Marwes Homestay

Batanta - Batanta



1 x On beach - VIP bungalow

A single room bungalow with ensuite bathroom and toilet. Sleeps max. 2 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) USD 29.26

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  • Near village
  • Western style toilet
  • Mangroves
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Coral
  • Good house reef
  • Calm beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • Has private bungalows
  • Has ensuite bathroom/toilet
  • IDR 400,000 to 500,000


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’s bungalow is what 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.

Meals are served on the bungalow verandah, and free drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided there for guests.

Electricity at Marwes Homestay is supplied by a generator and is available from around sunset to midnight. There’s no phone signal or internet connection available in Yennyar.

Only a little English is spoken at Rissen Homestay, but near neighbours Sun Homestay can help if need be. Bringing a phrasebook or translation app is recommended if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.

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 1,500,000. The trip cost is shared by passengers.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Public Boat

If you are looking to save money on transfers and have plenty of time available, there is a public boat that runs between Sorong, Arefi on Batanta, and Pam village on Pambemuk. The public boat is a lot cheaper than any other means. It costs about IDR 120,000 one way between Sorong and Pam, so probably cheaper to Batanta. It’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and arrives in Arefi at Batanta at 2200. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat.

You would need to let your homestay know you were arriving on the ferry so they could arrange a pickup or somewhere for you to spend the night in Arefi. (Small boat travel at night is potentially dangerous.)

The return trip usually leaves Pam around 0830 on Saturday morning, arriving in Arefi at about 1230 and Sorong at 1730.


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!


See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.

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