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Dive Review of Raja4Divers in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US
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Report Number 6766 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Belize, Thailand, Indonesia: Raja, Gorontolo,
Wakatobi, Komodo, Bali, Lompoc, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They liked to keep the dive times to an hour but never strictly enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Not many accomodations on dive boats because in general the trips were
short to the dive sites.  But great camera room and lots of assistance and
facilities available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Wanna get away? go to Palau Pef.  It's a 3+ hour boat ride from Sarong, in
eastern Indonesia but right in the middle of Raja Ampat diving area.  PP is
a small, new resort started by a Swiss partnership and when we were there
last year mainly with European guests.  Great people, huge bungalows on the
water (BUT NOTE NO AC).  Power went off at 1 am and on at 5 am due to a
generator problem, but I understand this is now fixed.  The dive operation
was well tailored to beginning, experienced, photo geeks and snorkelers as
well.  With only seven rooms (out of a maximum of 12 rooms) think of it as
a smaller Misool or Wakatobi.  IT was designed in the local way, so don't
expect showers (there's a bucket in the huge outdoor bathroom instead). 
Don't expect luxury in the dining area -- it's a long table with family
style service and the employees eat at the same time as well (usually at a
different table).  We grew a little tired of the food (one night one of the
Italian guests made pasta which was so great we ate it for the next three
meals)...I understand a new chef was being recruited.
Three dives a day and house reef which is kind of interesting.  Some
potential for night dives but not especially emphasized.  Brilliant coral,
lots of smaller things and not uncommon to see silver tips, white tips and
woebegone(sp) sharks.  Great trip to see the mantas at a cleaning station
with a second dive at a village pier.
We had such a great time, we're going back November 2012 and bringing some
snorkeling friends.
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