Yenaduak Family Homestay, Pulau Birie, Batanta, Raja Ampat

Yenaduak Family Homestay

Batanta - Birie Island

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Two bungalows with indoor bathrooms on a shady beach that has coral all the way to the low water mark. The ultimate snorkeller’s private Batanta hideaway.

1 x On land - VIP bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x On land - Room in a VIP bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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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.


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) 600,000
Red Bird of Paradise (max 3) 600,000
Batanta waterfall (max 3) 300,000
Arefi village visit (max 4) 250,000
Piaynemo day trip (max 4) 4,000,000
Transfer to/from  Manyaifun (max 4) 4,000,000
Transfer to/from  Gam/Arborek (max 4) 1,500,000
Transfer to/from  Mansuar/Kri (max 4) 800,000


  • 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

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Name Fence Rumfaker
Phone +6285354221076
Name Sam Soor
Phone +6282238458770

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29 thoughts on “Yenaduak Family Homestay

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    We have been with Sam’s family for 5 days. They are very friendly and looking forward to make your stay to be the best.
    The house reef is stunning, best snorkeling we ever did. The cottage is very simple. The family is cleaning every day all beach and small roads.
    Don’t expect fruit or fish in European style. Mostly will receive eggs, vegetables and rise. There is plenty of food and the best part are donuts made for afternoon! Really 5 stars.
    There is elettricity only for 5 hours after 6pm. Please take note that also water for showering is electricity powered so if you will use very small amount of water to shower in the morning you want be able to shower later after snorkeling.
    But as I said all this is well compensated from variety of fish just in front of your house.

  1. Bjoern and Chantal says:

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    We stayed 11days here in 2017 and could have stayed longer. Everything was fantastic, the bungalow, the beach, the food, and the stunning house reef, which was perhaps the best we have seen. Sam and his family did all they could to make our stay enjoyable. Sam is very environmentally conscious, he cares and understands the importance of taking care of the reef and he is the only Homestay owner we have seen who brings the plastic garbage to Waisai. Thank you njo nabor Sami dan untung untung. Kita suka sekali tinggal Homestay anda. Sampai jumpa.
    Bjoern dan Chantal

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    Great alternative to the hordes on Kri. Quiet, scenic and remote. Well worth the extra travel distance (about 1.5 to 2h from Waisai). We spent three days (recommend longer) in early February sharing with just one other couple. It’s also the only homestay we found with an en suite bathroom.

    Situated in front of a long beach with beautiful coral and drop-off. We saw turtles, black tips, a walking shark – worth a night snorkel.

    Sami was an excellent host. Took us to Wai Island to snorkel with Giant Mantas, looking out for us in the strong currents, to Arefi village and to Arun island reef. Excellent day trips.

    Probably the best of the homestay on Birie Island. No phone reception so give Sami time (a couple of days) to respond.

    • It’s great, isn’t Paul? Thanks for taking the time to leave a review :) Just a note for others reading your comments: There are several homestays that have bungalows with ensuite bathrooms. You can easily find them by using the advanced search on the accommodation page. Just select “Has ensuite bathroom/toilet” (plus any other features that are important to you) and hit the blue “search accommodation” button to see a list of matching homestays.

  2. Elizabeth, Peter and Alex says:

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    We have just returned home from Raja Ampat during which we spent 5 nights at Yenaduak Family Homestay. We had a lovely time, despite some rainy days making it difficult to venture out. As it was, we enjoyed exploring the excellent home reef which is extensive if you follow drop the off in either direction. Leisurely walks along the beach and relaxing in this most laid back of places were also not a problem for us – for the most part, we had the beach to ourselves which made it particularly relaxing.

    Sam and his family are excellent hosts and took good care of us, providing us with great, mostly vegetarian food and comfortable accommodation. There are plenty of side trips to do around the homestay if the weather is good – we went to Urun reef and Arefi village which are very worthwhile. At the end of our stay, when the weather was very windy, Sam ensured we got safely to Manyaifun. We also were treated to a wonderful and unforgettable musical evening courtesy of Sam and his friends. We highly recommend this place and are already planning a return trip!

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    My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights in September 2016. This is such a loving, accomodating family and they deserve your attention and money almost more than others do. I still think about our stay almost everyday and laugh about them and the adventures we had and the adventures we did not have, in the end….. ;)

    To start with: the bungalow is very spacious and you have a bathroom for yourself. The bed is great, but the mosquito net is not so great, so if you prefer a great one you should bring one yourself. Keep in mind that the first telephone signal is more than an hour by boat away, so when you book you will be in touch with someone based somewhere else. Because this person can not always reach Sam, it could be possible that when you arrive they did not expect you. But they will have a room for you and this will be ready within half an hour with water, a table, chairs, everything :) They even clean the room during your stay.

    The food is simple but very nice. What it is and if there will be fish really depends on what they have and what they can get though. They provide an afternoon snack, wich i think is very kind and thoughtfull, since a lot of homestays don’t. The doughnuts were the best ever! :)

    The snorkelling in front of the homestays is one of the best snorkelling experiences you can get in Raja Ampat. The coral is wonderfull and there are so many fishes!! We did not spot a Dugong, but I think when you ask around a lot about where to look for them you have a better change seeing one. Maybe we were just unlucky. They said they are in front of the homestay sometimes.

    For snorkelling the water needs to be high. When te water is low you can take a walk to the right and to the left. When you go to the right (your nose is to the sea) you can have a long beach walk. It leads to the inside of Birie Island, where the water meats the most central part of the island (I hope you understand..). From there you can take a small walk into the forest, but watch out since at some point the path changes into slough. You can spot a lot of special birds from here. When you take the walk to the left you will have to challenge some rocks. Be sure to wear footwear because you will end up bleeding without! You can walk pretty far, almost untill Krishna Homestay and you will find a lot of nice views.

    Ask them to bring you to Arefi village. It is a very nice and beautiful village. They take good care of their dogs. There are several small shops there. Sam can also arrange other tours, like Batanta Waterfall or Wilsons bird of paradise. There is so much to do here!

    I really recommend you to stay here for a couple of days. Birie Island and Batanta are Islands you should not miss. It is so quiet. There is almost nothing there. Just an island, wonderfull birds, wonderfull sealife, wonderfull views and a few wonderfull people. Thank you so much Sam and family for the time at your Homestay, I am sorry it took us so long to write something!

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    Sam and boys were amazing and fearless jungle guides to see birds of paradise, and his sister cooked delicious, healthy vegetarian food for us. We saw dugongs, loads of black tips, a sleeping bamboo shark, unicorn fish, groupers, puffers, boxies, and so so so many more. It was the healthiest coral I’ve seen, and I hope it stays that way and doesn’t become what Krie is…Keep it clean and bring out all the trash you bring in, like camping. Don’t use sunscreen. This coral is precious and so beautiful. Bring your own snorkel gear, and prepare to spend hours and hours in the water, so bring freediving suits or make up your own (I used jogging clothes to protect myself from the sun). Find a way to protect yourself from mosquitos without using Deet or damaging chems that will hurt the coral when you go in.
    Bring the cash payment in hand because there is no wire transfer.

    For reef searching, this was our most memorable reef vacation.

  3. We stayed here in March 2016. Great place to relax. Sammy and family were the best. Food was super, snorkelling impressive. Much less crowded than Kri and Gam and really worth the trip. Highly recommend a visit.

  4. I loved this place.
    Sam was a wonderful host and took care of us nicely.
    The place looks like a paradise, located in a remote island, it was just about us, the sea, the birds and the marine life.
    Every morning, when we woke up, we went directly snorkeling in front of the home stay and it was a wonderful way to start the day.
    The coral around the island is very healthy, rich and colorful. While snorkeling, we managed to see sharks, turtles, bump heads, eels, squids, and one time we saw dolphins and dugong.
    As an experienced divers, I can say that some snorkeling I did in Batanta were better than the diving in other areas.
    I definitely recommend Yaneduak homestay for the people who wants to take some time to connect with the nature, with themselves, with each other and feel like in paradise.

  5. Loooved it!
    It’s very basic, of course, but the sheer relaxation offered is worth it. There is no cell phone coverage, obviously no WiF, just you, the beach, and the water. The beach hut sleeps two couples (or four individuals, albeit two per mattress), and there is a nice terrace to spend evenings on.
    Snorkeling is up to you, and you’ll need to understand the tides to avoid getting trapped by the corals.
    It’s a beautiful place to escape the world.

  6. I wrote an email to Papua Paradise Eco Resort in order to ask about diving while staying at Yenaduak Family Homestay. Here is the reply : “Further to your request, we regret to inform you that we currently do not offer diving and/or excursions services to guests that are not staying at our Resort. Thank you for your understanding on this matter and we hope you’ll be able to find other alternatives that will accommodate your request.”

    In case someone would be aware of such alternatives, please let me know :-)

    • Thanks for the news Romain – they must have changed their policy since Isabelle’s news below. It’s no surprise really – many resorts resent the entry of local community operators into the accommodation and diving business in Raja Ampat and regard them as the enemy.

      We’ll be sure to post about it as soon as we hear of a homestay dive centre opening near Birie.

      In the meantime, take heart from the fact that marine life is so rich along the north shore of Birie that there’s really no need to dive at all! There’s worlds of wonder to be seen within snorkelling depths. :)

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    We had a wonderful time at the Yanaduak homestay, which was a fantastic place to wind down and relax. The remoteness meant that we had the entire beach almost entirely to ourselves (with the exception of the wildlife!) for swimming, snorkeling, and walks on the beach. Sammy, who runs the homestay, and Ronne, who lives in Sorong, were both very helpful and made every effort to make sure that we felt welcome. On our first day, Sammy set up a hammock in front of the beach which was my favorite spot to read, relax, or take a nap. We were also able to arrange a full day of diving with the Papua Paradise Resort, which was incredible, as was the snorkeling right in front of the homestay. Overall, I would definitely recommend the Yanaduak homestay!

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    I stayed i October 15 here. The house is a bit dark. There are 2 small bedrooms inside now, instead of the one big room. Fod was ok and plenty. there were many sandflies. Use moskito repellent. It helps also against them.
    The reef and the variety of fish is amazing. I saw a big school of about 25 bumpheads, 2 dugongs, big blacktip sharks and many others. I was in 12 different places. for the snorkeling this was one of the best.

  7. Adil Siripatana says:

    Hi StayRajaAmpat team,

    I will be traveling to Raja Ampat in December 2015 and I’m planning to stay at several homestays to cover many areas.
    I’m very much interested in Yenaduak Family homestay since it seems Batanta offers very isolated, untouched coral reef and nature.

    I would like to ask if I can expect the house reef around Yenaduak to be more abundant and packed in comparison to Kri or Gam island?

    Since Batanta is a long way from Waisai in comparison to others, I would like to at least be sure it has something to offer specific to such location.


    • Hi Adil –

      The reef all along the north shore of Birie is every bit as spectacular as Gam or Kri. See the photos in the gallery above and on Yenkarom Homestay’s page. We haven’t dived or snorkelled it though, so we can’t swear other marine life is as abundant there. There’s certainly no reason it wouldn’t be.

      One of the best things about Yenaduak is that it’s a single private bungalow in an idyllic location.

      If untouched coral reef and nature are what you’re looking for, we’d also recommend you visit Korbekwan Homestay on Gam.

    • Hi Adil.
      I can answer your question. The diving and snorkelling around Kri is the best, yes the best that exists anywhere. Only matched by other euqally good places throughout Raja Ampat. Also, between Cape Kri and West Mansuar you have a diversity of things to discover that no other place – in the world I dare say – has to offer. The reefs around Kri are (I hope still) superb, and they boast loads of turtles, blacktip sharks, and all kinds of critters. Also some seagrass beds and sandy areas. Mantas are nearby as well, plus the best dive spots in the world (e.g. Blue Magic). There you will have also more chances to catch a ride to more remote places like Fam or so. Unfortunately, the crowds are there as well. I have dived around Birie island, and while I must say that the house reef of the dive resort there (which is the same reef that will extend to this homestay) is fantastic and a close second to Kri Eco’s house reef, I must also say that you will not have the variety of places for snorkelling to chose from that you will have around Kri. Anything inside the outermost islands is mostly muck diving rather than reef diving, meaning muddy bottoms and poor visibility, and less coral. If you stay there for more than 3 days, the house reef might become a bit boring. A big asset of Birie is the Wilson Bird of Paradise and another wonderful feature, that I will not name right now (you will discover it when you go there). The forests of Batanta are incredible, too! Currents can be very strong on the reef which doesn’t make snrokelling easier. Definitely a nice place to be, though.

      • Hi Halil,

        Many many thanks for such informative comments about the place.
        Knowing that Batanta is not the best location to expect for snorkeling or diving, I think I made the right decision to spend only 3 nights there and invest the rest of the schedule around Dampier strait for my about 13 days trip in R4. But I’m sure I will enjoy the place.

        You seems to know a lot about R4, so please don’t mind me asking another question.
        Right now, I book other two homestays on Gam, both provide diving tours, would you recommend me to book one on Kri as well?


        • Dear Adil,
          It is a very good idea to stay in several places. This way you spend some time on the water in the boat when you transfer from one homestay to the other, and usually that is quite interesting. If you’ve booked diving on Gam that’s fine. I would guess they go to the same places mostly as the ones on Kri.

  8. Elisabeth Sinniger says:

    Hi everybody. I have 2 questions.
    I intend to go to Yenaduak in october. Coming from Sorong is it not easier to get a boat from there instead to cross to Waisai first?
    And as I am a single traveler, is the price p.p. the same (350’000)?
    Thank you for further information and for this really helpful webside.

    • Hi Elisabeth –

      Sorry to take so long to approve and reply to your comment – it was trapped by our spam filter for some reason!

      Yenaduak is actually closer to Waisai than it is to Sorong and a ferry crossing of the Dampier Strait is a lot safer than doing it in a small boat, so Yenaduak don’t offer Sorong pickups.

      Yes – the price (unless it has been changed without advising us) is the same for single occupancy as for couples.

      Glad the website was helpful for you and all the best for your stay!

  9. Nikolaus Welz says:

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    We visited Yenaduak in November 2014 and had a fantastic time there. Samy and his family were great and always solicitous about our well-being. The bungalow is very spacious and has a private bathroom and toilet. It also has a large bed with mosquito net and is nicely equipped. We even had room service. Of all four bungalows we had on our trip to Raja Ampat, this was by far the best. The food was good, varied and more than plentiful. There were also fruits such as bananas, oranges and papaya. Clean water tea and coffee anyway .
    We encourage everybody to bring a hammock. On the beach there are great old shade trees to hang them. Directly in front of the hut especially on the outer reef is a very good place for snorkelling. The corals are mostly in good condition and there is a lot of marine life to admire. In order to protect our budget, we have not made a snorkelling trip, although this would have been possible.
    The difficulty of booking transfer and accommodation is because Samy only speaks little English. His brother, who works in the resort across the bay speaks good English but is not always available. We tried to book from home by SMS in English and “Google Translation” in Bahasa. Unfortunately, with little success. We have then asked someone in Sorong to call Samy for reservation and transfer. This worked out fine. Be aware that if you arrive Waisai late in the afternoon and the weather is not so good you have to stay one night in Waisay. Usually in the morning conditions are good and transfer can be made. It is a one and a half hour boat ride (40 km) in a Longboat over the open sea. Anywa, we only can say it was well worth the effort!!!!!!!

    • Can u send me his number? I’ve tried fifteen times at different points of the day and it keeps saying the number I’m dialing is not valid or out of range– do you have his brothers number ?. Thanks! Jen

      • Hi Jen –

        We’ve just added Ronne – a new Sorong based contact for Yenaduak above. You should be able to contact Ronne a lot more easily, or you can use Yenaduak’s booking form if you still want to make a booking