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Western style toiletMangroves
Quiet hideawayHiking available
Good house reefGood phone signal
Has private bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Gobi Signal homestay is a single, private over-water bungalow at the northern edge of Batanta’s Yensawai village.
The bungalow bedrooms sleep two on a mattress on the floor. Sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net are supplied. Power outlets and room light switch provided.
Meals are served on the bungalow verandah which has panoramic views to across the bay to the Dampier Strait, Pulau Arefi, and the hills of Batanta.
A western style toilet and bucket bathing is provided in a two-room bathroom building on shore for guests. (Be sure to bring a headtorch or similar to make negotiating the boardwalk easier at night!)
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset until midnight.
A 4G telephone signal is available in Yensawai.
The small shops in Yensawai sell basic supplies, but it’s a long way back to Waisai, so it would be best to arrive with all the consumeables you consider essential.
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.
English is spoken at Gobi Signal Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Waisai – Gobi Signal Homestay transfers cost IDR 1,500,000 one way. The journey is made in a longboat capable of carrying 4 passengers maximum. The trip price is shared by passengers.
Transfers between Gobi Signal Homestay and anywhere else you’re headed for can be arranged. Prices below are in IDR, for a one way trip, shared by boat passengers.
|PICK UP / DROP OFF||PRICE|
|Sorong||4,000,000 by longboat / 5,000,000 by speedboat|
|Piaynemo / Pam Islands||4,000,000 by longboat / 5,000,000 by speedboat|
|Kabui Bay area||2,000,000 (longboat)|
|Kri / Mansuar||1,000,000 (longboat)|
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.
Be sure to bring snorkelling gear, because Gobi Signal Homestay has a wealth of marine life right at the door. Including, of course, the Signal Goby that the homestay is named for. The seagrass flats that surround the homestay are a nursery for all kinds of creatures and dugongs can sometimes be seen from the homestay verandah. Reefs are a short swim away, where the seagrass flats give way to deeper water.
Gobi Signal Homestay can arrange snorkelling and sightseeing trips to all the local attractions. Waterfalls, sand cays, jungled bays and Pulau Birie’s fabulous reefs are all close by. A few of the many possibilities are listed below. Prices are IDR, per trip, shared by participants.
|Pulau Kri (Batanta)||700,000|
Explore Yensawai village and ask about the occasional music performances that are organised there. Long beach walks are possible from the eastern end of the village at low tide.
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.