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Remote/isolatedWestern style toilet
English speakingGood house reef
Has ensuite bathroom/toiletHas family bungalows
Rawe Rawe Homestay lies on the northern tip of Batanta’s Yarweser Island.
Two VIP bungalows and one two-room bungalow (which also has an indoor bathroom) sit just off the beach in the shade of the lush beachside jungle. Each bedroom sleeps two on a mattress on the floor, and sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are supplied.
The two bedrooms in the 2 room bungalow open onto a common area that can be used for storage, and a squat toilet and bucket bathing is provided in a room at the back of the common area. (Note that one VIP bungalow bathroom has a squat toilet too. The other has a western style one.)
Meals are served at a table on the bungalow verandahs and plenty of plastic chairs are available. Free drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are provided for guests.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset until midnight.
There’s no phone signal at Yarweser, so you’ll be completely offline at Rawe Rawe Homestay.
You’ll need to bring all the consumeables you consider essential for your stay, as Rawe Rawe Homestay is splendidly remote and only basic supplies can be purchased in local villages. Arefi is about a twenty minute boat ride away.
Raja Ampat suffers from a total lack of safe waste disposal and recycling services. All homestays request that their guests please take their inorganic waste away with them when they leave, so as to not contribute to the growing trash problem in the islands.
English is spoken by the person with the contact phone below, but is not spoken at Rawe Rawe Homestay itself, so it’s best to have a phrasebook with you if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Rawe Rawe Homestay cost IDR 2,500,000 each way. The speedboat used can carry up to six passengers, and trip cost is shared.
A long boat capable of carrying 4 people can also be used for Waisai transfers if you want to save some money. Longboat transfer price is IDR 1,500,000.
NOTE: Waisai pickups by speedboat are the default as they are faster and more comfortable. If you want Rawe Rawe to use the longboat to pick you up from Waisai, then you will have to contact them to arrange it!
Transfers can also be arranged direct from or to Sorong if desired. The cost for those is IDR 3,500,000 (speedboat, 6 pax max). Again – if you want to be picked up from Sorong, you will have to contact Rawe Rawe directly to arrange it.
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, so probably cheaper to Batanta. 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 Arefi. (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.
Bring snorkelling gear, because there’s plenty to see straight off Rawe Rawe Homestay’s beach. Black tip reef sharks cruise the shallows and kalabia (walking sharks) inhabit the shallows around the mangroves next to the homestay. All manner of juvenile fish can be seen over the seagrass beds and dugongs sometimes graze there as well. Pulau Dokri is a short boat ride away and offers fabulous snorkelling over rich corals. Just a few of the many other options are listed in the table below.
Prices are per trip, shared by boat passengers.
NOTE that “Pulau Kri” is not the popular island of the same name on the opposite side of the Dampier Strait. Batanta’s Kri was the original location of the foreign-owned resort that was the first accommodation to be built on the “new” Kri. The owner of that establishment simply took the Batanta island name with him when he moved and popularised it among visitors – and cartographers! (The new Kri was always known to local people as Mansuar Kecil.)
Snorkelling & Dive Guide
Rawe Rawe Homestay can organise an English speaking snorkelling guide if desired. Pak Amos can also guide divers, but divers will need to bring all their own equipment. Be sure to read this important safety information before committing to dive in Raja Ampat.
Rawe Rawe Homestay trips to see the Batanta waterfall cost IDR 600,000 (shared cost).
Piaynemo Day Trip
Sightseeing and snorkelling trips to Piaynemo are available from Rawe Rawe Homestay. The shared trip cost is IDR 7,000,000
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.