Kriss Iba Homestay, Pulau Birie, Batanta, Raja Ampat

Kriss Iba Homestay

Batanta - Birie Island

Kriss Iba occupies a sweet crescent of beach at the foot of the jungled heights of Pulau Birie. Great snorkelling, birds and dugongs.

2 x Over water - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Kriss Iba Homestay lies on the west coast of Batanta’s Pulau Birie and has a two room over water bungalow on a secluded white sand beach.

The bungalow has a large enclosed verandah with tables, chairs and views west across the bay to Pulau Arefi and south and west to Batanta. Each room sleeps two in mattresses on the floor with pillows, sheets, bolsters and mosquito nets.

Meals are served in a spacious L shaped dining room on the beach. The dining room has the same great views as the bungalow and free drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there.

A single bathroom building is shared by all guests. One concrete floored room has a western style toilet – the other room is a pebble floored dip mandi bathroom.

Electricity is supplied by generator from sunset to around midnight, but Kriss Iba Homestay had no mobile phone reception when we visited in June 2016.

The village of Arefi is a ten minute boat ride away and basic supplies can be purchased there, but be sure to bring any consumeables you regard as essential with you. So as not to contribute to pollution, be sure too to take all your inorganic rubbish away with you when you leave. In common with the rest of Raja Ampat, there is no safe waste disposal available on Pulau Birie.

English is spoken at Kriss Iba Homestay.

Transport / Getting there

Transport between Waisai and Kriss Iba Homestay costs IDR 1,200,000 each way. Transfers are by longboat capable of carrying up to 4 passengers and the cost is shared.

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Kriss Iba Homestay is named for the big Ketapang (sea almond) tree that shades the homestay beach. Mornings at Kriss Iba are filled with the sound of local birdlife and the house reef is home to many fish. Baby sharks, stingrays and the occasional dugong are just some of the many local reef inhabitants. The jungles of Pulau Birie also provide hiking and birdwatching opportunities.

Snorkelling at Kriss Iba Homestay

In addition to the rich house reef, Kriss Iba’s longboat is available for tours to other Batanta and Dampier Strait snorkelling and sightseeing spots.

Some of those include:

Pulau Urun: A small tree covered sand cay with a tree shaded beach. Close to Kriss Iba, Urun has a lovely reef and reef sharks, turtles, and wobbegongs are usually easily seen there.

Pulau Dua: Previously an island, the spot became reefs after suffering severe wind and wave damage during storms. A wild place with huge rocks and a reef rich with bumphead wrasse, turtles, and other fish.

Tiga Pulau: “Three islands” consists of Pulau Yuw –  with its fruit bats, Pulau Mai with its white cockatoos and fruit bats and Pulau Teven.

Pulau Wai: Located between Batanta and Mansuar, Pulau Wai has beautiful panoramic views and an excellent reef frequented by sharks, wobbegong, and many fish species.

Batanta Waterfall: Misty jungle falls of pristine water, pools inhabited by freshwater shrimp and surrounds full of birdlife.

Piaynemo: A very scenic scattering of karst islands with Wayag like panoramas from the lookout on its heights. Great snorkelling on rich reefs.

Cape Kri: A well known site where encounters with barracuda, jacks, reef sharks and turtles are almost guaranteed.

Kriss Iba Homestay Tours

Tours prices below are shared by boat passengers

Piaynemo/Pulau Urun 7,000,000
Pulau Way/Pulau Dua 3,000,000
Pulau Dayan OR Mantas 3,500,000
Tanjung Putus OR Hidden Bay 6,500,000
Batanta Waterfall 400,000
Akber Reef/Cape Kri 4,000,000
Wayag OR Selpele Village 20,000,000
Bird of Paradise OR Kanyai 600,000


  • Remote/isolated
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Calm beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • IDR 0 to 350,000

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  1. I stayed in this place in December 2015 for a few days. This is another wonderful, small place in Raja Ampat. There was one other couple there, otherwise I was alone. The other couple loved it there as well. The location is not ideal as you have to go around the corner to get to the best snorkelling. The snorkelling just outside the homestay is good, but not superb and the coral garden there is not so big. Usually there will be a small boat and someone to take you around the corner to the superb reef on the north shore of the island. There is a big mango tree just behind the homestay, so plenty of ripe mangos all the time. Elmus and his team are great. They will do their best to cater to all of your needs, as this homestay is not frequented so regularly as those closer to Waisai. Food was always good, unlike in other homestays in R4. Anything can happen in the waters around here: I dived with dozens of mantas, saw dugong mother and baby, incredible mangrove forest as you’ve never seen it, hornbill sleeping place around the corner where dozens of them fly in for the night, and more… enjoy!