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Hiking availableBirds of Paradise
Has raised bedsWestern style toilet
IDR 400,000 to 500,000Diving available
Yengkawe Birdwatching Homestay sits next to the mouth of a jungled ravine on the southern coast of Waigeo at the entrance to Kabui Bay. There are two private, over water bungalows. Both have raised beds. Sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets are supplied.
The bungalows have small table shelves and bath towels are provided. Power outlets and room light switches are available in all rooms.
Meals are served in an over-water dining room. Free drinking water, tea and coffee are always available to guests there.
Bathroom and toilet facilities are housed in a separate building and are shared by all guests. The toilet is western pedestal style. A separate dip mandi bathroom is located next to it. The bathroom building is on land, and is accessed by a boardwalk.
There’s a strong mobile phone signal at Yengkawe Homestay and a (slow) data connection is usually possible. Electricity for lighting and charging devices is available 24/7.
Basic supplies can be purchased at Saporkren village, which is only a few minutes away by boat. Its also possible to walk to Saporkren via a jungle path (about 30 minutes.) Like everywhere else in Raja Ampat, there’s no safe way to dispose of inorganic waste at Yengkawe, so it’s best to take all yours away with you when you leave to avoid the possibility of further rubbishing paradise.
Some Yengkawe staff can speak basic English, but it would be a good idea to bring a phrasebook if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Yengkawe Birdwatching Homestay’s little secret bay is a great quiet hideaway. A powder-soft white sand beach lies at the mouth of a jungled limestone gorge, with views across clear turquoise water to Gam Island.
There’s good snorkeling in the waters around the homestay and dolphins pass close by the homestay every day between 10am and noon as they patrol Kabui Bay.
As suggested by Yengkawe’s name, birdlife abounds in the jungle surrounding the homestay and there’s a path to a hilltop viewpoint for panoramic views across Kabui Bay, Gam and Urai Islands. A guided trek to the viewpoint costs IDR 100,000 per person. You can also hike through the jungle to Saporkren, where you can experience village life, refresh yourself in the freshwater springs on the beach and get in a little more snorkelling.
Diving & snorkeling
Yengkawe Homestay can arrange diving with nearby operators. Yengkawe can arrange snorkelling trips to any site you wish. See the day trip table below for a few of the more popular options.
Trips to see Birds of Paradise can be arranged for IDR 250,000 per person.
Prices are in Indonesian Rupiah and are all inclusive and shared by boat passengers. Time is made for snorkeling (bring your own gear) and dives can be included but will cost an additional IDR 500,000 per person per dive.
|Kabui Bay/Batu Pensil with lunch at Urai Island|| 3,000,000|
|Manta Point with lunch at Friwen Island|| 3,000,000|
|Pasir Timbul sandbank with lunch at Mios Kun|| 2,500,000|
|Tanjung Besi half day tour (lunch at Yengkawe)|| 1,500,000|
|Wayag full day packet tour||14,000,000|
|Piaynemo full day tour||7,000,000|
See our Waigeo Island page for an overview of the island and its attractions.