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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 offers five private bungalows. Three are located on the beach and are over water at high tide. Two are over water bungalows. All 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 Bon Wauw Homestay and Waisai is by longboat and costs IDR 1,500,000 each way for up to 3 people, or IDR 2,000,000 for 3 to 6 passengers. Trip cost is shared by passengers and the boat can carry up to six 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:
|FROM/TO||1 to 3 pax||4 to 6 pax|
|Piaynemo (drop off/pickup)||1,000,000||1,500,000|
|Piaynemo (day tour incl. entrance fee)||1,100,000||1,300,000|
|Arborek / Gam||1,000,000||1,300,000|
|Kri / Friwen||1,300,000||1,500,000|
|Wayag Day Trip (includes entrance fee)||6,000,000||6,000,000|
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 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.
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.)
See our West Waigeo page for an overview of West Waigeo, its islands, and their attractions.