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Near villageLarge groups OK
English speakingSandy Beach
Has private bungalowsHas family bungalows
Saukabu Homestay has three private bungalows which are set just back from the beautiful beaches of Pulau Pam’s northern shore.
The bungalows are set up for couples but extra bedding can be provided if needed. Bedding is the common homestay style: Mattresses on the floor, with sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets supplied. (If you have a large group, Tanjung Mefiyai and Raja Ampat Sunrise Homestays are close by and have similar facilties.)
The bungalows each have covered verandahs with ocean views and a table and chairs and bedrooms are fitted with light switches and power outlets.
Meals are served in a beachside dining room where drinking water, tea and coffee are always freely available to guests.
Guests share a two-roomed, concrete-floored bathroom building. One room houses a squat toilet, and dip mandi (bucket) bathing is available in the other.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset until around midnight. A decent phone signal is available, but the last time we visited Pam it wouldn’t support a data connection.
Saukabu Homestay is a short walk away from Saukabu village. Basic supplies of the kind used by local people can be purchased from small home kiosks in Saukabu, but it’s wise to bring anything you regard as essential with you.
English is spoken at Saukabu Homestay.
Saukabu (like everywhere else in Raja Ampat) has no way to safely dispose of or recycle inorganic waste, so please do take any you create away with you to eliminate the chance of it eventually winding up in the ocean.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Saukabu Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Saukabu Homestay are by speedboat capable of carrying 5 passengers max costs IDR 2,100,000 one way. The 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.
Fantastic ocean vistas and a superb, wide, white sandy beach are the attractions at Saukabu Homestay. There’s great snorkelling over coral out front of the homestay and low tide provides the opportunity for long beach walks.
Saukabu Homestay can arrange tours to all the famous snorkelling sites and attractions around Pam and Piaynemo. (Pam and Piaynemo are the proper local names of the islands often marked on maps as Fam and Penemu.)
Spectacular karst island panoramas like those of Wayag are available at Piaynemo. Combine a Piaynemo visit with a snorkelling stop at nearby Rufas Island or at the famed reefs of Melissa’s Garden. Myriad low sand cays to the south of Pam feature deserted beaches, sapphire seas and great snorkelling.
Village explorations are available from the homestay, which lies a five minute walk to the east of Saukabu. There is a path that connects Saukabu to Pam’s other villages and a sheltered bay on the the north side of the island. It’s about an 11km round trip, and there is no chance of getting lost if you stay on the path. There are lakes in the interior of the island, but it would be best to go with a guide if you want to explore those.
Ask about Pam’s virgin coconut oil industry: Oils and pure coconut soaps can be purchased from the local cooperative and you are welcome to observe and/or participate on production days.
See our Pam Islands page for an overview of the Pam/Fam Islands and their attractions.