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Western style toiletQuiet hideaway
Sandy BeachHas private bungalows
Has ensuite bathroom/toiletIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Hidden in the jungle’s shade, behind a curve of bright sand on an islet in Kabui Bay, Yensrai Star Homestay is a luxurious private retreat close to the eastern shore of Gam Island.
Yensrai Star Homestay is a single, large VVIP bungalow with a real bed, ensuite bathroom, a lockable wardrobe and chest of drawers and comfortable furniture. The bungalow is spacious and cool, has glass windows and doors that can also be locked, and a large verandah with views over the private beach to the blue of Kabui Bay. The ensuite bathroom has running water, a handbasin and western style toilet and bucket bathing.
Meals are served on the bungalow verandah.
Electricity is provided by solar panels, with a 500VA inverter providing two international outlets of mains power. A generator provides backup power.
There was only a weak phone signal and no data connection available at Yensrai Star Homestay when we visited in June 2017.
The nearest villages to Yensrai Star Homestay are Saporkren on Waigeo and Yenbeser on Gam, both of which are about a ten minute boat ride away. Only basic supplies can be purchased at village shops, so bring anything you consider essential with you.
Please do take all the inorganic rubbish you create away with you, as there’s no environmentally sound waste disposal in Raja Ampat. Leaving plastic waste and dead batteries etc at Yensrai will only contribute to the trashing of paradise.
English isn’t spoken at Yensrai Star Homestay, so if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia, bringing a phrasebook is a good idea.
Transport / Getting there
Yensrai hadn’t yet finalised its plans for Waisai transport when we visited in June 2017, but prices should be similar to those of other nearby homestays. Expect to pay around IDR 500,000 (shared by passengers) each way between Yensrai Star Homestay and Waisai.
Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
Yensrai Star homestay is close to the attractions of both Waigeo and Gam islands and snorkelling and sightseeing trips can be arranged as required. Both Wilson’s and Red Birds of Paradise can be seen near Saporkren on Waigeo.
Kabui Bay’s orchid covered karst islands surround the homestay and Kabui Passage and the northern reaches of the bay are close by. Inland ‘secret’ lakes and lagoons and great snorkeling at Batu Lima are very close by.
Coral outcrops amid a sand bottom around the island provide good snorkelling from the homestay beach (bring your own snorkelling equipment).
See our Gam Island page for an overview of Gam and its attractions.