Lumba Lumba Guesthouse, Pulau Kri, Raja Ampat

Lumba Lumba Guesthouse

Kri - South coast

  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • Very good - 4 starfish
  • (4/5 starfishes)

With an onsite dive centre, great house reef and ocean bungalow views, a meeting with the dolphins Lumba Lumba is named for is guaranteed.


Rooms
1 x Over water - Private bungalow - Lumba Lumba Sleeps max. 3 persons / room
1 x On beach - Private bungalow - Barracuda Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On beach - Private bungalow - Karang Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On land - Private bungalow - Penyu Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Couple - Lumba Lumba over water bungalow IDR 650,000 / couple / night
Single occupancy - Lumba Lumba over water bungalow IDR 550,000 / person / night
Couple - All other bungalows IDR 600,000 / couple / night
Single occupancy - All other bungalows IDR 450,000 / person / night
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Details

Lumba Lumba Guesthouse comprises four private bungalows, nicely spaced around 15 metres apart along the white sand beach of Warasnus Cove on Kri Island’s southern shore.

Lumba Lumba Bungalow: Is an over-water ocean bungalow which sleeps three people. The bedroom has bedside shelves and an adjacent, smaller sleeping area which could be used for storage if you are only a couple. A large sea facing enclosed verandah with a table and bench seating provides panoramic ocean views.

Barracuda Bungalow: The 8 x 4 metre Barracuda bungalow sleeps two people and is set on the beach with a covered verandah that has the same great ocean scenery as the Lumba Lumba bungalow. A table and chairs are provided on the verandah.

Karang Bungalow: Karang Bungalow (7x4m – sleeps 2) is also set on the beach and has a roofed verandah open to the sea with small table and bench.

Penyu Bungalow: The Penyu bungalow (7x4m – sleeps 2) occupies a cool shady spot just a little back from the beach. It also has a verandah with table and bench seating with ocean views.

All bungalow bedrooms have mattresses with covers, pillows and mosquito nets and each bungalow is also equipped with a hammock.

The large dining shelter is raised on stilts above the high tide line and affords the same magnificent Dampier Strait seascapes as the ocean bungalow. A large refectory style table and bench seating provides the setting for meals.

The shared toilet and bathroom building has two dip mandi style bathrooms, each with a western pedestal style toilet.

Electricity for lighting and charging devices is provided by generator which runs between 6pm and 1am and the guesthouse is a short boat ride from Yenbuba village on Mansuar where you can purchase basic supplies. There’s no mobile phone signal at the homestay.

Lumba Lumba Guesthouse owner Dedy Mayor speaks good English and lives on site.

Transport / Getting there

Transport between Lumba Lumba Guesthouse and Waisai costs IDR 800,000 one way. The cost can be shared between passengers and the journey is by speedboat that can carry up to eight passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Lumba Lumba Guesthouse Dive Center

Lumba Lumba has an on-site dive center with compressor, tanks, regulators and BCDs. Guests need to bring their own mask, snorkel. fins and wetsuit. Dives can be organised  at Manta Sandy and Arborek, Cape Kri, Yenbuba Jetty, Chicken Reef, Sardine Reef, Mike’s Point, Mioskun, Blue Magic, Sawandarek Jetty, Friwen Wall, Ransiwor Reef, Wai WW II airplane wreck (special request) and others as required.

Single dive price: IDR 450,000 per person

More than 12 dives: IDR 400,000 / dive / person

Raja Ampat snorkeling with Lumba Lumba Guesthouse

Snorkelling packages that include 4 snorkelling trips and a visit to Gam to see Red Birds of Paradise display cost IDR 3,500,000 per person.

Snorkelling trips can be arranged as required. The cost depends on distance. The table below shows trip costs for a few of the more popular snorkelling sites. Prices are per trip and can be shared among boat passengers (8 max).

SNORKELLING TRIPS PRICE (IDR)
Yenbuba Jetty 50,000
Sauwandarek Jetty 650,000
Cape Kri 350,000
Max Point 800,000
Friwen Wall 800,000
Manta Slope & Arborek 1,500,000

Lumba Lumba Guesthouse sightseeing trips

Prices are per trip, shared by boat passengers (8 max).

TRIP PRICE (IDR)
Gam Red Birds of Paradise 700,000
Piaynemo 5,500,000
Wayag 12,500,000

Lumba Lumba Guesthouse free trips

Lumba Lumba offers guests a number of free trips including Yenbuba Village, Pasir Timbul sandbank and a special moonlight trip.

When the day’s activities are done, Lumba Lumba is a great place to simply relax and soak up the view. Downtime spent on your bungalow verandah will definitely be rewarded with a sighting of the dolphins Lumba Lumba is named for. A large pod with frisky youngsters cruises the dropoff out front of the guesthouse almost every day. When you’ve had your fill of relaxation,  put on some sunscreen and set out on the jungle trail that climbs to a spectacular panoramic viewpoint atop a hill near the homestay.

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Has email contact
  • IDR 450,000+
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000
  • Sandy Beach
  • On site dive centre
  • Has own speedboat
  • Wayag trips
  • Has private bungalows

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Lumba Lumba Guesthouse Contact Details

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Name Dedy Mayor
Phone +6282238731861
Email lumbalumbaguesthouse@yahoo.com
Website http://www.lulumba.net/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WarasnusCottage

Lumba Lumba Guesthouse Reviews

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109 thoughts on “Lumba Lumba Guesthouse

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    We stayed 6 nights at Lumba Lumba.

    Pros: Stunning location, basic but clean accomodation, good food, fantastic snorkeling spots very close.

    Cons: While Dedy is an excellent and experienced guide once under water, if you want to scuba dive I’d suggest you go elsewhere. Equipment was in very poor and unsafe condition. I has handed two masks with tears in straps (a small tug made it snap, which would have been a major issue at 30m), a BSD with a dislodged hose connection, and a depth gauge that indicated 12m when i was actually at 25m. Dedy had no whistle or flags, which became an issue when we drifted within a few metes of a downward current after being unable to attract the attention of the captain – busy bailing water and not looking out for us. Luckily I can whistle very loudly and we were picked up just in time. All safety concerns were responded to with ‘no problem’. We’re not fussy, but this was pretty unacceptable. On our final day we planned a full day of diving after safety issues were resolved but our instructor was heavily intoxicated in the morning and all flippers had been passed onto another resort.

    • Hello Cam,
      Thank you for your input for our diving services. We are apologize for our guide Lisias who could not bring you for diving on your last day. I trusted him to guide you since I have to bring my family for medical check up, but he did not. We will put more attention in our diving services regarding gear and safety.

      • Sandrine Laborderie says:

        Hi Dedy,
        My name is Sandrine Laborderie and we have booked several nigths in october (3 people). I have sent emails but I did not receive any answer. My husband would like to dive, he is level 3 and would like to make 5-6 dives. First could you please confirm that you can arrange dives for my husband plus snorkelling trips for me and my friend? Moreover I have read that your equipment was new but this customer seems to say the contrary, we trust you but safety is very important (a lot of current). Many thanks Dedy and see you soon!

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Me and my husband stayed there on 24th-27th July. We chose Lumba Lumba because we wanted a quiet hideaway on a nice beach far from crowd/other tourist and I got exactly that.
    The white sandy beach and the turquoise water was exactly as in the picture and we had a nice stay there. The snorkelling site in front of Lumba-Lumba/Warahnus also the prettiest we’ve seen, we just hoped we had more time on the island to do more snorkeling activities on the other part of the island. We enjoy watching black tip shark and little fishes pass by our hut every morning, on a night on a bright sky we could see millions of stars and i just enjoyed star gazing on our hammock in our balcony.
    Just the perfect place for a relaxing getaway, far from the city life.
    Dedy was also very kind to arrange our trip. we feel bad for the unfortunate event that happened to him, but he try his best to accommodate his guests needs.
    The food was nice and Dedy’s family was helpful when he’s not around and one of them told us the way to hike up Pulau Kri’s peak for a beautiful view of the island.
    Overall we had a good stay in Lumba Lumba and we would definitely recommend it to others.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    It is the fourth time I visit Raja ampat and this time he decides to stay in Lumba Lumba
    (great success) as I came with my wife and my two daughters 13 and 15 years and they are novices in diving, we did a lot of diving and Dedy was all the time pending of my wife and my daughters and we had no problem.
    The whole family loved Lumba Lumba and we return.
    Thanks, Dady, we’ll see you soon.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    At first I wanted to stay in another Homestay on Kri Island. But i didn´t liked the other Homestay. So I decided to change to Lumba Lumba. And it was like coming to paradise. All bungalows are on the water and have a balcony with a hammock. So you have a wonderful view to the bay while relaxing in your hammock. My bungalow itself was very clean and spacious. There is a shared toilette and shower wich are also clean. There is no flushing water for it, but it´s okay. You are living in paradise ;-) The food was amazing. It´s so delicious and varied. For every meal you get fresh fruits. Dedy and his family were very helpful. The dive trips were amazing. You can tell your wishes to Dedy and he makes them happen, if the conditions are good enough. You can see so beautiful things underwater. The reefs and the corals are in very good conditions. We also made a daytrip to the viewpoint of Pianemo. Eveything was well organized. I enjoyed my time in Lumba Lumba very much. Thank you Dedy & family!

  1. Dear Mr./Ms,

    We would like to visit your homestay from August 13th until August 19th. On the website I read that “Lumba Lumba will be closed for a break between August 10 and 31, 2017. You can’t stay there during that time, but if there’s 2 or more of you, you can still visit and dive with them”.

    It is not clear to me if you are still welcoming guests in this period or not. We travel as a couple, does this mean that staying at your resort is possible in this period?

    Look forward hearing from you,

    Kind regards,
    Lianca

    • Hi Maurits

      Sunday pickups are possible, but it’s considerate to avoid booking arrivals and departures on Sundays if you can, as Sundays are church and family days for homestay families.

  2. clemence and alexandre says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    hello Dedy,

    I tried to email you several times but it seems like you could not reply easely. We would like to know if our reservation is still ok ( ID : ID 10394 ) . We are arriving the 13.07.2017 in wasai by the boat of 14H. Is it possible for you to pick us up ? We would stay untill the 18.07.2017.
    We would like to do snorkling excursions everyday at different spots, is it possible for you to organise that everyday ? Can we choose with you the spots were we want to go once we arrive ? Do you stay with us during the snokling excution and show us the fishes or do you only take us to the snorkling spot ?
    Can we pay by cash once we arrive ?
    We dont have any food restrictions.

    thank you very much

    clemence and alexandre

    • hello clemence & alexandre

      In case Dedy can not reply to this, we’d just like to let you know that your booking 10394 is indeed confirmed as requested. You asked for a Waisai pickup when you made the booking, so Lumba Lumba will have someone there to meet you. As noted in your booking confirmation email, it’s best to SMS your homestay to let them know which ferry you will be on.

    • Hello Clemence and Alexandre.

      Your booking ia confirmed. Please send us email to our email address to set your stay with us.

      Sincerely,
      Dedy

        • Amazing - 5 starfish
        • Amazing - 5 starfish
        • Amazing - 5 starfish
        • Amazing - 5 starfish
        • Amazing - 5 starfish
        • (5/5 starfishes)

        We just ended our trip to lumba lumba and it was fantastic. The team is really friendly, especially dedy and fernando who make everything possible to make their guest happy. Dedy can take you evrywhere you want to dive with always a peaceful state of mind and a good professionalism. The guitar concerts at night and every meal we had by lumba lumba guesthouse made our vacation even more enjoyable… we regret already to be gone and wish the best for all the family… xxx clemence and alex

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    We stayed there for 3 night and everything was ok. The only problem was the communication with Dedy: we decided in advance to do an excursion and he didn’t come. They have to think about that we are in Raja only for few days and that for everyone the trip is very long and expensive, so every moments is important. The scenary is much more than amazing but you have to be prepared for living completely in the nature

    • Hello Susanna,

      Thank you for your comments. I apologize for not being able to bring you and the other guests to dive and snorkeling late afternoon on Saturday. It is difficult for us to work on that day since we have to go to weekly church meeting and on that day I have family meeting. And we just finished 8 hours birdwatching trip and jelly fish snorkeling that started at 5am, so I think I have to find someone else to bring you for excursion which i could not.
      And thank you for making payment in last few minutes before you leave to Waisai. It seemed like you will not pay if my wife did not come and asked you to pay when you were about to step in to the boat.

  3. We stayed with Dedy and his family in February and had an incredible time. The homestay is in a really gorgeous location and the house reef is full of life – you can spot reef sharks and sting rays from the shore.

    The bungalows are beautiful and clean, and the food was delicious.

    The guesthouse has a great dive centre – with new equipment. I would advise taking your own snorkel and fins to easily access the nearby reefs.

    The diving in Raja Ampat is absolutely incredible – but be prepared for strong currents. Dedy knows the sites well and ensures that there are enough dive masters to cover the group.

    We had a truly fantastic time and would recommend to anyone.

    Thanks for everything.
    Anya & Sarah x

    • Jonathan Beddow says:

      Hello Dedy,

      I would really appreciate a reply to the emails I have sent you attempting to confirm my booking from December 9 – December 30 (22 nights).

      As soon as I hear back from you, I will Pay the 25% Booking Deposit.

      I have recently tried emailing, texting, Facebook messaging and posting on your own website without response. If you are unable to accommodate me, please just let me know and I can look to book a different homestay.

      Thanks, Jon (Jon.beddow@super-stars.org.uk)

      • Dedy Mayor says:

        Hello Jon,

        We have received your booking through the Stay Raja Ampat booking request. We also have replied your emai tons of time, but it did not go through. Please come and see you on December.

        Sincerely,
        Dedy

  4. Pieter Coppens says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed 7 days at Lumba Lumba and only have one word for it: Fantastic!

    – Accomodation: The homestay is located at a beautiful, quiet part of the island. The house reef is very interesting: we saw turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays and too many fish to name. The bungalows are clean and spatious and all have a balcony with an extraordinary view on the bay and the sea and with hammocks!! As there is 15m between all bungalows, the balcony is a guarantee for private (high) quality time. In the middel of our stay we got fresh towels and fresh sheets.

    – Food: Thank you Ribka! The food was just great. Every day, every meal again. Chicken, fish, tofu, eggs, … Always with vegetables as a side and fresh fruit for dessert. There was also plenty of everything!

    – Diving: I did 14 dives with Dedy and all of them were very good. Dedy asked every day what I wanted to see or which dive sites I liked to visit and he planned the trips accordingly. When the other guests had some specific demands, he even arranged two boats with different guides. I did dives with Dedy and Addy as dive guides and both them are responsible, know the sites very well and showed me the amazing underwater world of Raja Ampat, from the oceanic manta to the small pygmee seahorse. I always felt safe, something I cannot say of the dive I did during a trip with another homestay.

    – Snorkeling: Marie didn’t dive but could snorkel on the housereef. She also joined us a few times to dive sites where she snorkeled: perfect!

    Thank you so much Dedy and Ribka for this week we will never forget!!

    Pieter and Marie

  5. Austin Charvet says:

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • (1/5 starfishes)

    Plus: secluded and beautiful, wild, great reef for snorkel.

    Minus: food tasted like gasoline fire=toxic, Deddy never to be found and thus never able to book a tour or leave without hiking to other side

    • Dedy Mayor says:

      I apologize for the inconvenience during your stay with us. I went to Waisai early in the morning for joining the Raja Ampat youth congress, so I have no chance to talk to you since you were sleeping. We are happy to bring you for tours, but since you stayed for 2 nights and enjoy relaxing and snorkeling at the house reef, so I do not want to bother you with question of trips. I have offerred you for snorkeling or diving trips when you just arrived and you said you will decide later.

      My staff could not transport you to the other homestay in Gam since you offerred very low price and you decided to hike to the other side to find a boat to Gam. I could not find the reason why the food tasted like gasoline fire since we cooked with kerosine stove and my staff said you enjoyed the food. Anyway, thank you very much much for your comment. We will pay more attention in preparing food for our guests.

      Sincerely,
      Dedy

  6. Rita Kübler says:

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • (1/5 starfishes)

    We tried to arrange 2 days of diving with Lumba Lumba. In both cases they did not show up in the morning to pick us up, did not call to cancel or say sorry.. seems not very responsible or caring.

    • Dedy Mayor says:

      Hello Rita,

      I apologize since the cancellation of your plan for diving is all my mistake. I made plan to dive on Friday and forgot that it was Good Friday. I am one of the elders in the church and has to be in the Good Friday service. I called the homestay you were staying to ask if you want to do dive after lunch, but got no answer. My wife said that when i was in the church you called later in the morning and said that you could go for diving after the service. My wife had apologized for the cancellation also. Later afternoon I called your homestay and they said you have booked other dive shop for diving. These cancellation is my false. I apologize for not be able to dive with you since these whole area is prohibited to do trips during the religious (christian) holiday.

      Sincerely,
      Dedy

  7. Evi and Andy says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Hi to Dedy and Onyx,
    Andi and me stayed at Kri for 10 Days and we enjoyed every dive we did with Dedy – or mostly, because Dedy was busy in Waisai – with Onyx. Both know the see very well and we are still dreaming of the fabulous Manta Show we hat with Onyx!!! Thanks to everyone!
    All bungalows were reserved, so we stayed at Warahnus near by, no problem.

    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • Not bad - 2 starfish
    • (2/5 starfishes)

    We stayed at Lumba Lumba’s for 2 nights instead of 4 because after booking in January 10 days before the arrival they realized that they were full; they were kind offering us a solution and a free transfert to another home stay that they found for us, but communication with the owner of Lumba Lumba during our stay in Kri island wasn’t easy. The guesthouse is nice, a bit older compared with the other where we stayed, but everything went fine and that shore, where Lumba Lumba lies, is one of the best on Kri Island. They are not so organized as we expected, but it’s ok.

    • Hello Fabrizio,

      We apologize for not be able to afford you for three nights stayed with us. I was not there to manage pick up for you from Intum homestay and has asked my staff to do it. I went to Waisai to manage the diving gear and back to Lumba lumba and knew that you arrived on the 4th. Again, I apologize and thank you for your comment that really important for us in order to improve Lumba lumba guesthouse.

      Sincerely,
      Dedy

  8. eveline ulmer & peter zipser says:

    Aaah we were back at lumbalumba! It is just wunderful to spend two weeks here in the marine paradise, in this nice homestay. The dives were great – and for the last good bye dive , just at the housereef- a scool of 21 mantas circuled around us. Snorkeling between lumbalumba and yenbuba jetty is always like floating in a rich underwaterdream. The little bay is still calm and quiet . . Please keep it that way.
    this time we where here with friends – and unfortunately some of us had health problems and therefore could not really enjoy the holidays. this is bad luck…
    Anyway we will come back to visit all our friends under water and on land again 😉 thank you
    Eveline and Peter, Bali
    It is terrible and very sad to read , that on the day of our departure on 4. march a huge cruiseship rammed the reef of kri. What the heck are big ships doing so close to the reefs??? Who is controlling their routes and anchor places ?

    • Thank you Evelyn and Peter,

      We are hoping the government could solve the issue of coral damage in the crossover. Thank you for the wonderful comment.

      Cheers,
      Dedy

  9. Stanic family says:

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • (4/5 starfishes)

    We are a family of four (three adults and one kid) who stayed at L2 at the beginning of March. The booking process and PayPal payment went surprisingly smoothly then the communication stopped one day before our arrival. We found out that the agreed arrangement of all four of us sleeping in the overwater bungalow was not feasible but this was not too big of a deal for us. Dedy seems to be an honest if a but too relaxed guy after all. The food was good and plenty. The beach is nice at high tide but essentially not swimmable and during the low tide the seagrass is revealed. Oh, yes, you get baby sharks swimming in front of your bungalow at high tide, so lovely. There a lot of dogs at LumbaLumba, the young ones are cute but the big ones are not and can be annoying. Snorkelling/diving trip to Arborek and Manta sandy was top notch, Onyx being a reliable dive guide in Dedy’s absence. The access to and from another top snorkelling/diving site at Yenbuba pier is easy and the underwater life there is amazing as well. I did only one dive but the dive centre seems well equipped. I guess for the divers this is 5 stars, for my family who’s mainly snorkelers and given the few flaws above I’d give Lumba lumber 4 stars.

    • Hello Stanic family,

      Thank you very much for your comment. I think I wrote for you in email that we have only one overwater bungalow for three people and your friend will stay in the one of the beach bungalows.

      We are glad that you enjoy stay with us and enjoy the trips.

      Your comment is a big input for us to increase our service to our guests.

      Sincerely,
      Dedy

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Raja Ampat is one of the most astonishing places on earth I had the privilege to visit, a real paradise for me especially underwater.

    I have been to Lumba Lumba twice and I just love it for several reasons. 1. on that side of the Island there are only 3 homestays (one under construction), so it is not crowed at all
    2. the reef is absolutely intact and just beautiful
    3. the bungalows are apart from each other
    4. the food is Always fresh and delicious
    5. dedy (divemaster) is the best diving guide in all Raja Ampat! not only he knows all the diving sites around, he is able to show you the smallest plant/animal (you could never detect) as well. And security is definitely one of his priorities
    6. none has Ribka’s beautiful smile
    7. they Always listen to anything you have to say or suggest, and always try to help you.

    the typical Indonesian homestays always need maintenance and care. Ribka and Dedy are really and constantly trying their best to improve Lumba Lumba and its diving centre.
    Besides the age difference (Ribka and Dedy could be my children), and besides the fact they call me Mama Linda, these gentle people really make me feel part of their family. And that’s a real honour for me,

    Linda
    PADI OW INSTRUCTOR, ACUC OW INSTRUCTOR, CMAS 4 STARS, DAN INSTRUCTOR

    • Hello Mama Linda,
      Thank you very much for staying with us for the second time. We are really glad that as an instructor and experienced diver you always share your thoughts and experience in diving. We are waiting for you to come back mid November this year.

      Cheers,
      Dedy

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Sitting here in the middle of cold grey winter mountains, it´s getting dark half four in the afternoon and the only fish around is deep frozen in the supermarket.

    What a contrast to the vibrant rememberings to our wonderful time in lumba-lumba two months ago! How unbeatable beautiful to wake up by the sound of the gentle waves beneath your basic bamboo overwater bungalow and the first thing you see are dolphins jumping in front of you. two steps from the balcony inside the turquoise clear water and some finstrokes later you are welcomed by two huge giant clams at the spectacular dropoff coral reef accompanied by blacktip sharks and turtles.

    What a pleasure how much the friendly- & heartfulness of Ribka and Dedy let us feel home there. What we enjoyed day by day was also the creative variety of delicious food. Also thumbs up for the all time helpful support of Jonas from driving the boat save through heavy sea to searching for pisang and guiding us through the jungle and last but not least driving round the island in the middle of the night for some bintang! And it was a privilege to explore the breathtaking underwater-world with Dedy as a very experienced personal divemaster by my side.

    Big respect to these wonderful people and this jewel of nature! Whoever goes there, take care for this special spot on this globe.

    • Hello Andy and Karin,

      Thank you for staying with us. We are glad to had such a nice couple as you both. Thank you for sharing many beautiful stories and good information.

      Sent you warm hugs.
      Dedy

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    Very nice place and reef.
    It’s great that you can do some activities by yourn own without having to go by boat. We went for a short hike to the viewpoint and also swam to the jetty in yenbesser (nice corals and big fish).
    Prices are very reasonable.

  10. Alex Montaner says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    I planned to stay in Lumba Lumba Guesthouse for 3 days and finally stayed 5, and because I had to start my back home trip, otherwise I still would be there :).

    Dedy and his wife have been really great hosts. I was worried that being a solo traveler would mean a problem regarding diving, snorkel trips…, but Dedy made his best at all times to help me make my stay there an awesome experience. He had no problem to go on diving just the two of us. Dudy showed to me best diving spots all around (Blue Magic, Cape Kiri, Sardine Reef…), I can not say which was better; all of them were really amazing.

    Food was great and really varied (Rice, soup, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, fruit, tea, coffee…). Ribka (Dedy’s wife) is such a good chef.

    I stayed in a non-overwater bungalow, which was simple but traditional as it is suposed to be, and really comfortable. It had also a hammock and a front sea terrace. I have to say that I spent some time having some drinks in the overwater bungalow terrace, and views there were just STUNNING!

    Thank you Dedy. I definetly recommend Lumba Lumba Guesthouse to anyone who fancies having a great time in Raja Ampat.

  11. Anna and Chris says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed in Lumba Lumba guesthouse for 4 nights end of oktober and had a great time! De rooms are basic but in good shape, the food is really good and variet. Dedy and Ribka try to make us to feel home and that is how we feel.
    The housereef is great for snorkeling, we saw shark, turtle and many great corel, and on our own platform near our hut saw we babysharks and walking shark!

  12. Is Lumba Lumba still open? I noticed their website is down. I’m scheduled to stay there next week and I am very worried

  13. Pavel&Pavlina says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We spent two months, February-March, at Lumba Lumba GH. It was our best holidays ever. We felt there like at home, with family.

    Accommodation is simply beautiful. 4 bungalows are with verandah, just one is over water. Between bungalows is around 15 m distance, so you don’t look to the neighbor’s window. That we really appreciated.

    Food was excellent, of course most of the time you have choice – fish or chicken, but Ribka (wife of owner Dedy) cooked in many ways and styles, so every day was different taste, many other side dishes were served (salads, corn pancakes, rolls etc.) and fruit.

    Snorchling before bungalows at homereef is just amazing. When you go to the right, you never miss black tip sharks, sometimes less, sometimes more, many sizes, but ALWAYS!! Also turtles, I thing they live there all the time on this reef. One time we saw Eagleray. And of course thousands and thousands many colours other beautiful fishes! Baracudas, cuttlefishes, group of pumbheads, unicorn fishes, ….

    Diving. The wetsuit you have to have your own. The best way is when you have your own equipment. Because Dedy don’t have many BCDs and regulators. If you don’t have your own, just ask them for that. They can manage for you. We loved that we were diving just in small groups, just 2 of us or 4 people with Dedy (divemaster).

    That was our second visit of Raja Ampat, second time at Lumba Lumba GH. And we definitely want go back again. Ribka and Dedy are very nice people, very kind. We are grateful that we could spent our holidays at their place.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Accomodation:
    Accomodation in natural simple bungalows was calm and peaceful. Bungalows surrounded with amazing scenery of nature with everyday view on sunset. Probably the best on Kri and around.

    While walking on the beach we saw blacktip sharks (babies) and with carefull eyes also few stingrays and once even pufferfish. Even when just sitting on stairs of bungalow we saw walking shark.

    Snorchling & Scuba-diving:
    Snorchling was good, the reef is right in front of the bungalow so it is opssible to snorchle there every day, or even scubadive there. Few liveabord ships stopped there for a night.

    When speaking about organisation of scubadiving trips Dady – the owner took care about everything. I even prefer that every scubadiver shall prepare the stuff him/herself so that everyone is responsible for their stuff.

    If something is unclear before the dive, or you want to know more, I suggest just ask more.

    Food:
    The food was very good often fish, chicke, rise, a lot of bananas, and some fruit even some cakes.
    In general the hospitality of family was very good they were very kind and Dady had good knowledge what/where is good and what/where not.

    Trips, approach and organisation:
    PS: all these people were very polite.

    PS2: Person called Jerry was suppose to come and pick us up, and when we asked at the airport for Jerry all people knew immediately and mentioned that he could not come, but they took us and gave us a lift to port.

    if you want to see some more photos frmo around feel free to check:
    http://www.vladivlad.com/travel-photos/asia-pacific/west-papua

  14. eveline & peter says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    simply wonderful. this was the most beautiful dive-holiday we’ve ever had. we are grateful to experience the rich marine life in this protected conservation area. what a treasure of biodiversity! and on the other hand we were peacefully nestled in Lumbalumba Homestay on the quiet sandy bay, embedded within the care of our hosts family. we made for our 12 days here a nice mix of divedays and lazy snorkel days. we liked very much the privacy in the simple and cozy palm leaf hut. Ribka, great cook with good english language skills, was always available for her guests and for her little children. Dedy, her husband, was our dive master. grown up here, he not only knows very well all the amazing divespots around, he is also perfectly familiar with the weather- and seaconditions in this area. so we entrusted ourselfs to him and always let him decide the timing and divespots to visit. his breefing and guiding where calm, careful and competent. through our hosts we learned also a bit about culture and life conditions of the people of the island here – now and in earlier times. on sunday the family goes to the protestant church to Yenbuba village, so no activities on sunday. it’s time to snorkel the house reef. thank you very much, ribka, dedy and crew – we will come again!

  15. Sigurd and Chris says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We spent 8 beautiful days at Lumba Lumba.
    Food very always enough, and generally good. We had an awesome, relaxing time, and will surely be back. The other side of the island is full of homestays, but the one Lumba Lumba is located is almost empty, which we appreciated.

    The homestay is not run by german efficiency, so don’t expect a tight schedule, (one excursion got cancelled, because they forgot they have to go get new guests arriving in Waisai, so they couldn’t take us, for example) but the staff was very nice to us. We didn’t dive, only snorkeled, and we were very, very satisfied by the spots around. Turtles everywhere!

  16. Samantha Segaert says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    I stayed at Lumba Lumba for a week in January and loved every second of it. I will definitely go back!

    At first I was a bit worried, being my first solo overseas trip as well as having read some of the recent reviews but that worry was evidently unnecessary because as soon as I arrived at Lumba Lumba, Dedy and his beautiful wife welcomed me and made sure everything was perfect. I adopted one of the puppies and by the end of my stay their daughter and son were my best friends!

    The food was amazing, the best I had in Raja Ampat. (I spent 2 weeks in Raja Ampat Dedy’s wife always made sure we had yummy food and lots of it. She clearly loves to cook because all the meals were made with love. My bungalow was also very clean and comfortable and the bathroom area was also clean with a separate toilet and the traditional Indonesian dip mandi style bath.

    I was in Raja Ampat purely for the diving, and diving is what I did. I think by the time I left, Dedy was glad to have me go because I hassled him daily for as many dives as possible to all the sites I wanted to see (I am joking, I am sure he would have loved me to stay another week and make him dive every day haha). Dedy went above and beyond with my diving experience. He took me to all the sites I wanted to see, he also took me to a few cool places for our surface intervals including this awesome sand bank I the middle of the islands! He also arranged for me to go to the Birds of Paradise and also the Jelly fish lake to swim and play with Jelly fish! Every dive Dedy briefed me and every dive he looked after me, even when my dive computer had a spaz and went into deco. I felt 100% safe the entire time, even when giant Mantas and sharks appeared! I also went on a few dives with Chriz and he was also great, he knew the sites and pointed out lots of cool things for me. What I liked most about diving with the guys at Lumba Lumba is that they really made it about what I wanted to do and see and take photos of. The more dives I did, the longer they lasted and I think we started averaging 60-70min dives by the end of my trip.

    The house beach is a bit seaweedy, but still beautiful a bit further up. I didn’t actually get a chance to do much snorkelling but was told by the other guests that the snorkelling was also pretty good. Walking down the beach you can see baby reef sharks and turtles swimming around! It’s pretty special.

    Overall I loved my time at Lumba Lumba and I didn’t want to leave. I will definitely go back and definitely encourage everyone to visit this beautiful place!

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    Stayed there for fourteen nights in mid-Nov. Booking and advance payment via Paypal super-easy and uncomplicated. Pick-up at Sorong and Waisai worked well. (Had to wait 30 minutes at Waisai though, but it’s Raja Ampat time after all.) Ribka and Dede, the owners, and the staff in general very friendly. I was good taken care of. Food: excellent. Penyu bungalow a little bit small. No hammocks there at the time! Diving operation a bit an on-and-off-business. Had my own equipment. Dede, when diving with us a good dive-guide. Due to the fringe reef surrounding the island falling dry at low tide, there are problems here like in many places entering the water at that time. (Booties recommended, I had none.) Best snorkelling in the direction of Yenbuba. Had an unpleasant ‘red tide’ (red algae/plancton blossom) at the full moon of november.

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    We’ve stayed here for 3 days and it was very great. They have a very great view right infront of the forth bungalows and the dining place. As they promised, we see the dolphins and a one or two black tip shark that milling about infront of the bungalow. We’re so lucky to have a moment for seeing a group of dolphins when we’re went back from Yenbuba Jetty for dive and snorkeling. You also could have a good view for underwater by diving or snorkeling infront of the guesthouse. It’s free if you bring your own equipment.

    The room was nice and quite clean. The staff were cleaned up the terrace everyday while we have to request if we want the inside room to be cleaned up too The bathroom and toilet are only one and we have to sharing but that’s not a problem. Unfortunately we found a rat that came to our room in the evening and stole our snacks. We should bring a rope, tie it between 2 poles or trees to hang the snacks. Or put your snacks/food in a box.

    The meals was great and it really tasty. The local chef was good and very accomodate to our requests as long as the food materials is available. If needed you could also bring your own raw food and ask them to cook it.
    Pak Dedi, the owner and the other crews was so friendly and helpful. When we’re almost missed to visit the sandbank, the boat that brought us back to Waisai was dropped by at the Sandbars. It was such a great moments for us for being there. Nice place, good food, great adventure and friendly friends/neighbours (Holland and German)

  17. Aileen & Ljubisa says:

    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
    • Needs improvement - 1 starfish
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    • (1/5 starfishes)

    We stayed in Lumba Lumba for 10 nights (23 June to 4 July) and we stayed in Raja Ampat for 3 weeks in total. At the beginning of our stay in LL, it was ok, but everything went downhill in all aspects. We were the only guests at LL for most of the time. The last 4 days another traveller (Adrien) arrived (see his review below).

    FOOD
    The first few days when we were the only guests there was a lot of food, the portions were big, and there was fruit. When Adrien joined us, the food was much less. Breakfast was quite the same everyday with plain pancakes or some cake. For lunch or dinner there was fish but not always. Food was ok, not the best. The last meals of our stay were the worst with us 3 guests dividing a plate of omelet in thirds so that each of us had at least something to eat. After the first few days, the staff said that there was no fruit or vegetables left. We had to cancel our dive one morning so that the staff could go to Waisai for groceries. When the staff returned, not much was purchased.

    BUNGALOW
    We had the overwater bungalow. It is ok in size with a great view of the sea from the balcony. In June/July there is a lot of wind coming from the south and LL is located on the southern side of Kri island. There were large waves crashing on the beach and the poles of our bungalow. At night we would be woken up by the loud waves, especially if the tide was high. The bathroom and toilet was ok. Dip mandi style in one room and a separate room for the toilet. Electricity was from 6pm to maybe midnight. The restaurant and the overall look of the homestay was nice.

    DIVING
    We have logged about 100 dives each before coming to LL and we have our own gear. They have their own compressor and enough tanks for us to do 3 dives a day. Dive times were short because we would start our 5m safety stop at 70 bars or after 50 minutes. Our dive guide, Chris, was not an experienced diver. We also felt that our guide was not familiar with the diving conditions of different dive sites (eg. current direction, tide), where to go (sometimes it was his first time to the site), or to identify different marine creatures. There was also no emergency oxygen on site, many times there was no profiling plan or dive briefing, and we used our own dSMB to mark our ascent. We soon realized that some dives were challenging with much waves and current at this time of year but there are always some sites that are sheltered (eg. north side of Kri was sheltered from the southern wind). Most of all, we had issues with the boat captain who was very reluctant to take us anywhere. In the end we had to come up with suggestions for dive sites if we wanted to go anywhere. There was a lack of motivation from the staff to make our experience enjoyable, for example we could have had our surface interval at a nice beach. Surface intervals were rushed and a few times brought us close to decompression time on the next dive.
    Nevertheless, we were impressed with the dive site at the home reef and Yenbuba Jetty.

    ORGANIZATION and STAFF
    Weeks before arriving, we emailed with Bonie. Everything went well: she spoke English, and answered all our questions about logistics and diving. To avoid carrying a tremendous pile of Rupiah for our entire stay, we agreed that we would pay by bank transfer before arriving. (This was our mistake and we would not do this in the future.) Bonie confirmed that the funds had been transferred to the bank account. On the 2nd night of our stay, the staff came to us that they need more money from us for gasoline. We showed them the confirmation that we already paid the full amount in advance. The staff say that they did not receive any money on site. We understand that gasoline in Raja Ampat is expensive but we could not understand that staff would make multiple round trips a day to the village with no apparent reason.
    Bonie and also not the owner, Dedy, do not regularly come to the homestay, making discussions chaotic. In the future, do not pay in advance. If we had not already paid in advance, we would have left LL much earlier.
    We also had to constantly tell staff to empty the trash from the toilet and our rooms, fill up the water for showering, change towels after 5 days, and get ready to go diving.
    The staff hardly speaks any English, but I could speak a little Bahasa which was very useful. Many times we would discuss and make agreements about where and when we would go but when the time came, the plans changed (eg. we were waiting around for a long time, or we were asked more for gasoline money).

    OVERALL
    Lumba Lumba has lots of potential. They are located on the quiet side of Kri island and close to so many wonderful dive sites. However, the organization and lack of motivation from staff made our stay disappointing.

  18. Marcus Oliveira says:

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    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    Me and my wife stayed 4 nights at Lumba Lumba no march 2015. Before arrive in Lumba Lumba we stayed in other two homestays. We realize that all looks like the same in terms of food and accomodations. Here we found a food a little bit better. in Kri Island you may have a visit of some rats at night, but we think isn’t a big problem. The owner and staff are friendly people and the beach is very good. You can go around all the island from this homestay. Here a video we made from lumba lumba homestay and free dives around of..
    https://youtu.be/wPRjVzOImzs

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • (4/5 starfishes)

    Together with Gijs I stayed at the Lumba Lumba guesthouse for 7 nights.
    After reading the website we chose for this BASIC homestay. It met with our expectations.
    The diving with Dady was great. We saw beautiful dive sites with a lot of species of fish including blacktip sharks (not every site is suited for beginning divers).
    The food was delicious and enough (every meal we had left overs).
    Together with a german and Indonesian couple we had a lot of fun and pleasure.
    Dady and the rest of the crew;
    THANK YOU

  19. Together with Roger I stayed for 7 nights on Lumba Lumba guesthouse
    After carefully reading the website we chose for this basic homestay. It met with our expectations.
    The food was very nice and more than enough (we always had left overs).
    We enjoyed the 15 dives very much(a lot of different species of fish including blacktip sharks).
    Together with a german and a Indonesian couple we enjoyed our stay.
    Dady and the rest of the crew; THANK YOU

    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • Good - 3 starfish
    • (3/5 starfishes)

    We are an Italian married couple of 29 and 31 years and this end of Aug. we spent 5 days at Lumba Lumba and Raja Ampat left us speachless: the reefs are simply incredible! We decided to stay at Lumba Lumba for 2 reasons: it is in Little Manusar Island (one of the very best for snokeling as far as we know) and they have a website for booking (and they answer emails! we were organizing a trekking in the Baliem Valley and it was very difficult so we didn’t want the same for Raja!). The location is amazing but the quality of the service, considering that it is not that cheap for an homestay, really improvable. The bungalow was very clean with brand new sheets and mosquito nets but no one came for brushing the sand away and to clean our bin not even once in 5 days so we had a couple of “little” mice every night with us! Food is the same every day at every meal (exept for 2 breakfasts when we had cakes but probably because we were the only guests there!) and lacking in quantity. On the bright side the nature and the beach are beautiful and snorkeling amazing: we went with scuba divers almost every day. If you want to snorkel for 1h30/2hours ask Dady to leave you at the jetty on the island in front of L.L. and swim up to the guesthouse. It was one of our best experiences ever! The boss Dady is the only one speaking english and remember that Sunday is the DAY OFF so no excursions, small food and no one around! One important thing that we discover just when we were there (no one mention it on this web site or in other blogs) is that L.L. is located opposite to the sunset so at 5.30 it starts darkening fast (and you miss the beautiful Papuan sunsnet!) and in the morning the beach is not completely in the sun until 10.15/10.30. At the end of the day, we liked L.L. for its Robinson Crusoe atmosphere and we loved Raja so when we will come back we will stay in an other – more organized- structure. Just one last consideration: on the beach arrive bottles, garbage etc and one one collect them. Why? At L.L. are living 10/15 people and nobody collect them. Someone should do something!

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    we did a 6 week diving trip through Indonesia. we really looked forward to raja ampat because everybody during our journey was telling us it is the best place on earth for diving. so i could ignore the fact staying at an overpriced homestay without any proper facilities. we booked a 4 night diving package with pick up service.
    we arrived at the airport, well our driver jerry not. we waited for 45 min. and decided to take a cab to the harbor.
    arriving in wasai – no boat to our homestay! we ask some local people how to get to lumba lumba and got a ride from another resort to our homestay! arriving at lumba lumba – no one was here welcoming us! we ask a couple staying there and they said thats the way it goes here at lumba lumba! no one cares about you. the ladies doing the cooking don´t speak any english and the owner dady (the only english speaking person) disappeared some days ago but should arrive today.
    for lunch we got plane rice with beans, for dinner plane rice with beans and some egg – the food is very poor! it wasn´t enough for the 8 people staying there. so everyone went to bed hungry. in the evening the owner arrived. a shady character. no apologize for the inconvenience!

    the next day we went diving! i thought this would make up for what happened – unfortunately it was the worst dive experience we ever had (and my boyfriend is instructor and did over 1000 dives)
    luckily we had our own gear with us (the equipment is really worse)
    we had to pick up the dive guide in the village – he was late and as he appeared he went down the long jetty in such a relaxed way – didn´t care about us waiting for him. he jumped in the boat no hello – no briefing!
    we arrived at sardines reef. jumped in and after 5 min. went up – well our guide has no idea about currents and also is afraid diving with gentle current so we had to abandon our dive. taking a ride to the others side of the reef – less current we jumped in with only 160 bar left – the tank of one girl was leaking.
    2nd dive he promised us going to a place were we can see pygme seahorse . well we didn´t we just jumped in at the villages jetty
    second day. we wanted to go blue magic (one of the best divesites in raja ampat we´ve been there after our stay at lumba lumba 2 times)
    unfortunately we didn´t go blue magic maybe there was some current or they just didn´t find the spot because it´s in the middle of the ozean.
    instead we went to a beginner diving spot max depth 15m wall nothing special
    our guide also told us that he has problem with his ear and will not go deeper then 10 m

    our guide had for sure NO LICENSE for diving! he had no idea about the currents, the reefs, the equipment and we all were better divers then him. he even chased a turtle and grapped it on it´s hindlegs!
    the diving was really horrible! and everyone was upset. one couple was afraid joining us for the second dive. they were unexperienced and were afraid diving with this shabby gear and the worst guide in the world!

    about the accomodation. a inconvenient mattress on the ground no blanket.
    dirty shared toilette. the shower is barrel filled with salty water – it makes really no sense taking a salty shower after diving! the food tastes not good and was all the time too little.
    during the night the rats run through your bungalow. the even gnawed a drybag from another couple.

    after 3 horrible nights everybody decided to leave this place. we had to check the bill one day in advanced because the owner urged us to pay because he needed money.
    well the bill was 6 MIO rhp too high!!!!! dady “forgot” that we already payed 150€ deposit and also calculated wrong. we gave him the money and he and some friends were drinking and partying the whole night through!

    so believe me DON´T GO THERE! we travel a lot through asia and this was the worst place i´ve ever been too! 50€ exorbitant expensive for living in a shabby hut with awful food!
    we decided to change to raja ampat dive resort managed by foreigners. it was double the price but it was really worth it! we had a wonderful last week of our 6 week journey!
    and the best diving in indonesia!

    • Hello, I have just read your post and it has worried me! I am booked in at Lumba Lumba for 7 nights in January. I was assured by the booking agent for Lumba Lumba that the gear was good and the dive guide was good. there have been a few great reviews of lumber and a few scary reviews. I am travelling alone and do not want to be stuck hating my holiday – any advice on other homestay with better dive operations?

      • Hi Samantha,
        Sorry for my late reply- just read your post. We hated it! And I really can’t recommend you staying there! The gear is really bad (luckily we had our own) the tank was leaking several times and they have really no idea about taking care of the equipment! The dive guide was the worst in my life (maybe now they have another one)
        Koranu should be o.k. – we went to raja ampat dive resort, managed by a Spanish/South American couple. They know all the home stays and told us lumba lumba is one of the worst and Koranu is fine for diving!

        So have fun diving with the mantas :)

    • I have the same concerns as I am booked for January as well! Was the snorkelling on the house reef good? That would compensate for a lot with us.

      • Hi Michelle,
        Sorry my late reply – just read your post…
        The snorkeling was o.k. But nothing special comparing to the dive sites blue magic or sardine reef ;)
        For good snorkeling you have to swim quite far if that is o.k for you (near the jetty from the village) we expected much more in the bay of lumba lumba. It is not that what they promise on the website!

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    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    Stayed for a week in late August and had an amazing time. I have to say reading tommaso’s comment right before leaving for our trip put me on edge. As newly certified divers I was extremely second guessing booking in advance and the raja ampat tourism center in sorong didn’t help by suggesting we book dives with a dive resort-which was basically impossible from the location. Fortunately once we arrived my fears were quickly put at ease by the other guests – one of which had never dived before (Dedy first had them go to Koranu Fyak where there was an instructor – I liked that this was an option. Would also recommend checking with them if you want to go to Pianemo, that’s what we did and had a great time. I just don’t think lumba lumba has the resources to get you there, so don’t count on it). We did a total of 6 dives, equipment was fine, better than some of the rentals we’ve had in California… As others have mentioned you just have to know your limits and have a buddy you trust, it is a dive guide not an instructor. Had a buoyancy issue towards the end of my first dive due to not enough weight, my husband helped me down and the dive guide (Freddy?) kept me down for the safety stop. The currents are super strong but use common sense and you’ll be fine just don’t expect to rely on the guide, they’re there to help but you need to be confident in your skills, as I said we only had 10 dives before this and we had a really good experience with lumba lumba. We stayed in the lumba lumba bungalow and it was awesome! It was kind of like 2 star glamping :) food was amazing, as mentioned before you can’t beat the snorkeling right out front. It’s an easy walk to the other side of the island to explore the sandbar and village- great for pictures! The hike to the view point was a nice little adventure for a Sunday when nothing is scheduled. If you’re a drinker buy alcohol before getting to sorong or you can get it near the airport but be prepared to pay… One of the other guests was able to get beer delivered by boat from the village- so there’s that for an option (oh and a tip in the makassar airport there’s a circle k that sells beer). There were some communication issues, but what do you expect when you don’t speak their language? Everything always worked out in the end just know you’re on their schedule not the other way around. Just relax and enjoy the experience, not too many places left in the world like this. *Service was available with some data connection if you have to have it for some reason- I have to say it was nice to completely disconnect. Would definitely love to be able to come back someday! Really hope tourism doesn’t ruin it…

    • Hi Jenny, I see you have had a great experience at Lumba Lumba. I am travelling alone to Raja Amat and after having read a few of the reviews am becoming a bit worried. I was hoping you could give me some advice. I am a PADI rescue diver with approx 35 dives only. I would have spent about 16 days diving in Komodo and Gili before getting to RA so I am confident I will be back into it, but just wanted your advice on the gear and the homestay as a few of the posts have made me a bit worried. Any advice you have would be appreciated immensely! Thank you, Samantha

  20. Hi, I felt I had to add to the comment sent by Tomasso below. We stayed at Lumba Lumba for just over two weeks and had an fantastic time with no real problems at all. The dives we did were all amazing, and although the equipment was not new it all worked fine for us. I find if you don’t take your own equipment there is always a chance of malfunction, lets face it there is with your own stuff too.
    I don’t want to offend Tomasso with this reply, as he was a really nice guy, and I was sorry to see him have such a bad time, but we were on the boat with him when the tank I was using made a loud bang due to sand in the ‘O’ ring. To someone who has never experienced this before, I know it can be alarming and very loud, but it is a problem that is easily fixed and is far from life threatening. I felt I had to say this as I would hate people to think that Lumba Lumba are that bad. It’s true they are miles away from medical assistance and didn’t have oxygen on site (maybe it would be a good idea) but in the end as a diver you are responsible for your own choices, safety, and self rescue.
    The bungalows at Lumba Lumba are basic, beautiful and comfortable, the food is out of this world (especially if Acha is doing the cooking, she really looks after you), and the snorkling on the house reef is the best I have ever seen anywhere. We saw Eagle Rays, countless Blacktip Reef sharks, lots of Hawsbill Turtles, Great Barracuda, Moray Eels, and a school of twenty five, large, Bumphead Parrotfish, to name but a few. We even saw a pod of Dolphins swim across the bay on our first evening (from the balcony on our bungalow. We weren’t that lucky).
    Also, if Fruit Bats don’t freak you out, we discovered that if you leave bananas on your balcony railing at night, and you are quiet enough, they will come and grab them and fly away. Yahoo!
    All in all we had a brilliant time at Lumba Lumba and are planning on going again next year. I want to find the way back down from the viewpoint without getting lost and nearly losing what’s left of my mind, and my flip flops. Take heed fair traveller, from one who knows the demons which lurk up that accursed hill.
    Hey, Mr and Mrs Forsberg, glad you got home safely!
    Wayne

    • Hi Wayne –

      There’s two sides indeed to every story and thanks so much for taking the time to post yours. The input you’ve provided is really valuable, is a great help to both Lumba Lumba and other travellers and gives us encouragement that the website is slowly becoming the forum for Raja Ampat visitors that we always hoped it would. Thanks again – and good luck for the hill! :)

    • Hi Wayne! We’re home and safe but are longing back for more diving. Hope you guys are well! Email me at Mattias.h.forsberg@gmail.com so that I can send you some movies and pictures from the dives. Have a really good close encounter video with the manta! Take care and stay in touch.

  21. mattias forsberg says:

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    Hi, I just want to give my view about lumba lumba since I read a few different reviews. Me and my wife just returned from our honeymoon where we spent 7 days at lumba lumba. It was by far the highlight of our trip, we booked the 12 dive package and was very satisfied. It is true that the dive guide Yosias speak very poor english, but underwater there were no confusions. On the other hand we’re both advanced divers and have done about 40 dive each, the guys who were there at the same time as us was dive masters with around 400 dives. You need to take care of yourself but yosias was very careful about us, we didn’t have any dive computer but he always made the safety stop with us and guided us thru the dives sites. The equipment was not brand new but i worked perfectly fine and no one out of the 6 divers who were there at the some time as us had any problem with the equipment. You need to bring your own fins and mask, they can arrange the rest. I guess what i try to say is that if you’re a diver thats not really confident taking a lot of responsibility under water you should probably try to stay at one of the moore expensive resorts, but if you are a bit experienced this is a really good and cheap alternativ. The food was really tasty do it was rice to almost every meal, but that didn’t bothered us since it was really well seasoned and you have to know that this is a locally owned home stay where you pay a fraction of the price compared to the resorts.

    Everybody from the staff was really friendly and tried to make our stay to be as special as possible. A special thumbs up for martin the boat driver, such a great guy!

    The house reef, beach and viewing point is amazing.

    / Mattias Forsberg

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    Hello,
    my experience in Raja Ampat was really not as pleasant as i thought. Zumba Lumba homestay has a great facility, great food. on the other hand is not organised, left hours on was not knowing what to do, and not a safe place to dive with. the dive center has no equipment and is old and dangerous (ohe tank in the boat almost explode), the dive master is a simple guide which do not speak english and do not follow any safety procedure. i finished my oxygen during the dive and i had to go up alone, without him following me and giving me the oxygen. i rushed and when arrived up there was no boat. after a bit the dive master came up saw that there was no boat looked at me and said: sorry and went down again.
    after a wile the boat arrived but i started having leg pain. i asked of oxygen, and there was none. they had an empty bottle. it took a long time to explain that i need oxygen and i needed to be transfered to a dive center which had it. after one hour i get the chance to be transferred there and there was oxygen.. to make it short it took, the afternoon after the dive i got transferred to sorong, spent 4 days in hospital and finally had the chance to be transferred to australia to start the hyperbaric chamber therapy.
    what happened cannot be described in words but should have not happen.. diving was not safe, i have an open water certificate, was not the first dive of my life.. but i never thought something like this could have happened.
    next time you plan to go to raja ampat.. is better not to try what i have done and do not trust the dive center.. find a good resort which has the chance at least to provide oxygen, a satellite phone and which speak english. i am lucky to be able to write my story.. but was really though.

    • Hi Tommaso –

      Your experience is of enormous concern and it’s a great relief to hear there were no more serious consequences for you! Thank you for taking the time to post this story – it’s one that everybody considering diving in Raja Ampat (and all establishments offering diving) need to hear.

      Hundreds of people dive safely with homestays in Raja Ampat every year, but doing so is certainly not without risk.

      Our Diving with Raja Ampat Homestays page clearly describes these risks and advises that emergency oxygen is unavailable at most homestay dive centers. Choosing a responsible operator with well maintained equipment is essential. As is strict adherence to the buddy system.

      Consultation with other divers is highly recommended before choosing a homestay to dive with and the importance of thorough equipment checks prior to diving with any homestay cannot be overstated.

      Nobody should ever elect to dive using equipment they have reason to believe is poorly maintained or substandard. Doing so in Raja Ampat, where emergency medical treatment is a long way away and hyperbaric treatment unavailable, is madness.

      In your situation, where it sounds like there were failures in all aspects of the dive, it was fortunate indeed that there weren’t far more serious consequences.

      Thanks again for posting about it Tommaso – in addition to helping other website visitors considering diving in Raja Ampat, it will also be forwarded to the Raja Ampat Homestay Business Association and its members for further action.

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    Having read the previous comments from Adrien, I was expecting the worst for my 6 night stay at LL. However, I think LL may have pulled their socks up or Adrien was being a little harsh – probably somewhere in between.

    After an overnight flight from Jakarta the transfer from Sorong airport was no problem, but I had a long wait for the ferry to Waisai. After the boat transfer from Waisai, I arrived at LL in the evening to a warm welcome. It was a long journey, but worth it.

    I was in the smallest bungalow, but it was fine – there was plenty of room and well (naturally) ventilated so there was no problem getting to sleep in the heat at night. It was great to hear the waves below you when the tide was in. The room was cleaned daily (and fresh water provided) and the sheets and towels were changed every other day.

    The beach was lovely and clean – the staff cleaned it every day. The snorkelling was great. The house reef was perhaps the best I visited on Kri. Even at low tide, you can follow a path (starts just outside the bathroom huts) through the coral to the drop off. The best snorkelling is to the right of this point. Very healthy coral and absolutely teeming with fish. Pretty much guaranteed to see sharks, turtles and big fish on every visit. Went out on snorkelling boat trips on most days too. The sites were never too far from LL and were all fantastic. If you get tired of the snorkelling (is that possible!), at low tide you can walk south along the beach and round the point to explore the west side of the island which has a few more resorts and huge sand banks.

    The food was surprisingly good and lots of it! I don’t think I was served the same thing twice. Slightly strange meal times though – breakfast at 7, lunch at 11 and dinner at 18. Tea, coffee, fruit and cake were available in between those times.

    So in general, a fantastic, remote and peaceful place to stay, with world class snorkelling. Very friendly and welcoming hosts and everything you need for basic lifestyle living. Unfortunately I get the feeling this area will not be the same in a few years (due to development), so make the most of it whilst you still can.

    Tip – if you like a drink, bring it with you as there is no alcohol to buy anywhere.

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    Just stayed at Lumba lumba for 4 nights.
    Well, loads of things to say.

    LOCATION
    Indeed you’re the only one on the south coast of Kri (though new bungalows are being built 100m away from Lumba lumba). The view is quite nice, though I prefer the north coast facing waigeo & gam for the sunsets and the much quieter sea (at that time of the year the wind usually blows from the south). The beach is quite a mess, like quite every where R4 – pretty sad. Owners should clean their beach, though I know they’re not responsible for all this trash.

    BUNGALOWS
    Rooms are small (at least Penyu bungalow) but OK. I just don’t understand why they put such a small window in front of the sea instead of a large opening. The team never came to clean anything or to fill the jug of water they put on the first day. Would it be such a pain ? As a reminder, this is the most expensive homestay in R4 (unless you share with someone – price per bungalow, minimum 500 000 a night).

    FOOD
    I was so amazed…by the lack of effort they do here. How dare you serving fish only 3 times in 4 days when surrounded by water ? Most of lunches and dinners were made of a plate of vegetable, eggs, and plenty of….rice. In a word, quite pathetic, when you know how good indonesian food can be and when you compare with much more remote homestays. The last breakfast was just a joke : no plate, no glass, no fork, no spoon, just 6 pieces of cake for 3 guests. In the middle of the table. Speechless.
    Since the team went several times to Waisai during the stay, without bringing back almost anything each time, they have no excuse. They just don’t care.

    DIVING
    I was so fortunate to meet there another couple of guests, with luckily a woman speaking Bahasa (I would have probably left on the first day If I hadn’t). She helped us to try organizing dives, which was quite a fight everyday (do not expect any communication in English). Yes sometimes the sea was a bit rough, but there are many sheltered spots (and other diving centers like Yenkoranu went diving every day). I would not advise you to pay in advance, otherwise be prepared to fight to complete all your dives. Like for food, they just don’t care. Good point for Chris the dive guide, who is the most willing person of the team.

    IN A NUTSHELL
    This place could be really nice, but the team has to react quickly and
    1/ put MUCH more passion in what they do (or just change job)
    2/ decrease prices or rise the level of service/organization/food
    Much more remote places in R4 (Beser bay for example) do MUCH better in every aspect, there is absolutely no reason Lumba lumba cannot. Maybe the owner Dedy, who was away at that time (Waisai I guess) should come to the island more often and motivate his team/family.

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    After I read the testimonials given on this website about Lumba-Lumba, I decided to stay here from Apr 25 – May 2. And, i love everything about it. If i could come back to visit Raja Ampat again, i’ll definitely choose to stay here again.

    The arrangement was great. The communication that I had via emails and text message with Boni about my reservations and all the arrangements that required during my stay were really smooth and Boni could give me a very good feedback to make my stay even better then my initial plan. All was transparent and clear.

    Before I arrived there, Yerry, the pick up driver confirmed my arrival via phone, therefore I could see him on the airport also smoothly.

    when I arrived to waisai, Deni and Martin picked me up, and with some other guests, we went to Kri Island by boat.

    My stay in Lumba-Lumba was amazing. i love the guest house, it’s clean. and the view was breathtaking. It is the only guest house in the bay, so pretty much it was like you owned the entire beach.

    The house reef was amazing for both snorkling or diving. we could see many turtles, sharks, bumphead fishes, and other fishes, and various type of corals.

    On one morning, we saw dolphins when we had our breakfast! Amazing..

    Ribka and Dedi, the owner, and the other staff were so responsive to our needs. They were kind and helpful. Thank you very much for an amazing week.

    I’ll definitely will go back to visit Raja Ampat again, and I’ll definitely will choose to stay in Lumba-Lumba again.

    Take care, guys.

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    I made my reservation in October 2014 for a stay in April 2015, throughout these months of waiting I have been in contact with Boni who answered all my questions without restriction.
    As soon as we arrived at Sorong, Yerry our driver was waiting for us on the dock enmener ferry.A of our arrival on Wasai Deddy was there and we took the direction of Lumba lumba – A delight our stay was punctuated by one discovery – the island is beautiful, diving as much as the snorkeling is exceptional – Thanks to DANY and RICKY –
    What of cooked dishes Lumba lumba, only that it is excellent.
    Thank you to everyone the wonderful time we spent.
    Christian

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    I wanted to thank all who made our holiday in January such a wonderful experience!

    We stayed in three different home stays on Kri and had very good but also very different experiences. Bearing in mind that we had extremely low expectations (we had heard of boring or insufficient food/very basic washing facilities/rats in the bungalows) before we arrived, these were totally surpassed while we were on the island. We also brought time and with it flexibility. Time is what you need as there is no such thing as rigid dive schedules and each day was amazing but generally not what someone might have attempted to plan. We didn’t mind.

    1.) MAMBETRON
    pros: amazing food in quantity and quality, very clean and well built bungalows & shower room, nice stretch of beach slightly further west/away from the larger/busier home stays. Flexibile regarding eating times. They put the food out & cover it up so everyone turns up as they like and you have the choice of eating as a group or independently.
    cons: little English but it really didn’t matter as the owner is super nice. No diving!

    So we moved on to find diving and tranquility at:
    2.) LUMBA LUMBA
    pros: dream location, very secluded and no other home stay in sight. (We saw orcas cruising past the bay one morning during breakfast!), very personal experience as initially we were diving in very small groups (2 people & guide) so felt very looked after.
    cons: credit cards weren’t accepted, the shower room was a bit grubby and it is the same room as the toilet. Two separate rooms would’ve been nicer.

    We only moved on as we ran out of money and so were in search of a credit card machine and found:

    3.) YENKORANU
    pros: best dive equipment and your best bet to get as much diving & excursions done in a small amount of time. Partly because they are slightly better organised, have two (or 3?) boats but also because it is a larger home stay and the more people the more likely it is to fill a boat (and reduce prices) for excursions.
    The getty is useful for snorkelling right at the reef without having to swim out to the drop off (c.20m). They take credit cards! ….and the en suite bathrooms…
    cons: bigger and busier than the other home stays, food a bit boring

    If we were to go back it would be to lumba lumba because that is where we found true secluded paradise. Thank you so much again to all the lovely people on the island!

    Johanna & Daniel

    • Hi Johanna and Daniel,

      I am planning a trip to Raja Ampat and planning to stay at Lumba Lumba! The reviews look amazing and the honestly looks beautiful!

      I was just wondering how you found the diving equipment and dives at Lumba Lumba? I’m not an extremely experienced diver (only 40 dives & completed up to Padi rescue & nitrox).

      I am planning to stay 4 nights on Gam, followed by 7 on Kri at Lumba Lumba. My time on Gam will be over NYE and I am travelling alone. Do you think this is a good break up of time, or should I be spending more time on Gam as I will be alone and the tours are easier to access as there are bigger home stays?

      I would appreciate any feedback / advice you have!

  22. Claudia & Erich says:

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    January 2015 we booked a divepackage and paid it comfortably by payball. We liked our stay very much and decided to stay all 16 days, enjoying diving and snorkeling. The team of LumbaLumba did the best to make our stay as comfortable as possible. We highly recommend this guesthouse and want to thank for this nice stay.

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    lUmba Lumba was excellent. great homestay, great food, great snorkling, great staff..will be back. Thanks

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    Hi,
    We stayed 9 days at Lumba Lumba and were quite happy about it.
    We booked in advance and payed 60% of the price by paypal. Which was quite convenient. Somebody picked us up at airport to bring us to buy the permit and after to the pier. The office for the permit was closed so Dedy went few days later to pick it up for us. Price was still 500 000 rs.
    The island is gorgeous : nice and clean bungalows (altough very basic), white sand beach, crystal clear water.
    The bathroom is shared. It’s clean.
    The food was good (if you like fish) and in sufficient quantity. The drink water was bottled water. We haven’t been sick.
    We booked 14 dives and did 15. Sometimes with Dedy (the owner) and sometimes with his friends/family. Safety is quite basic and I think that only experienced divers should consider diving there. The compressor used is brand new and the tanks are ok. You can also rent some equipment. I also would recommend a full wetsuit and booties (lots of coral on the beach). The dives site were nice and we encountered very nice things such as wobbegong, turtles, sharks, walking sharks, nudibranchs, blue ring octopus, many many colorful fishes and corals , etc…The current was sometimes very very strong.
    We will definitely return next year.

    • Hello christine
      I prepare my holidays to rajat ampat for march 2015, how long time before the trip must we book the guest house. Thank for your answer

      • Hi christian – In case Christine doesn’t see your query… You can make a booking anytime before you go, but it’s always best to contact and reconfirm a few weeks before you leave, especially if you book a long time ahead!

    • Hi Christine

      I am planning a trip to Raja Ampat and planning to stay at Lumba Lumba! The reviews look amazing and the homestay looks beautiful! I’m not an extremely experienced diver (only 40 dives & completed up to Padi rescue & nitrox). I am planning to visit Lumba Lumba after a week diving in Gili T and a week on liveaboard in Komodo, so I am confident I will be in excess of 60 dives by the time I get to Lumba Lumba. I will have my own fins, boots, mask, snorkel, and dive computer. With your suggestion of wetsuit, I will now bring one of these as well. Any advice you may have for me in regards to diving in Raja Ampat would be great – should I do any speciality course to increase my abilities? And any advice on diving with Lumba would be great :)

      I would appreciate any feedback / advice you have!

  23. Patricia Sundstrom says:

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    My boyfriend and I stayed at Lumba Lumba for 7 nights in mid May. Of positive things to say, the place is gorgeous. The guesthouse is located on a beautiful beach in its own private bay and the house reef is amazing – we saw juvenile blacktips, stingrays and seakraits just walking along the shore! There weren’t many mosquitoes and the diving and snorkeling was as amazing
    as you’d expect from Raja Ampat.

    However, we were a bit disappointed with the way the place was run. We were the only guests there at the time, and it did seem as though the staff couldn’t really be bothered with looking after us and would have rather had a holiday. My
    boyfriend and I are seasoned travellers and work in the tourist industry ourselves – we don’t expect any luxuries and consider the simple living part of the fun, but still there were things that just weren’t good enough. For instance, we constantly had to nag the staff to refill the water in the bathroom for the mandi and toilet – in the end we got fed up and just filled up with seawater ourselves. The drinking water was polluted and had a very smokey taste – we didn’t want to be fussy and therefore didn’t say anything, until after a few days when we got sick. As we are both dive professionals, we did a few dives on our own and the owner’s nephew very kindly dropped us off in the boat so we could drift back to Lumba Lumba. However the briefings we were given about the currents were wrong and had we not had the experience that we do we could have ended up in a hairy situation a couple of times. When it was time for us to go back to Waisai to catch the ferry, we were taken by some friends of the owner. As per the website and our correspondance over email with Boni, the ferry tickets were included in the price. We double checked with Dedy before we left that the friends of his
    would indeed buy the tickets and he assured us that everything was in order, but when we arrived at Waisai the friends had heard nothing of this deal and allegedly didn’t have any money with them to buy the tickets.

    All in all, we had a lovely week but this was mostly due to the surroundings and not thanks to the staff at Lumba Lumba. It’s a shame, because this place would be amazing if they just wanted to put a little more thought and effort into their
    operation – or maybe these guys just need a holiday and a rest before they take on any more guests!

    • Hi James and Patricia,

      I’m so sorry that you weren’t completely satisfied with the service you received at lumba lumba and I will make sure to mention your feedback. I’m glad that you mention this and let me address your concern point by point;

      The water in the island is hard water. The hardness or sediment is calcium and magnesium from limestone and chalk. The water you drink is boiled to to the maximum to kill all the bacterias and soften the water thus the smokey taste from the firewood. The next process is to wait until its cool and let the lime sediment settle at the bottom, from here the water is pour carefully so as not to disturb the lime particles. However, this process is not entirely perfect and we will find sediment in the water. As far as we understand hard water is not a health risk and no guests have gotten sick before. We’re thinking this is from something else but please email us more about it.

      The water in the bathroom is something that we need to fix as soon as possible. We had improve the plumbing system last month and clearly there is still short of water supply and inconvenient for you.

      About the strong currents, Dedy being born and raised in Raja Ampat have good knowledge about the currents condition. Currents in Raja Ampat changes and what we think where its going sometimes they going to different direction. This is something we will look into again. We thank you for the input on this.

      In regards to your ferry ticket. We already sent a refund to your PayPal account. what happen is there was a miscommunication between Dedy and the person that drop you at Waisai. He had no knowledge that he supposed to pick up the envelope before leaving.

      Once again, please accept our apologies that the service you received was below expectation that you have the right to expect. Your input is a reminder to us all that we should never stop striving to improve ourselves.

  24. Nataliya Robert says:

    Our stay at Lumba Lumba was great too! We spent 10 days there, full of excellent diving and human experience! The staff was extremely helpful and at the same time very discrete. The food was delicious and in sufficient quantity: fresh fish and vegetables every day, sometimes chicken, eggs, fruits. We were a group of 6 people, all divers but of different levels and it worked pretty nice for everyone. They have their own compressor and boat, so we were able to do 2-3 dives per day, and even to do several night dives. We saw many sharks, almost during every dive, manta rays in Manta Sandy, dolphins, turtles, barracudas, etc. The sea was extremely calm during our stay. There were almost no mosquitos in Lumba Lumba. We were lucky to be there during Easter Holidays, so the s taff inv ited us to join the celebrations on a neighbor island where we enjoyed listening to drums and …dancing with local people until late at night! It was such a special experience!

  25. We arrive didn’t know what to expect from lumba lumba. It turns out everything is above expectation. We stayed for two weeks diving. The food is delicious, lots of vegetables and fish. Breakfast consist of banana doughnut, fried rice or sometimes fried noodle.
    The view from the bungalow is fantastic. In the morning, dolphins in large number swims about 50 meters from the beach. Later in the afternoon, eagle rays or manta jump off the waters. We also saw whale flipping its tails while relaxing on the beach.
    The diving is superb. The boat “slow but sure” is not the prettiest but routinely check & maintain. They have a new compressor and DIN tanks. In total there were four of us and we did in total 34 dives visiting the most famous dive sites in the area. Some of the best dive sites in the area; cape kri, sardines, chicken reef, and saondarek jetty is magnificient. Lumba lumba house reef is rich with corals and fish. We saw eagle ray in one of the dives in the house reef. The Jetty yenbuba only 5 minutes away is one of the best highlights. Lots of things to see from nudibranch to manta sleeping at the bottom.

  26. We booked online to stay at Lumba Lumba , as they could not accommodate us for the first 2 days we were booked into Another homestay round the corner . We paid a hefty deposit (around £200) on arrival at Sorong we were met by a lovely guy who took us to the JE Meridien to get a marine tag /pass …. To the shops , then on to Sorong to do a bit if grocery shopping ( a necessity)

  27. We then got on the public ferry to Weigo where we were going to get picked up .

    This is where it went a bit wrong ! There was no one to meet us … But , we got talking to a nice family on the jetty , and they gave us a lift to The lil homestay round the corner from Lumba Lumba

  28. The next day , we snorkled round to Lumba Lumba to find out what was going on . We were not greeted … Ignored as we washed up on the dirty beach … We decided as that it was so unfriendly we should rather stay round the corner .

    We texted Boni ( who we made the booking with ) and asked if he would still honour our trip back to Sorong . He said he would .

  29. 2 days before we left , we tried to get a direct answer as to what time and where we were being collected . Boni passed us on to Deddy … Who in turn ignored our texts.

    It basically cost us £200 for a boat from Sorong to Wasai !!!

  30. It is perfectly easy to navigate yourselves around from Sorong to the Je Meridien ( across the road ) it is also perfectly easy to get on the public ferry and organise a homestay without paying a deposit !

    Don’t be fooled by a flash website and quick response to your initial enquiries

    • We apologize for the unpleasant experience. We always ensure smooth pick
      up and drop arrangement but clearly there had been serious flaws on our
      side. On the day we supposed to meet in Waisai, we were late, the
      family that gave you pick up contact us and offered to help by giving
      you pick up to Mangkur Kodon. This unfortunately happen again on your
      last day, our boat on the way to Waisai suppose to make a stop at
      Mangkur keep going and forgot about you. Luckily, Raymond of Mangkur
      came in and help us. We in return pay the family and Raymond for
      the service provided. We greatly appreciated your thoughtful input and
      hope you have a great time in Raja Ampat.

  31. I was tsaying at Lumba Lumba for 7 days. The beach is great (but could be a bit cleaner – too many plastic bottles), the food was good. But unfortunately it was not possible to get all the 17 dievs I was booking in advance. There were several problems like no boat, no tanks, no oil for the compressor and so on. So in the end I only got 8 of 17 dives. All in all it was ok.

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      I don’t know about the tanks Kassi, but there’s been a lot of trouble recently with fuel and oil supplies in Raja Ampat, which naturally severely limits boat availability. It’s a shame your stay was affected by government level corrupt fuel market practices. You certainly weren’t alone – everyone in Raja Ampat has been suffering and it isn’t over yet. We’ll be posting an article about this soon. Thanks for commenting :)

  32. Alfred van der Walt says:

    we recently had the pleasure of staying at lumba lumba for a week. our flight was delayed (the norm it seems in indonesia :) ) so jerry came right up to the tarmac at the airport to collect us, picked our bags off the airline trolley, rushed us to je meridien to get our tags (still @ IDR 500 000 ;) ) and off to the harbor where the ferry was luckily still waiting. (the synergistic effect of all the delays are quite convenient sometimes!) Dedy had some bad luck with a broken boat in the week that we were there but went out of his way to rent other boats to take us around and get us diving! we were on their boat, the aptly named “slow but sure” (it’s last trip) as the sunset and arrived at kri in a wake of bioluminescent plankton. from here we lived relaxed on island time. if you are a serious diver, intent on 3 dives a day every day you should consider rather diving with a resort. as our boat was out of action we were a bit at the mercy of boat rentals. which meant some days no diving, some days one and on others 3. this suited us perfectly, made for a more interesting and relaxing time on the island. we found the days with 3 dives exhilarating but also very tiring. the snorkeling on the house reef is great. we snorkeled all the way to yenuba village one day and caught a lift back hanging onto the sides of their small home made wooden boat, captained by 12 year old fernando! we saw loads of sharks and had one adrenaline filled close encounter :) loads of turtles, parrot fish, blue spotted rays, yellow tails, schools of giant bumphead parrot fish, squid, clown fish, starfish …. we dove at yenuba jetty, cape kri (nice drift, dedy managed to point out a pygmy seahorse on dive number 10), mike’s point (very colorfull corals and interesting topography) mia skoon (large schools of colorfull fish), wai island (plane wreck), house reef (shore dive from lumba lumba) manta sandy (amazing), aquarium, and sardine reef. a highlight was seeing a manta ray jump out of the water on the way to pulau wai. we went to see the bird of paradise on gam one morning – take mosquito repellent!!!!!!!

    dedy guided all our dives. he is a rescue diver. we felt safe at all times but he does not babysit you. one diver in our group was very new (only got open water a week before the trip) and managed well. dedy let her buddy breathe almost every dive so that we don’t have to end the dive too soon ;) he points out the tiniest nudibranches and hidden eels and crocodile fish allowing you to trip on the busy macro life and colorful reefs! The dive equipment is from Wobbegong dive centre, just around the corner of the island and is all very new and reliable. Dedy said they were busy getting their own equipment.

    the bungalows are very basic but comfortable. mattresses and mosquito nets are the only furniture.

    dedy has a nice dry sense of humor and has an extremely relaxed manner that makes one feel at ease. he played guitar and sang for us on the beach at night.

    constant has a crazy fro, helps atcha with the food and plays ukulele and harmonizes with dedy.

    Atcha (Dedy’s sister) makes lovely fresh veggies and fish and very interesting variations of egg and noodle dishes. be sure to ask for her delicious sambal!

    Fernando (Atcha’s son) is very sweet, helps where he can and is rather good at beach volleyball ;)

    Boni is the contact person, but lives in Jakarta, this helps with fast efficient communication. He helped with booking flights while at lumba lumba. Very helpfull as there is almost no cellphone reception on the island.

    overall it was one of the best weeks of my life that I won’t forget soon. A great intro to central Raja Ampat. new HAPPY PLACE!

    terima kasih!!!!!!

  33. Janice Odegard Jensen says:

    My stay at Lumba Lumba, traveling as a single lady was nothing better than ZEN wonderful!! I booked the trip very last 3 days then left on the fourth day from the time I found this Stay Raja Ampart web site!!!

    Dedy is wonderful, and does everything he can to keep us diving and happy!

    It was just one other couple and myself for the week on this private island.
    We three dove with Dedy who knows where to take you.
    The food made by his sisters was very tasty.

    I can not wait to go back!

  34. We came back from Lumba Lumba one month ago and like Eric it was a wonderful experience, alone in the south of mansuar island, very quiet place. Dedy is a very nice “joking” man, Acha a lovely cooker, very very nice personn, Fredy and Lucy also… so we were very happy to be in this place. The reef is impressionnant with sharks, turtles and many many corals and colored fishes. And the last day at the breakfast time we have saw dolphins (lumba lumba) from our bungalow!!

  35. Will Visit and homestays for couples of days is there any of you had a same plan around August 10th? Maybe we can join forces together… ^_^

    Please let me know or contact me, i’m a local Sorong…

    Just drop your Text Msg (Sms) or Give It A Call to +6282238300949!

    Hope can hear you from any of you soon!

  36. Eric from Thailand says:

    I just came back from lumba lumba and I could’nt imagine the dream can be so alive… The life there is like a ”robinson crusoe” experience, simplicity and humanity , the 3 weeks there were not enough to discover all the beauties of raja…the snorkelling is so amazing and the reef still alive in most places. Aca is a real cooker and I already miss her meals, Terra, Dedy and all the familly make you feel as a member of their community and you can share the real life away from our reality… don’t miss the fullmoonrise with Dedy singing on the beach…. I could write so much about this trip, but the mysteries of lumba lumba have to be lived by yourself…

  37. Received by email from Vanessa Galopin, who first told us about Lumba Lumba and provided the original info and photos – thanks Vanessa!

    We stayed 26 days there in march 2013, we use to travel but had the best trip of our life there, because of the site but because of this family too!

    Dedy Mayor, the owner, and his family, make us feel realy GOOD there! They are really nice people! They really took care of us in every moment (boat trip, snorkeling, meals…) the service is really good, we went for many boat trips with them (by local canoe, that’s better than speed boat for us!) and that was really great because they let us the time to live our experience in the water without stress and taked care of us while snorkeling. They let us discovering beaches, other villages, people, local life, and so more…

    They permitted us to stayed in the family in Yenbuba village and did activities with local people, that was a realy good share for us and great moments.

    We went to swim with 7 giant manta ray at Manta Point, we saw humpback whale jumping out and many tails.. dolphins, many times, even, i joined them by swimming one morning…and all that in front of my bungalow! You can see manta ray jumping too there! From the guesthouse you can go for a walk in the jungle to join a beautiful view point, you can cross the island to to go on north beaches, and make great snorkeling everywhere from the beaches…

    Well..that was just perfect!

    Meals are really good! Breakfast: cake or banana donuts or other, coffee and tea refilled all day, lunch and dinner fresh fish (barbecue, smoked, in sauce..) with rice and vegetables, sometimes chicken or eggs. Fruits. Aca cook very well!

    For more photos and information about Lumba Lumba Guesthouse see Vanessa’s French language blog page.

    • Hello,
      I know its out of topic, but next year in July/August we would like tostay with you. I’m travelling with my 2 kids, then aged 6 and 10. My question:

      What about mosquitoes and malaria?
      thank you!