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Dive Review of Raja4Divers, Pef Island in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (29 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6797
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Thailand, Burma, Tahiti, Palau, Truk, Ponape, Hawaii, Cocos,
Galapagos, Cozumel, Caymans, Bonaire, Belize, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression dives.  Sport limits of 130 feet.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Excellent climate controlled photo room with several individual
stations(remember, there are only 7 cabins total), computer, huge monitor,
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Fantastic! If you are reading this report, you are interested in finding
the best place/way to dive in Indonesia.  Look no further.
I sandwiched 2 weeks at Raja4Divers in between two liveaboard trips to
Komodo and Raja Ampat.  I prefer liveaboard diving, but this resort may end
up converting me to shore based.  The setting is simply
breathtaking--"paradise" is often used by us guests.  Take a look
at their website--the setting, rooms and resort are even more beautiful
than shown. The resort is run and owned by Swiss nationals who have lived
in Indonesia/Raja Amphat for years.  They have run and worked at many other
resorts prior to building this one in 2010 and seem to have incorporated
the best of all of them. After 14 days I was still noticing nice
"details" in the decoration, etc.  The resort, island hikes and
activities were so good and the staff so anxious to make every minute of
your stay enjoyable that I opted out of my usual 5 dives a day routine to
enjoy my stay at this fabulous dive resort. Your significant other will be
The dive operation is top notch. Many sites with a great variety of diving
have been mapped out 2 to 40 minutes boat drive from the resort.  Further
trips are sometimes combined into a 3 dive trip with lunch on a beach.  All
morning dives have a beach break between them with cappuccino, tea, etc.
Afternoon dives are usually single but a second boat dive is available if
requested. Night dives can be on the boat or on the very good house reef. 
The house reef had batfish, huge cuttlefish, mandarin fish, sharks(black
tip, wobbegong,bamboo) and more. Snorkeling was outstanding.
What else did I see? All the Mantas you want, 3 breeds of pygmy sea horse,
schools of jacks and barracuda, turtles,giant clams, beautiful coral
gardens with zillions of fusiliers,etc in them, nudibranchs everywhere,leaf
fish, juvenile drum & batfish, sea snakes, etc., etc.--everything Raja
Ampat is famous for.
Snorkling and certification courses are available for beginners.
Not only was this diving the equal of any I've done, but the overall
experience was the most enjoyable ever.
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By jjjrs5 at Nov 21, 2012 10:04 EST  
Date should read October 2012!
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