Yenkangkanes Homestay, Saporkren, Waigeo, Raja Ampat

Yenkangkanes Homestay

Waigeo - Near Waisai

  • Amazing - 5 starfish
  • Amazing - 5 starfish
  • Amazing - 5 starfish
  • Amazing - 5 starfish
  • Amazing - 5 starfish
  • (5/5 starfishes)

Dolphins at the front door and both Wilson’s and Red Birds of Paradise out the back, Yenkangkanes’ over-water bungalow is pure Raja Ampat.


Rooms
1 x On land - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
2 x Over water - Room in a bungalow Sleeps max. 2 persons / room
Rates
Single IDR 350,000 / night / person
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Details

Yenkangkanes Homestay has an ocean bungalow with two rooms, each of which sleeps two people on mattresses equipped with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. A shared verandah has a couple of wooden chairs from which to take in the ocean views across to Gam and Friwen island. A third similarly equipped room is available for a further two guests in the large owners’ bungalow on land.

Mama Morin’s excellent meals are served in a dining shelter set in the shade of beachside trees. Drinking water, tea and coffee are always freely available to guests there. The dining room has power outlets available to charge devices.

Guests share a single bathroom shelter with a combined dip mandi and squat toilet.

There’s good phone reception at Yenkangkanes Homestay – it usually provides a decent data connection. A generator provides electricity from sunset until around 1.00am and a backup solar system provides lighting after that.

Basic supplies are available in the nearby village of Saporkren, which is a short boat ride or 30 minute walk away. Alternatively, Waisai can be reached by car in about 20 minutes. Please do your best to avoid contributing to Raja Ampat’s growing rubbish problem by taking all your inorganic trash away with you when you leave.

Florens has good English and lives on site.

Transport / Getting there

A sealed road connects Yenkangkanes to Waisai and ferry harbour transfers cost IDR 250,000 each way. Vehicles used can easily accommodate 4 guests and baggage.

Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.

Activities

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.

Diving

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.

Snorkeling

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.

Village visits

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.

Features

  • Near village
  • Association member
  • Reef dropoff
  • Seagrass
  • Hiking available
  • Coral
  • Birds of Paradise
  • English speaking
  • Calm beach
  • Diving available
  • Good phone signal
  • Sandy Beach
  • On site dive centre
  • IDR 0 to 350,000

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Name Florens Gaspersz
Phone +6285244587691
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Name Margaretha Morin
Phone +6282198560667

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35 thoughts on “Yenkangkanes Homestay

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Great home stay ! Margaretha is very good cook, something different in the sauces every day. Snorkelling, birdwatching, walking through the rainforest. Great ! Highly recommended.

  1. tom flengeris says:

    hello all,
    I tried using the online booking form here and didn’t receive a reply from this Homestay. I then used skype and called Florens.. Who, after about 10 minutes, was able to confirm my booking verbally. I did provide for her my email, hoping to receive a written confirmation of the booking, but to no avail. Anyway, I managed to verbally confirm a 4 day (3 night stay) with Florens. Has anyone else stayed with them where they booked via a skype/phone call, but didn’t actually receive a written confirmation? I’m just trying to gauge what the chances are that they will not be expecting me when I arrive on their doorstep lol (right about now, I’m thinking I think the odds are substantially high! haha)

  2. Matthew Blakeway-Phillips says:

    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    Lovely homestay with simple rooms over water. Food was good and varied, with more veggies than many RA homestays. Obviously fish is a staple. Snorkeling is good in front of the homestay, but much better if you walk through the village to the secret bay beyond the village cemetery. Birdwatching is great in the forest behind. There is a good English-speaking bird guide that you can hire to take you to where the bird of paradise display, but don’t expect them to perform with certainty. Mosquitos and other vermin were not a problem.

  3. Gavin Davies says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We just stayed here for three nights. Great location on little beach in over the water room, nice and cool with plenty of space to sit out and put a hammock. Food was absolutely delicious and very plentiful. Everyone very friendly and nice village a sort walk away. We saw Cuscus around the homestay a few times and also dolphins on the drop off. Lots of villagers passing in the evening in boats singing and waving. It’s just a short drive from Waisai ferry.
    Don’t miss the birds of paradise trip with Benny who lives over the road from the homestay. He is a real gentleman and very enthusiastic about birds, his hours are very reasonable and he shows you many, many things.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed there for 3 nights and would definitely recommend the Homestay. We stayed in the room above the water which was really lovely, watching birds and the odd dolphin go by.

    The owners here were great. Really top notch food and very attentive to filling up your water by your room.

    The snorkelling is pretty good out in front of the Homestay with good corals and fish life. We were lucky to see a blacktip shark and a cuttlefish. If you want somewhere else to snorkel walk to the village (Sapoken, bad spelling) very friendly kids and locals, it’s worth bringing some money for snacks. If you carry on through the village you get to the West Pier, through the graveyard, which has great fish life. We were completely surrounded by fish and they were smashing into us!

    We also did both the Wilson and Red birds of paradise which is definitely worth doing. We were taken by Benny who is a very accomplished bird guide not just in waigeo but also the rest of Papua. He pointed out all sorts of birds which we would normally miss.

    Overall this Homestay is a great stepping stone before going further to Kri and Gam. With a great variety of activities and friendly owners it is a must stay in my opinion.

  4. Dominic Chaplin says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    A lovely spot. It is rare that your holiday destination is actually nicer than you imagined but this was the case. The room overlooking the ocean was so lovely that it was a struggle to get out and enjoy the Birds of Paradise or walk down to the delightful local village along the beach. I spent 6 days here but that was not enough time.

  5. Rosdiana Moore says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Yenkangkanes is excellent. We (2 adults and 1 child (11yo) stayed there on 27/12/2016. I regret that we stayed only 1 night in Yenkangkanes. We should stayed there for 3 nights instead of move to Kri (see my review on Mambetron). They sent Wilson to pick us up from Waisai, all went very well. We did Wilson & Red Bird of Paradise walk the next morning (be ready to wake up at 4am), it was excellent! Ibu Margaretha provided us with the best food in Raja Ampat! We stayed in 4 different accommodation on our 10 days trip and no one beats her in cooking. They also provided us with fruits, water and hot water is always available on our verandah. The family keeps the accommodation clean. The toilet & shower are very CLEAN. It was a fabulous stay, I will stay there again when we return to Raja Ampat one day. Thank you Yenkangkanes.

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Take a taxi from the ferry about 30 minutes. Nice family who serves very good food. Delightful accommodation on the water, we saw dolfins and waving villagers in their boats. Here is opportunity to see the paradise birds Wilsson and Red. Benny is a good English speaking guide.

  6. Zuni picarelli says:

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    I stayed here my first night , we had no pick up waiting and I had Tex a message we wanted a waisai pick up. I did not want to make arrangements then go off elsewhere. If I did this again and there was no one waiting I would get on a boat and go else where. But the cabin over the water was superb. No reef but a wonderful sunset and lots of different veggies. Good food.

    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    We recently returned to UK from an amazing 3 weeks trip around this part of indonesia and west Papua and can highly recommend
    Yenkangkanes Homestay
    Yenros Homestay

    We stayed 3 nights in both home stays. Yenkangkanes – we had room over the sea with sea breeze. Thoroughly enjoyed the added bonus of sitting on the veranda to watching the tide come in and out – saw so much just looking into the crystal clear water. Snorkelling from beach was easy and fascinating. Walking trip to see Wilson’s bird of paradise for dawn an incredible sight. went from here for ~20 min boat to Yenros. Excellent place to stay -lovely family with a delightful 4 year old , beautiful beach and again great easy snorkelling. My three bits of advice regarding snorkelling are: a rash shirt or equivalent for sun protection is essential and watch out if you are out snorkelling and it is near low tide you will need to find the channel the boat comes in to find your way back for safe clearance from the corals. You will need to bring your own gear. Flippers at Yenkankanes not sure at Yenros

  7. I have not stayed with you but I am coming with a friend nov 14 . We arrive Sunday 13 and hope to take the 9 am boat to waisai . Stay a few days and do excursions .
    Can I get permit in waisai ? Is office open by 8 am in Sorong mo day before boat leaves
    Saya bicara sedikit Bahasa . Tetapi easier for me to write in English

  8. Catherine Griffiths & Steve Firth says:

    Stayed 2 nights at Yenkangkanes in September 2016, one of 3 homestays we visited. We made this our first base on arrival at Waisai, as it was close to the port and quick and easy to get to by car. One of the people at the visitors centre can get a vehicle for you.

    The over water bungalow was good – decent size room, comfortable mattress, good mossie net and a nice verandah to sit on and gaze out to sea. We saw dolphins from here on one of the evenings.

    The bathroom was basic but clean, with a simple kind of a shower which made washing much easier than the normal mandi!

    Food was good and plentiful. Also some nice touches like afternoon snacks. We were up very early both mornings to go birding. On the first morning we were brought hot water and banana fritters at 4:30am which were very welcome, but on the second morning we weren’t given anything before leaving.

    We were taken birding by Abraham both days, who seemed to be one of the family members. The walk is pretty steep and hot, but is manageable as long as you have enough water with you. On the first day we initially went to the Red Bird of Paradise display site and watched a great display, although the display trees are pretty tall so you are relatively far away (NB: the display trees on Gam island are a lot closer). We then went to the site for Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and were treated to an amazing sighting of this wonderful bird. We enjoyed this so much we went back – just to the Wilson’s site – the next morning and it was well worth the second trip.

    Price for the trips were 200,000R per person per display site, so 800,000R for the first day and 400,000R for the second. Abraham was also knowledgeable about other birds.

    The homestay also arranged a longboat to take us to Nudibranch homestay, which turned up in time and cost 1,000,000R.

    Overall, would recommend.

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Good service from homestay. We always come back late in the afternoon, but mama will go to the kitchen and prepare for our lunch everyday. Food is good. For BOP, just walk for 1.5 hour in very early morning. Guide can take you the place that easy to see both of BOP.

  9. Lysette And Tony says:

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    We had a wonderful time at Yenkangkanes.

    The things we liked about this homestay were:

    + It’s a great base for seeing the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (and many other endemic birds) as well as some incredible insect life
    + Margarethe (and her extended family) were super friendly and made us feel very much at home. Margarethe is also a superb cook!
    + It’s a great base to find your feet in Raja Ampat before venturing out to more remote places
    + Our hosts were very helpful in organising trips, excursions and transport (Melky took us to see the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and worked very hard to make sure we had a great experience)
    + It’s close to Waisai, so very accessible by ojek or car

    Yenkangkanes was quite busy compared with other homestays. But if you’re a solo traveller this means it’s a great place to meet other like-minded people. The beach is not as pretty (or remote) as some others but there is still very good snorkelling out the front and close-by. There were also plenty of dolphins frolicking in the waters out the front and great sunsets.

    The Raja Ampat Dive Resort is a ten minute walk away if you’re desperate for a cold beer. It’s also easy (and cheap) to hire a kayak from here to explore the coastline (which is a lovely thing to do in the late afternoon).

    A big thanks to Margarethe and all for making our stay so enjoyable. Injo nabor, Margarethe!

  10. Brigitte Saar says:

    I have had a wonderful time at this place! Did stay 5 days.
    Very friendly hosting. Margareta is a very good cook! Breakfast came to my bungalow always with a big smile.
    Boat to Gam in the morning on time.
    I think at the end of my trip I will stay there again!!!

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    Four of us made this our first stop. Benny met us at the ferry and got us transportation to the homestay. We had a very hot and strenuous hike to see both BOP. The whole trip was about 6 hours long and we had misinformation about how long the hike would be. We were drenched in sweat, and could have benefited from more water and brought snacks if we’d realized how long it would be. We were rewarded with lots of birds including the stars. Also saw cuscus. Benny was a wonderful naturalist and we appreciated his sense of humor.

    Food was delicious. Adults, kids, and dogs were friendly. Gorgeous hike if you realize its a bit more than 20 minutes and its pretty much all uphill on the way there. Good house reef. The beds and sitting area with coffee and tea and fruit on the veranda were the nicest we stayed at. The walkway over the water and the deck are a bit rickety and could benefit from some more skilled carpentry to make them safer.

    All in all this was our favorite homestay experience and best guide.

    • Very good - 4 starfish
    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    • (4/5 starfishes)

    We stayed here for 3 nights at the over-water bungalow. The view and location was great, however you really feel every move that someone is making on the jetty or in the other room. So not to be recommended for light sleepers. Margareta and her family were very helpful and the food was good and always enough. Bathroom was very basic, but clean. The beach here is not really as nice as at other locations (Kri, etc.). But it´s a good location to do some exkursions. We went diving with Raja Ampat Dive Resort, which is a 10 Minute walk away and compared with the homestay dive places we felt a lot saver. The managers Steffi & Martin were super nice and we also did a trip to Wayag with them, which was amazing. Also if you want to get a cold beer, this is the place. Overall a nice place to stay, if you want to do excursions and stuff from there.

  11. John Salisbury says:

    • Good - 3 starfish
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    • (3/5 starfishes)

    Had a mixed experience here! My booking was confirmed through Stay Raja Ampat and I requested pickup in Waisai, but the homestay had no record of my booking and told me they were full. This may be an issue with the booking site and not the homestay, however.

    Also, I’m not sure if the contact info provided by the booking site is correct – I sent an SMS to Florens to confirm but never received a reply.

    The room was simple, but the homestay was beautiful! I stayed in a land bungalow, and was very jealous of the guests staying in the ocean bungalow. The food was OK – some nights, it was absolutely amazing, but for some meals, it was just leftovers from breakfast or lunch.

    The trek to see the birds-of-paradise was awesome – saw both the Red and the Wilson’s. Benny, the local guide, was already taking another group, so I went with Milky (his brother).

    Either the price advertised by Stay Raja Ampat for the tour (300,000 idr) is incorrect, or Milky overcharged me – either way, I got charged 550,000 to see both.

    There isn’t much snorkeling in front of the homestay, but there’s great snorkeling down the road.

    Overall, I would probably recommend another homestay, unless your only goal is to see the birds of paradise.

    • Hi John and thanks for the feedback –

      When you make a booking through the website booking form, you are doing so directly with the homestay, as explained here, so… ;)

      Our apologies if the supplementary contact details and tour prices are outdated: While most homestays are great at updating us regarding the booking system number and accommodation prices, other details often get forgotten about. It would be a whole lot easier if we were based in Raja Ampat!

  12. Connor Wright says:

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We had a lovely 1 night stay here with Margarita and her family at their gorgeously rustic homestay, complete with pet parrots. It was a wondering experience waking up over the water.

    Would recommend to all.

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    I had a great time in Yenkangkanes Homestay..staying 3 nights over the water. It felt like real paradise. I wanna say thanks again for a great and delicious food I had. The family is just amazing. Bird guide Benny Mambrasar is the best bird guide!!!He know all the birds and will be anxious to help you find the species you looking for. I can only recommend this man and his father.
    Yenkangkanes is great place to stay in Raja Ampat…food,snorkling,jungle and all the birds and sounds around you..I just Love it!!!

    • Amazing - 5 starfish
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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We spent 2 wonderful nights in the over water cottage of Yenkangkens Homestay & had very thrilling & enjoyable experience.

    Margarita & her family members are really the people of golden hearts. They do not know English, but silently kept eyes on our safety & comfort & was always there with their welcoming smiles. They served tasty food in huge amount. Margarita’ s daughter Florence knows English, but she was not there during our stay. She sent her English-speaking cousin Abraham, so that we wouldn’t face any communication difficulty. Abraham is a very friendly & cooperative guy. He arranged a fishing boat for us & one afternoon we two along with Abraham & his Girlfriend visited Kri Island for snorkeling. The corals were amazingly beautiful & the landscape was just mesmerising!

    Our chief attraction was seeing the display of Red Bird of Paradise & Wilson Bird of Paradise & our motivation was successful! We got great photographs. Our guide Milky was very sincere in his duty & caring by nature.

    Yenkangkens Homestay is the ideal place for nature-lovers & not at all suitable for luxury-seekers. Best wishes for all the good people we met in Yenkangkens & the other parts of the village.

  13. Tom Ballinger says:

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    We stayed here twice for a total of five nights. Florens and her family are wonderful, helpful in every way and very kind. Her father Arnold took us in a small boat (ask for life vests) to a mangrove swamp are where we hiked through some gardens into untouched forest. There are crowned pigeons there but seen better in early morning and late afternoon. It was a very interesting hike and we could have spent all day there. Along the way we met a man washing Sago and another hollowing out a tree for a canoe. Another very interesting hike he took us on was a six hour–very relaxed, we looked at every flower, bug and bird,–loop hike along a road into the interior and back to the nearby village.
    I could go on and on about the hospitality at Yenkangkanes. We look forward to returning and spending more time in the area. Yes, we did see the BoP’s and a Palm Cockatoo that visited each morning in trees above the homestay.

  14. Steve Anyon-Smith says:

    • Very good - 4 starfish
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    Florens and her family were simply wonderful. Here we had the best food of any of our four homestays. We had a focus on birdwatching and bird guide Benny Mambrasar couldn’t do enough to help us – for a very reasonable rate. Many of the birds we saw at or near Yenkangkanes we did not see elsewhere. And we loved the “over the water” bungalow.

  15. Virginie Vacher says:

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    • (5/5 starfishes)

    Stayed there 3 nights, in the bungalow on stilts, a little frightening at high tide but waow ! The price was 350 IDR. By the way, another one is under construction. Great food, very friendly and helpful people. Snorkelling is possible, not wonderful though, but I did see a large group of bumpheads and a turtle. Schools of sardines (?) hide in the shadow of the bungalow and at low tide you can watch small mantis shrimps bustling around. Birds of paradise can be seen if you’re ready to wake up very early and climb in the forest but bird lovers can also see the papuan frogmouth up a tree in the homestay right next door and the small road from Waisai is excellent for birding, almost no traffic at all, no guide needed (cockatoos, hornbills, friars, kingfishers, kites, fantails, parrots and others). The village of Saporkren is very close, an easy short walk away. The homestay can arrange any boat trip you might wish but none are cheap.

  16. Four of us (New Zealanders) stayed two nights here – specifically to see Wilson’s bird of paradise. We had arranged this through Martin (who was recommended to us by the tourism office in Sorong). The bird of paradise trip was outstanding. It involved a 4am start and a 90 minute walk in .. but well worth it. Bird guide Frankie was great and we watched the birds from his hide for over an hour (we were about three metres away from the birds). Angelina’s family are wonderful hosts at the homestay and the meals were great. The two-room bungalow over the water afforded great sunsets. The cost per person they charged us was 450 (not the 350 quoted above). We didn’t snorkel here, however there was no obvious reef nearby. Check out the nearby freshwater spring at low tide !

      • one clarification needed; is the snorkeling gear means bringing snorkel only? because it is tough to carry fin and life-jacket…is it possible to lend these from somewhere nearby if we stay in this homestay?

        • Hi Reshmi –

          “Bring your own gear” means you need to bring snorkel, mask and fins. Life jacket too if you need one. We don’t know of anywhere you could borrow equipment. You can use the Advanced search on the accommodation page to quickly find homestays that have snorkelling gear available.