Mandarin Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam



4 x Over water - Private bungalow

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

2 x Over water - Room in a bungalow

A room in a bungalow with 2 or more rooms and shared common areas. 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 350,000 / person / night

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  • 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
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Wayag trips
  • Has private bungalows
  • Can pay by credit card
  • Has family bungalows


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

    The bungalow bedrooms have one double and one single real bed in each room. 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, with a dip mandi bathroom in one room and a western style toilet in the other.

    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

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