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Sunrise Homestay has four private bungalows set just back from the beautiful beaches of Pulau Pam’s northern shore. Each bungalow sleeps two and is equipped with a raised bed that has sheets, pillows and a mosquito net.
The bungalows each have covered verandahs with ocean views and guests share a bathroom which has two rooms equipped with bucket showers and western style toilets.
We haven’t personally visited Sunrise Homestay and were not told if it has a dining room or not, but our best guess is that meals are served on each bungalow’s verandah. All homestays provide free drinking water, tea and coffee making supplies for guests.
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.
Sunrise Homestay lies next to Sau Kabu village where basic supplies can be purchased in small local shops. Sau Kabu (like everywhere else in Raja Ampat) has no secure way of disposing of inorganic waste, so it’s best to take any you create away with you to eliminate the chance of it
eventually winding up in the ocean.
We’re also unsure if anyone at Sunrise Homestay speaks English: If you don’t speak bahasa Indonesia, it’s always a good idea to have a phrasebook with you anyway.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Waisai and Sunrise Homestay costs IDR 2,100,000 each way, with the cost shared by boat passengers. No word yet on what type of boat is used.
Sunrise can also arrange transfers to and from other islands. Some of the more common destinations are shown below and again, prices are shared among passengers.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
If you want to save some cash (and have plenty of time), you can reach Pam village via a public boat from Sorong. The public boat from Sorong is a
lot cheaper than any other means, but it’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and goes via villages on the north coast of Batanta to Pam. It doesn’t arrive in Arefi at Batanta until 2200, so it would probably be an overnight journey to Pam. The boat returns via the same route on Saturdays. Once in Pam you could call (or ask around) for transfer to Andau. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat. Activities
There’s a host of activities available from Sunrise Homestay. Pam Island has lakes and a trans-island walking path to explore, the
Wayag-like panoramas of Piaynemo are close by, and you can snorkel with mantas at nearby Mios Ba.
Fabulous snorkelling is available around the Pam Islands sand cays and coral reefs and at Piaynemo’s Melissa’s Garden – be sure to bring your snorkelling gear. In addition to the many local trips Sunrise Homestay offers, you can also make the all day excursion to Wayag if you want.
A selection of boat trips is below. Prices are in IRD and are shared among boat passengers.
Mios Ba manta
Near village Association member Western style toilet Hiking available Calm beach Good phone signal Sandy Beach IDR 0 to 350,000
Wayag trips Has private bungalows