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Western style toiletQuiet hideaway
English speakingGood house reef
Has email contactCalm beach
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Has ensuite bathroom/toiletIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Yenaduak Homestay is located in a quiet, coral rich bay on the northern coast of Birie Island, which lies off the north coast of Batanta.
Five VIP bungalows with ensuite bathrooms are available at Yenaduak. The bungalows have indoor bathrooms and verandahs with sea views, a table and chairs. Bedding is mattresses on the floor, and includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Bedrooms are equipped with room light switches and power outlets. Extra mattresses are available if more than 2 guests will sleep in a bungalow.
Meals are served in a sand floored beachside dining shelter and free tea, coffee and drinking water are always available there.
Electricity for lighting and charging devices is supplied by generator and is available from sunset to around midnight. Mobile phone reception is variable. SMS and phone calls are possible and a slow Edge (E) data connection can sometimes be made.
The nearest village is Arefi, on the island of the same name to the west of Yenaduak. It’s about 3km away by boat. Only basic supplies can be bought in Arefi, so bring anything you can’t live without with you. (Be sure to take any packaging home with you though – there’s no safe means of inorganic waste disposal in Raja Ampat. See our Don’t rubbish Raja Ampat article for more about this.)
English is spoken at Yenaduak Homestay.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers from Waisai to Yenaduak Homestay cost IDR 1,300,000 each way. Transfers are by longboat capable of carrying up to four passengers and trip cost is shared by passengers.
Transfers direct to/from Sorong are also available (max 4 passengers) and cost IDR 2,500,000 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, so probably cheaper to Batanta. 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 Arefi. (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.
Yenaduak Homestay is quiet, remote and isolated and has spectacular healthy coral at the doorstep. It’s a perfect getaway for lovers of tropical islands, beaches and coral reefs.
The main activities available are snorkelling (bring your own gear), hiking and simply relaxing and taking in the blue panoramas extending across the strait to Waigeo. Blacktip reef sharks and dolphins are common sights in the waters at Yenaduak and dugongs can sometimes be seen at high tide. Turtles often nest on Birie Island’s beaches and bioluminescent plankton sparkle in the homestay’s waters at night. At low tide long beach walks become possible and Birie Island’s jungles are home to a huge variety of fauna and there are trails by which it can be explored. The spectacular Wilson’s Bird of Paradise can be observed nearby on Batanta.
Boat trips to explore the many islands and bays of Batanta’s north coast can also be organised and the pretty nearby village of Arefi is also well worth visiting. A selection of the many possible trips is provided below. Prices are per trip in IDR and are shared by trip passengers. Trips for larger groups can be organised, but will require a larger boat and will be more expensive.
|Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (max 3)||600,000|
|Red Bird of Paradise (max 3)||600,000|
|Batanta waterfall (max 3)||300,000|
|Arefi village visit (max 4)||250,000|
|Piaynemo day trip (max 4)||4,000,000|
|Transfer to/from Manyaifun (max 4)||4,000,000|
|Transfer to/from Gam/Arborek (max 4)||1,500,000|
|Transfer to/from Mansuar/Kri (max 4)||800,000|
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.