Nyanse Homestay, Sawinggrai, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Nyanse Homestay

Gam - Southern Gam

  • Amazing - 5 starfish
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  • Amazing - 5 starfish
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  • (5/5 starfishes)

Nyanse Homestay’s over water bungalow provides panoramic ocean views and easy access to the many attractions of Sawinggrai and Kapisawar.

3 x Over water - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Single IDR 375,000 / person / night
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Nyanse Homestay is a three room over water bungalow on the western outskirts of Gam’s Sawinggrai village. The three large rooms share a spacious enclosed verandah with panoramic ocean views from the table and chairs provided there. Meals are served on the verandah.

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

A boardwalk jetty runs from the homestay past mangroves to the shore, where a concrete floored outhouse building contains separate dip mandi bathroom and squat toilet. The jetty also extends out past the mangroves to near the reef dropoff, providing easy access to Nyanse’s house reef.

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 1,400,000 for a return trip. The cost can be shared among boat passengers. (Maximum capacity 10 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 verandah provides 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.


  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Mangroves
  • Seagrass
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • IDR 360,000 to 450,000

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Name Ferdinand Dimara
Phone +6282238006237

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2 thoughts on “Nyanse Homestay

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    7 of us stayed at Nyanse Homestay for a week. The rooms are built over a long jetty and the bathrooms are close by. The toilet is built at the other end of the jetty on the land and a short walk away. The whole place was kept very clean by Ferdinand’s family.

    There were so much to do at the homestay and we never had a dull moment. There were corals, parrot fish, baby sharks and stingrays in the waters around the jetty. We took trips to snorkel in some of the most beautiful coral gardens. We also enjoyed the fishing trips and the highlight was grilling freshly caught fish using the portable BBQ kit we brought along.

    Ferdinand is a a very friendly and accommodating host. We loved the fried slices of breadfruit and buns that his family prepared for us for breakfast and tea.

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • (4/5 starfishes)

    I stayed in Nyanse in november. The house is over water on a long jetty far away from the land (and the toilet).
    The light from generator is only in the house and on the jetty, not in the toilet hoouse. don’t forget your torch.
    The jetty is far out to the sea so you can swim also in low tide. there is quite strong current but never out to the sea.
    From the jetty i saw dolfins and mantas.
    As I travel alone, it was a bit too lonely because the woman who is taking care lives in the village and came only to bring food. But she was very friendly. The stairs to climb the jetty was broken. I told it when I arrived because it was not possible to leave the water after swimming. One hour later it was repared.