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Can pay by credit cardGood phone signal
WiFi availableReef dropoff
English speakingLarge groups OK
Has family bungalowsSandy Beach
Western style toiletIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Near villageDiving available
Mawar Homestay lies at the western tip of Pulau Arborek and has seven private beach bungalows and three over water bungalows. All have spectacular sunset views.
Bedding in each room consists of mattresses on the floor with pillows, bolsters, sheets and mosquito nets and each room has a room light switch, power outlets and a small table.
Bungalow verandahs have a table and bench seating and Mawar has also strung some net hammocks between the coconut palms and provides a beachside shelter with table and benches.
Meals at Mawar Homestay are served in a sand floored dining shelter that also has sea views, and coffee, tea and drinking water are provided there free of charge.
All guests share Mawar’s two room, concrete floored bathroom building. Both rooms have bucket bathing. A western style toilet is in one, and a raised squat toilet in the other.
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, and Mawar Homestay provides free wifi for guests.
Mawar Homestay is on the outskirts of Arborek village where basic supplies and cold drinks can be purchased and diving is available at Arborek Dive Shop. Arborek Dive Shop also provides a credit card payment facility for Mawar.
English is spoken at Mawar Homestay.
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Transport / Getting there
Transport between Waisai and Mawar Homestay can be be either longboat or speedboat. The longboat can carry up to four passengers and costs IDR 1,000,000 each way. Speedboat transfers can carry 8 passengers and cost IDR 1,500,000 – the trip cost is shared by passengers.
Longboat transfers are also available for those arriving from or departing to other islands. Mawar transfers between Gam and Arborek and Kri and Arborek are IDR 500,000 (Cost is per trip, not per person.)
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Arborek Island provides fabulous snorkelling and diving. It’s a small island – nowhere is more than 10 minutes’ walk away and in addition to village visits there are often cultural performances to enjoy.
Mawar Homestay can organise trips to other snorkelling spots (bring your own equipment) and is very close to Manta Sandy where you can snorkel with mantas.
A day trip to Piaynemo is offered and costs IDR 3,000,000 by speedboat (max 8 passengers) or IDR 1,500,000 by longboat which can accommodate up to four passengers. Cost is shared by passengers.
See our Arborek Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.