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Dive Review of Gannga Divers/Papua Paradise in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Gannga Divers/Papua Paradise: "Fabulous diving in Raja Ampat", Nov, 2019,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 36 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 11208 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments This was the first time I have repeated the same dive destination back to back (was there roughly same time in 2018). Raja Ampat diving is that good!

Getting there and away

It is a long haul to Papua Paradise Resort no matter where you are coming from. You need to get to Sorong airport. There are direct flights from Jakarta, but only a couple a day (and they seem to all leave Jakarta at around midnight, getting in to Sorong around 0630). You can also connect via Makassar but most visitors are from Europe and the USA, making Jakarta the most convenient international airport for connectivity. I found Jakarta surprisingly easy to connect through. Most international flights arrive into Terminal 3, which is a nice, modern terminal. Garuda's domestic flights depart from Terminal 3 too, which made the outbound connection easy. Other domestic flights arrive/depart from Terminal 1 or 2. However, moving between terminals is quick and easy as a Skytrain connects all terminals. We allowed 8 hours for our connection outbound and 5 hours inbound. 3 hours would probably have been fine.

Papua Paradise appears to be the only resort in Central Raja Ampat which has a dedicated transfer boat from Sorong. Other resorts appear to require you to get a local ferry.

A representative of the resort meets you at Sorong airport and you are transferred to a local hotel, which is perfectly good. We arrived at the hotel at 0700 and a complimentary breakfast, complimentary lunch were included and the use of the hotel facilities. We booked a day room to catch up on some sleep until we were picked up at 1230 for our 1300 transfer by fast boat to the resort. The ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Papua Paradise

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Socorro; Palau; Sipadan; Truk; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Cuba; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain, Seychelles, Mauritius, Oman, GBR; Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Connect via Jakarta or Makassar

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Up to one hour per dive. Max depth 30m
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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