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Dive Review of Papua Explorers Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Explorers Resort: "Paradise Found!", Nov, 2015,

by Sandy Falen, KS, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 8639 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most of the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Palau, Sulawesi, Kosrae, Fiji
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There You have to want to get there enough to make the effort: Tokyo, Jakarta, Makassar, then Sorong was my route.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives are limited to one hour. They ask divers not to go below 90 feet and to avoid deco.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools 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
UW Photo Comments There is a very nice camera room next to the dive shop and dock. No special facilities on the boat. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 3 stars
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Comments Raja Ampat. Utter the name among experienced divers, and you'll likely receive wistful expressions and whispers of "someday" in response. Knowing well that life's surprises can easily make "someday" vaporize, I steeled myself for the arduous travel, sucked up the extra expense, and booked that fantasy trip to the legendary "Four Kings" archipelago of Indonesia.

Papua Explorers (PE) is a relatively new, intimate dive resort on Gam Island - a two-hour boat ride from Sorong, in the West Papua Province of Indonesia. Getting there takes some fortitude: I crossed the Pacific in a 13-hour haul from Dallas to Tokyo, quickly followed by an 8-hour flight to Jakarta, site of my first overnight stop. The next afternoon, I boarded a 2-hour, Garuda Air flight to Makassar, on the southern end of Sulawesi, and made my second overnight stop. Early the next morning, another 2-hour Garuda flight deposited me in Sorong, where I was greeted by PE rep and escorted to a modern hotel where I could relax, have breakfast, use wifi, and wait for the other incoming guests to arrive. At the appointed noon hour, we were all whisked to a nearby harbor for the 2-hour crossing to Gam Island. I thought it was a fine omen when our boat was greeted along the way by dozens of cavorting dolphins the largest single pod I've ever seen. It was definitely a sign of good things to come.

As we approached our destination, the view of PE's 14 overwater bungalows, open-air restaurant, dock and dive shop did not disappoint: it is every bit as beautiful as the photos on the website. The "welcoming committee" included a large contingent of PE staff and traditional Papuan music. Guest information forms had been completed and provided electronically prior to travel, so only signatures were required, along with certification cards, dive insurance cards, and passports. No filling out long forms! Why doesn't everyone do it that way?

After a brief orientation and a tasty lunch, we were escorted to our Papuan-style, over-water bungalows. The stunning view of the ocean and neighboring islands is maximized by an ent ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By kathleen lynchin TX, US at Nov 15, 2015 07:53 EST  
Good report. May I ask how long the boat rides to the sites were? Tthankyou
By report author: Sandy Falen in KS, US at Nov 15, 2015 10:43 EST  
As noted in the last sentence of paragraph six, most sites were 10-25 minutes. The Passage is a longer trip of around 45 minutes each way. The water was flat and the boat rides delightful, with stunningly beautiful scenery.
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