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

Papua Explorers Dive Resort: "Papua Explorers Dive Resort", Feb, 2015,

by Kit Ng , HI, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8128 has 2 Helpful votes.

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 Sorong 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

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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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