Da Rifi Hostel

Located between two world-class tourist destinations, Yogyakarta and Bali, Surabaya offers diverse opportunities for tourists and business alike. As one of Indonesia's leading capital, Surabaya is keenly aware of the need to promote herself into a cosmopolitan city.

Hi...My name is Dyana and I am a lecturer in Agriculture. I love plants and trees for the healthy environment. That's the reason that there are many plants here. I also love to care the environment. I don't use chemical products to clean the house to make the safety of water to put again to the ground. As we know, only 2 % of the clean water we have used, can get back to be again clean water. I also clean the floor with wipes which are cleaned with the used water from the washing machine. We separate bottles and cans to be collected again by people who work for recycling things. We use the food waste for our plant fertilizer. We process it to make it ready for the plants, of course by the simple way. I appreciate people who love the environment. We don't spoil clean water, but it doesn't mean we are not hygienically practicing. Everything should be treated in an environmentally friendly. We provide vegetarian foods and some of the vegetables we grow by ourselves. We don't put chemical fertilizers and we try to make it from the waste. The truck which carries the waste doesn't come every day, and this is the reason we have to process it. We use used plastic for our dustbin, to remind people in saving our earth. Many used plastics can be used again, Smoking should be in open space and we ask you for not smoking in the house. Please, help us to switch off the electrical connection when we forget to do it, We are welcome for the suggestions to make our place more ecological safety. Please don't hesitate to tell us what is wrong in our daily practical treatment so we can together save the earth.


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Despite of the quiet location of the hostel I had fun painting the front yard of the hostel. Everyone was really kind and generous with me. Perfect to stay a few days and take a break in your journey.

about 2 months ago


I spent one week in Da Rifi Hostel with my friend Carlos. We didn't have the chance to meet Dyana because she left to work the next day we arrived to another city. However, we had a great week with Yenny, she was very nice to us.
We were able to paint the front yard with the means they gave us, but we didn't find much else to do. They told us that other volunteers usually go to schools to talk to children but we preferred to work in the hostel.
We learnt how Indonesian people live and we don't regret this experience lived!

about 2 months ago


I stayed for a few days at Da Rifi, because I lost my passport and I needed to go to the embassy in Jakarta.. Dyana is a lovely woman who wants to help with everything and she learned me things about history. I didn’t get the change to improve the hostel, because of the passport situation but I would recommend Da Rifi to anybody who wants to get to know the Indonesian culture and who likes to improve a hostel. Dyana thanks for your help!

8 months ago

Dyana replied

Silvano, what I like from you that you are a young man loves history...even we met in a short time but you have shown me how to make the steps on improving the hostel...Thanks, Silvano..and good luck in every your way...


Dyana is an absolute Darling!!! She is very caring, always make sure that her guests are ok and feel at home, she is cooking and provide all meals, when she is there.
The hostel leaves a lot of space for your improvements, so you can play out your creativity.
I feng-shui-ed the entrance and worked during my stay there on creating a good energy flow and an inviting atmosphere and Dyana loved her "new" entrance area!
I wish Dyana and her Da Rifi Hostel a lot of success and lot of new guests and supportive volunteers.
Lot's of Love, Karina

10 months ago

Dyana replied

Karina, you are a very excellent Feng-Shui expert. You could do a nice entrance of the hostel. Many times the guests and friends give nice comments about the entrance and I always tell that you made it. ...A long time I wanted such this entrance and you made my dreams come true...!! Thanks, Karina....we have to make a nice book about Feng Shui for our remembrance and memory...


This was a great experience. Dyana the Host is such a nice lady, kind, gentle with a big heart, she friendly and helpfull all the time...She is a hard worker as well as a writer and a teacher and she finds the time to be with you and help you with all your needs... she also helps you to organize your trips...she is an easy going person and a beautiful indonesian.

12 months ago

Dyana replied

Priscilla, thank you for volunteering at the hostel...you inspired me many things and it was a wonderful time we spent together going to Malang, swimming, talking (especially about our parents...), there was always good times with you here... thank you again and hope I can visit you one day!

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