Located just to the east of Gam’s Sawinggrai village, Walking Shark Homestay provides a great base for experiencing a wide range of Raja Ampat’s attractions.
The belt of mangroves that lies between the homestay and the open ocean ensures the beach is always calm. The mangroves are a macro photographer’s dream, providing shelter to a wide range of nudibranch species and safe haven to hordes of juvenile fish. The Walking Sharks that give the homestay its name can also be observed sleeping among the mangrove roots in daytime, or patrolling the shallow lagoon at night.
The mangroves and jungle that back the homestay are home to a wide range of wildlife, including scores of bird species and the pair of Waigeo Cuscus that have become nightly visitors at Nudibranch Homesty’s dining room.
Rich coral reefs are right at the door and a steep dropoff into the depths is only a few tens of metres from shore. Be wary of extremely strong currents along the dropoff when the tides are running! The early falling tide makes for some great drift snorkelling though: If you’re a confident swimmer, enter the water at Walking Shark, then drift westward toward Sawinggrai. You can leave the water at Mambefor Homestay‘s jetty in Sawinggrai, or drift on to Kapisawar, the next village along the coast. You can also leave the water at any convenient spot between and return to Walking Shark on a concrete path that runs along the coast between the villages.
Dawn displays of Red Birds of Paradise can be seen at Sawinggrai and schools of wildy colourful fish are fed every day from Mambefor Homestay’s jetty there. Walks along the coast and the exploration of Sawinggrai and Kapisawar are made comfortable by the above mentioned concrete path.
Walking Shark can of course also arrange snorkelling and sightseeing tours to any other islands or attractions you might like to visit.