This form is for bookings only - you can not use it to check availability. Here is why Features Near village Association member Reef dropoff Western style toilet 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 Details
Mandarin Homestay is named for the Mandarin Fish that can be seen on the Sawinggrai reefs and and has three 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 two real beds with pillows, bolsters, sheets and mosquito nets when we visited in June 2016, but will be upgraded to sleep 3, with one double and one single bed in each room.
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.
TRANSFER PRICE 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. Activities
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.)
TRIP PRICE 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 :)
our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.