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Sea Whip Homestay lies in front of a bird-filled mangrove forest at the northwestern tip of Pulau Manyaifun in remote West Waigeo.
A three room over water bungalow and single room private bungalow on the beach are available. (The private bungalow is scheduled for completion by end of June 2016.)
The three room bungalow has a large covered verandah with a deck over the ocean and has excellent bay views, perfect for watching sunsets. The private bungalow is on the high tide line of the beach behind the over water bungalow.
All rooms are equipped with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, pillows, bolsters and mattress covers.
Sea Whip Homestay constuction had just been completed when we visited in June 2016 and was yet to be fitted out with the usual tables, chairs and so on, so we couldn’t include photos of those.
Meals are served in Sea Whip’s dining shelter on the boardwalk to the over water bungalow and a bathroom building on land provides a dip mandi bathroom and squat toilet in separate rooms.
Electricity is available from sunset to around midnight and is supplied by generator.
Manyaifun usually has a phone signal good enough for calls and SMS, but not for a data connection. The signal was unavailable on the day we visited in June 2016, but has been restored since.
Sea Whip Homestay lies a short walk from Manyaifun village where basic supplies can be purchased. Manyaifun is a remote island though, so consider bringing 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. (See our
article about rubbish in Raja Ampat for more info.)
Only a little English is spoken at Sea Whip, so bringing a phrase book would also be a good idea if you have no Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Sea Whip Homestay and Waisai is by longboat and costs IDR 1,500,000 each way. Trip cost is shared by passengers and the boat can carry up to six passengers.
It’s a long trip (about 2.5 hours), but you’ll see a lot of Raja Ampat on the way. The route passes through Kabui Bay and Kabui Passage, then past a number of uninhabited cays with white sand beaches and turquoise waters between Kabui and Manyaifun.
Boat transfers are also available to other islands if you are planning to stay at other homestays as well. The transfers are also by longboat as above. Trip prices (shared among passengers) are below:
SEA WHIP TRANSFERS
Piaynemo to Waisai (combine with day trip)
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here. Activities
Sea Whip Homestay is a great base for snorkelling, bird watching and hiking. The heights of Manyaifun offer great panoramic views, as do those of the much larger neighbouring island of Batang Pele.
Manyaifun village is a short walk away and provides the chance to experience local village life on a remote island. Ask to see the original bamboo water supply network that still provides water to some village houses, and also to see the fresh water eels that inhabit a small pond in the village stream.
Snorkeling at Sea Whip Homestay
Sea Whip can organise snorkelling trips to any location you’d like to visit. A longboat is used and trip prices are shared by participants. The longboat can carry up to six passengers. A few popular trips are listed below.
Manta Island snorkeling trip (swim and snorkel with Mantas!) – IDR 500,000
Wayag Day trip (snorkeling/climb for panoramic views) – IDR 6,000,000 Piaynemo Day Trip (snorkeling/climb for panoramic views) – IDR 2,500,000 Features
Near village Association member Reef dropoff Mangroves Hiking available Coral Good house reef IDR 0 to 350,000
Wayag trips Has private bungalows