Location: Right on the water at Sawinggrai Village, Pulau Gam
Accommodation: Six Rooms
Owner: Pak Yesaya Mayor
Mambefor is the Betew name for the Red Bird of Paradise. Pak Yesaya offers guided trips to see these birds gather at dawn every day to call from a hilltop tree not far from his homestay. He can also organise treks deeper into Gam’s jungled interior if you’re up for an intrepid exploration.
Mambefor Homestay is one of the few where you can see a wide range of Raja Ampat’s marine life without even getting wet. Turtles, giant clams, phosphorescent night-time critters, reef sharks and schools of fish so colourful they make flocks of macaws look drab – you’ll see them all from the jetty Mambefor is built on. The homestay has been built right on the edge of the reef’s dropoff – you can sit and watch the tidal race swirling around the pilings while schools of tame fish churn the water, feasting on Pak Yesaya’s regular handouts.
There’s an awesome view across the strait to Pulau Mansuar and the more distant Pulau Batanta, where huge thunderheads grow each afternoon to catch the day’s last light before setting the night time horizon aflicker with silent lightning.
Rates Rp. 600.000/person/night including 3 meals a day
No Diving Facilities on this property