TOTAL PRICE: Complete the form to calculate price
Remote/isolatedWestern style toilet
Good house reefCalm beach
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Has family bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Meos Ambower Homestay lies on a sheltered beach on the uninhabited island of Ambower.
Meos Ambower Homestay has two private bungalows and one two-room family bungalow. All bungalows are over water and have verandahs with chairs and expansive ocean views. Bungalow bedrooms have mattresses on the floor and sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are supplied. Power outlets and room light switches are fitted. Rooms are set up for couples, but extra mattresses are available if needed.
Meals are served in a wooden-floored, beachside dining room. A refrigerator is provided, but it is only powered while the homestay generator is on. Guests will always find free drinking water, tea and coffee making supplies available in the dining room. Please advise your hosts upon arrival if you are vegetarian or have any other special dietary requirements.
Meos Ambower Homestay guests share a concrete-floored bathroom building. A western style toilet is provided in one room and dip mandi (bucket) bathing in the other.
Electricity is from a generator and is only available from sunset to about midnight. A phone signal is unavailable at the homestay, but a weak 4G signal is available at 2 places nearby. Guest Kevin reports below: “One spot is on the beach at the backside of Meos Ambower Island. You can walk there through the mangroves and the jungle in around ten minutes. The other one is just across the water channel on Pam Island, you can swim there within five minutes or Nick will take you there whenever you wish! Of course he will show you the exact places, in case you cannot find them by yourself. Nick can even put his modem with your Telkomsel SIM card and a powerbank over there during the night, so you can have proper WIFI at the terrace of your bungalow on the opposite side of the water channel too!“ Thanks Kevin! :)
Only a little English is spoken at Meos Ambower Homestay, so a phrasebook or translation app is highly recommended if you don’t speak any Bahasa Indonesia.
You’ll need to bring all the consumables you consider essential for your stay, as there are no shops on Meos Ambower. The nearest village of Saupapir on Pam is about a ten minute boat ride away, but only very basic supplies of the kind used by local people are available there.
Raja Ampat has no safe waste disposal or recycling infrastructure. All homestays request that their guest please take their inorganic waste away when they leave, so as to not contribute to the growing trash problem in the islands.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Meos Ambower Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
Meos Ambower Homestay offers two choices for Waisai pickups and dropoffs.
By longboat capable of carrying 4 passengers max costs IDR 1,500,000 each way (shared by passengers)
By speedboat (8 pax max, shared) IDR 2,500,000
Please note that you will need to call Meos Ambower Homestay if you want to specify a preference.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
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. 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 Pam. (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.
Meos Ambower Homestay is a perfect base from which to explore the Pam Islands. On the other hand, as an uninhabited island with some lovely small, secluded beaches and no telecommunications, Ambower is also a perfect place for for private downtime: The choice is yours.
Meos Ambower’s reefs are rich with marine life and your hosts can organise any snorkelling or sightseeing trips you might want to do.
The Pam Islands are a group of low sand cays that have the best beaches we’ve seen in Raja Ampat. Beaches where the sand slopes away into the ocean so there’s no risk of walking on coral when you enter the water. Meos Ambower is no exception. Enjoy easy access to a rich marine environment where dense schools of fish will often be seen below your bungalow.
The popular tourist drawcard of Piaynemo is nearby and a visit to the lookout there can be combined with snorkelling the famed reefs of Melissa’s Garden. Mantas, dolphins and whales are frequent visitors. (All are wild animals with their own schedules though, so, naturally, a sighting or encounter can’t be guaranteed on any particular day!)
The much larger Pam Island is right next door to Ambower. A quick boat ride across the narrow strait that separates the two islands will place you at the beginning of a path that connects Pam’s two villages. Exploring Pam’s beaches, villages and coconut groves is a great way to spend a day. Be sure to ask about Pam’s virgin coconut oil industry. Oils and pure coconut soaps can be purchased from the local cooperative and you are welcome to observe and/or participate on production days.