Nyanse Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam



5 x Over water - Room in a bungalow

A room in a bungalow with 2 or more rooms and shared common areas. 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) IDR 350,000 / person / night

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  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Mangroves
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • IDR 0 to 350,000


    Nyanse Homestay has two over-water bungalows on the western outskirts of Gam’s Sawinggrai village. One bungalow has 3 rooms, the other 2.

    Both have spacious enclosed verandahs with panoramic ocean views. Tables, chairs and hammocks are provided.

    Each room is equipped with mattresses with covers, pillows and mosquito nets. A small table is also provided in each room and each room has its own light switch and power sockets.

    Meals are served in a dining room attached to the 3 room bungalow, and free drinking water, tea and coffee making supplies are always available to guests there.

    A boardwalk jetty runs beside a stand of mangroves and joins the bungalows to the shore. The jetty also extends out past the mangroves to near the reef dropoff, providing easy access to Nyanse’s house reef.

    Guests share a western style toilet and dip mandi bathroom that has been built in the mangroves and is accessible from the jetty. A second concrete floored bathroom with the same facilities is available on land at the end of the jetty.

    Electricity for lighting and equipment charging is provided by generator and a good mobile phone signal is available out at the end of the jetty.

    Basic supplies can be purchased in Sawinggrai, which is a five minute walk away along a well made concrete path. Nyanse Homestay owner Pak Dimara speaks English and lives nearby in Sawinggrai, so guests have the place to themselves most of the time.

    Transport / Getting there

    Waisai – Nyanse Homestay transfers cost IDR 500,000 each way. Transfer is by longboat that can carry 2 passengers max. For more than two passengers a different boat is used and the trip cost is IDR 700,000 each way, shared by passengers.

    Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.


    Nyanse means ‘path beside the mangroves’ which describes the homestay location perfectly. Fifty metres from shore along a boardwalk jetty, Nyanse Homestay has been built in a clear bay which is surrounded by mangroves. The shallow bay harbours seagrass and lots of an unusual, blue net-like coral and schools of juvenile fish.

    There’s no beach at Nyanse, but entry to and exit from the water is provided by steps from the homestay verandah and from the end of the jetty near the edge of the reef dropoff. Walking sharks can be observed from the homestay verandah at night and the fringing coral reef drops into dark blue depths 30m from the homestay’s door. A nice shaded swimming beach can be found at the village of Kapisawar, an easy ten minute walk to the west.

    The bungalow verandahs provide panoramic ocean views toward the islands of Arborek, Fam and Penemu, and the jungle backing the shore is home to a wide variety of animals including Red Birds of Paradise, which can be seen displaying nearby at Sawinggrai.

    Diving is available in conjunction with the nearby Arborek Dive Shop, and 3 sets of snorkeling equipment are available for hire at IDR 150,000 per person per day.

    Dawn tours to see the Red Birds of Paradise displaying are available from the nearby Sawinggrai village.

    The homestay’s mangroves shelter hordes of juvenile fish and nudibranchs and archer fish and walking sharks are common inhabitants.

    Concrete walking paths connect the village of Sawinggrai with Kapisawar and provide the opportunity for easy walking in the shade of coconut palms to experience Pulau Gam village life.

    Pulau Gam

    See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.

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    NameFerdinand Dimara