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Dive Review of Papua Explorers in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Explorers: "Papua Explorers- Raja Ampat", Dec, 2014,

by Ashley Alward, AZ, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8605 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Roatan, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Hawaii, Florida
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Diving is in current, so SMBs are mandatory. Bottom times determined by air consumption, and you are encouraged to stay with guide on boat dives (they spot all the great stuff anyway!). The resort requests that a guide be present on the jetty dives, and jetty might be closed if current is too strong
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Amazing location for both wide angle and macro photograpy. Every dive has options from nudibranchs to sharks... so the hardest decision is which lens to bring. Most of the dive boats are smaller and not ... 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 5 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 Location: If you are reading this, you know about Raja Ampat. So I won't go into too much detail about the life-altering diving to be had. It is absolutely true, your diving career will be divided into two phases: Diving before Raja Ampat, and Diving after Raja Ampat. The marine biodiversity is stunning. Most of the diving in Raja Ampat is via liveaboard, but my dive buddy is the motion-sick type and we prefer land-based trips. Papua Explorers was ideally situated. The location of Papua Explorers puts it in the center of the Dampier Straight. PapEx is on Gam, but has excellent and quick boat acess to many of the Raja Ampat Classic Dive Sites (Cape Kri, Sardines, Manta Sandy, Arborek, Mioskon, Blue Magic etc). The resort also offers day trips- The Passage, Batanta (P-47 wreck), Penemu (Melissa's Garden) and Fam (Mushroom Islands).

Getting there: it is a long trip. We flew LAX-Tokyo-Jakarta-Sorong. The Jakarta-Sorong leg was on Express Air, which we chose since it is a direct flight (no layover). When we do it over again, we will probably choose Garuda (easier to book, increased luggage allowance for SCUBA gear). It is pretty easy to get a nice day room in Jakarta... but a bit harrowing to get there via taxi! We were met at the Sorong airport, collected luggage, taken to a hotel for a bit of breakfast then boarded the boat for 2hr ride to PapEx. A great time to nap or get to know your fellow travelers.

Packing: 20kg weight limit per checked bag. Fortunately we did not get our carry-ons weighed as we carried all our camera gear in ThinkTank bags... and definitely exceded 10kg/bag. Leave your shoes at home. We pretty much went the entire 2 weeks without shoes. One pair of hikers/keens for the flight and occasional hike +/- flip-flops is all you need (beware that the village dog might steal your flip-flops so be careful of where you leave them!). Umbrellas are provided by the resort. Laundry service is provided (but a bit slow... maybe it was because we were there over the Holidays).

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By irenedabania at Nov 13, 2015 15:00 EST  
you are from arizona and are used to the heat.
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