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Has email contactGood phone signal
English speakingLarge groups OK
Hiking availableBirds of Paradise
Calm beachHas family bungalows
Child discountSandy Beach
Near villageIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Wapnansan Homestay lies on the south coast of Waigeo island, about a twenty minute drive west of Waisai.
Wapnansan Homestay has two two-room family bungalows and three private bungalows. All are over water. Bungalow rooms sleep two and are furnished with the usual mattresses, sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. All bungalows have covered verandahs with tables and chairs.
Meals are served in Wapnansan Homestay’s beachside dining room, where drinking water and tea and coffee making supllies are always freely available.
All guests share a single bathroom building, which has stone chip floors and a raised squat toilet in one room and bucket bathing in the other.
Electricity is supplied by generator and is available from sunset to around midnight, and Wapnansan Homestay receives a strong phone signal. A 3G data connection is usually available.
Wasiai is twenty minutes away by road if you need supplies.
No safe waste disposal or recycling facilties are available in Raja Ampat, so – if you don’t wish to contribute to the trashing of paradise – please take all inorganic waste (especially plastic, dead batteries etc) away with you when you leave.
English is spoken at Wapnansan Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Wapnansan Homestay owner Franky Mambrasar is an experienced bird watching guide and both Wilson’s and Red Birds of Paradise regularly display near the homestay. The homestay makes a great base to observe both these and the many other species that inhabit the surrounding jungle.
Both Red and Wilson’s Birds of Paradise can be observed near Wapnansan. The cost is IDR 300,000 per person per site. (So IDR 600,000 per person per site if you want to see both species.)
Snorkelling and diving
The wide sandflats in front of the homestay give way to coral and a reef dropoff that make for good snorkelling. Diving can be arranged in conjunction with nearby dive centers.
Sightseeing and tours
Wapnansan Homestay can arrange any kind of sightseeing or snorkelling tour you wish – just ask. One popular tour visits Friwen Wall for some of the best snorkelling in Raja Ampat, then continues up through Kabui Bay to Batu Pencil and the Warikaf lookout point near Kabui Passage. The cost of that trip is IDR 2,000,000 (shared by passengers).
See our Waigeo Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.