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Yenaduak Family Homestay is located in a quiet, coral rich bay on the northern coast of Birie Island, which lies off the north coast of Batanta.
Two beachside bungalows are available at Yenaduak. A single room private bungalow and a two room family bungalow. Both bungalows have indoor bathrooms and verandahs with sea views, a table and chairs. The private bungalow has a double bed and the two room bungalow has mattresses on the floor in each room. All bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets and bedrooms are equipped with room light switches and power outlets. An electric fan is available if needed.
Meals are served in a sand floored beachside dining shelter and free tea, coffee and drinking water are always available there.
Electricity for lighting and charging devices is supplied by generator and is available at night only. Mobile phone reception was weak and erratic, but proved serviceable for SMS during our visit.
The nearest village is Arefi, on the island of the same name to the west of Yenaduak. It’s about 3km away by boat. Only basic supplies can be bought in Arefi, so bring anything you can’t live without with you. (Be sure to take any packaging home with you though – there’s no safe means of inorganic waste disposal in Raja Ampat. See our
Don’t rubbish Raja Ampat article for more about this.)
Yenaduak Family Homestay staff have very limited English, so if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia bringing a phrasebook will make communicating a lot easier.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers from Waisai to Yenaduak Family Homestay cost IDR 1,200,000 each way. Transfers are by longboat capable of carrying up to six passengers and trip cost is shared by passengers.
Transfers direct to/from Sorong are also available (max 4 passengers) and cost IDR 2,500,000 each way.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here. Activities
Yenaduak Family Homestay is quiet, remote and isolated and has spectacular healthy coral at the doorstep. It’s a perfect getaway for lovers of tropical islands, beaches and coral reefs.
The main activities available are snorkelling (bring your own gear), hiking and simply relaxing and taking in the blue panoramas extending across the strait to Waigeo. Blacktip reef sharks and dolphins are common sights in the waters at Yenaduak and dugongs can sometimes be seen at high tide. Turtles often nest on Birie Island’s beaches and bioluminescent plankton sparkle in the homestay’s waters at night. At low tide long beach walks become possible and Birie Island’s jungles are home to a huge variety of fauna and there are trails by which it can be explored. The spectacular Wilson’s Bird of Paradise can be observed nearby on Batanta.
Boat trips to explore the many islands and bays of Batanta’s north coast can also be organised and the pretty nearby village of Arefi is also well worth visiting. A selection of the many possible trips is provided below. Prices are per trip in IDR and are shared by trip passengers. Trips for larger groups can be organised, but will require a larger boat and will be more expensive.
Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (max 3)
Red Bird of Paradise (max 3)
Batanta waterfall (max 3)
Arefi village visit (max 4)
Piaynemo day trip (max 4) 4,000,000
Manyaifun (max 4) 4,000,000
Transfer to/from Gam/Arborek (max 4)
Transfer to/from Mansuar/Kri (max 4)
Remote/isolated Association member Reef dropoff Quiet hideaway Seagrass Coral Good house reef Has email contact Calm beach Sandy Beach IDR 0 to 350,000 Has private bungalows
Has ensuite bathroom/toilet