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Reef dropoffWestern style toilet
Good house reefCalm beach
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Coral Homestay joins Dayan Homestay at Pulau Dayan, a small island at the western end of Batanta’s north coast.
Two private bungalows are set back from the high tide line in the shade of beachside trees. The bungalows sleep two on a mattress on the floor. Sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are supplied. Hammocks are also available.
Meals are served at Coral Homestay’s dining room. The dining room is located on the beach, has great views, and drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are always freely available there.
Guests share a sand-floored bathroom building that has a western style toilet and bucket bathing in two separate rooms.
Electricity is supplied by a generator which runs from sunset until midnight.
Depending on weather, a weak and erratic phone signal can sometimes be received at Pulau Dayan. (It’s rarely good for much except the occasional SMS message.)
You’ll need to bring all the consumeables you consider essential for your stay, as Coral Homestay is very remote. The nearest village (Yennyar/Marandan Weser) is about a twenty minute boat ride away, but only very basic supplies of the kind used by local people are available there.
Only a little English is spoken at Coral Homestay, so bringing a phrasebook or translation app is a good idea if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia. The neighbours at Dayan Homestay should be able to help out if needed.
Raja Ampat suffers from a total lack of safe waste disposal and recycling services. All homestays request that their guests please take their inorganic waste away with them when they leave, so as to not contribute to the growing trash problem in the islands. This is especially important at a small, isolated island like Dayan.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Coral Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Waisai and Coral Homestay is by longboat and costs IDR 2,000,000 each way, shared by passengers. (5 passengers max)
Drop-off to or pickup from other locations are available and use the same boat as above. Transfer prices to popular locations below. (IDR, shared by passengers.)
|Birie or Yarweser homestays||800,000|
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.
Pulau Dayan was the site of one of Conservation International’s first Raja Ampat Marine Protected Area patrol posts. It’s easy to see why. The reefs around the island are among the richest we’ve ever seen. Be sure to bring snorkelling gear, because Dayan is a snorkellers’ heaven. You do need to be careful of the strong currents that sweep around the island when the tide is running though! Dayan also boasts long stretches of perfect beach, including sections where it’s easy to get in and out of the water without stepping on coral.
Mantas, whales, dolphins, and turtles are all often seen, and dugongs are occasional visitors.
As mentioned above, Coral Homestay is extremely remote – but if you were heading to (or from) a Pam Islands homestay, Dayan would be the perfect place to spend a few days in the middle of the journey.
Coral Homestay can organise day trips to the Pam Islands, Piaynemo or any other place you might be interested in exploring. The pure, clean waters of the bays around Dayan and Batanta are perfect for oyster cultivation, and there’s a pearl farm nearby that could probably also be visited if you were interested. Batanta jungle treks and waterfall visits can also be arranged.
If you’re interested in seeing one of the last remaining villages in Raja Ampat in which all the houses are traditionally built, organise a visit to Yennyar. Yennyar is the name by which everyone refers to it, but the village’s formal name is Marandan Weser. Yennyar is a ten minute boat ride from Dayan.
If you’re looking for a place to really get away from it all, can afford the extra travel cost, and are looking for excellent snorkelling and blissful downtime, Pulau Dayan is perfect.
Coral Homestay Snorkeling and Sightseeing Tours
Prices are IDR, and are either per person, or per trip (shared by total passengers).
|Short snorkeling trips to >|
Manta Point (Batanta)
|100,000 per person|
|Waringkabom waterfall||1,000,000 per trip|
|Pulau Wai snorkelling||1,000,000 per trip|
|Pulau Urun snorkelling||600,000 per trip|
|Yennyar traditional village visit||400,000 per trip|