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Good phone signalReef dropoff
Quiet hideawayHas family bungalows
Western style toiletIDR 500,000 to 600,000
Yenbainus Homestay is a finely built and nicely decorated homestay near Yenbeser village in eastern Gam.
Three over water bungalows are available. The bungalows sleep three on mattresses on the floor.
Meals are served in an over water dining room, and there is an over-water sun deck at the front of the homestay. A table and long bench with a backrest and an accompanying wooden recliner make the most of the ocean views to Pulau Friwen.
Guests share a tiled floor bathroom building that hugs the low cliffs behind the bungalow. The bathroom is accessed via a short boardwalk and has two rooms. A western style toilet occupies one, and bucket bathing and a shower is provided in the other.
Electricity is provided by generator from sunset to about midnight. In an emergency, you can charge small devices during the day from a low output solar supply.
Yenbainus Homestay receives a reasonably strong mobile phone signal, and a slow internet connection is often available.
Very little English is spoken at Yenbainus Homestay, so bringing a phrasebook is a good idea if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Yenbeser village can be accessed on foot at low tide. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Yenbeser, and only basic supplies of the kind used by local people are available in the village shops.
As everywhere else in Raja Ampat, you need to take any inorganic waste away with you when you leave. Especially plastic! The lack of recycling (or even safe landfill) in Raja Ampat means that you’ll only be contributing to the trashing of paradise if you leave it behind.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Yenbainus Homestay and Waisai are by longboat and cost IDR 600,000 each way if less than 3 passengers, or IDR 700,000 for 3 to 5 passengers. The transfer cost is shared among boat passengers (5 max).
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Be sure to bring snorkelling gear with you, as the reefs at Yenbainus Homestay are a delight.
Turtles are quite common and dugongs also occasionally make an appearance. The inshore shallows are safe for children, but be aware of tidal currents if you venture out to the dropoff where all the action is. When the tide’s running, it’s easy to spend far too long spellbound at the rich marine life there, only to raise your head and find you have a long swim back to the homestay!
Yenbainus Homestay can arrange snorkelling and sightseeing tours to anywhere you want to go. See our Gam Island guide for some suggestions.
The jungle behind the homestay is rich in bird life and can be explored from Yenbainus. Sturdy footwear and a guide is highly recommended.
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.