Yenanas Paradise Homestay, Yenbeser, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Yenanas Paradise Homestay

Gam - Eastern Gam

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

A beach lover’s paradise indeed, Yenanas Paradise offers great snorkelling, a host of jungle wildlife and Red Birds of Paradise to see.


Rooms
2 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On land - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 400,000 / person / night
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Details

Yenanas Paradise Homestay sits in the shade of coconut palms on the beach to the east of Yenbeser village.  Three single room, private bungalows and a two room bungalow are available. Each room has a double mattress on the floor with sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets and power outlets and room light switches are provided.

Two private bungalow are on the beach, while the other is set back among the trees just behind the beach.  but still has ocean views. All have a small verandah at front that provide ocean views and are equipped with small tables and chairs.

The two room bungalow verandah also has views to the beach and has table and bench seating provided.

Meals are served in Yenanas’ large beachside dining shelter where drinking water, tea and coffee are always freely available to guests. A refrigerator is also provided.  Several tables and bench settings are also available in the shade of the beachfront trees for relaxation outdoors.

A western style pedestal toilet and dip mandi bathroom are provided in a separate rooms in a bathroom building that is shared by all guests.

Yenanas Paradise Homestay has good cell phone reception and electricity is provided by a combination of solar and generator.

If you need supplies, the village of Yenbeser on Gam’s south coast is a five minute speedboat ride away. At low tide it’s possible to walk there along the beach. Be sure to take all your inorganic rubbish away with you when leaving Yenanas Paradise Homestay. There’s no non-polluting means of disposal of such trash in Raja Ampat.

English is spoken at Yenanas Paradise Homestay.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai transfers cost IDR 500,000 each way and are by longboat which can carry a maximum of five passengers. Total trip cost is shared by passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Diving and snorkelling at Yenanas Paradise Homestay

Located on a fantastic sheltered beach that’s perfect for children, Yenanas Paradise Homestay affords safe swimming over a sandy bottom close inshore, transitioning to a coral reef that offers great snorkelling as you get further out. (Bring your own snorkelling gear.)

Diving is available at Yenanas by arrangement the neighbouring Raja Ampat Biodiversity resort.

Providing sunrise ocean views, the beach also has a strong freshwater spring which bubbles up on the seabed and is accessible at low tide. Turtles and small sharks are often seen in the shallows by day and walking sharks can be seen at night.

Apart from birds of paradise, cuscus, tikus besar and a host of other birds and smaller animals, the nearby jungle also conceals a grove of bamboo containers used long ago in magic rituals conducted for individuals by Yenbeser’s village doctor.

Jungle trails lead from Yenanas Paradise to a tree where Red Birds of Paradise come to display. The display tree is about an hour’s walk from Yenanas and a deviation to take in a panoramic viewpoint can be made.

Other interesting places to visit nearby include the Kanji-inscribed Japanese naval survey marker on Monkairi (Batu Lima) and other war relics in the jungle near the village of Yenbeser.

Yenanas Paradise Homestay Tours

Prices are quoted in Indonesian Rupiah and with the exception of the Bird of Paradise tour, are per boat, shared among passengers. In addition to the tours below, Yenanas can organise trips to any other location you want to visit.

TOUR PRICE
Piaynemo Full Day Tour (includes lunch)
As well as the spectacular karst islands of Piaynemo, this trip visits Friwen Wall,
Mios Kun (bat island), the Pasir Timbul sandbank and Pulau Arborek.
7,000,000
Kabui Bay Tour
Leaving at 0900 and returning around 1400, you’ll see a lot of the bay on the way
to Kabui Passage and will also visit Batu Lima and Batu Pensil.
3,000,000
Gam Circumnavigation (includes lunch)
This day trip takes you right around Gam, with stops at the Pef cave paintings,
Kabui Passage and Hidden bay
4,000,000
Red Birds of Paradise Observation
Available at 0500 and 1500, these guided trips will show you the dawn
or evening displays of Gam’s Red Birds of Paradise
150,000
per person

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000
  • Sandy Beach
  • Has private bungalows

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Yenanas Paradise Homestay Contact Details

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Name Yehuda Dimara
Phone +6281290544631
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yenanasparadisebungalows

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13 thoughts on “Yenanas Paradise Homestay

  1. Spent 4 days in Yenanas. Bungalows are basic but pleasant. Really appreciated the food (1st class, a special feeling for the wild pig stew). The reef in front of the beach is beautiful, excellent for snorkelling with easy access from the beach (less than 25 meters) even at low tide. Saw a few sharks and all the usual tropical fish. Good and pleasant interaction with the family, although without bahasa basics, I guess it might be a bit limited.
    One question : I wonder if the extra cost 400/day instead of the usual 350 is justified. Maybe the excellent food ?

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    A very good homestay to relax, great food and a really fantastic home reef with a lot of different corals. Thanks to Yenanans!

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

    Great food (breakfast was one of the best we had in the homestays of Raja Ampat), nice bungalows, fantastic beach with great snorkeling.
    Love the hammocks!
    The toilet and bathroom perhaps needs a little love.

  2. Paula Källman says:

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

    Simple bungalow at the beach, a calm long beach. Okey food three times a day. The owner speaks little english, and he had Red bird watching-trips (you walk around 40minutes in the djungel) two times per day. You get what you need and nothing more.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We had a wonderfull stay at yenanas.
    It is really simpel but the place is pure paradise.
    There is not much action tho, so if you are looking for jet ski it’s the wronb place but if you are looking for a beautifull island with good snorkeling infront of the beach and a wonderfull hostfamily it’s where you have to go!

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Very friendly and helpful. Lots of activities or idyllic beach of you just want to chill. Lots of good food. Lovely families. Rooms are simple and clean and cute.

  3. Dorset Campbell-Ross says:

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

    Pros: Great food, friendly hosts, individual bungalows(2) so private if you want it, Wonderful views, Awesome reef, snorkeling gear, hammocks, western toilet,birds of paradise that show up every day!

    Cons: One bathroom for both bungalows and the 2 joined rooms – and it is about 50 meters walk from furthest bungalow. No light switches in rooms or bungalows – all controlled by one main switch at the host’s kitchen – so he decides to turn off everyone’s power at the same time, while leaving it on for himself. You can work around this by unscrewing the light bulb if you want to go to bed earlier than your neighbours, and going and telling him to put it back on if you want more light, when he shuts it down. Not really satisfactory and could be easily fixed by buying 4 switches. Bungalows on beach can be very noisy because the sea is crashing on the beach right under you all night, though you might find this soporific – we did!

  4. This place is great. Beautiful beach and reef with turtles, sharks and lots of fish. Great snorkelling in particular around Batu Lima. Cus cus and parrots are also in the trees along the beach. Best food we had at any homestay and afternoon tea every day. Feels very peaceful and remote. Biodiversity next door does diving and cheap snorkelling trips. Highly recommended.

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

    Stayed here for four nights in May and thoroughly enjoyed it. The snorkelling is fantastic: there is a reef literally a few metres off the beach which you can discover at your leisure (when the tide is in; when it’s out, it gets too shallow), and we had the beach entirely to ourselves. We’re not divers, but Biodiversity next door has diving facilities if you are. We took an early morning hike up to the bird watching hut and were rewarded with a red bird of paradise and a hornbill. At night there are crabs on the beach and there is the Southern Cross in the sky. The food is delicious and copious (two cooked meals a day and pancakes or pastries for breakfast and for tea/coffee around 5 pm). The owner and the family that live on the beach are very friendly and welcoming, though contrary to what it says on the website they have almost no English, and there were a few confusing miscommunications. They also seemed unaware of the dates we had booked (and confirmed), but this didn’t make the welcome any less warm. This is not a resort that offers lots of activities or entertainment, but if you’re looking for turquoise sea, a quiet white beach, green coconut trees and a spectacular coral reef then this is the place to come.

  5. Robert Levitt says:

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    We stayed one week at Yenanas Homestay which is one of three places to stay on this beautiful cove. The homestay is very basic. The food is terrific, although almost always fish. Yehuda is a very decent man. A couple of things to note before arriving. The ride from Waigai is very wet. Be prepared to get wet. (We werent as we had just come off the plane). There is a dive centre, Biodiversity right next door and all of their facilities and instructors for diving are available. There is a written list of costs, all of which were much higher than what we were actually charged. In fact, the final bill was quite reasonable, about 9 million for three persons for 7 nights. We thought the cost of transport was one – way for 1 million each way. Turns out it was the round trip cost. English is very limited. (I speak Bahasa Indonesia so I know it was much easier).

    The water is protected, so there arent waves. Yehuda has snorkeling equipment and the reef just in front is wonderful. The water is extremely shallow and the reef is high, so while snorkeling is great, it really isnt the place to swim. Just to get wet.

    There is a nature trail into the jungle that takes about 30 minutes to reach the end. Some of the operators were charging really high per person fees to take the very well marked trail. No need to pay to be guided. Just take a walk.

    We brought towels and a electricity strip for added plugs. Probably snacks would have been a good idea, particularly noodles. They provide hot water so coffee is also always available. Electricity from the generator comes on around 6 pm and stays on until midnight, plenty of time to charge phones, cameras or whatever. 3G service is good there, even though we tried to avoid looking at it – the reason to go to Raja Ampat in the first place.

    The listing says there is a town nearby. Maybe, but not one we could walk to.

    I could have easily stayed there a month. It takes a few days to get into the rhythm, but once you really relax, the beauty, the climate, the water just seduce you…

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

    Thanks for a wonderfull stay at your place Yehuda and Nonci. Your is own page on Facebook can be found at; Yenanas Paradise Bungalows.

    Landing at your beach I knew straightaway. Stay put for the next 2 weeks ;-)

    Where can I send pics?

    Greez,
    Kees

    • Hi Kees –

      Last time we spoke to the folks at Yenanas they had no ability to connect to the internet, so unless that’s changed, they probably won’t see your message. If you’d like to add your pics (credited of course!) to their album above, please feel free to contact us and we’ll add them.