Most guests at Yenkangkanes have come to observe Waigeo’s famed Wilson’s Bird of Paradise, but there’s good snorkeling available and the walk to Saporkren village along the beach at low tide reveals three strongly flowing springs of beautifully cool fresh water.
Birds of Paradise
Both Wilson’s and the Red Bird of Paradise can be seen near Yenkangkanes. Tours leave before dawn at around 4.00am and cost IDR 100,000 for the Red and IDR 200,000 for the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. See Benny Mambrasar’s Bird of Paradise guide page for more information.
Wobbegong Dive Adventures operates a subsidiary dive center at Yenkangkanes Homestay, specialising in house reef and night dives. A minimum of three divers is needed for a dive to be arranged. The center has a compressor and tanks, BCDs, regulators, masks, fins, wetsuits and weight belts for up to six divers. See this page for essential Raja Ampat diving safety information.
Yenkangkanes offers good snorkeling (bring your own gear) over seagrass rich with fish and the reef that clothes the drop off beyond the seagrass beds. Dolphins frequently cruise the drop off in front of the homestay. The nearby village of Saporkren has great snorkelling too, especially over the colourful corals around the jetty that extends into Kabui Bay on the western side of the village. There’s good snorkelling beneath Saporkren’s main jetty too.
A day long snorkeling tour is available. The trip takes snorkelers to Kabui Bay, Urai Island, Batu Lima, Kri Island and Manta point. The tour costs IDR 2,000,000 and the cost may be shared among the boat passengers.
Saporkren village is well worth a visit, especially by walking along the beach at low tide. In addition to the previously mentioned springs, there are some great sandy coves and a raised boardwalk around a bluff on the outskirts of the village. The village itself is very picturesque and its inhabitants friendly and welcoming. If the tide is high, Saporkren can also be reached by walking along the road from Yenkangkanes and taking a jungle path from where the road ends. The road is quiet except on holidays when people from Waisai visit the beaches for picnics.