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Has email contactMangroves
Good house reefCalm beach
Remote/isolatedWestern style toilet
IDR 400,000 to 500,000In village
Saudori Homestay has three private bungalows. Two are over water, and one is set on the beach and is over water at high tide.
Each bungalow sleeps two people on mattresses on the floor. Bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Groups of larger than four people can be accommodated in conjunction with Saudori’s neighbour, Subdikar Homestay.
Meals are served in Saudori’s large, over-water dining room, at tables that all face the sunset view over Manyaifun bay. Free drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are always available there.
Guests share a concrete-floored bathoom and toilet building which provides bucket bathing and a western style toilet in separate rooms.
Electricity is supplied by a generator which runs from around sunset to midnight. The Manyaifun mobile phone tower was not working when we last visited in June 2017, but when weather conditions were right you could sometimes pick up a weak signal from Selpele. It was only useful for SMS though.
You can buy basic supplies in the nearby Manyaifun village, but you’ll need to bring sufficient supplies of your favourite snacks and anything else that you can’t do without. It’s also important to take any inorganic trash (especially plastic and batteries) that you create away with you when you leave – there’s no safe waste disposal on Manyaifun. (That’s the case everywhere in Raja Ampat – see this information.)
English isn’t spoken at Saudori Homestay, but it is next door at Subdikar if you need help communicating.
Transport / Getting there
It’s a long trip (about 2.5 hours) between Waisai and Saudori, but you’ll see a lot of Raja Ampat on the way. The route passes through Kabui Bay and Kabui Passage, then past the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Meos Manggara cays.
Transfer prices in the table below are IDR, and are shared by passengers.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Located on a narrow sand spit between the ocean and a tidal mangrove lagoon, Saudori Homestay has a rich house reef and crystal clear water that provides excellent snorkelling (bring your own gear).
A huge range of marine life frequents the bay at Manyaifun. A lot of it can be seen by simply sitting on your homestay verandah for a while! Turtles and dolphins are regular visitors by day and the seagrass beds below the homestay flash with bioluminescent plankton at night. The clear tidal waters of the mangrove lagoon behind the homestay swarm with juvenile fish and other aquatic and bird life.
The village of Manyaifun is shared by the inhabitants of its Muslim and Christian quarters and is well worth exploring. Ask for a guide to show you the fresh water eels that inhabit a small pool on one of the streams that supplies the village water. The Nawan or Nipa Palm grows on Manyaifun and the thatch roofs of the village houses exhibit a classic pattern not seen in the more common thatch of other Raja Ampat villages. Manyaifun’s a pretty village with traditional, rustic timber and thatch stilt homes sitting side by side with brightly painted more modern island homes. Explorations further afield can be made via the many tracks that fan out from the village.
Pulau Batanme (Batang Pele)
A narrow strait separates Manyaifun from the bigger Batanme Island to the north, which affords good hiking and panoramic views from its heights. You could arrange for a boat to drop you off and pick you up later if you wanted to do some exploring, although going with a guide would be safer and more rewarding.
Saudori Homestay snorkelling trips
Some popular local snorkelling day trip options are below. Prices are IDR, shared by boat passengers.
Wayag Day Trips
Trip cost includes entrance fee, and is shared by participants.
See our West Waigeo page for an overview of West Waigeo, its islands, and their attractions.