Birie Island - Batanta
5 x On land - VIP bungalow
A single room bungalow with ensuite bathroom and toilet. Sleeps max. 2 persons / room.
Use the booking form to calculate exact pricing for your booking
Twin share from USD 26.92 per person / night including 3 meals daily
Single occupancy from USD 26.92 per person / night including 3 meals daily
- Has email contact
- Reef dropoff
- English speaking
- Large groups OK
- Good house reef
- Quiet hideaway
- Calm beach
- Sandy Beach
- Western style toilet
- Has ensuite bathroom/toilet
- IDR 400,000 to 500,000
- Has private bungalows
September 2022: Yenaduak Homestay has not yet reopened after the pandemic. Please contact us if you want to be notified when/if Yenaduak reopens.
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. You will need to contact your hosts if you want to be picked up from Sorong instead of Waisai. (Contact details are provided in booking confirmation emails.)
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Public Boat to Batanta
If you have plenty of time, you don’t mind a bit of discomfort, and you want spend as little as possible on transport costs, then there are cargo boats that you can use to get to Batanta. (Obviously, if you are going to arrive on the cargo boat, then you don’t need to request a Waisai pickup when submitting the booking form above.)
Here’s what you need to know about getting the cargo boat to Batanta.
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.