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Marko Homestay lies on the north shore of Pulau Mansuar, about 3 kilometres west of Yenbekwan village.
Four private over-water bungalows are available. The large bungalows all face the sunrise and have verandahs equipped with tables, chairs, drinking water dispensers and a small shelf and mirror. Bedrooms are furnished with deep mattresses, and bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Room light switches, power outlets and a fan is supplied.
Meals are served in Marko Homestay’s dining room, which is on the beach and connected to the bungalows by a boardwalk. Dining room furniture includes large tables and plastic chairs and there’s an expansive view across the Dampier Strait to the village of Yenwaupnor on Gam. Hot water, tea and coffee making supplies are always freely available to guests, and a pair of large speakers suggests that the dining room doubles as a party venue ;)
All guests share a two room bathroom building, which is located on land behind the dining room. The concrete and iron building has two rooms, with a western style toilet and bucket bathing in each.
Electricity is supplied from a generator which runs from sunset to around midnight, and Marko Homestay receives a decent phone signal which can support a (slow) data connection.
Basic supplies are available in Yenbekwan, which is about a ten minute boat ride away.
Raja Ampat suffers from a total lack of safe waste disposal and recycling services. All homestays request that their guests please take their inorganic waste away with them when they leave, so as to not contribute to the
growing trash problem in the islands.
Only a little English is spoken at Marko Homestay, so it’s probably a good idea to bring a phrasebook with you if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Marko Homestay cost IDR 1,000,000 each way, in a large speedboat capable of carrying up to 17 passengers. Cost is shared by passengers.
Marko Homestay’s location is quiet and peaceful, lacking the incessant boat traffic that some busier islands have. It looks like a great place to relax, watch the sea eagles, the passing dolphins and the sun’s rise and set. There’s plenty to do though…
There’s easy access to Marko’s excellent house reef from the homestay’s dock. If you’re keen to snorkel with Mantas, Manta Point and Manta Sandy are a short boat ride away. (Bring your own snorkelling gear.)
Sightseeing and snorkelling trips can of course be arranged to any place you’d like to visit. A few of the many available options are listed below. Trips are by longboat and prices are per trip, shared by passengers.
SNORKELLING TRIPS PRICE (IDR) Manta Point 500,000 Yenbuba Jetty 800,000 Cape Kri 1,000,000 Friwen Wall 1,500,000 Sardines Reef 1,000,000 Arborek Jetty 500,000 Sauwandarek Jetty 1,000,000 Piaynemo sightseeing 7,000,000 Wayag sightseeing 25,000,000 Island exploration
Less than a kilometre to the west of Marko Homestay and a couple of hundred metres inland from the coast is a hidden lake. From the lake you can take a trail across the island to the village of Sauwandarek which lies about 500m beyond the lake. We’ve heard there’s also a path from Marko Homestay that leads to Yenbekwan, and we know that from Yenbekwan you can continue to Yenbuba. Both Sauwandarek and Yenbuba have good snorkelling, and if you’re at Yenbuba at low tide, it’s possible to cross the sandbanks to Kri.
our Mansuar Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.