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Western style toiletMangroves
Good house reefCalm beach
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Has ensuite bathroom/toiletIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Karangkary Homestay is located near the village of Waiweser on Pulau Yarweser, which lies off Batanta’s north shore.
Karangkary Homestay has two large VIP bungalows with ensuite bathrooms. The bungalow bedrooms sleep two on a mattress on the floor, and sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are supplied. Power outlets and a room light switch are provided, as is a small desk with a lockable cupboard that could be used for storing valuables. A western style toilet and bucket bathing is provided in the ensuite bathrooms.
A table and bench seating is provided on the bungalow verandah, which has ocean views framed by the beachside trees that bathe the bungalow in shade.
Meals and free drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided in a nearby dining room, which looks out over a small river which flows out of a sandy, tidal clearing in the surrounding jungle.
Karangkary Homestay has electricity supplied by a generator which runs from sunset until midnight.
There’s no phone signal at Yarweser, so come prepared for a complete break from communications.
You’ll also need to bring all the consumeables you consider essential for your stay, as Karangkary’s location is splendidly isolated. Very basic supplies can probably be found in the nearby village of Waiweser, but the stores at Arefi or Yensawai would have a wider range. Arefi and Yensawai are about 30 minutes away by boat.
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 not spoken at Karangkary Homestay, so it’s best to have a phrasebook with you if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Karangkary Homestay and Waisai costs IDR 1,500,000 each way. The boat used can carry a maximum of 4 passengers.
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.
Karangkary Homestay is a birder’s delight. Red Birds of Paradise, cockatoos, parrots, kingfishers – the list is long. There are even resident maleo (mound-building birds) who have built a nest beside the path between Karangkary’s bungalow and dining room.
Hiking and village visits
Long beachwalks are possible at Karangkary, especially at low tide. It’s also possible to follow the stream from the beach back through the jungle to the small village of Waiweser. Going with a guide is definitely recommended if you want to try that.
Batanta snorkelling & sightseeing
There’s excellent snorkelling straight off the beach at Karangkary Homestay. Extensive seagrass flats, coral reef and a dropoff host a huge range of marine life. A selection of the many possible tours are provided below. Prices are per trip and the cost is shared by passengers.
|Pulau Wai mantas||1,000,000|
|Waredor waterfall visit||2,000,000|
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.