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Western style toiletQuiet hideaway
Good house reefHas email contact
Calm beachGood phone signal
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Has family bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Rufas Homestay sits beside its own private lagoon on Pulau Rufas – a tiny islet just off the eastern coast of Piaynemo.
Two two-room bungalows and three private bungalows line the beach of Rufas Homestay’s private, coral-filled lagoon. Shaded by small trees, each bungalow sleeps two in mattresses on the floor. Bedding includes mosquito nets, sheets, pillows and bolsters. Each bungalow has a small deck overlooking the jade waters of the lagoon.
Meals are taken in a dining shelter that is equipped with a large table and long benches with backrests. Rufas Homestay provides guests with free drinking water, tea and coffee making supplies in the dining room.
All guests share a bathroom building that has two separate rooms with tiled floors. A western style toilet is located in one. The other has dip-mandi (bucket) bathing.
Rufas Homestay also provides two decks that are equipped with recliners. Both are fabulous places to relax. One is at the end of Rufas Homestay’s dock boardwalk and has views to Piaynemo and the ocean to the north. The other is at the southern end of the lagoon. See the photos in the gallery above.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available all night. There’s a good 4G phone signal available at Rufas.
The nearest village to Rufas Homestay is Saukabu on Pam. Saukabu is about a 15 minute boat ride away and only basic supplies can be bought there, so you’ll need to bring everything you consider essential with you.
Very little English is spoken at Rufas Homestay, so bringing a phrasebook to ease communication is best if you have no Bahasa Indonesia.
There’s no safe waste disposal on Pulau Rufas. All inorganic waste must be either burned or carried away. If you don’t want to contribute to the trashing of paradise, please take all the inorganic waste you create away with you when you leave.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between RufasHomestay and Waisai cost IDR 2,500,000 each way. A speedboatboat which can carry up to 8 people is used, and the trip cost is shared by passengers.
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. 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 Pam. (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.
Snorkelling, swimming and relaxing are Rufas Homestay’s main attractions.
The coral-rich waters of Piaynemo are a snorkeller’s delight. In addition to the lagoon itself (which also affords easy swimming over a sand bottom), the famed Melissa’s Garden site is close by. The waters around Pulau Rufas are spectacular. Do be aware of tides and currents when snorkelling outside the lagoon though.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet the large moray eel that inhabits the lagoon. He’s something of a pet – but don’t try to pet him!
The attractions of Piaynemo are very close to Rufas. You could also arrange to spend a day exploring and snorkelling Piaynemo’s “back beach”, which is accessed via Piaynemo Homestay. If you wanted to make a day of it, meals can be purchased at Piaynemo Homestay’s restaurant.
Rufas Homestay boat tours
Prices are IDR, shared by longboat passengers (max 4)
|Pam (Fam) village||350,000|
See our Pam Islands page for an overview of the Pam/Fam Islands and their attractions.