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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).
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.
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