Raja Ampat: a week at Gibran Homestay, Kri

Our last week in Raja Ampat. Another good one. We stayed at Gibran Homestay on Kri’s south coast. Another beautiful spot. Here’s the bungalow.

IMG_20230122_125238 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20230126_120010 by bryandkeith on flickr

A short trail took us up to a viewpoint where we could see Gam, Batanta, and even the Pam Islands — everywhere we stayed in Raja Ampat.

IMG_20230125_180934 by bryandkeith on flickr

We had some good snorkeling, of course, but here at Gibran we had the funnest group of the trip. We were excited to see Emilia and Brett (from Dayan) again. We snorkeled together a few times.

IMG_20230126_090642 by bryandkeith on flickr

We also had fun meeting, snorkeling, and talking with Moon. Here he is with a couple women who showed up a day or two before we left.

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On the map it looks pretty easy to walk over to the north side of the island (Kri (aka Koh)) and snorkel from there. We did that a couple times, but it’s certainly harder than I expected. The trail connecting the south and north coasts is steep, muddy, and slippery. The trail between the first two (farther west) piers on the north side is overgrown and littered with broken down bungalows. Getting from Yenkoranu Jetty to the one in front of Kri Eco Resort required walking through the water (we scared at least ten small black-tipped reef sharks when we stepped in the water there; exciting!) — first to avoid cliffs, then to avoid the fenced-off land at the resort. However, there’s no point making this trip because the snorkeling off the Kri Eco Resort isn’t very good.

The best snorkeling over there was from about 400m east of Yenkoranu Jetty west to about the end of the beach. It’s not better (or worse) than the snorkeling on the south shore. It’s different and worth going.

On Kri I saw clown triggerfish for the first time.

This might be my best photo of a clown triggerfish. by bryandkeith on flickr

We had seen Titan triggerfish a number of times, and everyone warns about their aggressive behavior. At least twice on Kri they came toward me quickly, and I quickly moved away. I never got close. Here’s the best photo I have.

Is this the best photo I have of the Titan triggerfish? by bryandkeith on flickr

I don’t seem to have great snorkeling photos from this week. Mostly I was trying to get photos of fish that I hadn’t photographed yet. I saw quite a few different species of puffers.

20230124_152312A by bryandkeith on flickr
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This one was hanging out at a cleaning station. I watched a wrasse disappear in and out of the its gills as another wrasse was inside its open mouth.

20230127_163222A by bryandkeith on flickr

Here’s my best trumpetfish photo of the trip.

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At Sawandarek Jetty I enjoyed hanging out with the school of colorful sweetlips.

20230127_105209A by bryandkeith on flickr

One afternoon at the Yenkoranu Jetty there were three lionfish pretty close to each other.

20230123_152320A by bryandkeith on flickr
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The biggest clams of the trip were not far from our bungalow.

20230122_095122A by bryandkeith on flickr
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It was at Kri that Emilia first started noticing (and pointed out to us) the batfish changing colors between very dark and very light.

20230121_112747A by bryandkeith on flickr
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Not as dramatic as the cuttlefish but very fun to watch.

20230122_110638A by bryandkeith on flickr

One day I decided to take photos of the different butterflyfish that I kept seeing. I think the following eight photos show nine different butterflyfish species.

20230124_102031A by bryandkeith on flickr
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20230124_101838A by bryandkeith on flickr
20230124_102710A by bryandkeith on flickr
20230122_100214A by bryandkeith on flickr
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20230122_105921A by bryandkeith on flickr
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Well, that’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?

I definitely want get back to Raja Ampat. I understand why so many people we met there were returning for another visit. Moon already has reservations for Kri again for later this year. We visited only central Raja Ampat. It wouldn’t be hard to put together other six-week itineraries in just the north or south part of Raja Ampat.

I’ll end this series of snorkeling blogs with some anemonefish. They’re always so fun to watch.

20230123_101038A by bryandkeith on flickr
20230122_111651A by bryandkeith on flickr
20230124_153324A by bryandkeith on flickr
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3 Responses to Raja Ampat: a week at Gibran Homestay, Kri

  1. Curtis Bradner says:


  2. Mike Painter says:

    Beautiful pictures, as always. It all looks very relaxing.

  3. Jennie Werner says:

    Looks so wonderful!

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