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Western style toiletQuiet hideaway
Good phone signalHas family bungalows
Above IDR 500,000Child discount
Yenbaynus Homestay is a finely built and nicely decorated homestay near Yenbeser village in eastern Gam.
The main over-water building has two rooms, each of which sleeps two on mattresses on the floor. Bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Power outlets and room light switches are provided.
Also available is a private over water bungalow that sleeps three. A real double bed is provided, along with an extra mattress on the floor if required. The bedroom has sliding doors, a shelf and mirror and power outlets. The room opens onto a decking with wide ocean views and a hammock.
The main bungalow rooms have semi-private verandahs equipped with tables and chairs. The verandahs open to a common area where guests share meals at a long bar-style table. Free drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are freely available in the common area. It’s a great place to relax in the shade while taking in the views to Yenbeser and watching for the kingfishers that hunt the turquoise ocean shallows from the overhanging jungle.
Yenbaynus Homestay also provides a 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.
Yenbaynus Homestay receives a reasonably strong mobile phone signal, and a slow internet connection is often available.
Very little English is spoken at Yenbaynus 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
Be sure to bring snorkelling gear with you, as the reefs at Yenbaynus 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!
Yenbaynus 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 Yenbaynus. Sturdy footwear and a guide is highly recommended.
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.