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Dive Review of Papua Explorers Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

February, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Kit Ng , HI, US (2 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Papua Explorers Dive Resort"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Fiji, Lembeh, Bunaken, Philippines, Palau, Micronesia, Thailand,
Misool, Triton Bay, French Polynesia, Guam, Carribean, Alaska
Closest Airport
Getting There
Once arriving in Jakarta,
capital of Indonesia, there is
1 stop before getting to
Sorong.  I chose to stop in
Makassar with the connecting
flight departing at 3am, that
took me to Sorong at about 6am
to catch the complimentary
2-hour fast boat transfer from
Sorong to dive resort.  I
picked Garuda airline for all
domestic flights, it allows
20kg regular luggage plus
another 20kg for dive gears. 
Must be packed separately.

Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Each diver must carry a whistle and safety sausage.  No gloves are allowed.
 No touching of any marine animals.  No taking of any shells or maring
living things.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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The resort is within 15-30 minutes to all famous diven sites like Cape Kri,
Sardine Reef, Mioskon, Mike's Point, Airborek, Blue Magic, Manta Sandy,
Manta Dropoff, etc.  A lot of wide angle opportunities, from school of
mantas, barracudas, reef sharks, bumphead parrot fish, sweetlips, jacks,
groupers, snappers, batfish, to smaller fish like anthias, chromis,
damsels, big eyes, wrasses, etc .  The ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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The resort is located on the south shore of Gam Island, a central location
of all famous dive sites in the Birds Head region.  The resort has 12
spacious water bungalows for 2-3 people per unit.  Mine is the furthest one
away, with glass window and French doors open to the view of water and
island across.  Each unit has indoor sitting area, hot water shower,
private veranda with hammock and lounge chairs.  The bungalows and dining
room have no air-conditioning, but the ceiling fans and cross wind during
the day help to cool the temper ...
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By Renee Ross in OR, US at Feb 21, 2015 18:59 EST  
How would you compare the diving here compared to Misool Eco Reaort?
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