Koranu Fyak Bungalows / Wobbegong Dive Adventures, Pulau Kri, Raja Ampat

Koranu Fyak Bungalows

Kri - North coast

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

Having an on-site dive center and a rich house reef, Koranu Fyak is a popular homestay that offers diving at all the best Dampier Strait sites.


Rooms
7 x On land - Private bungalow (beachfront) Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On land - Private bungalow (rear) Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single - Private bungalow (beachfront) IDR 400,000 / person / night
Couple - Private bungalow (beachfront) IDR 700,000 / couple / night
Couple - Private bungalow (rear) IDR 650,000 / couple / night
Single - Private bungalow (rear) IDR 350,000 / person / night
Couple in standard room IDR 550,000 / couple / night
Single in standard room IDR 300,000 / person / night
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Details

Koranu Fyak Bungalows has seven single room private bungalows with raised beds with mattress, sheets, mosquito net and bathtowel provided. There’s also a two room family bungalow with mattresses on the floor.

Meals are served in an over-water dining shelter that has a large table and bench seating and fabulous views across the strait to Gam and Waigeo. Water, coffee and tea is always available on a second table there.

A number of bench seats with ocean views are provided, and some hammocks are available for relaxing as well. If you fancy a challenge, an outdoor table tennis table is available for you to pit your skills against the wind handicap.

A bathroom shelter houses two bathrooms with showers and two western style toilets. If they’re all in use and you don’t want to wait, an adjacent older bathroom shelter has a dip mandi bathroom and squat toilet.

There’s good phone reception at Koranu Fyak and a 7 kilowatt generator provides electricity for lighting, charging all your electronic devices and powering a refrigerator for cold drinks.

If you need basic supplies, the nearest village to Koranu Fyak is Yenbuba on Mansuar, about a 15 minute boat trip away at high tide. At low tide it’s possible to walk there.

English is spoken at Koranu Fyak.

Koranu Fyak’s Wobbegong Dive Adventures is a fully equipped and SSI certified dive center and offers guided dives at a range of the best Dampier Strait dive sites. Dive courses from Open Water to Divers Stress and Rescue are available from SSI certified instructor Ruben Sauyai, who can teach in English or Bahasa Indonesia. Online completion of the course theory is available so all you need to do is the practical component when you arrive. Well maintained (new in Jan 2017) equipment is available for up to 8 divers at a time and includes:

  • masks, snorkels & weight belts
  • regulators and tanks
  • BCDs (various sizes)
  • wetsuits (long, sizes S to XL)
  • fins (range of sizes)

See the Wobbegong Dive Adventures page for prices and more information about diving with Koranu Fyak.

Learn to dive in Raja Ampat

Wobbegong Dive Adventures offers introductory discover scuba diving and refresher courses and PADI/SSI certification courses from Open Water to Divers Stress and Rescue are also available.

Pay by credit card!

As of June 2014, Koranu Fyak Bungalows offers guests the ability to pay by Visa and Mastercard. Credit card payments attract a surcharge to cover bank fees. Note: There’s no guarantee that your particular bank’s credit card will be accepted by the processing bank. The facility is provided by Indonesia’s Mandiri Bank, so if you want to rely on your card for payment it would be wise to check that it will work in a Mandiri ATM before arriving in Sorong. See our Money, Banks and ATMs page for more information about access to cash in the islands.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai – Koranu Fyak Bungalows transfers (one way) cost IDR 700,000 for up to 4 people, IDR 200,000 per person if more than 4 passengers. Transfers are by speedboat which can carry up to eight passengers maximum.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Shaded by pandanus and tropical foliage and having a view across the water toward Gam and Waigeo, Koranu Fyak has a rich house reef and a long beach perfect for sunset walks. The bungalows are central to the marvels of Koh, Mansuar, Gam and Kabui Bay. At low tide, Kri is joined to the islands of Ransiwor and Mansuar and long walks exploring the sandbanks are possible.

Diving with Koranu Fyak

Prices shown below are for dives at nearby locations like Cape Kri, Sardines Reef, Chicken Reef ,Chicken Bay, Blue Magic, Mike’s Point, Yenbuba Jetty, Cape Mansuar, Cross Over, Koh Island, New Reef, Friwen Bonda, Batu Lima, Meos Kun ,South Kri, Yendabon Reef (Turtle Point), Row Mkun, Ransiwor Reef, Robben’s Spot , Otdima. Dives at locations further afield can be organised and cost will depend on distance. Prices are all inclusive, covering diving equipment rental, drinking water and boat hire.

Guests of other homestays are welcome to dive with Koranu Fyak and can join for just a single dive. Just show up. Multiple dive discounts are available to all as in the table below.

DIVING PRICES PRICE PER PERSON
6 dives 3,200,000
10 dives 5,200,000
15 dives 7,350,000
20 dives 9,500,000

Accommodation and dive packages

Please contact Koranu Fyak directly to enquire about dive and accommodation packages.

Please note: Like almost all homestays, Sundays are a day for church and family obligations at Koranu Fyak. All activities requiring use of a boat are not available on Sundays. It’s possible to dive the house reef only on Sundays.

Snorkelling at Koranu Fyak

Koranu Fyak caters primarily to divers and does not offer any snorkelling trips by boat. You can snorkel the house reef for free, and (if boat space permits) snorkellers can join any dive trip to sites suitable for snorkelling. The price for snorkellers accompanying a dive trip is IDR 50,000 per person.

Piaynemo and Fam full day diving tour

These are full day diving tours. They require a minimum of 6 participants to run, must be booked 2 days in advance and cost IDR 700,000 per person (not including dive costs). Tours are in the company of  2 guides and include lunch, tea, coffee and drinking water. Dives are designed to accommodate participants’ skill levels and expectations and will be one of the following:

Piaynemo/Manta Point/Melissa’s Garden OR Piaynemo/Melissa’s Garden/Fam Wall

Koranu Fyak half day diving and sightseeing tours

  • Batu Lima, Kabui Bay and Passage tour: A half day tour that requires 5 passengers to run and costs IDR 400,000 per person. Divers can use one of their package dives if they wish and snorkelling is free.
  • Gam Bay/Bat Cave/Hidden Lagoon tour: Half day, minimum of 5 passengers, IDR 300,000 per person.
  • Manta Point and Arborek Island tour: Half day, minimum of 4 passengers, IDR 250,000 per person
  • Red Birds of Paradise tour: Boat transfers to join Gam Island Red Bird of Paradise tours are available for IDR 300,000 per person. This does not include the cost of the bird tour, which is paid to the operator on Gam.
  • Koranu Fyak does not offer Wayag trips. If you want to visit Wayag, use the advanced search on the accommodation page to find homestays offering Wayag trips.

Features

  • Association member
  • Large groups OK
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • For the sociable
  • Coral
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Has email contact
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000
  • Sandy Beach
  • On site dive centre
  • Has own speedboat
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows
  • Can pay by credit card

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Name Koranu Fyak Bungalows
Phone +6282397401047
Email krfwda@gmail.com
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164 thoughts on “Koranu Fyak Bungalows

  1. Ruben,

    Milan here, we saw the whale sharks in Gorontalo together.
    I lost you’re number and I want to disgusted some things with you. I’m planning to come next January. I hope you still have my number.
    Please call or text me.

    Milan

  2. Partha Gopalan says:

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

    We stayed at Koranu Fyak homestay and dived with Wobbegong Dive Adventures from 23 to 29 June 2017. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the diving. This was our second trip to Raja Ampat (we were here last November on a fairly upscale liveaboard) and this time, we’d brought our daughter along as well. Starting from the first dive itself, each dive proved to be better than the preceding one. We were quite blown away. Diving with Reuben was awesome and he managed to show us something new on each dive. Mattias and Paul we’re also fantastic, though Abram could be a bit of a loose cannon occasionally, when he used to go off on his own, leaving the group with Paul. What impressed me most was the fact that despite a serious tragedy in Reuben’s family, he ensured that the guests diving schedule was unaffected. As regards the homestay, I’m not doing to repeat the stuff that a whole lot of other reviewers have gone into in detail, but yes, Kri is a small island, and the homestay certainly gives you the full experience of living on a small island with limited facilities. The food was great, and fresh fruits were served with most meals. The rooms were spacious, airy and pleasant. Yes, there were rats and spiders, but one can’t expect to stay at the edge of the jungle without the jungle making its presence felt :-) In fact, we even had a blacktip and a stingray come up under the dining area during high tide. Tip: Don’t miss snorkeling the house reef… There are blacktips, turtles, banded sea snakes, huge bumpheads and a whole lot of other things to see right there.

    Thanks a million for everything Reuben and Icha! We’re coming back for more soon. And we’ll get our friends along as well next time.

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • (1/5 starfishes)

    Good communication with Icha prior to arrival however when we got there, nobody was there to show us round or tell us where anything was (toilets etc.) or what time food would be served. I think they need a proper reception area, or at least one of the owners introduce you as such. We kept hearing the mention of “Reuben”, the owner, throughout the stay but never actually met him, until he wanted to meet us on the last day where we were asked by the dive guide to immediately go to the dive office and pay because he wanted to go fishing(?!).. great impression.

    One of our friends had issues too, he needed to speak to him and had asked him for a chat 2 or 3 times already and was always palmed off and when asking the staff where He was they said they didn’t know etc., he ended up having to stay another night and eventually saw him again, asked for a chat and he said it was “too late” and to speak the following day, our friend then suggested 7 or 8am and Reuben suddenly had time for a chat there… he was basically avoiding given our friend money back.

    The beach was pretty dirty and needs to be cleaned, there was lots of rubbish, mainly plastic, that had washed up and rather than being picked up, it’s just left there.

    The rooms were a nice size but our bed had lots of sand on it upon arrival making us wonder whether the sheets had actually been changed and the bed/bedding felt rather damp, this could have been from humidity or the rain that fell everyday though. The rooms did not get cleaned, the sheets weren’t changed and we had the same towels throughout the whole duration of our stay.
    As for the comments on here about safety boxes being installed in all of the rooms, this is not true, we had one but two of our friends did not, I think this really needs addressing as guests from the other homestays and the locals can just wander through.

    The food was average but breakfast was pretty poor throughout the whole stay, a small bowl of half cooked dough balls for four men and a woman really did not suffice. We had pancakes and dough balls one day which was better, and another day a small bowl of some kind of bread/cake which wasn’t very nice.
    We were only served fresh fruit twice during the stay; once, the afternoon we arrived and once, the morning we were leaving (upon request). Other home stays served fruit with every meal and had bananas etc. as snacks.
    We had some issues with beers too… one night we asked for three cans and were told that they didnt have any beer left, but when we went for breakfast the next morning, there were loads of empty cans scattered all over the tables, which I’m assuming the staff had been drinking. Again on our final night, we asked for two cans and were again told there wasn’t any, however 20 minutes or so later, two guests that had arrived that day, asked for beer and were given some?!

    The house Reef in front of the Homestay was exceptional- sharks, large schools of bump head parrot fish, turtles, fusiliers, Nudis, morays, lobster, peacock mantis shrimp and the never ending list goes on can be spotted here whilst snorkelling. Yenkoranu, the neighbouring Homestay however did feed the sharks from the jetty whilst one of our friends were snorkelling, utter stupidity. We also saw a family of Dutch/Indo visitors parading a tuna head attached to a rope which they were going to use to lure in sharks… beyond me as to why you would feel the need to do this, especially after paying the environmental fee!!!

    The diving for us was the biggest disappointment as that’s what we had travelled to Raja Ampat to do; the equipment was okay, whether the tanks are properly cleaned etc. I do not know… I’ve read a lot of the comments from other guest and I’m very surprised at how they’ve praised Paul and Bram as we were pretty shocked by some of the standards on the majority of the dives which I’ll come to later.
    The Homestay has several boats with big engines meaning you can get to the dive site pretty quickly which is great. In between the dives, you also stop off at some nice islands, other Homestay or a sandbank, again a nice touch. We also spotted some dolphins one day which they took us closer to, to see and to try and snorkel with which we loved.

    As regular divers, thankfully we are a bit more aware and cautious of dangers etc. however, a lot of “new” divers with little experience who wouldn’t know any better, and put their whole trust in the guides wouldn’t. I honestly think it’s a matter of time before something bad happens! The currents in Raja Ampat are very strong, and if something happened I’m not confident that the guides would know what to do and it pains me to say, but are even properly certified and trained to be guiding people.
    There is no emergency oxygen on any of the boats or at the Homestay. Nobody’s certification is checked meaning you could turn up with 0 experience and jump into extremely strong currents. I think they should actually really only be taking people with a good level of experience.
    Paul had only been diving for two years and didn’t seem particularly interested, or enthusiastic and a few situations arose which I feel should have been dealt with differently.
    We had a few VERY chaotic dives, with divers at different levels and abilities mixed together. On every dive there was always something that we seemed to think “omg…”, the last dive we did, somebody let go of their camera and it floated to the surface, Bram the guide(?) immediate began to chase after it from around 15-18meters, he grabbed the camera at the surface and then came back down to the same depth?!?
    The briefings given before the dives were straight forward but then never stuck to, E.g. The depth – an open water diver was taken down to nearly 30 meters and when surfacing and he questioned it and made clear he didn’t want to do that as he’s only certified to 18m, it almost became a joke every dive. Obviously with no watches being provided by the Homestay, he relied on the dive guide.
    Another e.g was the plan in the briefing, a direction/plan would be set and then when descending Paul would go in the opposite direction and then a few minutes later turn back to the way we had originally discussed. – the first night dive we did with Paul, we had planned on going right, so with my head in the reef looking for stuff, I looked up after 30 seconds or so and nearly freaked out because I couldn’t see any torches, I turned to the right and Paul and my partner had gone left instead, about 5 minutes later we then eventually started to go right. This also happened on a day dive in Arborek too, we were told to go left but instead we went right and then doubled back and went left. Plans change I get that but maybe if the current or something was different than expected and the plan is changed, this should be communicated underwater.
    The wildlife was also constantly being harassed, jabbed at and prodded with their tank banger sticks which I really did not like. Coral was also stood on, kicked, grabbed and used as something to hold onto in strong currents. There seemed to be no discipline, when other divers who should have also known better chased after wildlife (turtles), or harassed them or continuously went too deep, nothing was ever said.
    Whenever we asked about going to different and further afield dive sites, the same “flat” and unenthusiastic response was given, so we never went. The only trip we did do which I got people together for was Pianemo and again it was chaos, all divers at different levels (we assumed more dive guides were going to be taken) , Bram had gone the wrong way on Melissas Garden and the group was being led into a current, the area where we had been and were being moved off of was perfect, 0 current, stunning Reef, I found so much stuff here but the group were nearly out of sight going towards the area with current and Paul’s group further behind. Paul spent a minute maybe even more continuously banging his tank to try and get Brams attention, he looked pretty pissed off, eventually told Bram to come back and continue the way we should have been going. – again my point about training and experience.

    I found out just before departure when looking at one of the newer divers logbooks who had done a refresher course, Reuben is actually the SSI diver/instructor unsure why he never accompanied us on any of the dives?

    Sadly, I cannot recommend this place. Having spoken to Kri Eco lodge, we also were also told (I do not know whether this is true or not), that their broken equipment now has to cut up because homestays were seeing the equipment in the rubbish and were asking to take it and then using it. We also heard that many of the Homestays actually do not have the correct or any certification to be guiding people. – if this is the case and something happened It makes me wonder also whether insurance would be voided.
    I’m surprised that this website also advertises accommodation and their diving if that is the case. – as said I didn’t know whether this is true however I can quite imagine it after our trip.

    Raja Ampat itself is something else, I have never seen such rich biodiversity anywhere else I have been diving. The sheer quantity and size of the fish is unbelievable and the reefs and stunning. The landscape is breathtaking too.

    I feel that our stay would have been far more enjoyable with a proper and professional company.
    When we return to Raja Ampat, we will be staying with someone that has a far higher level of dive standards, health and safety for its customers and more respect for the environment.

    • Hi Kelly… We are very very sorry for your not-comfortable stay.

      We will definitely put this up in our next thing to do. Ruben has been busy with too many things at the moment, which should not be an excused and I don’t understand why Paul couldn’t took the responsibilties. But that should not be an excused. Once again we are very sorry for this had to happened to you.

      All rooms have safety boxes. It is not true tha it’s not all. We don’t put the padlocks in there because we keep losing the padlocks.

      As for the dive equipments that Kri Eco Resort had given you the story, totally NOT true. I am sure you know better when you seen our gears. We are just a homestay but we are definitely not that desperate to take un-used/broken stuff out of the bins for us to use. All our gears are bought from brand new. We never even buy used ones.

      Once again, sorry that you had to experienced the uncomfortable stay. We will take your review up to speed for us to do better. Thank you for your valuable review.
      Best regards.

  3. Marco Benedetti says:

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

    Dear Ruben, New people read my feedback,

    first of all my overall is positive and happy to have lived in your homestay 10 days together my trip friend Luciano.

    The location is good for snorkelling and for diving overall.
    Paul and his Team in each dive are always a lot carefull in leading diver to discover each new marine creature (in Raja more of 1700 fish species..).

    Don’t miss trip with Paul and his team in Pianemo island and Harborek.
    The top would be in Wayag.

    The food is quite good but few. I can understand could be expensive the beef but the local fish can be more proposed. This to be improved.

    Don’t miss dive with Paul in blue Magic, and Melissa’s garden in Pianemo
    The top of top for divers.

    Weakness of Koranu homestay – ist organization:

    – Communication is always open, tourish /guest should be more cared by all Team and not only by Paul. I can also understand the papua people (Kri/wisai /Gam) are reserved BUT hww this aspect to be improved.

    – communucation to tourist/clients via e-Mail must be improved and give confirmation with more readyneess via email and wahtsup.

    Is not true is not connectivity in the islands , if you buy in Wisau the INTERNET CARD 3G (very cheaper) u can chat with eachone in each moment by Homestay. I called my home and friend more times w/o pbms.
    Please don’t write there isn’t coverage with INTERNET 3G card because u would lie in this. Pls sponsor to CLients to but is in SORONG/ or in WISAI

    – Food few sometimes, poor breakfast.
    – organization of dived must be better and betteer scheduled. Cannot be left in hand to divers. Who is owner of diving should be proactive and propose the nices places to be visited. I was prepared before arriving which dives spo to visit BUT this shoul be done by diving.

    For all rest I wouldsugget Koranu defintely!.

    To end for Ruben I influenced a tourist(Yarno) to come in your homestay , would have expected a discount /bonus as i Brought a client more.
    To be recognized in the future with discount to whom is bringing more tourist in yr homestay ;-)

    Thanks Marco Benedetti

    benedettimarco7@gmail.com

    • Dear Marco,

      I’m glad you and Luciano enjoyed your stay with us.

      Regarding communications, I believe we have responded all your contacts through emails, whatsapp, text messages, and calls. It took a couple of days sometimes, yes, it happens. Sometimes, connections could be poor. You’re lucky that you are not. Sometimes, my phone ran out of credits for data plans. Sometimes, my phone is crashed. Also Icha’s phone does not work all the time. This is not only happen to us. I am very sure many other guests experienced the same thing. Not all but some. Not every day, but some days.

      I believe we also have explained about us not feeling too comfortable with constant emails (every week or even less than a week) only to confirm your arrivals and pick ups. On your stay here, we were pretty quiet, however, the past few months in our homestay, we have always been very busy, full house. We even had to direct some guests to other homestay and dive with us. Thus why we sometimes late in responding emails, especially those things that we believe already clearly stated on website or answered in the previous correspondences. However, if that is something that made you feel uncomfortable, we are sorry that you had to feel that way. Please understand, we sometimes having lack of staff and all, therefore we sometimes failed to respond very quick. This also mentioned in the website about expect to receive delay responds. Once again, we are sorry that you feel uncomfortable about this thing.

      For food, as I mentioned to earlier review, breakfast, that kind of breakfast that we can only prepare. Indonesian and especially people in Raja Ampat, only have breakfast as how we serve. As for the fish, yes, sometimes we can only serve as much as we could, as we need to think about the rest of the days, in case there won’t be any fisherman coming to sell their fish or if in case we can’t go to fish ourselves. I believe, when you asked for some more food, when you think you didn’t get enough, we given you anyway. I hope you could understand that.

      As for dive plans – we have been doing this for ever since we started the dive centre. We prefer the guests to arrange the plans, as guests want to do that. However, if guests ask our dive master where to suggest in seeing what, our dive master will definitely give suggestions. It is hard to please everybody. Especially when we have large divers group. Therefore, guests/divers should discuss amongst themselves to agree where to go and what to see. We then suggest, when needed.
      You did email us and try to arrange dive trips before your arrival, however, we have explained as well replying your email saying that we can’t do that. And the reasons are already mentioned :)

      For bringing in guest, you never mentioned anything about more discount and we didn’t even expect him, as we actually expected a lesser guests, we needed a little break :)
      Although in the end Yarno even pulled out from the package we offered. So, we didn’t really make much. I believe we have given you a very good deal :)
      Thank you anyway for bringing in a client. Sorry if you expected some more bonus, the thing is, we never being asked for bonus if our booked guests come with new client before, so we didn’t know you’d expected that :(
      Discount is usually given to the guests, and will be depending on the stays, dives and etc, that they’d take.

      Please remember, we are a homestay. Money we make is not really huge. Giving a bonus to someone/tourists, we are afraid, is going to offend the guests/tourists, and besides, we are a homestay :) we don’t even have/can’t afford any website that we should pay or even any agents :)

      Once again, many thanks for your kind review and we are happy to have had hosted you in our home.

      All the best regards for you from all the koranu fyak’s crew :)

  4. Matthew Blakeway-Phillips says:

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

    Nice individual wood and palm thatch rooms on the beach or in the woods behind. Toilets and showers in a communal hut are unsuitable for the arachnophobic. Restaurant is over the water next to the boat landing. Food was varied and plentiful with lots of vegetables. Beer available. Diving is well organised with fast boats able to reach all nearby dive sites. Blue Magic is probably the best local dive site.

    • Thank you, Matthew for your kind and valuable review and feedback.

      You are right, it’s hard for arachnophobic to use the toilets and showers, and all the island around Raja Ampat actually. As it is in the jungle :)
      I’m very sorry that you have the phobia :(
      It’s just something that we can’t really do about the spiders and the animals in the jungle…

      Thank you and all the best wishes.

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    We stayed at Koranu Fyak for 3 nights in one of the cheaper rooms at the back. The room is simple and very big which is good, could do with some more furniture though!

    The Good:

    The food was good overall although when the homestay is full it can be slightly stretched.

    The beach and snorkelling on the house reef is amazing, easily the best house reef we came across.

    The people here are welcoming and there is a nice vibe about the place.

    The Not So Good:

    Unfortunately we were there when everyone who was there was diving which meant there was no space realistically for us to join them. Paul directed us to nearby Yengkoranu which was less busy and enabled us to dive. This was lucky as we had done the majority of our dives elsewhere otherwise it would have been a much larger setback. In my eyes the number of people who stay at the homestay needs to be the same as can dive. Hopefully with more guides and boats this problem will be resolved.

    We also had a resident rat who performed daily gymnastics in our room with several successful dismounts onto our mosquito net. Not a problem for us and one I know they try to fix, but worth knowing there around so hide that food!

    Overall if we hadn’t had the inconvenience of diving elsewhere we would have had a very enjoyable stay. Thanks for having us!

    • Dear Ben,

      Thank you for your valuable review.

      Regarding the food, as you mau aware, groceries in waisai are very expensive. We also sometimes hard to predict guests amount of food needed. That’s might what happened. We’ve been telling the cooks to cook as much as possible. However, sometimes things like that would happened and we are sorry for the inconvenience that may occur. Therefore, guests who come to our homestay with bookings to our email directly, we will encourage them to bring their extra snacks. As we also hard to fullfill everyone’s need. I understand you’ve paid a lot in rooms, however, please understand the cost in Kri is also pretty high. We have to buy groceries to waisai, and also price in waisai also expensive.

      In regards rats, We also apologies for it to happened. Rats issue in the island is something that is very hard to manage. They are all jungle rats. There are no proper waste management in the island. We burry and also burn some trash but we can’t do that every day, of course. There’s an old broken fridge in the dining room that guests could use for storing their food to avoid rats in their room. Once again, we are sorry if we may failed to explain that sometimes to our guests, and particularry to you on your stay. Sometimes all guests would explain things like that to the others. Therefore, that might be why our staff failed to explain you that.

      We are also sorry that Paul had to suggested you to dive in Yenkoranu. We do sometimes suggest our dive guests to dive in other dive centre for safety reasons and also for our limited capability to handle all guests. We’d prefer to lose money than to not really take care of all our dive guests when under water. Yes, you are right, it would be best to have more boats, more boat drivers and more dive guides. However, that’s something that is very hard for us to handle due to our limited capacity as well. Speed boat with engines cost very high. We actually have 2 speedboats however, the other one keeps breaking on us and that’s why we didn’t use it. However, once the speedboat is able to be used we definitely use them but please understand, sometimes we have our reasons why not to use them, and please trust us, we don’t use it mostly for safety issue and also for our guests convenience and might be due to our lack of staff.

      We do have 4 dive guides. On your stay, most of our dive guides might be not able to work. Once again, we are very sorry for your inconvenience and I hope you can understand, there are reasons and considerations why it had to happened.

      thank you for your valueble feedback. We really value our guests feedback and trying to take on one by one at times on the feedback we receive.

      Take care.

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    + good lunch and dinner
    + purity
    – rat in bungalows
    – poor breakfast
    – no trip for snorkelling

    • Dear Ali.

      Thank you for your review.

      Regarding rats, that’s something very hard for us to handle. Rats in the island are rats from the jungle/forest. We have tried all ways to get rid of them. It is impossible to change the bungalows into a closed bungalows, then it will be too hot for guests to stay in.

      In raja ampat, and most indonesia areas, breakfast are always very simple. We can’t serve eggs stations, for example, due to the price and our cooks are locals as well as all our staff, so they serve food in homestay as food they would eat at home. That’s what we try to do, serve home food in homestay. :) we are sorry if we couldn’t meet your expectations.

      Yes, we don’t do snorkel trips. Sorry for that. However, snorkelers are always welcome to join in the dive trips to snorkel at the dive spots. So, I don’t really understand what type of trips you’re looking for. Our house reef and all the house reef at the whole island is great to snorkel. Therefore, there should be no need to do a special snorkel trips, other than joining in the dive trips. :)
      We do trips to other places like Fam too but it should be depending on the amount of people who’d like to join in. Guests usually ask around to other neighboring homestays if they have other trips or have other guests who’d do trips somewhere and if we are able then we will try accommodate it.

      Once again, thank very much for your reviews, and we would like to apologizeif we didn’t meet your expectations.

      Take care.

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    I stayed here from Feb 28 to March 11, 2017. Had a great stay. Rueben and Paul and staff were very nice :) Accommodation is simple and clean. No rats at this homestay ;) Food was sometimes not enough, however. Bring some snacks and cup noodles just in case. Breakfast was not satisfactory at all.
    Diving is very good here although there are only about 10 dive sites. The air from the scuba tanks should be checked. There was often a bad taste. I would also suggest a canopy on the boat to prevent sun and rain exposure.
    People coming to Kri need to be aware that thefts are occurring. While I was here, I met a fellow from Germany who had 2 million rupia stolen, a couple from Holland had 2 million rupia stolen, and a couple from USA had 2 million rupia stolen as well from their rooms which have no locks. I would suggest that a safe be installed so that guests can lock their valuables inside.
    Overall I enjoyed my time with this homestay. But the theft and air problems do need to be taken care of. Thanks guys. I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing about your improvements :)

    • Dear Shawn,

      Thank you for the review. Thank you for staying with us.

      In terms of the air tanks – we do regular check up maintenance to the tanks and compressor. We did it around end of last year and just did it again a couple of weeks ago. However, we will pay more attention on that, and would expect guests, like what you did, to let us know straight away of you taste something bad in the air.

      In regards to the stolen money, we are also trying to get to the bottom of it. We couldn’t find them in the whole staff. What happened was very bad, and we also are very confused on how it could happened. Never happened before, ever since the homestay built :(
      This is humiliating.
      We are now making locks to the whole doors. Kri is getting busier, and so many people come from everywhere that we don’t know of.

      Our culture, we don’t steal things that are not ours… I have also checked the whole staff – we couldn’t find anything in them :(

      Anyways, thank you for the review and wish you all the best as well.

      • Marco Benedetti says:

        Hi Ruben , Icha,

        I just red last comments and sounds good.

        As we’ll be arriving on 06th May next (as by my reservation to You) please make sure there is safe in the bungalow to guarentee our money are not stolen as our things.
        A professional owner MUST guarantee and be of guard to structure that nobody theft money and own things. I rely on your professionalism in advance to satysfy our request as well suggested by previous guests.

        Speak you soon via e-Mail and Whatsup.

        Ruben whatsUp seems dead, can you pls check?

        thanks marco

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

    I don’t really know where should I start.
    It was the best holiday of my life!
    I planned to stay 5 days and go around Raja, but I couldn’t leave this amazing place so I stayed for almost 2 weeks.
    This place is a beautiful, amazing heaven in earth.
    So the bungalow are well maintained, with comfy bed and large space for all your stuff. It’s very clean and the toilet and shower are great as well.
    But all this is not important, this place have the best dive shop I ever seen in my all life. They are extremely professional, knowing every single thing about macro creatures, current, best dive sites for each part of the day and speaking Perfectly English.
    my best advice to all the guests who would like to enjoy this place, is just to relax, trust the dive masters, they know better than you.
    Enjoy the music, enjoy the silence, enjoy the beauty ( because it soooo beautiful), enjoy the spectacular house reef , enjoy the life:)

    I really don’t have enough words to say thank you guys,
    Thank you Matias for being my best buddy for so long, for the music, for teaching me so much, for your smile and your vibes!!
    Thank you Paul and Bram for taking care about every single thing that I ask (and I asked a lot:)), and for showing me everything with a lot of patience.
    Thank you Reuben for your music. Thank Icha who took care for all my requests (26 email messages!!! Respond to all of them in less than 3 hours).
    Thank you Martin – you are the best smiley Captain in the world.
    Thank you Martina and all the kitchen crew for all the yammy meals.
    I should stop here because if not I can write a book about this place.
    Hope to see you all guys soon. I wish I could stay forever. Big love from me:)

    terima kasih untuk kalian semua, kuranu fyak akan menjadi bagian dari hatiku selamanya

    • THANK YOU, Cindy!! :)

      Such a sweet review… we are so flattered! :) and will definitely pass your message to the whole crew. :)

      Everybody in the homestay enjoyed their time to host and serve you. We would definitely enjoy hosting you again next year (hopefully you’d be back) ;)

      Take care and much love from all of us to you!

  5. Ryder, Ryan and Russ says:

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

    Myself and 2 good friends stayed with Reuben and his staff for 2 weeks in December of 2016. We had an amazing time! The accommodations are simple though I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like to live simply and Koranu Fyak offers that. Views that can’t be beat, beautiful home reef, easy access to local dive sites, delicious food, kind staff that’s always laughing and smiling.

    The diving is rightly called the best in the world. I’d never dove prior to this trip. I chose Koranu Fyak because it has Wobegon Dive Adventures on site. Paul is the DM and did an amazing job of making me feel safe even with the well known currents in the area. I did my certification here with Reuben, the owner and had an amazing time on every dive! I went on 19 dives and countless snorkel trips. I didn’t know how to do a negative entry until my trip here and it was simple as long as you can equalize your ears easily. If you can, bring a reef hook. Wish I had one. Made the safety stops in currents easier. Be ready to see countless fish, sharks, mantas, dolphins, rays, cuddle fish and turtles!! This place is unequaled for marine biodiversity!

    The puppies were cute and ever present as were the spiders though I didn’t get bothered by the mosquitoes like everyone else.

    • Hi guys…!

      Thank you for your great review
      Much appreciated! :)

      Maybe next visit you’ll get speciality dive course :)

      We had a great time hosting you all! :)

      Really hope to be able to host you again in the future :)

      Take care

  6. Sara and Dan says:

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

    My boyfriend and I stayed at Koranu Fyak in March 2017 and had a wonderful time. The accommodations are basic but comfortable, but the real highlight was the diving. We loved our DM Paul! He would talk with everyone the night before about where the group wanted to dive the next day, always gave us a helpful briefing before each dive, and found amazing critters (including an electric fileclam!). Most of the gear was new and in good condition too. A few tips before you stay: bring extra snacks as the food is good but limited, expect spiders and mosquitoes, be prepared that the staff is not always available to answer questions so you may have to ask your fellow guests. We also found out about a Wings Air flight from Sorong to Waisai that is much quicker than the ferry, and not much more expensive at 220,000 IDR. Hopefully this will be a useful til for future guests. Overall we had a great time and would definitely stay again!

    • Dear Sara and Dan,

      Thank you…! :) We are glad you enjoyed your stay and dived with us.
      Apologies for our too shy crew members… they often too afraid to interact and answer guests mostly because of the language barriers, and I keep trying to encourage them to interact with the guests, especially when guests are asking questions…

      We hope we will be able to see you again in the short future :)
      Take care…

  7. Mark & Leone says:

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

    We didn’t actually stay with Koranu Fyak Bungalows, but we did dive with Wobbegong. We had the most amazing time with them and regretted we didn’t book our accommodation with them, too.

    After we had a really bad experience with Yenkoranu, we weren’t too excited about diving anymore. My boyfriend is a diving instructor and has been diving all over the world. Even he was shocked with the way Yenkoranu did their diving, no guidance, no explanation. We weren’t told to do a negative entry, so as soon as we jumped in the water the whole group was at 20m deep already…

    Our biggest reason to go to Raja Ampat was the diving, but we weren’t too excited anymore after that experience. We went to Koranu Fyak/Wobbegong and told them about our experience and how I was a bit afraid of the strong current and how we needed a bit more guidance. We got to dive with just us two and Paul – one of the amazing dive guides at Wobbegong. We were looked after really well and Paul taught me how to negative entry and made sure I felt extremely safe.

    After that we did 2 or 3 dives everyday for about 10 days. We did the trip to Faam Islands, dove with oceanic mantas, snorkeled during our surface intervals with the group, had an amazing time. All that being guided with the GREAT PAUL and RUEBEN. Coming back and relaxing with a cold Bingtang and the lovely staff was just the perfect ending of the day.

    The only minor negative point would’ve been the slightly old diving gear, but since then they’ve bought about 15 new bcd’s, regulators and everything that needed to be replaced. All their gear is brand new again.

    Rueben and his lovely girlfriend Icha were ever so friendly, always smiling and making sure we were having the best time possible. We got to experience watching Rueben and his crew/family play music under a bright sky full of stars, which made our holiday even more magical than it already was.

    I couldn’t be more persistent about advising everybody to go diving with them. We had the best time!!

    • Wow!! Thank you Mark and Leonne, the guests but not really guests 😁👌🏻
      Such a lovely review….!

      We enjoyed hosting you both and really hope you both would be able to come back to Raja Ampat! The eels in the New Reef miss you… 😁
      And us too…. 😁

  8. Marina and Daniel says:

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

    We had a wonderful time at Koranu Fyak.
    The bungalow is very basic but has everything you need. And you don’t need a lot when you’re in paradise. ;) Everything is well maintained and the snorkelling on the house reef is absolutely amazing! We went diving too and made only good experiences. The material is in a good condition and Reuben and Paul whatched well after us. And the underwater world is amazing :). We liked the food as well.
    The staff was very helpful and friendly. We felt very comfortable overall and enjoyed our stay a lot.

    Thank you!! :)

    Ps: We met stephi,who wrote the review below,when we stayed at Koranu Fyak. She was quite a hysterical woman, don’t let yourself impress by her review..

    • Hi Marina and Daniel,

      We had a wonderful time hosting you. Thank you!! :)

      Everyone here sent you both their warmth regards, and hope to see you both again in the future…

      And thank you for the last paragraph note :)

  9. oranu fiak in Kri
    If you want to be considerated like a chicken with a lot of money .. You can go to This place !!
    The owner Ruben is very antipathique except if you plan to give him a lot of money !!
    He is the only one who ask touriste to pay before sometimes for 3 night sometimes one week .. So be carreful !!!
    For a human one option miss the smile !!
    Each time you ask him something , you can see on his face that is not pleased, and you make him sick.. very unconfortable..
    Even his staff is fed up of him.

    That s my story 😞
    When I arrive there was no light in my room.. He told me it S normal there is only one for 2 rooms ..

    Then i havé no more crédit phone i ask him to buy in wasai (E very homestay do This for the customers )
    He answer me “i havé no Time you CAN pay 100000 to go to the village by boat ..
    I did This because i had to E mail my daughter..
    There was no charge for one month ..
    When i go back i saw Ruben and asked him again .. Answer : “it s not my business ”
    Finally , i was so sad abd disppointed, He just take 2 minutes on his phone to crédit my phone !!!

    Two days after i saw a light in my room i tookeit and asked him : CAN you change it please?? He didn’t do any thing …I stayed 3 night in the dark ..

    The matériel of diving is old ..
    One personn had a problem with the régulator drinkîng more Water Than air.
    She made the sign ( I feel not well) to the dive master ..
    Nobody take care and she went up to the surface Alone with out air !!

    Then many things disepered in my room ..
    One tablet of antipaludéen, the cable of my iPhone was changed by an old one wich doesn ‘t fonctionn.. And no more cable ..
    After three day i escape ..

    And dive with Daddy in lumba lumba very Nice boy watching everything and taking care of everybody ..very sympathic and funny hé S Always smiling !!!

    The problem in Kri is in fact that there is too Much tourist .. And it become more Than côte D azur Than real Indonésia..
    Even the food is nearly Fisher with ketchup..
    Forget the dream of coco nuts fresh or for coking !!!

    • you should put an honest review. I could have written a long reply to explain what the real situation Is started from the first time you arrived in our homestay but I choose not to but will clarify few things in here.

      The guest that said had an overflew (breathing water) breath a little water and want to change the newest regulator and we did it. He came out of the surface early because he is an unexperienced diver and didn’t know how to handle it. So he chose to came out to the surface as soon as possible. But then it all cleared and we took care of it.

      For a person who claimed herself as an instructor, you clearly have no idea how a brand new regulator looks and how a regulator works, and you admitted it when I showed you here. As a person who claimed herself as an instructor, instead of making a comfortable situations amongst the divers, and help around to give other divers a good understanding in the dive equipments, you made one of our guest felt uncomfortable, stressed, cried and traumatized. In the surface, You showed a new unexperienced diver by pushed the regulator to hard until it made a big sound, and made the button inside misplaced, and you scared her. She was stressed and cried. Then I caught it, and asked of what happened then I explained it and showed that guest that it is fine, and we did the check on the shore.

      All the guests you mentioned in here are extending their stay and enjoyed diving experience more once we sent you to other homestay. I am glad I made that decision.

      You, as an instructor, should have understood better how a guide should work. As a fellow instructor, I had to take a decision to ban you from diving with us. You didn’t want to hear briefings from the guide, you didn’t follow the instructions given by the guide, you made the diving trips uncomfortable for everyone in both underwater and in the surface.
      As an instructor, myself, having you around would endangered the situation, to our business and to our guests, that we had to asked you to move to other homestay.

      Regarding the phone credit, I clearly asked over and over of what you need,
      Whether the phone credit or the phone credit with card, and you said phone credit with card, and that’s when I said we don’t have any time to go to waisai only to get your phone credit with card. Then you still forcing me with that stuff until we made it clear that you actually only need to buy some credit, that’s when I bought some from my M-banking application. Regarding light, yes, as you are well informed, there is only 1 light in that house. It is a family house standard room, and that’s how we arrange it. and Stephy, nobody changed your cable charger, and stole your tablet. What would it be for us if we do that? please don’t put slander reviews and comments.

      I could have explained the whole thing straight from the beginning of how you made everybody (guests, staff and me) feeling uncomfortable around you. but I will not going to do that to you.

      I hope I made this clear. We don’t appreciate this slander comments. We know it will only look bad to us if we don’t usually respond this kind of reviews, and to explain how exactly things happened, But I took the time to respond this one because you made one of our guests to experienced a panic and stressful time. You tried to over-talk other guests by talking foreign language (non-english). You also could endangered everyone whilst diving due to your ignorance of the briefing, only because you think as an instructor you don’t need to follow us guides. I really hope you for the best, and wish you would not do this to any other locals everywhere, and especially here in Raja Ampat.

      As a fellow instructor, I really wish you would change your behavior in regards respecting other divers by giving them comfortable feeling, and especially respecting dive guides.

      We Wish you the best in life. Thank you for staying with us, and you definitely had given us a lesson to learned. We apologise that we had to experienced uncomfortable time whilst your stay with us. Take care.

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

    Dived with Paul of Koranu from 16feb to 18feb and very happy with the new dive equipment, small comfortable dive groups, nice facilities and good guide and knowledge of dive sites by dive guide Paul. Highly recommended

  10. My wife and I stayed the first week of February 2017 in Koranu Fyak and had a great time.
    Koranu Fyak is centrally located on Kri’s northern beach. The reef there is world-class for snorkeling. Gorgeous corals, a lot of marine life and easy to snorkel since there is no or only a little current.
    The staff maintains the place excellently and his very cheerful. Most bungalows are close from the beach and the facilities look very nice, from the walking paths until the bathrooms. Food is good and plentiful, water and tea always available, only a bit more fruits and cake between the meals could be served too.
    In contrast to what Lonely Planet says, the place is no longer foreign-managed. Native Ruben, owner and SSI dive instructor, manages the place himself now. He does this very well and is helpful to your requests. If you are not happy with something, he does not ignore or block you, but looks for a solution.
    We did dive courses with Ruben and can recommend him as a knowledgeable instructor. Divemaster Paul is great too. The dive gear was in a good state. Just provide more dive guides when the groups are big.
    We did also the trips to Pianemu and the Passage, both were excellent.
    See you again!

    • Dear Kevin and Sekar

      Proud of you both to have safety and happy courses with us heheheh.. it was so fun courses and dives. I my self hope you do more dives again and be a proffesonal SSI Divers also Sekar,do more dives in holiday hehe,banyakin nyelam nya ya.

      Thank you for become our valuable guests and students also our flexible divers.

      If you need some help about future courses please do not hasitated to ask idea from me. Again thank you.

      Regards
      KRF-WDA

    • PS: would be great to put in how many starfish we get ;)

      Look forward to host you both here and you might want to upgrade your dive skills :)

      Take care!
      R

      • I meant in case you want to upgrade your dive skills, meaning to get more courses LOL

        Thanks again both Kevin and Sekara for staying with us. We had a great time hosting you both!

        R

  11. Ahmed Mohomed says:

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

    I stayed here for a week. The food was really good. I had the room right on the beach. Just bring some good insect repellant to spray on the beds remembering it is a jungle. They have some new bcds and dive equipment. The snorkeling on the house reef is absolutely phenomenal. There is a huge school of bumphead parrot fish around 4 pm and sharks.
    The only criticism I have is that they do not have enough dive guides if they have a large group. I dived with Paul and he was more than capable to guide me. But it did become overwhelming when there were more than 5 people on a dive. The improvement areas would be to ensure that there are atleast 1 dive guide for 4 divers. Also we did 1 dive with Ruben and Paul and Ruben who is a certified dive instructor did an amazing briefing and explained exactly what to expect.

    What I love about this is that its run by local papua and it has not been commercialised by capitalist foreign conglomerates. Its very true to nature and the people seem to be directly benefitting from the tourist.

    • Hi Ahmed

      Thanks for your valuable review. As our note : in this year Wobbegong Dive Advebture planning to certify more 3 dive guide. Again thank you for your review.

      Regards KRF- WDA

    • Dear Ahmed

      Thank you for your valuable review. And thank you for your happy feeling to stay with us. About your idea to have more dive guide here, Wobbegong Dive Adventure planing to certify more dive guide in this year. Next time when you come back we will have more dive guide already.

      Also one thing we want to thank for you is how your feel to support the locals to improve their own bussiness heheh.

      Again thank you for your review.
      Wait to see you again.

      Regards
      KRF-WDA

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

    Very Nice guesthouse to stay and enjoy kri Island!!
    Beautiful bungalows on a sandy beach, good food, friendly people, cold beer, payment by card accepted…
    One of the best place for snorkelling and scuba dive worldwide!! The diving center received new BCD’s and dive gears during our stay In january 2017.
    The divemasters Paul & Ady and Reuben the instructor are very professionels, quiet and they are always ready to show you of mantas, nudibranches and lot of underwater beauties!
    We definitly love this place so much and look forward to come again!
    Lina & Roch.

    • It was our pleasure to host you and Roch in our place! We are glad you caught the ferry on time ;)
      Next time, you should let us take care of you better :) and look forward to host you both again in our homestay in November! You both been such a lovely guests to us! Enjoy the rest of your holiday trip!!

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

    I’ve just spent a wonderful week staying at Koranu Fyak. I can’t remember the last time I stayed somewhere so friendly, homely and personable. Ruben & Itcha (sorry if the spelling is wrong) were excellent hosts. The information they provided before we arrived, during our stay and for onwards travel was really helpful, accurate and comprehensive. I had a room right on the water and it was basic but perfectly comfortable and the views are to die for. Breakfast is a light meal in this part of the world but everyday there was something different and there was tea/coffee available all the time. Lunch and dinner were delicious and plentiful. Lots of fresh fish, always some nice green veggies and of course rice. I don’t dive but I got to join the divers as a snorkeller for very reasonable prices depending on the distance to the site. The dining area over the water was super socialable and there was always someone there to have a chat or beer with. I loved the week, it flew by and I can’t wait to come back. Guys if you are ever in Gili t look me up, Galway Bay Bungalows, I’ll try to reciprocate your excellent. service. Take care, David xx

    • We are glad you enjoyed your stay, David! Next time we promise to make your birthday cake ;)
      We look forward to host you again back in our homestay and will definitely come and visit you too in Gili T

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • (1/5 starfishes)

    Me and my husband we have been in Koranu Fyak 2 times. The first time Sara and Cedric were taking care of the Dive center and the bungalows and the place was shining and I can say the best homestay/dive center in Kri. When we went back Sara and Cedric left and unfortunately this place fall back on a kind of abandoned situation. This guys were the soul of this place. It will probably be our last time in Koranu Fyak.

    • We are sorry you feel that way Katherine. We are a homestay that always learn to improve our service and place. We really hope our guests would feel us the locals are the soul. We will definitely improve our communications to our guests.

      • to be the soul of it ,mr Reuben just have to work a bit ,not just talking about it ,we never saw him working ,or diving ,or anything else

        We were also at Koranu Fyak few times ,and I do not know where Cedic and Sara were from ,but it does NOT matter ,what matters is they were working hard ,to maintain the place ,keep the bathroom and the grounds clean ,keep good safety standards and doing everything they could to improve it all

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

    Staying in Koranu Fyak is an amazing experience while we were in Raja ampat. The service provided by Icha is great and both dive masters Paul and Elisha have been great. We have no problem initially diving there but I wouldn’t recommend people to dive there unless they have replaced some of the outdated equipment they used for diving. I have no problem with the great people in the homestay, however, I wouldn’t dive there again unless they have proven that they service the equipment regularly and replace parts. A little problem that happened to me while diving there stopped me from diving further. My mouthpiece came off from the regulator during my last dive and I drank lots of water in strong current. I tried to use my spare octopus to save myself but because I was so panicked, I couldn’t get it off the little hole it was put on my bcd. So I swam to my buddy to grab his extra air. The problem shouldn’t had happaned if they checked and replaced parts in the first place. I would dive there again in the future but with my own equipment.
    Besides all that horrible experience, the house reef is indeed very beautiful. I requested specially to Paul to show me the mandarin fish which just live in front of the jetty of the homestay and I did see some during my night dive. Bring your own torch if you want to do the night dive. They haven’t got any spare torch either.
    The food the ladies cook everyday is fantastic and I enjoyed every meal I had there.

    • Hi Betsy,
      Than you so much for your valuable feedback. We are happy to have both you and Gus in our homestay.
      Once again we are very sorry that thing should had happened to you. We have our new BCDs and Regulators. Soon we will take photos of them and put them on the web :)
      We hope we could host both of you again in our homestay!

      Warm regards from Kri!

  12. Flavio Berman says:

    WHAT A MISTAKE ! I have been in Koranu Fyak for 3 days. They lost my reservation and room was not prepared for me when i arrived. If it weren’t enough they were very unfriendly about it. The owner of this homestay work as a manager there. She is all the time in a TERRIBLE MOOD. Its embarrassing. The food is terrible and not enough for everybody. They announce themselves as being one of the best Dive Centers in Raja, but they are definitely not. . Before and after my staying there i could have much more structured and pleasant Dives experiences. If you want to have a good time in Raja be aware of this Homestay.

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

    Very nice spot and the snorkeling right off the beach is world class!
    Nice rooms and toilets/bathrooms.
    The staff were kind and helpful, however the organization and communication could have been better.
    When we arrived they had no divemaster on site so we decided not to dive with them. When we left, however, divemaster Elisa arrived and was going to take care of diving. I wish we’d had the chance to dive with her couse she seemed very nice and had a lot of knowledge.
    The food was very good, however, the breakfast could have been better. We only got donuts/cake and bananas for breakfast and I would prefer nasi goreng or similar.
    They had cold beer for sale for rp 60K! That was a real treat! And no, you won’t be able to buy beer cheaper than that, even if it sounds expensive.

  13. Paula Källman says:

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

    Very nice bungalows near at the beach with a nice bed. Ok western toilets and showers, plus a sink. God location at Kri Island.

    The food here was very good. The times for the food three times a day is not exactly the same everyday because they often wait for the divers to come back from their trips and thats a little bit enoying because you are often very hungry. The house where you eat is on a small pir, very nice view and you can watch the sunset from there.

    The diving here was not good organised when we were there around Christmas 2016, you have to be a really experienced diver to dive with them and if you are then I think you will be satisfied because they know a lot of good divingspots. We go to the homestay beside instead and dived with them (Yenkoranu, they had PADI).

    The communication with the people working there was not so good but everything worked out well in the end. (We were supposed to be picked up in Waisai but no one answer the sms we send at the ferry from Sorong).

    If I go back to Kri I will stay here again.

    • Thank you for your comment! We will take up your feedback and improve the communication better. We are too shy :)
      We look forward to host you again in our place!

    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • (2/5 starfishes)

    I can see that this Homestay could be great if you came at the right time. I was there over xmas which was quite busy and you could tell the Homestay was a bit overwhelmed by the number of guests. Food was often quite late and with not enough to go around- the ladies in the kitchen were quite stretched.

    Accommodation was v basic- probably would recommend one of the beach front huts which were more spacious and some had hammocks. I had a room in a 2 room hut but it was a bit too small- sharing only a bamboo divider wall with no ceiling with the person next door. Communal bathrooms but some huts on beach had private bathroom.

    There was a group of divers who had booked two weeks of diving which made it hard for others to get on the dive trips- you could go along but the itinerary was set by the group (because the dive shop didn’t really initiate a schedule). The diving was very disorganized with no communication about schedules or if you could join a dive. There is only one boat. There was only one DM, Paul, for sometimes large groups of divers. I’m not sure if it was just because there was a group of very experienced divers but people just did their own thing and surfaced whenever, there wasn’t a coordinated group underwater (but when we had strong currents Paul stuck with me and another less experienced diver to help us with reef hooks).

    There seemed to be no briefings or current checks done and one time we were swimming against the current for most of the dive.

    I ended up going next door for dives because I was frustrated at not being able lock in dives due to the disorganization and lack of communication.
    Others did the same to organise snorkel tours etc because there was no assistance from this Homestay.

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    Definitely one of the best home stay we saw on the island kri in terms of location and construction of bungalows. Advantage: dive center and payment by credit card. The food was very good and the staff was very flexible in preparing additional meals if necessary (Diet).
    Nevertheless, management seems to be slightly overstrained, as confirmed pick up didn’t really work, wrong rooms have been presented and dive equipment hasn’t been checked thoroughly before leaving for diving with the result that diving was not possible as foreseen. To maintain the quality of the bungalows it is highly recommended to start with replacement investment (new mattresses are needed).

  14. Horrible communication / organization. I was in Raja Ampat only for a few days, staying at a nearby Homestay but arranged with Koranu for a dive. I shook hands with one of the guys in the afternoon and I was meant to be picked up next morning at 7am. Next morning I waited for over an hour just to find out via my Homestay manager that the Koranu Fyak crew left and that there was no place for me. I had already arranged my plans around this dive so this meant I didn’t get to dive in Raja Ampat at all. There was no attempt to inform me or my Homestay about the cancellation the day before or in the morning. The dive was pretty important to me so here is my first bad review ever left anywhere.

  15. Nathalie et francois says:

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

    Nous avions prévu de passer une seule semaine à Koranu fyak et nous y sommes restés 2 semaines finalement du 11 au 25 novembre 2016 avant de rejoindre Bali puis Lombok mais nous aurions du rester une semaine de plus tant Raja Ampat est un endroit fabuleux.

    Nous avons choisi ce homestay pour son emplacement idéal sur l’ile de Kri, l’existence d’un centre de plongée sur place, la possibilité de payer par carte bancaire, des douches et toilettes à l’occidental , l’électricité le soir à partir de 18h jusque minuit pour recharger nos batteries et enfin la possibilité de rester en contact pour des raisons professionnelles grâce au réseau téléphonique.
    Nous avions acheté une carte sim locale TELCOMSEL et avons été surpris de constater que nous avions un réseau 3G bref parfait. Il suffit de se rendre au petit village voisin sur Mansuar pour recharger votre crédit en “pulsa”(minutes de téléphone) ou pour accès internet (2 ou 4 GB pour environ 100000 IDR).
    Le homestay convivial mais à taille mesurée(nous étions six en tout et le maxi a été de 15 personnes) est constitué du centre de plongée , d’un bungalow sur pilotis magnifique où nous prenions nos repas(savoureux, copieux et équilibrés) et des bungalows privatifs de chacun le tout sur une plage magnifique. La simplicité du tout réalisé avec les matériaux locaux a beaucoup de charme.
    Manquent juste quelques chaises longues sur la plage pour la lecture même si chaque bungalow à son hamac.
    La comparaison avec d’autres homestay proches plus grands, moins bien entretenus, avec chaises plastiques et détritus derrière, compresseur qui tourne toute la nuit, nous ont vraiment conforté si besoin dans notre choix.
    Quant aux rats, j’en ai vu sur le toit du pilotis salle à manger ou entre les dents du chat mais c’est tout!

    L’endroit est superbe car vous avez vue sur les îles Gam et waigeo et Il vous suffit de mettre votre matériel de snorkeling pour avoir accès juste devant vous à des récifs de coraux et à une variété de poissons extraordinaires (requins à pointe noire, tortues, banc impressionnant de bumphead parrot fish…)
    Tous les jours à l’exception du dimanche, des sorties de plongée sur différents sites proches sont proposés et les accompagnants snorkeling sont les bienvenus pour les sites adaptés.
    Il vaut mieux avoir un peu d’expérience des plongées avec courant pour profiter au maximum du spectacle sous marin mais vous pouvez également passer votre open water sur place et acquérir de fait une aisance qui vous sera utile si vous voulez découvrir d’autres sites en Indonésie.
    Le matériel est en bon état. Demandez un “stick” en métal pour vous aider à résister au courant sans avoir à toucher le corail. Si vous voulez faire de belles photos sans avoir à palmer pour luter contre le courant amenez un crochet…
    Nous n’avons pas eu la chance de voir de mantas , la saison était déjà passée car elle finit en octobre généralement.
    Nous avons commandé des polos et tee-shirts du club à Reuben ils sont super beaux j’espère qu’il nous les enverra et qu’il fera un petit stock car d’autres personnes en auraient bien acheté s’ils avaient su…
    Le seul point sur lequel Reuben devrait être un peu plus rassurant et organisé concerne le transport à l’arrivée du ferry en provenance de Sorong pour rejoindre son homestay.
    Comme notre ferry avait 1h30 de retard nous avons dû attendre 1h de plus pour qu’un bateau vienne nous chercher.
    Mais un couple d’allemands n’ont pas eu cette chance et on dû passer une nuit à l’hôtel sur Waigeo….
    Il faut comprendre qu’il y a 1h de bateau pour rejoindre Kri et que Reuben profite de ceux qui sur l’île font la traversée pour vous trouver une place sans avoir à utiliser son bateau. Ça se comprend c’est une sorte de co voiturage.
    Vous risquez donc d’avoir à attendre un peu mais si avec votre carte SIM locale payée 50000 IDR vous envoyez des SMS à Reuben Il y aura toujours quelqu’un pour venir vous attendre au débarcadère.
    Pas de soucis aucun par contre pour le retour.
    On regrette déjà ces merveilleux moments où le soir avec une bière fraîche trouvée au homestay voisin, on admirait le coucher du soleil en se remémorant la féerie sous marine de la journée passée trop vite.
    On ne veut pas tout dévoiler mais vous garderez aussi certainement quelques mélodies en tête…
    N’oubliez pas de prendre le petit sentier qui vous emmène en 15′ de l’autre côté de l’île au homestay Lumba Lumba le snorkling y est aussi parfait.
    On a croisé des gens charmants, bref on reviendra c’est sur et encore plus longtemps la prochaine fois…
    Nathalie et francois

    • Koranu Fyak is still open James. Sara and Cedric were just employed there. The owner is a qualified SSI instructor. See the Wobbegong Dive Adventures page linked in the text above for more info.

      • Hey Sarah. Do you recommend diving with the homestay/dive center staff as a beginner (did my open waters in july but havent dived since then)? thanks:)

        • Hey Nina, the homestay has a dive instructor and others dive master. Dive in Yenbuba jetty, there is good also for beginner, we have taken kids down there for a DSD, no current but a very nice site close to a jetty. The site is very protected so no problem about current.

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

    I stayed for 9 days, about a month ago. I had a great time. The diving here is amazing! I think the best in the world.

    Berto was my fave DM. He gave very detailed plans, adjusted the dive to each person’s strengths and weaknesses, dove with the current instead of against it. The other DM I saw were for very experienced divers. I only have around 120 dives.

    Some of the dive sites have strong current and are very challenging. Please make sure you are an experienced diver before coming. But there are still many options for less experienced divers. There were many dives done just under the piers or right outside the bungalows. Still world class dives and calm conditions.

    The food was amazing. People would come from other homestays. Fish, chicken, seitan, eggs, veggies, rice. She was very accommodating since I don’t eat meat.

    I got good cell service on the beach or the pier. Better than at other homestays.

    Electricity ran from 6- midnight everyday, or more.

    There was always toilet paper in the bathroom, and the water never ran out.

    I recommend bringing earplugs and a charger splitter. So you can charge more than one thing at once. Or several converters.

    The dogs were not aggressive at all. Ever.

    I was worried about rats, but only saw one. There were giant spiders though. Please note, there are no deadly poisonous spiders in Indonesia.

    Limited English is spoken but I was always able to get across my meaning. Everyone was very nice and tried to help me with whatever I needed.

  16. I’m an old friend of cedric and and sent an email to him perhaps at a defunct address as I haven’t heard back from him. Hoping he can contact his old galapagos mate Dave (and Diu) at my new email. We are thinking of coming in February. Write me, Cedric!

  17. Jaidan Bracken says:

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

    We found paradise and it’s right here. We originally booked 4 nights and stayed 10. We were met at the Ferry in Waisai by Anton who is like an agent who meets and greets and gets you the right connection to the home stay.

    The people at the homestay were very friendly and we felt like family by the time we left. There is definitely a western influence in the setup of this place. There are clean western toilets and western showers. Yes they’re in a separate building, no it’s not a problem at all, although, it may pay to take a toilet roll or two as if you need to do a night time loo run, sometimes the paper has run out. Ask any staff and they replenish quickly.

    The diving was good although we struck strong currents on about half of the dives. I would recommend this place for experienced divers. If you’re new, it would be most beneficial if you went with an experienced diver. Visibility was really good on most dives, but a couple were around 5 metres and strong currents. Most dive sites are within 10 min boat ride.

    We had our own dive gear. Theirs looked well used but still functional.

    Rats are present but aren’t an issue. They’re just bigger than mice which is why you see them. We stayed 10 nights and saw maybe 4 rats? The rubbish and food is managed appropriately so as to not encourage them hanging around.

    After looking at a few other places and talking with people, we’re convinced this was the best balance/nicest homestay to stay in, in this area.

    They had cold beer most days. I’d recommend bringing following with you:
    – some small snacks (keep in cupboard in dining room)
    – a roll or 2 of toilet paper
    – insect repellent or similar

    The mosquito nets kept us safe at night time.

    We hope to come back again next year. They did have a credit card machine but they do prefer cash if possible. There is a surcharge for credit cards.

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

    I’ve stayed about 20 nights on Koranu Fyak in July/August 2016. I don’t remember exactly how many nights, but it was close to 20.

    If you worry about the weather at this period, don’t hesitate to go. You can snorkel and dive. Most days are good and even on the bad days (very few), it was still possible to have great snorkel and even dive.

    I think I don’t really need to say I loved it! I had planned 9 or 10 days in RA and was going to Komodo next. I’ve changed my flights to stay in RA longer and gave up my second trip to Komodo (been there in 2015 and it’s great).

    The main thing in Kri, for me, is the snorkeling. It’s really unbelievably good. No words can describe it. I’ve been to 93 countries and have done a lot of snorkeling all over the world and Kri is one of the top places for that.

    About Koranu Fyak, well, one can always find things to complain about, but have in mind it’s a nice place, where people try hard to make the best they can of a piece of jungle and beach in paradise. Let me say that again: paradise, paradise, paradise.

    The food was good and plenty. Rice, fresh fish and a patty of maize, or something, always very tasty, as well as some cooked vegetables. Because I’ve stayed so long, I got bored, but that’s the problem of a long stay, having fish and rice twice a day for so long when one isn’t used to it. It’s not because the food is bad. The food is good! Breakfast isn’t as good as lunch and dinner, though, but some days we had fried manioc and fried sweet potatoes and that’s absolutely, awesomely delicious! Delicious!

    The people is friendly and helpful. I’ve got a small room in a shared bangalow. My room was tiny and had only a mattress on the floor and mosquito net. I was expecting it to be so. But there were shelves and electricity in it. That was a bonus and I was so happy when I’ve seen there was electricity in the room!!!! I think it’s fine! Of course, the electricity is from a generator, so it isn’t on all of the time, but plenty to charge your gadgets! More often than I’ve expected.

    The shower/toilet block is kept very clean. There were also clean towels for me and clean sheet and I’ve gotten clean ones to change every time I’ve asked. Always with a smile from the helpful crew.

    About the rat problem, it is a real problem and I couldn’t sleep 5 nights of my stay due to rat noise in the bangallow. Cedric does all he can to deal with the problem. But he can’t solve it, since it’s nature, all open, and the places around it aren’t doing the same to exterminate the rats. I’m grateful for the things he’s done to try to solve my problem.

    I had read about the rats before, so, knowing I’m particularly uncomfortable with it, I’ve taken my tent and slept into it. It was a good compromise. I’ve set up my igloo tent inside the room and put their mattress into it. I’ve had no insect problems, nor rats inside my tent. The only problem is heat. When I go back, I’ll have a fan inside my tent. There are fans, very small, that one can charge with the telephone charger. I’ll get one for my next visit and use it inside the tent with a powerbank, so it lasts the night. Even without the fan, it was possible to sleep. Sometimes I was awake because of rat noise, but at least it wasn’t inside my tent. My stuff, I’ve kept it inside big bin bags and, for the night, outside the room.

    About the aspect of the place, Cedric is always planting new plants/trees. There are beautiful birds about (I’ve seen a paradise kingfisher many times just around my bangallow). Cedric is always busy, cleaning stuff, fixing stuff, planting… inspiring!

    After all the nights I’ve stayed there, I left with a broken heart. I so want to go back, it hurts! I’m planning for December, or next summer. If I could, I’d move to Kri!

    The diving is beautiful and the snorkeling is out of this world. I’ve had the opportunity to dive with Cedric many times and a few dives with Paul and Sara. I’ve loved all of these experiences. They have very different styles. Paul has a keen eye to find very interesting small things. Cedric seemed to be more keen on appreciating the big creatures. Sara is an amazing photographer and is always looking for interesting, different things. If you can, dive with all of them and you’ll get a great overall experience.

    I have only kind words to describe all of the folks at Koranu Fyak and Kri and Mansuar. Everywhere I’ve been, they were helpful and friendly.

    I’ve done a couple of day trips. The Passage with Cedric was amazing! Thank you so much, Cedric, for that great day!!!! This costs 400 000 IDR.

    I’ve done also Fam (Pyanemo) with another group, from another homestay. It was very good, but less my thing. It’s more for the view and I’m not so much a view person. I’ve done it just because it’s like you’re there and you feel you have to do it. I’m more a snorkeling person. I’ve paid 520 000 IDR. No diving, just snorkeling. I would have loved to do it with the folks of Koranu Fyak, but the days they’ve done it, I had chosen to go snorkeling, instead, or go to Waisai (needed some stuff, since staying longer than I’d planed).

    If you’re staying in Koranu Fyak, you can use the jetty of the place beside. But you don’t need a jetty. You can easily enter the water without it.

    One night, from the restaurant of Koranu Fyak, we’ve seen a walking shark going about for a long time. And we always see baby black tips. We’ve seen also rays (blue spotted), cuttlefish and even octopus, and lots of different crabs.

    About the snorkeling: what I’ve seen were schools of all sorts of fish. Too many species to write it here. The particularity of Kri are the huge schools, including those of bumphead parrot fish. I’ve seen octopi, mainly while night snorkeling (hightly, highly recommended), cuttlefish of all sizes, black tip sharks, blue spotted stingray. The corals are very beautiful, too, with soft coral you can see just snorkeling. Around Mansuar and the small island between Kri and Mansuar, I’ve seen wobbegong shark (snorkeling) and everywhere, so many turtles, you stop counting. I’ve also seen many mantis shrimp, mandarin fish and sea krait.

    I must say, diving-wise, I was a bit disappointed. I’ve expected more diversity. I’m not saying the diving is bad, not at all, but I’ve had better elsewhere and I was expecting RA to awe me. My best experience there were the soft corals and “caves” in Matt’s Place and a bit of a whirlpool/downward current I’ve had in one of my last dives. I love currents! I don’t know why some people don’t like them. If you don’t, RA isn’t a good place for you, because you’ll probably feel uncomfortable and use up your air too fast. The fantastic fish schools of RA, one sees better snorkeling, than diving, IMHO. I’ve gone diving mostly for the pleasure of swimming against currents, then drifting with them. This is all very exhilarating and a good workout to spend all the calories gained with the tasty food of Koranu Fyak.

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    What I didn’t like about Kri: rats and dogs. The dogs are all over the island. It’s impossible to lay on the beach to read a book, if you’re uncomfortable with dogs, because a few dogs will come sniffing you. When I wanted to rest a bit on the sands, I swam to the small island between Mansuar and Kri. With the high tide, dogs can’t get there. There are two mini beaches I could use without the dog annoyance. The dogs are often fighting between themselves. Perhaps there are people who don’t mind it, but I don’t like it. In one occasion, while walking back to Koranu Fyak from the passage between it and the small island, I was attacked by one dog. I had to go the rest of the way snorkeling. I don’t think the dogs are particularly violent. Only once was I attacked. It’s more of a huge annoyance than a danger.

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

      It’s Diana:

      I’d like to add that communication and logistics were very smooth. Sara answers mails very quickly and is very helpful. When I needed to go to Waisai during my stay, she has helped me with it, too. Thank you, Sara, for making it wonderful!

    • Hy Diana. My Name is Josef and i read that you are in Komodo. What you prefer for Diving RA or Komodo. i planed a Trip to Komodo next Year.

      Thanks and warm Regards Josef

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

    We had a wonderful stay at koranu fyak bungalows (11 nights).
    The bungalows are neat and clean, the duration of available electricity is completely sufficient. The showers and (western style) toilets are clean as well, for european visitors it might be new to not have a flush but one will get used to it quickly.
    It is wonderful to say “good morning” to the sunbird sitting in front of the little mirror next to the sink while you are brushing your teeth.
    The food is enough, not very varied but very tasty all the time. And drinking a selfmade lemonade and eating watermelon on the jetty while watching five baby black tip sharks swimming around is priceless.

    Sara and Cedric give their best to make the time at the homestay as nice as possible – careing for more than usual tourist needs and helping with any problem that might occur – and the homestay has got its flair due to their presence and commitment!!!
    You will hardly find them not working or cleaning the beach and the small trails …

    Diving at Cape Kri, which is very close to the homestay, is way out of this world – it is fantastic! But even sknorkeling the housereef makes you want to stay forever. During the dive trips Cedric makes everyone feel safe and supervised and due to his knowledge about the sea and diving every trip and the talking about it afterwards is very informative and interesting.
    Still the owner of the homestay should really renew some of the wetsuits that are for rent.

    We were very sad when we had to leave and would definitely come back to koranu fyak and visit Sara and Cedric again!!

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

    It was perfect for me. Great diving, wonderful staff, excellent food. It was sooo relaxing not to hear cars or bikes going by. Amazing house reef as well. Did three or four dives there on house reef and saw a lot of fun stuff. Sharks, turtles, napoleons, bump heads, great corals and some beautiful nudibranches. Wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    Sara is an incredibly organized on-site manager/host, her interpersonal and communication skills are what makes this homestay incredible. She made sure that the guests are comfortable and offers help whenever she can. The place is run smoothly because of the western management style, under Sara’s supervision, so make sure to call ahead and confirm that Sara and Cedrick are there during your stay. Ruben is the owner of the property, he gets very flirty with female solo travelers and can make things uncomfortable at times. The staff are nice, most of them speak limited English. The meals are home cooked style, locally sourced produce, though can get a bit repetitive after a week long stay. The bathroom and shower are very nice and clean; there’s no hot water but that’s common among homestays in the area. The diving is excellent with Cedrick, he is very experienced and knows the reef very well. The house reef is very nice for snorkeling, though it’s best to enter from the neighbors jetty. Overall a good experience, and would recommend to people looking for an all inclusive dive vacation in Raja Ampat.

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    I had an amazing time in Koranu Fyak thanks to the beautiful surroundings, beach, snorkel, diving and Sara, Cedric and the staff.

    Sara makes sure everything is perfect and Cedric knows the reefs very well and accommodates everyone’s wishes for the dives in the next days. Cedric is also a certified PADI instructor so they offer courses – I took my advance PADI there.

    The food was very good imo, typical local food meaning lots of fish, rice and veggies. Also, it is a good place to socialize with like minded people. The house reef is amazing, snorkeling there (at least) is a must! I will surely be back asap, already miss falling asleep with the sound of the sea.

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    I had a great time overhere. Staff is always willing to help and they are really interested in you as a person. Ruben and Cedric are the perfect dive guides for you’re dive trip in Raja ampat. Ruben is a local guy en knows the place very well, together wit Cedric they will bring you to the best dive sites. Sara is a very kind women and she wil help you with any of you’re problems. Thanks a lot, i had the best time.

    greetz,

    Milan

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    Everything was on point. I stayed there for a week earlier this month and I’m happy with both accomodation and the service.

    Location
    not too far from waisai (40min by boat) but yet gives you a feel of remote island paradise

    Accommodation
    Basic but tidy. You get what you pay for.

    Staff
    Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Sara even managed to get me some medications when I got sick half way through my stay (don’t worry, not food related). Thanks again Sara!

    Diving
    Cedrick looks after diving side of things. One of the most knowledgeable and experienced divemasters I’ve met. He always makes sure that you make the best of your dive. He also works with the less expirienced divers so that they can manage even the more challenging sites.

    diving gear
    the gear is safe and in working order. if someone is concerned with the small hole on wetsuit I woud suggest re-thinking what the diving is about

    Food
    food was always tasty and diverse ( i heard people complaining about the food in other homestays on the island but it’s not the case with KFB)

    To sum it up, I would recommend the place to my friends and would stay again myself.

  18. Betty (1st mexican in Koranu) says:

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    Love it here!!!!!!!!! we had a great time!! staying with Sara, Cedric and Noah was really like staying over with friends!!! Cedric is an amazing dive master, Sara will stop ferries for you and Noah is just the cuttest boy ever! I really miss them! The place is right there at the beach so sleeping with the sound of the waves is just amazing, the huts are simple and rustic because honestly you don’t need much when you are in paradise, we shared the bathroom which is really clean and walking to your morning pee with the sunrise is pretty cool! We will never forget our time in koranu! Thanks Ben and Joyce for sending us there!

  19. Ben & Joyce says:

    This place was absolutely great, we planned on staying for 6 days and ended up staying for 2 weeks! Now before I start remember that this is still a homestay and if you are looking for a resort then you can stay less than 1km to north and pay at least 5 times more.
    The bungalows- basic (but clean!) with a raised bed with a nice thick foam mattress and mosquito net over the top and large windows to allow airflow. The sheets and towels were also clean and always smelt amazing. All the bungalows also had a small broom so that you could sweep the sand out each day (which took my girlfriend about 2 minutes ;-) ) as the bungalows are right on the beach. The shared bathrooms were only 20m or so from the bungalows and were always clean.
    The Food- after staying at several other all inclusive homestays in Indonesia we were worried about staying here and eating the same food everyday but after 2 weeks we were still not bored with the meals here. Again the meals are basic (but delicious!) with lunch and dinner consisting of rice, vegetables and either fish or chicken (or egg sometimes) and generally fried frittata type thing also. The thing that made the meals different was that there was a variety of fish (we had tuna, snapper & barracuda) with a variety of delicious sauces and a variety of vegetables and tofu/tempe combinations (we had a variety of green beans, aubergine, cabbage & carrot). Yes the Breakfasts are basic with either fried banana, fried doughnut balls, cake or even fresh baked bread sometimes and bananas, but it was enough to fill you up until lunch time. They also have a small selection of cookies, coke (and cold beer!) you can buy from the kitchen staff if u do get hungry.
    The staff- Cedrick and Sara are absolutely awesome and do a great job of organising everything from your pickup in Waisai to boat trips and diving and make u feel instantly at home. Cedrick is also a Padi instructor and we always felt good to be diving with him.
    The Rats!- yes there are rats at every homestay on Kri island but Koranu Fyak are doing a great job of eliminating ‘problem rats’ from the bungalows and restaurant area and they have a safe place to put any food etc you do bring (we took chocolate and cookies we bought in Sorong which is a good place to stock up a little bit).
    We would not hesitate to stay here again as we absolutely loved our 2 weeks in paradise at Koranu Fyak, thank you Sara and Cedrick!

  20. Alan, Loraine & Alan says:

    Don’t look any further! Koranu Fyak is definitely the place to be in Raja Ampat. The homestay has a wonderful house reef and it is one of the few places on Kri with a beach. You can enjoy sunset with a beer on the Jetty or read your book and relax in one of the hammocks. The place is well maintained and taken care of. The European couple Sara and Cedric and their son Noa do a really good job to make everyone happy. They arrange pick-ups and day excursions. Cedric is an experienced dive instructor and will tell you about the direction of the current in case you want to go snorkeling. The local staff is also very friendly and food is amazing! Besides other dishes fresh fish every day :D Thank you very much for making our holiday this fantastic! We wish you good luck with your future projects. Hope to see you back one day!

  21. Kay & Tineke says:

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    We spent a week at Koranu Fyak in april and we still miss it sometimes. Of course Kri island and the dive sites around it are extremely beautiful. Cedric and Sara pay a lot of attention to details, keeping the place clean and arranging transportation, which made our stay at Koranu Fyak very comfortable. We were well taken care of with three meals a day, fruits, and coffee/tea/water.

    We also took the Advance Open Water course with Cedric, a very experienced and fun dive instructor. Thanks to him, we could experience the beauty of Raja Ampat, even as inexperienced divers. At the homestay they can also arrange (half)day tours to more remote sites.

    If we ever come back, we would love to stay at the same place again and we definitely recommend this place.

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    I spent countless hours trying to decide where to stay on Kri and ended up (thankfully) at Koranu Fyak after a few nights at another home stay nearby.
    There is no question that Koranu Fyak is by far the BEST home stay on Kri for a number of reasons.
    Cedric and Sara are amazing hosts. Their attention and care of the guests is amazing. They really take a lot of pride in making their bungalows clean, comfortable and charming. Sara is wonderful at making you feel welcomed and went far out of her way to help me. Cedric is an amazing dive instructor and truly helped me learn how to dive and most importantly overcome my fear of diving in currents. He is just the perfect combination of a teacher and also helping me find my own confidence. His dive guide Matias is also fantastic.
    The kitchen staff was amazing and went out of their way to make me meals to accommodate my special diet…the food was delicious.
    I can’t say enough about this home stay. I stayed at four different ones in my monthlong trip to Indonesia and this was by far the best. I am already thinking of when I can return.
    If you are agonizing like I did about where to stay in this remote corner of the world look no further! Koranu Fyak has it all…really!
    Oh…the diving (which is why most of us come anyway) is beyond words…just absolutely breathtaking. The visibility was poor when I was there and it still surpassed my dreams!
    Congratulations to Sara and Cedric for creating such an amazing place and of course to their precious son Noah.

  22. HEY ALL, Koranu Fyak Bungalows and Wobbegong Dive Adventure offer PADI COURSES from Open Water to rescue and also DIVE MASTER TRAINING on request. Padi International Instructor with 15 years experience on teaching. If you are interested contact krfwda@gmail.com or phone +62 (0) 82397401047.

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    I stayed in Koranu Fyak for 10 days and give it 5 stars thanks to the current managers Sara and Cedric, and their 4 year old son Noah, who are doing a great job. Sara manages the homestay and Cedric manages the dive center.

    The homestay is kept very clean, bathrooms and showers are cleaned every morning, grounds are swept a few times a week, the dining area is always clean. The showers have running water from underground water so are a little salty but very refreshing. Sara is really good in caring for all the guests and to whatever they need. She will help you with travel arrangements, buy things for you in Waisai, make sure you sleep well, or anything else.

    The food was great in my opinion. Lunch and dinner always include a protein like fish, chicken, eggs, tempe, or tofu, as well as rice and 2 or 3 vegetable dishes. They also serve fruit just about every day (banana, papaya, or watermelon). The cook is doing a good job in trying to change the style of cooking and sauces in every meal, and is quite successful considering her kitchen appliances. The food is simple but it felt great to eat home cooked meals 3 times a day at regular times and not eat something that came out of the microwave. I am vegetarian and they gladly provided a protein substitute wherever they served fish or chicken.

    Cedric is a great dive master. I am a beginner diver and was concerned about the currents in Raja Ampat. I was there during a new moon so there wasn’t much current. Still, Cedric made sure I wasn’t going anywhere beyond my ability and comfort zone. He taught me how to do the negative entry and I practiced it in calm waters. Cedric takes care of all the equipment you need, puts together even the weight belt, changes tanks for every one between dives, keeps the boat clean and organized even when the boat is full of divers, and makes sure you are safe. As other say, the equipment has seen better days. The second dive master is a local guy, Matthias, who knows his job, though single female travelers should stay away from him.

    For those of you who get seasick, Raja Ampat is very calm. I generally do only shore dives because I get seasick very quickly and I did not have a problem in Raja Ampat, even on trips to Fam and to the Passage.

    Some additional information; breakfast is usually served starting at 7am or before and the first dive is at 7:30, 8:00, or 8:30 depending on the dive site. Lunch is at around noon and dinner around 7pm. The generator runs from late afternoon until around 11pm. Cell signal was good enough to make Skype phone calls but without video (when you buy SimPatti make sure to add a data package). The bungalows are very basic and the mattresses have little support.

    Overall, the homestay is not perfect but it is as good as it gets among all homestays. If you want better conditions, booking a resort might be the right thing for you.

  23. Marissa and Gabriel says:

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    We stayed at Koranu Fyak for 6 nights and still miss it every day. Without exaggerating this can be called a little paradise. It’s really peacefull with no roads, beautiful nature and just a few people.

    There are plenty of dive spots and a plan will be made based on the wishes of the guests. Normally it’s two dives in the morning, so you will be back before lunch and have the rest of the day to explore the island or relax. The Fam day excursion is a must do as well! Expect lots of colorfull and big fish, sharks, manta rays, turtles and beautiful corals. It was mind blowing and we saw so many new species we never saw before. Another recommendation is to snorkel close to the jetty of the homestay, because there’s a lot to see in the ‘front garden’.

    The bungalows are just a few steps away from the cosy beach where you can watch the amazing sunsets. We’re backpackers and used to the basic style, so we didn’t have any difficulties sleeping. The sound of the ocean was a great lullaby. After you watched the sunset you’ll hear the bell ring, dinner time. Everybody eats together and the food is really tasty with enough variety. Fresh fish, two types of veggies, rice and especially the corn cookies were one of our favorites. Beers are available, but sometimes you need to ask the staff to put them in the freezer/fridge. And while you are enjoying that cold drink the plan for the next day will be discussed. After that, don’t forget to look up and watch the stars!

    Sarah and Cedric are both super kind and take good care of their guests. Thanks again for this amazing stay, we will be back some day. :)

  24. Monika and Rafael says:

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    We stayed for 10 days in Koranu Fyak Homestay and felt very welcome. Sara and Cedric do excellent work, organized and very communicative, so that a pleasant atmosphaere arises. A clear plus is the good knowledge of English, and the professional appearance, whereby the initial contact, the booking, pick and diving run smoothly. Both of them realy care about their guests and try to do everything to make you feel comfortable.

    As we both get cold, especially Sara was very committed to making sure we are getting better soon.Thanks again.

    Basically, the homestays in this area are very similar, they are very simple, but thats the islands flair. The small things like, beds, mosquito nets, towels, bedding, showers and the possibility to buy cold soft drinks, beer and snacks, make the difference between Koranu Fyak and the other homestays.

    The food is good, sometimes a little repetitive but they work on it and try to get some changes. If possible, they also try to implemented special requests. Breakfast could be supplemented with eggs and toast.

    From our side a clear recommendation.

  25. Kathi und Ramon says:

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    We stayed 11 days on Kri Island and moved to Koranu Fyak after spending the first week in another homestay. The reason for changing the accomodation was that we liked Koranu Fyak so much and we were spending most of our time there anyways because we went diving with Matthias and Cedric almost every day. Further more we just liked the people working in Koranu Fyak.
    Cedric was the reason why we chose to dive with Wobbegong Adventures. He is an instructor and seemed to be very professional, when we first met him. Since we are not diving for a long time, it was very important for us to have a good feeling concerning security and being well looked after. We didn’t regret our decision once and had a lot of fun exploring Raja Ampat under water. Cedric really is a funny and sympathetic guy and we had a great time.
    Sarah – Cedrics better half ;-) – is managing the place with all her heart and truly is an angel. She helped us in so many ways: booking our flights, providing medical support for our wounded feet, and reading all our wishes from our eyes :-)
    Thank you so much for everything, Sarah and Cedric – you two really are a great match. Always busy taking care about the place making it even better than it is. It is obvious that you love your place and this passion makes Koranu Fyak special.
    Only a few suggestions for bringing the Homestay to a new level:

    1. food:
    Lunch and dinner was perfect for us. We loved the fresh fish, the veggies and all the other stuff. Only breakfast would need a bigger variety. Maybe some eggs every now and then, cereal and some more fruit. But we could see that even the kitchen tried to fulfill special wishes. You just had to ask…

    2. diving:
    The owner of the Homestay should really invest in some new gear. The wetsuits and the other equipment could be better. Everything else – great! Cedric is a great teacher and we improved our skills a lot thanks to his advice.

    3. Bungalows:
    Maybe some cotton hammocks, not the plastic ones… every Homestay on Kri has these awful hammocks. Koranu Fyak can do better :-)

    Once again, the location and the staff – especially Cedric and Sarah – are awsome. We would love to come back one day. 5 out of 5 Stars

    All the best,
    Kathi and Ramon (Trabölmäkör)

  26. It was a nice time there. People are friendly and ready to help.
    Great diving, especially with Mathias. He has an eagle eye and can spot even tiny sea creatures.
    The rooms are pretty basic, but the food was good.

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    Local Goverment should control all Bungalows that have been consructing , because while I was there during last summer
    there were at least 30 bungalows in the North coast . If they dont stop constructing more bungalows Island Kri will be no anymore a paradise .

    I stayed last summer. I enjoyed a lot the diving spots .The local dive guide well experimented but he is not a certified diving instructor so only experimented divers should go. Robben better than his brother .This is not a Padi Center . The food was so good and well cooked if I compared rest of my acomodations in Indonesia.( fish, chicken eggs ,salads..) altough not enough fruit. The cleanliness left much to be desired in bathroom and dustbin is not pulling enough …( robben was out during most our stay)
    I would deffinately stay here again due to the nice local service, people and location.

    • Hello Mr Rocio,
      this is Sara from Koranu Fyak.
      You are right, we are not a PADI official Center but we have a PADI certified instructor (15 years of teaching and experience) available on our dive center and we offer official PADI Open Water and Advance dive courses so, if people are not EXPERIENCED divers…..they could just come and learn with us.

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    Hello,

    To me Raja Ampat is truly a paradise’s corner.

    I’ve been there for the first time in December, when I took my AOW with Eric (the best dive instructor ever!!) and I decided to go back in March for 2 more weeks of diving diving diving.
    Both times, I’ve stayed at Koranu Fyak where I’ve met nice persons and I’ve enjoyed myself very much.
    Accommodation: nice bungalow, the second one was right on the beach: lovely.
    Toilets: these are the best on Kri Island (cold water, but hey what to you expect?!)
    Food: I had special requests (vegan) and at Koranu Fyak they do their best to cook for me Tofu and Tempeh, so that I can have a balanced diet (thanks Sara, that you so much!!).
    Diving: the best dives I’ve ever done! Eric is a great instructor: his passion about marine life is contagious! Moreover he is so experienced that makes you confident in every situation. Don’t hesitate to go dive with Wobbengong Dive Adventures, even if your are beginners!
    A special thanks to Matias, the owner’s brother, who brought me to see the bird of paradise (at 4 am in the morning) and was always super available to every guest.
    He is a great diver, who knows so many things about the local reef that I am looking forward to diving with him again. Thank you for helping me to spot pygmy sea horse and many more marine creatures. Let’s see who is going to spot it first, the next time!
    Miss you guys.

    See you soon. Cheers!

    • Hi Elisa,

      I had to scroll down all the reviews to find you! Can you facebook me on Nara Melissa Munthe? I got couple of photos of you!
      I hope you are well back home!
      And in case I missed not thanking your help, Thank You! And hope to see you again back in our “home”stay :)
      Make sure to contact me so we can make a “better” arrangement when Melissa and Elisa in the house ;)

      Cheers,
      Icha

  27. Marcus Koolmees says:

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    Had a lovely stay at the bungalows. The local dive guide is amazing in finding the smallest of critters. The food does get a little repetitive after a while but I would deffinately stay here again due to the nice service, people and location.

  28. Ismet Ugursal says:

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    My wife, a very good friend and I just spent spectacular and unforgettable five days at Koranu Fyak (Four Kings). We are all from Canada, and it was our first time in Raja Ampat. Our stay at Koranu Fyak was absolutely wonderful for several reasons.

    First of all, the place is situated on a fantastic beach, with a rich house coral. Just snorkelling up and down the reef in the front is a spectacular show. The whole strecth of beach/reef is fantastic. The location is close to some of the best dive spots in Raja Ampat, so the choices are almost endless. The food is also great, with lots of vegetables, fresh fish and/or chicken, fruits, all delicious and carefully prepared. The bungalows are comfortable, with running water, good bathroom and shower facilities (shared, but always clean), and electricity 8 hours a day. And of course, a sky of infinite depth at night!

    Secondly, Koranu Fyak is managed by a fantastic Italian lady, Sara. She is competent, friendly, sweet, energetic, positive, professional, talented, kind and overall wonderful. She can control a boat with a push-stick, unload heavy luggage, and be simply beautiful, all at the same time! One could not hope for a better person to manage a resort. She looks after everybody and every request with a smile, and always makes sure everyone is happy with everything. Thank you Sara!

    Thirdly, Cendric, Sara’s husband and the dive instructor/master. He is simply great. I’ve been diving for 25 years, and have dived with probably 50 dive instructors/masters, and Cendric is one of the best two that I’ve ever met (the other is Gert Heyns, Panay Diving, a legend). Cendric is completely competent, careful, accommodating, experienced, cautious, and knowledgable of every dive site in Raja Ampat. All three of us are divers, and we did many dives with Cendric, and we were all very impressed with his competence, knowledge and kindness. Thank you Cendric!

    Fourth, of course, is Rueben, the owner of Koranu Fyak. He is a most impressive young man, a local, who is involved in the community as well as in tourism. He wants to keep Raja Ampat pristine and wonderful, and he works hard to achieve that objective. Force be with you Rueben! I hope you will succeed in keeping Raja Ampat pristine, not only for yourself and your people, but for all visitors who have the privilege of coming to your wonderful place! Thanks!

    Fifth are the staff. What a wonderful group of people! Captain Mathias, his second in command Yanus, the kitchen staff, the housekeeping staff, all absolutely wonderful people, all smiling, all doing a great job. They all speak English, some better than others, but even those who don’t speak English well, they try to help you always with a smile. Thank you all! May you always be happy!

    And lastly, and most importantly, Noah! Sara and Cendric’s 4.5 year old son. What an absolutely brilliant and delightful young man! A completely well-adjusted, good-mannered, self-confident, self-sufficient, incredible young fellow. I wish many young guys his age could observe him over the course of a day, and learn a few things from him. May you always be exactly the way you are Noah, sweet, brilliant, good looking and just wonderful!

    Needless to say, we will miss them all. Raja Ampat is without doubt the one of the most beautiful places on earth, still pristine, still the way it was created. The marine life is unequalled. We hope all of it will stay that way, and I hope we will be back. Until then, we send our thanks and best wishes to Rueben, Sara, Cendric, Noah and everyone at Koranu Fyak for making our five days as their guests one of the most wonderful five days of our lives.

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    I just spent a good few days at this place. A short summary first: I very much liked it, all of it! Ambience, atmosphere, accommodation, food, diving – I found all that very enjoyable. The underwater experience just stunned me- even if you have dived a few places, most will probably pale in comparison.

    There were some rough patches, but still things are pretty ok, considering the remoteness of this area and the homestay-specific mode of operations (as pointed out on this website – thanks for that by the way, very helpful and informative!) So, in short, if you consider a homestay in RA, I’d recommend this place!

    As for a more detailed review: I was about to write one, but it appears that I stayed almost at the same time as Felipe (we have not really met though). I fully agree with his detailed review below, mine would just be a repetition of the same. Really! Thanks Felipe, saves me some time ;)

    I feel that I should instead say a few words about this Olivier guy’s review (saw him shortly at my first dinner, alone in a corner), to set the record straight: In my opinion, most complaints there are just ridiculously overblown, with quite a few points being utter nonsense. Personnally, I find it deplorable to cook up such a spiteful piece, fully knowing how it might hurt reputations and livelihoods. I would recommend to disregard Oliviers review. As I said, I find Felipes review is way closer to the mark ;)

    As for some thoughts on how Koranu Fyak might be improved: Again, Felipe makes some points I find very valid. I totally agree! Some thoughts to underscore that:

    # Let’s not mince words: I think the owner of the place should invest a larger portion of the profit in proper maintenance and repairs – of all sorts, but boats and diving equipment especially. Things are working ok and safe, but appear a bit more worn than need be. It might put a few people off. That said, I got one of their brand new wing BCDs – uncommon in Indo and quite a nice touch. Let’s see more of that!
    # A bit awkward to say it, since it is a homestay, but it really is the European staff + Mathias who make a huge difference. Big thanks to Sarah, who went out of her way numerous times to sort out the hiccups and make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Even got me meds from the pharmacy in Waisai. I feel the place needs such people, it might deteriorate without them.
    # Being an experienced diver, I actually like having a guide who shows me the amazing stuff or scouts out the current for the group, but otherwise leaves me to dive as I like. I got that here, I’m happy with my experience. Thank’s, guys! Less experienced divers might like a bit more attention payed to them, especially on descent. I too saw the odd situation where more attention paid by the guides might have been better. However I find that, as a diver, you are the the only one responsible for yourself. And yes, in my experience Raja Ampat is something better suited to experienced divers. If in doubt, taking a course and go diving with instructor would be the way to go, I think. It just is like that, no way around it.

    But then, nothing is perfect, an all those issues were minor compared with the overall experience. I very much liked the place, had a really good time – I would definitely come again!

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      Funny description. You said that you showed me shortly (alone in a corner, ha ha ha, of course…) at the end of my stay, but still can affirm that what i have experiment in this place was not the truth ? And friend of Felipe ? He did a good job apparently> :)

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    Hi all,

    just spent 7 days at wonderfull Kri island, at K Fyak, as a first stage of my “world trip”. Main objective was to disconnect from the past, work and life, and enjoy the supposedly amazing diving in Raja Ampat.

    I definitely succeded in my plan! Was unlucky with the underwater visibility, a rare bad week, but could see sufficient to understand what a paradise it is.

    My stay at K Fyak was simply fantastic. Current team makes the place feel unique. Sarah and Cedric worked really hard every day on improvements and decoration touches on the place, after place being left behind during low season, and while i slept siestas, giving it the prettiest walkway in the island (plants, wood paths, lights, shells). They made sure guests were comfortable on their huts.

    Cedric takes care of the diving part, choosing the sites and the dive masters joining the trips. He trully is the most caring dive master I have met to date, with proper instructions, pattience and care. Matthias and Cedric allowed me to feal free during dives, while making sure of the basic safety (bcd and air checks, safety stops, and directions). Cedric is very experienced and Matthias is the man in the island for the small stuff. Equipment is no longer the newest, but I have seen much worst. They have variety and sizes. I felt safe and comfortable.

    Food was surprisingly very good. Most surely due to Saras italian influence. Consisting of rice or noodles, variety of 2 veggies and generally fish, rarely chicken. Always had enough food to repeat. Tea and coffe always available. 2-3 people had stomach issues while there, but was always the newbies, the hygiene is not the best, but this is just the norm in Raja and remote places in Indo. Dont even think it has to do with the food (fish seemed always fresh to me) but rather with the water used for cooking. I had no issues in 7 days. Some people coming to watch from other houses, liked what they saw.

    Prices are expensive when comparing to other places in Indo, seems all houses have a price agreement. Hopefully this allows for tourism to grow slower, and they put some reinvestment in communities and the park.

    Recommendations for Raja Ampat improvement:
    – It is not acceptable paying one of the most expensive park fees worlwide, and not seeing nor sensing the outcome of it. Goverment needs to understand this is not acceptable, and implement measures (local education, marine life restoration cycles and protection program). Corruption has to stop or the fees have to go down. I worked for the last 3 yrs with Indonesia, and understand the challenge, but every change starts with small seeds.
    – Implement an island collaboration board (maybe online) so that there is sharing of next days boat trips and all guests and homestays can benefit from efficiencies

    Recommendations to K Fyak:
    – The place is no longer the newest, nor facilities the best. What made my experience unique was the team of foreigners (Sara, Cedric, Noa, Eric) + Mathias, taking care of the place, who give it the homy experience. Owner is to keep them as long as possible or make sure to have good replacement!
    – Seen below a comment regarding diving safety. Raja is currents intensive and negative entry is often a better choice. Dive master need to wait for all divers to initiate it, might otherwise miss a diver or too while waiting below. This happened to my buddie in one of the dives with Koranu, and I had to wait for him alone while master was at the bottom
    – Bfast improvement would be nice. Variety of fruits, and maybe eggs. At least more of those fantastic chocolate buns!

    Best regards and thanks for the great time.

    Felipe

    • Thanks for the detailed feedback Felipe :)

      Your suggestions are good ones and we hope you don’t mind if we take the opportunity to point out how they are already being implemented…

      Re park fees and conservation efforts in Raja Ampat: It’s true that very little is ever seen by tourists of the work that is being done in Raja Ampat, but the main reason for that is the sheer size of the place. A great deal of “invisible” work is being done in Raja Ampat by both local organisations and major international conservation NGOs and all the measures you suggest are already in place.

      The Raja Ampat Homestay Association is a community organisation that already fills the role of an “island collaboration board” and in addition to working to establish a more efficient and cheaper boat transport system, they are also providing permaculture, sustainable tourism and English language training as well as working toward energy self sufficiency for all homestays and local villages via the installation of custom designed solar technologies. The Association was responsible for instigating the development of the Raja Ampat Environment Watch app and is working with local government to deliver – among other things – an effective sea search and rescue organisation and proper waste management in the islands.

      By the way – one thing the Association doesn’t do is fix prices. Prices are set by individual homestay owners. Obviously they know what each other charge, so in a place like Kri most homestays offering similar services do so at a similar price. Homestay accommodation in Raja Ampat can be found as cheaply as 250K per night and ranges up to asking prices of 450K! There’s no cartel.

      For those interested, here are a few links detailing more about work underway in what is still a very new conservation effort and ecotourism industry development in Raja Ampat.

      All about the entry fee and where the money goes.
      About other “unofficial” entry fees in Raja Ampat.
      The aims and aspirations of local communities.
      Raja Ampat Conservation programs.
      Local heroes.

      For anyone genuinely concerned for the future of the islands and wanting to see their wonders preserved, you can really make a difference by:

      1 – Supporting locally owned accommodation, diving and guiding operators.
      2 – Downloading the Raja Ampat Environment Watch App before you go – then using it once you’re there!
      3 – Leaving reviews and comments on the relevant pages of this website. All visitor feedback is forwarded to the homestay concerned, to local community organisations and to relevant government authorities.
      4 – Completing the Raja Ampat Homestay Survey after your stay. (Your opportunity to confidentially provide more detailed feedback.)
      5 – Taking all your inorganic rubbish home with you.

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    My stay in this accomodation was not really pleasant.

    The food : I got sick because the fish was sometimes not fresh. Vomit all the night and could not eat for 2 days. Difficult to dive in that consitions… I stayed 11 days and heard 4 persons included me that had same problems. The day after i leaved i got i got also problems.

    The breakfoast was really poor in quality and quantity. Papaya every day when there was fruits. Almost never other fruits, exept lemon at the end of the stay. Most of the people did not like papaya and just leave it, but they insist to give that every day.
    They cook on the floor, where people are walking foot bar !!!
    The dogs are always inside and full of parasites, one of them has cheat in the restaurant once. The foood is always the same. Chicken, fish with rice.

    The bungalow : overpriced for what it is. i had better bungalow for 90000 roupia in Indonesia with an EXELLENT DINNER every day. There was rats coming every night, because it is not totally closed, and with heavy rains we had water coming inside once. No system to open the window that does not close either. The door cant close from outside. During our stay there was few cases there and to other accomodations around us of people get robbed. One telephone in Lumba Lumba ( a friend from argentina) and 1 million roupies next door. Snorkling equipment to another Autrian friend. They tried to stel equipement to another dive center, Mombassar. 2 days before we left, again one million in the office of our accomodation. NO SECURITY !!!

    About diving : It is said on the website that diving is adaptated to open waters. IT IS NOT !!!
    First, they don t adapt the divespot to the level of the divers. They dont check the moment of the tide. Try to dive in Sardines or blue magic in the middle of the tide !!! I am divemaster with experience and i can deal with that, but my girlfriend who is open water can t, especially when the next “instructor”, Cedric leave her alone, far away, bad visibility, dont check the air, don t explain the divesite, with almost no breafing. We had 2 dives with him, same thing, he does not show anything. He really look like to get really bored of what he does. May be he does not need money : her Italian girlfriend told me that they are living with social help from the french government France (RSA) while they work and they don t even leave there. What a shame…
    He went straight to 23 meters on the negative entry (without explaining to new certified divers what it is, see last review…) and she went to 30 meter before i could get her. He did not even noticed it, he was too far. I got really mad about him. I have years of experience of montain guiding, mountain bike guiding, and i dive for 13 years. and i ve never seen such a poor guide !!! And i don t talk about his bad and stupid jokes… At least if you guide in a divesite not appropriate to the level of some divers, you must take care of them a minimum. Lucky i am divemaster ( on hollidays !) and that i could take care of my girlfriend. After this, we changed the dive center and got to a Papouan one that was cheaper and way better. I got with spot with almost no current and had a good guiding. Eric, the other instructor, is way better, but he is busy to give courses. The other Papuan guide was also OK.

    About organisation : We sent messages to organise, but nobody was waiting for us went we reached Wasai. We had to wait for 30 mn before we met someone from the divecenter. The diving suit were too big for my girlfriend depite that we inform them about the size before we got there. All of them full of holes. The equipment was 4 years old and let sometimes all the day on the sun. I let you imagine…
    On the way back, Sarah (the wife of the “famous” Cedric) told me that the boat was at : 10 : 30 am. Usually, it leaves at 12 am, we don t know why it was so early suddenly. She came at our bungalow at 10:20 barging on us that the boat was leaving and was already at the next accomodation. She said that it was 10 : 44, but we checked few times, included the one in the restaurant, and we had the right time. At leat, we had no food for lunch like other people got the days before, and we got a very small boat, very unstable to reach the pier (around 12 am) and get the ferry that is usually leaving between 3 to 4 pm…for what ?

    I dont recomand to go to this place, unsafe, with a bad manadgment, and overpriced for what is it…

    • Hi olivier –

      Wow! That certainly is a serious litany of woe and it must have been so disappointing to have an experience at such odds with that of most of the other commenters below. We’ll definitely be passing your feedback on to Koranu Fyak and hopefully they will address the issues you raise.

      Just a couple of points:

      Diving: We don’t know what you mean by “It is said on the website that diving is adaptated to open waters”. Our diving page makes it clear that homestay diving should NOT be considered by inexperienced divers! An open water certificate and a dozen dives is not experienced enough to be safe when diving with a mixed group in local conditions.

      Theft: Your report of theft is the first we’ve ever heard of anywhere in Raja Ampat and it’s more than a little surprising to suddenly hear of so many at once – even if your report is secondhand information and didn’t actually happen to you. If those reports can all be substantiated, we will obviously need to revise our advice about security in homestay accommodation.

      Thanks for taking the time to detail the issues you experienced olivier – feedback like yours is invaluable in helping to improve standards at all homestays.

      • Olivier Poncelet says:

        You. An say that Rajah Ampat is not adapted to open waters, but i ve been with another one that was just adapting the divesites and the moment of the dives. I had 3 dives with them and was very happy. The guides where good despite diving was only possible in the morning.

        About the problem that people are stealing, right it is new, but i think that you have to consider the problem seriously because it becomes epidemic at the moment. And it is new, because a dive enter had issues already 2 month before. The manadger of Wabigon divecenter also advise me to do not let my regulator at night. Now, i understand this is not probably by hasard…

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      hi

      I will remain anonymous ,but I was at Koranu Fyak the week this Olivier was there

      I must say and write that he was the most annoying ,complaining,obnoxious guest I have never met in all my travelings
      He was unhappy about everything and anything
      after few nights no other guests wanted to have dinner on his table ,as on any topic he knew everything ,had a bad opinion about the whole world
      Food was no good enough for him ,as the dives ,the local guides ,the instructors ,and so on …
      He is just an unhappy person,so do not take him seriously,and by the way he is not an active divemaster and neither such a good diver as he claims
      When he left the island everyone was happy ,,and neither the guy from Argentina or Austria are his friends,I know that for sure
      Sure the visibility was bad during our stay ,but what one can do about that ?

      so do not worry and go enjoy Raja ampat as we all did

      faithfully

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          Hi Raja Ampat team,

          I can confirm the mobile phone theft at Lumba Lumba, as I was in Kri while it happened and made good friendship with the Argentinian couple robbed. Someone came over night into their room while they were sleeping.

          Best regards

          Felipe

          • Thanks for that (rather sad) confirmation Felipe.

            It’s the first occurrence of theft that we’ve ever heard of and it’s very surprising to hear it happened while the room was occupied: That certainly doesn’t sound like something a local person would do!

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        Felipe is the guy who wrote this review. He is the only other guy at this moment who kniew about the argentinia couple, that did not stay in Koranu fiack because they did not like the place, that is why they have been to Lumba Lumba…and got robed. But it could happend to this place as well because it happened…after MR Felipe lived… And about the noisy group of Hungarian people, they were there at the beginning of our stay. We had good relations despite of what he said :) )another funny comment… He want to remain anonymous because he probably did not want to be unfriended by my wife. He like soooo much to spend time with her the rare moment we were not togheter. Mr jealous ?

    • Even if I’M NOT THE MANAGER I feel the need to respond,to clarify some issues to the readers of stayrajaampat : my English is not perfect but I hope to be clear enough;

      1- THE FOOD:
      We all now that arriving in a new country, with different cooking culture, different ingredients, different water, and yes, maybe different hygienic standards ,can be for some of us a bit uncomfortable and can cause some “travellers sickness”…..after 15 years working in the tourism, I know for sure that to be considered food intoxication, you need to have the 50% of the guest +1 to be considered a real problem. We had at this time between 18 and 25 people on the homestay and yes, some of them had a bad night and then, back to normal.

      2 – THE BREAKFAST:
      Travelling in Indonesia you come quickly to realise that breakfast is not an important meal, and being in an HOMESTAY, you have to adapt to this part of the culture. If not….you can just choose a RESORT!

      3 – THE KITCHEN:
      We all know th at in Indonesia and in all south east Asia entering in a house, kitchen, room or bathroom with flip flop or any kind of shoes is not correct. Every body take out their shoes before entering the kitchen and this is part of the culture and being in an homestay you will experience this and yes,they cook on the floor as most of people in Indonesia do…… if you don’t like it, once again you can go to a RESORT, where standards are adapted to western customers paying 400 usd per night.
      About the dogs….., yes, it is true, we have few dogs at the moment but they NEVER enter the kitchen because for papuan people a dog is not a pet but an animal used for hunting pigs.
      About papaya…..what a fuzz,for so little …. every day Papaya!!!! Mr Oliver forgot to say that after his request, a cluster of banana has been brought especially for him!!!!
      Yes, the food is basic, with rice, vegetables,chicken or fish or eggs ;this is what we can find here but, we always have them with different recipes, with different ways of cooking and ALWAYS 2 different choice of veggies!!!
      And, thank’s to the hunting dogs, 2 days ago we also had wild pig for dinner!!!!

      4 – THE BUNGALOWS:
      Our bungalows are basic and they do not have a lock. What happen in other homestays is not our business. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A THIEF IN KORANU FYAK!!!! MR Oliver has been listening to somebody talking and he start talking about it. It was an internal problem that has been solved later.

      5- THE DIVING:
      We have professional instructors that certified hundreds of people and have thousand of dives . Both of them with experience and knowledge of Raja Ampat currents and dive sites. Mr Oliver forgot to say that he aggressively shouted at his girlfriend when she went out of this dive, making every other divers on the boat uncomfortable by his reaction , she was crying and did want to dive again ;he had the same aggressive and abusive behaviour toward the instructor who did not want to dive with him again .
      Yes the visibility was bad for few days ,but not much can we do about it and every divers know that well.
      After few days another dive center refused to take diving ,having to pretend that they were full ,his behaviour and attitude were not appreciated by any .

      6- ORGANISATION:
      When mr Oliver arrived in Waisai I was present . Mr Oliver had a problem because he didn’t have enough cash to pay the permit and he made a deal with the owner to pay it later. I WAS THE ONE TAKING RESPONSIBILITY AND ASKING THE MARINE OFFICER TO LET HIM GO.
      Before to go ,the captain bought the permit for him and it was added later on his bill!.THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED , THERE WAS A BOAT IN WAISAI WAITING FOR MR OLIVER AND THE DELAY WAS CAUSED BY THIS PERMIT SITUATION

      About the timing of Papuan organisation……we don’t want to spent too much time talking about it…..but there is no ferry from Waisai at 3 or 4 pm, the latest is at 2pm.

      We did listen to this customer too much and after a couple of days we arrived to the point where we told him that if he was not happy he could just move to another homestay but……probably, if he stayed with us for 11 days, without anything paid in advance, it means that ,probably we were not that bad as he has been trying to make the readers of StayRajaAmpat believe.

      Raja Ampat is a wonderful place to travel, it has nothing to do with the rest of Indonesia; people and culture are different and PRICES ARE DIFFERENT. One can not compare prices between West Papua and the rest of Indonesia because this is PAPUA BARAT and we should like it as it is, for the beautiful sea, amazing islands , and very kind people!

      Best Regards

      Sara

      • Sarah forgot to tell you that her husband is the instructor that i am complaining about. It would be too long to respond about all the lies she said, but it evident that she is trying to cover the problems with her husband> She is Italian and cheating the French government to have social help in France (the husband is french), so she is doing the same about the rest… i have more experience than her about tourist industry as a guide in diving , mountain leading, and also worked as a divemaster, so i know what i am saying about this place. About my wife, i have to say that i was stressed for her because she got down more than 30 m alone while following the instructor (her husband) in a stong current. An open water is not suppose to dive that deep and in those conditions. The owner, not the website, told us it was ok to dive for the open water… Many people died already in Rajah Ampat in this kind of conditions. She was open water without computer and experience. And i am the one who asked to never dive again with her husband. To be honest, it was the second time, and after the first i already asked to do not dive again with him to the instructor in charge of the dive center, Eric. This other instructor, he was the one that have been robbed 1000 000 rupias 2 days before we left. She can ask him directly if he lied… Funny. They never told me to go in another place. I paid to Eric a part of the money in the middle of the stay. We had cash, but no change in roupia, this is a diffrend story…that she dont know, because we made the deal with the owner who was the one in charge to buy the permit. She was there when we arrived but they were not already working for the compagny, she did not arrange anything for us, we had the permit with another member of the compagny. It is also wrong that another dive center pretended that they were full. We dove after with Papouan people and had better conditions for diving, and a better guiding…for cheaper price. Enough lies !!

        • Enough lies indeed olivier:

          It is absolutely untrue that “Many people died already in Rajah Ampat in this kind of conditions.”

          There have been two diving deaths in Raja Ampat: Neither of them at homestays.

          Please confine your comments to facts and resist the temptation to slur people who disagree with you or we’ll have no choice but to ban you.

          Thanks :)

    • Wow, for 600,000 couple room I guess we deserve a little bit more than just papaya and repetitive meals. What more is, people get sick and that is a bit of a red flag. Thanks mate for that rather brutally honest review. At least you didn’t sugar coat it like most of the reviews here. I hope the homestay will take it as a wake up call to make improvements rather than an attack. This is where we see how professional and mature they can be. Me and my wife will go to Kri on May and will probably drop by K fyak to see if the points you mentioned had been taken into consideration. (I sure hope they did.)

  29. Nikhil Dhyani says:

    My stay at Koranu fayak has been really mixed .

    Good things : nice rooms and service . Food is good and snorkeling has been quite awesome as you can see amazing sea life .

    Now coming to Bad things : Dive shop is poorly managed and safety procedures are compromised. When i arrived in Koranu Fayak i informed the Dive instructor that being a new diver ( i recently got license a month back and done less than 10 dives) i would like to go to easy Dive sites where currents are not strong enough . It was agreed that we will go to easy dive sites in morning but realizing that less people will join for those sites , dive sites were changed in the night a day before, which were difficult for beginners and there is strong current ( there is more marine action at dive sites where there is strong current).

    Next day when we reached site , i was told to do negative entry and go fast to reach bottom, otherwise current will throw us . As i had never done negative entry before , i could not go fast and could not equalize , i tried twice but of no avail so i aborted the dive and started to come up. while coming up , my regulator came out of mouth and i swallowed water , also due to negative entry my BCD regulator button was behind so in panic i couldn’t locate it to inflate it and I was not able to afloat due to heavy weights , seeing me drowning fortunately there was an american doctor who had come with us for snorkeling , jumped into water and helped me , if he would not have been there i would have drowned in next 1-2 minutes . Also the other staff on the boat did nothing to help me , they were just watching me in panic.

    There was another divemaster who was supposed to accompany us but he went straight to the bottom as if he had come for his fun dive ( he should ideally have been with us and should have assisted us in case of help).

    Compared to this i did 3 dives 2 days before with Raja Ampat Dive Resort ( The Dive master “Martin” there is very good and will take you only to safe diving sites if you are not an advanced diver) and it was properly manged , dive masters were always with us in case of help , here we were on our own .

    I would strongly recommend that if you are very experienced or very advanced diver then dive with Koranu Fayak as you are on your own.

    • Hi Nikhil – glad to hear you’re OK!

      Your experience warrants a reminder to those considering diving in Raja Ampat to read all the info on our diving page – Raja Ampat definitely isn’t a safe place for inexperienced divers! A PADI Open Water certificate and ten dives might be fine for resort diving at less challenging sites, but it’s nowhere near enough experience to be safe diving “wild” in Raja Ampat. We do our best to point out that before considering diving with homestays in Raja Ampat, divers should have the skills listed in the diving page documents linked under the heading Are you experienced enough to be safe? Having a reliable dive buddy is a must and no diver should hesitate to decline to dive when a dive profile presents challenges beyond his or her experience. Stay safe!

    • Dear Nikhil,
      Sorry to hear about your bad diving experience. I hope it does not put you off diving!

      I think it is important for anyone scuba diving anywhere in the world to accept that there is only one person responsible for your safety, and that is you. Not your buddy, not the dive guide and not the boat operator. In Raja Ampat this rule is even more important because of the strong currents and rapidly changing sea conditions. Diving in a strong current, with a negative entry (rapid descent), is only to be attempted by experienced divers.

      The PADI open water course includes exercises to recover the mouthpiece if it is knocked out your mouth, and to quickly stabilise your buoyancy. I hope that other ‘new’ divers reading this post will take your tale as a reminder to practice these skills at the start of every dive trip. Always insist that the dive centre gives you an orientation dive, so you can rehearse these essential skills.

      All homestay dive centres in Raja Ampat are supposed to carry out an orientation dive for most divers (for instance those with fewer than 50 dives in the log book, or whom have not dived in past 6 months). Some divers feel that a dive centre insisting on this orientation dive in some what denigrates their skills and experience, and resist having this session. But a responsible diver – however experienced – welcomes the opportunity to refresh skills as it leads to more relaxed dives for the rest of the holiday. When we are relaxed divers we equalise more quickly, descend more gracefully, achieve buoyancy more easily and use less energy (and air).

      So although your experience must have been alarming, let’s all learn something from it, and take responsibility for our own safety and our own skills development as divers.

      Thank you for sharing this.

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    Very nice stay here. 2 highlights:
    – Eric, the divemaster
    – The dining area
    They also have a 4-5 new bungalows with private bathroom (toilet and shower). These were ideal for us, travelling with a small kid. We spent 3 nights at Koranu Fyak.
    Very good food, also (french fries, fried aubergines, cakes, home made bread)

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    This would be a better stars if the food was better. I was never given breakfast just bread. Or fred bannas. the accommodations were fine hey hut in the jungle exactly what I expected. The dive shop run by Erik was good. If you decide to come here bring food. Only two options for lunch and dinner fried fish fried fish fried fish and sometimes if you’re lucky a curry chicken. Even if you like fried fish the portions are small.

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    A lovely Stay!
    I stayed for a few days in August 2015, experiencing a very pleasant stay and a unique diving. Rubben welcomed us at his place of simple and causy bungalows, tasteful meals, quiet environment and impressive views (Waking up in front of the sea). 
    We arranged the price & conditions with him, and got no unexpected charges when leaving.
    Certified and organized diving, taking care of people, friendly, I would definetely recommend it

  30. Cassio Schumacher says:

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    stayed in Koranu Fyak for a little bit more than a week while also diving
    had a very, very nice time and wish to come back eventually

    dive spots are unique, the marine life is breathtaking and the personnel who were helping around at the homestay are nice and friendly
    lovely place

  31. PHILIPPE FERCHAUD says:

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    Après ma réservation auprès de Stayrajaampa j’ai pu organiser, par mail avec le sympathique manager Robben qui parle parfaitement Anglais, les détails de mon arrivée. Le taxi (100.000 IDR) m’attendait à l’aéroport de Sorong pour me conduire au ferry (130.000 IDR) pour Waisai où Robben était là pour me transférer en bateau (de 100 à 500.000 IDR suivant le nombre de passagers) jusqu’au Koranu Fiak .
    Les bungalows sont simples mais propres avec bon couchage surélevé pour certains.
    Salle de bain commune un peu sombre, 2 douches , 2 toilettes avec sièges. Pas de Glace pour se raser ou maquiller mais elle devrait être installée si Robben a tenu compte de mon conseil.
    Robben m’a dit pouvoir négocier, avec le homestay voisin, jouxtant le Koranu Fiak , un bungalow avec salle de bain attenante.
    Pas de Wifi mais accès au réseau téléphonique
    Pas de rats à condition bien sûr de ne pas les attirer avec de la nourriture dans la chambre, alors qu’ils pullulent, la nuit d’après les clients d’autres homestays .
    A noter que les clients des autres homestays les quittaient pour venir au Koranu Fiak plus sympathique.
    La nourriture locale est bonne et copieuse ; le petit déjeuner est parfois un peu léger, la bière Bintang peut être achetée (500.000 IDR) ; l’eau potable est disponible à volonté en bombonnes.
    Pour la plongée c’est le seul dive center à proximité qui fonctionne le dimanche. Robben connait bien les spots, les courants et gère parfaitement les destinations en fonction des vents et marées. Les fonds sont particulièrement bien conservés avec une vie sous-marine intense.
    J’ai mon matériel personnel complet donc je n’ai pu juger de la qualité de celui fourni mais il m’a paru dans le même état que celui des Homestays voisins c’est-à-dire un peu vétuste mais en mesure de fonctionner correctement.
    Mon séjour a été agréable avec une météo clémente bien que hors saison, la famille de Robben qui fournit une grande partie du service est discrète et amicale.

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    had a fantastic time there with lots of great dives an good food. Robben was a perfect underwater guide and Mary was always hepful. the dive sides are close from the homestay and just stunning.
    minus was some old gear, no depth meters, but its fine when you bing your own gear. avoid to dive with the so called dive master Mathias (check earlier vommenrs about him brlow as well..) we had to dive with, while Robben had to leave for a business trip. Mathias was not good prepared, forgot to organise parts of our gear ( which were perfect packed together the days before) or forgot even his computer. .. not very professional for a responsible boatmaster I have to say.
    even when he says he got thousands of dive its different if you just dive and know the dive site or work as a responsible guide. I didn’t needed care or support, Im a divemaster myself, but he hasn’t even asked for the other guests level… so he was fast overstained, as soon as problems appeared.

  32. Markus Reinhardt says:

    We had a fantastic time at Koranu Fyak! The accommodation is as expected basic but clean! The food is very good. The staff and boat crew are very friendly and do an excellent job!
    Some of the dives are just so amazing! The vast abundance of life is incredible! Here a video I shot at dives with Koranu Fyak

    https://vimeo.com/129291448
    Have fun
    Markus

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    Hi my girlfriend and I stayed at these bungalows for 5 days and did 10 dives each. We loved the cute bungalows with a fantastic view, they are nice and clean as are the bathrooms. We had a nice new bungalow and I loved the palm and bare wood construction. The place was great, nice and relaxed which is especially good for Indonesia. We could just get up walk along the beach and go for a dive, with no one hassling us. The diving was great especially with mantas, pygmy seahorses and Eric as Dive Master. It was the highlight of my Indonesian trip and definitely my favorite place to stay in this part of the world. Why would you spend thousands on a live aboard when you get to do the same dive sites at a fraction of the cost and have fantastic sunset views from the beach. The food was fine and the staff very helpful. There was only one event that wasn’t perfect and that was when the dive master Mathias didn’t turn up for a night dive…island life island time. But the staff (Stef and Martin) made sure we got a night dive the following night. Great place to stay, highly recommend it.

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    I’ve let a sufficient time to post this message. Even for the indonesian pace. We were in Koranu Fyak end of July for 2 weeks, and some more days in august. 3 divers, around 50 dives. Before leaving France, we paid 440 euros in advance for the reservation. As we met Robben on our arrival, he said he didn’t receive this money. As we leave in August, he said nothing about that. We believed him and we paid the full note. But, he got the money in July 4 days after our arrival. When I arrived in France, I contacted my bank. The bank asked the international bank service. I have the proof that this transation was done on the Robben account at Sorong. My account was debited. Since september, I sent many mails to Robeen. In december, he recognized that he got the money. But, impossible to be pay back.
    Now, it’ too much. I’m very very desappointed. I never imagine that it was possible. We got some problems with Mathias with the money when we were there. Bus we did ‘not want to make a fuss. But that’s really more serious. In July, 440 euros = 6 886 000 rupiahs !
    So, never pay Koranu in advance.

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    I spent 7 days in Koranu Fyak in dec.
    I was pretty much disepointed when i arrived.
    I had to wait 4 hour in waisai until Martin the manager showed up. Him and simson where shopping. At least one of them could just pop over and tell us they need to do shopping for 4 hours and what i heard from other guest this is not the first time.
    I arrived around 21:00 and they said they would pick me up 4pm.
    Martin and Stephy did not spend much time with the guest and most of they guest didnt really know what would happen the fallow day when it came to diving.

    They communication between the staff was no good. couldnt get a straight answer from them.

    I looked around at the other homestays and they are much more nicer than Koranu Fyak and also cheaper.

    Like in Yenkoranu is 400 000Rp for private bungalow with private bathroom. standard room is 300 000Rp.

    I went over and did diving with Yenkoranu one day when Koranu Fyak went to Fam Island. And they where much better organised than koranu fyak.
    Diving was run be Juan,Fred and Anne. I had Fred as guide and the briefing was so much better than in Koranu Fyan. They told everything about the dive site, how to entry, how to dive the dive site. when to use reef hook, what we could see, safety procedure, etc etc.
    In koranu Fyak is less talk and jump into the water and you dont know really whats gonna happen. If you are divemaster or instructor you could go with Koranu if you are not i wouldnt recommend diving with them. I have been working my self long time as instructor and run my own dive shop and this is one of the worse “dive shop” i have been diving been. They had no O2 either if something would happen. Yenkoranu has O2 if something happens.

    We did some diving with Eric in chicken reef and he dropped wrong side of the reef. missed all the fish. Then Martin didnt find the splitt in Sardine reef so we had to fight against the current for long time. And i get the feeling they dont wanna dive in RajaAmpat with current. And thats wrong. You wanna dive Blue magic, Sardine, chicken , cape kri with current like in Komodo. More current more action.

    How ever they really really need to step up.

    Freddy and Simson the locals was the highlight in Koranu Fyak.
    Food was alright.
    Room – Basic (can get better and cheaper)

    My transfer was not free, I had to pay for my transfer.

    cheers
    Will

    • Hello, this is stephy writting.
      I would like to answer to your comments:
      1- I would like to know your full name, cause actually I don’t have a reservation during December under the name of “will” , “William” or any similar… So would be great to know who you are in order to confirm you have really stayed here and this comment is not wrong or even fake. You can send that information to my email address, the one offered at the website. You must understand we want to check.
      2- our job is to help and offer the guests all they need to be comfortable and happy during their holidays… Locals and managers are not entertainers, so you cannot expect to have the staff around you 24 hours. People is looking for space, relax and peace, and that’s what we offer. We make proper welcome explaining guests at the moment of arrival all they need to know and offering our house all day for any questions or problems to be solved. We are always around, never leave the Homestay. Our office is open all day from 07:00 till guests go to bed. Our help, attention and resources are good. We offer guests all information needed in 4 different languages, we book flights, hotels, home stays in another islands, trips, guides and everything guests need… Our response to reservation are done in a maximum of 30 minutes, even during late night, but usually inmidiatelly as soon as the local signal allows it… Martin and Eric offer all the information needed for diving spots and diving itself, both available almost 24/7. We go diving 3 times a day or even 4, and we adapt our dive plan under guests requests… So it’s a little bit strange you say this, when we are recognized in the area for giving one of the best guest service attention. That’s why I’m asking your name, cause there’s a big distance with your comment and reality.
      3- Never, ever since we work here a person as been picked up 4 hours after arrival, and never ever some guests has arrived at 21:00. I’ll ask again… Have you stayed in our Homestay?
      4-when you stay here for 7 days, people don’t pay for transfer… So why would you?
      5-Martin and Eric know the dive spots perfectly, and there’s no way that 2 instructors with more than 20 years experience can avoid current… What you said “more current more action” is in the top of the book even for beginners… Current is avoid only under special guests request. This is Raja Ampat, how are you gonna avoid current?
      6- something that is even stranger is… You spent more time writing giving good reviews from our neighbors (you are right, they are also very professional and we are really good colleagues) rather than giving bad comments about our place. Sorry, there’s a space in Yankorano site where you can write the good reviews… That’s positive for them, you should express there your satisfaction.

      I have work almost all my life in tourism, and I think your comments are pretty hard to sign them with a nickname… This Homestay is one of the most successful in the area, with fully booked accommodation almost the whole season.

      But as I said, we offer activities, services, quality, good attention, 24 hours available, great booking system and really effective diving programs and courses… We do not offer Entertainers… We respect guests space, and work for good service quality in a very proffesional way. Local and foreign service is well recognized.

      So please, contact me so I can know who I’m answering to, cause I never forget a guest name or a guest face, it is part of my proffesionalism. And if I did, I will answer and take responsibility, and We will work to change any wrong procedure.

      Thank you for your comment

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    We spent 10 days at Koranu Fyak over new year.
    They have started to use some neighbouring huts, and we stayed in one of those. I’d recommend them, as they have tiled floors, and are far away from the compressor and generator noise. However, they need a few things to make them comfortable – somewhere to put stuff, like shelves and a table, hooks, and somewhere to sit.

    The diving at Koranu Fyak was well organised and well led, especially by Eric from Switzerland, who is very professional. Being very busy over New Year, there was often a shortage of bottles, but we had enough dives, and it should not be a problem at other times.
    The location is great, beautiful shady beach, great reef, and they provided free transfers to Waisei, which other homestays do not.
    In general, it needs some tighter management. It would be much nicer if tables were cleaned more often and bins emptied before they are overflowing.

    My main gripe would be the lack of anywhere comfortable to sit – the place needs some hammocks, recliners or just a few chairs.

    The major issue for all homestays on Kri is ocean-borne plastic. Some days, you could not snorkel the house reef without swimming into a disgusting raft of rubbish. Waste is obviously an issue for all Raja Ampat (and Indonesia) but this homestay could show a higher commitment by cleaning the beach more often, and getting rid of the piles of waste and beer tins around the site – maybe a monthly boat load to Sorong, which is already a mess?

    In general, I would recommend Koranu Kyak, but don’t expect everything to work 100% as expected.

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    In september month i spend 10 days at Koranu Fyak.
    The accommodation is not the best if you compare to the other homestays and its more expensive as well. But the room are basic and it works fine to sleep in.

    The food was good aswell, wish they could have more chicken than fish. the only thing that was bad was the breakfast. They dont make big effort to do a good breakfast for you. Its normally deep fried bananas or dumplings or something like that.

    I did my Aow course with Fred, I had great time doing my Aow and my plus 10 fundives. Fred was very professional when it came to diving but he was incredible fun at the same time and created a comfortable atmosphere during the course. He made me feel like we were at the same level and he really took care of me, Good briefings and good dives. Planning the dive trips there was perfect. everything worked fine.
    What i liked was the relationship Fred had with the locals at the homestay. Fred and Simson made my holiday perfect at Koranu Fyak.
    I will prob go back there again and dive more with Fred and Simson.

  33. Lars Jacobsson says:

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    Its a really nice place . Small but nice . With two nice guys Fred as an instructor and Juan as a guide , make your stay really pleasent. And the staff are very friendly . The security is high and the diving is amazing . Are you going to visit Raja Ampat this is the place .

  34. We spend 10 wonderful days at Koranu Fyak and all I can say is, don’t worry about getting there or around – just GO! I still regret not staying longer. The bungalows are pretty basic and the food is simple but that’s all you need really. We spend most of our times under water, the diving is AMAZING. I have never seen that many fish and healthy corals. Of course what is good diving without great dive guides. Fred and Juan, the two dive instructors/guides, are super competent and extremely nice. Even though, the current was sometimes strong, I always felt safe and comfortable – thanks to them. Robben should think about getting a additional boat, so the guest have more alternatives to go to but since we were the on,y. Guest at that moment it worked out pretty well.
    What I found really positive is that whenever we had a wish or request, Fred and Robben did everything to make it possible! The staff in general is super friendly and helpful… You kind of feel like a part of the family. They even took us to their family wedding – which was a wonderful experience.
    Well, what else can I say, call Fred, book the flight and dive in paradise.

    Thank you again, amazing Fred and Juan for the diving of our lives which we will never forget :) AND Robben for the great hospitality.

  35. I had a really good time at Koranu Fyak i stayed with them 2 weeks.
    I took my open water course with the Swedish manager Fred and I had great time with Fred. He had lot of patience with me and i felt really comfortable with him cuz he was so relaxed underwater.

    The place is perfect located on the island and the local staff are super nice. Simson and Freddie are super cool guys and they are always happy and if you ask for help they will help you out for sure.

    The diving was great,
    After the course i did 20 dives. The diving was organised by Fred. And its was Fred and Juan who did the guiding. And they are really professional and have high standards. Good briefing and tells you exactly what you need to do when we where diving in strong current. I felt safe with both of them.
    And the important was both Fred and Juan are super funny and friendly and they where not only guides the became more like friends who spend time with you and we had really good time together. I will def come back and dive with this guys again!

    Food: The food was good but sometimes it was borring food. I think they need to step up on that front. And the mostly serve fish and sometimes the get chicken from Waisai when they pick up new guest.

    Rooms are very basic and small but good enough to sleep in. Most of the time you spend in the water or at the dinner table with the other guest.

    Most people who visit koranu fyak was instructors and younger people.
    I had a look at Yenkoranu the homestay next door is more older people and more busy and rooms has higher standard than Koranu Fyak. But we had great time all the people was in our age and more backpackers in Koranu Fyak.

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    We’ve been here for ten days in the middle of October and it was absolutly worth it. The location is so beautiful and calm and the diving is one of the best, I’ve ever seen. Coral reef is in a very good condition and sharks on almost every dive. Unfortunately we were one week to late for the arrival of the manta rays. Prices are good for the quality you are receiving. Thanks again to the Guides Juan and Fredrik for making the time even more special. Maybe for the next time Robben can buy a second or third hammock to avoid the battle for the only one :)

    It was a lifetime experience and although its difficult to get their and it will take a lot of time until you reach the paradise but when you stand your food on the sandy beach for the first time, the hard journey will be forgotten.

    Missing the times! Blessed love from Germany

  36. I’ve been trying to contact them (Robben, Fred, his gf) the whole week via SMS as well as email but to no avail. Does anyone know other numbers I can get hold of them? Thanks :)

    • Hi Zaza!

      Apologize for that Zaza.
      We have bad connection for checking our emails on Kri island.
      I recommend you to send us an sms or add me on whatsapp. the connection is good enough for that.

      But I have reply on all my emails and sms. Cant find any email from you or sms. :(

      So if more people see`s this. Try to add me on WhatsApp. Its cheap and easy for me to reply.

      Best regards

      Fred

  37. Baharuddin says:

    I stayed here for 6 nights last month. The price was different from the list above. For solo guest it is IDR350k incl. 3x meals and for diving it is IDR4.500k for 10 logs (additional log will cost IDR450k). Very reasonable price for me. I suggest you to take their Fam Island Trip which cost IDR650k/pax for minimum 6-7 persons (luckily the guests that time want to join). It’s really really worthed.

  38. Very good value, especially with the new bungalows. These are more spacious and will eventually have ensuite bathrooms. Snorkeling was mostly fantastic, but at certain tidal times there was quite a bit of trash (it disappeared quickly again with the current). We also joined the dive boat for snorkeling (at 50.000 per person, which I found quite reasonable). If the divers didn’t go somewhere suitable for snorkeling, we were able to join a boat with the neighboring Homestay.

    Generally a very pleasant stay. Only the food was not that great, but not a major complaint either.

  39. Out of the 3 homestays in R4 where I stayed Koran Fyak was the best value for money! As per the previous commentator, it is 250k per person and you get your own little bungalow from that. What I liked about the homestay is that it is quite sociable, we had a good group together and compared with its bigger neighbour Yenkoranu the latter seemed a bit impersonal. Uruguayan Stephanie makes a constant effort to improve the huts with decoration, little mirrors, brooms, etc.
    The dive shop is well run, the equipment is brand new and it is indeed under “Spanish management” at least until May from what I heard, which is ideal for people who would like to rely on western standards. So even if you are not certified or do not feel comfortable under water, you have the opportunity to get further training! However, personally I preferred diving with Papuans as they were more apt to point out the little things, and as an experienced diver I appreciated much more diving with the locals. Again, the prices are not as listed above, which was a nice surprise when getting there but also could potentially deter people from going there in the first place. I did a couple of dives with the owner, Robben, which were ace!
    thank you so much for having me, I really enjoyed my stay there!!!!!

    • Hi Katrin!

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      The dive shop is well run, the equipment is brand new and it is indeed under “Spanish management” at least until May from what I heard, which is ideal for people who would like to rely on western standards.
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      Do you know if there is a new manager now?

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      Out of the 3 homestays in R4 where I stayed Koran Fyak was the best value for money!
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      What are the two others you stayed at? I’m trying to decide between Koranu Fyak and Yenkoranu, some say Yenkoranu has nice rooms too.

      By the way, do you happen to have any contact details, email address or phone number?
      Thanks! :)

  40. De Lekkerste Sushi says:

    I stayed at Koranu Fyak for a week or so. I was suprised to see that the prices were different than on the website.

    Koranu Fyak has six single room
    bungalows with raised beds with mattress, sheets, mosquito net and
    bathtowel provided. Meals are served in a dining shelter that has a
    large table and bench seating. Water, coffee and tea is always available
    on a second table there. A number of bench seats with ocean views are
    provided, and some hammocks are available as well. A shared squat toilet and separate dip mandi bathroom are housed in their own shelter.

    ***bathtowel was not provided when I was there. There is a shared toilet and dip mandi bathroom. There are 2 toilets now: 1 western and one squat toilet.

    Note: Koranu Fyak has begun
    construction of new private bungalows with ensuite western style toilets
    and bathrooms with showers. The first is scheduled for completion in
    February 2014.
    *** I could not see any construction of private bungalows with ensuite western style toilets and shower being build. But the shared western style toilet and new dip mandi bathroom was definately just finished beginning of feb 2014.

    There’s good phone reception at Koranu Fyak and a 7 kilowatt
    generator provides electricity for lighting, charging all your
    electronic devices and powering a refrigerator for cold drinks.

    *** The generator is not on all the time. Only a couple of hours a day, when there is gasoline available (gasoline problem seems to be a normal thing with every homestay on the island)

    Koranu Fyak accommodation price: For couples: IDR 700,000 (~USD 70.00) per night including 3 meals. For solo guest: IDR 450,000 (~USD 45.00) per night.

    *** I paid 250.000 rupiah per night. That is the price per person. So if you are a couple, you would pay 500.000 rupiah per night for a bungalow. I heard they were going to increase the price, but don’t know when and don’t know how much but I heard something about 300k or 350k a night (all prices incl. breakfast, lunch and dinner, but don’t expect too much of the breakfast, usually “donuts without a whole in them”.


    Transport: Waisai transfers are only available on Sundays and Wednesdays,
    are by speedboat and cost IDR 350,000 (~USD 35.00) for a single
    passenger, IDR 175,000 (~USD 17.00) for each extra passenger. This means
    that unless you want to arrange alternative transport, you’ll need to
    book either a 3 or 6 night stay.

    *** They were picking up and bringing people to get the ferry, almost every day. Which is not ideal because dives got postponed because they only have 1 boat. Though now they seem to be working together with their (family) neighbours
    of Yenkoranu Homestay, so bringing people in and returning people to the ferry is more efficient.

    Language: English is spoken at Koranu Fyak and staff live on site.

    *** seems like at this moment they have also staf that speak Spanish.


    Want to make friends quickly on the island? Bring a bottle of rum, vodka or whiskey!!! More than one is fine, ( I am even sure that the guest will pay you for a bottle or a shot as alcohol is hard to get by.) And please share some with your fellow guests, don’t drink it all by yourself!

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Hi De Lekkerste and thanks for such a detailed update – it’s much appreciated :)

      Re current website prices and boat pickup schedule: Those were advised by Robben himself on Feb 5, so not sure why you found the old ones still in use!

      Re private bungalows: The first of those was completed by the time of your visit and it’d seem construction of the next not yet begun.

      Re generator: Fuel supply is indeed a major problem in Raja Ampat, sometimes to the extent of making boat travel impossible. We’ll be posting a detailed article on the reasons for this soon. The root cause of the problem is high level corruption resulting in fuel distribution being controlled by a single person. He and his cronies don’t care at all that their actions cause so many problems for the people of the islands.

  41. De Lekkerste Sushi says:

    If you want to get in touch with someone at Koranu Fyak, you can also try and call/sms this number: +6282238696721. The contact name is ‘Stephy’. She is managing the facilities at the moment @Koranu Fyak and her boyfriend is managing the diving.

  42. I stayed at Koranu Fyak for 7 days in November. I had a fantastic time overall, with the location, diving, food and people superb. In the week I was there the weather was a bit sporadic, but this was just my luck!

    If I had to come up with some downsides:

    * Instructors are very proficient but not technically PADI certified

    * Some litter washed up on the beach, but I think this may have been unusual and a side effect of the stormy conditions.

    I wrote a blog post about it and have some photos on Flickr to see if you are interested.

    Blog: http://chrislostintheworld.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/my-last-destination-in-indonesia/

    Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/103898588@N08/sets/72157638014888756/

  43. Mikhail Goldovskiy says:

    Was diving with Mattias in January. Everything went reasonably. At that time they didn’t yet have a compressor and not much other equipment, but could still find a suitable wetsuit, boots, etc for me. Regs and my BCD were new. As per description here, they have a compressor now and more equipment.

    Mattias knows the divesites, found nudibranches, squids (apart from bigger stuff like mantas, barracudas, bumpheads, reef sharks etc, once a wobbegong shark). If you have an expereince in diving and are not very choosy, you’ll be OK. He had OW or AOW qualification at that time.

    Koranu Fyak didn’t offer diving on Sundays at all becuse of a church visit, but now they seem to offer housereef diving instead.

  44. I am back from Raja Ampat. It was just awesome!!!

    Thank you for helping me to find this hidden paradise! I did some diving – 4 times and snorkel everyday! What a great reef!

    I end up staying at Robben’s not a 3 days – a whole week!!!!

    It is always harder in writing to express yourself so please understand that I am just giving my honest review only because I want to help.

    The place was really nice, setting is superb! They need to fix a few things like toilet as the roof collapsed just before I arrive :) Also need some touch ups here and there. I was ok with food but tourist who stay with me comment that would be nice to have a grilled fish rather than fry and also fruits – they hardly ever serve us fruit (considering it is tropics).

    Robben wasn’t there but his brother Matias handle all the arrangements, diving with us as well. He is a bit arrogant (may be it is a culture) but in general a nice young guy. Could have been a bit more helpful though. The couple from Holland asked him to arrange a boat ride to the hidden bay on Gam island and he refuses saying he would need a second engine. They were ready to pay but he didn’t even want to try.

    Sometime I see it is in Indonesia and always puzzle why they don’t want to make some extra money:)

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review Marianna, and thanks too for your photos. Great to hear you had a good time despite the “hiccups”!

  45. Stay Raja Ampat says:

    Interesting and informative discussion about Koranu Fyak at this Thorn Tree thread. Of particular interest to divers, it’s worth contrasting tio123’s October 2011 post with UrgoEppu’s May 2012 one to see how constructive feedback can make things better for everybody!