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“Effort is 100%, but lets be clear, it's like camping” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Koranu Fyak Bungalows

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Koranu Fyak Bungalows
Ranked #1 of 6 Raja Ampat B&B and Inns
Bali, Indonesia
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Effort is 100%, but lets be clear, it's like camping”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

The only local family owned dive centre we could find. The guys that run it are great, they make sure your baggage doesn't get wet on the boat to the island, they'll have a chat and if you have any wishes or requests, they jump for you. The tanks unfortunately were 6 months older than they're meant to be but the rest of the equipment was in good shape, but also check your orings. Roben is very respectful to the native wildlife, he knows his reefs and currents better than I expected anyone could. Being a new diver and hearing stories about down currents and other scary situations, while the tanks I can consider overlooking, tide and current situations are very important. There is even a dive that has 3 different currents that push you through separate sections that he can co-ordinate to be a drift dive. The currents here are strong at times, it's best to have a reef hook and signal float. I suggest you come here with a waterproof torch too, the amount you can see just in a night snorkel is great! The food was simple but delicious. You could tell there were 2 cooks though, one went all out! The other kind of just fed you, but we were never left hungry. There is a bucket shower and a squatter toilet in the beautiful jungle, but it's great, really humbling, the whole humbling place means a lot of wild life around and that it's still quite connected to nature which was our purpose here, just open your eyes and the cool bugs, lizards, marsupials. But don't go if you need aircon or a fan. Beware of cone fish too, we saw them everywhere.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Since i'm the first to grace Trip Advisor by writing a review on Koranu Fyak Bungalows, i'll be a little care to ensure expectations are not too high but at the same time, i spare no effort to give the guys a 'pat on the back' for running this facility with a 'personal touch'.

First things first, Koranu Fyak Bungalows, has been in action for close to two years and had hordes of visitors but no one yet seems to have got down to posting comments on TripAdvisor which has been a trusted forum for several travelers worldwide, who want to know more about any place they wish or plan to visit.
Let's start with getting there, you would need to fly in via Sorong (in West Papua), from where you would need to take a ferry (2 hour trip) to Waisai. Ferry schedules are twice a day and leave at 11 am and 2 pm, depending on which day you travel.
Once at Waisal port, the Koranu Fyak team will be there to take you via boat to their homestay, about 30-40 minutes ride.

Koranu Fyak bungalows homestay is on Kri-Island, one of the major islands, which constitute Raja Ampat. The homestay has about 6 bungalows which dote the shore and is managed by Robben Syaui and his family. The location of Koranu Fyak is probably the best amongst all its counterparts on the island and that's probably what makes it stand out for one.
The homestays provide very basic accomodation, Papuan style hutments with a bed and linen. No TV, internet, no fans or AC, electricity only at specific times in the evening or any other form of entertainment, the location has mobile access though which is a plus in many ways and helps you enjoying your time without the trappings of the material world, but still makes you reachable incase of an emergency.
There are no attached bathrooms or toilets, which are shared and a short walk away from the accommodation. Again this might be a put off off, incase you are comparing this to any other resort or homestay.
Meals are provided by the team and is a rather simple and frugal meal but definitely representative of the region. Rice is a staple diet in Papua and you will have plenty of it.

The team is ever willing to cater to any of the needs you might have. Robben who leads the team is a charming young man with a good attitude and plenty of business drive to ensure his guests are well taken care off. Considering that the team has started the venture on its own without any formal training, the gaps although clear are not a deterrent in anyway to ensure that you have a comfortable stay.

Positives:
1. great location and you would marvel the sunset always and different tones of the skies given that you get a 180 deg panoramic view of the landscape from the island
2. Waters so clear and visibility so good, no wonder this is a haven for diving and snorkeling
3. Dive spots offered are exclusive and not the usual traps most of the resorts offer. Ask for 'Robben's spot', which stands out as probably the best, as per feedback from fellow divers
4. Very personalized attention from the team, who fully understand that not all visitors are used to the rustic environment that the facility and the region in general has to offer and they do all they can to make sure things go well.

What needs to improve:
1. Communication and logistical arrangements. Due to the lack of internet access, communications are handled by other well wishers who communicate to the team in KRYF and a lot gets lost in translation or simply not gathering enough information
2. A few changes in the welcome and departure. Eg: briefing visitors on arrival and introducing them to the team there and the facility and amenities in general. Seems to be more of an 'ask and you get it '
3. Changing sheets, providing towels, a flashlight and a schedule on meal times, planned schedules for the day etc.
4. Although this is common in Raja Ampat with most accomodations, improving the bathing and toilet facilities is a must in these times. A lot of the water stagnates, mainly due to lack of a drainage system at the bath and this will only breed mosquitoes and other insects given that this area has a lot of rain.

Overall, i'll still go with a 4 out of 5, because this place has a 'soul' and people here are doing the best they can with 'heart' and thats what makes all the difference. A great team and hopefully great things to come.

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea, so no room is a bad room
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Koranu Fyak Bungalows

Property: Koranu Fyak Bungalows
Address: North shore of Pulau Kri, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > West Papua > Raja Ampat
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Raja Ampat
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simple but comfortable beach bungalows settled in a nice garden in front of a beautiful beach. Over the water restaurant with delicious meals. On site Dive center with professional instructors. Amazing house reef and coral garden. Local Papua and international multilingual staff will make your stay unforgettable ... more   less 

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