Friday, 15 February, 2019

Tapor Aikos Homestay – Gam Island – Raja Ampat


Tapor Aikos Homestay is comprised of three single room private bungalows and a shared dining shelter with large L shaped table bench seating and sunset views. Relax in a private bungalow amid a profusion of native orchids and take in the spectacular ocean views from the Tapor Aikos headland.

The large front bungalow has expansive ocean views toward Arborek and a covered verandah with a table and bench seat. The bungalow interior is unfurnished except for bedding. Bedding is a double mattress on the floor equipped with a cover, mosquito net and pillows. An enclosed verandah at the front of the bungalow provides a table and bench seat to make the most of the bungalow’s great views.

Of the two bungalows behind the front one, the larger is 6x6m and has a double mattress for couples, while the smaller bungalow room is 2x3m. Both rooms have private enclosed verandahs, with the smaller of the two having a table and bench chair included.

5 single mattresses are available for groups, but only 4 mosquito nets are currently provided. Mattresses have covers and pillows included.

Two separate garden table and bench seat settings are provided and a couple of other bench seats occupy positions with nice ocean views from the shady garden. The garden and grounds of the homestay are an orchid lover’s paradise. There are thousands of naturally occurring plants and several different species represented.

A separate concrete floored hut provides dip mandi bathroom and squat toilet enclosures. Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared by occupants of the three bungalows.

There’s a good mobile phone signal at Tapor Aikos Homestay and the homestay is supplied with electricity from Kapisawar’s village generator. A backup solar system is installed for times when the generator isn’t running.

Tapor Aikos is a five minute walk from the village of Kapisawar where there is a nice swimming beach and basic supplies can be purchased.

Bring a phrasebook if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia, as English is not spoken by homestay staff. A translator is available nearby if required.

Transport / Getting there

Waisai transfers are by arrangement with Mambefor Homestay in Sawinggrai – ask about these when contacting to make a booking.

What to do:

Tapor Aikos (‘Rocky Island’) Homestay is set in a private location atop a limestone promontory between the villages of Sawinggrai and Kapisawar.

Reached via a stony path (sturdy footwear recommended) and rustic stepladder from Kapisawar village, the homestay is surrounded by a profusion of naturally occurring orchids and shaded by overhanging trees. The flowering orchids and papaya trees provide a unique ambience and the homestay is a convenient departure point for visits to the attractions of Manta Sandy, Arborek and Piaynemo

A path from the homestay leads down to the ocean and brings you to a jetty perfect for snorkeling from during high tide. The shallow homestay house reef extends from the point to a deep water dropoff, with shallow mangrove fringed bays with seagrass and coral to either side.

Tapor Aikos has 4 sets of snorkeling equipment available for rental at the rate of IDR 150,000 per set per day. Snorkeling tips to Gam Bay can be arranged for IDR 750,000 with the cost able to be shared by up to 4 boat passengers. Snorkeling trips to Manta Point are also available and cost IDR 800,000 per person.

The homestay has great ocean vistas and a view of Kapisawar village and jetty in the bay to the west. Kapisawar is a largely traditional and very pretty village with many timber homes and tiny red burrowing crabs inhabiting the bare ground between the beachside houses. Concrete paths connect Kapisawar to Sawinggrai to the east and provide for easy walking and village visits.

Excursions to Sawinggrai to see Red Birds of Paradise display are easily arranged and can be accomplished on foot from the homestay.

Single : IDR. 600,000,- / Person / Night/Twin Share including breakfast and taxes

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