First of all I must say that Raja Ampat is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and Humueco provides a lovely base from which to enjoy this place. Swinging in your hammock over the sea, with fish jumping and crabs scurrying by is pretty perfect. Hamueca is also among the few affordable places to stay, although be aware that diving is sub-contracted out to neighboring dive shops, and it is pricey. You have to bring enough cash to pay for your accommodation as well as diving (diving was 500-800 Rps/dive).
The accommodation itself is simple but comfortable. We were the only couple staying at Hamueca, and we did think that if there had been other guests we would struggled with privacy - the walls are paper thin and I'm sure you would be able to hear every word on the other side of the wall. Our only real complaint was the food - we expected simple fare, and are happy with that, but felt that more variety would have been possible with the produce on hand. We asked the cook to cut down on the oil, and to provide noodle soup as a change from fish and rice every now and again, and this helped somewhat.
Organizing the trip was pretty easy, communicating with Hasna on the phone. Be aware though that Hasna is in Jakarta, so one-site planning (for diving) and problem-solving can be a bit tricky as the staff speak very little english.
There is no refrigeration, so be prepared for a beer-free visit. We brought a bottle of whiskey for evening drinks on the porch. All in all, we had a great trip, and did some SPECTACULAR diving. Raja Ampat lives up to the hype.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hamueco received their first guest at December 2012. Build near a local family from Raja Ampat, we offers people experience to interact with local people but also having comfortable room with basic amenities. We're still trying to have it eco friendly environment by limiting electricity (since we are using generator set for electricity) and water use. Our price included with 3 times meal. Our location is 45 minutes from Waisai Raja Ampat. ... more less
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