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Good phone signalReef dropoff
CoralHas family bungalows
Child discountSandy Beach
Has raised bedsSnorkeling equipment
Western style toiletIDR 400,000 to 500,000
In villageDiving available
Manta Homestay is located on the beach on the north shore of Pulau Arborek, not far from the Arborek jetty.
Six rooms are offered:
- A 2-room over-water family bungalow (Listed as “Over water – room in a bungalow” on the booking form. If you want the whole bungalow, put 2 in the quantity field.)
- A private over water bungalow, and
- 3 private beach bungalows
All bungalows have verandahs with a small table, chairs and hammocks, and views across the strait to Gam. Power outlets and room light switches are provided. Only the private over water bungalow has a real bed – all the other rooms have mattresses on the floor. Sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are provided. Each bedroom also has a small table and an electric fan.
In addition to a spacious dining shelter with table and bench seats, Manta Homestay has outdoor settings in the garden, and hammocks strung between the garden trees.
The shared bathroom is large and tile floored, with western style pedestal toilet and dip mandi bathing facilities.
Electricity is from village supply and is usually available at all times except from 0700 to about 1000. Telkomsel’s Arborek tower provides a strong 4G signal.
Arborek village shops are a minute’s walk away if you need supplies.
Pak Nomensen doesn’t speak English, so bring a phrasebook if you have no Bahasa Indonesia. Someone in Arborek will be able to help if you encounter problems needing an interpreter.
There are no safe waste treatment or recycling facilities in Raja Ampat, so, unless you don’t care about trash in the environment, it’s best to take all your inorganic waste away with you when you leave.
Transport / Getting there
Manta Homestay affords ocean sunset views from its shady garden setting and views across the strait to Gam and Waigeo in the north. The homestay lies on the edge of the village of Arborek and if you’re keen to kick a ball, the village football pitch is right behind the property.
There’s fantastic snorkelling and diving beneath the Arborek jetty which is an easy 5 minute walk away. Good snorkeling is available from the beach at Manta, with a mixed seagrass and coral reef adjacent to the homestay and a dropoff to deep water not far from the shore. Manta has 4 sets of snorkelling gear available for hire at IDR 50,000 per day per set.
The local community often stages cultural performances for visitors – ask about the possibility of those during your stay.
Manta Homestay is close to the attractions of Manta Point and Manta Sandy and, for those wanting to explore more widely, is also a good departure point for visits to Piaynemo and the Fam Islands.
Diving is available at Manta Homestay in conjunction with Arborek Dive Shop.
Day trips to Piaynemo (Penemu) for snorkeling, sightseeing and taking in the Wayag-like panoramas there are available for IDR 2,000,000. The cost can be shared by up to 5 or 6 people and includes lunch. Snorkelling at Manta can be organised for IDR 500,000 per boat with cost shared among up to 5 or 6 passengers maximum.
See our Arborek Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.