Waigeo And The World’s Cheapest Overwater Bungalows

If you are coming to this blog from the miles and points community, no doubt you will have read some other blogs about the beautiful over-water bungalows in Bora Bora and the Maldives.  They average about $500 a night, cost between $200-500 to get to the island the resort is on and meals are not included.  One blogger did try to find some bargains but even those started at $280.  Yes, you can get to some of them on miles and hotel points but with the recent devaluations even that can be expensive.  I have a new addition to the 16 cheapest overwater bungalows in the world!

What if I told you there was a small but attractive eco-resort with overwater bungalows at high tide in one of the world’s top diving locations, not to mention many exotic birds?  All this for the princely sum of $70 per couple including 3 meals a day!

Introducing the HamuEco Resort!   As I said yesterday, it is easy and cheap to get from Sorong to Waigeo and if you contact the English speaking manager Hasna via Facebook, she will send a taxi to pick you up at the dock and bring you to the resort for around $20.

HamuEco Resort

HamuEco Resort

Entering our OWB

Entering our OWB

The trees behind my husband Ina are where you see Palm Cockatoos

The trees behind my husband Ina are where you see Palm Cockatoos
Beds have mosquito nets

Beds have mosquito nets

What I loved most about this place was the fact that I could lie on the bed, look out the door to the right and see Palm Cockatoos flying over the trees and to the left was the deck facing the sunset!

I saw several Palm Cockatoos and one Eclectus.

I saw several Palm Cockatoos and one Eclectus.

Bathrooms are shared and located ashore down the pier so you will need a flashlight at night.  They have a generator which they shut off at night but they are flexible if you need to charge your batteries.

Bathrooms are to the right of the building on shore

Bathrooms are to the right of the building on shore

The main course will be catch-of-the-day but for people who don’t eat fish, they can do eggs and veggies, not sure what else as that was all I asked for.

Dinner

Dinner

You can see fish when you sit on the deck!

Hammock on the deck

Hammock on the deck
Watching fish from the deck

Watching fish from the deck

Watching fish from the deck

Watching fish from the deck
High tide

High tide

 

Low tide

Low tide

Hasna can book you on scuba diving, snorkeling trips and also arrange an excellent bird guide named Benny.  I will put the birding info in the next post so stay tuned!

Stormy sunset

Stormy sunset

View from the room

View from the room

13 thoughts on “Waigeo And The World’s Cheapest Overwater Bungalows

  1. Wow I had to save this what an awesome trip that will be:) thank Tara for great information. I am always checking this log

    • Kay, you would love this place! You collect Delta miles, right? By next year, you will be able to use them on Garuda to get to Sorong!

        • MH can get you as far as JKT or DPS, then you would have to pick up the domestic Indonesian flights. I would choose Garuda once their flights commence for ease of online booking. If you can’t book Garuda online, then Sriwijaya is a good airline, they were on time and good service but you have to go through the Indonesian travel agent. Sorong isn’t a destination to wait and book when you get there. The flights were full with dive tour groups, I saw one European group of over 30 people on our plane! Thankfully we were in J class because of that promo!

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  5. Hallo!
    Me and my friend are going to Raja Ampat in october.
    Do you have room for us from 2013-10-21 until 2013-10-26?

    Best regards

    Ann

  6. hi we are planning same trip as u birding…..sorong.. waigeo
    for sorong birding we could not get any guide details.. we did try the papua adventures webpage but like u, no email or contact
    got some crazy figures 280 usd pp for 1 day..through discover papua
    ..how much was the quote for waigeo for 2 day birding including 4×4
    any advice thanks sam

    • Hi Sam, sorry for a late reply. I have been overseas and not had much internet access. When are you going? High season will be more expensive and books up fast by major birding tour groups. If you go in low season like we did, you can get away with just paying as you go. See my posts with the West Papua tag http://www.milestothewild.com/tag/west-papua/ for pricing details of guiding fees. If you book with Hasna, she will arrange a 4×4 to get up the mountain. I think it was around $50.

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