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Korbekwan Homestay was completely rebuilt in 2017/18 and now has three private, over-water bungalows in front of an extensive mangrove forest. The bungalows have large enclosed verandahs with table and chair settings and panoramic ocean views.
Each bungalow sleeps two people on mattresses on the floor. Mosquito nets are provided, but Pak Daniel guarantees Korbekwan is free of both mosquitoes and sandflies.
A long boardwalk jetty connects the homestay buildings to the shore, where a concrete bathroom contains a dip mandi and hybrid raised squat toilet.
Meals are served in Korbekwan Homestay’s over water dining room. Drinking water, and tea and coffee making supplies are always freely available there.
A phone signal is usually available from the Arborek tower, and a data connection is sometimes supported. Lighting and power is supplied from a generator which runs from sunset to midnight.
The nearest shops for supplies are at Kampung Kapisawar which is ten minutes away by 15HP longboat when seas are calm. If conditions are rough the journey can take up to 30 minutes. Note that only basic supplies are available, so it’s best to pack in anything you can’t live without!
As everywhere in the Raja Ampat islands, there is no safe waste disposal available at Korbekwan, so unless you don’t care about the trashing of paradise, you will need to take all your inorganic waste away with you when you leave.
Transport / Getting there
Korbekwan’s longboat is used for Waisai transfers. The transfer cost is IDR 1,000,000 each way, which can be shared by a maximum of 4 passengers.
Fantastic snorkeling and jungle exploration opportunities!
Korbekwan means “long stretch of mangroves” and the homestay is situated amid extensive blue water mangroves on the western end of Gam Island.
Korbekwan is built beside a sand bottomed bay of seagrass, which is surrounded by mangroves and opens onto a rich and healthy coral reef. The three marine ecosystems of the area mean that sealife is rich and varied. The reef is home to giant clams and drops to deep water a stone’s throw from the end of Korbekwan’s jetty.
The mangroves are home to blue spotted rays, nudibranchs, hosts of juvenile fish and a species of Cassiopea jellyfish that congregate upside down on the bottom of the lagoon, looking like some strange anemone garden. The seagrass meadow in the bay is patrolled by blacktip sharks and is occasionally visited by dugongs. When the plankton is blooming in Gam Bay, mantas can be seen surface feeding at the front of the homestay and hunting dolphins often cruise the edge of the reef dropoff.
A long and picturesque boardwalk leads through the mangroves to the shore, where ancestors of the local people long ago planted a mango tree and banana grove. The forest behind the plantation is home to eclectus parrots, eagles, hornbills, coucous, crowned pigeons and wild pigs.
Diving trips can be organised in conjunction with dive centers on Arborek or Kri. and excellent snorkeling is available at the door. (Bring your own snorkeling gear.)
Korbekwan Homestay tours
Korbekwan can organise sightseeing and snorkeling tours to anywhere you want to go. Gam Bay and the Pef lagoon are close by. The table below shows a small sample of the most popular destinations. Prices are in Indonesian Rupiah.
|TRIP||Price per TRIP (Shared)||Price per PERSON||Price per PERSON|
|Manta Point / Arborek||1-2 pax: 500,000||3-4 pax: 200,000||>4 pax: 170,000|
|Gam Bay||1-2 pax: 450,000||3-4 pax: 200,000||>4 pax: 170,000|
|Cape Kri / Yenbuba Jetty||1-2 pax: 500,000||3-4 pax: 200,000||>4 pax: 200,000|
|Imbraimuk||1-2 pax: 500,000||3-4 pax: 200,000||>4 pax: 200,000|
|West Mansuar||1-2 pax: 600,000||3-4 pax: 200,000||>4 pax: 200,000|
|Mansuar Full Day Trip||1-3 pax: 1,000,000||4-5 pax: 300,000||>5 pax: 250,000|
|Friwen Wall||4-5 pax: 250,000||>5 pax: 200,000|
|Yeben Island Full Day Trip||1-3 pax: 1,000,000||4-5 pax: 300,000||>5 pax: 250,000|
|Piaynemo Full Day Trip||1-4 pax: 3,000,000||>4 pax: 300,000|
|Around Gam via Kabui Passage||1-2 pax: 2,500,000||4-5 pax: 600,000||>5 pax: 500,000|
|Wayag Day Trip||Less than 4 pax: 10,000,000||>4 pax: 2,500,000|
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.