Nyandetor Homestay, Pulau Friwen, Raja Ampat

Nyandetor Homestay


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  • (5/5 starfishes)

A private bungalow on a beautiful secluded beach. Coral gardens, dolphins, and Eclectus parrots. A perfect Pulau Friwen hideaway for couples.

3 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x Over water - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Nyandetor Homestay  is located in a quiet and beautiful secluded bay on north shore of Pulau Friwen. There is a three room bungalow on land and a single room private bungalow on the beach, which is over water at high tide.

Both bungalows have verandahs on which two chairs and a small table are provided for each room. The private bungalow has a small table in the bedroom, but otherwise rooms are bare except for clothes pegs on the walls. Mattresses on the floor are equipped with sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. All rooms have power outlets and room light switches.

Guest meals are served in the over water dining room which has great views across to Gam and the entrance to Kabui Bay. Drinking water, tea and coffee are always available in the dining room, which is also well positioned to make the best of sunset views. Power outlets for charging devices are also available in the dining room.

A pebble-floored dip mandi bathroom and western style toilet are provided in a partitioned bathroom building set back from the beach.

An assortment of stools, bench seats, small tables and a wooden recliner provide for beachside relaxation in the shade of a large tree by the homestay.

Electricity is provided by generator from sunset until around midnight. There’s only a weak cell phone signal at Nyandetor, but it can be improved dramatically by taking a short walk to the end of the Friwen village jetty.

Although Nyandetor’s location is secluded, it’s right next to Friwen village where basic supplies can be purchased. Nyandetor owner Yanse Wawiyai and his family live in Friwen village, so most of the time you’ll have the place to yourself.

Only very basic English is spoken at Nyandetor Homestay, so bringing a phrasebook is a good idea if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia. In the unlikely event of communication difficulties you can’t solve, you’ll be able to find an English speaker in the village to help out.

Transport / Getting there

Transport between Waisai and Nyandetor Homestay costs IDR 400,000 each way. A longboat capable of carrying up to 8 people is used and the cost is shared by passengers.

Nyandetor Homestay longboat transfers

The table below gives Nyandetor transfer and pickup prices to/from other locations. Prices are in Indonesian Rupiah and cost is shared by boat passengers.

Kri 400,000
Sawinggrai 500,000
Arborek 600,000
Manyaifun 1,700,000

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.


It’s all about the ocean at Nyandetor Homestay. Dolphins cruise the waters beyong the rich house reef every day. The sandy bottom inshore from the house reef is home to an unusual species of colourful scorpionfish that conceals itself in the sand. In the afternoons, frigatebirds often gather above the strait between Friwen and Gam to steal fish from other seabirds and occasionally dive for their own.

Relax on the beach and watch the changing ocean moods between Friwen, Gam and Waigeo, snorkel the coral gardens at the homestay door or explore the reef that fringes the series of small bays between the homestay and the eastern end of the island. Great snorkelling with huge schools of juvenile fish can be had at the nearby village jetty and Nyandetor can arrange longboat tours to snorkel the famed Friwen Wall as well as tours further afield to snorkel with Mantas or visit other islands and sights.


Diving is available in conjunction with Kordiris Homestay.

Snorkelling trips

A few of the many possible trips are listed below. Prices are in IDR and trip cost is shared by boat passengers.

Friwen Wall 200,000
Batu Lima 250,000
Pasir Timbul sandbank 450,000
Gam Bay 500,000
Yenbuba Jetty 500,000
Mantas 600,000
Kabui Bay & Passage 1,000,000
Piaynemo 4,000,000

When you’ve spent enough time in the water, the land has plenty to offer too. Explore Friwen village and discover trails through sago and coconut plantations and jungle to island’s many bays and viewpoints. Cross to the southern side of the island and watch the sunset light up the limestone cliffs of Friwenbonda (Friwen Wall). Huge black Palm cockatoos and brightly coloured Eclectus parrots are frequent visitors to Nyandetor Homestay – especially when the big Ketapang (beach almond) tree next to the homestay has fruit.

Nyandetor can arrange longboat tours to see Red Birds of Paradise near Yenbeser on Gam, or to any of the other Dampier Strait or Kabui Bay sights you’d like to visit.


  • Association member
  • In village
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Coral
  • Good house reef
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Sandy Beach
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows

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Name Lobert Wawiyai
Phone +6282239060552
Name Yansi Wawiyai
Phone +6281354172841

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18 thoughts on “Nyandetor Homestay

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    We began our 4 weeks R4-Trip with a 5 days stay at Nyandetor Homestay. Nyandetor is close to the village on Friwen and located at its own private beach. One bungalow and the dinning area are located over water on the jetty of the homestay. From the jetty you can see many fish and corals day and night. It’s a nice place to sit and relax.

    We really loved our stay with our very friendly hosts. Although we speak as much bahasa indonesia as our hosts speak english (almost none) we were served very good vegan food in a nice variety.
    The bungalows, bathroom and dining area is clean and looked after and even the beach was raked clean, when necessary.
    We really loved our stay there and rate it as one of our bests there.

    nevertheless, we still have some small suggestions for improvement:
    – we were nudged to do some extra activities a little too often (we did two).
    – For an extra trip to waisai, we had to pay twice the price of the pickup, although it is the same trip for the boat (we did not complain tho, due to communication difficulties).

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed two nights and were well looked after. We loved the view from the restaurant looking out across the strait and watching dolphins cruise by the jetty. Nyandetor is well placed for snorkelling Firewan Wall. Thank you Robert and Ibu Tina for your kindness and hospitality.

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Nice helpful owners, good food, comfy little beach. Enjoyed very much everyday snorkeling trips to friwen wall. Recommended

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    It’s a very nice place to spend a couple of days/nights.
    Friendly village, Toko around the corner sells ‘Bintang’…
    Snorkeling at nearby Friwen wall was excellent.
    Very helpful family.

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed in Nyandetor only 3 days, but would have liked to stay much longer. The place is really romantic, perfect for the start and – like for us – the end of a R4 trip. The beach invites you just to relax, the village is very nice and friedly, a good toko is just around the palmtree-corner. Great snorkeling too, don´t miss friwen-wall and the surrounding area (mioskon is more for fish than coral, ask Otto about the dugongs in the morning around his little island near the wall)!! The family, Yance, the ibu, the kid´s and – for the tours – Otto, are warmhearted hosts. The place is very clean and wellkept, ibu cooks very good, often two kinds of veggis (terong/kangkung/pepaya). When we were there we had no problem whith mosquitos or sandflies at all, and the dogs were not too bad… Highly recommended – we also miss Rio!! Thanks for all!
    Silvia, Natalia, Vincent and Chris

    • Hi Chris,
      I am a scared of dogs when they are barking / jumping at you – can you give any more information on this at Friwen? Were they being territorial and barking at you if you walked through to the village?
      And did the dogs also come down to the homestay much?

      Any further insight would be welcome, as we went to Arborek last year and there was a very territorial angry dog by the jetty which made it completely off-putting to snorkel from it (best part of Arborek!)… It was also uncomfortable in the homestay at night as there were a few dogs hanging around the homestay and (with the door not being secure), we felt a bit nervous at night as well.

      Thank you in advance for any advice,

  1. thanks so much otto and family. beautiful place, pristine and marvellous marine life! fantastic hospitality & food. we’ve had a great time at nyandetor. especially our regular trips to the unbelievable friwen wall – macrolife heaven…. highly recommended! bernd, fabio, martin and marco

  2. robert + susann says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    we stay in raja ampat the second time and have visited about 6 homestays.

    the family does not speak any english, but they organice a ” translater ” in the village if neccecary. they take care for your belongings. nice hosts.

    the homestay was made with more care and love than others. very clean toilet and shower. lovely and clean dining room with view over the water.

    a nice short jetty to stay, as well as a small lovely beach.

    we saw wales and dolfins, as well as hunting tunas nearly every day.

    the food was very good. fish sometines the small ones, but with a good taste.

    not perfect: there seemed to be a little bit more moskitos and sandflies then on other homestays. some more dogs, even from the village. therefore also sometimes loud at night.

    never the less: highly recommended.

    • Hi there, could you let me know if the dogs seemed unfriendly? We stayed at other places in RA before – some dogs being sleepy and friendly were fine, but others where the villages had dogs that were very territorial and barked at you – made us scared to go to local villages because of the dogs….. Any advice on the situation here would be very appreciated. Best, Emily

  3. Laode Hartanto says:

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

    Memorable Nyandetor!

    Staying for the whole week with Teddy, great snorkeling spot, diving paradise, and upfront sandy beach truly an amazing experience for us. Overall we love to stay in Nyandetor, Pak Yance and family are very welcome host and i already missed Rio their youngest son that accompanying us along the stay. The food is great, fresh from the sea.

    Will coming back for sure!