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Nyandetor Homestay is located in a quiet and beautiful secluded bay on north shore of Pulau Friwen. There is a three room bungalow on land and a single room private bungalow on the beach, which is over water at high tide.
Both bungalows have verandahs on which two chairs and a small table are provided for each room. The private bungalow has a small table in the bedroom, but otherwise rooms are bare except for clothes pegs on the walls. Mattresses on the floor are equipped with sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. All rooms have power outlets and room light switches.
Guest meals are served in the over water dining room which has great views across to Gam and the entrance to Kabui Bay. Drinking water, tea and coffee are always available in the dining room, which is also well positioned to make the best of sunset views. Power outlets for charging devices are also available in the dining room.
A pebble-floored dip mandi bathroom and western style toilet are provided in a partitioned bathroom building set back from the beach.
An assortment of stools, bench seats, small tables and a wooden recliner provide for beachside relaxation in the shade of a large tree by the homestay.
Electricity is provided by generator from sunset until around midnight. There’s only a weak cell phone signal at Nyandetor, but it can be improved dramatically by taking a short walk to the end of the Friwen village jetty.
Although Nyandetor’s location is secluded, it’s right next to Friwen village where basic supplies can be purchased. Nyandetor owner Yanse Wawiyai and his family live in Friwen village, so most of the time you’ll have the place to yourself.
Only very basic English is spoken at Nyandetor Homestay, so bringing a phrasebook is a good idea if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia. In the unlikely event of communication difficulties you can’t solve, you’ll be able to find an English speaker in the village to help out.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Waisai and Nyandetor Homestay costs IDR 400,000 each way. A longboat capable of carrying up to 8 people is used and the cost is shared by passengers.
Nyandetor Homestay longboat transfers
The table below gives Nyandetor transfer and pickup prices to/from other locations. Prices are in Indonesian Rupiah and cost is shared by boat passengers.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here. Activities
It’s all about the ocean at Nyandetor Homestay. Dolphins cruise the waters beyong the rich house reef every day. The sandy bottom inshore from the house reef is home to an unusual species of colourful scorpionfish that conceals itself in the sand. In the afternoons, frigatebirds often gather above the strait between Friwen and Gam to steal fish from other seabirds and occasionally dive for their own.
Relax on the beach and watch the changing ocean moods between Friwen, Gam and Waigeo, snorkel the coral gardens at the homestay door or explore the reef that fringes the series of small bays between the homestay and the eastern end of the island. Great snorkelling with huge schools of juvenile fish can be had at the nearby village jetty and Nyandetor can arrange longboat tours to snorkel the famed Friwen Wall as well as tours further afield to snorkel with Mantas or visit other islands and sights.
Diving is available in conjunction with
A few of the many possible trips are listed below. Prices are in IDR and trip cost is shared by boat passengers.
Pasir Timbul sandbank
Kabui Bay & Passage
When you’ve spent enough time in the water, the land has plenty to offer too. Explore Friwen village and discover trails through sago and coconut plantations and jungle to island’s many bays and viewpoints. Cross to the southern side of the island and watch the sunset light up the limestone cliffs of Friwenbonda (Friwen Wall). Huge black Palm cockatoos and brightly coloured Eclectus parrots are frequent visitors to Nyandetor Homestay – especially when the big Ketapang (beach almond) tree next to the homestay has fruit.
Nyandetor can arrange longboat tours to see Red Birds of Paradise near Yenbeser on Gam, or to any of the other Dampier Strait or Kabui Bay sights you’d like to visit.
Association member In village Reef dropoff Western style toilet Quiet hideaway Coral Good house reef Calm beach
Diving available Sandy Beach IDR 0 to 350,000 Has private bungalows