Delvin Homestay is located on the north shore of Kri and has four bungalows, which we’re going to call VIP, because they offer a level of luxury substantially above the usual homestay standard.
With tiled concrete floors, ensuite bathroom and toilets, real double beds with sheets, covers, pillows and mosquito nets, a small wardrobe, a desk and an electric fan, Delvin Homestay’s bungalows are stretching the definition of “traditional accommodation” – but they definitely fit the bill if comfort is your top priority.
In addition to the features mentioned above, each bungalow also has glazed windows, a solid lockable door and is fronted by a small tiled verandah equipped with a pair of comfortable recliners to laze away the hours. Wooden racks for drying wet towels and clothes are also provided.
The bungalow ensuite bathrooms have western style toilets, but no showers. Bathing is by traditional dip mandi.
Meals are served in Delvin’s dining shelter at a large table that has bench style seating. Drinking water, tea and coffee are always available there.
Electricity is supplied by generator at night and the bungalows have power sockets and room light switches.
A good mobile phone signal is received at Delvin Homestay.
The nearest village where you can buy basic supplies is Yenbuba on Mansuar. Yenbuba is about a fifteen minute boat ride away and can also be reached on foot via sandbanks exposed at low tide.
Only minimal English is spoken at Delvin, so be sure to bring a phrasebook if you have no Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport from Waisai to Delvin Homestay is by speedboat and costs IDR 900,000 each way for 1 to 5 passengers. If more than 5 passengers the cost is IDR 200,000 per person. The boat can carry up to 10 passengers.
Delvin Homestay’s location between neighbours Mambetron Homestay and Mambrasar Guesthouse means that, like all Kri homestays, Delvin has a great house reef and offers a range of activities. Be sure to bring your own snorkelling gear to make the best of it!
Long north coast hikes are possible at low tide and there are trails leading to a panoramic lookout on Kri’s heights that provides spectacular views over the neighbouring islands of Ransiwor and Mansuar, south across the Dampier Strait to Batanta and north to Gam and Waigeo.
In addition to long beachwalks on Kri, at low tide it’s possible to cross the sandbanks that join Kri, Ransiwor and Mansuar. The sandbanks are a great attraction in themselves, as they afford the chance to see a host of marine creatures trapped in small pools waiting for the tide’s return. The exposed sand gives access to Ransiwor, the small island between Kri and Mansuar which has excellent snorkelling around its southern shores. Beware of strong currents there though – especially once the tide begins to run.
You can cross to Mansuar to visit Yenbuba and then continue along a well made trail along Mansuar’s north coast all the way to Yenbekwan if you want. Be aware of tide timings though – otherwise you’ll need a boat to get you back to Kri.
Delvin Homestay Raja Ampat day tours and snorkelling
Tours are by speedboat capable of carrying up to ten passengers. The prices are per tour and are split among passengers. All tours include lunch.
|Kabui Bay & Passage||6,500,000|
|Arborek/Mantas/Sauwandarek/Pasir Timbul sandbank||4,500,000|
In addition to the above, Delvin can organise sightseeing and snorkelling trips to any location you wish. Ask about those. Prices will depend on trip duration and distance.
ROOM RATE :
Single : IDR. 600,000,- / Person / Night/Twin Share including breakfast and taxes