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Remote/isolatedLarge groups OK
Reef dropoffWestern style toilet
English speakingGood house reef
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Has family bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Dayan Homestay sits on the western shore of Pulau Dayan, a small island at the western end of Batanta’s north coast.
Six large, private bungalows and a four-room bungalow are available. All rooms sleep two on a mattress on the floor, but extra beds can be arranged if needed. Sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are supplied.
Meals are served Dayan Homestay’s over-water dining room, which has fabulous sunset views to the Pam Islands. As at all homestays, free drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided there.
Guests share a 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 Dayan 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.
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.
English is spoken at Dayan Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Waisai and Dayan Homestay is by longboat and costs IDR 2,000,000 each way, shared by passengers. (6 passengers max)
Drop-off to or pickup from other locations are available. Transfer prices to popular locations below. (IDR, shared by passengers.)
|Arefi village||800,000 (max 4)|
|Birie or Yarweser homestays||1,000,000 (max 5)|
|Kri||1,500,000 (max 5)|
|Arborek||1,500,000 (max 5)|
|Pam||1,500,000 (max 5)|
|Gam||1,600,000 (max 6)|
|Manyaifun||3,000,000 (max 8)|
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 Dayan Homestay are some of 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.
Dayan Homestay has hammocks available, and many trees that are perfectly placed to string one up and settle in to soak up the views and watch the day go by. They are sure to be popular, so if hammock time is high on your agenda, you might want to bring one with you.
As mentioned above, Dayan 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.
Dayan 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, it’s hard to imagine a better alternative.
Dayan 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 (per location)|
|Piaynemo||2,500,000 per trip (max 8)|
|Waringkabom waterfall||1,200,000 per trip (max 6)|
|Pulau Wai snorkelling||1,000,000 per trip (max 4)|
|Pulau Urun snorkelling||600,000 per trip (max 4)|
|Yennyar traditional village visit||400,000 per trip (max 4)|
|Rambau||350,000 per trip (max 3)|
|Pearl Farm||300,000 per trip (max 2)|