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Bon Wauw Homestay lies in a shady coconut grove on a fine sandy beach on the remote West Waigeo island of Manyaifun.
Bon Wauw Homestay has two private bungalows on the beach, with another two almost finished as of September 2018. At high tide the bungalows are over water and both have verandahs with seats and tables and fine views across the bay to the neighbouring island of Batang Pele. The bungalow bedrooms have the usual mattress on the floor with a mosquito net, pillows, bolsters, mattress cover and sheet.
Meals are served in Bon Wauw’s beachside dining room and drinking water, tea and coffee making supplies are always available there for guests.
A two-room bathroom building with a crushed rock floor provides separate dip mandi bathroom and a squat toilet.
Electricity is supplied from sunset to around midnight by generator, but there is only a weak and erratic phone signal available. (Internet connections are not possible.)
Manyaifun village is a 15 minute walk away and basic supplies can be purchased there, but Manyaifun is a remote island, so consider bringing your favourite snacks and anything you can’t do without. It’s also important to take any inorganic trash (especially plastic and batteries) that you create away with you when you leave – there’s no safe waste disposal on Manyaifun. (See our
article about rubbish in Raja Ampat for more info.)
Pak Matheus speaks English, so you shouldn’t have any problems communicating.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Waisai and Bon Wauw Homestay is by longboat that can carry a maximum of 2 people with luggage and costs IDR 1,500,000 each way. The trip is a long one and you’ll get to see Kabui Bay and Passage and the sand cays of western Waigeo on the way. A larger boat can be organised if required, and costs IDR 1,800,000 each way (up to 5 pax max).
Pickup and dropoff is also available to other islands if you are staying at other homestays as well. The transfers are also by longboat as above. Trip prices (shared among passengers) are below:
BON WAUW TRANSFERS PRICE (IDR) Piaynemo to Waisai (combine with day trip) 3,000,000 Gam 1,500,000 Arborek 1,500,000 Kri 2,000,000 Batanta 4,000,000 Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here. Activities
Manyaifun’s waters are rich in coral and fish and alive with phosphorescence at night. There are many great snorkelling sites nearby, including some where you can swim with Mantas. Bon Wauw has good coral and a drop off at the door. The fiordlike karst landscape of western Waigeo and Aljui Bay are also relatively close by.
Manyaifun affords the opportunity to do a bit of hiking and some great panoramas are available from the island’s heights. Manyaifun village is also easily accessible from Bon Wauw. (Ask to see the freshwater eels there.)
Snorkelling at Bon Wauw Homestay
In addition to the house reef, snorkelling trips can be arranged on request and day trips to Piaynemo and Wayag for sightseeing and snorkelling are also available.
Wayag Day Trip
A Wayag day trip from Bon Wauw will cost IDR 6,000,000 shared among longboat passengers.
Piaynemo Day Trip
Bon Wauw’s sightseeing and snorkelling day trip to Piaynemo is also by longboat and costs IDR 3,000,000 shared among passengers.
Pulau Sayang Turtle Sanctuary Camping trip
The soft, sandy beaches of Pulau Sayang (
Sajang on Google maps) host substantial Green Turtle rookeries. Turtles come ashore almost every night of the year, with peak numbers between March and June, the time of year when seas are usually calm. Bon Wauw homestay offers a 2 day/1 night camping trip to see the turtles. You’ll spend the night with the turtles on Sayang, and the trip also includes a stopover at Wayag. Here are the details: Cost: IDR 10,000,000 shared by participants. Maximum number of passengers: 8 If there’s more than 2 of you, you’ll need to bring your own tents, or hope it doesn’t rain! (Bon Wauw only has one tent available.) Waigeo Barat
our West Waigeo page for an overview of West Waigeo, its islands, and their attractions.