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Western style toiletQuiet hideaway
Good house reefHas email contact
Has private bungalowsHas ensuite bathroom/toilet
IDR 400,000 to 500,000Child discount
Biryei Homestay has three private VIP bungalows that lie between the beach and bird-filled jungle of Batanta’s Birie Island.
The bungalows have raised beds, with sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito nets supplied. Bathtowels are provided and bedside tables with lamps and shelves and hooks. A room light switch and power outlets for charging devices are provided.
Meals are served at the table on the bungalow’s large, covered verandahs and plastic chairs provide a bit more comfort than the usual dining room bench seating. Another small table in the bungalow bedroom provides complementary drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies.
The bungalows have concrete-floored ensuite bathrooms with a piped water supply and bucket bathing. Two bungalows have a western style toilet, the other has a squat toilet.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset to around midnight. There’s no phone signal at Biryei Homestay.
The nearest village is Arefi, which is about a 20 minute boat journey away, so you’ll need to bring all the supplies you feel are essential with you. Basic supplies can be purchased in Arefi’s small local shops if you run low.
It’s especially important at a remote homestay like Biryei that you take all your inorganic rubbish away with you when you leave. You’ll definitely be contributing to the trashing of paradise if you don’t.
Only a little English is spoken at Biryei Homestay, so we recommend you bring a phrasebook if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Waisai – Biryei Homestay transfers are by longboat, take about two hours and cost IDR 1,500,000 each way. The cost is shared among passengers. (Maximum of 2.)
Biryei Homestay can also organise transfers directly between the homestay and Sorong. The cost is IDR 5,000,000 each way.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
If you are looking to save money on transfers and have plenty of time available, there is a public boat that runs between Sorong, Arefi on Batanta, and Pam village on Pambemuk. The public boat is a lot cheaper than any other means. It costs about IDR 120,000 one way between Sorong and Pam, so probably cheaper to Batanta. It’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and arrives in Arefi at Batanta at 2200. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat.
You would need to let your homestay know you were arriving on the ferry so they could arrange a pickup or somewhere for you to spend the night in Arefi. (Small boat travel at night is potentially dangerous.)
The return trip usually leaves Pam around 0830 on Saturday morning, arriving in Arefi at about 1230 and Sorong at 1730.
Be sure to bring your snorkelling gear, because Pulau Birie and the nearby islands provide excellent snorkelling. In addition to the usual hosts of fish and coral, you’re likely to see turtles, dugongs, mantas and dolphins. Birdwatchers will be in their element: Birie’s jungles host a huge range of birds and their dawn chorus is a delight. The villages of Arefi and Yensawai are relatively nearby and well worth exploring, and trips can be made to see waterfalls and Wilson’s Bird of Paradise on Batanta.
Best of all, Biryei Homestay is fabulous place for your own private tropical island retreat. A lovely beach, the music of the jungle and ocean and the lack of phone or online intrusions make it easy to laze the day way on your verandah, waiting for another blazing sunset over paradise.
Biryei Homestay snorkelling and sightseeing trips
A selection of the many possibilities is below. Prices are in Indonesian Rupiah and are per trip, not per person.
|Pulau Wai (+ birdwatching)||600,000|
|Mansuar/Kri half day||1,000,000|
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.