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Dive Review of Papua Explorers Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Explorers Resort: "Some of the fishiest dive sites you'll find", Oct, 2016,

by Tony Fernandez, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9219 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Overall, a wonderful dive trip, but different than what I expected. I was surprised more by what I didn't see, than what I did. Very few nudis and not much variety. Only one lobster all week. No frogfish, mantis shrimp, mandarinfish, octopus, and just a single manta. Not to say they weren't around, since other divers did spot a few of them, but since this was Raja Ampat, I was expecting more. Compared to an earlier trip to Misool, I would give the edge to the diving there.

We had strong currents the first few days and then they slacked off to something reasonable. I was impressed with several of the dive sites (Sardines, Cape Kri) as they had some of the highest concentration of reef fish I've ever seen. On the other hand, I was disappointed in all the areas of rubble I saw. Don't know if this is natural or remnants of human intervention. The house reef especially, is mostly one big rubble field, though there is still plenty to see there.

What else do you say about the diving where you see more (a lot more) wobbegong sharks than moray eels? Very strange.

The staff at the resort was top notch. I know it's very subjective, but I wan't impressed with the food. Found it very monotonous. Pretty much the same menu every day, with only minor variations.

Still, a great place to dive, but my next trip to Raja will be to the southern part.
Websites Papua Explorers Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Galapagos, Cocos, Socorro, Indonesia, Micronesia, Maldives, PNG, Philippines
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Took the Garuda redeye from Jakarta through Makassar and arrived on time. Be sure to ask for the extra baggage allowance for sporting equipment.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes max. I often surfaced with close to half a tank left.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Staff was careful with your camera equipment. Since diving is conducted from small skiffs, no rise tanks are available there. The rinse water back on shore is a bit brackish, so a rinse with drinking water might be wise.
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