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Tanjung Mefiyai Homestay is a large building with three huge rooms that open onto a spacious verandah with ocean views. Meals are served on the verandah, with each room having a small table and plastic chairs there.
Homestay walls are constructed from lacquered sago palm stems rather than the more usual palm leaf thatching and each of the three spacious rooms is equipped with mattresses on the floor, pillows, mattress covers and mosquito nets. The rooms have bedding for three people and have both light switches and power outlets for charging equipment. Tanjung Mefiyai is one of the very few homestays that have room doors that can be locked.
A bathroom and toilet are provided in separate rooms in an outbuilding behind the homestay. The bathroom building is more solidly constructed than the average and features pebble paved concrete floors. The bathroom provides ‘dip mandi’ bathing and the toilet is squat style.
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.
Very little English is spoken at Tanjung Mefiyai, so bring a phrasebook if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Transport arrangements hadn’t been finalised when we visited Tanjung Mefiyai. Hopefully we’ll hear about those soon. Fam is a long way from Waisai – we guess a boat price of around IDR 2,000,000 to 2,500,000 each way. SMS the contact number below for more information.
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
Fantastic ocean vistas and a superb, wide, white sandy beach are the attractions at Tanjung Mefiyai. 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.
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Calm beach IDR 360,000 to 450,000 Sandy Beach