Sea Fans Homestay, Pulau Manyaifun, West Waigeo, Raja Ampat

Sea Fans Homestay

West Waigeo - Manyaifun

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The base for Snorkeling Raja Ampat, Sea Fans offers great value accommodation, the chance to snorkel remote pristine reefs and one of the cheapest Wayag trips available.


Rooms
1 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
4 x On beach - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
1 x On beach - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 1 persons / room
Rates
Couple IDR 600,000 / couple / night
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Details

On the remote West Waigeo island of Manyaifun, Sea Fans Homestay can accommodate up to 11 people in three beach bungalows. There’s a private bungalow for couples, a 2 room bungalow that sleeps 4 and a large 3 room bungalow that has two rooms for couples and a smaller room for single occupancy. All are on the beach and have views across a sheltered bay to the forested heights of Batang Pele.

Each bungalow has a roofed verandah with a table and chairs and fabulous views across the bay between Manyaifun and Batang Pele. Power outlets for charging devices are provided on the verandahs.

All bedrooms have homestay standard bedding that includes mattresses on the floor, sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets.

Meals are served in a sand-floored beachside dining room where drinking water, tea and coffee are always freely available.

Sea Fans Homestay bathroom and toilet facilities are housed in a separate building and are shared by all guests. The shelter provides a squat toilet and two pebble floored, dip mandi style bathrooms in three separate enclosures.

There’s a serviceable phone signal at Sea Fans Homestay, but it’s not good enough to support an internet connection. Electricity is provided by generator at night.

The village of Manyaifun is about a kilometre away and can be reached on foot if you need basic supplies. Be sure to bring anything you consider essential with you – Manyaifun is a long way from anywhere! Be sure too, to take home any inorganic rubbish you generate. Especially plastic and batteries! (See our article about rubbish in Raja Ampat for more info.)

English is spoken at Sea Fans Homestay.

Transport / Getting there

Transfers between Waisai and Sea Fans Homestay cost IDR 2,800,000 each way. The cost is shared by passengers and the boat used can accommodate up to 5 people. The journey to Sea Fans takes about 3 hours and will show you a lot of Raja Ampat, including Kabui Bay, Kabui Passage and a host of sand-fringed, uninhabited islands surrounded by rich reefs.

Note: Transfers are by open boat. Make sure you have adequate protection from both sun and ocean spray/rain.

Sea Fans Homestay provides transfers to or pickups from homestays at other locations too.  Prices shown in the table below are per trip, shared by passengers.

TRANSFER PRICE
Kri 2,000,000
Gam/Arborek 1,800,000
Birie/Batanta 4,000,000

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

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

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 PRICE
Yefnabi (Manta), Wuwr Reef, Meos Arar 500,000
Tamaku, Rou Reef (Nudibranch) 300,000
Kodon Island 300,000
Yenmankwan (Coconut Grove) 300,000
Martujom (Wobbegong Shark) 300,000
Yui 300,000
Manta Reef 300,000
Koor Reef 300,000

Manyaifun village

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.

Hiking

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:

Piaynemo (Penemu)

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 PRICE
Wayag day trip 5,000,000
Piaynemo  (Penemu) / Pam (Fam) day trip 3,000,000
Pasir Timbul Sandbank visit
(as extension to Waisai transfer)
1,000,000

Features

  • Remote/isolated
  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Quiet hideaway
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • English speaking
  • Good house reef
  • Has email contact
  • Calm beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Wayag trips
  • Has private bungalows

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Name Lindert Mambrasar
Phone +6281343499690
Email lindertmambrasar@yahoo.co.id
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/anack.desa.1

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42 thoughts on “Sea Fans Homestay

  1. Marsha Cook says:

    Am a single traveler looking for other guests to share boat costs to and from property and also Wayag day trip (and other snorkel trips). I am extremely flexible and could match your travel dates (November 2017, December, January 2018, February, or March.) Please email mbranchcook@gmail.com to try and match travel dates. Thanks, Marsha

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    Hello everyone! I know this should be for some Feedback about the Homestay…but I am looking for people who stay at Sea Fans in September 2017. Is there anybody who wants to join me? :) We could split up the transportation costs from Wasai to the Homestay and also all Boat trips to Wayag, the Mantas and the Reefs! Unfortunately I am alone so I am looking for some traveling companions :) I would be happy if you send me an email!
    oliviakainz@ymail.com

  2. Guy heuillet says:

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    We (couple) stayed 4 nights in sea fans.
    We share homestay with a couple of friends (Alexandr and Victoria).
    We enjoyed our stay. Food was just ok (not really varied).
    We did with our friends 4 snorkelling tours (including wayag). Tamako reef was really splendid. Mantas spot, we were lucky, really swimming with mantas (around 15), despite jelly fishes ….
    We did a nice fishing party, coming back with tunas. Nice BBQ diner (fresh tunas, 😋).
    Negative point
    First night, our north face bags have been destroyed by rates (coming from the rocks??).
    We did not get any help from the staff to fix this problem (our friends, finally helped us to fix the big holes with plastics found on the beach…).

  3. Gaby Motuloh says:

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    As part of our 18 night trip to Raja Ampat in March 2017, hubby and I spent 6 nights at Sea Fans. It was quite memorable that we plan to go back before the end of this year.

    The things we particularly liked were:

    Great Snorkelling:
    We had the best snorkelling experience in Manyaifun and the nearby islands: healthy corals (hard and soft), abundant fishes of different kinds and awesome surrounding (shades of coconut trees, birds chipping around). More importantly, Kostan (brother of Lindert, Sea Fans owner), was excellent in choosing where to take us depending on the weather (least currents, good visibility, etc.).
    He and his brothers were quite skillful in driving and maneuvering the boat. They, including the children, also accompanied us in the water, often pointing things we otherwise would not have noticed. They were as enthusiastic as we were and patient that we were often in the water for over 2 hours.
    In most days we scheduled both morning and afternoon trips to different sites. Our favourites were Tamaku and Tautupi. The house reef stretching in front of the homestay was not bad either although some corals were damaged but recovering and fishes were getting back as the area was not long ago designated as “Sasi” (local culture to protect the environment) that fishing was no longer allowed. The snorkelling excursions cost Rp 300,000 – Rp 400,000 per trip.

    Remote, Tranquil Location with Plentiful Food:
    Manyaifun is at least 3 hours by boat from Waisai (took us over 1 hour from Saukabu village in Pam/Fam island) and Sea Fans is located in a nice secluded beach facing a small island relatively protected from heavy winds and currents. The bungalow we stayed in was not different than of other homestays’ but it had a long table in front of the room making it more comfortable for us to work on our laptop/photos (electricity was on from sunset to midnight). We also brought our own warm light LED bulbs to create a cosy atmosphere.
    In the dark when the sky was clear, we could see the stars so bright, even galaxies (next time we’ll bring binoculars).
    Food was never a problem. For lunch and dinner, Kostan’s mother always cook and served us plenty of rice + 3 kinds of dishes (instead of only 2 as in most other homestays). Lots of sweet cakes, donuts or fried bananas for breakfast that we could still enjoy them in the afternoon with coffee/tea. Freshly caught fish was in the menu most of the time as Kostan & brothers often went fishing late afternoon after our snorkelling trips. When we were running out of fruits, they went all the way to Waisai to buy them and came back not only with bananas but also oranges, mangoes and snake fruits (“salak”).

    Very Nice Family, Fun Kids:
    We really missed the family owner of Sea Fans (Kostan and his father, mother, brothers, little sister and nephews/close relatives). They were kind, sincere, simple and doing their best to make our stay enjoyable. Everybody help.
    The kids were especially cheerful and loved singing while playing a small guitar (ukulele/juk). We had fun listening to and recording them. The father was a good singer too and played the music instrument quite well.
    Don’t hesitate to communicate with them whenever you want something (Kostan understands English), for example, the couple whom we met there asked for non-spicy meals.

    Best Value for Money:
    Of all the 5 homestays we stayed at, Sea Fans provided the best value for money. They charged quite reasonably for the accommodation and boat trips. We were also lucky we could share the boat rides with the other couple staying in the same period.

    Terima kasih: Pace, Mace, “bapa kepala sekolah”, Daniel, Lindert, Kostan, Esau, Yohan, Madibo, Ice dan Salomo. Sampai bertemu lagi.

    • Dear Gaby
      How do you compare the snorkeling Manyaifun and surroundings with Kri Gam and Friven Wall ?
      Which Site is in your opionion better ?
      Thank you
      Markus

      • Gaby Motuloh says:

        Dear Markus,
        We liked Manyaifun the most. The surrounding islands provided many different options and the corals were healthier, probably because they were less accessible compared to Kri and Gam. Friwen Wall was also beautiful and colorful. People said Melissa’s Garden (not too far from Arborek/Piaynemo/Pam) is excellent but we didn’t get the chance to go there.
        Enjoy your trip/planning.
        Gaby

  4. My friends and I stayed in this little paradise for 5 days. There was no mobile phone service or internet, but we didn’t miss that. A nice family, lovely food. Kostan is just great! He speaks English. This boy is very smart and hard working, friendly and helpful. A good fisherman. We always had enough fresh fish for dinner.

    When we came to Waisai from Sorong with a ferry, a boat was waiting to take us to Sea Fans. The journey took about three hours (I’d recommend to bring something to cover yourself from the sun because the boat doesn’t have a roof, and the sun is very strong, as we had to swim from 12 to 3pm). Kostan’s family made us feel welcome. Even though we came after lunchtime, we were immediately served an amazing lunch.

    The coral reef is close to the coast. There’s a good snorkelling place across the bungalow. The current isn’t dangerous and if needed, you can come back to shore at any time. Kostan organised the snorkelling trips very well. He’s a good guide in the water and responsible. He would pick up any plastic that he found swimming in the water and put it in the boat. How awesome! During our stay we felt very safe.

    We thank Kostan and his family for a great time. Also, Kostan’s father is a very good singer and plays the ukulele.

    I’d recommend this amazing place and great family to everyone.

  5. Michael and Shana says:

    It’s hard to put this place into words but it’s pretty close to as perfect as possible. This past trip was my second time visiting there and I will for sure be back again. Koston is incredibly accommodating and his family couldn’t be nicer. One of the best spots to take day trips and explore some of Raja Ampats spectacular sights. We will be back again!!

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    What an awesome stay we had at the end of March 2017 when we stayed here for 3 nights. The bungalows are like little Gilligan’s Island huts. Very clean and the food was absolutely scrumptous. It was very easy to book with Lindert and the communication was great. Kostan, who looked after us the whole time didn’t really say a lot but he was a fantastic host. When we would go snorkelling he would come with us and point things out for us. The boatsman was constantly near us and watching out for us. We were lucky enough that the weather was good to go out to Wayag and Piaynemo. Both amazing places. I didn’t realise but you need to pay Rp1,000,000 per boat when you get to Wayag itself. Seemed like a bit of a con as we had already purchased our permits at Waisai. Also, the water might look nice and calm at Sea Fans but when you get out to the ocean on the way to Wayag things can be very different. The currents are insane! Kostan was very good and knowledgeable when it came to venturing out in the boat. Always listen to the boat guide as they know when it is safe enough to venture out in the ocean. Kostan also took us out on walks and was watching out for us on the steep rocky hills. The jungle noises at night were incredible. Sea Fans is located at an absolutely stunning location and the views are breathtaking. Definitley worth the 3 hour boat ride out!

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    Sea fans was our 2nd stop and we absolutely loved it. We stayed 5 nights in this isolated Homestay. No internet and no phone…disconnected totally! Amazing snorkeling and a lovely family. Kostan was an unbelievable guide. Very knowledgeable and patient. We were fortunate enough to have good weather and make it to Wayag! An absolute must if you make it to Sea Fans. The most beautiful place on earth! The food here was top class and plentiful! Grilled fish, vegetables and a lovely coconut rice. There is a bit of a rubbish problem on the beach. The family cleans everyday and everyday the tide brings more. We did quite a few beach clean ups while we were there. Also helped the children with English. Everywhere in Raja Ampat needs help with English, so if you have the time to help it’s really something I reccomend. Head to the pier in the village and give the kids some time to open up. They are not as open and used to tourist as the children in gam or arborek. Only one negative thing I would say about sea fans is the plastic they kept on the bed mattress. I’m sure it keeps it newer but it makes it a bit hotter and uncomfortable to sleep on. Overall an excellent Homestay. Just want to say thanks again to Kostan, Daniel, Lambert and the rest of the family that helped make our stay so special and pleasant. We will see you in the near future! Good luck to all!! David and Lizette(Spain)

  6. Rosdiana Moore says:

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    We stayed in Sea Fans for 3 nights from 02/01/2017-05/01/2017.
    Good points:
    – A quiet idyllic island, beautiful!!!
    – Very nice house reef
    – Close to the most beautiful snorkelling reef (Tamaku) we visited during our 10 days snorkelling trip. Also close to Manta Point and pasir timbul.
    – Food is ok, water and hot water supply is good
    – Toilet & shower are clean
    – Communication with Lindert for booking etc is very good
    – Close to a village if you’d like to see Raja Ampat community

    Not very good point:
    – We stayed in Manyaifun because it is close to Wayag but we didn’t end up able to travel to Wayag. Sea Fans seems to be very reluctant to take guests to Wayag. In my opinion, the main reason is because they don’t have their own big boat. Some tourists before us who stayed 2 weeks with them didn’t manage to go to Wayag either. So, if your aim is to visit Wayag, eventhough on the paper Sea Fans offered the best price, do more research. I think, you should search accommodation that has bigger boat with 2 engines or more. I definitely won’t stay in Sea Fans for Wayag. For snorkelling and relaxing, Sea Fans is the BEST place to be.
    – Due to small boat available, our trip from Mainyafun – Waisai took almost 4 hours. It wasn’t very pleasant. I thought it will be about 2.5 hours as per information on website and review. But we arrived safely in Waisai on time for the ferry.

    In general, Sea Fans is a good accommodation. Thank you Lindert & family.

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      Hallo ibu Ros,,, terima kasih sudah memberi komentar di sini.
      Anda berhak berkata kepada semua tamu untuk tidak datang di sea fans jika ingin ke wayag. Saat anda ada di sea fans adalah musim angin barat dan kami tidak merekomendasikan anda ke wayag karena keselamatan anda dan tamu lain. Anda akan merasa lebih buruk jika terjadi kecelakaan saat pergi ke wayag pada musim angin barat.
      Terima kasih

  7. Bernie and Margo says:

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    Manyaifun Homestay
    In November 2016 we spent an incredible whole month exploring the brilliance that Raja Ampat has to offer.
    During this time we were lucky enough to spend nine glorious days on friendly Manyaifun island staying at Seafans homestay with our host Kostan and the wonderful Mambrasar family.
    If your looking for a quieter, clean, pristine location with great snorkelling and really good home cooked meals with basic but very clean accomodation on the water, then this is the place for you.
    Seafans is located west north west of the main tourist area of Waisai and Gam and takes about 2.5 hours by small boat to get to from Waisai. There is a small village close by where you can get some basic supply’s you may want. Alcohol is not sold so bring the extras you may need.

    Kostan, who speaks good English is an experienced guide and offers day trips snorkelling on a variety of reefs and islands all in easy reach of Seafans. Kostan has a keen eye and will point out things you may not otherwise see. We saw not only beautiful scenery, healthy corals, many varieties of fish species both big and small, turtles, the intriguing little Nudibranch but also the huge graceful Mantas at nearby Yefnobi island. Great reefs for underwater photography.
    We found that most places we visited the currents were not too strong and visibility was mostly good. Dolphins often visit the bay in front of your accommodation where you can walk off the soft white sand and swim over a reasonably healthy stretch of house reef. Following the reef to the western side from the jetty is best. At night you can also see photo plankton glowing in the calm waters. Try sunset or night snorkelling if you have a waterproof torchlight and you will be blown away by the different critters that you don’t normally see in the day.

    Power is mostly supplied from a small generator that is operated from sunset to about 9pm daily. I had a small solar panel for charging during the day. Kostan is working towards getting more solar panels up and running. The phone service was not available when we were there due to a telco repeater tower being out of service. This may still be the case. If you use the Stay Raja Ampat homestay website/accomodation booking form you will get a quick response. Kostan’s brother Lindert, works in Waisai and can organise your pick up and booking needs from there.

    The Manyiafun islands are isolated but that is part of the attraction so bring your basic needs including a small first aid kit. We found the mosquitoes were not a problem with just a few at sunset. We did not encounter any sandfly problems there. The accomodation and tour prices were reasonable and compared well to other smaller home stays we visited.
    So if your the adventurous type looking for a little peace and serenity to chill in, Seafans is a must visit place on your Raja Ampat trip. You won’t be disappointed.
    We will hopefully be back in 2017.

  8. Julian Nielsen and Giorgia Ussaggi says:

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    We stayed at Sea Fans Homestay on the island of Manyaifun in for 5 days in January 2017. Before our stay at Sea Fans we where staying at another homestay where all of a sudden an influx of 16 people arrived in one day. We went to Raja Ampat to relax and to explore the beautiful marine life there, so going to Manyaifun island where there only was 2 other people staying was a real delight. Here there is no phone or internet connection, which was super amazing. At the homestay Kostan took care very good care of us, speaking good English and an excellent swimmer when going on tours to see the Manta Ray and snorkeling. We saw some of the most amazing reefs here both on tours and right next to our bungalow. We saw Mantas, Turtles, bioluminescent plancton, dolphins, sharks and many other beautiful sea creatures among the different reefs. We also took a tour to Wayag, which is a wonderful scenic beauty. Most people do not go here as it is quite far away, which is a shame. We really recommend the tour, however, it is quite a tour in speed boat on the open sea, so bringing some kind of rain gear (also a good idea when going there in speed boat in the first place) might be a good idea in case of rain. We actually booked Sea Fans to begin with as it was close to Wayag (around 3 hours from Sea Fans, 6 hours from Gam Island, Waisai). The mother there was a good cook, and there was always donuts (Indonesian style) or cake every afternoon. The bungalow we had was very comfy and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean every night was fantastic.

    One thing I would like to suggest if going here is to bring your own good snorkeling gear (as the reefs are some if not the most bio divers in the world). This makes a lot of sense, and we werent prepared for this. Another thing is that if you go to Wayag (you def should!), then tell them to bring you to 2 view points and tell them that you want to stay there as much as possible. We only had short time there, but had lunch on a beach, and saw small octopuses in the water. It is an amazing place if the weather is good!

    Best,
    Julian and Giorgia

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    We stayed at SeaFans homestay for 3 nights at the begging of December. It is truly a hidden paradise, with beautiful scenery, great home coral reef and nice people. The rooms were clean and cozy and you could just stay in the hammock on the porch to relax and just stare at the sea. Kostan and Lindert are both very good guides, they know the area very well, and make you feel safe while going snorkeling with them. We went to see some beautiful reefs with amazing marine life in the surrounding area and, the highlight of our trip, seeing the beautiful mantas (if you go there, just look at them, don’t touch and disturb them).
    Food was also very good, and all the family is very nice and made us feel welcomed. I truly recommend this place if you want a remote and unforgeable experience of Raja Ampat islands.

  9. Mónica Zubillaga says:

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    We have just come back from the Sea fans few days ago and we really enjoyed our stay, from the begining Lindert answer my emails and was easy to make the booking, we spent 6 nights and was an amazing experience, the landscape is beautifull and our accommodation was cozy and very comfortable. It is a very quiet place with few tourists and have a walk for the homestay long beach or by the village it is a pleasure.
    But the best thing of this homestay is the family that own it, they really made us felt at home, Kostan was so nice and kind with us, even when I couldn’t stop of make him a lot of questions! he was our guide in the trips we did, we visited Wayag, the mantas and four amazing reefs, he always showed us amazing fishes and made an effort for us to have a good time. He and the rest of their family really make the diference, we stayed before in a quite expensive resort, but for us, the sea fans is much better and their trips are more interesting. For us has been the best place in Raja ampat and we already miss the wonderfull food that kostan’s mother cooked for us, especially the doughnuts!!. We definetly recommend it and I am sure that we will come back again.

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    We have been at this amazing homestay in September this year for only few days (unfortunately… ) but it was just AMAZING.

    The view from this remote and quiet place is unique. The snorkeling at the homestay is marvelous. The water is so clear and there are a lot of wonderful corals and a lot of different colorful fishes.The food was very good and we really enjoyed the deserts. The little “restaurant” were we ate every day had the best view we experienced during our vacation in Indonesia.

    We did 3 trips to different places where we saw mantas, thousands of fish and many beautiful corals which we enjoyed a lot.

    The hosts are very friendly and Kostan is a great guide which helped us a lot with his suggestions.

    We really enjoyed our short vacation at this homestay and we will come back for sure.

    • kostan mambrasar says:

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      hallo Gabi,

      thanks for your visit to sea fans homestay,
      end thanks alot for this reviuw…
      we weiting for your coming back.

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    We stayed at Sea Fans homestay for 3 days in September 2016. I can say that from all homestays we’ve stayed at in Raja Ampat(4 homestays on Gam and 1 on Arborek), Sea Fans homestay was by far the best!

    If you ever imagined how heaven on earth looks like, then Sea Fans homestay is that place! The surroundings are amazing, it is a very quiet place, not many tourists come to this part of Raja Ampat (we were the only foreigners). The house reef is exceptional with lots of colorful fishes( here we’ve seen the most beautiful and numerous fishes). The family are very warm hearten people, all time with the smile on their faces, not to mention the food that mom cooks which was absolutely delicious.

    We did 3 excursions accompanied by Kostan who was our guide, and two of his brothers. The fist trip was at a Manta ray spot. We snorkeled there and at some point we were literally surrounded by manta rays, there were so many and they came so close! It was amazing! In the other two excursions, we went to some very healthy coral reefs, it was sooooo nice!
    Really I don’t have enough words to describe how much we enjoyed our stay at Sea Fans!

    • kostan mambrasar says:

      thank you so much “Ada’..for the Nice review.end i am realy happy to see you again for the swiming together with the mantas…

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    We stayed at Sea Fans for five days in early september 2016. We arranged a pickup by boat with Kesar, (who is one of the elder sons of the home stay family) from Waisai (from Warimpuram Homestay). Sea Fans is located on Manyaifun, a small island village (google map searches show Manyaifun across two islands, the homestays are on the souther island). The homestay family has 8 children, Kesar was our main conversation point in the five days there. He is a smiling, friendly chap of few words – given no one really on the island speaks english, what he has learnt and kept up in terms of vocabulary is impressive.

    The experience is simple, basic but it opens your eyes to a world where you look at all you have with a resourceful view. The homestay is located close to the village (a short 20 min beach side walk away) which has a small, very basic shop. The homestay is self-sufficient in most ways, nothing here goes unused – bouys are re-used as water containers, large water bottles as funnels, nets as hammocks. Don’t expect luxury end facilities, but the beauty of the place and its people is what you will return enriched with. The place runs on a generator, so there is electricity (around 4 light sources across the main areas and your bedroom and bungalow). Please note that the homestay prices listed here are per person and are inclusive of food – it hurt me a great deal to learn Kesar was a bit apprehensive of giving us a lightbulb in our bedroom the first night as someone had previously stolen one from them!

    The food is basic, but each day was a good mix of donuts or sweet dough fritters for breakfast, stewed or grilled fish – freshly caught on the day from the reef by the family, with eggs in sambal, rice, cooked vegetables and fruit for the meals. On sunday, which is the day of rest for the homestay family – we had a lovely treat with fish cooked in coconut water with fresh coconut – yum!

    The house reef is excellent – offering great coral views towards the west of the homestay and right in front of the pier. We arranged three excursions with Kesar and were joined on both of these by Alex and a driver. This is good, as on the snorkelling trips Alex acted as our local guide in the waters. Our trip to Piyanemo was a bit hair raising due to the small boat and choppy waters, which was a bit worse than even the locals were used to; but that is nature and doubt apart for having an enormous boat there wasn’t much the family could have done about it. Piyanemo in itself is nice, a bit too popular with bigger boat tours but less popular than Wayag and 2 hrs shorter journey on extremely heavy waves.

    We also arranged to go and spot manta rays and two local reef snorkel trips – both assisted by Alex. We were rewarded with a place rich with turtles, mantas – big black mantas as well as smaller grey spotted mantas, reef sharks, sardine schools, several varieties of nudibranches, sea squirts, a tubesnout, moorish idols, giant sea clams and much more. Beware – several of the sites around here have small jellyfish, so worth wearing rashvests or wetsuits or taking a healthy supply of anti-histamines. If you are going in the dry season, a reef friendly SPF 50 may be very helpful (err on the side of caution as the sun is absolutely relentless, which is what makes the place lovely!) Stock up on dry bags (dive quality ones would be better) and insect repellent (high percent deet may be worth it) but the family also were kind to provide us with one when we were being feasted upon by mosquitos.

    There is no cell coverage at the homestay (and we did not try to check for any in the village itself) so ensure you come with a good book. The night sky, depending on the cloud cover, is stunning when clear – you are treated with great views of the milky way. There is a nice wee couple of seats under a parasol and the open balcony of the bungalow to relax and enjoy the views of the sea.

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    We stayed at Sea Fans for five nights in the beginning of August. Before our arrival we had contact with Lindert through Whatsapp. The contact was very easy and he always answered quickly. Lindert is working in Waisai for the association of homestays and therefore we had most contact with his brother Kostan during our stay at Sea Fans. There was no telephone connection when we was at Sea Fans, just so you know. The homestay lays in a calm bay and it has a beautiful house reef. Mom is cooking delicious food and the family is very sweet and always smiling. We went out on three day trips and each time we had three brothers joining us. They were really looking out for us and pointing out the exceptional things to see under water. We couldn’t have felt safer. And each coral reef we visited was great! We saw a great variety of fish, sharks, walking sharks, turtles etc. We wanted to see manta rays and the first time we couldn’t find them so we did some snorkeling at a couple of reefs and stayed for lunch on an island. Two days later we tried again and we met many manta rays and it was absolutely amazing.

    After staying at Sea Fans we wanted transport to Kri which we could arrange from Sea Fans. We decided to pass Penemu on the way and make it a day trip. However, the wind was too strong and the waves were high so we had to go directly to Kri. Water is splashing everywhere and you will be soaked if you go during windy season. So it’s a good idea to bring a drybag for all your important items. Our stay on the island Kri was not as nice as the experience we had at Manyaifun and Sea Fans. We wish Sea Fans all the best for the future! Thank you for everything! /Jessica & Mads

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    We’ve spent 4 days at Sea Fans homestay. Communicating with Kostan and Lindert was very easy and they answered quickly. The family was extremely friendly, every wish was fulfilled. The food was excellent – since we are vegetarians we got rice with vegetables and even tempeh, especially made for us. The homestay is located in a wonderful lagoon with beautiful beaches, nature and great snorkelling. The cottages were good and spacious. There were many dogs which were both cute but also a bit aggressive at some times. We did 3 excursions: Wayag, Manta (we saw MANY mantas and they were so close to us! Awesome experience, which you have to make!!) and snorkelling at several reefs. Each of them was amazing. When you decide to stay at Manyaifun make sure you prepare well for the journey. It’s a long trip and the boat is small. Therefore we were completely wet already after ten seconds and it was cold because of the wind. We were there in August which means the sea is VERY choppy because of the windy season, so it should be better at another time. But anyways it’s safer to bring a dry bag in which you store your electronical things and towels and wear some rain cloths. All in all we highly recommend Sea Fans because of the wonderful location and the great, very helpful and reliable people.

  10. We are travelling to Raja Ampat in September and plan to take a 2pm ferry from Sorong to Waisai. This would see us arrive in Waisai late in the afternoon. My question is, given the 5 hour trip, is it possible to do a transfer to Sea Fans Homestay or any of the homestays in locate remotions on the same afternoon as arriving in Waisai? Or would it be better to spend a night in Gam or Kri and transfer from there? Thanks very much.

    • Hi Michael –

      Arriving on the later ferry usually means spending that night near Waisai, as long distance boat travel isn’t safe at night. The nearest homestays to Waisai are Yenkangkanes and Warimpurem. It would be cheaper to stay at one of those than transfer to Kri or Gam, but a pickup can be arranged from any homestay you choose.

      • Thanks for your reply. I will look at staying a night or 2 in a location closer to the ferry before heading to Sea Fans Homestay. Do you know if a homestay in Eastern Gam will do a transfer after arriving on the 2pm ferry? Thanks again.

    • lindert Mambrasar says:

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      Hallo Michael, SRA Benar, Anda Lebih Baik tinggal satu malam di homestay dekat waisai dan transfer pada pagi hari. dan anda mungkin perlu nomor WhatsApp saya pemilik Sea Fans (+6285241208897)

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    Hi all, myself and two friends stayed at this great homestay for 3 days in June. We had a bit of bad weather but still managed to find lots of manta rays, and Kostan and family were all really helpful and provided us with everything we could wish for. This is the real Raja Ampat for me, feels much more remote than Kri or Gam, and the reefs are accordingly much more pristine, huge table corals and the fish seem to be bigger also. There are probably 100s of fantastic dive sites to discover, but snorkelling was good enough for us!
    Will be back again soon!

  11. ********BOAT-SHARING NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2016******
    we´ll be in Raja Ampat from 21st November to 10th December 2016.
    One or two weeks of this time, we want to spend on the outer islands of West Waigeo, Manyaifun or/and Selpele.
    If you want to share the boat-trip (and the costs), from Waisai or maybe Southern Gam to West Waigeo, I´d be happy to hear from you.
    azzurrro(at)web.de
    (Please notice: there are three “r” in azzurrro)

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    We spend four days in Sea Fans in march 2016. There´s an new bungalow now with two seperate rooms and a spacious veranda, we stayed in. The family was very nice and helpful, costan organised a lot of great excoursions to the surrounding islands for a good local price – great snorkeling, don´t miss the mantas! The food was very good, the ibu even made us a cake to take with us, when costan brought us to pinanyemo. We also made the wayag tour: Great sights, but take of early, as costan want´s to return around noon due to the upcoming waves in the afternoon! The village is also nice and in walking distance, small shops provide the basic things – rokok, cola (sometimes). Thanks for all, costan and family! Silvia, Natalia, Vincent and Chris

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    everything about sea fans was great! the staff, the food, the facilities. very professional, helpful & friendly. overall just a great energetic atmosphere. would recommend to anyone & would love to stay there again.

  12. Chris Jennings says:

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    Riccardo and I traveled together to Sea Fans Homestay. We traveled there in the small boat and it took 5 hours from Waisai, an entirely enjoyable experience, an intimate ride in the water. On the way, we saw a whale in the distance, a pod of what I think were pilot whales (a 3- to 4-meter species of dolphins), and 3 pods of dolphins. In fact, during out 3 days we were on Manyaifun, we saw dolphins on almost every boat trip to the reefs, although we were told we were exceptionally lucky.

    Arriving late the first day, we snorkeled the shallow and pleasant house reef. The next morning, we went to Manta Reef but had no luck seeing Mantas, so we went to the shallow and beautiful Coconut Grove Reef for another hour or more of snorkeling. After lunch, we tried Manta Reef with no luck, and then did a drift snorkel from Pulau Yefmas to Manta Reef, and were rewarded at the end of the day by seeing 3 manta rays at the end of the snorkel.

    The next day, we snorkeled a small shallow reef near an island in teh bay in front of the homestay, and then at Tamaku island which had a particularly impressive reef which we snorkeled for almost 3 hours snorkeling, stopping only due to sunset.

    The surrounding seas are filled with islands and reefs near and far, but we only stayed 3 days and visited about 4 locations. Due to our schedules, we only stayed a few days so we didn’t get to explore all the reefs and do any hiking. Maybe next time. Could be easy to spend a couple of weeks there.

    All the reefs we visited were healthy in coral and fish populations. The homestay folks were particularly attentive and the boat crew willing to float along with us as along as we wanted to be in the water. Mom’s cooking was great and we had 2 or 3 different fish dishes with 1 or 2 vegetables every day.

    We were the only foreigners there. So definitely a getaway.

    Definitely recommended for the more adventurous travelers who want to experience locations off the beaten track.

  13. Mr Riccardo Ciannella says:

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    A truly exceptional site. I have travels the world over and never befor found a place like this. From my experience I would say it’s number 1. The quantity and biodiversity is just mind blowing. All the nature programs I have watched could not amount to one day of snorkling here. But be warned it’s a remote place so leave your tourist mentality at the airport this is adventure exploring. It’s actually pritty cheap to get to if you look at the cost of petrol. Another reason it is exceptional is the friendly nature of the islanders that live here. The food for me was the perfect natural diet. If you like junk food your in the wrong place. I’m southern italian from a traditional farming background. I know what good food is and the fresh fish and vegetables are the perfect compliment to replenish your lost nutrients you will use up snorkling here. It’s a perfect place for a detox for those who need it. Constants number is +6285244214116. It was not so easy to contact and get to but that’s why it’s vertually untouched by tourist. I hope it stays this way than I can have this paradise all to my self :)
    It is remote so having a couple of local that has spent there life in thies water track you from a distance on the more advanced technical snorkling is a comforting reasurance knowing they got your back. But you still feel like a lost explorer descovering a new world for the first time. Don’t be a tourist and enjoy the simple life for a week and you will have rich memory’s to last you a lifetime.

  14. Has anybody ever stayed here? Tried to call the last few days, but the phone numbers seem no longer active. If yes, please let me know, if we can stay there the next few days, doing trips to penemu and kayak.

    • Hi Anne –

      Yes – as Lindert advises – those numbers are still correct, but there are often network issues that prevent immediate contact. Please either keep trying or use the booking form.

    • hallo Anne, maaf mpat kami kadang jaringan telephon mengalami gangguan,, silahkan hubungi lagi di 081343499690 (Lindert)