Yenkarom Homestay, Birie Island, Batanta, Raja Ampat

Yenkarom Homestay

Batanta - Birie Island

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The clean and clear waters of Batanta, rich corals and sea life and the cool embrace of the jungle awaits at this Birie Island retreat.


Rooms
2 x On land - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 4 persons / room
Rates
Children under 10 IDR 250,000 / night / child 10<
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Details

Situated on the northern shore of Birie Island, just off the coast of Batanta, Yenkarom Homestay makes both a perfect private getaway for couples and a wonderful family retreat.

Yenkarom offers two private bungalows in a shady beachside clearing in Pulau Birie’s dense jungle. Both bungalows have a verandah with table and chairs, a spacious bedroom and an ensuite bathroom.

Bedrooms are set up for 2 guests, with mattresses that are equipped with sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Extra bedding can be provided for families. The indoor, concrete-floored bathrooms combine a western style toilet with the special treat of a real shower instead of the more usual dip mandi.

Electricity is provided by generator at night and Yenkarom receives a mobile phone signal, although it wavered between good and weak while we were there.

The village of Arefi is a short boat ride away if you need to restock basic supplies, but as Birie Island is quite remote it’s best to bring everything that you consider essential with you. It’s also essential that you pack out any inorganic waste you create – especially things like plastic and dead batteries. Leaving these at the homestay will only contribute to pollution in the islands, as there is no environmentally sound waste disposal available in Raja Ampat.

English is spoken at Yenkarom Homestay.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai – Yenkarom Homestay transfers are by longboat and cost IDR 1,500,000 each way. The cost is shared among passengers. (Maximum of 5.)

Yenkarom Homestay can also organise transfers directly between the homestay and Sorong. The cost is IDR 5,000,000

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

The big three at Yenkarom Homestay are sea, trees and silence (except for birdsong).

Pulau Birie’s waters are clear and clean – be sure to bring snorkelling gear, because Yenkarom’s house reef is marvellous!

A host of marine life including dugongs and dolphins frequent the waters around the homestay and the jungle is inhabited by a huge range of birdlife. Trips to see the famous Wilson’s Bird of Paradise can be arranged. Jungle hiking is possible, and at low tide long beachwalks can be made to discover Birie’s hidden bays.

Being remote and quite isolated, another great thing about Yenkarom (and indeed all the Birie Island homestays) is the lack of noise. No adjacent homestays, no speedboats going to and fro all day and, being a single bungalow, no distractions from other guests’ activities.

The nearby village of Arefi (on an adjacent island of the same name) can be reached in about 15 minutes by longboat and is well worth exploring.

Yenkarom Homestay Tours

With the exception of the Piaynemo Day Tour which is by speedboat, tours are by longboat with a maximum capacity of four passengers. Prices are per trip and are shared among passengers. Piaynemo day trip includes lunch.

In addition to those below, Yenkarom can organise custom boat trips for snorkelling or sightseeing. Prices are by negotiation and will depend on distance and duration.

Snorkelling trips

TRIP PRICE
Pulau Urun 450,000
Pulau Wai (+ birdwatching) 600,000
Kri Batanta 550,000
South Arefi 300,000
East Arefi 150,000
Yenaduak 200,000
Pulau Ayof 400,000
Mansuar/Kri half day 1,000,000
Sauwandarek (Mansuar) 1,000,000
Pulau Yeben 700,000
West Mansuar 700,000
Manyaifun (max 4) 1,200,000
Batanta (max 4) 1,500,000

Tours and transfers

TRIP PRICE
Piaynemo day tour (up to 6 people) 6,000,000
Piaynemo day tour (extra per person 7 to 10) 300,000
Batanta waterfall 600,000
Batanta Hornbill tour 700,000
Batanta Wilson’s Bird of Paradise 1,000,000
Arborek transfer 1,200,000
Manyaifun (West Waigeo) transfer 5,000,000

Features

  • Remote/isolated
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • 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 Jhon Soor
Phone +6281248862127
Email jhonsoor@yahoo.com
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Name Nofri Soor
Phone +6282397390473

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20 thoughts on “Yenkarom Homestay

  1. Michael and Shana says:

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    I just finished my second trip to Raja Amat and I had to go back to stay at Yenkarom Homestay for a second time. Norfri, Jhon and his family couldn’t be friendlier… the house reef is quite beautiful and there is plenty of shell covered coastline to spend hours and hours exploring. I will be back again!!

  2. shana m valencia says:

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    Absolutely breathtaking! Unforgettable, wonderful family, food was delicious. Beautiful house reef right outside the home stay. Most definitely will be back

  3. Johanna and Gilles says:

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    We stayed 10 days in Yenkarom Homestay and it was really great ! Nofri and is family are very friendly and Nofri’s wife is a very good cooker. The bungalow was big and clean, a few meters from the sea. The reef just at the front is nice. We saw evey king of usual tropical fishes, sharks and turtles. Nofri knows every good place for snorkeling around. He is the best to find mantas ! Snorkeling with them was amazing. We had the luck to see 3 dugongs, but we had to wait until the 7th morning to find them, so be patient ! We were there in March, which is suposed to be one of the less rainy month of the year, but we had quite a lot of rain (most of the time during the afternoon and the night), and maybe for that reason a lot of mosquitos. We enjoyed very much the tranquility of the place (only 2 bungalows at Yenkarom) and we would love to come back !

  4. Phil, Jani and Thomas says:

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    We stayed at Yenkarom Homestay for 28 days in December 2016 and had a wonderful time. The private bungalow was spacious with its own bathroom and large verandah overlooking the sea. The food was varied with tasty vegetables every day. We would consider ourselves “hardcore” snorkellers and thought the house reef was excellent. We saw sharks every time we went in the water and dugongs, on average, every second day of our stay. We swam with mantas at nearby Wai Island but also saw them several times from our bungalow and around Arefi. There was some good macro on the house reef, but for those who are interested, Nofri can take you to several nearby sites around Arefi and Batanta islands which were superb – nudis, slugs, commensal shrimps, shrimp gobies, etc. We saw around 400 species of fish and countless invertebrates. Nofri is an excellent snorkelling guide and showed us many things we would have found difficult to find ourselves, especially on the night snorkels. Nofri and his family were delightful, friendly and helpful.

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    Loved the remoteness and privacy, for a few days we had the whole beach for ourselves. It feels a bit wild compated to the other 2 homestays we stayed at (lumba lumba and mankinthus)
    We saw dugongs after 4-5 attempts.
    The bungallow was comfortable
    Food is served on the veranda of the bungalow
    Nofri took us to the village of arefi on sunday and attended the mass at the church.
    Snorkeling trips to urun and wai islands were very good.
    Reef is ok, saw many times black tip sharks.
    The color of the water is wonderful.
    The trip to batanta waterfall was very good, especially going through mangroves.
    Communication between Jhon who makes the bookings and Nofri who is at the guesthouse should be improved. Nofri didnt knew about all the arrangements agreed with Jhon and also the price from the website is not rhe price Nofri charges fir trips.
    Overall we loved it and recommend it for some total isolation ( no phone coverage as well).

  5. Rätus & Monika says:

    Novri came to catch us at Yengkawe Homestay on the South coast of Waigeo. Sea was rather rough, but Novri surfed on the waves very nicely. So we enjoyed the two hours ride. We arrived at Birie at nightfall and the first fireflies were already glowing.
    The bungalow is not a hut, but a villa – huge and beautyfully built. We stayed at Yenkarom in August 2016 for 7 nights. Novri told us that the second bungalow will be ready in September. The two bungalows have a pleasant distance from each other.
    When we stayed there, it was half-moon and tidal rise was not distinct. Not the best time for Dugongs… but nevertheless we have seen several Dugongs passing the riff. So peaceful!!! We have also seen black tip sharks, an octopus, a walking shark, turtles, many porcupinefish…. and diverse corals. We loved the riff.
    As Kay already wrote, the trip through the mangroves to the waterfall is very nice. Swimming in the freshwater pool under the waterfall is a great experience.
    What we also liked on this island: almost all people passing by with their boats were waving hands :-) In the evening Novri came often to talk a bit and he teached us some Indonesian words.
    When we had to leave, he brought us to Kri. Novri has really fair rates for boat transfers and he is a very good capitain.

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    The two of us (father and son) stayed for 4 days at Yenkarom and enjoyed every single moment of it. Arriving already is so nice, you see the nice long beach and you can hardly detect the two huts, nicely built below the trees. One hut was not in use and is still not finished. But the one in use is very spacey and of very good quality, it has a great veranda, where food is being served by the family of Jhon and Nofri. If you like remoteness and nature – this is the place to be. We came specifically for the Dugongs and Nofri was so kind to direct us from the beach while we were snorkling in the water and trying to find them. They usually appear on the seagrass during incoming high tide. This for sure was one of the best snorkel experiences ever. While snorkeling in general on Kri was much better than here the dugong encounters top it all.

    A trip not be missed is the trip to the waterfall. Nice boat ride through the mangroves and a short walk through the jungle. Take your swim suit. Although we were keen on birds of paradise, this was unfortunately not possible anymore, as they changed places, as Jhon explained after a discussion with some villagers. Anyway, food at Yenkarom was also good. We definitely would recommend Yenkarom and would like to thank Jhon and Nofri for the lovely time we spent there. Kay and Til

  6. Pavel Milan Cerny says:

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    We stayed at Raja Ampat for 4 weeks in March and April 2016. And we absolutely loved it. Probably really one of the last places on Earth where the nature is still pristine and you don’t meet many other tourists. I think this’ll change in the upcoming years since many new resorts are being built and the area is becoming more and more known. So if you want to go do it fast. :-)

    We are a couple of freedivers and we really enjoyed the underwater world. You won’t see so many healthy corals in the Red Sea and as you probably know the marine biodiversity is one the highest in the world here. It’s probably one of the best places to free/dive in the world.

    We stayed in three homestays during our time there so we can compare. A quick review for all of them:

    1. Monkairi Homestay (3,5 stars)

    Beautiful location, great beach and the best freediving/snorkelling site out of all three in our opinion. The beach has only a few homestays and there was hardly anyone there during our stay. There’s also the Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort down the beach but don’t go there – they weren’t very friendly (at least the guy – divemaster we met). VERY expensive beer and they try to be a bit posh.

    The owner of Monkairi, Boni, pissed us off I have to say. When we arrived we had no idea about the prices and he offered us absolutely ridiculous price for a trip to Manta Sandy. Also other trips we were very expensive in retrospect. Our impression was that he was kind but didn’t want to work much and wanted to squeeze you for your money, you rich Westerner. But he showed us birds of paradise which was nice. He did try to give us some experiences.

    The food was good but a bit repetitive. But the fresh fish they served were absolutely fabulous.

    The quality of mattress was probably the worst out of all three.

    Although the page says there’s an English speaking staff member it’s not true. No one speaks English at Monkairi. So you better learn some basic Bahasa Indonesia words.

    The family is nice, we loved the kids. All in all a fine experience but not without some downsides.

    2. Mambrasar Homestay (3,5 stars)

    A very different experience compared to Monkairi. Located on a looong beach with MANY homestays. There were a lot of people on the beach. It was the closest experience to going to Thailand or a similar place.

    Great thing about Mambrasar is that they speak English pretty well and they organize diving trips. We joined a scuba diver and went to all sorts of diving trips almost every day – also for a good price. That was great.

    Other than that – not much. The quality of sleep was terrible because they kept the light on all night long. Why? Because of rats. Yes, they were right in the bungalows.

    Food was fine although much better at the beginning of our stay than after a few days.

    And there’s not really much to do there. There’s no real place where you can rest during the day, no hammocks or stuff like that.

    The house reef we didn’t like that much. But if you walk about 700 meters then you arrive at a very nice reef to explore.

    The staff was nice and helpful. They also organised a trip to Wayag for a pretty good price.

    All in all also a fine experienced mainly because we enjoyed the diving trips.

    3. Yenkarom Homestay (4 stars)

    The best homestay we experienced. It’s VERY remote – basically you’re on your own on a small island. No one near except for the owners. It’s very nice when you know it and expect it – when you actually have stuff to do.

    The owners were very nice and helpful, they really tried to give a great experience.

    The housereef is ok and it’s home to Dugongs which we saw.

    There was on major downside though – there were TONS of mosquitos. And no repellents. We didn’t expect that many of them and we had only a small bottle of natural repellent – and it simply didn’t work. Honestly it ruined our stay. Because in the morning and in the evening all you could do is stay in the bed behind the mosquito net – you couldn’t be outside. During the day it was fine. Had we had it it would’ve been fine altogether.

    The food was fine although pretty repetitive and very often we got donuts for breakfast. You don’t go to Raja Ampat to eat donuts with lots of sugar I think.

    The quality of sleep was the best out of the three – a very nice mattress.

    As I said it’s very isolated so bring stuff to do. After a few weeks you won’t want to be in the sea all day. And don’t expect many trips either.

    All in all we enjoyed it mainly because of the owners and their attitude. It was the best place out of the three for us.

    Hope this will help you guys. :-)

  7. Jack Walkom says:

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    Yenkarom was a great homestay and Nofri really took care of us. The house reef is incredible and one morning Nofri took us out and we swam with 4 dugong right in front of the bungalow.

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    We started our trip to R4 this year in Birie, having a reservation via stayrajaampat. All worked out fine, Nofri and Jhon met us in Waisai and brought us to the – really beautiful – Yenkarom Homestay. We were planing to stay 3-4 days, but – allthough we hadn´t much time – stayed for one week. Absolutely stunning! It´s off the beaten track, a perfect beach hideway whith great hosts. It was the “family style”… Let Nofri show you the beautiful surrounding of Birie!! For example: pulau urun (great coral), pulau Wai (see the mantas there), pulau kri (not the “kri” next to Mansuar, also great coral), the waterfall on batanta (don´t miss the second step there), it´s just 45 min. to get up there, or just walk around Arefi village or the villiage on batanta. Nofri snorkeled with us, showing us all the small things, we wouldn´t have seen without him and gives you all time you want for the spot. The prices for the trips were really fair, the last one for free… Nofri got up at 5 am to show us the dugongs coming up at hight tide to the sea-grass area nearby. After dinner Nofri and Jhon often came to talk and joke with us, and to improve our bahasa (Jhon speeks quite good english, talk with him about soccer…) Nofri is building a new bungalow, but right now, there is only the one big room for max 4 pers. Also the food is great! Thank you for all, Nofri and Jhon, and: special thanks for Nando from Natalia about the lost (and found) flipper and Jhon for the small see-horse… Hope to see you all again. Sampai jumpa lagi, jangan ingat kami!
    Silvia, Natalia, Vincent and Chris

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    What a disappointment. We had a confirmed reservation for three nights. After a long and expensive boat ride, we arrived and were told that they were full. No apology. Apparently they do not honor their stayrajampat reservations. We returned to Kri where we had stayed previously and were welcomed back.

  8. absolutely wonderful experience here. i cannot imagine a better homestay. great price, clean, great food, great house reef, amazing family, and unbelievably peaceful. all around great! jhon and nofri are good people:)

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    thanks so much nofri and john. beautiful place, pristine and marvellous marine life! fantastic hospitality & food. we’ve had a great time at yenkarom. highly recommended! fabio, martin and marco.

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    It was a very nice and pleasant stay at Yenkarom Homestay: Nofri, Jhon and their families are VERY friendly and helpful. Snorkeling is really great (I’ve never seen reefs like these before) and the beach is fantastic. The bungalow (only one, when we was there in November 2015, now there are two bungalows) is very spacious and nice (of course very basic compared to hotels). The food is delicious, they even provided vegan food (!!!). 100% recommendation.

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    We spend 5 days in Yenkarom and absolutely love it. Jhon Soor is the guy you want to deal with when you arrive around Batanta. The all family make us feel like we were part of it.
    The bungalow was charming and very spacious.
    The mattress was very comfortable with a mosquito net.
    At night the sound of waves rocks us gently into our sleep.
    The food was amazing as the service made by Marlene and Evonne. Especially that we are vegetarian and they managed to prepare for us delicious vegetarian food.
    Nofri, Jhon’s brother is a great guide to explore Batanta with.
    He is well connected with nature and will make you feel safe at any moment.
    Thanks again to all Soor family for the magical experience.

    A loyal customer,
    Jiji

  9. I stayed at Yenkarom Homestay for 14 nights and loved everyday. I was the first guest to ever stay there after, the lovely beach house I stayed in was built 1 year ago and I specifically came for snorkelling.

    The journey was long to get there but made much easier by Jhon, who personally picked me up from my hotel in Sorong carrying my bags and escorted me onto the ferry to Waisai.

    His brother Monche then accompanied me on the ferry which took about 2 hours to reach The Island of Waisai. Monche carried my heavy suit case to a long tail boat and we travelled the last leg of the journey taking 2 hours to the Homestay on Bintana Island. I was extremely impressed by the service I received making a long journey as easy as it could be for me.

    The bungalow which was like a huge beach house was beautiful and very spacious for 1 person as single traveller. The mattress was very comfortable with a mosquito net and can honestly say I had the best nights sleep of my life there. It was completely quiet with no other people around. The only noise was the sound of the gentle waves, as the bungalow at high tide was only a matter of 3 metres from the sea. The bungalow at night was the perfect temperature, not too hot or cold.

    I was so impressed by them providing all the basic things, such as shampoo, shower gel, tooth paste and soap. Outside the bungalow I was very impressed with the huge veranda which had a water machine dispenser, snacks such as chocolate peanut butter and bread. They even provided through the day a flask of constantly hot water for me to make tea and coffee any time I liked.

    Inside the bungalow there were many power points to charge my iPhone and underwater camera in the evening.

    At the end of the veranda was a dining table where the food was brought to me. Due to the remoteness of this location I did not expect the food to be in abundance, or to have much variety but I was wrong.

    At 6 am every morning breakfast was served. The family set my dining table on my veranda with a huge bowl of fried rice, with fresh fish as a side dish or fried eggs and a flask of hot water to make tea and coffee. So when I woke up at 8 am for breakfast, everything was ready for me to have breakfast at my leisure. The fried rice was probably the best I ever tasted and the quantity given was enough for 4 people, so I never managed to finish, even though it was so nice.

    Lunch and dinner was always catered around me, so after snorkelling maybe 2 pm lunch was brought to my bungalow, which was a huge pot of rice, with a plate of freshly caught and cooked fish and a plate of stir fried vegetables which I though was delicious.

    Dinner in the evening, brought to my veranda again included a huge pot of rice enough for 4 people and different types vegetables and fish from what was served for lunch. The family treated me like a king and for the amount of calories I burnt off with snorkelling every day I was never hungry, because of the amount of food provided. On some occasions after dinner I was served fresh apples, which I just would not have expected in this part of the world.

    The snorkelling there was the best I have ever seen in my life and previous to this I have been to many locations and it will take a lot to impress me, but the snorkelling here was amazing. On the house reef I saw many black tip reef sharks, some turtles and the most amazing thing I saw was a dugong which liked like a mermaid swimming towards me. The coral reefs here were also amazing, very healthy and in good condition. The currents were not strong and Monche always took the long tail boat to look for me to make sure everything was OK, as I did swim very far because of the amazing corals.

    In my 2nd week at Yenkarom Homestay I asked Monche to take me to the other 2 Island I could see on the horizon. One is called Arun Island and the other was called Wai Island. I can honestly say that they were the 2 best snorkelling sites, I have ever visited in my life. The reefs stretched for miles around the islands and I have never seen coral like this. Some areas were like a forest of stag horn coral and then after I had swam over that, there were underwater forest gardens of the most beautiful soft coral that I have ever seen. The snorkelling was so good, they had to drag me out of the water. Manche always waited in the long tail boat about 100 metres away in case I got into any difficulties, with the current and , I would just hold may hand up for him to come and get me. After so long, Monche would come over to me while snorkelling and I would get back into the boat for a short break while Monche served me hot coffee and biscuits or cake.

    The marine life I saw while snorkelling these beautiful reefs included, blue spotted stingrays, white tip sharks and black tip sharks, an octopus, an eel, many turtles and the best of all was an eagle Ray, which I saw many times.

    Monche also took me to the village on the island, which was also one of the best locations for snorkelling. In the evening after snorkelling I would sit in my veranda and wait for an amazing dinner to be served and listen to the ocean waves. On some occasions in the evening a friendly wild pig came out of the forest to drink the water at the bottom of my bungalow in a bowl used for soaking my feet to remove excess sand.

    When it was time to leave I was a little bit said because I wanted to stay there forever in my beautiful beach house watching the sunset from my veranda, as it disappeared into the ocean at the end of the day.

    I left the Homestay after 14 nights at 6am in the morning and they even got up early to make me fried rice to put on my dining table at 5 am for a last breakfast. Monche took me in the long tail to Waisai island where I caught the ferry back to Sorong and then to my surprise Monche’s brother Jhon was waiting for me to take me to the hotel. The service I received at every level was outstanding and found Monche , Jhon and his family to be good and honest welcoming, caring people.

    All the food was included in the price of 350, 000 rupiah per night. I think this was amazing value for money for what the service I received and what was provided for this price to stay at the Homestay.

    Monche and his family worked tirelessly to make everything perfect for me. The looked after me so well with food and made sure I was safe while snorkelling. The service I received from Yenkarom Homestay was better than any resort I have stayed at during my 20 years of snorkelling. I would definitely recommend this Homestay to any future travellers considering a trip to Raja Ampat. Everything was perfect and I cannot thank them enough for how special they treated me.

    • Adil Siripatana says:

      Great thanks for your review, Adrian.

      I’m traveling to R4 soon and I was hesitated to include Batanta in my plan (although I was pretty sure it has great corals but still Batanta is not yet famous or popular for tourist).
      But your review really confirm I make the right decision including it in my itinerary.

      I also watched the snorkeling clips you’ve posted on youtube and it was very impressive.

      So again, many thanks for sharing.

    • Franz Josef Gottschalk says:

      Hi Adrian, I was very impressed by your account. A passionate snorkeller myself I have two questions: When exactly were you there and how was the visibility? (I believe you already said there were no currents.) I ask because I just come back from snorkelling at Kri/Mansuar and Gam and though the snorkelling was the best in the world the visibility there was the worst I have ever seen in one place of this planet. (We had a kind of jelly fish and plancton spawning around the full moon of November which lasted actually for about the whole month I stayed there, the jelly fish population diminishing by mid-December. Even the diving was affected up to depths of 10 m) Can you confirm my impression from the homestay pictures that there is no fringe reef around the homestay (reef top with seagrass meadows/sand), which makes it difficult without booties to get into the deep water at low tide? (A general problem at quite a few of the homestays on the other side of Dampier strait) Hoping to hear from you. Greetings Franz