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Feey Yef Homestay occupies a tiny bay on a karst island near the village of Wawiyai in northern Kabui Bay.
It’s the perfect place for an overnight stop on a kayaking trip or other multi-day exploration of Kabui Bay.
The single over-water bungalow has two bedrooms and a shared verandah that has views across the bay to the jungled islets that crowd the northern part of the bay.
Bedrooms are equipped with the homestay standard of mattresses on the floor, sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets, but were otherwise bare when we visited in June 2017.
Meals are served on the bungalow verandah and drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided there for guests.
Guests share bathroom facilities that have been built on the island. A squat toilet and bucket bathing is provided, but as all water would have to be brought by boat, it may be that fresh water bathing is unavailable. (The owner was not around to tell us more when we visited.)
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset to around midnight. There was only a weak and erratic phone signal available when we visited.
Wawiyai village is a 2km boat ride away if you need emergency supplies, but you should definitely bring anything you consider essential with you.
You’ll also need to take any inorganic waste away with you when you leave.
English is not spoken at Feey Yef Homestay, so bring a phrasebook if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
The village of Wawiyai looms large in local lore, as it is here that the events related in Raja Ampat’s founding myth took place.
The dragon’s eggs from which hatched the original kings of Raja Ampat were found here. One which didn’t hatch is still venerated, and is housed in a hut on the banks of the Waikeo River near Wawiyai. Once a year (and the only time that outsiders may get a glimpse of it), it is removed from its cloth wrapping and ceremonially washed.
There are a number of other ancient cultural sites than can be visited on boat trips from Feey Yef, including funerary caves and ancient rock art galleries. The famed snorkeling and dive site of Kabui Passage is nearby, as is a panoramic lookout point that has been built atop one of the bay’s western karst islands.
Birdwatching and jungle treks along a section of the newly built dirt road out of Wawiyai can also be arranged, as can snorkelling trips.
See the table below for the prices we have been provided so far. The tours are by boat (5 people max), prices are in Indonesian Rupiah and are shared by participants.
We recommend you confirm exact itinerary and price prior to committing.
|FEEY YEF HOMESTAY TOURS||PRICE|
|Paniki cave, skull cave, batu pensil & Kabui panorama climb (incl admission fee)||1,800,000|
|Kali raja, ancient hand painting, paniki cave & Kabui panorama climb (incl admission fee)||1,800,000|
|Snorkelling trip: Friwen (or Friwen Wall), Batu Lima, Pasir Timbul & Kri/Yenbuba||1,500,000|
See our Waigeo Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.