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Reef dropoffWestern style toilet
Good house reefHas email contact
Wayag tripsHas private bungalows
Kayak (local use only)IDR 400,000 to 500,000
The photo above shows Beser Bay Homestay’s idyllic location on a fine blue day. It’s up there instead of a photo of the homestay because every time that we’ve visited it’s been cloudy – and you really need to see this place it at its best!
Located on one of the islets dotted around the eastern shore of the entrance to Gam Bay, Beser Bay Homestay has four private over-water bungalows right in front of those coconut palms. Each bungalow sleeps two on mattresses on the floor. Each bungalow room has a small table and tablecloth, a wall mounted bathroom style plastic shelf and mirror unit and a power outlet for charging devices. Bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net. Bungalow verandahs are supplied with hammocks and have great views across the seagrass-filled channel that separates Beser Bay from Gam Island.
Beser Bay’s nicely decorated dining room extends from small limestone cliff behind the bungalows. A large table with bench seating is provided and there is even a refrigerator! Power outlets are provided and free drinking water, tea and coffee are always available for guests.
A short path through a garden planted with fruit trees, herbs and flowers leads to Beser Bay’s bathroom building. Two rooms separately house a western style toilet and a dip mandi bathroom. Bathroom facilities are currently shared by Beser Bay guests and also with the guests of the adjacent Ano and Morning Star homestays. Extra bathroom facilities will be added as demand grows at these two new homestays.
Electricity at Beser Bay Homestay is supplied by generator and is available from sunset to around midnight.
There’s no telephone signal at Beser Bay, but the village of Kapisawar is less than ten minutes away by longboat and a signal can usually be received on the village jetty. Kapisawar and nearby Sawinggrai have shops where basic supplies can be purchased. A note about rubbish: There’s no effective waste treatment or recycling facilities in Raja Ampat, so leaving inorganic trash like plastics and dead batteries at Beser Bay will only contribute to Raja Ampat’s growing rubbish problem. Please do take all your inorganic trash away with you when you leave.
Beser Bay Homestay staff live on site, but only have minimal English, so if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia be sure to have a phrasebook handy.
Please note: Coconut crabs are a protected species. Please don’t buy them. Beser Bay Homestay will refuse to cook any you might bring and will instead ask that you release them.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Beser Bay Homestay cost IDR 1,000,000 each way. The boat used can carry up to five passengers with the total cost shared between them. If your group is larger than five another boat will be needed and the cost will be IDR 200,000 per person.
Transfers between Beser Bay and Kordiris Homestay, or between Beser Bay and homestays on Arborek or Kri are available for IDR 500,000 each way, shared between passengers (5 max).
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
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||4,000,000|
|Piaynemo/Arborek day trip||5,000,000|
|Wayag day trip||10,000,000|
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.