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Dive Review of Papua Explorers in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

November, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
"Great centrally located dive resort in Raja Ampat"
Report Number 8647
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mozambique, etc. etc.
Closest Airport
Sarong
Getting There
Several International airports
within Indonesia have flights
to Sarond

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
very accomodating  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
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Corals
  4 stars
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Comments
There was a separate tank for camera equipment and a separate room
(although a bit small) for camera gear, but everyone's gear seemed to fit
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5 stars
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4 stars  
 
 

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Comments  
Having been to another dive resort in Raja Ampat and on live aboards a
number of time, we were drawn to this resort by a friend who worked at
another resort.  We were not disappointed.  It's a well run operation with
15 over the water cabins, with 24x7 electricity, mosquito nets over the sp
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By renee97038 at Nov 17, 2015 07:14 EST  
Did you do the malaria Meds before you went?
By mhofman at Nov 17, 2015 23:55 EST  
this trip we did not.  it's more likely to get malaria in Sarong than on
this resort but we took all the precautions.
By moliken at Jan 30, 2016 10:06 EST  
We're going in december and are wondering about night snorkeling and
diving. will mosquitoes be a problem if we get ready in our rooms and house
reef from there? how do they handle gear for house reef dives? do we need
to carry gear to the room or do they do it? 
thanks
By mhofman at Jan 30, 2016 19:05 EST  
lots of questions, let me see if i can answer (we're going back in
October).
1) we didn't use any malaria protection but put on mosquito repellent and
actually don't remember any mosquitos (it's generally thought there are
more mosquitos in Sarong due to all the standing water there).  The rooms
are sitated along the shore and depending on your room are a bit of a walk
to the main restaurant area and then out the dock to the dive area. 
However, you shouldn't have a problem wearing suits out to the dive center
(at the end of the dock), getting your wetsuits on there and then doing the
reverse when you are done.  The folks running the diving handle all the
gear for night dives along with all the other dives -- but you need to let
them know in advance (during the day) so they can get tanks ready for you
(and a guide if necessary).
2) gear is stored at the dive center (once again at the end of the dock) in
gear boxe. there is a camera room there too.
more questions email mikeh@janetmoyerlandscaping.com!
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