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Dive Review of Papua Explorers Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Explorers Resort: "Top notch and worth the trip", Apr, 2016,

by Jim Willoughby, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 8948 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Papua Explorers is a top notch resort. The service is exceptional and the dive op is one of the best that I have experienced. The rooms were spacious and clean. The food was great. The location and setting was beautiful. I would not hesitate to recommend this resort to anyone wanting to go to Raja Ampat. The trip from SFO was long and exhausting but pretty easy logistically. I would recommend this route rather than going through Jakarta.
Websites Papua Explorers Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Indonesia, most of the Caribbean, California, Oregon, Hawaii
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Sfo to Seoul to Singapore to Manado to Sorong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-40 Ft/ 3-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions bottom times were pretty strictly enforced to 60 minutes. Be back on the boat with 750psi and they do check.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments I would give 5 stars for UWP if they would improve the lighting in the camera room and have dedicated camera baskets on the boats. The subject matter could be 5 star probably depending on the individual dive. The visibility was pretty poor on many of the dives. No fault of the resort of course and the current could be ripping which made photography a challenge.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Renee Rossin OR, US at Jun 07, 2016 14:42 EST  
Did you take anti-malaria meds before your trip?
By report author: Jim Willoughby in OR, US at Jun 07, 2016 15:35 EST  
I did not. I did not have any issues with bugs at all on the trip. Even though I brought big spray I did not even use that.
By Renee Rossin OR, US at Jun 23, 2016 18:21 EST  
What airlines did you use from Manado to Sarong?
By report author: Jim Willoughby in OR, US at Jun 23, 2016 18:39 EST  
I flew Garuda. Very nice plane and good service.
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