Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Ransiwor Homestay – Raja Ampat – West Papua – Indonesia

Location: Pulau Ransiwor, opposite Pulau Mansuar’s Yenbuba Village
Accommodation: Four room bungalow with a second under construction as at July 2011.
Owner: Hans Sauyai

Ransiwor Homestay was where we found ourselves after the producers of the French version of the “reality’ TV series Survivor arranged the cancellation of our Mangkur Kodon booking in favour of their own requirements. Like many things in life, this unexpected setback looked really bad at first, but turned out to be the beginning of something really good.

Ransiwor Island is a tiny pile of jungle covered, craggy limestone that sits between the islands of Kri and Mansuar. The homestay occupies the only level gound on the island – an area on the western shore opposite Mansuar’s Yenbuba Village. In addition to a four room bungalow, Ransiwor has a couple of outbuildings that provide shelter for cooking and eating, as well as a separate bathroom and toilet shelter. A second large bungalow is under construction.

A 12 volt solar powered electrical system provides fluorescent light in the bungalow at night, but isn’t powerful enough to charge batteries or devices. When some fellow travellers arrived to share the accommodation with us, Hans brought over a generator which extended the light to the other buildings and pathways. Maybe there have to be a minimum number of paying guests to cover the cost of the generator or maybe all we had to do was ask…

Ransiwor was a great place to stay. An uninhabited island to explore, the Yenbuba jetty and the channel’s reefs for snorkelling, and on the full moon low tides you could walk to the neighbouring islands, discovering all manner of ocean creatures trapped in pools on the sandflats, waiting for the ocean’s return.

Rates Rp. 600.000/person/night including 3 meals a day


No Diving Facilities on this property

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