The Guides

Our vision is to support the indigenous communities through sustainable eco-tourism, we partner with local men from the immediate area to help you get the most out of your Raja Ampat sea kayak experience.

Their knowledge of the conditions, natural environment and culture is greatly valued and a key to explore Raja Ampat both above and below the water.

Ayub Mambrasar

Ayub is a very friendly guide, good with clients and very caring. He has a lot of energy and is always keen for a kayak. His English is improving quickly and he loves a good laugh!

Bennie Sauyai

Raised as a fisherman, Bennie is very familiar with the weather conditions and natural environment. Since he started guiding he started to learn English, which he enjoys very much. Even kayaking with a dictionary by his side. We encourage you to keep teaching him as you kayak.
Bennie Sauyai
“Dari tanah kami lahir, Dari tanah kami tinggal, Dengan adanya keperdulian terhadap alam ciptaan Tuhan,
serta pemanfaatnya di dalamnya kami hidup.”
“From the land we were born,
To the land we will return,
With the awareness of God’s creation in nature,
and in its benefits to which we live.”
Orgenes Dimara, owner of Mandos Guesthouse, Raja Ampat.

Please note that these men are not comparable to a typical kayak guide. Having no formal training, it is best to view these guides as local escorts.  They have a basic understanding of rescue techniques, First Aid, and simple English. Our hope is to continue educational projects – improving their skills over time.