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Near villageWestern style toilet
Has email contactCalm beach
Sandy BeachHas family bungalows
IDR 400,000 to 500,000Child discount
Tanjung Mefiyai Homestay has four private bungalows and a large three room bungalow. All bungalows have spacious verandahs with ocean views. Meals are served on the bungalow verandahs, with each room having a small table and chairs supplied.
Homestay walls are constructed from lacquered sago palm stems rather than the more usual palm leaf thatching. Each of the large bungalow’s 3 bedrooms sleep three people on mattresses on the floor. Pillows, mattress covers and mosquito nets are provided.
All rooms have both light switches and power outlets for charging equipment, and room doors can be locked.
A bathroom and toilet are provided in separate rooms in an outbuilding behind the homestay. The bathroom building features pebble paved concrete floors and provides bucket bathing and a western style toilet.
Electricity is provided by generator from sunset until around midnight. Mobile phone signal was erratic during our visit, varying between full bars of reception and none at all. We don’t know if that is usual, or a temporary network or tower problem.
Tanjung Mefiyai Homestay is very close to the village of Saukabu, where basic supplies can be purchased from a few small shops.
As everywhere in Raja Ampat, waste disposal is problematic. The only way to avoid being a conributor to the trashing of paradise is to take all your inorganic waste away with you when you leave.
Very little English is spoken at Tanjung Mefiyai, so bring a phrasebook if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Transport between Tanjung Mefiyai Homestay and Waisai is by longboat and costs IDR 1,500,000 each way, shared by passengers (max 4).
Speedboat transfers are also available, can accommodate up to 8 passengers and cost IDR 2,300,000 each way.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
If you are looking to save money on transfers and have plenty of time available, there is a public boat that runs between Sorong, Arefi on Batanta, and Pam village on Pambemuk. The public boat is a lot cheaper than any other means. It costs about IDR 120,000 one way between Sorong and Pam. It’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and arrives in Arefi at Batanta at 2200. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat.
You would need to let your homestay know you were arriving on the ferry so they could arrange a pickup or somewhere for you to spend the night in Pam. (Small boat travel at night is potentially dangerous.)
The return trip usually leaves Pam around 0830 on Saturday morning, arriving in Arefi at about 1230 and Sorong at 1730.
Fantastic ocean vistas and a superb, wide, white sandy beach are the attractions at Tanjung Mefiyai Homestay. There’s great snorkelling over coral out front of the homestay and low tide provides the opportunity for long beach walks.
Tanjung Mefiyai can arrange longboat tours to all the famous snorkelling sites and attractions around Pam and Piaynemo. (Pam and Piaynemo are the proper local names of the islands often marked on maps as Fam and Penemu.) Spectacular karst island panoramas like those of Wayag are available at Piaynemo, and the myriad low sand cays to the south of Pam feature deserted beaches, sapphire seas and great snorkelling.
Village explorations are available from the homestay, which lies a five minute walk to the east of Saukabu. There are a few tracks on the island that also afford longish walks and Yellow Lake in the center of the island reportedly has crocodiles you can observe if you’re keen. Ask your hosts about a guide if you want to visit Yellow Lake.
See our Pam Islands page for an overview of the Pam/Fam Islands and their attractions.