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Near villageLarge groups OK
Western style toiletMangroves
Good house reefHas email contact
Wayag tripsHas private bungalows
Has family bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Subdikar Homestay has one private and one two-room over-water bungalow on a west facing beach at the northern end of Manyaifun village.
Each room can sleep two people on mattresses on the floor, and bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Although Subdikar can only accommodate six guests, larger groups can be accommodated in conjunction with the Subdikar’s immediate neighbour Saudori Homestay.
Subdikar’s two-room bungalow has a large common space where meals are served, and drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are freely available. In front of the dining room, a covered verandah provides plenty of seating for relaxing, watching the sunsets over the bay and the marine life below the homestay.
Guests share a concrete-floored bathoom building which has running water and a western style toilet in one room and bucket bathing in the other.
Electricity is supplied by a generator which runs from around sunset to midnight. The Manyaifun mobile phone tower was not working when we 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 is spoken at Subdikar Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Subdikar Homestay and Waisai is by longboat and costs IDR 1,800,000 for the one way trip. 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 white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Meos Manggara islands.
Pickup from or drop off to Kri costs IDR 2,000,000, and to Gam costs IDR 1,800,000 (Max 6, 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, Subdikar 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, much of which can be seen from the homestay deck without even needing to get wet. Turtles and dolphins are regular visitors by day and the seagrass beds below the homestay flash with bioluminescent plankton at night, and the clear tidal waters of the mangrove lagoon behind the homestay swarm with juvenile fish and other aquatic and bird life.
Snorkelling and sightseeing
Subdikar Homestay offers a range of snorkelling and sightseeing trips to the remote, coral-fringed islands of West Waigeo. The table below provides just some of the possibilities. Prices are in IDR and are per trip, shared by boat passengers (maximum 6).
|Pasir Timbul (Mios Arar sandbank)||500,000|
If you’d like to try your hand at catching your own fish dinner, Subdikar Homestay will take you fishing for IDR 300,000. (Per trip, shared, maximum 6 people)
Manyaifun village and hiking
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.
Subdikar Homestay offers guided treks on Manyaifun for IDR 150,000 per person. Maximum group size is 10.
See our West Waigeo page for an overview of West Waigeo, its islands, and their attractions.