Nyanse means ‘path beside the mangroves’ which describes the homestay location perfectly. Fifty metres from shore along a boardwalk jetty, Nyanse Homestay has been built in a clear bay which is surrounded by mangroves. The shallow bay harbours seagrass and lots of an unusual, blue net-like coral and schools of juvenile fish.
There’s no beach at Nyanse, but entry to and exit from the water is provided by steps from the homestay verandah and from the end of the jetty near the edge of the reef dropoff. Walking sharks can be observed from the homestay verandah at night and the fringing coral reef drops into dark blue depths 30m from the homestay’s door. A nice shaded swimming beach can be found at the village of Kapisawar, an easy ten minute walk to the west.
The verandah provides panoramic ocean views toward the islands of Arborek, Fam and Penemu, and the jungle backing the shore is home to a wide variety of animals including Red Birds of Paradise, which can be seen displaying nearby at Sawinggrai.
Diving is available in conjunction with the nearby Arborek Dive Shop, and 3 sets of snorkeling equipment are available for hire at IDR 150,000 per person per day.
Dawn tours to see the Red Birds of Paradise displaying are available from the nearby Sawinggrai village.
The homestay’s mangroves shelter hordes of juvenile fish and nudibranchs and archer fish and walking sharks are common inhabitants.
Concrete walking paths connect the village of Sawinggrai with Kapisawar and provide the opportunity for easy walking in the shade of coconut palms to experience Pulau Gam village life.