A beautiful blue paradise at the entrance to Gam Bay and the perfect place from which to explore the bay’s many attractions and enjoy a quiet escape.
The photo below shows Beser Bay Homestay’s idyllic location on a fine blue day. It’s up there instead of a photo of the homestay because the day we visited to make the gallery photos it was cloudy and you really need to see this place it at its best!
Located on one of the islets dotted around the eastern shore of the entrance to Gam Bay, Beser Bay Homestay has three private over-water bungalows right in front of those coconut palms. Each bungalow sleeps two on mattresses on the floor. Each bungalow room has a small table and tablecloth, a wall mounted bathroom style plastic shelf and mirror unit and a power socket for charging devices. Bedding includes a mattress cover, sheet, pillows, bolster and a mosquito net.
Beser Bay’s lean-to dining shelter extends from small limestone cliff behind the bungalows and has a large plank table and bench seating. When we visited in February 2015, the dining area’s bench seats were the only available seating at the homestay. Bringing a hammock would be a good idea if you’re going to be one of Beser Bay’s first guests!
Bathroom and western style toilet facilities are in separate rooms in a nearby bathroom building and both have combination concrete and crushed coral floors.
Both dining and bathroom facilities are currently shared by Beser Bay guests and also with the guests of the adjacent Mnu Kwar Homestay. New dining and bathroom facilities will be added as demand grows at these two new homestays.
Electricity is supplied by generator and is available from sunset to around midnight.
There’s no telephone signal at Beser Bay, but the village of Kapisawar is less than ten minutes away by longboat and a signal can usually be received on the village jetty. Kapisawar and nearby Sawinggrai have shops where basic supplies can be purchased.
Beser Bay Homestay staff live on site, but only have minimal English, so if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia be sure to have a phrasebook handy.
Transport / Getting there
Transfers between Waisai and Beser Bay Homestay cost IDR 1,000,000 each way. The boat used can carry up to five passengers with the total cost shared between them. If your group is larger than five another boat will be needed and the cost will be IDR 200,000 per person.
Transfers between Beser Bay and Kordiris Homestay, or between Beser Bay and homestays on Arborek or Kri are available for IDR 500,000 each way, shared between passengers (5 max).
If you’re looking to get away from it all and relax in a spectacular tropical island environment, then Beser Bay’s perfect: A small and quiet homestay in a tranquil setting where you can be sure your escape won’t be marred by ringing cellphones and incoming email.
Beser Bay is perfect for a family getaway, as it’s situated on a channel between islands and the waters around the homestay are free of strong currents. The beach at Beser Bay slopes gently into shallow water over a sand bottom dominated by seagrass and you’ll often see the children of the Beser Bay and Mnu Kwar families playing there.
At the entry to Gam Bay, Beser Bay Homestay is perfectly positioned to explore the karst islands, hidden waterways and rich marine life of the bay. Quite near the homestay are sheltered bays where moon jellyfish rise to the surface – sometimes in their thousands. There are caves where roosting bats can be observed, including some (Raffray’s sheath-tailed bat) which are yet to be photographed in their natural habitat.
Orchids adorn the bay’s karst islets and stacks and the waterways conceal secrets like the “Hidden Lagoon” – a body of water that can only be entered via a cave and which shelters several intriguing species of marine life including soft corals, Synaptid sea-cucumbers and unusual jellyfish.
Great snorkelling (bring your own gear) over good coral is available in Gam Bay, as well as to the southwest of the homestay, just outside the channel the bungalows shelter in. Beware of tidal currents if you venture to the reef dropoff out there – they are extremely strong when in full flow.
Kapisawar village is nearby and a great day’s outing can be had there and in Sawinggrai which lies a bit further eastward along a well made concrete path. The dawn display of Red Birds of Paradise can be seen at Sawinggrai and hordes of colourful reef fish gather every day for feeding at Mambefor Homestay’s jetty there.
ROOM RATE :
Single : IDR. 600,000,- / Person / Night/Twin Share including breakfast and taxes