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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.
A couple of hundred metres away from its neighbour
Sea Fans Homestay, Bon Wauw Homestay currently has a single private bungalow on the beach. Another was under construction when we visited in June 2016. At high tide the bungalow is over water and it has a verandah with seats and table and a fine view across the bay to the neighbouring island of Batang Pele. The bungalow bedroom has the usual mattress on the floor with a mosquito net, pillows, bolsters, mattress cover and sheet.
Bon Wauw’s dining room was also still under construction, but should be ready by August. In the meantime, meals are taken on the guest bungalow verandah.
A two room bathroom building with a crushed rock floor provides separate dip mandi bathroom and a western style toilet.
Electricity is supplied from sunset to around midnight by generator, but there was no phone signal available on the day we visited. We think that was temporary, because a phone signal is usually available at Sea Fans and in Manyaifun village. The signal when present isn’t good enough for an internet connection though.
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.
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
Piaynemo to Waisai (combine with day trip)
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.
Near village Association member Reef dropoff Western style toilet Quiet hideaway Hiking available Coral English speaking Good house reef Calm beach Sandy Beach IDR 0 to 350,000
Wayag trips Has private bungalows