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Reef dropoffWestern style toilet
English speakingGood house reef
Has private bungalowsHas family bungalows
Boryomggung Homestay lies on the north shore of Birie Island and has one private bungalow and a two room bungalow with a nicely furnished common area.
Bedrooms: Mattresses on the floor have pillows, bolsters, sheets and mosquito nets and each room also has a table, power outlets and room light switch.
The family bungalow common area has beach and sea views and is a great place to relax. There are chairs, bench seating, some nice glass topped tables displaying shell collections and power outlets for your devices.
A two room bathroom building is shared by all guests. A pebble-floor dip mandi bathroom is in one and the other has a western style toilet and concrete floor.
Meals are taken in a dining shelter which lies next to the beach behind a screen of young mangroves. The dining room is cool and shady, with bench seats and a table and tea, coffee and drinking water are freely available there.
Electricity is supplied by generator and is available from sunset to about midnight.
Only a weak and variable phone signal was available at Boryomggung Homestay when we visited in June 2016. You won’t be able to get a data connection.
If you need supplies, Arefi Village is a fifteen minute boat ride away. Only the basics are available there though, so be sure to buy in advance any items or snacks you regard as essential. Please also take away any inorganic rubbish you create. Especially dead batteries and plastics. As in the rest of Raja Ampat there is no non-polluting method of waste disposal available on Birie. Please: don’t rubbish Raja Ampat!
English is spoken at Boryomggung Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Waisai to Boryomggung Homestay transfers are by longboat that can carry up to five passengers and cost IDR 1,000,000 each way. Journey time is about two hours and cost is shared by passengers.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
If you are looking to save money on transfers and have plenty of time available, there is a public boat that runs between Sorong, Arefi on Batanta, and Pam village on Pambemuk. The public boat is a lot cheaper than any other means. It costs about IDR 120,000 one way between Sorong and Pam, so probably cheaper to Batanta. It’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and arrives in Arefi at Batanta at 2200. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat.
You would need to let your homestay know you were arriving on the ferry so they could arrange a pickup or somewhere for you to spend the night in Arefi. (Small boat travel at night is potentially dangerous.)
The return trip usually leaves Pam around 0830 on Saturday morning, arriving in Arefi at about 1230 and Sorong at 1730.
Boryomggung Homestay is nature at it’s best. A great house reef with dugongs, sharks and mantas all being regular visitors. Pulau Birie’s jungles are host to scores of bird species including parrots and cockatoos.
The nearby villages of Arefi and Kampung Baru are very pretty and worth a visit.
Bring your own snorkelling gear and enjoy free snorkelling on the rich Boryomggung house reef. Snorkelling trips further afield by boat are available for IDR 100,000 per person unguided, or IDR 200,000 per person if you want a snorkelling guide.
Boryomggung Homestay Tours
Tours prices below are shared by boat passengers. (See Boryomggung Homestay’s website for local destination descriptions.)
|Cape Kri/Pasir Timbul/Akber Reef||1,500,000|
|Pulau Dayan (Manta Point)||1,200,000|
|Fish Heaven Reef||550,000|
|Kampung Baru (Adventist village)||400,000|
|Birie Corner/Sawasar Corner||200,000|
|Arefi (Protestant village)||150,000|
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.