Ano Homestay, Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Ano Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam

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

A great retreat for a quiet time relaxing and exploring the karst islands, hidden waterways, coral gardens and warm sapphire seas of Gam Bay.


Rooms
1 x Over water - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Details

Prior to November 2016, Ano Homestay was known as Mnu Kwar Homestay.

Ano Homestay occupies a coconut palm fringed beach on a tiny island at the mouth of Gam Bay. It shares this idyllic location with its neighbours Beser Bay and Jellyfish homestays. The main photo above is a blue day view of nearby Gam Bay. We put it there instead of a photo of the homestay itself because the weather has been overcast or rainy overcast on all the occasions that we’ve visited, so our photos don’t show the place at its beautiful blue best.

Ano Homestay has a single private bungalow which is over water at high tide. The bungalow bedroom sleeps two and is equipped with matresses on the floor and the usual sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net. The bungalow’s verandah has a small table and chairs and faces away from the homestay toward Gam Bay – the view makes you feel like you’re all alone out there. Another two private over water bungalows were under construction during our last visit in July 2017.

Also available is a two-room bungalow set in the shade just back from the high tide line on the beach. Each room sleeps two on mattresses on the floor. Pillows, sheets and mosquito nets are provided and each room has a small table. The rooms open onto a shared verandah, where a table and chair setting is provided for each room.

All bungalows have room light switches and power outlets.

Meals can be taken at Ano’s sand-floored dining shelter, or at the table setting out side your room. The dining room always has free drinking water, tea and coffee on hand for guests.

A bathroom building is shared by guests and provides a dip-mandi bathroom and a toilet in separate rooms, each with combination crushed coral and concrete floors. The bathroom building is currently also shared with guests at Beser Bay and Jellyfish homestays, but another will be built when total guest numbers make it necessary.

Electricity at Ano Homestay is supplied by generator from sunset until about midnight.

There’s no phone signal at Ano Homestay, but if you really need outside contact, a signal is usually available from the jetty at Kapisawar which is about ten minutes away by longboat. Small shops in Kapisawar and nearby Sawinggrai can provide basic supplies. Please take any inorganic waste (plastic, dead batteries etc) away with you when you leave, though: Lack of proper waste disposal and recycling facilities in Raja Ampat mean you’ll be contributing to the rubbishing of Raja Ampat if you don’t.

Ano Homestay staff live on site but only have a little English, so bring a phrasebook and practice your Bahasa Indonesia to get the most out of your stay.

Transport / Getting there

Transfers between Waisai and Ano Homestay cost IDR 1,000,000 each way. The longboat transfers can accommodate up to five passengers with the total cost shared between them. For groups larger than five another boat will be needed and the cost will be IDR 200,000 per person.

Transfers are also available from/to the homestays listed below and cost IDR 500,000 each way, shared between passengers (5 max).

  • Kordiris Homestay
  • Arborek Island Homestays
  • Kri Island Homestays

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Ano Homestay is a small and quiet homestay in a serene setting, where a lack of telecommunications means you can be sure your escape won’t be disturbed by ringing telephones or incoming email!

Perfect for a family getaway, Ano is situated on a channel between islands which doesn’t experience the strong tidal currents common in Raja Ampat. Ano’s beach slopes gently into sand-bottomed shallow water where you’ll often see the children of the Beser Bay and Ano families playing.

The homestay is a great location from which to explore the orchid-rich karst islands, hidden waterways and rich marine life of Gam Bay. Nearby are sheltered bays where moon jellyfish congregate – sometimes in their thousands. Roosting bats can be observed in caves in the bay’s islands, including some (Raffray’s sheath-tailed bat) which haven’t yet been photographed in their natural habitat.

Gam bay’s “Hidden Lagoon” is a jungle-surrounded lake that can only be entered via a cave and which shelters many species of marine life including soft corals, Synaptid sea-cucumbers and unusual jellyfish – it’s an intriguing place to snorkel!

Great snorkelling is available, with superb coral gardens in Gam Bay, as well as to the southwest of the homestay,  just outside the channel Ano Homestay faces. Beware though: tidal currents along the reef dropoff there are extremely strong when in full flow. Bring your own gear for snorkelling. Mantas are regularly to be found cruising the surface currents just outside Ano’s sheltered bay and a wide range of nudibranch species can be seen on the reefs around Ano.

The nearby villages of Kapisawar and Sawinggrai afford a great day out. Dawn displays of Red Birds of Paradise can be seen at Sawinggrai and schools of colourful reef fish gather to be fed from Mambefor Homestay’s jetty. Kapisawar and Sawinggrai are connected by a well made concrete path which affords a nice shady walk and the chance to experience local culture.

Features

  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Mangroves
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • Has email contact
  • Calm beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows

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Ano Homestay Contact Details

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Name Indeksina
Phone +6282238731818
Email annohomestay@gmail.com
Name Thopelus Mambrasar
Phone +6282238731818

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8 thoughts on “Ano Homestay

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    4 of us stayed at Ano Homestay and it was definitely the best homestay we stayed at!

    We loved the cozy atmosphere of Ano – having a private beach and an exceptionally kind family who constantly did their best to make our stay fun and comfortable. We bathed in clean fresh water (which was not always available at other homestays) and enjoyed the food that was provided. The pisang goreng with condensed milk was so enjoyable that we tried asking for it at the other homestays, but they weren’t just as good as the one we had here!

    We’re in agreement with the others – do stay in the hut above the water. The hut was so nice that 4 of us decided to squeeze a little to stay on the hut intended for 2 people so that we could easily just jump into the sea from our hut. A large school of fish would also come by the area below our hut every evening!

    Lastly, we had a really memorable night when the owner brought us out on the boat at night to the area nearby to see the bio-luminescent plankton in the water. When we looked down into the water, the plankton would light up like mini balls of light in the water. When we looked up into the sky, the stars dotted the entire sky. It was a surreal moment that we only experienced at Ano.

    Do drop by. We really enjoyed our stay here.

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    After staying in a couple of homestays in Raja Ampat Ano Homestay was by far our favourite!!

    We stayed in a new over the water bungalow, which was amazing. It has a great porch area where you can relax and watch the baby sharks and fish swim past.

    The snorkelling was amazing on the house reef, we saw reef sharks, turtles, octopus and many other beautiful fish and coral. While we stayed at Ano we also went on a trips, these included the jellyfish lake, blue lagoon, bat cave and different snorkelling sites. I would definitely recommend

    The family here are also really nice and friendly. It is very peaceful, so is a perfect place to relax. One of the best things about this Homestay is the food. It is AMAZING, it is restaurant quality and definitely the best food we have had! You even get afternoon snacks, which was an unexpected surprise (the donuts were incredible!)

    Overall the best place to stay if you want a quite and remote experience in Raja.

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    By far best homestay along our 10 days kayak tour: location, huts, service and well above average food, terima kasih:)

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    I (unfortunately) only spent one night at Ano’s.
    I was lucky enough to get the private bungalow over the water. If you can, do yourself a favor and book this one!!! It’s a bit separated from the rest, it sticks out on the water with its private ladder and a nice hammock! It was so beautiful I don’t remember anything about the food or the bathroom ,so unfortunately I can’t say anything about that. The area is great for kayaking (I arrived on a kayak) and there’s good snorkeling nearby. Plus a little reef shark was passing in front of the bungalow from time to time. Oh, and at night there was luminescent plankton to enjoy from the hammock. :)

  1. Mario Klutsch says:

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    We had a amazing stay.
    Antoni and his family are great hosts.
    The area ist beautiful, calm and relaxing.
    The bungalow was perfectly located within the water, we could see small sharks and a lot of fishes while looking out of our window :)
    Everyday they served delicious food we loved and appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.
    Mario & Bianca

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    I stayed here 2 days and 4 days (two times). House stands on the inner side of the cove, is almost like a place retreat. Cove of water is transparent, at the time of high tide, you can see a lot of fish from the house. You can also see the small sharks and rays. You can also explore in the forest of mangrove snorkeling. Around the house there is also a small coral reef, you can see a variety of tropical fish. In the GAM Bay in the vicinity of the house you can see the Manta. You can also watch the sunset aboard the kayak. However, because the GAM Bay has a low degree of transparency, it is a good idea to go to Manta point if you want to see Manta. Coral reefs in the Manta point very big, you can see a lot of tropical fish from around the house.

    There is a mobile phone is not through. Internet is also not through. You can get the complete silence (the staff will get in touch if the e-mail to the address on this page. However, since the staff can take the contact only when it comes into town, your patience Makeover you must wait).

    House of the staff are all very kind. Meal is less in the morning, but you can eat the delicious fish dishes day and night. Electricity is available from the evening until about 21 o’clock. Bed is located in the mosquito net, around the house it is insect less comfortable. The number of mosquitoes is also less.

    When it comes in the night, starry sky is beautiful. Noctiluca in the sea is also beautiful.

    Water to wash the body is the groundwater, but it contains a little salt. But it is a level that does not bother me. Drinking water has gallon water (which is fresh water).

    I recommend that you take the following. (Candles, insect repellent, medicine of insect bites, sunscreen, snorkeling set, liquor (if necessary))

    Because it may get wet in the move from the Waisai, it is recommended that you get on the boat in not even when wet problem clothes (or in advance to prepare a change of clothes).

    Have a Good trip !!

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed here only 3 days, but it´s a perfect hideway for a family like us. Two seperate rooms in one nice bungalow (the veranda now is divided in two) right on the beach. Beyond all the homestays we stayed in R4 (more than 10) Mnu Kwar was the best in terms of food and taking care of “the guest”, the ibu cleans the veranda, rooms, even makes your beddings, she brings cookies and fruits in between the main eatings… Sometimes you feel like in a hotel, not a homestay… Topelus made great trips with us (crusing the gam lagoon, Manta snorkeling nearby…) and charges fair prices. Also the house reef is the best we have seen in R4 (a bit difficult to reach at low tide), healthy corals, a lot of fish – one time a big manta was coming next to us right on the drop off! Thanks a lot for all to Topelus and his family, god bless you…

    Silvia, Natalia, Vincent and Chris

    p.s.
    Petric (from the nearby Beser Bay Homestay, wich is somehow connected to Mnu Kwar) brought us to Manyafun. For those long distance trips, you will have to bargain a little… (like everywhere in R4) We ended up in 3 million, wich is still a lot…

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    I stayed one night in this homestay. It is just at the side of Beser bay, but not over water. It is clean and nice. But as the 3 bungalows of Beser Bay look better with their veranda and hammoks I asked to change when there was one free.
    There are the same people as in Beser bay taking care of Mnu Kwar, so read the rewiews there. Same food, same surrounding.