Warimpurem Homestay, Saporkren, Waigeo, Raja Ampat

Warimpurem Homestay

Waigeo - Near Waisai

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A coastline full of freshwater springs and laughing children, Wilson’s and Red Birds of Paradise nearby and some of the best cooking in the islands.


Rooms
1 x On beach - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 4 persons / room
2 x On land - Private bungalow Sleeps max. 4 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 350,000 / person / night
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Details

Warimpurem Homestay is near Saporkren village, about a 20 minute car ride away from Waisai port.  Three private bungalows are available. One is located on the beachfront, the other two are just behind it.

All bungalows sleep four on mattresses on the floor. Bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. All rooms are equipped with power outlets and room light switches.

Each bungalow has a covered verandah that has bench seating and a small table. The beachside bungalow also has a wooden recliner from which to soak up its ocean views.

Meals are served in a separate dining shelter and comments in Waripurem’s guest book show that Mama Engge’s cooking is one of the highlights of most guests’ stay. Guests will always find free drinking water, tea and coffee available in the dining shelter. There are also more power outlets there for charging devices. In addition to the dining shelter, there are a few beachside bench seats and tables for relaxation.

All guests share a 3 roomed, pebble floored bathroom building. Dip mandi bathing facilities are available in each. There is a western style toilet in one and a squat toilet in another.

Warimpurem has a strong mobile phone signal which usually supports a decent data connection and electricity is provided by generator from sunset until around 1.00am.

The nearby village of Saporkren has some small shops selling basic supplies. Saporkren is a short boat ride or 30 minute walk away. Waisai can be reached by car in about 20 minutes if you need more than Saporkren can supply. AS everywhere in Raja Ampat, its best to take all your inorganic trash away with you when you leave so as not to contribute to the islands’ growing rubbish problem.

English is spoken at Warimpurem Homestay.

Transport / Getting there

Warimpurem is connected by sealed road to Waisai and transfers from the ferry harbour cost IDR 350,000 each way. Price is per journey and can be shared among the vehicle passengers (the cars used can easily accommodate four passengers and baggage).

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

Warimpurem Homestay offers diving, snorkeling, Bird of Paradise tours and the opportunity to explore Saporkren village and the hidden bays and springs between there and the homestay. If you have your own snorkelling equipment there’s seagrass beds and a reef dropoff to explore at the homestay and some great snorkelling over colourful coral around the Kabui Bay jetty at the western end of Saporkren village. Marine life beneath the main jetty at Saporkren is also worth a look.

Diving

Wobbegong Dive Adventures operates a subsidiary dive center at Warimpurem Homestay, specialising in house reef and night dives. A minimum of three divers is needed for a dive to be arranged. The center has a compressor and tanks, BCDs, regulators, masks fins, wetsuits and weight belts for up to six divers. See this page for essential Raja Ampat diving safety information.

Birds of Paradise

Warimpurem’s Bird of Paradise tour guide Franky Mambrasar can show you Raja Ampat’s famed Wilson’s Bird of Paradise as well as the more common Red Bird of Paradise. Bird of Paradise tours cost IDR 200,000 per person and start early to be on site at dawn when the birds display. It’s a two hour walk through the jungle to Franky’s Wilson’s site, departing before dawn at around 4.00am. Franky also knows a good spot for observing cockatoos which is a much shorter hike, being about a 30 minute walk from Saporkren.

Village visits

Saporkren is a pretty village and well worth visiting, especially by walking along the beach at low tide. Just to the west of the homestay is the strong spring of cool, fresh water from which Warimpurem takes its name. The Warimpurem spring and two others just like it are only visible at low tide and the walk to the village passes several white sandy coves and shady picnic places popular on the weekends. A raised boardwalk around a rocky bluff near Saporkren offers some great ocean and beach views. Watch for the pods of dolphins that regularly visit this stretch of coast. Saporkren can also be reached via the road that passes the front of the homestay and then via a jungle path that continues from where the road ends. Traffic on the road is very light and almost all vehicles are motorbikes except on weekends when Waisai locals visit the beachside picnic spots along the coast.

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Western style toilet
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Has email contact
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • Sandy Beach
  • On site dive centre
  • IDR 0 to 350,000
  • Has private bungalows
  • Can pay by credit card

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Name Enggelina Dimara
Phone +6281354183172
Alternative Phone +628113955591 (Fahmy/English)
Email stay@warimpuremhomestay.com
Website http://www.warimpuremhomestay.com/
Whatsapp +628113955591 (Fahmy/English)

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46 thoughts on “Warimpurem Homestay

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    Absolutely fantastic food and loving family. It was a great start of our holidays in R4. We also really enjoyed the birding tour with the guide Milky; because of the rain Wilson BOP was not there but we saw the red BOP and many, many more birds and cous cous. presence of English speaking Laura and Fahmy was also very helpful and great source of information. Also dophpins/ birds of prey passing in front of the bungalows almost every day.

    • Hi Maurits,
      Thank you for your stay, feedback and five stars here. And we wish you enjoy your holiday in Raja Ampat and back again in future.
      Greeting from Warimpurem Homestay family :)

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    Simple but the cook is great (which is quite rare in the area) and the people nice and helpfull. The dive center besides (raja Ampat dive resort) unfortunately is much more expensive that anywhere else. If not we could have staid a long time here. Five star for this range of guesthouse.

    • Hi Monique,
      Thank you for your feedback and five stars here :)
      FYI for diving trip at Warimpurem, there are some options with dive centers nearby. Could be arrange with Raja Ampat dive resort, Scuba Republic and Kordiris Homestay on eastern Gam.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    We stayed in the beachfront bungalow for 5 nights in june and really enjoyed it. The place is not too far from Waisai so you can get there for a reasonable price, the bungalows, although basic, were exceptionally clean, the mosquito nets looked rather new and our bedsheets were changed and the bungalows were cleaned during our stay, which helped made it even more comfortable. The bathroons are pretty clean too by the way.
    The reef right off the beach was amazing for snorkeling and a dive center was nearby.
    The owners – especially Mama Enggi – were very welcoming and along with that made some of the nicest food we had in all of indonesia.
    I guess I will have to come back one day.

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      Hi Manuel,

      Thank you for your feedback here, we’re really appreciate it.
      we can’t wait to have you again in your next Raja Ampat trip :)

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    This was an excellent choice for several reasons:
    -Mama Engel’s food is delicious, cooked with skill and love
    -the bungalow over the water is nice
    -the walk to the nearest village along and above the sea is a delight
    -Fahmy speaks excellent English and really cares about his guests. He helped me to solve several problems, was totally reliable and competent. He also organises lEnglish lessons for children and was a great teaching partner. The children were keen to learn and remembered what we had done about one month later. You will enjoy the experience.
    -Fahmy also organised an excursion to the Red Bird of Paradise. We only saw the bird for a few second but it was still worth it, I think. And you might be luckier
    The corals there are good but you won’t see as many different fish and big ones as e.g. on
    Kri. But the other advantages make up for it.
    -The taxi from the port to the homestay is 200 000. If you have little luggage it is possible to take a motorbike, but the road is rough in parts and quite uncomfortable.

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      Hi Amei,

      Thank you for your feedback, the pleasure is ours to have you at Warimpurem Homestay.
      Thank you also for your willingnes to share with local children with your spontaneous english class. they really loved it. even the last time i meet them, they sing abc all the time :)

    • Hi Barbosa,
      Surely we will, Pick up service from Kordiris costs idr 500.000 with small boat and shared among 4 passangers

  1. Steve Anyon-Smith says:

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    We were so happy we stayed at Warimpurem on our birding tour of West Papua. The food was easily the best we had on our holiday – and that includes fancied hotels on the mainland. Our hosts couldn’t do enough to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The birding with local guide Bram was excellent and we were thrilled to see cuscuses and striped possums right in front of the homestay. Fahmy and other locals provided informed and stimulating conversation. I’m guessing I’ll be back…..

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      Hi Steve, thank you for your feedback and five stars here.
      Hope to see you again here and I can’t wait to read your next birding report :)

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Amazing Time!
    I stayed in this homestay for one week and then again for one day.
    The Bungalows are very clean, the Food was one of the best i had in Raja Ampat (was in three Homestays). I dived in the dive station next to the homestay (10 minutes’ walk). The dive centre is a bit pricey, for example on the Island costs the dive 200’000-300’000 less, but the dive centre is very professional so the Price is okay.
    The People at the Homestays are very nice. Thank you again for sending my letters to Europe! They have some very sweet Dogs but they well behaved. The puppy was sooo sweet <3.
    I can really recommend this homestay if you want to dive or make some bird tours.
    See you maybe again
    Harold

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      Hi Harold,
      Thank man for your feedback here.
      And I’ll sent your letters one by one in two weeks.

      Regards,

      Your postman :D

  2. Lisa Carpenter says:

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    Wonderful family, great food, spacious new dining area and a comfortable bungalow – perfect! I enjoyed my time at this secluded homestay with its easy access to Waisai. Fahmy, a teacher living there, was extremely helpful in providing information, organizing transportation and an expert in solving all Telkomsel problems. The reef heading west starts with an impressive expanse of table coral and evolves into a variety of beautiful coral all the way to the village jetty with its huge school of fish.

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      Hi Lisa!
      How is it going there?
      Thank for your feedback here :) and definitely, describe the silly things about data package trap from telkoms*l is one thing that I have to explain to guests ;)
      And it’s part of Homestay Services :D
      And finally a hacktivist from indonesia raise their voice and hacked telkoms*l website couples day ago due to their strange details with 4G/3G/2G and local data’s quota :)))))

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    I stayed 5 days at the Warimpurem Homestay and I felt very welcome. Mama Enggi is a really good cook and a lovely person, so is the rest of the family! Transport from Waisai Harbor to the Homestay was well prepared, even stops for small shopping has been made possible. The Bungalow I stayed in was very close to the beach, so not even a fan is needed in the room, ’cause it got good ventilation. Bungalow as well as toilet and mandi were both very clean! Towel, blanket, pillow – all provided and even changed after a few days! The family took me on a boattrip to another Homestay and to the market in Waisai. It was a very nice experience. And also Fahmy and Laura, both Javanese people living at the Homestay are very very helpful, nice and always in the mood for a nice chat. Even though Mama does speak little English (and me less than little Bahasa) we laughed both a lot about the stories of each other that were told with the hand of hands and feet :-) I would definitely recommend staying there!

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      Hi Monja!
      Thank you for your feedback here, we’re really apreciate it :)
      The pleasure is ours to have you here.
      Enjoy your rest of holiday in Indonesia before back to your daily routines.
      Warimpurem always welcome you if you come in a future, hope we’ll meet again :)

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    I stayed in Waripurem nearly 2 weeks in February because it is the nearest homestay to the hospital in Waisai. I had an accident in Sorong and wanted to wait here until I was sure the wound would heal.
    The family was very friendly and did everything to make my stay enjoyable.
    The food was excellent. Every time something else always with various vegetables and fruits. Mama Engge is a really good cook.
    And at the meals I enjoyed the company of Fahmy when he was here. He was so helpful at any time. And I was happy to speak bahasa indonesia with him and I learned a lot.
    I could not swimm but spent a lot of time im my hammok.
    I have seen that other tourists who stayed here during my time enjoyed a lot snorkelling trips from here and also have seen both birds of paradise and other birds on a birdwalk

    • Hi, ibu Elisa.
      Thank you very much for your stay, testimonial and five stars rate here :-)
      We’re really sorry about your injury and we did as best as we can do for make your stays and holiday in raja ampat are not disappointing you.
      We hope your wound have been recovered and it’s not affects in your daily routines.

  3. I spent 4 days with Mama and her wonderful family and could have stayed much longer. It was such a relaxing time and I was made to feel so welcome. Christine, Arnold, Piter, Jeremy and Fahmy – thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome. Christine and Mama are both amazing cooks, every meal was delicious. The local village of Saporkren is a 10 minute walk away along a wooden walkway – make sure you go there and see the kids playing and fishing on the jetties and go snorkelling at the small beach behind the cemetery. If you have time I recommend going on a day trip with Arnold. He will take you to some great snorkelling spots close by on a long boat- have lunch on a quiet beach, snorkel or beachcomb at your leisure- such a great value day in pricey RA. Homestay is clean and quiet, simply perfect. Do yourself a favour and don’t skip over this beautiful slice of paradise.

    • Hi Jo, Thank you for your Stay, Feedback and Spontaneous English Class at Warimpurem Homestay :)
      Highly appreciate for your willingness to share with children in Saporken.
      Piter sent you a big Hugs and hope we will meet again in your next holiday in R4 :)

  4. Linda vant Hoff says:

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    Great family and good food, lovely beach for save swimming and fire on the beach. Enjoyed doing a spontaneous English class with the local children, if you go here it’s nice to bring some easy english books for the children.

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    We stayed at Warimpurem Homestay for two days, one night as a convenient waypoint on our arrival into Raja Ampat and break the journey onwards to Manyaifun. We were warmly received and enjoyed the reef by the homestay, relaxing in the sea and an early morning birdwatching excursion into the valley near Saproken.

    The pickup was prompt, homestay is clean, tidy with the basics to get you started. It was great help having Fami, a helpful english tourism teacher who is now resident at the homestay and can help converse in english. On the birdwatching trip, our guides were Bruhm and Mel – two of the family members from the homestay. They don’t speak much english, so if you choose to do this trip, do speak slowly to them – they are bright and will carry a bird identification book to point out features. We got to experience a very short performance of the Wilson Bird of Paradise in the rainforest jungle along with calls from Butcher Bird, Mimic Bird, Red BoP* and saw a pair of Hornbills, White Crested Coacatoos, Imperial Pinon Pigeons, honeyeaters, parrots, green and purple winged parrots (absolutely stunning in flight) and many swifts, butterflies, kingfishers and other rainforest creatures.

    The food was lovely and the family, despite of having a family gathering for a funeral at a neighbouring village ensured that we had company and food till our pick up arrived in late afternoon.

    The homestay is clean, friendly and offers a fantastic entry point to your Raja Ampat experience.

    * Note – If you are going to want to see the Bird of Paradise, the Red BOP is spotted on treetops high up in the mountain on this island so the trips are different than that for the Wilson BOP – on other islands, you can mix the trip and spotting them in one trip is easier.

  5. We have been in Warimpurem Homestay during 4-5 days and I just can say positive things about it. From the first moment, we were “adopted” as members of this nice family. The food is absolutely delicious!! and all family members were paying attention to us in every moment, really interested about our needs. There are at least three meals everyday and cofee and tea available during all the day: fish, meat, vegetables, cakes… Bungalows are very nice and toilet and “dining room” are well prepared. Good snorkelling place around the homestay and also around the village. We also went to see the paradise birds, which is a very nice and enjoyable trip. The village is at 15 minuts walking, and it’s nice to visit it if youu are interested not just in diving and snorkelling. Very good experience!! I really recommend it!!!

  6. I was been here 01/05/16-05/05/16. At first must know that before You coming to Raja Ampat in the ferry station must paid Travel Permit (Surat Jalan), there is so crazy – 1 000 000 rupiah for 4 days only. I coming here only for birding. The homestay as very simple but clean, food its’ ok but every day the same meals – fishes, vegetables, banana. The family were warm and wonderful. But no one speak english there is a big problem! because I came especially from Sulawesi to see and take a photos two species of Birds of paradise and other birds. I was been were disappointing because there were doesn’t has a Bird Guide Benny Mambrassar, he was in Manokwari at these dates, But I wrote and had informed before several times. The owner offered me the cuisin of Benny, HE DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH. I had some problems, doesn’t seen Wilson BOP, very small species of the birds. I walking by own and seen more birds than we birding together. Be aware and be carefully!
    Accomodation were quite good as described but there were the ants inside the room. All members of family were very friendly including all pets – dogs and the cat also. And I don’t like that the small parrots has been tied with a line on the tree , he can’t fly away only feed and sit there is non- acceptable!!! The place is amazing, there has on the beach, the sea and views are incredible nice!

  7. Larz van't Hoff says:

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    My family and I have visited Mama at Warimpurem Homestay more than once and have always had a great time with amazing snorkeling and delicious food. The family are very kind and will cater to your every need. I would suggest walking to Sapokareng village along the boardwalk and checking out the fresh water springs that come out of the rocks. Also snorkel along the same route from mamas to Sapokareng, the plate coral and fish diversity are amazing.

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    We stayed there for 4 nights in November for birdwatching. Unfortunately Mama Engge was only there for 1 day: food was delicious.
    On the other days food was still very good but not the best of Raja Ampat.
    It is a nice homestay with a relaxed feeling but if you more water-orientated other homestays offer better snorkeling.
    We were more than surprised by the exorbitant transport costs asked for a transfer from this homestay to Pulau Kri by slowboat. We politely declined and made arrangement though the homestay we stayed with on Pulau Kri.

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    We had originally booked to stay at Yenkangkanes next door but the room we had booked was taken. This honestly had no guests so we took the bungalow on the beach.

    As usual the room was basic but the mattress and pillows were comfy. There is a lack of comfy places to sit and the addition of some hammocks would be ideal. Electricity is on for a very short amount of time, normally around 3 or 4 hours.

    We walked to the nearby village and watched the children learning to spearfish and the villagers going about the daily routines which was nice.

    The comments about the food are justified, Engge is a wonderful cool, by far the best food we had in R4.

    There were some issues however. We arranged with the homestay to do a tour to see the Birds of Paradise which didn’t turn out as expected. We asked to see both Wilson’s and Red but on the day out guides spoke no English. We saw the Wilson’s but on our way through the jungle (in the dark) our “guide” walked so quickly we often lost sight of him and didn’t know where we were going. We tried to ask about seeing the Red BoP but our attempts fell on deaf ears..

    If you do stay here and want to see BoP I recommend booking with one of the guides recommended on this website.

    Other than that our stay was nice.

  8. Anita Gardner says:

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    Engelina and her family were so kind to us. It was like having a holiday family. The kids Peter and Jeremy were always up for having fun, it had a very warm, loving feeling at Warimpurem. Amazing food, fantastic views, 2 beaches, and great snorkelling. The dive resort next door ( raja amput dive resort) also had great dive trips, very well organised buisness. We went on a birds of paradise walk with Milky and Bram, up early at 4 am, saw both red bird of paradise and Wilson’s, great to be so immersed in nature.
    Bram was very helpful in translating and would often offer to go to the shop and pick up supplies ( cold beer :) We had a phrase book and had lots of fun communicating our thoughts and ideas with Engelina, she is a very patient teacher.
    We had a really special time here, she even came to wave us off at the ferry weeks later ( after we had left and stayed elsewhere). We would totally recommend Warimpurem to everyone! Thank you Engelina and family :)

  9. Burkhard Freund says:

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    had a great stay at Warimpurem, very friendly hosts, simple but quite acceptable accomodation, excellent food and easy access to birding sites

  10. Pam & Bill Scholtz says:

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    The beautiful film “Journey to the South Pacific” was the inspiration for our visit to Raja. At first we had planned to stay in a resort, but after discovering this amazing website, we decided to try the homestays, and we’re thrilled we did. This site did a really good job of presenting a realistic picture of what to expect from the homestay experience. We were in Raja for 9 days and we stayed at three homestays. They were very different and equally wonderful in their own way. At all three homestays, we were the only guests.

    Here is our review/comparison:

    KORYAU KAYEM/Mansuar
    Freddy, the owner was waiting for us as we disembarked from the Sorong Ferry and whisked us right to Mansuar. This homestay is in a great location because it is so central, yet feels remote.
    Pros- the homestay bungalow was huge, with a wonderful terrace from which to view the sunrise peeking over nearby Kri. Bathroom (separate toilet and shower!) was in a lovely grove of coconut palms and was very clean, and private. Over water location kept us relatively cool. Freddy runs the generator well past midnight, so charging your devices is not an issue. Meals were served on our own terrace, and the food, while very basic, was varied enough and there was plenty. Reef, reef, reef- snorkeling was excellent right off the homestay. It’s just a short, beautiful walk to nearby Yenbuba village where snorkeling was also amazing off the pier. Freddy was very social.
    Cons- Freddy could use a touch of maintenance on his place. We found some torn roofing so if it rained, you might get some wet belongings. Also three of the four chairs were broken, so we used the broken chairs as side tables for our electronics and toiletries (there was a large dining table on the verandah, however).

    YENDABABO/Southern Gam (Kordiris)
    Yendababo Homestay is on one end of a breathtaking sweep of beach. Mathias, the owner lives on site with his family. When we approached the Homestay by boat, we were a bit nonplussed to see four large modern bungalows with bright blue plastic roofs next to several traditional Papuan style huts. We were offered a choice to stay in the newer bungalows (private ensuite baths in each) but opted for the traditional hut. Mathias lives onsite with his family.
    Pros- the beach location with soft, white sand, palm trees, and emerald water is unsurpassed. The house reef had the most amazing variety of coral we saw anywhere. It was spectacular and we snorkeled several times a day during out stay. Our bungalow was not huge, but it was very well maintained, comfy mattress, and just steps away from the water. There was a very large table on our covered verandah for storing toiletries, electronics and whatnot. Mathias and family were ultra-accommodating…when he saw the one plug was not quite enough for our rechargeable camera batteries and phone, he instantly installed a power strip. Meals, served in the dining pavilion, were fantastic- wonderful fish, fried rice and eggs for breakfast, fresh vegetables, and plenty to eat. Excursion to Kubui Bay and The Passage would have been wonderful on its own, but Mathias also took us to Hidden Bay, a jaw-dropping inlet with turquoise and emerald green water, dotted with small islands. He also took us to several special snorkeling spots away from the homestay.
    Cons – although the bath hut contained a western-style toilet and western-style hand shower, both were in the same room- would’ve preferred separate spaces.
    Mathias is in the process of modernizing his homestay into a dive-oriented enterprise which he hopes to debut this summer. Although we realized the dive business is more lucrative, we fear the traditional spirit of Yendababo may be lost.

    WARIMPUREM/Waisai (Waigeo)
    This homestay felt very different from the others in that it is on the main island, and not so remote. Yet, Warimpurem was full of wonderful surprises that made it very special. The owner (did not remember his name) and his wife, the legendary Mama Engge, live on site with various relatives.
    Pros-the family at Warimpurem was probably the most friendly and inviting of all we came in contact with. And Mama Engge’s reputation as a fantastic cook is not overstated. The food we had here was incredible. One of our favorite memories, was daily tea around 430/5p when we were served fried plantains, which were the best we had ever tasted. The homestay property features a wonderful natural spring, which is exposed at low tide. The water is refreshing, and it is lovely to sit in it and watch the kids at play. We even joined some local women and did a bit of laundry there. There is something called the Firefly Tree, and it is magical. At night, thousands of fireflies light up a tree by the entrance to the homestay, and flash their lights on and off as if on the same circuit. It was breathtaking. Also, this homestay is close to more birdlife than most others, including the famed Bird of Paradise, although when we saw him, he did not display .
    Cons- Snorkeling was just ok here. Because our bungalow was away from the beach, and a bit more in the jungle, this was the only place where we experienced some mosquitoes, but there weren’t very many. The squat toilet (which actually wasn’t so bad) and the dip shower were in the same space when a separation would have been better. However, we spotted three nearly completed brand new buildings with western-style toilet and separate showers nearby so this won’t be an issue moving forward.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed with a friend 4 night at Warimpuren. Enggelina and her family were really nice and take good care of us. They were really friendly and Enggelina is always smiling. The food was really excellent and well served (yammy fried bananas). The bungalow is just near the beach and at night you ear waves and birds. They organised bird of paradise tour with good view of the birds. And Martin and specially Abraham spent some time with us chatting and walking to the village (Abraham speak really good english). Snorkeling at Saporkren is really good, but you need to bring your own gear.
    A really good place to be.

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • (4/5 starfishes)

    I stayed at Warimpurem Homestay for 5 nights in May 2014. I was blown away by its secluded beauty, simple lifestyle, warm family, and excellent sea food. Even though I was a female solo traveler first time in Raja Ampat with not much planning in advance, I was able to enjoy myself to the fullest especially because the family took care of me very well and helped me make arrangement for my activities every day. I think Waiego is the most accessible island in Raja Ampat, if you have limited time and budget, and Warimpurem Homestay can be a good base for those who plan on doing island hopping, snorkeling/diving, as well as exploring the interior jungle of the island. One of the highlights of my adventurous day (other than delicious dinner, of course) was to bath in the spring water overlooking the calm ocean in front of the homestay. I really hope to go back there soon again.

    • hay saya baru membaca komentar sodara rumi. sepertinya tempat ini termasuk salah satu tmpat recomended. tetapi di keterangan blog d tulis d homestay tidak menyediakan alat kebutuhan snorkling. bagi kami yang tdk memiliki alat snorkling bagaimana? terus untuk soal spot diving apakan homestay Warimpurem juga memberikan suguhan pantai yang sama indahnya dengan pantai2 yg lainnya ?
      terimakasih sebelumnya . saya butuh banyak referensi tips untuk berlibur soalnya bulan juli saya berencana untuk berlibur disana. :) :)

      • Hi nerin – You will need to bring your own snorkeling gear with you to Warimpurem. There are some beautiful beaches close to Warimpurem. You can easily walk to them. Hope that helps and you have a great vacation :)

  11. Gorgeous location, very scenic. We didn’t stay here but had lunch twice at this Homestay. They served fantastic food, very tasty and I am very grateful that they arranged it without much prior notice. Saporken Village is so scenic, it is definitely worth a visit.

  12. Vaast Verhulst says:

    Stayed there 3 nights in October 2013 , beautiful location , extremely friendly family and excellent sea food , heavenly .( neighbor Ben can take you to see the Paradise birds “cendrawassi”).
    Hopefully i can visit this hidden paradise soon again , Vaast Verhulst