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Dive Review of Raja4Divers in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Cavanaugh, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6365
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving (nearest chamber is Monado)
Dive with computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Boat: There were no rinse/soak tanks on the boats but R4D had nice padded
baskets to place photo/video gear in and would keep gear covered with a
towel. Photo/video gear was handled professionally by boat crews and the
baskets were stored in the stern with the boat captain.

Dock: There was a single rinse tub on the dock for photo/video gear which
was adequate for a couple of large size cameras. If you had multiple
photographers the rinse tank would quickly become crowded.

Camera Room: R4D had a beautiful air conditioned camera room that had 6+
stations to assemble, clean and maintain photo/video kit. There were
cleaning supplies and compressed air available and multiple outlets for
recharging lights and batteries. There was a small rinse tub outside the
photo room which was useful for bringing the camera gear to ambient
temperature in water after setting up for the next dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    

Raja4Divers is a relatively new resort (5-6 months of operation) on the
island of Palau Pef. R4D were proactively waiting at the airport in Sorong
to greet you and help in collecting luggage. The Sorong airport is
definitely 3rd world and is not that well organized. R4D coordinated the
land transfer to the dock where you embarked on a 3 hr journey to Pulau
Pef. The rustic boat was narrow, long and a bit cramped but it was an
"island" boat with twin 150 HP motors (Indonesian cigarette
boat). The greeting at R4D on Pulau Pef was personalized and memorable. R4D
has a great website and they provide you with useful documents to prepare
you for the trip and stay. No surprises for us once we got there. The
bungalows were nicely decorated and met the basic needs. There was a desk
area, shelves and plenty of lighting and outlets for chargers. The
bungalows are open air concept and there is no A/C. They do provide a fan
which is sufficient when the wind dies down. The resort had planned
generator outages between midnight and 0500 which really sucked because
there was no light or air circulation. It could get really hot at night. I
understand they will have the generator issue resolved in the near future.
There was hot and cold water but no shower. bathing was restricted to a
large water basin and a wooden ladle. While it was a crude way to bathe I
looked forward to at least 2 baths a day. This is the first dive resort I
have stayed at without A/C and while it was comfortable I will not likely
stay at this kind of resort again. Too spoiled for my A/C after a day in
the sun. The resort staff was always friendly and cheerful and are the
unsung heroes for R4D. We really appreciated their cheerfulness and making
us feel welcome.


The food was plentiful and typically Indonesian/Papuan cuisine. Plenty of
fish, rice and fried foods. Not too many western dishes were served. No
pork was offered in any form. The food was always tasty and I did not grow
tired of the cuisine like I thought I would. Snacks and local fruits were
available as long as the kitchen was open. Cold drinks, beer and wine were
available but expensive. You will not find any liquor in Sorong so bring
your bottle if you want to drink.


We placed our dive gear in the baskets provided on the dock when we arrived
and did not have to touch the gear again until we got ready to leave. The
dive operation is well run and very organized. We rarely had more than 6
divers on a boat (not counting crew) and rarely more than 2 divers per
guide. The boats were island boats and were a bit crowded or cramped but
easy to work with. Everyone geared up and then made a backward roll entry
at the same time. Photo/camera gear was handled professionally in and out
of the boat. If you have special handling instruction you could tell the
crews what you needed. The folks that ran the dive operations (Armin &
Sabine) made the diving in Raja Ampat a memorable experience for us. They
bent over backwards to accommodate you whenever they could. Armin was very
accommodating in offering photo/video suggestions to improve on the quality
of pictures and video. Nitrox was readily available (membrane - always 32%)
at no charge. You would analyze your tanks the night before so it was not
in the critical path the day of diving. All dives sites (never the same
sites for a 1 week stay) were a 10-40 minute boat ride from Pulau Pef. The
house reef was not bad, we only dove it twice (ck out & night dives).
Raja Ampat was definitely world class diving for us. The abundance of soft
and hard corals, marine life (both juvenile and adult), macro subjects and
large pelagics was quite impressive. The manta dive was awesome. Current
was ripping but you didn't have time to think about it because of the
sight. Unfortunately there is always live stuff in the water that affects
visibility. "The Passage" was another world class dive. This is a
dive site which is similar to a river channels between the multitude of
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