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- Good phone signal
- Reef dropoff
- English speaking
- Large groups OK
- Busy homestay
- Good house reef
- Sandy Beach
- Has raised beds
- Western style toilet
- IDR 500,000 to 600,000
- Has ensuite bathroom/toilet
- Diving available
Nestled in the shelter of a jungled cliff on Kri’s north shore, Mambetron Homestay offer five large bungalows.
The VIP bungalows with ensuite bathrooms are located on the beach. 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.
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 800,000 each way.
Speedboat transfers can accommodate 10 passengers, and cost IDR 1,500,000 each way.
You will need to contact Mambetron if you have a preference. (Contact details are provided in booking confirmation emails.)
See this April 2023 price list for transfer prices to other destinations.
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.
See this April 2023 price list for trip prices to some popular destinations (PDF 33.2KB)
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.