Mambefor Homestay, Sawinggrai, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Mambefor Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam

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

The only homestay with lounge room furniture, Mambefor has a coral reef dropoff at its door and Red Birds of Paradise in the jungle behind.

6 x Over water - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Mambefor Homestay has six rooms in a large over-water bungalow positioned at the edge of a reef dropoff. The bungalow has a large and well furnished lounge and dining area with a dining table and chairs and lounge setting with armchairs and a small table. Rooms sleep two on mattresses equipped with covers and pillows.

Sharing the homestay jetty is a small pavilion and a large undercover area often used for cultural performances. Both have panoramic ocean views across the strait to Kri, Mansuar and Batanta, are provided tables and chairs and sre great places to sit and watch the rich marine life below.

Squat toilets and bucket bathing are provided in a public three-roomed bathroom building located on land opposite the end of the Mambefor Homestay boardwalk.

Mobile phone signal is good and a generator supplies electricity for lighting and equipment charging. Mambefor is in the village of Sawinggrai and basic supplies can be purchased at small shops, the closest of which is on the shore next to the entry to Mambefor’s boardwalk.

Mimimal English is spoken at Mambefor, but a translator can usually be found in Sawinggrai if required.

Transport / Getting there

The transport cost between Waisai and Mambefor Homestay is shared between passengers and costs IDR 700,000 fo up to 2 passengers, or IDR 1,000,000 for 3 to 8 passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.


Mambefor is the Betew name for the Red Bird of Paradise. These birds display at dawn every day on a hilltop tree not far from the homestay and guided trips to see them are available. Treks deeper into Gam’s jungled interior can also be organised.

Mambefor Homestay is one of the few where you can see a wide range of Raja Ampat’s marine life without even getting wet. Turtles, giant clams, phosphorescent night-time critters, reef sharks and schools of fish so colourful they make flocks of macaws look drab – you’ll see them all from the jetty Mambefor is built on. The homestay has been built right on the edge of the reef’s dropoff – you can sit and watch the tidal race swirling around the pilings while schools of tame fish churn the water, feasting on regular handouts from homestay visitors.

Great snorkelling is available at the door, and vast tracts of reef are exposed at low tide, leaving pools in which you can observe all manner of animals waiting the tide’s return. Diving is available in conjunction with the nearby Arborek Dive Shop.

A concrete path joins Sawinggrai with Nudibranch Homestay to the east and to the village of Kapisawar to the west. The path makes long walks and exploration of Gam’s southern villages easy.


  • Association member
  • In village
  • Large groups OK
  • Reef dropoff
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Good house reef
  • Has email contact
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • Has own speedboat
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Can pay by credit card

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Name Doly Mayor
Phone +6281340074710
Whatsapp +6281344019785
Name Pak Yesaya Mayor
Phone +6285254544254

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23 thoughts on “Mambefor Homestay

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

    It needs refreh… To expensive for what it is… For cheaper you can find private bungalow… Room are really small and all around the dining room so you have to live with other touristes… terrasse is wonderfull because of the view but to small because you have to share it … when homestay is full you can have 12 people! Toilets and showers are in the village a little bit far. Good food.
    We enjoyed because we were alone but if the place was full I think I would not have stayed!

  1. Hi, I found somewhere this information that no boat transfert is available on sunday… don’t find it agian… So.. is it true? Is it the same for all GH?
    Thanks for information

    • Hi marion –

      It’s considerate to avoid arranging your arrival or departure on Sundays as explained here. If it’s unavoidable then of course homestays will arrange transfers to Waisai. Most do not provide any other transport or activities on Sundays though.

  2. We were at a Homestay nearby in January 2017. Every single evening or afternoon of our five day stay, there was Karaoke coming from this place. So loud, that even earplugs did not help. Sometimes they sung till 1 am and started again at 5 am. Then they played a whole afternoon only one and the same song. Started, interrupted, started again, interrupted….really annoying. And all the other hosts around had to suffer. So be careful with this place. They have a powerful karaoke system

  3. Soon Lee, Zeke & Ann says:

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

    The place is lovely! The hut where we stayed was surrounded by crystal clear waters with lots of fishes of different varieties. Schools of fish could be found loitering under our hut.

    The people were very friendly and helpful.

    In this homestay, we also saw the birds of paradise, sea turtles and the “cuscus”.

    We were glad that we brought our own portable fans as the weather was hot and humid during the night. Electricity came on from 6.00pm till midnight. So we have sufficient time to recharge our power-banks and camera batteries.

    For those who are interested, we got our prepaid Telkomsel data plan in Sorong. The reception in Mambefor was excellent. In fact, the prepaid card can be used all over Indonesia.

  4. Hi , we would like to know the prices for transfert from Waisai, and also for snorkeling trip, and aslo for Pianemo trip , please, we need to compare ;-)

  5. Cherly, Gloria, Ine, Renatha says:

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

    This homestay definitely beyond expectation.
    They have standard facilities, but their services were unbeatable.
    Stayed there for 5 days in a group of 4, and during our stay there were only us there so we can jumped around and enjoy the whole place for our self.

    Our highlighted were the kids, they’re so nice, we’re swimming, jumping from the port, snorkeling, singing, and dancing together, its such a great experience that you cant find anywhere.
    Woke up every morning with a lovely view of the calm sea and an islands in front of the homestay, thousand of fish in front of our room, we feeding the fish, spotting the turtle (he keeps coming back each morning), and having breakfast with a warm homemade bread made by Mama Lambert.
    And we even sow dolphin and manta passing by the homestay (we and the kids were chasing the manta using small boat which is amazing)

    Our boat man was Bapa Lambert and Bapa Andi, they both such an incredible person, kind, sincere, helpful, I still have a teary eyes everytime remember their kindness, its such a pure and sincere kindness where so rare in this world nowadays.
    They help us find the manta, find the best spot for snorkeling, find an empty island for lunch and day nap, even teach us to lights a fire with wooden stick.. :)
    No words to express our gratitude to both of them and to Bapa Yesasa (the homestay owner) for his help to make our trip unforgettable (He also gave us good price for the boat).

    We will coming back, soon!! and its a promised..

    Anyway, If you looking for a homestay in Raja Ampat, Mambefor Homestay should be on your top list.

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

    I liked staying in Mambefor. The food was good and the homestay was built right on top of the water and we could jump into the water anytime we want to snorkle. There were wobbegong and turtle in the water right in front of the homestay although they didn’t show up every day. We went to excursions with Pak Yesaya, the homestay owner and he took us to amazing places.

    I wrote my Raja Ampat experiences include some pictures of Mambefor Homestay in my blog

  6. I stayed there only for one night but I did like the setting. You are directly by the sea but in a way still in this nice village. The snorkelling is superb. Just head a long the coast to Kapsuat. Either get out there or swim back. Isiah, the owner, is a nice guy. a persona advice: Chew some betelnuts with him and his friends for sunset at the jetti. Thats something to remember. In the morning there is some noise, because of the tourgroups that come to see the Red birds of paradise. But thats part of the show.

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

    We already went to Raja Ampat, when there were no homestays and we went to Mambefor for the second time. The last time in december it was excellent, but now in August it was more excellent. It begins with the reaf just under the house, perfect for snorkeling. Since there is a new long jetty, there are many fishes, we have never seen there before. If you want to see the walking sharks or Murray eels, saku fishes, turtles, thounds of macarels like big bowls, water snakes,….. just enjoy swimming with them. If you can not swim, you can feed and see the fishes without getting wet. If you want to go by boat to other places, Pak Yesaya is the right person, he can bring you to the well known places, where all travellers go,like the Manta point or Piainemo, but he likes to always look out for new places, entering every little path through little islands and in the mangroves. You can always enjoy things on the way, not only the aim. If you are interested in bird-watching, it is an easy way up. Along the way you can see a collection of orchids and insect eating plants. If you come home hungry, you get really good food, also if you are vegetarian. There are new bathrooms with a shower. The connection with the smartphone always worked, when we were there. We had more than one moskito-net. And now one of the best things, If you are a foreigner and you speek a little bit indonesian, give a little less for the children in english or maths, you can be sure, that every day more children are coming to learn and you can learn much about the daily life in Raja ampat, an laugh a lot and hear songs from this area. All people we met in Sawinggrai were openhearted and friendly. And if you have a suggestion because you are not satisfied, I am sure, the owners will listen to. you and do what is possible.

  7. Revisited and enjoyed it again. It`s still impossible to ring because there is no phone signal (the new local tower is out of order). On the table next to the main door you might get an sms through every now and then. So you can`t make reservations, just go and try. The family is very polite and helpful. Food is simple, but tasty and more than one side dish was served. We told them we really liked the food and hope they can keep up the standard. Hygiene seems above the average for a homestay in R4.

    Hardly any english is spoken and there is no boat when the owner is away (he seems to spend some time in Waisai). The mandi in the village is old, but someone keeps it pretty clean. Location of the homestay is over a coral reef with snorkeling right there. One solid building with a communal area and six adjoing bedrooms. We saw one single bed being equipped with a mosquito net, not sure if there is just one. It is quite far from the beach, so very few mosquitos find their way to the homestay.

    Only drawback is the local tourist groups who come in speedboats to feed the fish. The curious visitors will walk into your room uninvited. Closing the front door didn’t seem to help. We figured it`s best to just sit in the door and run interference ;-). The idea for transportation costs above are not quite right. I don`t think anyone will take your for 600.000, but if you`re not a really big group the price should be per boat anyway and somewhere between 750.000 and 1.000.000 from Waisai. Travelling time is the best time of an hour.

    • Stay Raja Ampat says:

      Hi Nic – thanks for taking the time to comment. Transportation costs have certainly risen substantially since the info for this homestay was posted and we haven’t had an update from the owner. 750,000 to 1,000,000 for a boat from Waisai is the current going rate to this area of Gam

  8. Suchi Dalmia Swaminathan says:

    We are a couple coming from Sorong. What is easiest way and cheapest way to get to your place?
    Also, how much are the rates? Plus, would you have tandem diving available? I am a non-swimmer but my husband can swim.
    We will arrive at Sorong on 14th December and come to you for 3 nights and leave on 17th December.


  9. We stayed at Mambefour Homestay in April 2012 for a week. The place is spectacular with the lodging built on the reef – we very much enjoyed greeting the cuttlefish, giant clams, turtles and parrot fish when we woke up in the mornings. Snorkeling was great right outside the hut. The Sawingrai village was friendly with singing and playing kids and puppies, we had some exciting little walks there as well as in the jungle paths. The accommodation was simple but clean: a double mattress on the floor of a small private space topped with a mosquito net. We were the only guests staying at the time so we were lucky to have the place to ourselves.

    The homestay was run by a man called Aco and his family. Food was good for the first day or two with fresh fish and side dishes provided. Food then gradually got worse to the point were we given fish heads for dinner and we suspected that the leftovers were recycled on to the next meal. This was a little bit ironic given that we were surrounded by the sea! The owner who turned up on the fifth day of our stay took us to some great boat trips including the manta rays. He however tried to make us pay double the agreed for both the accommodation and the trips. Overall we had an amazing time in this ocean paradise, but we would be wiser next time and not book the same place for a week. This seemed to make the owner less inclined to make any sort of effort, as he new we were going to stay anyway (our phones did not have reception at all).

    Our advice is to stay on a few different islands and try different homestays – as well as finding the best place to stay you will be able to make the most of your trip and explore several different reefs, jungles and villages. It may be helpful to arrange a boat / guide beforehand.

    • Staying on different islands is exactly what we are looking to do. It looks difficult to even lock down one place without being there. How would you recommend arranging a boat/guide/ different accommodation on different islands? I am looking to go end of june and would like to do it exactly the way you recommend but I am a little unsure the best way to go about doing this.


  10. We stayed here in december in 2011. Enjoyed it very much, picturesque setting, snorkeling is right off the hut, but bear in mind it’s just a simple hut with foam mattrasses and a communal bath down the pier that you share with the village. It’s very difficult to make reservations as there is no signal and the owner gets sms only now and then. If you want to go, arrange a boat to take you there and better take some fruits & veggies along. There may be arrangements for diving possible with Nudibranch homestay in the future, but that might take some time and it’s not for the faint hearted. Food at Mambefor is quite good as long as the provisions last. You can arrange a trip to Arborek from here.