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Has email contactGood phone signal
WiFi availableReef dropoff
Hiking availableBusy homestay
Good house reefCalm beach
Child discountAbove IDR 600,000
Has raised bedsSandy Beach
Western style toiletOn site dive centre
Has ensuite bathroom/toiletDiving available
Yenbuba Homestay has seven over-water private bungalows and two VIP beach bungalows. Over water bungalows sleep two, while the VIP land bungalows can sleep 3.
All bungalows have verandahs with table and chair settings, hammocks and ocean views. Bungalow bedrooms have double beds equipped with pillows, bolsters, sheets and mosquito nets.
The VIP bungalows have ensuite bathroom and toilet. Guests staying in over-water bungalows share a bathroom building. A tiled, three room building contains bucket bathing and a shower in one room, a western style toilet in another and a squat toilet in the third.
Meals are served in a large beachside dining room with views across the strait to Gam and Waigeo. The dining room has two large tables with bench style seating and free tea, coffee and drinking water are always available there for guests. Power outlets are available for charging devices.
There’s good mobile phone reception with data services available at Yenbuba Homestay. Electricity is provided by generator for device charging and lighting from sunset to about midnight. Yenbuba provides free WiFi for guests.
Mansuar’s Yenbuba village is a ten minute boat ride away and basic supplies can be purchased there. As for all Raja Ampat homestays, please take any inorganic trash you generate away with you: You’ll be contributing to the rubbishing of Raja Ampat if you don’t.
English is spoken at Yenbuba.
Transport / Getting there
Soul Scuba Divers is based at Yenbuba Homestay. Soul Scuba is a completely separate business to Yenbuba, and (unlike at homestay-owned dive centers) accommodation at Yenbuba does not automatically guarantee diving with Soul Scuba. To avoid disappointment, book your dives with Soul Scuba separately.
Please note: In October 2019, dive centers at Kri made an agreement that they will not ‘steal’ clients from each other. This means that, if you are a guest of a Kri homestay with an on-site dive center, then you will only be able to dive with that dive center. If you want to be free to try different dive centers on Kri, then do not book Kri accommodation at a homestay with an on-site dive center.
Yenbuba has great snorkeling on its house reef beyond the inshore seagrass shallows. You need to bring your own snorkelling gear. At low tide extensive sandbanks join Kri to the nearby islet of Ransiwor and beyond that to Mansuar. The sandbanks are worth exploring to see the myriad of creatures trapped in the tidal pools, but be sure to wear sun protection while doing so!
The sandbanks also provide access to the village of Yenbuba on Mansuar, which has some great snorkelling beneath its jetty and in the channel between Yenbuba and Ransiwor. Be aware of currents if you decide to explore the channel.
The sandbanks make it possible to walk to Yenbuba at low tide, but be careful to time your return appropriately or you’ll be in need of a boat to get back.
Paths lead to the heights of northern Kri behind the homestay, from where panoramic Dampier Strait views can be had. The jungle you’ll pass through on the way is rich with birdlife and if you’re quiet and observant you may encounter one of Kri’s resident monitor lizards. Long walks along the north shore of Kri are possible at low tide, and crossing the sandbanks mentioned above will open up the possibility of long treks from Yenbuba to the other villages and sights of Mansuar.
Yenbuba Homestay Tours
Yenbuba can organise a variety of guided tours in Raja Ampat. Prices for the most popular of those are in the table below. Just ask if you’d like to organise a custom tour. Prices quoted are IDR per trip and are shared by participants…
|Kabui Bay and Passage||2,000,000|
|Red Bird of Paradise @ Sawinggrai||600,000|
See our Kri Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.