Snorkeling Raja Ampat
Operating from Sea Fans Homestay, Snorkeling Raja Ampat specialises in tours to a variety of fabulous reefs suitable for snorkelers of all abilities. You need to bring your own snorkelling gear.
Manyaifun is located in a sea of islands having a variety of reefs unexplored by foreign travelers. The sketch map among the photos above shows some of the closer islands. The nearby sea is rich with marine life, exhibiting the biodiversity Raja Ampat is famous for. Turtles and dolphins are frequent visitors to Manyaifun and at night phosphorescent plankton sometimes sparkles in the seagrass in front of the homestay.
Nearby reefs include:
Sea Fans Homestay House Reef
Step out of the bungalow directly into the water to explore the Sea Fans Homestay house reef, a shallow reef with a rich range of fish and corals. Early morning is the best time for visibility.
Coconut Grove Reef
On the other (south) side of Manyaifun a long shallow reef parallels a coconut palm lined white sand beach. Good visibility at this reef generally extends into the afternoon. In several sections, the reef extends far beyond the coconut grove, running along a substantial portion of the southern shore. Coconut Grove Reef can be reached by a short walk across the island, or by Sea Fans’ boat.
Manta Reef is named for the Manta Rays that are often to be found there. Manta ray activity peaks during the new moon (the dark of the moon). Lying about 9 or 10 meters below the surface, Manta Reef is a location for advanced snorkellers who feel comfortable in deeper waters. Manta Reef is only accessible by boat. (The sketch map in the photo gallery is not to scale!)
Pulau Kor Reef
A shallow and colourful reef on the north side of Pulau Kor, Pulau Kor Reef is home to colonies of vibrantly coloured tunicates (sea squirts), large starfish, and a wide range of small, brightly coloured fish in waters as shallow as 1 meter.
Pulau Tamaku Reef
A long cigar-shaped reef extending perhaps a kilometer into sea from Tamaku island. Rising to within one metre of the surface, the reef contains slopes down to 12 metres along one side and a wall down to 20 metres along the other. Tamaku Reef exhibits a variety of hard and soft corals and a wide array of fish species. Pulau Tamaku Reef can provide hours of uninterrupted snorkelling.
Sea Fans Raja Ampat snorkeling tours
A selection of tours are provided in the table below. Prices are in IDR and are shared by boat passengers.
|SEA FANS SNORKELLING TOURS
|Yefnabi (Manta), Wuwr Reef, Meos Arar
|Tamaku, Rou Reef (Nudibranch)
|Yenmankwan (Coconut Grove)
|Martujom (Wobbegong Shark)
Manyaifun is a pretty village with a mix of traditional, rustic timber and thatch stilt homes and more modern, brightly decorated houses. It’s well worth exploring. The Nawan (Nipa Palm) grows on Manyaifun and the thatch roofs of the village houses exhibit the classic nawan pattern not seen in the more usual sago palm leaf thatch of other Raja Ampat villages. Fresh water moray eels inhabit a small pool on one of the streams that supplies the village water – ask for a guide to show you.
Long walks are possible on Manyaifun, thanks to the network of paths that centre on the village. Spectacular panoramic views can be had from the island’s heights and because of the island’s small size there’s little risk of becoming hopelessly lost.
Pulau Batanme (Batang Pele)
Opposite Sea Fans Homestay to the north is the much larger Batanme Island. Good hiking, great views and hidden beaches wait to be discovered. It’s certainly possible to arrange for a boat to drop you off and pick you up later if you want to do some solo exploring, but you might get more out of it (for a lot less effort!) if you went with a guide.
Sea Fans Homestay Wayag Tours
Sea Fans’ location means that visiting the iconic Wayag group of islands is far quicker and cheaper than organising a visit from homestays closer to Waisai. It also means that you’ll get longer to explore once you’re there!
Other tours available include:
In addition to Wayag, Sea Fans Homestay offers a Piaynemo day trip to take advantage of the great snorkelling and Wayag-like scenic vistas there. Be sure to bring your snorkelling gear!
Pam (Fam) Islands
A low set of sand keys quite different to the more common karst islands of the region, the Pam Islands also have excellent snorkelling and fabulous white beaches. Tours to the Pam Islands can be combined with a visit to Piaynemo, which lies between them and Manyaifun.
Pasir Timbul sandbank
About a kilometre from Sea Fans Homestay, Pasir Timbul is a sandbank only above water at low tide. A visit to this ephemeral Raja Ampat real estate can (at low tide) be organised as part of your transfer from or to Waisai.
The table below shows tour prices in Indonesian rupiah and are per trip, shared among passengers.
|SEA FANS HOMESTAY TOURS
|Wayag day trip
|Piaynemo (Penemu) / Pam (Fam) day trip
|Pasir Timbul Sandbank visit
(as extension to Waisai transfer)