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Good phone signalMangroves
Quiet hideawayGood house reef
Sandy BeachWestern style toilet
Has ensuite bathroom/toiletIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Near villageHas private bungalows
Marwes Homestay is located on its own small, private beach near the village of Marandan Weser. Marandan Weser is commonly called Yennyar, and it is one of the last villages in Raja Ampat in which all the homes are of traditional construction.
Marwes Homestay has one bungalow of the kind that we term ‘VIP’: It has an ensuite bathroom with a western style toilet.
The bungalow sleeps two on a mattress on the floor. Bedding supplied includes includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.
There is also a private bungalow (no ensuite bathroom) that is over water at high tide. Both bungalows have covered verandahs with ocean views. Chairs and a small table are provided.
Meals are served on the bungalow verandahs, and free drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided for guests.
Electricity at Marwes Homestay is supplied by a generator and is available from around sunset to midnight. A variable 4G signal is available.
English is spoken at Marwes Homestay.
Yennyar village is a ten minute walk away. You will need to come fully stocked with all the consumeables you consider essential, as only very basic supplies can be purchased in Yennyar’s small home kiosks.
As everywhere else in Raja Ampat, safe waste disposal and recycling is unavailable, so please take your inorganic trash away with you when you leave. Lack of effective waste disposal and recycling means that trash left in the islands will end up polluting paradise.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Marwes Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Marwes Homestay and Waisai is by longboat capable of carrying a maximum of 4 passengers. A one way trip costs IDR 2,000,000. The trip cost is shared by passengers.
Transfers to/from other destinations as below. Price is IDR per trip, shared by up to 4 pax max.
|Gam Homestays (Sawinggrai)||2,000,000|
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Public Boat to Batanta
If you have plenty of time, you don’t mind a bit of discomfort, and you want spend as little as possible on transport costs, then there are cargo boats that you can use to get to Batanta. (Obviously, if you are going to arrive on the cargo boat, then you don’t need to request a Waisai pickup when submitting the booking form above.)
Here’s what you need to know about getting the cargo boat to Batanta.
You probably won’t find another village like Yennyar anywhere in Raja Ampat. All of the village houses are traditionally constructed from local timber and natural materials. There are no phone or internet services and the pace of life is one which is fast disappearing from the world.
The village was founded by members of the Seventh Day Adventist faith, so their day of rest is Saturday, not Sunday as elsewhere in the islands. Note that (excepting Waisai transfers) boat trips and other activities dependent on your hosts may not be available on Saturdays. There’s plenty to do though: Long walks along a fine sandy beach, birdwatching, jungle etrekking or simply relaxing in the shade and enjoying a quiet escape from online life.
Be sure to bring snorkelling gear, as the reefs that extend out from Marwes Homestay are excellent. Marine life is vibrant and dolphins, mantas and dugongs can all be seen if you are lucky. Marwes Homestay can organise any snorkelling or sightseeing trip that you’d like to do.
Waterfall visits and jungle trekking
Batanta’s central highlands create a lot of rain, hence the island’s lush rainforest and many waterfalls. The dense forests behind Yennyar are home to huge numbers of birds, including Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and Cassowaries. Marwes Homestay is a great base if you are a birder, and/or want to do some serious tropical forest trekking. Just tell your hosts your interests, or show them a picture of any particular species you’d like to see. Always go with a guide, and be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and to carry plenty of drinking water – it truly is a jungle out there!
|MARWES HOMESTAY TOURS||1 or 2 pax IDR per TRIP||>2 pax IDR per PERSON|
|Urun Island Snorkelling||700,000||250,000|
|Kri Sandbanks (Batanta)||900,000||450,000|
|Bird Watching Warei River||700,000||250,000|
|Piaynemo Full Day Trip (Entrance fee NOT incl.)||5,000,000||2,000,000|
|Dore Mangkway & Wobbegong snorkelling||500,000||150,000|
|Waterfall & Urun Island||900,000||300,000|
|Apyak & Manta||800,000||200,000|
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.