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Iboryouh Homestay lies in a sheltered bay on the north shore of Batanta’s Birie Island.
A two-room beach bungalow is over water at high tide, and a private bungalow sits in the shade of beachside trees. Bungalow bedrooms sleep two in mattresses on the floor. Sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are supplied, and all rooms have power outlets and light switches. Both bungalows have verandahs with sea views and table settings.
Meals are served on the bungalow verandahs, and drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided free of charge.
Guests share a bathroom building which houses a western style toilet and bucket bathing.
Electricity is from a generator and is available from sunset to about midnight. A phone signal is usually available at Iboryouh Homestay, but it does not support an internet connection. (An internet connection is available in the nearby Arefi village.)
The nearest village is Arefi, which is about a ten minute boat ride away. Only basic supplies can be bought in Arefi, so bring anything you can’t live without with you. (Be sure to take any packaging home with you though – 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 Iboryouh Homestay, so, if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia, bringing a phrasebook or translation app is recommended.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Iboryouh Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Iboryouh Homestay cost IDR 1,500,000 each way. The longboat used can carry up to 4 passengers and the trip cost is shared.
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.
Iboryouh Homestay is an experience of nature at it’s richest. You’ll wake to birdsong from a jungle full of parrots of all size and colours. The huge black and red Palm Cockatoo is a regular visitor. Known locally as kakatua raja, these majestic birds are one of the world’s largest parrots and, uniquely, use tools to drum out territorial warnings.
Be sure to bring snorkelling gear, because the reefs around Birie and Batanta are some of the best in Raja Ampat. Due to the lack of constant boat traffic experienced in busier locations, your chances of encountering dugongs and pilot whales are high. Seeing dolphins, turtles and sharks is virtually guaranteed during any stay of more than a few days.
Iboryouh Homestay is very new and hasn’t finalised all its tour offerings yet, but they can of course organise boat tours to any of Batanta’s many attractions.
The villages of Arefi and Yensawai are close by, quite pretty and worth a visit. Yensawai village often arranges traditional music performances – just ask your host if you’d like to attend. A variety of local lemon trees abound in both Arefi and Yensawai. You can even pick your own if you’d like to buy some for fresh juice for your breakfast.
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.