Homestay on Pulau Hatta (Banda Islands)
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2013 6:48 AM Last Post By: dc1
Feb 17, 2013 4:45 AM
Feb 17, 2013 12:32 PM
1Well I haven't stayed at Hatta but I've visited there the last couple of years on snorkeling day trips. Hopefully someone will respond who has stayed there but if not then here's our experience.............
In 2011 accommodation options were limited; someone was happy if we rented a room in their small house in the village but it didn't look that inviting so we passed.
Last year in April a new guest house was under construction; the shell was completed and it just needed to be fitted out. It was in a truly idyllic position maybe 100mts from the village fronting on to a great swimming beach with some of the best coral a few strokes away. If it has opened, it would be the best location in the Bandas by a long way! Hopefully someone will respond who has stayed there
All the island communities have public boats that serve their communities. These boats from the more remote islands take villagers to Bandaneira in the morning for shopping expeditions and so forth, then return in the afternoon. ... these are very cheap but you have to be staying on those islands to use them. An alternate but more expensive way is to go by chartered boat; guesthouses on Neira will arrange groups to go out on day excursions. You could take your gear out on one of these and if you like what you see, stay, if not return with the group.
Feb 18, 2013 2:52 PM
2Spent 4 weeks in Bandanaira and Lonthoir July last year. There was one local boat a day to Hatta.....though you could charter if you really wanted.
I'd contact the guys at Blue Motion Dive, based in Banda Naira and very helpful, I'm sure they'd be happy to keep you up to date with current boat schedules etc.
They are very much into conservation work around the Bandas and should be able to help you out with a Homestay on Hatta.
Hope this helps.
You may already be aware; flight have been suspended from Ambon to Banda Naira according to another recent post on TT.
Have a fantastic time around the Bandas...... wonderful area to visit.
Feb 22, 2013 11:45 PM
3Bluemotion is not the only dive center in bandaneira, there is also "walu walu" dive center local owned with whom I dived with last april, friendly and at a good price.
Anyway, both dive centers will take you to the exact same places, so there is no big difference, except the boats of course.
On hatta islands there are two places to stay at but you really have to go to the island itself and ask over there, no phone contact. Be warned nothing much to do and english barely not spoken.
You can have a look at my videos bout banda islands from my last trip in april 2012 on my "you tube" channel under the name of "naturebleuvert".
Also have a look at my facebook page I created especially for my travel under the name of "funtimem blue"
Feb 23, 2013 3:13 AM
4good to hear walu walu haven't actually closed down. I spent 4 weeks in that immediate area last June /July and was led to believe they had closed down permanently even although there was a warung/kios that still had all their kit hanging up on the walls. Blue Motion had also closed down around this time... for low season I believe.
If anyone can confirm through recent visit to Banda Naira that both dive outfits are still operating?
great link swimswam.
Feb 24, 2013 4:15 PM
Jul 17, 2013 11:32 PM
Aug 16, 2013 6:05 AM
7We were there last november 2012.
And stayed overnights in Hatta.
It was no guest house. And after enquiries we couldn't get the infos about guest house under construction.
We saw one construction undergoing at the very beggining of the main beach of Hatta, where is located the main village.
But we couldn't sort out what is was ? It was more looking a private house ?
If you ask the people from Banda, they tell you : " no homestay in Hatta".
But I think or guess that they or Hotels owners of Banda are very scared of one newly built homestay by the sandy beach in Hatta.
But still you can stay overnight(s) and get prepared meals for very cheap within 1 or 2 local families or houses on the sea front.
Impossible to contact them in advance. Impossible to organise anything in advance.
Bring there your own or extra supplies : fruits, crakers, plenty and extra water bottles, etc.
You must organised to charter for couple of days (or longer) your own boat from Banda Neira.
Than your boat captain will arrange the matters only once you'll be landed on the beach of Hatta.
If you go with the public boat, still you can arrange things yourself : but you must talk minum or basic indonesian language. If you don't speak indonesian... Huummm, once in Hatta, be prepared to experience "something"!
I do highly recommand to charter your own boat to go Hatta.
Sknorkelling or free dive in Hatta is really good, worth the journey and the money.
Water is clearer compare to Banda Neira and islands next by.
Many sknorkelling sites of differents types in Hatta.
Go to prospect with your charter boat, look at the reef or lagoon and just tell your Captain : stop there for mooring. Than go in water.
From my own experience the most difficult is to find the boat to charter for your own starting Banda Neira.
Very, very few are available in Banda Neira (why : because tourism business is still weak other there).
-----Regarding dive operators : when we where in Banda Neira, if I'm not wrong it was 2 maybe 3 operators.
One german with good speed boats.
One run by locals and pick up or starting was at Delfika 1 with local type boat.
Aug 17, 2013 7:15 PM
8#7 "Huummm, once in Hatta, be prepared to experience "something"!" .... got to wonder what kind of something you experienced there Quai.
The 'guest house' we saw under construction had at least 4 toilet pans outside waiting to be installed and way outside the village so definitely no private house. As we are returning next month (Pelni willing) I asked Abba of Mutiara recently about accommodation on Hatta. He just said there is a 'homestay' so it seems the guesthouse project may have folded. Hopefully we will see for ourselves
Aug 18, 2013 8:41 PM
Aug 18, 2013 10:03 PM
10Experience "something" : well, if you don't speak any Indonesian, people in Hatta don't speak any english at all.
This is the experience.
The boat Captain we found in Banda and with which we spent about 12 days on his boat didn't speak any english etheir.
But from now, with one homestay in Hatta, it should make the things a lot easier for any traveller.
Udangopong, will be nice is you can update after your travel and how to contact them ( as far as I remerber ther is no telephone signal on Hatta or other islands, except Banda)
Oct 14, 2013 4:11 PM
11The guesthouse I mentioned above is now open. We stayed there some 3 weeks ago for 4 nights and were the first to sign their guest book.
According to Sopian, its owner, the place will be called Penginapan Rosengain Vitalia though as of then it had to name. Cost is 125k p/p with 3 meals and snacks & tea, coffee, and Aqua on tap. The place is still a work in progress but I strongly recommend it. ....very friendly family owners... fronts straight onto the beach.... great coral and fish within a few fin strokes of shore...... clean place and environment.
Best way to contact Sopian from outside Hatta is by text on 081340984283.... best by far in Indonesian! Or you can just arrive unannounced as we did. Public ferry 15k p/p
Disadvantages? Public ferries do not run every day from/to Neira..... probably around every second day but not really predictable. Bring your own snorkeling gear. Currents can be quite strong so you need to keep aware. Without Indonesian, communication with the family could be fun. Look after your gear.... petty opportunistic thievery is rife on Ai, and we suffered from this on Hatta.
An alternative place to stay in town (Kampung Lama) is in the home of a local teacher called Yusup (sp!). This is a true 'homestay' in that they clear one of their rooms when guests turn up. Yusup speaks some English, and has been hosting guests for some years. If you wander through town he will definitely seek you out. He lives in the middle of the village and next door to the family home of Sopian.
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