separate rooms. Monkairi will be building its own facilities in the near future.

A beachside dining shelter is located next to the bungalow.

There’s good cell phone reception at Monkairi and electricity is provided by a generator which runs at night.

Supplies are available in the village of Yenbeser on Gam’s south coast, which is a five minute boat ride away. If you’re in the mood for a walk, Yenbeser can be reached at low tide via a jungle path. The walk takes around 15 minutes, and path crosses the Dore Atri lagoon, which has lots of small coral on its otherwise sandy bottom. To minimise environmental damage, always do your best to follow in the footsteps of any who may have gone before you.

Monkairi Homestay has an English speaking staff member.

Please note: Sundays are a day of rest and family obligations for the Monkairi family. No tours, boat transport or organised activities are possible on Sundays.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai transfers are by speedboat, take around 35 minutes and cost IDR 500,000 each way. Cost can be shared among boat passengers (maximum of 10 passengers)

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Monkairi Homestay is located on a fantastic sandy beach and has a rich coral house reef close to the shore. The beach is sheltered, safe for swimming and good for children. Evening trips to see Red Birds of Paradise display are available and cost IDR 150,000 per person. It’s a 30 minute walk from Monkairi to the birds’ display site. The jungle at Monkairi is also inhabited by a host of other birds and animals like the nocturnal cuscus which you can observe at your leisure.

Snorkeling and diving

Snorkeling will reveal an ocean full of fish, and that icon of Raja Ampat marine life, the walking shark, can often be observed in the bay. Monkairi has three sets of snorkeling gear available which if not already hired out, can be used for free on the reef in front of the homestay. If you want to go further afield, the equipment can be hired for IDR 100,000 per day per set. A guide can accompany you if wanted – payment is by tipping as you see fit. If you need a boat, transport costs will be negotiated.

If guests want to go diving, enquiries about joining a trip can be made just down the beach at Raja Ampat Biodiversity resort.

Monkairi Homestay tours

Prices are shared among total passengers (maximum of 8). Be sure to bring your snorkeling equipment!

LONGBOAT TOURS & SNORKELING PRICE (IDR)
Manta & Arborek, Hidden Bay, Kabui Passage, lunch at Warikaf Homestay 3,500,000
Piaynemo day tour with extra snorkeling at Arborek Up to 4: 4,000,000
5 – 8: 5,000,000
Kri Islands and Yenbuba Jetty snorkeling + Pasir Timbul sandbank visit Up to 4: 900,000
5-8: 1,300,000
Wayag Up to 4: 7,500,000
5-8: 10,000,000
Piaynemo and Arborek, Manta, Pasir Timbul Sandbank, Friwen Wall 5,000,000
Kabui Bay & Passage, Hidden Bay, Batu Lima Up to 4: 1,500,000
5-8: 2,000,000
Manta, Arborek, Piaynemo, Hidden Bay, Kabui Passage. Up to 4: 4,500,000
5-8: 5,000,000
Friwen Wall, Batu Lima and Hidden Lake Up to 4: 500,000
5-8: 650,000
Waigeo – Wilson’s Bird of Paradise
(add IDR 200,000 in total for transport)
300,000 per person
Alfred Wallace campsite + Red Bird of Paradise, Dore Mkun sightseeing 200,000 per person

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Western style toilet
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Calm beach
  • Good phone signal
  • Sandy Beach
  • Has own speedboat
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Wayag trips

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Name Boni Dimara
Phone +6282238861206

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  1. Pavel Milan Cerny 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 at Raja Ampat for 4 weeks in March and April 2016. And we absolutely loved it. Probably really one of the last places on Earth where the nature is still pristine and you don’t meet many other tourists. I think this’ll change in the upcoming years since many new resorts are being built and the area is becoming more and more known. So if you want to go do it fast. :-)

    We are a couple of freedivers and we really enjoyed the underwater world. You won’t see so many healthy corals in the Red Sea and as you probably know the marine biodiversity is one the highest in the world here. It’s probably one of the best places to free/dive in the world.

    We stayed in three homestays during our time there so we can compare. A quick review for all of them:

    1. Monkairi Homestay (3,5 stars)

    Beautiful location, great beach and the best freediving/snorkelling site out of all three in our opinion. The beach has only a few homestays and there was hardly anyone there during our stay. There’s also the Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort down the beach but don’t go there – they weren’t very friendly (at least the guy – divemaster we met). VERY expensive beer and they try to be a bit posh.

    The owner of Monkairi, Boni, pissed us off I have to say. When we arrived we had no idea about the prices and he offered us absolutely ridiculous price for a trip to Manta Sandy. Also other trips we were very expensive in retrospect. Our impression was that he was kind but didn’t want to work much and wanted to squeeze you for your money, you rich Westerner. But he showed us birds of paradise which was nice. He did try to give us some experiences.

    The food was good but a bit repetitive. But the fresh fish they served were absolutely fabulous.

    The quality of mattress was probably the worst out of all three.

    Although the page says there’s an English speaking staff member it’s not true. No one speaks English at Monkairi. So you better learn some basic Bahasa Indonesia words.

    The family is nice, we loved the kids. All in all a fine experience but not without some downsides.

    2. Mambrasar Homestay (3,5 stars)

    A very different experience compared to Monkairi. Located on a looong beach with MANY homestays. There were a lot of people on the beach. It was the closest experience to going to Thailand or a similar place.

    Great thing about Mambrasar is that they speak English pretty well and they organize diving trips. We joined a scuba diver and went to all sorts of diving trips almost every day – also for a good price. That was great.

    Other than that – not much. The quality of sleep was terrible because they kept the light on all night long. Why? Because of rats. Yes, they were right in the bungalows.

    Food was fine although much better at the beginning of our stay than after a few days.

    And there’s not really much to do there. There’s no real place where you can rest during the day, no hammocks or stuff like that.

    The house reef we didn’t like that much. But if you walk about 700 meters then you arrive at a very nice reef to explore.

    The staff was nice and helpful. They also organised a trip to Wayag for a pretty good price.

    All in all also a fine experienced mainly because we enjoyed the diving trips.

    3. Yenkarom Homestay (4 stars)

    The best homestay we experienced. It’s VERY remote – basically you’re on your own on a small island. No one near except for the owners. It’s very nice when you know it and expect it – when you actually have stuff to do.

    The owners were very nice and helpful, they really tried to give a great experience.

    The housereef is ok and it’s home to Dugongs which we saw.

    There was on major downside though – there were TONS of mosquitos. And no repellents. We didn’t expect that many of them and we had only a small bottle of natural repellent – and it simply didn’t work. Honestly it ruined our stay. Because in the morning and in the evening all you could do is stay in the bed behind the mosquito net – you couldn’t be outside. During the day it was fine. Had we had it it would’ve been fine altogether.

    The food was fine although pretty repetitive and very often we got donuts for breakfast. You don’t go to Raja Ampat to eat donuts with lots of sugar I think.

    The quality of sleep was the best out of the three – a very nice mattress.

    As I said it’s very isolated so bring stuff to do. After a few weeks you won’t want to be in the sea all day. And don’t expect many trips either.

    All in all we enjoyed it mainly because of the owners and their attitude. It was the best place out of the three for us.

    Hope this will help you guys. :-)

    • Hi Pavel –

      Thanks for taking the time to write the reviews and our apologies for the misinformation re English at Monkairi. (Monkairi and its neighbour Batu Lima used to be a single homestay and it’s the folks at Batu Lima who have some English. We missed that during the update. Sorry and thanks for the headsup!)

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

    We loved this place – just 2 nights, but the family were so accommodating. Bapak picked up up from Kri in their little boat and had a cover for our luggage etc and everything which was good as it rained a little on the 30 mins over. Excellent beach and nice snorkelling off the beach with sharks etc. Rooms were ready…very basic but all you need – mattress and mossie net! They were cleaning up after a jakartan group had left rubbish everywhere…but was clean and lovely setting under the trees.

    We had fresh made donuts for a snack, then the family were going out fishing for our dinner so we joined them – brilliant! Obviously we were very much the amateurs, but plenty of fish for dinner!

    One of the boys was happy to race up the trees to grab fresh coconut anytime, and the whole family were just so friendly.

    Next day we went out with the bapak on their boat and just went to the best snorkelling spots he knew, plus visited a couple of other deserted islands and a small village on another island – very interesting. He was basically happy to take us anywhere as we pointed out each amazing place we could see from the boat – and then we’d visit!

    Went for a littel walk in the jungle and saw cuscus and birds of paradise later in the afternoon…didn’t see any walking sharks though!

    He dropped us back for the main ferry too.

    Learn some Bahasa and this will be an awesome stay. 2 or 3 days is enough here.

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

    We have stayed in Mambetron and Monkairi in May 2016 and can at least compare these two homestays.

    We only give 2 stars as Monkairi was not honest when it comes to money. They tried to charge a price that was more than double the price listed on stayrajaampat.com and also compared to Mambetron. We just felt cheated. Even worse because we brought gifts for them. Unfortunately that makes all there other efforts (almost) meaningless. Because before the issue with the payment we did have the feeling the owners made the best of what they have although they do not speak any English at all.
    We thoroughly made up our minds before we gave the rating of 2 stars. But only a honest feedback is valuable in order to improve. We really hope that Monkairi’s family can manage to get their homestay back on track in order to host more satisfied guest and benefit from it.

    Accommodation:
    The bungalows are nicely set along the beach, nestled under palm trees. The size is good for two people. But we also managed to fit our 2 kids (4 and 5) in there. But we had to share one mattress as an extra mattress was not provided. Generally a mattress and pillows are there. A mosquito net was there but could not be used. When we arrived we had the feeling that they were not really aware that we were coming as they just then started to clean/prepare. The bungalows could use a little maintenance as the roof has holes. The bathroom is even more in need as the roof is basically one big hole. The water for the toilet was only refilled when the people of the neighboring Batu Lima did it.

    Food:
    They put a lot of effort into providing us food. They went out to catch fishes for several hours just to provide them to us for lunch and dinner. Besides that there was always rice and noodles. For breakfast we had homemade buns. What really surprised us was the afternoon snack. We even had homemade donuts.

    Transport:
    They do not have their own boat. So they borrowed a 15hp longboat to bring us to the ferry in Waisai. This took us about 45min.

    Location/Surrounding:
    The beach is just beautiful, white powdery sand and the water is crystal clear. The reef and the nearby jetty are good for snorkeling.

    Money:
    This unfortunately is the downside, as we expected honesty. When it came to the payment they expected us to pay 700.000 IDR per adult and another 200.000 IDR per child per night. So a total of 1.800.000 IDR per night! As we wrote down on a piece of paper that we only paid 700.000 IDR for 2 adults and 2 children per night in Mambetron homestay, they immediately agreed to charge only 700.000 IDR for 2 adults per night. The 200.000 per child remained. So we ended up paying 1.100.000 IDR per night. Which we find still too expensive in comparison to the other homestays. We felt cheated, which made us leave Monkairi with very mixed feelings.

  2. Yann Jouanique 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 stayed there a full week and have a really mixed feedback:
    * The location: possibly the best in Raja Ampat: not too far from Waisai (1h boat ride), a really nice beach, conveniently close to the really nice Raja Ampat Biodiversity dive center for diving or renting kayaks to explore the nearby mangrove, ~30min walk from a bird of paradise observation spot, and most importantly the best coral reef we’ve seen in Raja Ampat, right at your doorstep (with a few interesting residents like an epaulette shark, an octopus, and occasional visiting dolphins). So we absolutely recommend the location.

    * The homestay: we had several issues and they’re unfortunately not isolated ones, you’ll likely face them too…
    First, no tours: the owner Boni and his family do not speak a word of English so communication is difficult, which in itself isn’t a problem… except for the fact that he got really upset when we arranged a day trip with the neighboring homestay (Batu Lima, with whom they share the toilets) who was a lot more easy to communicate with and seemed very knowledgeable with the area such as snorkeling spots, and who had other guests which allowed us to share the fuel costs. There was a big dispute among the 2 homestay owners and in the end we understood we could only go with our host. Not talking much with your host is one thing, but not talking much with your tour guide is a bigger concern… The ‘tours’ we did with him after this episode were pretty plain. Besides, there’s only 1 bungalow, with 2 rooms, so your chances of sharing tour costs with other guests are next to null.
    The second issue is that overall the quality of the service is okay, but (for the same price) clearly much lower than the neighboring place Batu Lima. The dining area is not as nice, the bungalows aren’t nicely decorated with seashells, the shower is not well maintained, electricity runs much less frequently, the food was not as good… It’s not that the service is very bad, but it’s clear that Boni really isn’t putting as much effort as Batu Lima’s owners, and by a long shot. Just an example: the toilets are supposed to be shared between the 2 homestays but the day the only guests of Batu Lima had left, suddenly the water bucket stopped being refilled.

    In short: don’t go there, go to Batu Lima (or the other one nearby Yenanas). The only reason we didn’t move was to avoid the drama.
    Batu Lima is quoted here at 450,000 but if you call the owner Ones he’ll likely be ok to discount it to the usual 350,000. He speaks decent English and was really friendly.

    It really pains me to leave a negative review because I know there’s an entire (and really nice) family that depends on this revenue, but I really believe that in the long run it’s best for Papua’s economy to promote the places that provide the best service.

  3. Álvaro Garcia says:

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

    We were five days with them a few weeks ago and everything was great! The place, the beach, the coral reef, the food and them! Amazing place and better people!

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

    My boyfriend and I enjoyed a lovely week long stay at Monkairi in May. Lovely family feel, absolutely amazing food, gorgeous beach and house reef. Couldn’t have asked for more. Worth every second of our 3 day trek to get there from the UK!

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

    Amazing place, the Family is very nice and made me feel very welcome and comfortable during my whole stay. The children are super Sweet and also the neighbour Family of the Other homestay is very nice. I will definetely come back in the Future :-)

  4. PLEASE NOTE: The Monkairi Homestay partners have decided to form separate businesses. Pak Boni Dimara has retained the Monkairi name and the homestay buildings have been split between the former partners.

    Some comments below mention Pak Ones (or Onis) Makusi. Pak Ones’ business is now called Batu Lima Homestay.

  5. John Chapman says:

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

    We really enjoyed our stay at Monkairi Homestay. Ones and his family were very friendly and welcoming and certainly only helped make the stay in Raja Ampat an even greater experience.

    The rooms and facilities were clean and in suitable condition. A really fantastic location with a stunning reef at the front door and lush forest at the back.

    Ones out together a great day trip for us to some islands and snorkelling locations which were stunning and unforgettable.

    This is not luxury or full featured accomodation and service. But it is earnest, honest and gives a lovely impression of the Papuan people.

    If you need AC, hot water, a variety of food and 24hr electricity, this is not for you. But maybe giving some of those up for a few days to really open yourself up to new experiences is worth that challenge.

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

    Swam ashore here while staying at another homestay and knew I had found the right place. Peaceful, welcoming people, great food, and most of all really awesome house reef out the front for snorkelling. I’ll be back.

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

    We stayed 5 nights at Monkairi Homestay in the end of july.

    We were first supposed to stay at Famangkor, but we waited 1h30 in Waisai harbour and no one showed up. I called them but could not understand because they could not talk english, but I think they could not come to Waisai with their boat because the sea was a bit too wavy this day…

    So we ended up at Monkairi with a bit of luck, only a few hundred meters in front of Friwen island (where we were supposed to go). Monkairi is absolutely marvelous, a beautiful white sandy beach with an excellent housereef (I’ve never seen such healthy corals before while going to Maldives twice, Egypt, Guadalupe, Seychelles, Philippines, …).

    The homestay is owned by Onis and his family, living in a village 10 mins away by boat. His son Noldi talks perfectly english and proposes boat trips to any place you like. The whole family has been so kind and friendly to us ! They’re truely lovely !

    The homestay has a power generator that is working at night, so you have light and can eventually charge cameras. Toilets and shower places are good. The 2 bungalows provides each 2 rooms where 2/3 peoples can sleep. They’re well builded. They provided us mattress and a mosquito nets, although there was absolutely no mosquitos during our stay.
    The food was pretty good : rice, grilled fishes, omelets, noodles, very tasty homemade donuts, …

    About the reefs, you will be able to see a lot of species like housereef sharks, turtles, rays and many different fishes. The corals are 100% healthy just 10 meters away from the beach, absolutely stunning ! On the beach, we could see some parrots, bats and a few birds. We went also hiking in the forrest to watch the birds of paradise, but we could not spot them…

    We also made a boat trip to Manta Sandy, Arborek island and Kri island for 3 millions IDR (shared with a couple that was staying just near Monkairi homestay in a resort called Raja Ampat biodiversity eco resort, just at the end of the beach). This was the perfect day, even if we did not had the chance to see giant mantas (bad season but we heard that some tourist seen them 2 days before)…
    We also went to our homestay owner village and to Friwen island. You can play football there with the kids, they will be very happy ;)

    To briefly sum it up, this was probably our best holidays ever. Raja Ampat is in my opinion one of the best places in the world, so quiet, beautiful and maybe one of the last where the human had no major impact yet. Paradise !

    If you’ve got questions about the homestay or more generally about Raja Ampat, don’t hesitate :)

    • Hi Manu,
      thank you for the post. Do you have any information about the price of double room / food / drink?
      Have you been at Wayag?
      E

      • Hi Erka –

        Monkairi charges per person, so the price for two people in a room is IDR 900,000 per night unless they have changed it since last updating us. The price includes 3 meals a day and free drinking water, tea and coffee is standard at most homestays. (You can see more info about room types and prices by hovering over the little blue question marks next to them.)

      • Hey,

        Sorry, haven’t checked this page for a while.
        I have’nt been to Wayag, and that is almost possible I guess with the owner’s boat. Wayag is really far away. Though we went to Manta Sandy, Arborek and Kri island.

        I think we paid 450k IDR /person/night.

    • Had a few queries

      -What is the typical duration of each of the tour mentioned?
      -Do we have other attractions as well in Raja ampat that we may not be able to cover by making Monkari Homestay our base location?
      -Is it possible to arrange for a pure vegetarian meal plan?
      -How are medical facilities and other such facilities available?

      • Hi Yogesh –

        -Tours vary from a few hours to all day excursions.
        -Raja Ampat is a huge place. It’s not possible to see all its attractions in a single visit, let alone from a single homestay.
        -Pure vegetarian meals are available, but will be very basic indeed.
        -Modern medical facilities of a high standard are unavailable in Raja Ampat.

        Please see our step by step guide for links to more detailed information about these and other questions.

    • Hi Manu,
      Thank you for your review. I just started my Raja Ampat search today so I do have a few questions for you. 1)How do I even get to the homestay from flights and boat? Did you make boat arrangements with the homestay owner? 2) What did you do on the other islands? 3) What was the schedule like getting back to the airport? If so, which ones? I would really appreciate the help! Thank you!