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Good phone signalReef dropoff
English speakingLarge groups OK
Busy homestayGood house reef
Sandy BeachHas raised beds
Western style toiletIDR 500,000 to 600,000
Has ensuite bathroom/toiletDiving available
Nestled in the shelter of a jungled cliff on Kri’s north shore, Mambetron Homestay has eight large bungalows.
Five VIP bungalows with ensuite bathrooms are located on the beach, while another three private bungalows sit further back on land. All bungalows have ocean views, but obviously the view is best from the beachfront VIP ones. All bungalows have a covered verandah with table and bench seating and a hammock. Bungalows are set up for couples, but an extra mattress can be provided on request.
All bungalows sleep two on raised beds. Sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net are provided, and all rooms have a small table, power outlets and a room light switch. Electric fans are also supplied.
Private bungalow guests share two bathroom buildings at Mambetron Homestay. They are located behind the row of beachfront bungalows, with one near each end of the row. Each bathroom building has two rooms, one of which houses a western style toilet while the other provides dip mandi bathing facilities.
Meals are served in a spacious dining building that also makes the most of the panoramic ocean views across the strait to Gam and Waigeo. The dining room is equipped with large tables and bench seating and free drinking water and tea and coffee making facilities are always available there. There are also power outlets provided for charging devices.
A generator provides electricity from sunset until around midnight and Mambetron Homestay receives a good mobile phone signal which will usually support a data connection.
English is spoken at Mambetron Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Mambetron Homestay offers Waisai transfers by longboat or speedboat, depending on the number of guests needing to make the trip. Trip cost is shared by passengers.
Longboat transfers can carry 4 passengers max, and cost IDR 700,000 each way.
Speedboat transfers can accommodate 8 passengers, and cost IDR 1,500,000 each way.
Longboat transfers are available between Mambetron Homestay and Sawandarek (Mansuar), Arborek and Gam: Max 4 pax for a shared cost of IDR 500,000
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Nestled in the shelter of a limestone cliff, shaded by coconut palms and backed by the rich jungles of Pulau Kri, Mambetron Homestay is perfect for those looking for a quiet escape while still remaining close to the dive centres on Kri.
Diving and snorkelling
Mambetron’s house reef is rich and varied, with a dropoff into deep blue about 50 metres offshore. The dive centers of Koranu Fyak and Yenkoranu are a few hundred metres to the east and diving can be arranged at those for Mambetron Homestay guests.
Snorkellers need to bring their own gear. In addition to being able to freely explore the wonders of Mambetron’s house reef, snorkelling trips can be arranged as desired. Just some of the many possible destinations are listed in the table below. Prices in the table below are per person. Trips are by longboat and can accommodate up to 4 people at a time.
|SNORKELLING TOURS||PRICE (IDR)|
|Pasir Timbul sandbank||200,000|
|Friwen Wall (incl entrance fee)||700,000|
Hiking and village visits At low tide it’s possible to walk the entire north shore of Kri. It’s also possible to cross the exposed sandbanks between Pulau Kri and Pulau Mansuar to visit the village of Yenbuba, where there’s great snorkelling below the jetty. The sandbanks at low tide are also a great way to see a range of marine creatures marooned in pools awaiting the ocean’s return. Be sure to wear sunscreen when exploring the sandbanks and be aware of the time if you cross to Mansuar. Stay too long and you’ll be trapped by the rising tide! Another possibility would be to arrange to walk over and have Mambetron come and pick you up at high tide.
The homestay can also organise a village visit and/or jetty snorkelling visit by boat if you want.
In addition to coastal walks, there are paths to a panoramic lookout above Kri’s western end. The lookout affords spectacular Dampier Strait views to Batanta in the south and across to Gam, Friwen and Waigeo to the north. The view to the west is across the western end of Kri to Pulau Ransiwor and the village of Yenbuba on Mansuar. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear and carry plenty of water. Sunset views from the lookout are wonderful, but remember to pack a light to find your way back – night falls fast in the tropics!
See our Kri Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.