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Prajas Homestay occupies a bay at the far north-western end of Waigeo, opposite the village of Salio. Located on a strip of white sand fronting the bay and backed by tidal mangrove forest, Prajas Homestay has two private bungalows, two family bungalows and a four room bungalow.
Private bungalow bedrooms have mattresses on the floor and are supplied with mattress covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Bedrooms open off an indoor living space and each private bungalow has a covered verandahs with bench seating and views across the bay to Salio.
Family bungalows have the same indoor living space and verandahs as the private bungalows, but with two bedrooms in each building. Bedrooms are equipped the same as the private bungalows.
The four room bungalow has a large common verandah with bench seating and four rooms with small tables and the same bedding as described above.
Another new building with a common verandah and five VIP rooms was under construction when we visited in June 2016. Each VIP room in the new building will be wood panelled, with ensuite bathrooms and toilets and ceiling fans. (Contact Prajas directly by one of the methods provided below if you want to enquire about these rooms.)
Meals at Prajas Homestay are served in a sand floored dining shelter which has beach and bay views. There are two long tables with bench seats provided. A new over water dining room was also under construction in June 2016 (see the gallery photos).
Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared by guests in the existing bungalows. There are two buildings. One has a bathroom and toilet in separate rooms, the other has two of each (four rooms total). The buildings are concrete floored with western style toilets and have real (cold water) showers.
In the shade in front of the bungalows, high backed bench chairs and table settings, a hammock and tables with bench seating provide more places to sit and relax.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset until around midnight. All bungalows have power outlets in their indoor living areas and/or bedrooms.
There’s a good mobile phone signal at Prajas Homestay, although it wouldn’t support an internet connection when we visited in June 2016. Salio is a five minute boat ride away if you want to purchase basic supplies. As elsewhere in Raja Ampat, please always take any inorganic rubbish you create away with you so as not to contribute to the
rubbish problem in the islands.
English is spoken at Prajas Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Transport from Waisai to Prajas is by speedboat capable of carrying up to nine passengers. The journey is long (about 4 hours one way), but you’ll see a
lot of Raja Ampat. Especially since a different route is used for the return to Waisai.
Total cost is IDR 10,000,000 for the round trip (IDR 5,000,000 each way), with the total cost shared among passengers.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here. Activities
The winding waterways and towering limestone cliffs of West Waigeo make for some spectacular sightseeing by boat around the homestay. The nearby ‘hidden’ Aljui Bay is home to a pearl farm that can be visited and provides rarely seen vistas and snorkelling opportunities.
Naturally, day trips to the iconic Wayag group of islands can also be arranged.
There’s plenty of great snorkelling (bring your own gear) to be had around the homestay and the surrounding mangroves and jungle are rich with birdlife. The beach at Prajas is also great for families with children, as there are no strong currents and a sand bottom makes for easy and safe entry to the water.
Hitch a ride across the bay to Salio if you’d like to explore and experience some local cultural immersion. Salio is typical of villages that lie at a distance from the more populous Raja Ampat locations and well worth visiting.
Remote/isolated Association member Large groups OK Western style toilet Mangroves Seagrass Coral English speaking Calm beach Good phone signal IDR 360,000 to 450,000 Sandy Beach
Has own speedboat Wayag trips Has private bungalows