If you’re looking to get away from it all and relax in a spectacular tropical island environment, then Beser Bay’s perfect: A small and quiet homestay in a tranquil setting where you can be sure your escape won’t be marred by ringing cellphones and incoming email.
Beser Bay is perfect for a family getaway, as it’s situated on a channel between islands and the waters around the homestay are free of strong currents. The beach at Beser Bay slopes gently into shallow water over a sand bottom dominated by seagrass and you’ll often see the children of the Beser Bay and Ano families playing there.
At the entry to Gam Bay, Beser Bay Homestay is perfectly positioned to explore the karst islands, hidden waterways and rich marine life of the bay. Quite near the homestay are sheltered bays where moon jellyfish rise to the surface – sometimes in their thousands.
In Gam Bay there are caves where roosting bats can be observed, including some (Raffray’s sheath-tailed bat) which are yet to be photographed in their natural habitat. Orchids adorn the bay’s karst islets and stacks and the waterways conceal secrets like the “Hidden Lagoon” – a body of water that can only be entered via a cave and which shelters several intriguing species of marine life including soft corals, Synaptid sea-cucumbers and unusual jellyfish.
Great snorkelling (bring your own gear) over good coral is available in Gam Bay, as well as to the southwest of the homestay, just outside the channel the bungalows shelter in. Beware of tidal currents if you venture to the reef dropoff out there – they are extremely strong when in full flow. Mantas regularly cruise the surface currents nearby and there are a huge range of nudibranch species to be found on the reefs at the homestay. Beser Bay also has an inflatable kayak available so you can make your own leisurely explorations of the local environs.
Kapisawar village is nearby and a great day’s outing can be had there and in Sawinggrai which lies a bit further to the east along a well made concrete path. The dawn display of Red Birds of Paradise can be seen at Sawinggrai and hordes of colourful reef fish gather every day for feeding at Mambefor Homestay’s jetty there.
Beser Bay tours
Beser Bay can provide snorkelling and sightseeing trips to any Raja Ampat attractions you want to visit. The table below list some of the more popular destinations. Prices are in IDR and are per trip, shared by passengers. The boat used can carry a maximum of six people.
|Kabui Bay/Ayat/Batu Pensil day trip
|Piaynemo/Arborek day trip
|Wayag day trip