A trip to Raja Ampat can be relatively costly, considering its remote and unspoiled location that preserves the natural charm it was famous for. But there are ways to make your budget work in your favour while immersing yourself in both the raw natural magnetism of the area and the local life. Discover the best backpacker hostels in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Kamar Raja Homestay, West Papua
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Assuming the architecture of traditional houses, this guesthouse gives you an all-round Raja Ampat experience, from lodging to scrumptious meals. Although modest and simple, the rooms offer enough comfort to recharge you after a fun day out, with spacious rooms, good mattresses, a mosquito net, and a fan for each room. Guests can also enjoy dinner or barbecue in the dining area by the beach.
This homestay combines local architecture with comfort and aesthetics. The property has separate bungalows for individuals, equipped with basics like mattresses, pillows, and mosquito nets. Located right by the beach and near the local village, guests can also ask to be liaised around the island’s village and spend time interacting with locals.
Kakatua is Raja Ampat’s first modern hostel with dorm-style bunk beds, with everything you need to keep your dynamic and modern lifestyle while in the remote paradise. The minimalist-industrial design will make your stay as pleasant as can be, with modern appliances like Western-style bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, as well as cosy common rooms, both indoors and outdoors. Guests can also enjoy convenient access to the beach right outside the doorstep.
Despite its seemingly humble assembly, this homestay boasts one of the best environments, even by Raja Ampat’s standards. Located in West Waigeo, the property is bounded by a stretching pristine beach on one side, and a lush conservation forest on another. Each day guests can choose their activities, whether to embark on some water adventures or go on a hike and encounter Raja Ampat’s other wildlife.
This traditional wooden shack has six simple but spacious rooms for backpackers. There is a common terrace area overlooking the idyllic white beach, where guests can sit back, relax and have a meal, or socialise with fellow backpackers. And when adventure time comes, you’ll find yourself already conveniently near the must-visit attractions like Pianemo and Pam Islands.
Kordiris is one of the most stunning and well-organised home stays run by the local community. That means you get a full package of authentic local experience, a stunning view of the pristine waters right outside your door, and three meals a day – all for an affordable price, while directly helping the local economy. Some bungalows are built over water and others are perched on the white sand coast, with a private balcony and a hammock to laze the day away or relax after a long and adventurous day.
Despite being budget-friendly, this inn is neatly maintained and has modern appliances compared to the more traditional home stays in Raja Ampat. It is located near the Waisai Harbor, and can be a convenient hub for your Raja Ampat explorations. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom and terrace, making the place suitable for families or groups.