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Dive Review of Papua Explorers in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

December, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Ashley Alward, AZ, US (1 report)
"Papua Explorers- Raja Ampat"
Report Number 8605
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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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
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

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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). 

Staff: I can't say enough great things a ...
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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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