Black Swiss Homestay

Birie Island - Batanta



1 x On land - Private bungalow

A single room bungalow (no ensuite bathroom/toilet) Sleeps max. 3 persons / room.


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Twin share from USD 26.92 per person / night including 3 meals daily

Single occupancy from USD 26.92 per person / night including 3 meals daily

Discount for children under 12

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* Under 12yrs

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  • English speaking
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Good house reef
  • Good phone signal
  • Calm beach
  • Child discount
  • Sandy Beach
  • Western style toilet
  • IDR 400,000 to 500,000
  • Has private bungalows


    Black Swiss Homestay occupies a beachfront location on the north coast of Birie Island, a small island which lies off the north coast of Batanta.

    A great couples hideaway, Black Swiss offers a single private bungalow nestled in the shade of beachside trees. Bedding includes the usual mosquito net, pillows, sheets, bolsters. Meals are served on the bungalow verandah which has views across the Dampier Strait to the northern islands. Drinking water, tea and coffee making supplies are supplied free of charge..

    A separate 2 room bathroom building provides bucket bathing in one room and a western style toilet in the other.

    Electricity is provided at night by generator for lighting and charging devices.

    English is spoken at Black Swiss Homestay, and a good 4G phone signal is usually available from the nearby tower at Arefi village.

    Basic supplies are available at the village of Arefi which is about a fifteen minute boat ride away. Be sure to bring anything you absolutely can’t do without with you though. Please also be sure to take away any inorganic rubbish you create because, as with the rest of Raja Ampat, there’s no safe waste disposal available on Birie and inorganic waste left there will inevitably result in pollution.

    Transport / Getting there

    Transport from Waisai to Black Swiss Homestay costs IDR 1,000,000 each way. A longboat capable of carrying up to 6 people is used and the cost is shared by passengers.

    Transport between Black Swiss Homestay and Yensawai (where the cargo boat docks) costs IDR 300,000 each way. A longboat capable of carrying 5 passengers is used.

    Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

    Public Boat to Batanta

    If you have plenty of time, you don’t mind a bit of discomfort, and you want spend as little as possible on transport costs, then there are cargo boats that you can use to get to Batanta. (Obviously, if you are going to arrive on the cargo boat, then you don’t need to request a Waisai pickup when submitting the booking form above.)

    Here’s what you need to know about getting the cargo boat to Batanta.


    The lush forests of Pulau Birie are a birdwatcher’s paradise and the island’s north shore are has rich reefs and seagrass meadows where dugongs can often be seen. The nearby village of Arefi is also extremely picturesque and well worth visiting.

    Batanta is one of only two places in the world where you can see Wilson’s Bird of Paradise: Black Swiss Homestay can take you to see this amazing bird and can also arrange tours to any other local areas of interest.

    The table below lists some of the available options. Tours are by longboat capable of carrying up to 6 people and the trip cost is shared by passengers. Be sure to bring your snorkelling gear! Black Swiss Homestay Tours

    Snorkelling: Pulau Urun550,000
    Snorkelling: Pulau Wai600,000
    Snorkelling: Pulau Dua Kri600,000
    Snorkelling: Pulau You400,000
    Snorkelling: West Arefi300,000
    Snorkelling: Pulau Ayof300,000
    Wilson’s Bird of Paradise tour700,000
    Batanta Waterfall tour500,000


    See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.

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