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
|Pulau Way/Pulau Dua
|Pulau Dayan OR Mantas
|Tanjung Putus OR Hidden Bay
|Akber Reef/Cape Kri
|Wayag OR Selpele Village
|Bird of Paradise OR Kanyai