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Reef dropoffWestern style toilet
Good house reefCalm beach
Diving availableGood phone signal
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
IDR 400,000 to 500,000Child discount
Yengkris Homestay is located on a fabulous Gam Island beach, near the entrance to Kabui Bay.
Two private bungalows sit in the shade of coconut palms on the edge of the beach. The bungalow verandahs have sweeping ocean views and small tables and chairs are provided. Bungalow bedrooms sleep two on mattresses on the floor. Bedding includes sheets, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets, and power outlets and room light switches are provided.
Meals at Yengkris Homestay are served in a large beachside dining shelter. Drinking water and tea and coffee making supplies are always freely available there for guests.
Guests share a bathroom building where a western style toilet and dip mandi (bucket) bathing are supplied.
Electricity at Yengkris Homestay is supplied by generator and is only available from sunset to around midnight. The area receives good cell phone reception and a (slow) 4G data connection is usually available.
Basic supplies are available in the village of Yenbeser, which is about a ten minute boat ride away. Please be sure to take all your inorganic rubbish away with you when leaving Yengkris Homestay. There’s no non-polluting means of disposal of such trash in Raja Ampat.
English is not spoken at Yengkris Homestay, so it would be a good idea to bring a translation app or phrasebook with you if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Coconut crabs: This protected species is unfortunately hunted and sold at some places in Raja Ampat. Please don’t buy any. Yengkris Homestay will refuse to cook them for you and will insist you release them instead.
Transport / Getting there
One-way transfers between Yengkris Homestay and Waisai cost IDR 500,000
Transfers are longboat, and the cost is shared by passengers. (Maximum capacity of 6.)
Diving & snorkelling
Be sure to bring your snorkelling gear: Yengkris Homestay affords safe swimming over a sandy bottom close inshore, transitioning to a coral reef that offers excellent snorkelling as you get further out. The beach is perfect for children, as it is not swept by the fast tidal currents experienced in most places in Raja Ampat. Be aware of what the tide is doing when venturing out from the shallows, though! Turtles and small sharks are often seen in the shallows by day and walking sharks can be seen at night. Look long enough and you will also find giant clams, black tip reef sharks and the occasional wobbegong (carpet shark).
The jungles of Gam are rich with wildlife: Red Birds of Paradise display nearby, and kuskus are sometimes seen at night. Other interesting places nearby include the Kanji-inscribed Japanese naval survey marker on Monkairi/Batu Lima (good snorkelling there too), Kabui Bay, Friwen and Yenbeser villages and the historic and very scenic Dore Mkun inlet.
Yengkris Homestay can of course organise any snorkelling, sightseeing and island-hopping trips you might want to make, and diving can be arranged with a neighbouring dive center.
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.