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Dive Review of Coralia/Papua Explorers Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Coralia/Papua Explorers Resort: "Raja Ampat Dream", Aug, 2019,

by Max Weinmann, GA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 11077 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments It was with some trepidation that I embarked upon a trip to Raja Ampat; ridiculous though that may seem in light of all the publicity this area has garnered over recent years. However, most of my diving has been in pursuit of large animals and I couldn't help but think of the inevitable "macro mecca" which was associated with most diving here. Fortunately, I discovered that the diving was spectacularly beautiful, with clouds of schooling fish to assuage my "wide angle anxiety".
The first stop was at the resort operated by Papua Explorers. It was at the end of a 2 hour boat trip from Sarong. The Papua Explorers team met us precisely upon our arrival, and greeted us warmly. We were taken for a welcomed breakfast at a nearby hotel while waiting for the boat to be loaded and ready for our departure later that morning. We were exhausted and jet lagged ; an overnight would have been a wise thing to do in retrospect. Nevertheless, we finally reached the resort to an extremely warm musical welcome by the staff who had assembled at the dock to sing our greeting. At the end of a prolonged trek it was a delight.
The resort is very well thought out, catering for all comers, but divers in particular. There is a spacious camera room at the dock, beside the dive center where all briefings are held by the guides and managers. We were taken to the restaurant and given cool tropical juices and briefed about the resort. It is quite intimate and nestled along the shore. Each hut is very spacious and fairly luxurious ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Coralia   Papua Explorers Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving New Guinea, GBR, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Palau
Closest Airport Sarong Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions minimal
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Well thought out spacious accommodations for photographers. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Michael A Replogle in MD, US at Nov 13, 2019 22:52 EST  
This report is spot on with my experience with the Coralia livaboard. It it is a wonderful operation, a great boat, and offers amazing diving and snorkeling.
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