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Near villageWestern style toilet
Good house reefSnorkeling equipment
Calm beachDiving available
Good phone signalSandy Beach
Wayag tripsHas family bungalows
IDR 400,000 to 500,000Child discount
Note: Monkairi Homestay was named Maidofa Homestay for a while. In January 2020 it changed back to its original name.
Situated at Yenanas, to the east of Yenbeser village, Monkairi Homestay offers two rooms in a beachside bungalow. Each room sleeps four in two beds with mattress covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.
The bungalow’s verandah has great sea views and is equipped with a table and bench seat.
Bathroom facilities have a concrete-floored western style toilet and dip mandi bathroom in separate rooms.
A beachside dining shelter is located next to the bungalow.
There’s good cell phone reception at Monkairi and electricity is provided by a generator which runs at night.
Supplies are available in the village of Yenbeser on Gam’s south coast, which is a five minute boat ride away. If you’re in the mood for a walk, Yenbeser can be reached at low tide via a jungle path. The walk takes around 15 minutes, and path crosses the Dore Atri lagoon, which has lots of small coral on its otherwise sandy bottom. To minimise environmental damage, always do your best to follow in the footsteps of any who may have gone before you.
English is not spoken at Monkairi Homestay.
Please note: Sundays are a day of rest and family obligations for the Monkairi family. No tours, boat transport or organised activities are possible on Sundays.
Transport / Getting there
Monkairi Homestay is located on a fantastic sandy beach and has a rich coral house reef close to the shore. The beach is sheltered, safe for swimming and good for children. Evening trips to see Red Birds of Paradise display are available and cost IDR 150,000 per person. It’s a 30 minute walk from Monkairi to the birds’ display site. The jungle at Monkairi is also inhabited by a host of other birds and animals like the nocturnal cuscus which you can observe at your leisure.
Snorkeling and diving
Snorkeling will reveal an ocean full of fish, and that icon of Raja Ampat marine life, the walking shark, can often be observed in the bay. Monkairi has three sets of snorkeling gear available which if not already hired out, can be used for free on the reef in front of the homestay. If you want to go further afield, the equipment can be hired for IDR 100,000 per day per set. A guide can accompany you if wanted – payment is by tipping as you see fit. If you need a boat, transport costs will be negotiated.
Diving is available at Monkairi Homestay by arrangement with neighbouring operators.
Monkairi Homestay tours
Prices are shared among total passengers (maximum of 8). Be sure to bring your snorkeling equipment!
|LONGBOAT TOURS & SNORKELING||PRICE (IDR)|
|Manta & Arborek, Hidden Bay, Kabui Passage, lunch at Warikaf Homestay||3,500,000|
|Piaynemo day tour with extra snorkeling at Arborek||Up to 4: 4,000,000|
5 – 8: 5,000,000
|Kri Islands and Yenbuba Jetty snorkeling + Pasir Timbul sandbank visit||Up to 4: 900,000|
|Wayag||Up to 4: 7,500,000|
|Piaynemo and Arborek, Manta, Pasir Timbul Sandbank, Friwen Wall||5,000,000|
|Kabui Bay & Passage, Hidden Bay, Batu Lima||Up to 4: 1,500,000|
|Manta, Arborek, Piaynemo, Hidden Bay, Kabui Passage.||Up to 4: 4,500,000|
|Friwen Wall, Batu Lima and Hidden Lake||Up to 4: 500,000|
|Waigeo – Wilson’s Bird of Paradise|
(add IDR 200,000 in total for transport)
|300,000 per person|
|Alfred Wallace campsite + Red Bird of Paradise, Dore Mkun sightseeing||200,000 per person|
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.