Yenkoranu Homestay, Pulau Kri, Raja Ampat

Yenkoranu Homestay

Kri - North coast

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

Private VIP bungalows with ensuite bathrooms, an onsite dive centre and a fabulous house reef make booking in advance essential at Yenkoranu.


Rooms
4 x Type 1 VIP bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
4 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
14 x Type 2 VIP bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single in Type 1 VIP bungalow IDR 500,000 / person / night
Couple in Type 1 VIP bungalow IDR 800,000 / couple / night
Single in Type 2 VIP bungalow IDR 400,000 / person / night
Couple in Type 2 VIP bungalow IDR 700,000 / couple / night
Single in standard room IDR 300,000 / person / night
Couple in standard room IDR 500,000 / couple / night
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Details

Standard rooms

Yenkoranu Homestay offers standard rooms in one four room bungalow and one two room bungalow. Standard rooms have double mattresses on the floor with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Standard rooms share concrete bathroom facilities with tiled floors which have separate dip mandi bathrooms and squat toilets and bathtowels are supplied.

Private (VIP) bungalows

Yenkoranu’s private (VIP) bungalows have glazed windows and ensuite private bathrooms with showers and western style pedestal toilets. The private bungalows have free standing double beds with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets and bath towels are supplied.

VIP Type 1 bungalows are the four beachfront ones. VIP Type 2 bungalows are essentially the same, but are not beachfront.

Accommodation discounts

Yenkoranu offers guests staying 11 nights one night for free.

Yenkoranu has a large concrete and tile floored undercover dining/restaurant area with tables, chairs and refrigerators for cold drinks. Free drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there.

For outdoor relaxing, there are hammocks on a roofed deck built over the water. Hammocks are also strung between the trees that separate the private bungalows from the white sand beach.

There’s good phone reception at Yenkoranu, and electricity is provided by a generator which usually runs all night.

The nearest village to Yenkoranu is Pulau Mansuar’s Yenbuba – a ten minute boat ride away – but if you need more than basic supplies you’d be better off organising a ride to Waisai one of of Yenkoranu’s 3 boats.

English is spoken at Yenkoranu.

Insos Raja Ampat Liveaboard dive and snorkelling boat

Yenkoranu Homestay also offers liveaboard accommodation on the Insos Raja Ampat – the first Papuan owned liveaboard boat, and the first to be available in Raja Ampat all year round. See the Insos Raja Ampat page for full details.

Pay by credit card!

As of June 2014, Yenkoranu Homestay offers guests the ability to pay by Visa and Mastercard. Credit card payments attract a 3% surcharge to cover bank fees. Note: There’s no guarantee that your particular bank’s credit card will be accepted by the processing bank. The facility is provided by Indonesia’s Mandiri Bank, so if you want to rely on your card for payment it would be wise to check that it will work in a Mandiri ATM before arriving in Sorong. See our Money, Banks and ATMs page for more information about access to cash in the islands.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai transfers by speedboat cost IDR 600,000 one way for up to 4 passengers. For each extra passenger above 4, IDR 150,000 is added to the trip price.  The total trip cost is shared among passengers. Transfers are free for guests staying 7 nights or longer.

Yenkoranu also offers Sorong speedboat pickups for transfers direct to the homestay. This service costs IDR 7,000,000 per trip. The cost can be shared among passengers up to the boat capacity of 12 people.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Located on a white sandy beach on the north shore of Kri Island (also known as Pulau Mansuar Kecil), Yenkoranu has a great house reef and good snorkeling and diving is available at the door. At low tide you can walk for miles along the beaches of Kri. It’s even possible to walk across the sandbars to Pulau Ransiwor and Yenbuba village on Pulau Mansuar.

Diving and snorkelling trips can be arranged to any destination. Yenkoranu has 15 sets of snorkeling equipment available for rental at IDR 50,000 per day per set. Snorkeling trips to nearby locations such as Pulau Koh can be arranged for as little as IDR 50,000 per person.

Yenkoranu has its own fully equipped diving centre and offers diving at nearby locations like Manta Point, Piaynemo (Penemu), Kabui Passage and Pef for IDR 550,000 per person per dive.

DIVE TYPE PRICE PER DIVE
Guided with equipment supplied 550,000
Guided with own equipment 450,000

Dive discounts

Yenkoranu offers guests doing 11 dives one dive for free.

Diving courses

PADI courses from an accredited instructor will be available at Yenkoranu from September 27 2016. Courses available range from Introdution to Scuba Diving to Advanced Open Water. Contact Yenkoranu for more information.

Yenkoranu snorkelling tours

Tours below are for up to 10 people maximum, with cost shared among participants. Tours to other destinations can be arranged.

TOUR PRICE
Mios Kun, Friwen Wall, Yenbuba Jetty 2,000,000
Sauwandarek, Yenbuba Jetty, Cape Kri 2,000,000

Yenkoranu can also arrange Bird of Paradise and jungle exploration tours and can organise for you to visit any of Raja Ampat’s attractions. After a big day out, retire to the seaside dining room and enjoy one of the special dishes Ibu Grace offers in addition to standard Raja Ampat fare. Sinole Yenkorano, Yenkorano special eggplant sauce, tuber / bête Yenkorano with coconut milk and grilled fish Yenkorano are but a sampling of those.

Features

  • Association member
  • Large groups OK
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • For the sociable
  • Coral
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Has email contact
  • IDR 450,000+
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000
  • Sandy Beach
  • On site dive centre
  • Has own speedboat
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows
  • Can pay by credit card
  • Has ensuite bathroom/toilet

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Name Eles Sauyai
Phone +6281344498319
Name Grace Sauyai
Phone +6282198498519
Email gracetadia74@gmail.com
Website http://yenkoranuhomestay.com/

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144 thoughts on “Yenkoranu Homestay

  1. Mark & Leone says:

    Wouldn’t ever recommend this dive school to anybody. My boyfriend – who’s a diving instructor – and I went there to do our first dive in Raja Ampat. Since I had a sinus infection a couple of days before the dive, I asked them to take it a bit slow and to look after me a bit so that I could try to see whether I could equalize properly again. We got a short briefing from Ann where we got some explanation about the dive site. After that we went on the boat and before Mark and I were even ready, the whole group jumped in the water already. Mark and I followed quickly but since nobody told us to do a negative entry, the rest of the group was already at 20 meters as soon as we hit the water. Not really the best way possible to start your dive after a sinus infection. Once we got down our dive guide (forgot his name, one of the local guys), started to swim against the (strong!) current for about 20 minutes. Then we did a 5 minute drift and then 20 minutes against the current again. Insane, since there were loads of places where you could’ve hang around to look around for a bit. He literally had no regard to what his group wanted and was just looking for Pigmy seahorses (for himself, he didn’t show us anything).

    If you don’t want anybody to look after you, if you don’t want any guidance, if you’re not bothered about customer service and if you LOVE to swim against a strong current for 40 minutes: Yenkoranu is the place to go to. If you do like to have some guidance and a great diving experience, please go to Koranu Fyak. They are AMAZING!

    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • (2/5 starfishes)

    I had a confirm booking from stay Raja Ampat but once there they say they don’t have my booking. I would stay there from 18/02/2017 until 4/03/2017 but they where full booked from 21-24 because a big group so that period I could not stay there and than I must go to the neighbors for to sleep. I stay there than only 2 nights because they don’t care for people because they are for theme self so popular that they say a diver more or less who cares.
    In the 2 days I saw that they also lost the booking of 3 other divers and they where also send away from Yenkoranu. Two friends arrived together and one could stay and one was send away.
    One woman must take care for the bookings and the payment but is also giving the dive courses and must also lead the 3 daily dives and Yenkoranu becomes to big for this they building more and more rooms so is this still a homestay of can you call this a resort without there own internet booking.

    • We’re so sorry to hear this Marc and will do all we can to encourage Yenkoranu to address the issue. It certainly is disappointing when popularity and success manifests this way :(

      Please do note though, that when you make a booking on the Stay Raja Ampat website, you are doing so directly with the homestay. Individual homestays are responsible for managing their own bookings. Stay Raja Ampat simply makes it possible for you to much more easily communicate with them. This is how it works.

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

    Staffs are friendly, atmosphere is nice and relaxing with beautiful beach for snorkeling and long jetty; but for diving the equipment is not really properly maintained with leakages and no dive briefing was being done for the dives sites especially from a safety point of view- stayed in Feb17

  2. Nous sommes restés 10 jours en février 2017. Heureusement que les plongées sont belles car nous sommes très déçus de l’hébergement! Les bungalows sont minables, le lit est un vague lit de planches avec un petit matelas, il n’y a aucun sanitaire digne de ce nom, il y a de l’électricité de 18h à 6 h du matin, rien en journée, la nourriture est répétitive ( riz, poulet, poisson), mal préparée, avec des sauces horriblement épicées, peu de fruits, rien à grignoter dans la journée ( même en payant !) entre les plongées, et petit déjeuner fait de trois biscuits et un thé ou café, indignes du tarif pratiqué. Le staff est tout juste aimable, seuls les guides sont vraiment sympas et compétents. Le matériel n’est pas entretenu, impossible choisir sa taille, des fuites partout, bref déplorable .Nous n’y retournerons pas !

    We stayed 10 days in February 2017. Luckily the dives are beautiful as we are very disappointed with the accomodations! The bungalows are shabby, the bed is a vague bed of boards with a small mattress, there is no sanitary worthy of the name, there is electricity from 6pm to 6am, nothing in the day, the Food is repetitive (rice, chicken, fish), poorly prepared, with horribly spicy sauces, little fruit, nothing to nibble in the day (even paying!) Between dives, and breakfast made of three biscuits and tea Or coffee, unworthy of the tariff charged. The staff is just friendly, only the guides are really friendly and knowledgeable. The equipment is not maintained, impossible to choose its size, leaks everywhere, in short deplorable .We will not go back!

    • No rating - 0 starfish
    • No rating - 0 starfish
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    • No rating - 0 starfish
    • (0/5 starfishes)

    I did not stay here and after seeing that they feed the sharks every morning off the jetty i would not stay there or dive with them. I found it incredible that they were policing the 1 million rupiah conservation fee (even sending guests without a permit back to waisai to buy one) yet feeding the sharks so divers /tourists (who should know better) can get cool photos. A woman argued that they were just throwing leftovers into the sea and it was not planned fish feeding, but my husband saw a boat arrive with a bucket of fish specially for this purpose and it was the same time every morning. I was very disappointed to see this happening in the main dive centre on kri island/raja ampat. What happened to ‘dont stand on the coral ? Dont feed the fish ?. People will come anyway without this spectacle and there are plenty of sharks to be seen just snorkelling in the area. Please stop doing this

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

    Anne is a great dive instructor and runs a professional outfit. A schedule for 3 daily dives was written on a whiteboard every evening for the next day and you could add your name (guests from other Homestays were welcome). They had 2 boats and quite a few DMs- we had 2 for each of our dives.

    All dives had a comprehensive briefing before leaving shore, including how to handle currents. They also checked people’s certification and planned dives accordingly.

    Super safe and professional outfit, equipment was good also. Byo dive computer

    I didn’t stay here but the huts looked good with hammocks, balconies and good sized rooms. They had lots of chilling out areas with hammocks etc too. Great vibe, I would definitely stay here next time.

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

    Stayed in Yenkoranu for 10 days in february. The diving was great and so was the guiding by anne and others. Food was tasty and plentiful, the staff very nice. I will come back soon.

  3. Cornelia Grass says:

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

    We stayed at a homestay without a dive center and after trying out a different dive center which was not professional we ended up at Yenkoranu. And we did not get disappointed! Anne the instructor and manager (from the Philippines) is very professional and customer orientated. Everything was just perfect. Renting out tanks – no problem! The tanks were just a week old and the air was perfect. At another place we had terrible air. The organisation of the dives was great. Each dive included a proper briefing (no briefing at the other dive center). Boat left always on time and most dive sites were only a short boat ride away. Make sure you dive at Mike’s Point, Sardine Reef and Cape Kri. One of the best dive sites I have been to! The dive guides put safety first and I loved that each dive site had a current check first before anybody would get into the water. Dives are limited to 60 minutes. I can highly recommend this place and I cannot wait to go back. Yopi our dive guide was as well great. I loved the atmosphere in the team and the jetty. If I could I would give 6 stars ****** 😊

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

    Hi,

    I went to Yenkoranu in mars 2016, and I come back in march 2017, for the very best snorkeling just in front of the bungalows, the kindness of people and tranquility. I Love this place.

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

    My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights at the end of September 2016. The beach front bungalows are fabulous, they are almost like real little houses. It is clean, the bed is nice, the mosquito net is great. There was even an electric fan in our house, wich we did not use. They did put some western style things in the houses, like a washtabel. This ofcourse is not working. Some people that have not seen anything of the islands will complain of it looking dirty or not working. We did not have any problems. We even did not have any rats in our bungalow! :)

    The place is very nice. The jetty is awesome. You can go snorkelling any time of the day when you want to. There are a lot of places where you can just chill and enjoy te great surrounding. The shop they have is really nice. You can buy the basics here. Sometimes there is beer. The food was very nice and variated and they always give you fruit, mostly watermelon. We did not really understand the concept of their menu, since everyone is just eating what they make for you, just like in any homestay.

    We did not do any tours, just snorkelling at their fabulous housereef. We did feel that when there are divers, there won’t be a tour for snorkellers because they make ofcourse the most money with diving.

    When we were at Yenkoranu there were not a lot of people. But in the high season it should be crowded and completely full, they told us. When you want to socialise this is great. When you want a quiet place to fall in love with the nature and the people that live on the islands, this is not the place for you. Also, some people we met here did not know a thing about Raja Ampat. They were complaining about the most stupid things. They trap coral! They don’t come by theirself but trough organisations. Ofcourse this is only a small part of tourists that come to Raja Ampat, but we felt that when they come they go to Kri.

    As a conclusion we really enjoyed our stay and recommend others to stay at Yenkoranu, but according to the season you are in Raja Ampat this might be a really nice place for you or you would like to be somewhere more quiet :)

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • (1/5 starfishes)

    If you like over salted meat/seafood with rice in all kind of variations day in day out and little to no vegetables + an accommodation which smells after the fumes of the generator during the night, then you are on the right place!!! Apart from diving and snorkeling i can’t recommend this place. Furthermore the prices for accommodation are wrong. We stayed in a “Couple in Type 2 VIP bungalow” and the current price is 700000 IDR/night!

    • Dear Clemens

      I’m sorry you did not have such a good experience during your stay with u. As you would read in the booking inclusions on this page, the ratest posted areally without meals, yet we gave you an option of “all meals included” with a very minimal additional fee. There is also a restaurant In the homestay where you could order separate food as an option. Upon telling us you were vegetarian, we served you with tofu and tempeh (best food we could procure given the remoteness of this island) which you said you didn’t want because they were genetically engineered food yet finished them all the same.
      Had you told us about your problem with the smell, we could have transferred you to another room as there are 24 rooms in total in Yenkoranu. Nevertheless, thank you for your feedback and we will try to improve kitchen service and generator concerns. Too bad you had not gone diving with us, we could have had made up with excellent dives by our guides. Wish you safe travels.

        • Hi Alesh –

          We have just contacted Yenkoranu to confirm their prices. The prices posted above are correct. Please note that they include 3 meals a day. (Hopefully their returning to quoting to a “full board” price will clear up the confusion that quoting a bed and breakfast only price seemed to cause.)

      • @Anne
        Pretty sneaky to change the prices on your webpage first and then telling me to read the booking inclusions!!! This shows a lot how you operating!
        I know there is a restaurant in your homestay and we didn’t tell you that we are vegetarians. We did request for vegetables and got tofu. I hope i don’t have to explane you the difference between tofu and vegetables? When the second evening the same thing happened, we were asking to get vegetables by paying it from our pocket. Do you remember what the answer was? We ran out of vegies today! Same thing followed the next evening.
        Finished the tofu all? Hey i even didn’t touched it, but the dogs really liked it! To open your eyes a little, i attached you an article about tofu. Enjoy it the next time eating it!!!!
        http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/health/drano.html
        Regarding the smell : I am sure (laugh) you would have transfered us to the VIP A Bungalow in front of the sea, which are the only one without smell. The smell was all over the place in the back part. I suggest you transfer better the generator, not the people!
        Anyway, snorkeling was really great!

        • Hi clemens –

          Stay Raja Ampat would just like to point out that the correct prices were on the website when you booked back in July. The prices quoted then did not include lunch and dinner, but there was a warning (in bold) to that effect right below them. It wasn’t Yenkoranu’s fault that you failed to see that, and because all the relevant information was provided on the page, there’s no fair basis for your comment “Pretty sneaky to change the prices on your webpage first and then telling me to read the booking inclusions!!! This shows a lot how you operating!”

          Because of your oversight and subsequent complaint about “incorrect prices”, Yenkoranu have asked us to restore a full board price on their page. Hopefully this will ensure nobody else suffers the same confusion.

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

    This was our second time at yenkoranu. Again we loved it! We are hardcore divers (diveinstructors) and we were very satisfied with how the guides took care of the divers safety during the (sometimes challenging) dives. In comparison to 2 years ago, they build a few concrete bungalows in de back of the site. Maybe ideal for people who like this, but for us the traditional VIP bungalows at the beachfront are still the best. We love to sit on the jetty and watch the marinelife underneath you, or just spend some time in the hammocks. Now its possible to buy some softdrinks, snacks and beer at the restaurant, 2 years ago that was not possible. We are a little concerned that these “improvements” will attract other kind of guests and will bring more carbage on the island. Still, its paradise and a great place to stay if you want to enjoy a basic stay. We loved the fact that there still isn’t any wifi.
    Small advice: we stayed in VIP bungalow 3 and the water pressure was incredible low, so we could not use the “shower”, which is an extra feature for this bungalow. Despite our question to fix this, they didn’t manage to fix it. We got a small discount at the end though, for the inconvenience. Our friends in bungalow 2 had perfect water pressure so keep this in mind if you make plans to stay in one of the beachfront bungalows.

  4. What about the price for house-reef-diving – is it still 150.000 IR?
    This was the price before they changed the price for accomodation and now I can´t find it.

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

    We loved the location, the food – delicious curries, cold beers in the fridge, hammocks on the pier, guys playing guitars, hut right on the beach.

    Room could use a clean/ painting/ brightening up.

    Maybe the newer looking ones at the back are more cheerful.

    Great family.

  5. I and my wife stayed from 2 to 7 september.
    Excellent location, great people, all very nice.
    Long pier that goes directly to the drop off and
    it is beautiful to do very good quality snorkeling.
    food good and varied, of course the ingredients are typical of there,
    mostly fish, chicken, tempe, vegetables, fruits, but in all “sauces” (often spicy).
    even my wife is vegan and they prepared all vegan meals for her.
    the bungalows are 2 meters from the sea, there is peace and the slight sound of the sea,
    seems those relaxing music (sound nature – feng shui).
    obviously not 3 stars, not even 2, not even 1, but compensate those you can see in the sky.

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

    I didn’t stay there but I have dived with them. People who works there are extremely helpful and nice. Love this place. Thank you kaka ;)

  6. Alberto Gonzalez says:

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

    I stayed 2 days in the beginning of august 2016, Really nice place, with many people to share your trips between the islands and the diving trips. Very convinient to go for one day trip to pyanemo or expensive islands because there is many people there to share the price of the boat. Amazing diving, amazing place.
    It is really good, but more focus on diving.

  7. Stayed last year, awesome place and diving. Loved it and am planning to return.
    I see that accommodation no longer includes three meals a day.
    Out of interest I’d be interested to see how much the meals are ?

  8. I stayed at Yenkoranu for a few nights in April.
    This home stay has a great pier and nice people who really tried but I completely underestimated how much I would be bothered by the rat situation.
    Yes…the huts and bathrooms are very basic but this is not a problem for me when there is paradise out your door. However when you are asleep and rats are scurrying right under your ear it is something else.
    I actually saw one jump right in my window at night and one right near my head just outside of my mosquito net.
    None of the other guests at the home stay seemed to be really bothered by this and said they don’t bite but there was no way I could sleep like that.
    I moved to the place next door after a couple of nights and they had no rats in the rooms. Since the island is infested with them the only difference I can see is in maintenance. The home stay next door keeps cats and also told me the actively trap them and had actually caught almost 50 of them in the past two weeks.
    Like I said…the setting of this pier is stunning and the staff really nice but the overall cleanliness and maintenance needs to be better.

  9. Johan and Anna Mia says:

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

    Yenkuranu
    We – a group of seven, age 8-73 – spent a week here in July 2014.

    A fantastic place! The pier is amazing. We spent hours and hours looking into the water and at the stars at night. The snorkeling at the end of the pier is excellent. We saw blacktips almost everytime, and occasionally whitetips, eagle rays, walking sharks, big schools of bumpheads, turtles, napoleon wrasse. Plus batfish, fusiliers, lionfish and the other stuff you see in Raja Ampat. A great place for night snorkelling – we saw whobegong, walking shark, moray eels, octopus and more. Just ask if you want to be guided.

    They run snorkeling trips everyday, and they are well organized. It is just to sign up in the evening and ask if you have special wishes. The staff was very helpful, making it easy to snorkel for everyone (from kids to grandma).

    (Also see our comments on the other places we visited: Kordiris, Piyanemo, Nudibranch and Lalosi)

  10. People do not come to the Kri island because of the homestays but because the reef just off the beach. It’s just amazing. The people of Yenkoranu Homestay are friendly and try to meet your requests as much as they can. The food is supposed to be one of the best on the island. Free water, coffee and tea are available throughout the day. The huts are simple. My hut had a bed with mosquito net and a table which was not clean in the beginning. The windows of the hut cannot be locked which left an unsafe feeling on my side. Some huts have more rats than others. The rats can be found in all homestays on the island. The big advantage of Yenkoranu Homestay compared to other homestays is that they have a pier. Thus, you can start snorkeling right in the deeper waters and to do not have to walk out. The homestay did not check the Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit tag when picking up people in Waisai as was their duty. Thus, some people were there who did not buy the permit. I found it unfair that I paid while others did not and did not have to face any consequences.

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

    We stayed at Yenkoranu for 10 nights. Although we had booked in well in advance when we arrived the VIP bungalow that we had booked was not available and we had to stay for 1 night in a standard room.

    The accommodation: The standard room was ok, no complaints. The shared toilet and shower could be kept cleaner.
    The VIP bungalow, location was fabulous, right at the front and with the beach at the front door. Again an issue of cleanliness. The sink was filthy and the shower non existent. The shower brackets were on the wall but the shower itself on floor. We were told that they don’t work and haven’t worked for a while. Not a problem, but the bungalow shouldn’t be advertised as having a working shower or sink. Even if they would have worked, there is not enough water pressure. The water is brackish, however this is not Yenkoranu’s fault as there is not enough fresh water.

    Yes, there were rats some nights but that is a general problem of Kri and I imagine very difficult to manage.

    Food was plentiful and delicious. We never left hungry after a meal. Breakfast was usually cake and fresh fruit, lunch and dinner were mostly fish, rice, vegetables and fruit for desert.

    Diving: The diving is fabulous and so was our dive guide. We had our own equipment but from what I saw, some of their equipment is in dire need of replacement.

    I can recommend Yenkoranu, but bear in mind that not all is as advertised.

    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • (2/5 starfishes)

    Kri island is a really nice place and I really recommend it. And that is also cause of problems I’m describing below. People come to the resort, regardless of the quality of services because they don’t have any other options.

    Accommodation: we stayed in VIP beachfront bungalow, which has really great location at the beach. Front door was broken and cannot be locked. Bathroom door was broken and cannot be even closed. The handle was missing and instead of it there was sharp peace of rusty metal, which was really dangerous. Some bungalows had a fan. We didn’t have it, so some nights it was really hot in there.

    Rats: we couldn’t sleep for a few nights because they were everywhere, even in our luggage. Then we found out closing bathroom door (putting some papers under to keep it closed) made it more complicated for them to get inside.

    Food: lunches and dinners were ok. We just missed some fresh fruits and vegetables. Breakfasts were really poor. Fried banana and pink space cookie is not good start :) Also a lot of times there were no soft drinks or beer at the bar. The staff promised to bring more next time but they did not.

    Snorkeling: we did some tours and all of them were absolutely amazing, especially mantas place and Cape Mansuar (edge to the left from the jetty). What was the problem here? We get just a few information about currents, so for weak swimmers it could be hard. The crew told us to raise the hand if we had a problem, but we couldn’t find the boat with crew for 20 minutes two times. That’s the biggest problem from all described, because this you can pay with your life like French lady who died two weeks ago because she got lost and current took her.

    Overall: I think prices should be half to reflect the services or guys at the Yenkoranu resort should start to take care about customers instead of playing ping-pong all the day.

    • Hi Jan –

      Thanks for taking the time to post this review – you can be sure that all guest reviews and comments are brought to the attention of homestays concerned.

      Your experience of being left in the water without a boat nearby is definitely dangerous and unacceptable!

      We’ve checked extensively and are almost certain that what you heard about a French lady losing her life is untrue though.

      We think that story is probably a confused version of the facts relating to the death of a very elderly French man who died while snorkelling with a guesthouse near Saporkren on Waigeo. He wasn’t swept away by current: Despite being obviously tired and being asked to rest in the boat for a while, he insisted on continuing and is believed to have died from a heart attack after being pulled from the water when he became obviously distressed.

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

    My boyfriend and I had one wonderful week at Yenkoranu Homestay.
    After some trouble getting there (they forgot to pick us up – so make sure you have working phone with you, when you get to waisai so you can call them) we had a wonderful first night. The dinner with fresh Fish, vegetables and rice was delicious and I have never seen so many stars as I did there.
    We spend the First night in the Shared Bungalow with seperated room – if you have a tight sleep I can really recommend sleeping there. Everyone is respectful :) and the Shared “bathroom” is Ok.
    The other nights we spend in a vip Bungalow – the bed in the shared Bungalow was much better, but I enjoyed the silince during the Night.
    My best experience was my first dive with Ann. She is a really good teacher and you will feel comfortable with her.
    I saw a Turtle and a little seehorse.
    Snorkling at the house-reaf is stunning- like swimming in an Aquarium.
    The people we met at Yenkoranu were interesting and friendly – if you want to get intouch with other travlers or divers I would go here!
    I am looking forward to my next time in Raja Ampat and would definitly come back to Yenkaronu (but this time I would bring a bag of fruits – thats the only thing that should be improved: lots more fruits!).
    Thanks for the wonderful stay in paradise!

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

    I stayed an incredible 12 nights at yenkoranu. I did close to 30 dives, on most of the sites around kri, including 7 on the house reef. I cannot speak highly enough of the staff, the diving or the homestay in general. If you are looking for luxury and menus at dinner, kri isn’t the destination for you. But if you enjoy basic living, you don’t mind a few rough edges and you are looking for adventure in paradise then look no further. I’ve already started planning my trip for next year.

  11. Detlef Schwwon says:

    Ok, some thoughts about staying in Yenkoranu.
    First big compliments for the homepage. Well done guys.
    OK.

    Contact:
    I have never problems to stay in contact with Grace. Sms, mails. Everything works good. I always got answers.

    Transfers:
    The transfers are not always with a speedboat. My way back was with a local boat. No keel and no outrigger. So the transfer was not so funny. And bloody overprized. I paid 1.000000 IDR, but the way back we shared the boat with 4 tourists.

    Food:
    Lunch and Dinner was good(compliments to the kitchen mates). Very tasty and normally enough for everybody. Breakfast is poor. Most of the times only cake and fried banana. Hmm, that was OK for me…

    Rats:
    In 8 days I saw no rats. One night I hear one rat on the roof of my bungalow. But this normal. This is a tropic country. So rats, bugs or cockroaches are normal.

    Dogs:
    Ok there are nearly 7 dogs. I had no problems, but I can understand if somebody has problems. Sometimes the dogs are in the kitchen or during dinner, lunch or breakfast they are in the restaurant. This is annoying. Maybe it will be a good idea, to educate them not staying in restaurant or kitchen.

    “V.I.P” Bungalow:
    At the homepage you can see the new, ocean facing VIP Bungalow, but there were occupied at my stay.
    So I got one of the old VIP Bungalows. The price is 400000 IDR a night. These old ones are very small and the ensuite bathroom is not in a good shape. These bungalows need maintenance. And of course there is no wind, because these old once are right behind the new bungalows.

    Diving:
    Rental gear. The rental gear is not in a good shape. I had my own gear, so I ask some of the other guests about the rental gear. They told me, that there are problems with the regulators(I can imagine this, because I cannot believe that the dive staff has the allowance or the qualification to make real regulator service), some of the BCD’s had problems with inflate and deflate.
    So maybe it will be a good idea to bring your own gear.

    My plan was to make 10 or more dives in 6 days, but I stop diving after 6 dives. I know this is a shame, because diving is really, really, really good. In 26 years of diving I never saw so many, so big and so “friendly” fish.
    But I stop diving after 6 dives, because I was not satisfied with the way of diving.

    First reason was that the bottles were not fully-filled(4 of 6 dives only 170 to 180 bar-all the bottle on the jetty).
    Second: I dived alone, because the groups are too big(one diveguide for 5 divers-no way, that’s inadmissible) or the diveguide was somewhere(but not close to me-close means that he was somewhere in the blue, I cannot see him).
    Third reason: On my last dive the guide check the current at surface. There was no current, so we went diving. But in 15 to 20 meters there was strong current and we swim against the current. That can happen and normality you stop diving. I try to get the attention of the guide. No way. He never look at me for about 15 minutes. So I make the dicision to go a little bit up(on the reef top-nearly 12 meter deep) and-surprise, surprise- there was no current. So I am diving by myself for 20 minutes and go back to the surface. The boat pick me up. 10 minutes later the rest of the group finished the dive and the guide ask me if everything is ok with me. I ask him three times what was the reason to dive against the current. No answer.

    Conclusion:
    All in all it was good. It was an experience. Diving amazing. If I came back to Raja Ampat, I cannot believe that I will stay at Yenkoranu anymore. Maybe if they improve the dive standards.

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

    This was a great place for meeting new people and enjoying the pristine paradise of Raja ampat. Simple but ok accomadation and good food. There are still things that can be better though. Small things like making the water system work etc. Small reparations is needed aswell. simple doesnt have to mean worn down. I also wish we would have felt more like a part of the family. They were really nice but allways kept to themselves. all in all it was a pleasant stay and I would definetely go back.

    • Hi Henrik and thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts. They are much appreciated and will be passed on to Yenkoranu :)

      Owning one of the most popular homestays in Raja Ampat leaves the Yenkoranu family with no time to provide the personal interactions possible at less well patronised homestays. If feeling like part of the family is important, then a smaller, quieter homestay is a much better choice!

  12. Claudia Brosowski says:

    HI, on November 2015 I booked 2 VIP Couple Bungalows from 22.2.2016 until 27.02.2015.
    On 8th of January we were forced to Change the Reservation in fact of the available flights to: 23.2.2016 until 29.2.2016,
    As I wrote now the comments regarding the dissed reservations, I´m afraid if everything went ok, as up today I didn´t got any Response from Grace/Yenkurano homestay. Also we would like to know, if there ist an Transport opportunity to the homestay. What can we do to save the Reservation. If we will write an SMS 2 days before, it can be to late……

  13. Irene Bevilacqua says:

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

    Me and Maurizio spent 10 days in Yenkoranu during last New Year Eve and beginning of January, and it was a wonderful experience. There were a lot of people and the staff worked hard to make everybody happy. We loved the food and the cook was the best, one morning we woke up at 4.30am to see the birds of paradise and completely unexpected she had prepared the breakfast for us! We had no problems with sharing the hut with rats and bugs being this only a small part of all fantastic animals around us, cus cus, parrots, cacatua birds and so on. But I think that if more and more people will visit this place it will be very important to find the best way to deal with garbage. Good is the free delivery of drinking water so no one needs to buy plastic bottles!
    There is often lack of organization but after a few days I realized that it must be very hard for the locals to deal with our crazy rhythm. People pretend (me included!) to have as much as possible in a few days and our western lifestyle is way to fast compared to the islands mode. We should probably try to slow down a bit and take it easier!
    So finally the only thing I would like to change there is the gear for the dives, we did more than 10 dives with Yenkoranu and almost every time we had problems with regulators. So, if this will not be improved, I strongly suggest to bring your own gear! Thank you for an unforgettable vacation!

  14. Claudio Cecconello says:

    • No rating - 0 starfish
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    • No rating - 0 starfish
    • (0/5 starfishes)

    I booked a bungalow at Yenkoranu via this website last august and received confirmation.
    In September I called myself Yenkoranu (Grace) and emailed them to make sure all was ok.
    I received an email that one time also.
    A week before my departure this website (Stay Raja Ampat) sent me an email saying Yenkoranu was looking forward to welcome me in Waisai and that if I changed my mind in the meantime or booked somewhere else to informed them.
    With peace of mind I arrive in Sorong and make the call to Yenkoranu to tell them on which ferry I will be arriving so they can pick me up.
    The person over the phone said they are fully booked and that I could try looking at some other homestays!!
    Not only they completely forgot or ignored my booking but they did not even offer to help me finding somewhere else.
    There is no internet in most places so I didn’t even know from where to start.
    I arrived in Waisai and I asked the information centre to help; very good people there.
    Later I learned that is not just Yankoranu and it is more about culture differences.
    However this website should know better since they are the bridge between tourists and the locals.
    Sending automatic emails reminding tourists about their confirmation is a good idea.. but absolutely useless if you don’t also make sure the homestay remember to keep you the bungalow!!

    • Hi Claudio –

      Thanks for your feedback – you can be sure we’ll be passing it on to Yenkoranu! If you’ve read the information provided about how our booking system works, you’ll know that all it does is save you the trouble of making direct contact yourself. We’re not booking agents, are not based in Raja Ampat and are not in direct contact with homestays. The system also sends an SMS to the homestay two days before your arrival to remind them of the booking they approved for you and to pick you up from Waisai if you requested it. It’s certainly frustrating to have this happen and we’re sorry it did, but apart from pointing out these problems to homestays when they occur, I’m not sure what more we can do!

      • Claudio Cecconello says:

        Hi, I was not aware that you do send an sms to the homestays a couple of days before to remind them of the tourists arrival.
        This does change the situation and shift the responsibility for what happen purely to Yenkoranu and their inability to organise a calendar that goes further ahead then a couple of weeks.
        In fact, I’d like to say that this is an excellent website and possibly the only comprehensive homestay guide that exist; so extremely valuable.
        Keep up with the good work and thanks for your reply.
        Best,
        Claudio

  15. alessandra montini says:

    Very good stay. Thank you to all staff especially ATI that undesrstand english and manage everything so well. Everybody appreciate a lot the help of ATi in any occasion. So nice that i will go back for a secod staying. Alessandra

  16. I’d like to start by saying we spent a week at Yenkoranu and had a fantastic time – the food and options for activities were great and the diving and location were simply stunning. We really did leave with some especially fond memories.

    But for anyone planning on staying here and, I hope, in order to prevent you being disappointed after the considerable time and money you will have spent getting to this part of Raja Ampat, please be aware of two things:

    1. Staying at this homestay is very basic. Not backpacker style basic – that is typically air con, wifi, access to amenities like cold drinks, a proper building etc. Instead, the homestay is staying in a wooden / bamboo hut with no fresh water and rats entering at night style basic. I write this as someone who has seen the broad spectrum of accommodation options in now almost every country in Asia and to warn those considering staying – you will very likely struggle for sleep and find the basic conditions spoiling your time here. That is unless you are the kind of person who enjoys camping / living like the local people of Papua or potentially one of the fortunate who genuinely don’t mind in anyway where you sleep.

    2. The staff are truly shocking at confirmations of bookings. I don’t use the word shocking lightly – after fully expecting difficulties in very much off the beaten track Indonesia, I was shocked by how bad they were and regret not heeding the advice of many in previous reviews. I confirmed multiple times by both email, phone and text our reservation and, even when getting off the ferry was confirmed that the reservation was ready. When we arrived off the speed boat at the homestay they had no record and we were sent for the first nights to a homestay 10mins down the beach – and considering how remote the place is, it’s not like you have a choice. My recommendation, despite any confirmation, arrive with the expectation it is the first they have heard from you.

    If you can deal with the two above points – go for it, and get to see this place before it moves away from being paradise and becomes ruined by mass tourism. If you can’t deal with them, save yourself being disappointed and do not go.

    • Just to add – the difficulties I had with booking were via contacting the homestay directly rather than going through this web page which may give better results (thanks Doug for pointing out)

  17. Bakhytzhan Kurmanov says:

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

    The Yenkoranu Homestay is the awesome and friendly place in the excellent location with the great food and dive center on site. I cannot give 5 stars to this homestay only because the Yenkoranu dive center and local dive masters were not very knowledgable and did not provide any special briefing on diving sites. (In other dive centers on the island they provide great briefings on the currents, how to behave when dive with mantas etc.)

    If you arrive by ferry from Waisai, they will easily pick you up. Then you arrive by boat to a small Kri Island withing 30 minutes. They provide awesome breakfast, lunch and dinner with the good variety of fish, chicken, local sweets and fruits. They also serve Big Bintang for 50 k rupiah and Cola for 11 k rupiah.

    We got the seaview room and asked for an extra bed (mattrass). The room is also equipped with a small but effecient fan. The electricity is available from 5-6 pm till morning. The room was not superclean and they allow dogs to the dining area which is not good for sanitation.

    The people from other homestays would come at night to Yenkoranu to have some cold beers. If you are snorkeler, you do not need to go too far to see the natural beauty of RaJa Ampat since the House Reef is always full with fish, sharks (especially during the feeding time at 4-5 PM), turtles, schools of bumphead parrotfish, sting rays.

    The pier is an awesome point for sunsets as well as for snorkelling at the house reef.

    I would recommend this place to stay and live! For experienced divers good deals and boat, but for novice and less experienced ones it could be better to go to other dive centers nearby.

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

    Extremely nice place to stay, meet people and losing the feeling of time…
    Sit on the neverending jetty, play table tennis, have a (guided – hati hati ;) walk to the sunsetpoint and listen the jamming of Yenkoranu-Family after diving..
    Diving equipment should be renewed. Tours are organized in consultation with guests. Facilities were less basic than expected (no need to bring mosquitonet or toiletpaper, electricity all night) and food was very good -mostly rice, fish, vegetables; cake and fruits for breakfast. Staff is helpful and very friendly.
    Place that makes you want to come back! Thanks ombar and ombin =)

  18. catrin pichler says:

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

    I really can recommend yenkoranu homestay.
    the location, the bungalows, the food ( every day you get fruits for example) and the diving – everything is great.
    people are extremely cheerful and nice and instead ofl eaving after two weeks we now stay two weeks longer 😀
    we were supposed to change to Kordiris Homestay, but after a short look there we got the impression that Yenkoranu’s standard is much higher.

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

    The photos really don’t do this place justice the set up is fantastic and the perfect place to chill, snorkel and dive.
    Other reviews are not up to date regarding food, food is fantastic and wholesome. Maybe bring some snacks (and alcohol as it can run out!) for times in between meals and if you fancy something sweet.
    Go in expecting a basic homestay on a remote island and you will be more than happy with all the facilities.
    There are rats but they are absolutely no trouble as long as there is no food at all in your room.
    Diving equipment needs some updating but just make sure all is well tested before leaving the jetty.

    We will definitely be returning!

  19. Beautiful location. Good diving and snorkeling on the house reef. Dive guides were decent. Equipment was worn out but worked. Best to bring your own and remember computer. Nice jetty. Kind and helpful staff. VIP room was ok but still pretty basic. Food also fine, though fish was often overcooked and breakfast was sometimes a bit unsatisfactory. All in all Nice budget option for diving raja ampat. Remember long pants and mosquito repellent if going on jungle trips

  20. Derek and Angie says:

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

    Really enjoyed stay. Very impressed with dive operation, felt very safe with guides. The best home stay for diving. We had our own equipment so that was a bonus for us. I would say if you are coming to Kri to dive you will be very happy with this home stay. VIP rooms very good and on seafront. Food ok but nothing special but you won’t go hungry.Beer available and cold!
    We never saw any rats !.
    Only gripe we waited for three hours to be picked up from Waisai ferry and
    transferred to island.

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

    Very good homestay.
    – Accommodation and diving prices are reasonable
    – Standard room is very basic. Food are good most of the time.
    – Jetty is nice (for watching sunset, snorkel). There are hammocks for relaxing
    – Staff are nice and will help you as much as they can

    For improvement:
    – The shared bathroom needs a lock
    – Please stop overcooking fish. It’s too dry. The same dish but with curry sauce is better.

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

    Amazing jetty to chill out.
    Really good homestay if you’re ready to share your room and kitchen with rats…
    Please Mrs Sauyai, do something to eradicate it! Especially for VIP room at 800 000 IDR per night.

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

    Yenkoranu is highly recomended to anyone staying on the Raja Ampat islands. It is right in the center of all of the best dive sites and has a wonderful team of instructors. The accomadations exceed expectations, the rooms are clean and are equiped with a mosquito neted bed, the food is amazing, and the staff is willing to meet your every need. We requested wine one night and the next day were given two bottles! They are very kind and happy to help out in anyway.

  21. Hi, planning to go here on the 14th of November 2015 (19th November transfer to Gam island hopefully). If somebody is going there this date, maybe we can share a boat :) Cheers, Onno

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

    Yenkoranu has some things that most homestays in Raja Ampat probably wont have- and that makes for an incredibly memorable experience. Alex is a very polite, helpful and fun guy- just go to him with a query and he will go out of his way to help you. The water outside the homestay was the clearest i saw in Raja Ampat; sharks, dolphins and turtles (among other species) come visiting very often, especially during their breakfast which Yenkoranu carries out every morning at 8. it’s a real sight.
    Kri Island is beautiful with lots of coconut trees and other small stretches of sand just off the island where you can go for an hour or so.
    Expenses are not much here as you will have company for almost everywhere you wanna go.
    The best part is the everything was so well organised and maintained that we didnt feel anything was lacking.
    Food was great too! I loved my stay here. Cant wait to go back!

  22. Natascha & Markus says:

    We had great 9 nights at yenkoranu’s. well, there was a rat sometimes visiting our VIP Bungalow but the manager ati, the saff and the diveguides are really friendly and nice people. they are flexible to go diving anytime and the guides are really willing to show you a lot of different underwaterlife during a dive. unfortunatily the food (fish etc.) was usually overcooked and really dry. but to compare yenkoranu with other homestays, it’s probably one of the best options in raja ampat. we would come back.

  23. Hi… I have a plan to celebrate this new year eve in Raja Ampat. Around 30 december 2015 until 2 january 2016. I’m looking for traveling partner, someone or some more people, who are willing to go there together and share boat cost.
    I was working in Kri island last 2013 and usually passing thru this homestay. Amazing sunset view, near by the richest house reef (sorido bay), nice people, cheap price, good enough, but poor hygiene :D that’s why it is cheap :D
    I live in Teminabuan, a small town near by Sorong city.
    feel free to contact me by email pesikpeggy@yahoo.com

  24. Hi,
    We’re trying to get in touch with the homestay (email and by phone) but we were not lucky so far. Are the contact details correct?

    Thank you,
    Radu

    • Hi Radu,

      We contacted Alex Ofias (you can contact him via his facebook page) who deals with the reservation for Yenkoranu. We had the same problem but found someone who had just been to Yenkoranu about the best way to contact them since we had the same problem of not getting a reply either via email or phone.

      Alex is great and usually gets back to you within a day or 2.

    • Another option for you Radu: Yenkoranu are currently responding to booking requests lodged via the form above within an hour or two of submission, so it’s your best option if all you want to do is make a booking. (There’s no cost to either you or Yenkoranu for use of the booking system.)

  25. Ben and Kayo Gazzal says:

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

    Yes, definitely agree with Tim (see below) as well .
    We’ve stayed twice at Yenkoranu (standard room only) and are already planning our third visit.
    The homestay is expanding, and things are changing really fast on Kri Island, so we’ll see how it goes next time, but up to now, it’s been truly fantastic.
    A great team of people, wonderful diving and snorkeling and plenty of good food. Who could ask for anything more?

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

    Hi All,

    I would truly recommend Yankuranu homestay. Grace is super nice, the beach is wonderful, the jetty and the snorkel and diving is simply one of the best ever.
    Dive guides are very helpful, pointing out a lot of animals. but as marked by others you should be careful and take care of your own.
    Food is great, of course after a while repetitive, but very tasteful and definitely enough.
    VIP rooms on the front have nice mattresses and an in house shower (and a great view)
    We booked by texting Grace. She answered only to our third message, but after that everything was fine. When we arrived to Waisai they were waiting for us without any problems.
    If you go, please tell the fish I miss them…

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

    Let me begin by saying either things have changed a lot about this place or some reviews here are just plain nonsense and unfair. I was particularly worried about comments regarding the food and feeling hungry etc as I am a big eater and an athletic guy. The food was awesome, I stayed for 18 days and was sad to leave, I wish I was back there now. Everyone I met without exception loved the place and some had returned for their second visit.
    I was never hungry, the food was plentiful and meals not repeated, I actually gained two or three kilos in my stay.
    I saw about three rats in the 18 days I was there and did not hear others complain about them. The diving is simply stunning and the dive guides and crew were excellent,I cannot recommend this homestay enough to be honest. The beach is wonderful, the jetty was awesome and I’m glad I chose this homestay after comparing it to others whilst I was there.
    The dive equipment is well used but safe and adequate, if you want brand new equipment go next door and pay 2000 Euros for a weeks diving and accommodation. I am not on commission. I love this place, I will return for sure.

  26. Karen Richardson says:

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

    Stayed at Yenkoranu at two different times, and would recommend it, the front rooms have their own bathroom and the rooms are basic but clean!! The first time were were there the food got rather repetitious but on our second visit, we were pleased with the food!! Good thing about this Homestay is that you have the jetty right there and the snorkelling along the wall out the front is pretty good, saw plenty of sharks, turtles and even a large crocodile fish in the shallows. Of the four homestays that we stayed in Yenkoranu was probably our favorite, would return!!

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

    Depending on your state of mind, it can be paradise… or not at all! I never saw such a blue water, the bungalows are ideally situated, you can dive from the shore and the team is really friendly but… Food was enough in quantity but poor quality (eggs and tofu every meal, one bun only for breakfast one day…). Other day we had deep fried bananas and sate, we were delighted and they cooked special meal for my baby, so I am really thankful. Then we had to fight the rats entering the bungalows. They (he?) stole things, chewed our plastic stuff… Lack of sleep I must confess because of that.
    Dive masters have been really great, showed us an incredible amount of species, creatures, thanks so much. But if you are the kind of “stick-to-the-rules” diver be aware that dives don’t always follow the briefing because the current changed and the school of barracudas or the wobbegong changed location.
    Everything is clean, no plastic on the beach, wild life is surrounding you. I guess the rat is the price to pay… I would come back there, my husband no. Check the ferry timetable, some days no departure on the mornings from Waisai and we had to leave one day before the schedule.

  27. Tim Stratton says:

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

    I really can’t find anything to complain about, though maybe to agree with another comment that the water was sometimes too hot!
    It surely is a reflection on Yenkoranu that three of us extended our stay there and Alex was ever helpful dealing with flight changes.
    There were many levels of expertise amongst the guests, Instructors from Oz, some in need of refreshers and basic snorkelers like me.
    The house reef was like swimming in an aquarium, the coral was incredible, and feeding the sharks off the jetty in the early morning was memorable.
    I might have preferred to recycle my cans and a net to retrieve floating garbage would be useful.
    A perfect homestay.

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

    I doubt it gets much better here for a homestay if you choose the VIP bungalow at Yenkoranu. The huts are spacious with a laminate wooden floor that is easily sweeped to get rid of sand. The beds are fairly comfy with a big mosquito net, and the bathroom has a western (non-flushing) toilet, western style cold shower, and a blocked sink! The electricity runs during the evening/night, and the phone signal here was ‘E’, good enough for an email or two. The VIP huts face directly onto the beach, and the sound of waves lapping the shore is very nice. The house reef just off the jetty is spectacular with fields and fields of coral, black-tipped reef sharks, puffer fish, anglelfish, turtles and just about everything else.

    The communal area for eating is an easy way to chat to other travelers and arrange day trips together to save money. The breakfast is normally something sweet like donuts, cake, fried something. Lunch and dinner is often tuna steak, rice and green beans. After reading the earlier reviews we did worry about getting sick, but we were ok. The staff do a good job, and the food is pretty nice and plentiful, it does get a little be samey sometimes though.

    The beach and island are beautiful, with good sunset views and it almost feels like having your own desert island at times. The water is so warm it can actually be too hot to cool off at times.

    My only concern would be the amount of rats around. You see them up and down trees near the dining area, and hear them scurrying around your room each night. Definitely no food in the room! I’m not sure if they are just a mildly amusing annoyance or if they could be a real hygiene issue.

  28. We just came back from a 6 day stay at Yenkoranu Homestay. The bungalows are nice. Beach and house reef is nice.
    We also did a boat trip to Fam island. We stopped at Manta sandy (3 mantas ), then diving and snorkeling at Melissa’s garden and Fam wall and the viewpoint where you can Se so many kart island. All was wonderful!
    Unfortunately at night upon our return 5 of 10 members of the group became terrible sick with a food poisoning from the lunch we had provided by the homestay. Next morning before we left we mentioned it, but the boss she didn’t think acknowledged her responsabilité. Rather she said we might had have lunch too late or it might had been a sunstruck.
    4 people vomited bad and me I had so bad diarrhea that I lost conscious.
    It took us 2 days to recover.
    Sad we had a nice stay there but that if something happened, they don’t have the courage to say sorry our fault, that leave a bitter after taste.

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

    I wanted to thank all who made our holiday in January such a wonderful experience!

    We stayed in three different home stays on Kri and had very good but also very different experiences. Bearing in mind that we had extremely low expectations (we had heard of boring or insufficient food/very basic washing facilities/rats in the bungalows) before we arrived, these were totally surpassed while we were on the island. We also brought time and with it flexibility. Time is what you need as there is no such thing as rigid dive schedules and each day was amazing but generally not what someone might have attempted to plan. We didn’t mind.

    1.) MAMBETRON
    pros: amazing food in quantity and quality, very clean and well built bungalows & shower room, nice stretch of beach slightly further west/away from the larger/busier home stays. Flexibile regarding eating times. They put the food out & cover it up so everyone turns up as they like and you have the choice of eating as a group or independently.
    cons: little English but it really didn’t matter as the owner is super nice. No diving!

    So we moved on to find diving and tranquility at:
    2.) LUMBA LUMBA
    pros: dream location, very secluded and no other home stay in sight. (We saw orcas cruising past the bay one morning during breakfast!), very personal experience as initially we were diving in very small groups (2 people & guide) so felt very looked after.
    cons: credit cards weren’t accepted, the shower room was a bit grubby and it is the same room as the toilet. Two separate rooms would’ve been nicer.

    We only moved on as we ran out of money and so were in search of a credit card machine and found:

    3.) YENKORANU
    pros: best dive equipment and your best bet to get as much diving & excursions done in a small amount of time. Partly because they are slightly better organised, have two (or 3?) boats but also because it is a larger home stay and the more people the more likely it is to fill a boat (and reduce prices) for excursions.
    The getty is useful for snorkelling right at the reef without having to swim out to the drop off (c.20m). They take credit cards! ….and the en suite bathrooms…
    cons: bigger and busier than the other home stays, food a bit boring

    If we were to go back it would be to lumba lumba because that is where we found true secluded paradise. Thank you so much again to all the lovely people on the island!

    Johanna & Daniel

  29. I thought the place was fine. The diving is good and dive masters Juan and Ann look after you really well. Equipment is a little worn, but functional. As far as living conditions – they are to be expected in these parts of Indonesia and not much different from what you will have at Togeans or Pulau Weh. The prices are rather high but it is also to be expected in Papua.
    Overall nice experience and rewarding diving/snorkelling

    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • (2/5 starfishes)

    In general, I would say that the prices in this homestay are far over what you might consider reasonable. Even if you adjust your expectations beforehand. 800,000 Rp per day for a bungalow without anything inside – that’s a little bit over the the top. In general the place lacks oversight of the master/owner (she indeed lives in Waisai) – one can quickly fix all the problems without much investment just by keeping a good eye on his/her property – like fixing leaking roof, etc. The dive-masters (Ann and Juan in my case) are of average quality – certainly nothing of a kind I would recommend to my friends. The credit card optionality is very dependent on the mobile connectivity, which is often lacking in the area.

    The good thing is that we have visited the adjacent Fyak Bungalows and they seem to be of even lower quality than the Yenkoranu, the latter at least has its own jetty and the bungalows are indeed water-front.

    Perhaps, I would have not said a word if the price would be 200,000-250,000, but at 800,000 per day please provide the quality (it’s the most expensive stay during our trip to Indonesia). And I don’t want to hear anything about the corruption in your area which drives the fuel prices sky-high – it’s the problem of the owner, not mine. And yes, the food is awful and it’s too little – we really had to resort to our own reserve of cookies in order to survive. Just to be clear on this: you don’t get nothing more than a fried banana for a breakfast and a portion of rice with chicken / egg for the lunch/dinner. I mean, three weeks have already passed and I still revoke the sense of hunger when thinking about this homestay.

    Ok, and nothing but my personal opinion – the diving is absolutely not worth the cost you pay for all that.

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • (1/5 starfishes)

    We stayed at yenkoranu 1week ago. We think this bungalows are a little bit overrated. We payed 800.000 rp for a VIP bungalow. The bungalow was oke, but the area off yenkoranu is not clean And needs some organising.

    It looks like the place is having profit off the recommondation in the lonely planet. The places next door are cheaper And looks cossier.

    In yenkoranu they have a lot off rats. We woke up several times because the were in the room. We locked up everything but they still come to look for food. This is a problem what can be resolved if the staff cleans up the place better. But for example after dinner, the let the rest food just laying on the Floor And tables. Also in the back off the area there is a lot off crab laying everywhere.

    Food at yenkoranu needs some improvement to. Diner And lunch were oke but breakfast was bad. You just get a cake or something small however most people are going to dive.

    After all we stayed at the place for diving. The diving is good over there. Good instructors And equipement.

    • Fred, maybe you can help me, to make a reservation to Yenkoranu Homestay for 4 Diver (2 standartrooms) for 18.Feb.2015.
      I send a lot of E-Mails and SMS to all the 4 tlephonenumbers of Grace…….no answer.
      How is the best mobile no. or mail-adress of Yenkoranu ?
      How is your mail adress ? The adress, that you write is not correct.
      Mike

  30. I just wanna let you know that I have moved over to Yenkoranu and now Yenkoranu offering PADI courses aswell.

    We offering openWater course and Advanced openwater.

    Contact me if you you wanna know more.
    Email: Rms783a@msn.com
    Whatsapp: 082237499909

    Best regards
    Fred

  31. Jonathan, Ana and Virginia says:

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

    We spent 2 weeks at yenkoranu in October, we were travelling with our 2yr daughter.
    We were a little afraid for the needs of the baby but Grace and the staff always were very kind taking care of her. The private bungalow was just perfect for us and the view was stunning. Snorkeling out of the jetty was something amazing, we’ve never seen such an abundance of marine wildlife, we also had the opportunity to see the staff feeding the sharks from the jetty while we were taking pictures underwater. Unfortunately we’re not divers but we could get certified at the diving center nextdoor.
    Food served at the restaurant usually consists of plain rice, fish (tuna most of the times, cooked in different ways) or chicken, veggies and fruit.
    Just the breakfast sometimes used to be quite poor but you could always ask for something more.
    Definitely a great experience, we suggest it to anyone travelling with children, really hope to come back soon!!!

    Thank you Grace

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

    I stayed at Yenkoranu for a 2weeks in October and found it to be the best home stay in the island. I had moved to yenkoranu after staying at the homestay nextdoor which I found completely unorganized. Yenkoranu is huge for a home stay but the common area made it so easy to meet new friends. Food was great and always served on time. Everyday activities were handled by Anne, the divemaster, and were discussed during the evening after dinner. she did a great job to keep everything organized including the snorkling and island trips. She was approachable and friendly and would discuss each and every possible site that could be of interest to divers and snorkelers too. Diving was incredibly amazing. Thorough briefings were conducted before every dive with very high standards by Anne and I felt confident having to dive in strong currents. Jason and Anne guided most of my dives and have found them both very knowlegable of the area. Diving time schedules were always within plan (probably 2/10 wth 30 min delay). I was surprised to see an emergency oxygen tank in the dive shop too and in fact was made to sign liability release forms for my diving! Never have I come across a home stay diving with such high diving standards!
    I stayed in a bungalow with a.private shower and found it to be very reasonably priced compared to the same-price bungalow next door (fyak). There’s a bed with a proper mattress and generator was stable to run all night.
    The staff was friendly and even with the minimal English they could speak, they make an effort to try and converse with the guests.
    Thank you Grace, Anne and Jason for making my stay in Yenkoranu one of my most amazing trips! Q

  32. Joakim & Helena says:

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

    We spent a week together with friends in july 2014 – family with two children plus grandmother – and really enjoyed our stay. The house reef is great, and the staff sweet and helpful. Strolling along the beach (you can walk to the village of Yenbuba at low tide with its small shop), enjoying the most spectacular sunsets, passing time in the hammocks, night-snorkeling, plus enjoying great excursions with mantas and turtles are some of the things we did.
    Food is good but more or less the the same everyday, and breakfast very light (a sweet cake plus coffee/tea) so bring some extra energy if you need it.
    We learnt the hard way to not keep any snacks inside the bungalow since rats will sniff it out unless you store it in absolutely safe cans/jars. The VIP standard should be taken lightly. But only adjust your expectations and you will have a great stay. A last comment; we experienced Yenkoranu and Raja Ampat at low season which was great; not so many people and a nice breeze to cool you off a bit. Go there!

  33. Eric et Annick VOGEL France says:

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

    Old travellers, we arrived on Yenkoranu after a reservation. We wanred stay a week..and we stayed 19 nights in a VIP bungalows…
    Grace, her familyand her staff helped us to have some pleasure to snorkeling, to dive, to discover their country.
    Fantasyic stay, we’d like come back another time on this place and on this country. We wishof the sucess to the Papua association to developp reasonably their homestay and their welcome.
    See you soon !!

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

    My husband and I decided on Yenkoranu after researching most of the accommodation around Raja Ampat. We wanted to dive and were looking for a homestay with decent equipment and good guides, for a 2 week stay in May. This is our review on Yenkoranu, the good and the bad.

    We managed to contact Grace by email a couple of times and by SMS. We confirmed our dates with her 3 months in advance. When we left the UK we sent a text message and phoned her on arrival in Sorong. We met the staff from Yenkoranu after getting off the ferry in Waisai. 2 other tourists wanted to stop at the market, which they said was not too far away. They were taken in a car whilst we waited for the boat. When they returned they said the staff tried to charge them for going to the market, which they were not too happy about. They felt they should have been told about the charge first.

    The speed boat over to Kri was fast and we arrived just before dark. This is where the fun began. We met Alex, who is the “fixer” at Yenkoranu and speaks English. We told him we had booked with Grace for 2 weeks in the VIP bungalow. The other couple with us said they had also booked a VIP bungalow. It turned out there was only one VIP bungalow available. They had let the spare bungalow to a couple already on the island. Luckily I had printed off our emails to Grace to confirm our 2 week stay. We were told Grace works and stays in Waisai, and not on the island, as we did not see her during our 2 weeks. There seems to be break down in communication between her and the staff on Kri which needs to be resolved as they get more bookings.

    The first week of our stay they were almost full. There was a mixture of ages, from the young backpackers, families and middle aged travelers like ourselves. We can speak a little Indonesian and had so much fun with the staff, who nick named us Mama and Papa. Some guests had just gone to snorkel and others to dive. Yenkoranu gives people who find the top end resorts much too expensive, a chance to experience the beauty of the Islands and a chance to dive with a knowledgeable dive team.

    BUNGALOWS – We stayed in one of the 4 VIP bungalows facing the beach. They have an attached bathroom with cold water shower and toilet. At 800,000 per night they are still quite expensive for what you get. At the back of these are another row of detached bungalows, slightly smaller but facing side on to the beach. The standard rooms are very basic and as they are inland we were told they were quite hot at night and have communal bathrooms.

    There were quite a few maintenance issues with our bungalow. The sink was completely blocked with dirt, it did not look as though it had ever been cleaned. The mirror above was broken and hanging onto the wall with one screw. If this gave way then it would have shattered all over the bathroom floor. We had a problem with no water in the bungalow. At first we thought everyone was affected but we found out it was just us. The water pipe at the back of the bungalow was leaking, and water was spraying out all over the back wall. This had been going on for quite a while as the wall was green. Instead of fixing it, they just kept turning the water off to our bungalow which was quite frustrating. We had to keep going outside at night with a torch to turn it back on again.

    DIVING – We have only good things to say about the staff and equipment. We did 16 dives at many different sites. Jason who was in charge was excellent. He would arrange with people at night where they wanted to go the next day. We were given a briefing before kitting up and always felt safe with them. We would head out to the dive sites and on several occasions one of the guides jumped in to the water to check on the currents. When they were too strong we moved on to a different site. The equipment was good and seemed to be well maintained. The compressor did breakdown but they managed to get another one to keep us diving. The guides did not all speak English, but they were very knowledgeable on the area and showed us some great sights. When not diving we walked out to the end of the jetty and there is some great snorkeling in both directions.

    TRIPS – We booked on several trips during our stay. The trip to the Fam Islands was great. They took 2 boats out, one for the divers and one for the snorkelers.
    The bird watching trip was not as successful. We got up at 4.30am but unfortunately did not see any birds of paradise. The morning was not wasted as we visited Gam Bay and stopped and climbed into the bat cave. We also went snorkeling at the passage. This was fantastic with some beautiful large fans and colourful sponges. On this trip we had 3 young Indonesian men who had just come to stay for the weekend. They were not strong swimmers so went in the water with life jackets. Unfortunately they were grabbing onto the coral. It took one of the European divers to tell them this was not good. It would have been better for the staff to give the snorkelers a briefing before going into the water, as we had with the diving.

    As Yenkoranu had 3 boats, we found that people who were staying at the neighboring homestays came over to book Yenkoranu trips. Unfortunately on several occasions there were too many people for the boats. 16 people wanted to go to Fam, so Alex said they would take the larger boat. It is partly covered so you can not see out, and not as comfortable for a long journey. It would have been extremely full with 16 people on. The Yenkoranu guests said this was not acceptable and eventually after allot of discussion they decided to hire another boat in.

    The staff are at times too eager to please, which can cause problems. The dive staff had been diving every day and looked to be getting tired. We were told Sunday was their day off when they went to church. This was fine, but unfortunately several guests who were staying for a short time wanted to go diving. The staff felt pressured into saying yes to please them, but eventually changed their minds and said no, which caused some confusion. Sunday is their day off and it would be better to have a notice put up in the dining room so that all guests are aware of this.

    FOOD – Breakfast was a bit mixed, sometimes it would be sweet cakes or just a snack, not always recommended before a dive. Lunch and dinner were excellent. Nearly always fish, but cooked differently with a variety of vegetables and rice. Fruit was mainly bananas and watermelon. I do not eat meat, so the kitchen staff prepared me a couple of veggie meals which were really tasty. Water, tea and coffee was always available in the dining room.

    RATS – I feel I have to mention these. We had read stories of problems with rats on the island. This is partly why we booked a VIP bungalow, as we thought they would be more rat proof, (I have a real phobia of rats). At this stage I have to say DO NOT LEAVE ANY FOOD IN YOUR ROOM. Friends in one of the other VIP rooms were awoken one night with 7 rats running along their mosquito net. They had brought some snacks and tied them up on the wall in a plastic bag. The rats had come in through a hole in the wall and gone straight for the food. Guests staying in the standard rooms which are more open, also had problems with rats in their rooms. The dining room is covered by a roof, but open at the sides. We would eat our evening meal and discuss the next days diving or trips. This is when rats would appear along the rafters. There were several large holes going underneath the dining area which is where they had come from.

    FAM ISLAND – We climbed the hill at the back of the homestay to get a view out over the far side of the island. The walk along the beach turning left out of the homestay is lovely. You can walk to the end of the island and when the tide is out you can walk over the sand banks. There were several more homestays being built along the beach, which by now should be open. Going in the other direction takes you to Kri Eco Resort. My husband and I walked through without any problems. However, several younger guests from Yenkoranu were told off when they snorkelled close to the resort.

    Overall we had 2 fantastic weeks on Fam. We feel we made the right choice with our accommodation. However, as Yenkoranu grows in popularity I feel the issues with bookings and maintenance need to be addressed to prevent people from being disappointed in the future.

    • No rating - 0 starfish
    • No rating - 0 starfish
    • No rating - 0 starfish
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    • No rating - 0 starfish
    • (0/5 starfishes)

    We booked a bungalow with private bathroom for two people at Yenkoranu with Grace by SMS, she confirmed our book and we arrange also our pick up in Waisai.
    The boat that pick up us and another dutch couple who had also booked at Yenkoranu Homestay brought us at Mankur Kodon Homestay because Yenkoranu was full, we where stunned!
    She didn’t tell us it was full and let us decide what we prefer to do, simply she decided for us! This is unacceptable!!
    She decided to let us come and send us to another place in a standard tatched hut without bathroom!
    These would not have been corrected in normal conditions, but
    since i fell down to the boat in Waisai because they took us to a place full of slippery mud and i broke a foot, so to stay in a hut without bathroom it was a big problem!
    When we went in Sorong we spoke with the Tourism Management Team Office’s woman and she told us this happen often and sometimes they try to tell to the travellers, but they always say “we have the confirmation”.
    So be careful and don’t believe to the confirmation.
    At least be prepared…….

  34. Marleen, Katina en Zahra says:

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

    We have stayed at Yenkoranu 1 month ago (august 2014) and I loved it.
    The island is beautiful and so is the view. We stayed for 7 days, but I liked to stay longer. The people were realy nice, a specially to my daughter Zahra (1,5 years) If the food was to spicey they would give her some fruit or baked her an omlet. They played with her and treated her as their own.
    The rooms are quite expensive, we had the luxe bungalow with our own bathroom. Witch was nice, but it was’nt verry clean. Maybe its better to use more natural products, instead of “modern” stuff that wil rust and breakdown.
    And maybe a litlle tabel and some shelves.
    Also there was verry litle food. Lunch and Dinner were fine but breakfast was just a little cake nothing else. Because there is noting on the island to eat the rest of the day, a nice breakfast would be nice.
    So therefore I think the rooms are quite expensive.
    But on the other hand, you could snorkel realy close by, you can go on a snorkel or diving trip every day and there is even in the evening power to use for loading camera’s, phones or tablets.

    Staying here was an wonderfull experience and I hope someday to come back.

    All our love, Marleen, Katina and Zahra

    • Hi
      i think much you know evry day am buy all in waisai some time in sorong and gasoline very expasive if i give you verry ciper my be i dont pay for my stuff and not bay all for all guest.you know my homestay verry complit i think but thank for you coment

  35. Either you’ll go in a luxurous lodge which will cost you a lot of money, or you try to choose a cheaper way to dive and snorkel. In this case, Yenkoranu is the perfect place.
    Be aware that the accomodation is quite basic : the room is not that big and the bathroom is very simple : in our case, the shower didn’t work well, neither the sink, but the water flew through a waterjet and was also stocked in a big basin (the traditional indonesian “mandi”), so you can wash yourself and your equipment. The food is OK, not very various (rice, vegies, fish chicken or eggs, some fruits), but you’ll eat enough to swim all day long.
    Cafe, tea and water are for free ; there’s also a shared fridge in the open air dinning room.
    Nevertheless the location is fantastic : a long beach with extraordinary white sand and the bungalow along, a huge jetty from which you can see the sunset, the fishes just under, and go to the boats for dives and snorkels. The place is central regarding the dive spots and it takes not many time to go there.
    The place is held by papuan people, very warmfull, friendly and welcoming.
    Whether you dive or you snorkel, they try to take you to the best places (and there are a lot in the area), go with you in the water and guide you all the time to show you fishes, sharks, corals and tiny nuddeebranches. And after they’re always happy to talk, laugh and spend time with you.
    Every evening after dinner, Alex and Yaya plan the tomorrow’s dives and snorkels with all the people.
    The atmosphere was great, people were very cool, with a big habit of travels and the meals and tea time (shared all together) were full of stories about trips and dives around the world.
    We stayed five days and five nights and payed 400 € for two people in a “VIP” bungalow (you can get more simple and cheaper rooms if you like), all included but we didn’t dive there (each extra dive cost around 35 €).
    If you don’t find a room here (and it will be a pity), they try to get you a solution in their family’s homestays along Kri island.

  36. I have stayed in Yenkuranu in February for 4 nights and I had an excellent time there. During my stay in R4 I did “homestay-hopping” and I strongly recommend that to anyone going as each homestay had its own charm and pros as well as cons.

    What I liked about Yenkuranu:

    + First of all the dive centre was absolutely amazing!!! So much more than what I expected from a local homestay, I don’t think you will get better service in the expensive resorts. The equipment is very new and impeccable, the dive masters are very professional and well organized, they always left on time and had everything ready for everyone. Alice and Yuppi (sorry if misspelled) are very attentive and respectful with the guests, anything you would like to see you just tell them and they will show you. They have amazing eyes and spot a lot of little critters that would go unnoticed, that is, if you even have time to look on the ground and you aren’t mesmerized by the large schools of everything that are everywhere in R4. The dives were very long as well, so no 60-minute policy; if you have air you can stay longer. They have 2 boats and every dive site I asked to go to, we went. Even if there is just one diver going, they will not hesitate to go to a particular site for one person if logistically possible. Definitely best value for money on the dive centre!!!!

    + The pier that they have in front of the shore is a nice hangout place with hammocks and is a good short cut to the drop around 100m+ away from the beach for snorkelling.

    + The beach is reasonably nice and clean

    + The food was good, they made a lot of extra effort for me as vegetarian and didn’t let me go hungry.

    + It is overall well organized and a good place to meet people as there is a lot off room.

    + Lovely family atmosphere, lots of local kids running around and we had a lot of fun playing with them.

    + Alex took us up the hill one afternoon to see the sunset. It was a nice little excursion and a little extra service that was very much appreciated.

    + Snorkelling in front of Yenkuranu is very nice, first time I went I saw 8 bumphead parrotfish, second time I was circled by a blacktip reefshark! Lots of marine life, albeit many jellyfish

    What I didnt like so much:

    – The accommodation is the worst value for money that I have experienced in 3 homestays in R4 (I stayed in the cheapest room for 300k). Everywhere I stayed it was very basic, but what I missed in Yenkuranu was some table or shelves to keep my things organized, I could only leave everything on the floor.

    – Other places provided brooms to clean the room every now and then, as it is inevitable that you will carry a lot of sand inside.

    – There are rats on Kri, so they will be where people are and where there is food. I had a rat in my room at night and it had dragged a bag of peanuts right across and started eating them next to my head as it couldnt get the whole bag out of the room. A word of warning not to leave ANY food in the room would have been nice!!!!

    – There is a LOT of dirt coming down from the ceiling and it is “raining” onto the bed. You would clean it up in the evening and in the morning the sheets are covered in a thin layer of dirt again. Even through the mosquito net. It is a problem that urgently needs to be addressed in my opinion! short term solution is to cover the mosquito net with a sheet.
    Overall I had a really good time at Yenkuranu though, and if you are willing to pay the extra money for the bungalows most of the negative aspects would be eliminated.
    Thank you ever so much for having me, I was deeply upset when I had to leave this little paradise!
    All the best and see you soon!
    Katrin

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Hi Katrin and thank you for posting those three informative reviews – it’s much appreciated. All the best :)

  37. Hi
    Thanks for all the useful information. The main thing I want to know is if the snorkelling is good from the the beach there or do you have to go on snorkeling trips by boat?

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Hi Inez – There’s great snorkelling right off the beach at Yenkoranu and all along the north shore of Kri and its adjacent island of Ransiwor (which you can walk to at low tide).

  38. Hello,

    We are trying to contact this Homestay per Mail and SMS, but did not get an answer. We also tried to call them, but the person we spoke to had a very bad English, so we quit the call and sent an SMS to this number 5 minutes after the call, but no answer. How did you manage to make a booking? We also sen an E-Mail to Raja Ampat Tourism Management Office in Sorong. But I think we wont get an answer until Monday or Tuesday. Evi and Tobi

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Hi Evi and Tobi –

      Communications in Raja Ampat are unreliable and it can take days sometimes to receive replies. You definitely can’t expect an immediate response – especially to email. Grace has good English – perhaps she was unavailable when you called and someone else answered her phone. The only way to make a booking is to keep trying! There’s more information about this at How to book Raja Ampat accommodation.

  39. stayed there beginning of February and liked it a lot. Though there were some troubles in the beginning as i was several times told that i can have a private bungalow (last time even on the boat to Yenkonaru). When we arrived i had to sleep 4 nights in a place with four rooms which is nothing else then a dorm with very thin “walls” . Doors could not be locked (you can lock them in the private bungalows). shared bathroom, private bungalows have their own toilet. double occupancy means always double the price of a single occupancy!!!(this was also the reason why i couldn’t get the private bungalow in the beginning ( i was told) Food was ok, usually fish, rice and some vegetables, sometimes chicken.

    please note that they have a fridge at the food place, but stuff inside is all brought from guests and are private. you cannot buy softdrinks or beer there. but you can arrange through aleks or grace.

    the jetty and the terasse on the water are great!! we could even see walking sharks in the evening from the jetty. the diving equipment is ok, sometimes they have to get some extra tanks from the neighbouring homestays. aleks is very helpful, but sometimes he is very fast in saying “yes, possible” even if things are not possible sometimes. He tries his best, but sometimes the wishes of the guests are very difficult to meet in this very remote area.

    if there are questions please feel free to ask, i’ll be around this site from time to time.

  40. Hi, can anyone please tell me how to contact the owner? I have tried both sending e-mail and SMS with no answer. In fact it is the same with others homestays in Raja Ampat. Thanks, Hubert

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Hi Hubert. Telephone and internet services in Raja Ampat are extremely unreliable and coverage is poor. Making contact is the hardest thing about arranging a visit. It’s not unusual to have to wait a week for a reply.

      We visited Yenkoranu last month and can confirm that the contact details posted above are correct, so all I can say is keep trying. Grace has good English, so you could try calling too. I don’t know when you are trying to book for, but Yenkoranu is quite a busy homestay and is often fully booked up to a month in advance. Good luck!

  41. spent 3 nights at Yenkoranu, they were friendly and very helpful, they like family to us, and we were group of 12. They accompany us everywhere we go, sometimes the owner even join us to hangout together. the toilet was fair, not superbly clean.. and bed also ok… all in all we had great times there….

    • Zuni picarelli says:

      I walked over the hill to check lumba lumba fromthe other side. I did not stay there but easily could. Seems very sweet. Not much beach but easy access into the water and you will see fish,
      I would return to kri and stay a a few places just to get more experience

  42. Christopher Bartlett says:

    I have to second what Raja Ampat Homestay says. The training levels of the guides are low. They may be good at spotting things like pygmy seahorses, but they are not trained or qualified in dive planning or safety and are not professional dive masters. They will have no diving-related medical training, and no O2.

  43. (Sorry, I don’t know about diving. All I heard is that it is 500k for a dive but I don’t know what’s exactly included. There is an English-speaking divemaster at nearby Mangkur Kodon bungalows, at the western tip of Kri, about 15 mins walk down the beach (only at low tide), and he is quite helpful sorting things out.)

  44. We got back from Yenkoranu yesterday. It’s a great secluded place with a pretty little beach when the tide is not fully high, a nice house reef, and amazing snorkelling nearby. The new bungalow with toilet goes for 400k per person including meals, the smaller rooms in one big bungalow with shared bathroom at the back are 250k each including meals (worth try bargaining if you stay longer than a week). Snorkelling trips were 100k-150k each depending on distance, the guys took good care of us not just dropped us in the water, we also got the fins included in the price. It was very dramatic and truly mindblowing. Boat pickup from Waisai to the homestay and back was 600k but others who stayed less were charged more. There is actually great mobile signal, can even read email (though not load facebook), phone calls are not a problem from the pier, but no English whatsoever is spoken, so sms is preferred. Food was ok. There is a rather aggressive pet parrot around that needs to be considered if someone is scared of birds. That’s all I can think of now, will add more if can think of anything else. Would recommend staying there even though it’s quite basic, but it’s Raja Ampat after all and you get what you pay for – location.

  45. Price for dine include all equipment and guide. I’m not sure for gasoline. Around Kri there are few very good spots for dive, so you don’t need to go far.

  46. Hi!
    I spend few days in that homestay. Friendly stuff, good food for lunch and dinner. Very good location.
    They have quite good equipment for dive. But prices for gasoline are overpriced.

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      That information wasn’t available to us Elin – you’ll need to contact them directly. Their website has disappeared, but you can still contact them via telephone or email as above.

      Please be aware that most homestays have minimal training as dive guides and any equipment supplied should be [b]very[/b] thoroughly checked before use. There have been reports of poorly maintained equipment being used – even by some of the more upmarket dive resorts! Diving with homestay guides and equipment should probably be avoided unless you are an experienced diver.

      Hope that helps! :)