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Reef dropoffEnglish speaking
Hiking availableGood house reef
Quiet hideawayHas family bungalows
Above IDR 600,000Sandy Beach
Near villageHas private bungalows
Bon Wauw Homestay lies on a fine sandy beach on the remote West Waigeo island of Manyaifun.
Four private beach bungalows are available. There is also a 2 room, over-water, family bungalow. (To book the family bungalow on the booking form above, select 2 x Room in a Bungalow.) All bungalows 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 over-water 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. When the Manyaifun cell tower is working, a strong signal is available.
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 Bon Wauw Homestay and Waisai costs IDR 2,500,000 each way. Trip cost is shared by passengers and the boat can carry a maximum of four passengers.
It’s a long trip (about 2.5 hours), but you’ll see a lot of Raja Ampat on the way. The route passes through Kabui Bay and Kabui Passage, then past a number of uninhabited cays with white sand beaches and turquoise waters between Kabui and Manyaifun.
Boat transfers are also available to other islands if you are planning to stay at other homestays as well. The transfers are also by longboat as above, and the links are to descriptions of the destinations. Trip prices (shared among passengers) are below:
|Piaynemo / Pam
|Arborek / Gam / Kri
|Saporkren / Friwen
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
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 Manta Point
IDR 1,000,000 for a single participant, IDR 2,000,000 shared cost for 2 to 4 participants.
Wayag Day Trip
A Wayag day trip from Bon Wauw will cost IDR 8,000,000 shared by up to four passengers. Cost includes entrance fees.
Piaynemo Day Trip
A Piaynemo day trip from Bon Wauw will cost IDR 2,500,000. Cost is shared by up to four passengers. Cost includes entrance fees.
See our West Waigeo page for an overview of West Waigeo, its islands, and their attractions.