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Western style toiletLarge groups OK
English speakingCan pay by credit card
SeagrassHas email contact
Hiking availableGood phone signal
Birds of ParadiseBusy homestay
Snorkeling equipmentOn site dive centre
IDR 400,000 to 500,000Diving available
Kordiris Homestay has three over-water private bungalows. All the bungalows are a single room with covered verandah at the front. Bedding is mattresses on the floors, equipped with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.
Meals are served in a large dining room built over the water. The dining room has fantastic views and is equipped with a pair of large tables and lots of bench seating. Drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there.
In addition to the main dining area, there are two additional shelters with tables and benches for relaxing or if you’re in the mood for private dining. More opportunities for relaxing are provided by the hammocks strung between trees in the beautiful shady gardens. Bench seating and beachside table settings are also provided.
Bathroom facilities are shared by guests. 4 rooms with western style toilets and four bathrooms with bucket bathing are provided.
Mobile phone reception at Kordiris is good and a generator provides electricity for lighting and charging devices.
The villages of Yenbeser and Friwen are both about 15 minutes’ boat ride away if you need supplies.
You can pay by credit card at Kordiris Homestay, but it’s a good idea to test your card as described on this page before relying on its acceptability,
Transport / Getting there
Located on the islet of Kordiris, which is separated from the Gam Island mainland by the wildlife rich Dore Dor mangrove waterway, Kordiris Homestay lies in the shelter of the point at the western end of a perfect white sand bay. The winding mangrove filled waterways and dense jungles of Dore Dor are a birdwatchers paradise, alive with hornbills, sea eagles, eclectus parrots, kingfishers, herons… the list goes on.
The sandy beach at Kordiris offers great snorkelling over seagrass and reef. Dugongs can sometimes be seen in the bay at front of the homestay and walking sharks are regular visitors. Whales can be observed further offshore from the homestay as they move through the strait in April and May.
The jungle behind Kordiris is home to Birds of Paradise, couscous, squirrel-like tree rats, black king cockatoos and bush fowl that build huge nest mounds in the forest.
Diving with Kordiris Homestay
Kordiris Homestay has an on-site dive center and offers guided dives at all the popular Dampier Strait sites. Dives (all inclusive with gear hire) cost IDR 400,000 per dive. Equipment is available for 19 divers, and Kordiris’ dive boat carries emergency oxygen and a first aid kit.
Snorkeling at Kordiris Homestay
Kordiris has 19 sets of snorkeling gear available for hire. Unlimited use for the duration of your stay as a guest costs IDR 100,000 per set. Kordiris can organise snorkeling trips to anywhere you might want to go.
Red Bird of Paradise observation
A Red Bird of Paradise display tree is located a 15 minute walk from Kordiris. Guided visits cost IDR 100,000 per person.
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.