Indip Homestay, Pulau Arborek, Raja Ampat

Indip Homestay


  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • (4/5 starfishes)

A shady private setting next to the cultural tourism village of Arborek, Indip offers great snorkeling and easy access to popular Manta ray sites.

2 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Indip Homestay lies on the north shore of Pulau Arborek, at the island’s extreme western end, next to Manta Homestay. Indip has one tidy two room bungalow in the shade of trees by the beach.

Each room sleeps two on mattresses equipped with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. There are no shelves in the rooms, but outside each room under a verandah roof is a table setting comprising plastic chairs and a small table which could be moved into the rooms if desired.

Meals are taken in a beachside dining shelter with a large table and bench seating and nearby is a beachside table with tree trunk stool set in the shade by the high water mark.

A toilet and bathroom shelter is shared by guests and has a hybrid squat/pedestal style toilet (see the gallery photo) and dip mandi bathroom in separate concrete-floored rooms.

Electricity is provided by generator between the hours of six and twelve at night.

There is a weak and erratic phone signal at Indip Homestay, but it can be dramatically improved by walking a short distance toward the Arborek village jetty.

Basic supplies and cold drinks can be purchased in the nearby village of Arborek.

Indip Homestay host Buce speaks a little English, so a phrasebook would be a good idea if you have no Bahasa Indonesia.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai transfer boat price is IDR 1,500,000 each way (IDR 3,000,000 for the round trip). The cost can be shared between boat passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.


Sensational snorkeling (bring your own gear) is available at the nearby Arborek village jetty and over the sandbanks and corals on the eastern end of the island. Arborek village often mounts cultural displays of music and dance and has a couple of small souvenir shops selling locally made handcrafts.

Diving: Diving is available at Indip Homestay in conjunction with Arborek Dive Shop.

Indip Homestay can arrange snorkeling tours and visits to the Fam Islands, Piaynemo, Manta Point and Manta Sandy, to Sawinggrai to see Red Birds of Paradise, Kabui Bay and Passage tours and journeys to the Wayag group of islands.


  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Western style toilet
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Sandy Beach
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Wayag trips

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Name Buce
Phone +6281344161791

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4 thoughts on “Indip Homestay

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • (4/5 starfishes)

    The location is very very beautiful! Staff seems nice, however, they did not talk very much with us.
    Food was great tasting! The breakfast could be bigger, we bought instant noodles (pop mie) in one of the small kiosks in the village and had with the breakfast (cakes/doughnuts).
    One of the best meals I had in Raja Ampat was a bbq fish we had here!

    The toilet is a mix between western and stand up… A bit hard to master at first :)
    No towels, that would have been nice(since I lost mine the day before arriving to Arborek)

    The village is very cute and the people of Arborek are wonderful and nice. Most of the residents do not speak english but try to talk to them anyway!
    We dove with Arborek dive shop and the owner there, Githa, was very helpful.

  1. Paula Källman says:

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • (4/5 starfishes)

    Very friendly family. Good location at Arborek, very calm and relaxed place at the beach. Good food (the breakfast is not so much, you get cake/donuts but its a lot of homestays serving that for breakfast).

  2. Everyone on Arborek was very helpful. A large group walked us from the pier all the way to the homestays, carrying our packs for us. This was our second homestay and were headed to the Manta homestay but their guests decided to extend their stay so we were shown the next door homestay Indip. The man with Manta homestay spoke excellent english and served as our organizer, go between with Indip’s owner and guide on arranging boat trips and snorkeling areas around the island. The food at Indip was yummy including fried bananas and a gelatinous rice/coconut roll up for breakfast.
    The sleeping huts are not over the water but back from the beach. The area right by the water included very ingenious beach lounges and chairs made from found objects and seating areas where we eat our meals which served our group well.
    It would have been nice if the power stayed on a bit longer to charge camera batteries but that is not a show stopper. We were surprised to see the owner’s picture on this website after our return because he was around but we did not realize he was the owner.
    Arborek is worth the effort to say here – most snorkeling requires a boat but walking around the island was a nice diversion from our water based activities.

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

    We (party of two couples) stayed here in January 2015. The owner and his family were very friendly and helpful. His daughters served our meals which were vegetarian at our request (rice, egg, fresh veggies). We went to the manta feeding station and to a great snorkel spot nearby. Everything is as pictured. The trip to Waisai takes about 1.5 hours. We especially enjoyed being near the village. There is not much reef near the island but the mantas were plentiful and close-up and the boat snorkel sites were excellent. We also visited Mambefor for an afternoon to see the King Bird of Paradise. Half hour boat ride away.