The main person behind Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows is Dave, an Aussie who's been based out of the small village of Tembi for almost 10 years, working regionally as a specialist in sustainable housing, emergency shelter and disaster coordination.
The bungalows are managed on a day to day basis by Bakti Widiarti who has been working with Dave since 2009 and has much experience hosting foreigners in Yogyakarta.
Yabbiekayu: A Yabbie is a small freshwater crustacean that lives in rivers in Australia, whilst Kayu is the Indonesian word for wood, hence the Wooden Yabbie. The name comes out of a crossover of Dave's prior experience running an internet publishing company called (website hidden), his lifelong obsession with timber, mixed with the feeling of joy of the expression "yippieayu!". In many ways the name sums up the experience of a foreigner living in a small village (pond) with a love for timber.
Yabbiekayu was always intended as communal and friendly homestay, a place to meet like minded people, to relax as a base, to potter around the village and experience Jogja.
Our goal is to be a model of ecologically sustainable tourism, creating quality employment for local people while sharing the remarkable experience of life in a small village in Java. Our staff are loyal, caring and honest. They have worked with foreigners for many many years, welcoming hundreds of visitors, showing people around Jogja and catering to their needs. They can help out with requests from hiring motorbikes, masseurs or babysitters to finding a good optometrist, a secluded temple or an exciting art exhibit.
Our dream is for Yabbiekayu to be small, friendly, adaptable and flexible to your needs and wishes. we look forward to your visit.