Mandarin Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam



4 x Over water - Private bungalow

A single room bungalow (no ensuite bathroom/toilet) Sleeps max. 3 persons / room.


Per person (full board)

If no other rates are shown, price for all rooms is per person per night (Includes 3 meals/day) IDR 411,770

Make a booking at Mandarin Homestay

The Stay Raja Ampat booking system is designed to support ecotourism in a remote, low-connectivity region. It is different from hotel booking systems. Before checking availability, please read this information so you understand how our booking system works.


  • Near village
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Mangroves
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Has email contact
  • Good phone signal
  • Has own speedboat
  • Wayag trips
  • Has private bungalows
  • Can pay by credit card
  • IDR 400,000 to 500,000


Mandarin Homestay is named for the Mandarin Fish that can be seen on the Sawinggrai reefs, and and offers four private bungalows. All are over water at high tide and have enclosed verandahs with a table, chairs and a hammock.

The bungalow bedrooms have real beds and can sleep 3 people. Pillows, bolsters, sheets and mosquito nets are supplied.

Meals are served in a dining room on the beach that is over water at high tide. Free drinking water, tea and coffee are provided there for guests.

Mandarin Homestay bathroom facilities are housed in a single building. There are two dip mandi bathrooms and a third room with a western style toilet.

Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset to about midnight. There’s a decent phone signal at Mandarin and data connections are possible. Signal strength can be dramatically improved by walking to neighbouring Mambefor Homestay at the end of the Sawinggrai jetty.

Sawinggrai is a short walk away along a concrete path and basic supplies are available there, but please do take all your inorganic trash away with you when you leave. Especially plastic and dead batteries.

English is spoken at Mandarin Homestay.

Please note: Coconut crabs are a protected species. Please don’t buy them. Mandarin Homestay will refuse to cook any you might bring and will instead ask that you release them.

Mandarin Homestay offers guests the ability to pay by Visa and Mastercard. Credit card payments attract a surcharge to cover bank fees. Note: There’s no guarantee that your particular bank’s credit card will be accepted by the processing bank. The facility is provided by Indonesia’s Mandiri Bank, so if you want to rely on your card for payment it would be wise to check that it will work in a Mandiri ATM before arriving in Sorong. See our Money, Banks and ATMs page for more information about access to cash in the islands.

Transport / Getting there

Transfers between Mandarin Homestay and Waisai take about 50 minutes. See the table below for transfer prices between Waisai and to other locations.

Waisai (1-2 passengers)700,000/trip
Waisai (3-4 passengers)1,000,000/trip
Waisai (>4 passengers)250,000/person
Manyaifun Homestays (1-4 passengers)1,500,000/trip
Manyaifun Homestays (>4 passengers)400,000/person
Selpele Homestays (1-4 passengers)1,600,000/trip
Selpele Homestays (>4 passengers)400,000/person
Batanta Homestays (1-4 passengers)1,500,000/trip
Batanta Homestays (>4 passengers)400,000/person
Kri Homestays (1-4 passengers)600,000/trip
Kri Homestays (>4 passengers)150,000/person
Friwen Homestays (1-4 passengers)600,000/trip
Friwen Homestays (>4 passengers)150,000/person

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.


There’s a lot you can do at Mandarin Homestay apart from snorkeling and soaking up the tropical bliss. Explore the villages of Sawinggrai and Kapisawar, which are connected to Mandarin Homestay by a concrete path. Long walks are possible and cultural performances are often staged in a performance venue on the Sawinggrai jetty.

Red Birds of Paradise display at dawn and dusk in the jungle behind Sawinggrai, and kuskus are regular visitors to Mandarin and their neighbour Nudibranch Homestay.

Raja Ampat snorkelling at its best

Mandarin Homestay and has a fantastic house reef with a wealth of colourful marine life. Mandarin fish and the many nudibranches to be found in the mangroves by the homestay are just a couple of examples.

The homestay provides easy access to other great spots like Arborek, Gam Bay and the mantas and can organise transfers to other islands as well. The table below lists prices in Inodesian Rupiah. Trip cost is shared by passengers.

Where possible, single person trips and transfers use a smaller, slower boat that’s cheaper to run. If no single person price is quoted, the trip is by Mandarin’s speedboat which can carry up to 6 people. (Some trips are limited to 4 people in the boat for increased safety.)

Manta Point/Arborek (1-2 passengers)500,000/trip
Manta Point/Arborek (3-4 passengers)200,000/person
Manta Point/Arborek (>4 passengers)180,000/person
Gam Bay/Mandarin Fish (1-2 passengers)500,000/trip
Gam Bay/Mandarin Fish (3-4 passengers)200,000/person
Gam Bay/Mandarin Fish (>4 passengers)180,000/person
Cape Kri/Yenbuba Jetty (1-2 passengers)600,000/trip
Cape Kri/Yenbuba Jetty (3-4 passengers)250,000/person
Cape Kri/Yenbuba Jetty (>4 passengers)225,000/person
Imbraimuk (1-2 passengers)800,000/trip
Imbraimuk (3-4 passengers)300,000/person
Imbraimuk (>4 passengers)250,000/person
West Mansuar (1-2 passengers) 700,000/trip
West Mansuar (3-4 passengers) 250,000/person
West Mansuar (>4 passengers) 200,000/person
Mansuar Full Day Trip  (1-3 passengers) 1,000,000/trip
Mansuar Full Day Trip  (4-5 passengers) 300,000/person
Mansuar Full Day Trip  (>5 passengers) 270,000/person
Friwen Wall (1-3 passengers) 600,000/trip
Friwen Wall (4-5 passengers) 250,000/person
Friwen Wall (>5 passengers) 225,000/person
Pulau Yeben Full Day Trip (1-3passengers) 1,000,000/trip
Pulau Yeben Full Day Trip (4-5 passengers) 400,000/person
Pulau Yeben Full Day Trip (>5 passengers) 300,000/person
Piaynemo Full Day Trip (1-4 passengers) 3,000,000/trip
Piaynemo Full Day Trip (>4 passengers) 1,000,000/person
Around Gam via Kabui Bay & Passage (1-3 pax) 2,500,000/trip
Around Gam (4-5 passengers) 700,000/person
Around Gam (>5 passengers) 500,000/person
Wayag Day Trip (min 4 passengers)10,000,000/trip
Wayag Day Trip (>4 passengers) 2,500,000/person

Here’s a sweet video overview by Mandarin Homestay guest Dylan de Haas. Thanks Dylan :)

Pulau Gam

See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.

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