Good snorkeling is available at Koryau Kayem (bring your own gear). Walking sharks (Kalabia) inhabit the mangroves that border the homestay to the west and marine life is rich over the house reef. Prices for snorkeling and sightseeing trips further afield are as below. Prices are per boat and may be shared among passengers:
|Piaynemo by speedboat
|Batanta by speedboat
|Kabui Bay by speedboat
Accommodation and snorkeling package
Koryau Kayem also offers a 7 night package for snorkellers. Included in the package are 7 nights’ accommodation with 3 meals a day, 4 day snorkelling trips, boat transfers Waisai-Koryau Kayem-Waisai and airport pickup. The package price is IDR 6,625,000 per person for couples or IDR 9,000,000 for solo travellers wanting a private room. NOTE: Packages do not include Marine Park Entry Permit tags and Sorong-Waisai-Sorong public ferry tickets.
Koryau Kayem open expeditions
Koryau Kayem Homestay offers a 6 day/5 night camping adventure tour for groups. Transport is by 9 metre traditional covered wooden boat powered by diesel engine with two 15 horsepower outboards for backup. Minimum group size is 4 passengers, maximum is 6 and the price is IDR 6,500,000 per person. See our Raja Ampat liveaboard boat tours page for boat photos, more information and Mel and Andy’s review of their expedition experience.
Koryau Kayem private charter Raja Ampat expeditions
Private charters of the vessel described above are available if you want to design your own expedition with friends or family. Charters are available for a minimum 6 day/5 night trip. Prices start at IDR 30,000,000 for 4 passengers max or IDR 40,000,000 for 6 passengers max for the 6day/5 night length. See Koryau Kayem’s website (linked below) for more expedition details and boat photos.
Village visits are easy, as Koryau Kayem lies beside the footpath that joins the villages of Yenbuba on Mansuar’s eastern tip and Yenbekwan which lies around a kilometre to the west of the homestay. Yenbuba is a short walk away, Yenbekwan is more of a short trek, as the path crosses some steep ridges to reach the village, which lies about a kilometre to the west of Koryau Kayem. There are side trails that lead to high vantage points on the coast, and the jungle is alive with birdsong in the early morning.
For the enthusiastic, it’s possible to continue westward past Yenbekwan to the low saddle between the north and south coasts of Mansuar. Crossing there will take you past an inland lake to the south coast village of Sauwandarek. There’s great snorkelling at Sauwandarek too, but unless you’re keen for a long day, you might want to organise boat transport to or from Sauwandarek to avoid having to walk both ways.
At low tide extensive sandbanks join the islands of Mansuar, Ransiwor and Kri and make walking between them possible. Even if you don’t cross to the neighbouring islands the banks are worth exploring. Scores of interesting creatures get trapped in small pools, making their discovery and observation really easy. Crossing to Kri will open up the possibility of other long walks too, but be aware of tide times otherwise you might have to organise boat transport back to Koryau Kayem.
The sandflats between the beach and house reef at Koryau Kayem – although not much to look at – are home to hosts of marine creatures. When exploring them or the mangroves nearby, please do your best to take the shortest route possible and always walk in the footsteps of those that may have gone before you, as compaction of the sand will destroy the homes of the many creatures that live and breed there.
In addition to the above, Freddy can organise and guide you on any tour your want to make, from Bird of Paradise watching trips at nearby Sawinggrai to extended adventures in his home island of Batanta.