Yenros Homestay, Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Yenros Homestay

Gam - Eastern Gam

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

Superb snorkelling over rich coral gardens at the door, a wide sandy beach at low tide, regular dolphin and turtle sightings and a host of things to do and see.


Rooms
4 x On land - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Couple IDR 800,000 / couple / night
Single IDR 450,000 / person / night
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Details

Yenros Homestay has four single room, private bungalows located in a cove on a perfect stretch of beach near Yenbeser village on Gam. Bedding in all bungalows are mattresses on the floor with mosquito nets, pillows and bolsters.  Power outlets and room light switches are provided. Each bedroom also has a small table and towels are supplied.

A dining room with a large table and bench seating occupies a shady position next to the bungalows, but Yenros Homestay owner Melki has plans to build a bigger dining room on the rocky headland beside the homestay. When it’s done, you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views across to Kri, Friwen and Mansaur and watch fish hunting their breakfast while you enjoy yours. A couple of seats are provided in the shade of beachside trees for relaxing by the ocean.

Yenros’ bathroom and western style toilet are in two separate, concrete-floored rooms in a thatch hut behind the bungalows and are shared by all homestay guests.

Electricity is available from a generator that runs from sunset until around midnight and Yenros receives a reliable strong phone signal.

Yenbeser village is a ten minute boat ride away if you want to visit or buy basic supplies. Please don’t leave any inorganic trash at Yenros. You need to take such rubbish away with you to avoid contributing to Raja Ampat’s growing rubbish problem.

Melki speaks excellent English and Yenros Homestay staff live onsite when guests are in residence.

YENROS LONG STAY SPECIALS PRICE (IDR)
5 days/4 nights
Includes free Walking Shark tour

800,000 per night for couple
450,000 per night for single

7 days/6 nights
Includes free Walking Shark tour and Friwen Wall snorkeling.

800,000 per night for couple
400,000 per night for single

14 days/13 nights
Includes Friwen Wall and Batu Lima snorkeling
and Walking Shark and Hidden Lake tour

750,000 per night for couple
400,000 per night for single

 

Transport / Getting there

Waisai to Yenros Homestay tranfers cost IDR 500,000 each way in a speedboat that can carry a maximum of 6 passengers. The cost is shared among passengers.

The table below shows transfer prices from/to other locations in Raja Ampat.

LOCATION PRICE PER PERSON
Saporkren 300,000
Yengkawe Homestay 300,000
Kordiris Homestay 300,000
Kri homestays 500,000

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Excellent snorkelling (bring your own gear) can be had over the pristine coral reef right in front of the homestay and a great expanse of white sand beach is revealed at low tide.

Diving

Diving is available at Yenros Homestay by arrangement with Arborek Dive Shop.

Wildlife

Wildlife abounds at Yenros. The vast array of reef fish to be seen in front of the homestay includes Yenros’ resident wobbegong shark and a few recently identified rare species. Dolphins and turtles are also frequent visitors. Raja Ampat’s famed walking sharks can be observed in the mangrove lagoons behind the homestay. Melki offers a guided night tour (bring your own flashlight) to find these iconic creatures. The tours cost IDR 50,000 per person and are provided on a “no see, no pay” basis.

Terrestrial wildlife includes a wide variety of birds, including the mound building megapode known locally as Maleo and several species of parrot. Cuscus are occasional nocturnal visitors, and a host of large (and sometimes noisy!) insect life including giant Atlas Moths can be observed at night as well. Another interesting night excursion Melki offers is a short boat ride to beachside caves where swifts gather to roost. The swifts’ nests are the type built from the birds’ saliva that in other places are harvested for birds’ nest soup. Trips to see the swifts cost IDR 50,000 per person and include the cost of the boat.

Yenros Homestay Raja Ampat Tours

Prices are in IDR and are shared among total passengers (maximum of 8). Be sure to bring your snorkeling equipment!

LONGBOAT TOURS & SNORKELING PRICE
Manta & Arborek, Hidden Bay, Kabui Passage, lunch at Warikaf Homestay 3,500,000
Piaynemo day tour with extra snorkeling at Arborek Up to 4: 4,000,000
5 – 8: 5,000,000
Kri Islands and Yenbuba Jetty snorkeling + Pasir Timbul sandbank visit Up to 4: 900,000
5-8: 1,300,000
Wayag Up to 4: 7,500,000
5-8: 10,000,000
Piaynemo and Arborek, Manta, Pasir Timbul Sandbank, Friwen Wall 5,000,000
Kabui Bay & Passage, Hidden Bay, Batu Lima Up to 4: 1,500,000
5-8: 2,000,000
Manta, Arborek, Piaynemo, Hidden Bay, Kabui Passage. Up to 4: 4,500,000
5-8: 5,000,000
Friwen Wall, Batu Lima and Hidden Lake Up to 4: 500,000
5-8: 650,000
Waigeo – Wilson’s Bird of Paradise
(add IDR 200,000 in total for transport)
300,000 per person
Alfred Wallace campsite + Red Bird of Paradise, Dore Mkun sightseeing 200,000 per person

Red Birds of Paradise can be seen nearby at Yenanas Paradise Homestay and the pre-dawn trip to see them display is available for IDR 100,000 per person including boat transport.

The Hidden Lake: Melki knows of a hidden jungle pool just inside Kabui Bay.  A lagoon completely surrounded by the jungled hills of Gam, the lake is  flushed by the tides, which enter via the fissured limestone separating the lagoon from Kabui Bay. The pool is a safe swimming place and shelter for fish and an array of unusual marine life like soft corals and giant Synaptid sea cucmbers. Melki has plans to build a deck over the water from the shady banks of the lagoon. When finished, it’ll be a great place to laze and swim during the heat of the day. Trips to the pool cost IDR 100,000 per person including boat transport.

Batu Lima: At the entrance to Kabui Bay, Batu Lima (Five Rocks) is a popular snorkelling and diving spot. Known to local people as Monkairi, Batu Lima is also the site of a Kanji-inscribed naval survey marker erected by Japanese forces during World War II. Snorkelling tips to Batu Lima cost IDR 50,000 per person (includes boat cost) and if the tide is high you can scramble from the boat to the top of the largest rock to see the marker and take in the Kabui Bay views. Combining the Hidden Lake and Batu Lima tours makes for a great longer excursion.

Arborek: Arborek visits (or transfers to/from) are available for IDR 1,000,000. The cost is shared by boat passengers.

Alfred Wallace campsite: Just behind Yenros Homestay is the river-like channel leading to Dore Mkun – the lagoon from which the famed naturalist Alfred Wallace struck out in search of a campsite when he visited Gam in the 1850s. At the site Wallace chose to use as a collecting and research base, using a description in his acclaimed The Malay Archipelago, the people of Yenbeser have reconstructed the hut Wallace lived in during his time in Gam. Even if you’re not that interested in the history, the scenic journey down the narrow waterway to Dore Mkun makes a visit worthwhile. Ask Melki about arranging a visit, or contact Simon Kolomsusu, a Yenbeser guide who has built some hides in the jungle near Wallace’s campsite from which you can observe Red Birds of Paradise.

Features

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

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Name Melki Dimara
Phone +6282198842182
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38 thoughts on “Yenros Homestay

  1. Stanic family says:

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

    Yenros is a very nice place to stay and from where to take interesting tours around Gam. Melki’s a wildlife expert who can show you walking sharks and birds of paradise e.g. Food is OK if a bit too little varied for breakfasts. The reef is superb and the beach is simply stunning at high tide. My family (three adults, one kid) would come back anytime. Because the place was overbooked, common practice with all homestays it seems, and because of a misunderstanding with the birds’ tour I’ll give it a four stars, although I’d give it a four stars and a half if possible.

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

    We stayed beautiful long 11 days at Yenros Homestay without getting bored ones. Melki and his family is very friendly, helpful and grateful and made our stay really nice. The homemade lunchs and dinners are always cooked with love and the fried bananas for coffee and tea are super delicious. The pictures on this homepage are exactly like it looks in real and the reef infront of the beach is even more beautiful. We definitely like to come back again!

  2. There were 7 of us in this trip and we were hopping from one homestay to another every day, so we have seen a lot of them. Given that Yenros is clearly a highlight with more privacy, better view, cleaner beach than other oh-not-so-bad-at-all options.

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

    Melki was very very nice and helpful. He speaks good English and helped us a lot during our very short stay there.
    The food was great! Nice rooms!
    The electricity was a bit sketchy, so our light went out when charging two phones and a camera at the same time.

    Melki helped arrange a boat to Waisai and even took me to a ATM with a motorbike to be able to pay for the boat.
    I would love to go there again and stay a little longer, the snorkeling is supposed to be very good. We only stayed for one night.

  3. Linda Källman says:

    We really like to stay at this place even if we just had time to stay for one night. The food is really good and you will have enought of food for every meal. The family is very friendly and helpful, they can help you with boattransfer to Wasai harbour. Nice and peaceful place.

    We recommend this place!

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

    Yenros Homestay is in a great location with a super house reef on the doorstep. Lunch and dinner was delicious and plentiful. The bungalows were basic but nice.
    Unfortunately negotiating with Melki took great effort leading to misunderstandings which was hard, especially as my husband speaks basic but good Indonesian. We felt that Melki was being difficult on purpose, and were happy to leave after only two nights. We didn’t understand why this homestay charged more than other similar homestays.

  4. Kobus Viljoen says:

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

    Kobus & Cirkie
    We stayed at Yenros for six days in December 2016 and had the most wonderful time. Kevin picked us up at the Wai Sai ferry and his wife Korasona welcomed us with freshly baked pancakes and tea upon arrival at Yenros. We were treated with three hot meals a day and freshly baked cake at afternoon tea for the rest of the stay.
    The snorkeling is wonderful at Yenros and Kevin took us for snorkeling at other locations.
    We also enjoyed the boat trim around Gam Island.
    Kevin and Korasona treated us like family and Korasona even gave two presents to my wife when we left Yenros.

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

    I only stayed two nights because the current was just too strong for me. This will not apply to everybody as I am 76 and it was New Moon.

    But Kevin really did his best for me: he came snorkelling with me because of the current and helped me ashore. He found a snorkel for me because mine broke the first day and came running with a mat so that I could do my gymnastics in comfort. He was also very kind and understanding when I left earlier than I had booked.
    I am really grateful for this kind, understanding, helpful attitude. It makes me love Raja Ampat even more.
    It is difficult to award stars as I can only judge the human side, not snorkelling. But I have to, so please keep the context in mind.

  5. Jari Mäkelä says:

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

    My orginal plan was 6 nigth stay,i stayed total 16 nights.
    Yenros setup was just so perfect for me so i stayed.(i had 4 nigth visit at Kri which was huge disappointment,so i came back)
    Place was quiet,clean,beautiful…and oh, that family.
    I loved their kindness and sense of humor.There was allways laughter in a house.Those prankster,smiling kid’s made feel 30 years younger :)
    We did many trips with Kevin and her sons and those trips were amazing.
    We did also trip to Pianemo and that was “trip of my life” literally and i’ll keep that story between me and family.
    Family invited me X-mas church with them and it was so heartbursting experience,i wont never forget that nigth.
    I could write tons of pages about my stay but there’s no words enough.
    Food?..it was brilliant and allways enough.
    reef?..beautiful.There was dolphins,turtle and HUGE grey reef shark.
    Cuscus was also regular visitor.
    Mosquitos was no trouble for me,it was the yellow ants who did all the damage on my feets.
    My stay was perfect and i will come back.
    It’s late now so it’s “tidur time” :)

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

    I was fortunate enough to visit Raja Ampat during a work trip in Indonesia this month. My colleague and I were only able to stay one night so we chose Yenros homestay as it had some good review on this site.

    As we only booked it two days before we were impressed with the quick response and following communication with Melki and Kevin. We were picked up at the harbour and driven by boat to Gam island (approx. a 25min journey).

    The homestay is idealic – truly simple living. The wooden huts are built just behind the beach under the shade of the trees. They were well built with great ventilation (no aircon needed). We were cooked lovely food by the family who were able to cater for vegetarians, which I let them know beforehand. The beach itself is stunning – white sand and crystal clear waters! The snorkelling is amazing – the best reefs I’ve ever seen. There is a reef about 10m of the beach with incredible biodiversity. We also snorkelled off Friwen island to which Kevin gave us a lift in his boat.

    It was a real retreat – so different from the busy lifestyle in Sorong and Jakarta. I couldn’t recommend Yenros homestay enough. Charming huts in a perfect location and a wonderful welcoming family. (Just note that it is basic accommodation – no frills)

    I hope very much that I can come back! Thank you Yenros!

    Ps I don’t think the photos do it justice – it is even more stunning in real life!

  6. We recently returned to UK from an amazing 3 weeks trip around this part of indonesia and west Papua and can highly recommend
    Yenkangkanes Homestay (Waigeo – Near Waisai)
    Yenros Homestay

    We stayed 3 nights in both home stays. Yenkangkanes – we had room over the sea with sea breeze. Thoroughly enjoyed the added bonus of sitting on the veranda to watching the tide come in and out – saw so much just looking into the crystal clear water. Snorkelling from beach was easy and fascinating. Walking trip to see Wilson’s bird of paradise for dawn an incredible sight. went from here for ~20 min boat to Yenros. Excellent place to stay -lovely family with a delightful 4 year old , beautiful beach and again great easy snorkelling. My three bits of advice regarding snorkelling are: a rash shirt or equivalent for sun protection is essential and watch out if you are out snorkelling and it is near low tide you will need to find the channel the boat comes in to find your way back for safe clearance from the corals. You will need to bring your own gear. Flippers at Yenkankanes not sure at Yenros.

  7. Rätus & Monika 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 stayed at Yenros for 4 nights in August 2016. A peaceful place with a lovely family. And also the dogs are lovely… I’m afraid of dogs, but all dogs we have seen in Raja Ampat don’t bark or jump up at you. So I really started to like them :-) We have seen a cuscus one evening which came to eat a fruit and during the night we could hear them on the trees around the bungalow. A king fisher was regularly fishing just in front of the beach.
    Togheter with Kevin, Grace and Emily we made a snorkelling tour to Friwen Wall. Just amazing! The house riff is also great.
    Corason is a talented cook. Food was always delicious and we got a lot of papaya and banana, yammy! And Kevin climbed the coconut tree for us. What a nice sunset drink! But hati-hati when it’s windy…

  8. Giuseppe, Anna, Giulia, Veronica says:

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

    We stayed 4 days in August 2016. We were 8 people and occupied the whole homestay. It was a wonderful stay. The four huts, basic but comfortable , were at ten meters from the beach. Just in front of homestay an amazing coral reef was waiting for us. One boat was available for our trips every day. So it was possible to go to Kabui passage, or to Friwen wall, or to Cape Kri, or to Warikhaf homestay, and so on …. Kevin and his family were very kind, fiendly and helpful for every requirement .Food was very good and rich, fish and chicken every day. We appreciated very much fried banana and apples served as snack in the afternoon. We spent every evening talking with much pleasure with Kevin, trying to learn bahasa language and raja ampat language. Very interesting. We highly recommend this homestay. Many greetings to Kevin and his splendid children. we hope to come back !

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

    We stayed 5 days in Feb2016. Great snorkelling on the house reef. Easy to arrange trips to different spots. Kevin was very accommodating for these….the Passage , Friewin Wall are really the best….lots of critters and fantastic coral. Food was plentiful and good although the fish was a bit over cooked. Worth the money for sure.

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

    My friend and I had an amazing experience at Yenros Homestay. Everything was fantastic. First, we were warmly greeted by Kevin and his whole beautiful and happy family. The property was great with a wonderful beach which you could snorkel right off of and it was really cool during low tide where we saw many interesting creatures. All day long, you could hear (and sometimes see) really interesting birds and at night some nocturnal creatures too. The food was also fantastic and we were well-fed the whole time with three great meals a day plus an afternoon snack and unlimited coffee, tea, and water at all times. The facilities were comfortable and basic but the water you bathed with was oftentimes warm so it was a nice surprise given its remote location. The affordable day trips from the beach were also another great bonus. Highly recommend!!

  9. Larz van't Hoff 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 didnt get the chance to stay at Yenros but we did have dinner and a big snorkel there and I would say it is definitely worth checking out. Great house reef and delicious food.

    • Hey is water fully Crystal clear in front of the homestay? What kind of fish can you see? Thanks for any information😃

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

        I auto reply myself because I spent 4 nights in august there with my family (they wrote just above). Yes the water was breathtaking and crystal clear. Everything was amazing: the homestays, Kevin and all his family and the sea. It was the most amazing coral reef I’ve never seen in my life. Moreover, we reached Kri cape and during the trip we saw dugongs and manta rays from boat and a lot of fishes, turtles and sharks once there. The best snorkel ever!! I strongly recommend yenros homestay and raja ampat!!!

  10. Aleksandra says:

    Wonderful stay. The homestay is quite remote from others so it’s perfect place for those who look for not touristic place. Very nice coral reef just in front of the Homestay. They offer a lot of trips to different places in reasonable prices-big advantage. We made some short trips over the jungle behind the place and saw a lot of tropical birds even in daylight. For snorkling- Friwen Wall strongly recommended. For short trip-hidden lake. Very helpful family. We loved that stay!

  11. Erik Anna Lucia Carlo Lundberg says:

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

    At Yenros five days. Amazing! Melky was not there. The homestay was ruled by Kevin, a marveillous guy, always kind, reliable, efficient. Birds of Paradise at 5 am, wow! Kabui passage, wow! Snorkelling in different places, wow! Food, wow! Corazon and grandma extraclever preparing simple excellent fish every meal. Tera and April are two sweet and joyful children. Roby is a rocky, intelligent, discreet and generous cooperator. Oh ya, Yenros is basic, very basic. Not to be suggested to people used to luxurious accomodation. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! In our opinion a shower or a modern bed or a western-style wc can perhaps be appreciable… but the fact itself of meeting such wonderful and smiling people is by far not only appreciable, but even important!

  12. Linda vant Hoff says:

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

    Thanks Melki, Wada & mamas – Eusemina & Noel, we had a wonderful 3 day stay, excellent meals mamas ( best so far in our Homestay journey in RA).

    Nice welcoming family, great beaches & house reef. Had fun making signs for the bungalows and a hammock for the kids also a great boat trip to secret lake, saw hornbills up close.

    I definitely recommend this home stay and look forward to return to the new cliff top restaurant.
    Note; This place is super kid friendly for those with kids of all ages, but especially younger ones as the beach is super safe.

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

    Stayed for 4 nights and can highly recommend Yenros. The house reef made for great snorkelling (even saw a turtle), the homestay was clean and the family, headed by Kevin (Melki was in Manado but called to check on us) were an absolute delight. Food, which seems to be a bit of an issue in Raja Ampat, was a little sparse at breakfast but excellent at lunch and dinner with lots of fresh fish – one of the other guests was vegetarian and there was always 2 greens and/or tempeh on the table.

    Our hut did not initially have a light switch or plug to charge, but a quick chat to Kevin and both were taken care of.

    Highly recommended, a true Papuan family experience.

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

    In october/ november 2015 we spent 15 nights in Raja Ampat. At 11 of the 15 nights we were the only guests. Weather was fine – it used to rain once a day but mostly at night and only for short times, so this didn´t matter or even was a welcome refreshing.
    Communication in advance by SMS and e-mail was not easy but it worked.
    Given the prices partially called for boat transports – as incredible as impudent – I recommend to arrange boat transports in advance and negotiating with the one you (maybe!) are heading to gives you a better position.

    We stayed at 3 homestays: Mangrove/Mansuar, Beser Bay/Gam and Yenros/Gam and I can recommend all the three accommodations.
    But as there are differences, I can not rate them all equally with 5 stars.
    About all the three homestays I can tell: Located in nice surroundings, bungalows spacious and in good shape; great snorkelling just off the beach; food plentiful and varied, every day fish, rice and vegetable though, (One word about the handling of fish: Sometimes it would have been better to fry the fish not as long and not as hot as they did ;-)
    Yenros: Bungalows on land; white sandy beach; it´s easy to go swimming at every state of tide; very spacious coral gardens and great diversity of coral and fish off the shore; snorkelling at Friwen Wall strongly recommended! http://www.panoramio.com/photo/126057483
    telephone signal is good enough even for internet

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

    We stayed there for 4 nights in November. The family is very nice, the house reef is truly outstanding (except we hardly saw any fish – well at least compared to Kri) and there is a lot of bird life around.
    During our stay we were dissapointed by the variety of food. It was great on the first day but then quality really went down. Another really annoying thing was that our bungalow had no lightswitch installed which meant we had to wait until the generator was turned off around midnight to be able to sleep. Sorry, but all in all a mixed experience for the price we paid.

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

    Great location,snorkling,beach and birds of paradise. I would like to thank the whole family for a great time I had. Food was outstanding.
    There is many things to do in this area. I stayed 4 nights,but wish I could stay longer.

  13. Anastasia and Jonathan says:

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

    Everybody at Yenros made our stay absolutely wonderful. From calling Melki to organise coming over a day early, to the warm welcome we got from Kevin, his lovely wife and little April. The place itself is fantastic also, stunning clear sandy beaches, the best coral we saw anywhere in Raja Ampat (my husband did quite a lot of diving elsewhere and still said the coral on the house reef here was better), the only place where we got to see a cus cus AND wild dolphins! The tropical storms where awesome, the phytoplankton and stars at night magical. The bungalows are simple but very comfortable and the bathroom is very clean. The food was great with lots of snacks available in-between meals (this is definitely not the case in some places where you end up a bit hungry…). They cooked fresh fish, vegetables, friend bananas, prawn crackers, tasty pandan cake and always had fresh bananas and oranges available. Basically I could go on and on about how great this place is. Let me just leave you with one thought. If you are considering whether to go for a bigger “more popular” homestay by all means try it, we did the same thing but also decided to come here. What you will quickly realise though is that the larger homestays have lost that homely feel and are definitely more of a business, whereas little places like Yenros are still relatively unknown and untouched. If you want a genuine Papuan experience come here or pick one of the other smaller places. :) love you Kevin!!! Annie and Jon.

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

    A friend and I stayed at Yenros Homestay in September 2015 for three days, and what a treat! First, the location of the homestay is a dream, two private white sand beaches with a beautiful house reef in front where you can spot turtles and beautiful coral. Second, the bungalows are very clean and well maintained. The detached toilet and bucket shower are also very clean. Third, the food is beautiful! Fresh fish, rice and vegetables are a delight! Fourth, the family who cares for the homestay is absolutely beautiful and exhibit true Papuan hospitality. They prepared the best meals, took us snorkelling to the most special spots in the area and were always available to help! Fifth, the hidden lagoon in the back of the homestay is potentially one of the most magical swims a guest to Raja Ampat can do! Snorkelling is limited to the beginning, but if you feel like a good two hour swim amidst dugongs, beautiful jungle and limestone cliffs, this place is it! At the end of the lagoon there is a hidden surprise after a short jungle trek. Highly recommend this homestay for just about everything! :)

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

    Stayed at Yenros in August 2015 for a couple of nights. The house reef was great. Saw sharks and turtles and the corals were great. Took a boat trip to Kabui Bay and snorkeled in Kabui Passage and on the way home stopped off and snorkeled Batu Lima. Took another snorkeling trip to Friwen Wall and Bat Island. Yenros is well located if you want to check out Kabui Passage, Friwen Wall, Bat Island and Batu Lima. Great Homestay. Great staff.

  14. Anita Gardner says:

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

    Milky and his family were great hosts and the accommodation, view and beach were fantastic. Pretty much two beaches to ourselves:)
    The snorkelling on the reef off the beach was amazing for sea life and beautiful coral. Saw sharks and turtles everyday! Resident cuscus in the tree at night time. Food was great too.
    Milky’s offered tours were great too and reasonably priced. We saw the walking sharks at night and also had a trip to the hidden lagoon, both great!
    Thank you Milky for a great time!

  15. Lianne and Viktor says:

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

    We stayed at Yenros for a week, until now this is our favourite homestay.
    Melki the owner wasn’t around, because he is studying in Manado. So the place is runned by his sister and brother in law. We had contact with Melki, and then the brother in law picked us up from Kri with his speedboat.

    As mentiond in de discription he has two bungalows and is building another one. The bungalow is simple, but spacious and it is just what you need.

    The food is perfect, grilled fish with lunch and dinner always with a nice side dish. In between the serve snacks like fried banana and potato and cake.

    The house reef is good for snorkeling and close to Batu Lima and Friwen Wall. Both stunning! We let him drop us off in Batu Lima and swimmed back to the homestay. A long swim but rewarding!
    We did a trip to the hidden lake and the narrow passage, where you more have the idea that you are going over a river.
    And during one night we went looking for the walking sharks, walking in a sort of mangrove with our flashlights.

    If you want to be alone, and interact with the local family this is the perfect place. The beach is secluded, inbetween big rocks. And there is no other homestay on this beach. Its good that they have a dictonary! :)

    Maybe our review is a bit to possitive, but this place deserves more guests!