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Reef dropoffWestern style toilet
English speakingGood house reef
Calm beachGood phone signal
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Has family bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Manawer Homestay occupies a small, uninhabited coral cay just to the east of Pulau Pam.
One private bungalow and a two-roomed family bungalow are available.
The bungalows sit in the shade of beachside trees and have verandahs with chairs, tables and ocean views. The bungalow bedrooms are set up for couples but extra bedding can be provided if needed. Bedding is the common homestay style: Mattresses on the floor, with sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets supplied. Light switches and power outlets are fitted.
Meals at Manawer Homestay are served in a sand-floored, beachside dining room where drinking water, tea and coffee are always freely available to guests.
Guests share a two-roomed bathroom building. One room houses a western style toilet and shower, while the other has ashower and squat toilet.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset until around midnight. A decent 3G phone signal is available and will usually support a data connection.
Manaru is an uninhabited island, so it’s wise to bring anything you regard as essential with you. Pam village is a ten minute boat ride away, and basic supplies of the kind used by local people can be purchased from small shops there.
English is spoken at Manawer Homestay.
There is no way to safely dispose of or recycle inorganic waste in Raja Ampat. All homestays ask that you please take your inorganic (especially plastic) trash away with you when you leave. Inorganic waste left in the islands will only contribute to the pollution of paradise.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Manawer Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Manawer Homestay are by longboat capable of carrying 8 passengers max. The trip costs IDR 2,000,000 one way, and the cost is shared by passengers.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
If you are looking to save money on transfers and have plenty of time available, there is a public boat that runs between Sorong, Arefi on Batanta, and Pam village on Pambemuk. The public boat is a lot cheaper than any other means. It costs about IDR 120,000 one way between Sorong and Pam. It’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and arrives in Arefi at Batanta at 2200. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat.
You would need to let your homestay know you were arriving on the ferry so they could arrange a pickup or somewhere for you to spend the night in Pam. (Small boat travel at night is potentially dangerous.)
The return trip usually leaves Pam around 0830 on Saturday morning, arriving in Arefi at about 1230 and Sorong at 1730.
Manawer Homestay has great snorkelling available over the outer edges of Pulau Manaru’s fringing reef. Dolphin, manta and turtle and shark sightings are all possible.
Manawer Homestay can arrange tours to all the famous snorkelling sites and attractions around Pam and Piaynemo. (Pam and Piaynemo are the proper local names of the islands often marked on maps as Fam and Penemu.)
Spectacular karst island panoramas like those of Wayag are available at Piaynemo. Combine a Piaynemo visit with a snorkelling stop at nearby Rufas Island or at the famed reefs of Melissa’s Garden. The low sand cays of the surrounding Pam Islands feature deserted beaches, sapphire seas and great snorkelling.
Enjoy a day exploring the villages of the nearby ‘big island’ of Pam. There is a path that connects Pam’s villages and a sheltered bay on the the north side of the island. It’s about an 11km round trip, and there is no chance of getting lost if you stay on the path. There are lakes in the interior of the island, but it would be best to go with a guide if you want to explore those.
Ask about Pam’s virgin coconut oil industry: Oils and pure coconut soaps can be purchased from the local cooperative and you are welcome to observe and/or participate on production days.
See our Pam Islands page for an overview of the Pam/Fam Islands and their attractions.