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Biryei Homestay is a single private bungalow that lies between the beach and bird-filled jungle of Batanta’s Birie Island.
The spacious bungalow bedroom is equipped with a raised bed with sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net. There’s also a bedside table with a lamp and a room light switch and power outlets for charging devices are provided.
Meals are served at the table on the bungalow’s large, covered verandah and plastic chairs provide a bit more comfort than the usual dining room bench seating. Guests are supplied drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies free of charge.
A concrete-floored ensuite bathroom with a piped water supply houses a western style toilet and bucket bathing.
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. Activities
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. 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)
Mansuar/Kri half day
Remote/isolated Association member Reef dropoff Western style toilet Quiet hideaway Seagrass Coral Good house reef Calm beach Sandy Beach IDR 0 to 350,000 Has private bungalows
Has ensuite bathroom/toilet