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Western style toiletMangroves
Good house reefCalm beach
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
IDR 400,000 to 500,000Child discount
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.
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.
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.
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.
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.