Prajas Homestay located Near Aljui Bay and currently the closest homestay to Wayag, Prajas is a remote getaway in the heart of West Waigeo’s spectacular karst and ocean environment.
Prajas Homestay occupies a bay at the far north-western end of Waigeo, opposite the village of Salio. Located on a strip of white sand fronting the bay and backed by tidal mangrove forest, Prajas Homestay provides two private bungalows and two family bungalows. When the high tide invades the mangroves behind the bungalows, the sound of water lapping at the piles will lull you to sleep.
Private bungalow bedrooms have mattresses on the floor and are supplied with mattress covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. Bedrooms open off an indoor living space which will eventually contain tables and chairs, but they weren’t yet available when we visited in February 2015. Further living space is provided by covered verandahs with views across the bay to Salio.
Family bungalows have the same indoor living space and verandahs as the private bungalows, but with two bedrooms in each building. Bedrooms are equipped the same as the private bungalows. A note: For booking system purposes, family bungalow rooms are described as “On land – Room in a bungalow”. So if there’s four of you, book two of those and you’ll be in the same bungalow. Family and group discounts are available, contact Prajas directly to ask about those, or book using the form at the standard price and negotiate the discount when you arrive.
Meals at Prajas Homestay are served in a sand floored dining shelter which has beach and bay views. There are two long tables with bench seats provided. In the shade in front of the bungalows, high backed bench chairs and table settings, a hammock and some simple plank seating provides places to sit and relax. More are planned.
Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared by guests. There are two buildings. One has a bathroom and toilet in separate rooms, the other has two of each (four rooms total). The buildings are concrete floored with western style toilets and have real (cold water) showers!
High backed bench chairs and table settings, a hammock and some simple plank seating provides places to sit and relax outside. More are planned.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset until around midnight. All bungalows have power outlets in their indoor living areas.
There’s a good mobile phone signal at Prajas Homestay and Salio is a five minute boat ride away if you want to purchase basic supplies.
English is spoken at Prajas Homestay and staff are always on site.
Transport / Getting there
Transport from Waisai to Prajas is by speedboat capable of carrying up to nine passengers. The journey is long (about 4 hours one way), but you’ll see a lot of Raja Ampat. Especially since a different route is used for the return to Waisai.
Total cost is IDR 11,000,000 for the round trip (IDR 6,000,000 each way), with the total cost shared among passengers.
The winding waterways and towering limestone cliffs of West Waigeo make for some spectacular sightseeing by boat around the homestay. The nearby ‘hidden’ Aljui Bay is home to a pearl farm that can be visited and provides rarely seen vistas and snorkelling opportunities.
Naturally, day trips to the iconic Wayag group of islands can also be arranged.
There’s plenty of great snorkelling (bring your own gear) to be had around the homestay and the surrounding mangroves and jungle are rich with birdlife. The beach at Prajas is also great for families with children, as there are no strong currents and a sand bottom makes for easy and safe entry to the water.
Hitch a ride across the bay to Salio if you’d like to explore and experience some local cultural immersion. Salio is typical of villages that lie at a distance from the more populous Raja Ampat locations and well worth visiting.
ROOM RATE :
Single : IDR.600,000,- / Person / Night/Twin Share including breakfast and taxes