Dugong Homestay, Raspapir, Batanta, Raja Ampat

Dugong Homestay

Batanta

  • Amazing - 5 starfish
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  • Amazing - 5 starfish
  • Amazing - 5 starfish
  • (5/5 starfishes)

Splendid isolation with a fabulous house reef, a beautiful beach, superb sunrises, a nearby pearl farm and… dugongs!


Rooms
2 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On land - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Couple IDR 700,000 / couple / night
Single occupancy IDR 400,000 / person / night
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Details

Dugong Homestay is located at Raspapir, an east-facing beach on a peninsula on the central north coast of Batanta. The homestay is named for the dugongs that regularly graze the seagrass meadows in front of the homestay during high tides.

Dugong Homestay has three private bungalows, two on the beach and one on land. All have enclosed verandahs with a table, comfortable chairs and ocean views. The beach bungalows have mattresses on the floor, while the land bungalow has a raised bed. All rooms have the usual bedding consisting of sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito net and also have small mirror cabinets and power outlets for charging devices.

There’s no dining room at Dugong Homestay yet, so meals are taken on the (usually unoccupied) land bungalow verandah.

Bathroom facilities are shared by guests and consist of a sand floored bathroom shelter with a dip mandi bathroom in one room and a western style toilet in the other.

Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset to around midnight. There was no phone signal at Dugong Homestay when we visited in June 2016.

Yensawai village is a ten minute boat ride away and basic supplies can be  found there, but be sure to bring all essential items with you. Please also take home all the inorganic waste you create – especially plastic and dead batteries! There’s no safe waste disposal at Raspapir or Yensawai, or indeed anywhere in Raja Ampat!

English is spoken at Dugong Homestay, so there won’t be any communication difficulties.

Transport / Getting there

Transport between Waisai and Dugong Homestay costs IDR 1,500,000 each way and is by longboat capable of carrying up to 4 passengers. The trip cost is shared by passengers.

Speedboat transfers (6 passengers max) are also available and cost IDR 2,000,000 each way

NOTE: The 2 pm ferry from Sorong doesn’t leave enough time to get to Batanta before nightfall, so if you want to go direct from Waisai to the homestay you’ll need to be on the morning ferry. If you’re on the afternoon ferry and organise a Waisai pickup by Dugong, you’ll spend the night at Koryau Kayem Homestay, and then cross the strait to Batanta in the morning calm. Alternatively, you could book a Waisai homestay first and arrange a morning pickup from there.

Sorong pickup: Pickups from Sorong can be arranged via twin engine speedboat. The boat can carry up to 6 passengers and costs IDR 5,000,000 each way

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Dugong Homestay has a beautiful sheltered beach, a rich coral reef and seagrass meadows that regularly draw the dugongs the homestay is named for. You’ll certainly see them if you spend more than a couple of days there.

A pearl farm inhabits the bay at the foot of the Raspapir peninsula. The farm is testament to the area’s pristine waters and visits there can be arranged by Dugong Homestay.

Snorkelling Batanta

In addition to a house reef that provides great snorkelling, Dugong Homestay’s longboat is available for snorkelling at any other Batanta site you wish. A few of the many choices include:

  • Pulau Urun: IDR 400,000
  • Pulau Way: IDR 600,000
  • Pulau Dayan: IDR 700,000

Batanta sightseeing and cultural tours

Explore the Batanta jungle, waterfall and Yensawai village, or get some hands on experience with traditional instruments…

  • Batanta waterfall and Yensawai village tour: IDR 500,000
  • Yensawai village traditional suling tambur (flute and drum) performance: IDR 1,000,000 (2 hours)
  • Yensawai village traditional guitar and bass performance: IDR 1,000,000 (2 hours)

All prices quoted above are per trip and are shared by up to max of 4 passengers.

Features

  • Remote/isolated
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Mangroves
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Calm beach
  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000
  • Sandy Beach
  • Has private bungalows

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Dugong Homestay Contact Details

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Name Musa Omkarsba
Phone +6281240644218
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/musa.omkarsba
Name Ester
Phone +6285254835042

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21 thoughts on “Dugong Homestay

  1. Lloyd and Jan says:

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    Musa , his bother James ( their mother was quite ill and in the village…. hope she is better now ) and sister in law Laura looked after very well during our 4 day visit in September 2017. The reef on the edge of the drop off to the north past the mangroves was the best we found near the home stay.
    Did a trip to Urun with Musa… water was clearer ….coral and fish were some of the best we saw during our 4 week stay in R4…Musa is so good at spotting the small and unusual things that we would have missed…
    Delightfully quiet place to stay !!

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    Raja Ampat certainly did not disappoint!!! This is definitely one of the more secluded home stays with comparatively more intact environments (after having ‘compared notes’ with other visitors I met on the flight out of Sorong)

    I travelled solo this Sept’17 and Musa and his mom really accommodated every single request I wanted. Think the hospitality of the Mandarin Oriental. Maybe the perks of being a a girl/traveling alone/speaking bahasa?! LOL

    FOOD: I actually got more food than I could eat. 5 feedings a day was more than adequate for me. I am a very picky eater and Musa’s mom’s cooking was brilliant, despite just having simple apparatus for preparing and cooking. Just for an idea, I had dough fritters or fried plantains for snacks. For meals, I requested a lot of vegetables (just my diet) and I had a variety from eggplant to long beans to water spinach. Do not request fillet mignon or steak au poivoir, as Musa will then have to motor his boat out to Waisai then take the ferry back to Sorong to find the animal to butcher.

    WEATHER: weather at this home stay feels like the Jurassic Era – intact with no weird signs of global warming. Ocean breeze during the day, hot in the sun yet cool on land and temperate in water. Noticeably cold at night with breeze coming from the inland. I stayed up often early in to the morning to watch the huge storms that are brewing on the horizons many miles away. They usually pass over Gam and Friwen before blowing over Batantah. All had fabulous displays of lightening and great cloud structure.Some were huge pelting storms, some were just regular rain. *LONG-EXPOSURE NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHERS: take note*

    MARINE LIFE: I brought my freedive fins and did 2 sessions twice a day, sometimes out front or sometimes went on a boat trip to somewhere else. Water was cold for me, I wore two wetsuit tops for a while and had wetsuit leggings also. But its normal to be cold for free diving. This is THE area that specializes in juvenile, tiny and microscopic marine life. Yes there will be large fishes (‘large’ of course being relative to your personal experience) but do not go seeking the largest marine life here or you will miss the beauty of this area. Musa, being local, is good at what the area is good for. Ask him to show you the tiny animals, and you will realize this is one of the nursery area of Raja Ampat. Baby moray eels no longer than 3” stick their heads out of holes in fallen logs in the mangrove, baby triggerfish fully formed like a micro version of the adult counterpart gather around the shore in the morning after the rain, baby nudibranches just a shorter version of their adult counterparts hide on the sides of coral, schools of unidentified tiny clear invertebrate congregate just off the reef as the sunset…I can go on and on but you’ll have to go see for yourself the fragility and intactness of the place.

    ANIMAL LIFE: I prefer insects over birds so I found a lot of very strange looking small insects, all very small but with nice patterns, some as small as an orange seed. Saw a white cockatoo a few times overhead, lots of swallows, sand pipers, crows, a pair of very cute wild ducks always bathing in the freshwater pond behind the home stay (the dominant duck quacks and the follower duck chirps like a bird), a red bird not sure what was too fast for me, lots of frigatebirds on the way back to Waisai that were over a huge bait ball with huge yellowfin tunas hunting near the surface. Many other songbirds that I can hear but can never ever find, they usually call nearer to dusk. Lots of little tree lizards everywhere, and of course bigger ones in the mangrove. Geckos. One huge fruit bat the size of a fat cat that steals bananas from the dining table.

    TRASH I: there is no trash removal service here and obviously starting a landfill is out of the question. I bought a load of bread there which came in a plastic bag so I bought that plastic bag all the way back to an international airport. I did not carry any single use shampoos to avoid having those useless single use plastic packets. I carried a lot of organic wet wipes. Bring all your non-organic trash back with you to mainland. I am happy to say whilst staying there I had the lowest trash output in MY ENTIRE LIFE.

    TRASH II: besides minding my own trash, there were also other trash which i found on the reefs that I visited, that was not too deep for me to pick up. I stuffed them in my wetsuit pockets but will probably bring along a netted dive bag the next time. Trash amount was not exorbitant but given the fragility of the area, i felt inclined to pick up every single thing within my arm’s reach. As the currents circulate around the islands, it can never be sure where the origin of the trash comes from. Therefore its hard to pin point the blame to one area or one village.

    EQUIPMENT: these are some gear that I brought with me for this trip: clothesline, solar lamps, large external USB battery pack, organic wet wipes, hammock, camping cup, thermal water bottle, a lot of ziplock bags, rubber bands, twist tie, airline travel pillow, large garbage bag, mosquito net + hooks.

    Hope these info was helpful.

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    We were at Dugong Homestay for just over a week in July 2017 on a snorkeling holiday, and it was amazing!
    We were the only guests, and had the whole beach and house reef to ourselves. Musa was a great host and left us to our own devices most of the time. We were well looked after, if we needed anything Musa was there to help. We had great food for breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner every day.
    We really enjoyed our snorkel trips with Musa to the surrounding islands, as well as our visit to the mangrove forest to see the waterfall.
    We were worried about the weather, and had rain basically every day, but were still able to snorkel every day that we were there.
    We have posted some more information, pictures and a long snorkel video onto this page if you want more information.
    We would highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys nature, tranquility.

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Francois – it’s much appreciated, and your photos and story are excellent :)

      Just a note: While we certainly welcome guests leaving links to their own websites, we also appreciate it when those sites link back to the homestay concerned. Not only is it polite, but it’s also a great way to say thank you to your host and make it easy for your readers to follow in your footsteps if they want.

    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    Beautifully located on a clean beach with wide view. We got to see dugongs, small whales, mantas and dolphins on the few boat trips we took. The trip to the waterfall through a mangrove forest was really cool. The house reef offered more than enough variety for moderately interested snorklers. Different kinds of herons fish in the bay during low tide. Bird watching was nevertheless limited due to the location, with the canopy rising steep just behind the beach and there being no paths close to the homestay.

    Note that the information on the website is outdated. Both bungalows are at the waterfront and there is hut for enjoying meals. Comfortable chairs, however, are lacking.

  2. We would like to stay at the beginning of July (3/07/2017) for around 10 days, and will be catching a flight to get to Sorong in the morning, and then the 9am ferry on the Monday morning. Is the ferry schedule still up to date? We would like to then get the boat to Dugong homestay in the morning. Is there availability at that time for that time period for a couple? Is credit card accepted? Do people arrive with wads of cash? Where are the nearest ATMs if not? Will Dugong provide a total bill to be paid including the transfers to Wasai? Is payment made at the end of the stay, or the beginning? I have tried contacting Dugong via facebook, but no response yet.

  3. We like to go to Dugong Homestay on a Tuesday in June. In the moment there are only Ferrys leaving Sorong 12:00 noon on tuesdays. If we catch this ferry, is there enough time to go to the Homestay the same day? Thank´s a lot in advance!

    • It would depend on weather conditions on the day Julia. June is beginning of windy season though, so if you must go on a Tuesday it would probably be best to assume you will need to spend a night at Koryau Kayem (or another homestay of your choice) as above.

  4. Bjoern and Chantal says:

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    We stayed here for 6 days in 2017. Musa and his family took good care of us. Musa was a great snorkelling guide, found a lot of nudibranchs, he has a good eye for small stuff. We actually saw dugongs though you still need to be lucky to see them. There are some nice day trips to places in the area, especially Urun. Thankyou, injo nabor

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    Nous avons séjourné dix jours en novembre 2016, famille très sympathique. Bungalow sur l’eau en bordure de jungle, levé de soleil, un vrai silence (très très peu de bateaux), beaucoup d’oiseaux et bien sûr le Dugong….
    Merci Ibu, Musa et Fictor …..
    A bientôt….

    • Hello,
      Same question. How did you manage to book?
      Do they have an email or ??? to get information about the activities around (bird watching)?
      Thank you in advance.

      • Hi Oubraham –

        The simplest way to book is to use the booking form provided above, but you might need to try more than once – there is no phone signal at the homestay, so they have to travel to receive one. If Dugong had an email address we would have provided it. Dugong can arrange birdwatching tours. Hope that helps :)

  5. I stayed for 6 nights a couple of weeks ago. It was a wonderful and very intense experience.
    Batanta is under the radar for many visitors of the region, that is why i wanted to go discover it. It offers great snorkeling, fabulous birdlife and rich scenery and landscape.
    Dugong homestay was perfect. A nice patch of sand tucked at the entrance of a secluded bay with a couple of waterfront bulgalows. Food prepared by Ibu was delicious and she kept it varied through my entire stay. The bungalows are simple but very comfy and right over the water, at high tide you can jump from your own personal terrace straight to the sea! Fresh water is abundant for your daily showers and the resort grounds were kept neat and spotless by the family. you open your eyes in the morning to be treated to a wonderful sunrise while listening to the rich birdlife just on top of you: white and black cockatoos, various other parrots and doves even fishing eagles flying low enough you can even see what kind of fish they have got for their breakfast. While on your private terrace, you will get to see baby sharks hunting in the shallows during the day and with your lamp during the night baby stingrays doing the same. Snorkeling is brilliant at the entrance of the bay especially at the beginning of high tide when i used to go far away and slowly strike my fins to remain at the same spot while seeing sharks (black tips and white tips), barracudas, bumpheads….. there is a patch of mangrove next to the bungalows with residing kalabyas (epaulette sharks) and baby barracudas and sharks as well as mangrove fishes and enough sandy bottoms and sea gras to get your treat of blue spotted stingrays. Musa made every effort to help me spot a duggong, which we managed to do. his brother accompanied me to two daytrips once to 2 neighbouring islands with brilliant snorkeling, sea eagles and fruit bat colonies and once to the cleanest waterfall in indonesia through a very intriguing mangrove forest. i highly recommend going there, especially if you want to stay and experience a remote naturalistic place. The family is caring and always smiling and Musa and his brothers want to make the place even more enjoyable and confortable for next visitors, he has got a lot of brilliant plans for the future. he kept me entertained during many evenings and i highly improved my bahasa through my stay with them. Thank you for a wonderful experience

  6. Otto, Regina and Moritz says:

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    We had a perfect time at Dugong Homestay. Even in the fornt of the homestay there was brilliant snorkeling. We also did some trips to Way Island (amazing corals) and to the waterfall through the mangroves. Meals are great and delicious. The whole family (Ibu Johanna, Mimi, Musa) are making great efforts to make your stay comfortable.

    We had a woderful time at his remote place and would highly recommend a stay with at Dugong.

  7. Lysette And Tony says:

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    We were excited and honoured to be the first guests at Dugong Homestay. Even the two hour longboat journey from Waisai was part of the adventure as we passed one beautiful island after another, flying fish along side us and frigatebirds overhead. Next morning, as we were having breakfast and watching the sun rise over the bay, we were treated to a pod of leaping dolphins. Over the next six days we took expeditions to Way Island, Dayan Island and other brilliant snorkeling sites although we also spent plenty of time exploring the coral reef right in front of us where we saw giant sea stars, nudibranchs, soft and hard corals, anemones, fan worms and a huge array of fish. (The waterfall is also well worth a trip as it includes a gentle boat journey through a mangrove-lined estuary). Dugong is in a genuinely secluded location where the only sounds at night are frogs, the waves and the occasional bat. Meals were plentiful and delicious as Ibu Johanna is a wonderful cook…and a very good traditional roof weaving instructor :-) Musa and his extended family made our first Raja Ampat experience a total joy and one we’ll never forget. Thank you again, Musa, for the sekolah malam bahasa, your good humour and your kindness. We hope to return some day and meanwhile highly recommend this homestay to fellow travellers.