Ransiwor Island, Ransiwor Homestay

Written by on May 12, 2012 in Papua Resorts with 0 Comments

Ransiwor Island, Ransiwor Homestay


Location: Pulau Ransiwor, opposite Pulau Mansuar’s Yenbuba Village Accommodation: Four room bungalow with a second under construction as at July 2011. Price: Call Owner: Hans Sauyai Phone: +6281248410507 (SMS text message best) Email: None 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… At the time of our visit in April 2011, accommodation cost us Rp350,000 per night, and we found some ladies in Yenbuba willing to supply three meals a day for Rp100,000, making the total cost for two people a little over USD52.00 a day. 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


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