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Western style toiletSeagrass
Birds of ParadiseEnglish speaking
Good house reefSnorkeling equipment
Has email contactCalm beach
Diving availableGood phone signal
Sandy BeachOn site dive centre
Has private bungalowsHas ensuite bathroom/toilet
Located just east of the village of Sawinggrai on Gam, Daroyen Village has two VIP bungalows with ensuite bathrooms and five private bungalows that share separate bathroom facilities.
Four of the private bungalows are located on a narrow strip of beach that lies between the Gam jungle and coastal mangroves. A fifth private bungalow and the two VIP ones with ensuite bathrooms are located nearby on land.
Each bungalow room sleeps two (twin or double). The VIP bungalows have raised beds and private bungalows have mattresses on the floor. All have sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net. An extra bed can usually be organised if you require one. All bungalows have verandahs equipped with hammocks and a table and chairs. VIP bungalow bedrooms have room light switches, power outlets and a fan supplied.
Meals are served in a dining shelter that has sea views, two large tables with bench seating and power outlets for charging devices. Free drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there for guests.
A generator provides electricity between the hours of 6pm and midnight. The phone signal at Daroyen Village is variable and is occasionally good enough to support a data connection. (Walking to the end of the jetty at Sawinggrai will vastly improve this.)
The nearest village for purchasing basic supplies is Sawinggrai. At low tide it’s possible to walk to neighbouring Nudibranch Homestay, and from there along a concrete path to Sawinggrai.
Please do take any inorganic rubbish you create away with you when you leave as there is no non-polluting method of disposal of waste like plastic and dead batteries in Raja Ampat. Leaving such trash on Gam will only contribute to Raja Ampat’s growing rubbish problem.
English is spoken at Daroyen Village.
Transport / Getting there
Waisai to Daroyen Village transfers are available by speedboat or longboat. Longboat transfers are only available subject to weather and sea conditions, can only accommodate 2 passengers and cost IDR 750,000 each way. Speedboat transfers can carry up to six passengers and cost IDR 1,200,000 each way. Both prices are per boat trip, shared among passengers.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Diving and snorkelling
Daroyen Village has an onsite dive centre equipped with dive gear for up to 6 divers at a time, compressor, emergency oxygen and first aid kit.
Diving costs IDR 500,000 per dive for 6 dives or less, and IDR 450,000 per dive for more than 6 dives. Cost includes boat, guide, tank and weight belt.
The fringing reef and blue water mangroves at Daroyen Village provide fantastic snorkelling and diving, but beware of exceptionally strong currents when the tide is running. Daroyen Village owner Pak Herman Mayor is one of Raja Ampat’s original dive guides and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to impart. Back in the late ’90s he was a guide for Dr Gerald Allen’s exploratory expedition, which triggered Conservation International’s 2001 marine rapid assessment survey – the first scientific study to chart the richness and importance of Raja Ampat’s marine biodiversity. More recently Pak Herman has led a Korean television team to film leatherback turtles nesting at Saursapoh.
In addition to the great diving and snorkelling available at and around the guesthouse, Daroyen offers guided diving and snorkelling tours for small groups to the best Dampier Strait dive sites. These include Manta Sandy, Cape Kri, Friwen Wall, Chicken Reef, Sardines, Mike’s Point, Mioskon, Blue Magic, Cape Mansuar, Sauwandarek, Yenbuba Jetty, Turtle Point, Batu Lima, Sawinggrai Reef and more.
Popular Piaynemo, Kabui Bay and Gam Bird of Paradise excursions costs are below. BoP excursion cost is per person, others are shared by total passengers.
|Piaynemo (max 6 persons)||6,500,000|
|Kabui Bay (max 6 persons)||5,000,000|
|Gam Birds of Paradise (min 2 persons)||350,000 per person|
Birdwatchers will enjoy simply lazing around the guesthouse trying to spot the variety of birds that fill the local jungle with their song. Long walks are comfortably made on a coastal concrete path between the villages of Sawinggrai and Kapisawar and Red Birds of Paradise can be easily seen a short distance into the jungle from Sawinggrai.
Daroyen Village’s location is showcased in this short film made by guest Wisnu Widjaja.
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.