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Has family bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Dore Wombon Homestay occupies a sheltered bay at the far western end of Batanta.
If you are looking for a private, back-to-basics escape in a remote wilderness location, then Dore Wombon’s single private beach bungalow is perfect.
The bungalow sleeps two, but extra mattresses can be provided if needed. The bungalow has a large covered and enclosed verandah in addition to the bedroom, so two couples could stay without needing to share the same bedroom.
Meals are served in the bungalow verandah room, and drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided free of charge.
Guests share a bathroom building with bucket bathing, but we haven’t been told what toilet style is installed. We’ll update as soon as we hear!
Electricity is supplied from a generator and is available from sunset to about midnight. A weak phone signal is available at Dore Wombon Homestay, but it will not support an internet connection.
The nearest village (Yennyar/Marandan Weser) is about a twenty minute boat ride away, and only very basic supplies can be purchased there. You will need to come fully stocked with all the consumeables you consider essential.
Please be sure to take any packaging home with you. There’s no safe means of inorganic waste disposal in Raja Ampat. See our Don’t rubbish Raja Ampat article for more about this.
Only a little English is spoken at Dore Wombon Homestay, so a phrasebook or translation app is recommended if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Dore Wombon Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Dore Wombon Homestay cost IDR 2,000,000 one way. Transfers are by a longboat which can accommodate a maximum of 6 passengers. Trip cost is shared by passengers.
Dore Wombon Homestay environs feature excellent snorkelling over rich coral reefs, seagrass beds where dugongs are frequent visitors, nearby manta cleaning stations and jungles filled with birdlife.
Dore Wombon is well off the beaten track – but if you were heading to (or from) a Pam Islands homestay, Dore Wombon would be the perfect place to spend a few days in the middle of the journey. The homestay is directly opposite Pulau Dayan, which means that, although a private and quiet retreat, there is also the possibility of finding others nearby who might want to share trip costs.
Dore Wombon 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 the homestay 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 this village, but it appears on most maps as Marandan Weser.)
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.