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Western style toiletQuiet hideaway
English speakingGood house reef
Has private bungalowsHas ensuite bathroom/toilet
Kriss Iba Homestay lies on the west coast of Batanta’s Pulau Birie. Five VIP bungalows on a secluded white sand beach are available.
All bungalows are over-water at high tide, and all have verandahs with tables and chairs and views west across the bay to Pulau Arefi. Bungalow bedrooms sleep two on real beds that can be configured as twin or double beds. Bedding includes pillows, sheets, bolsters and mosquito nets, and room light switches and power outlets are provided.
Meals are served in Kriss Iba’s over-water dining room. The dining room has the same great views as the bungalows and free drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there.
All bungalows have ensuite bathrooms with western-style toilets and bucket bathing.
Electricity is supplied by generator from sunset to around midnight, and Kriss Iba Homestay receives a phone signal from the tower at nearby Arefi.
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.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
If you are looking to save money on transfers and have plenty of time available, there is a public boat that runs between Sorong, Arefi on Batanta, and Pam village on Pambemuk. The public boat is a lot cheaper than any other means. It costs about IDR 120,000 one way between Sorong and Pam, so probably cheaper to Batanta. It’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and arrives in Arefi at Batanta at 2200. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat.
You would need to let your homestay know you were arriving on the ferry so they could arrange a pickup or somewhere for you to spend the night in Arefi. (Small boat travel at night is potentially dangerous.)
The return trip usually leaves Pam around 0830 on Saturday morning, arriving in Arefi at about 1230 and Sorong at 1730.
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||3,000,000|
|Pulau Dayan OR Mantas||3,500,000|
|Tanjung Putus OR Hidden Bay||6,500,000|
|Akber Reef/Cape Kri||4,000,000|
|Wayag OR Selpele Village||20,000,000|
|Bird of Paradise OR Kanyai||600,000|
Thanks to Kriss Iba Homestay guest Halil Kesselring for the video below. Thanks Halil :)
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.