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Dive Review of Papua Explorers Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Explorers Resort: "Raja Ampat Diving and Snorkeling Resort at its best", Dec, 2016,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 9434 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our second visit to this Resort (and our 5th to a resort in Raja Ampat). It is well located in the Dampier Straits, just a 20 minute boat ride from Kree Corner and the same to Manta Sandy. PER is a well run, fun resort with professionals from all over the world, providing a great setting for diving, snorkeling, kayaking and other water activities. They have on staff a free diving instructor and a marine biologist (who is second in charge of the diving operations) and have started a coral regeneration program. Diving is well planned, always with a low number of divers to a guide, and snorkeling is also planned well too. The rooms are over the water in the traditional approach but have large and small fans and plenty of room to spread out.
There's lots of diversity in the diving, with plenty of hard and soft coral, sharks (of several varieties), turtles, mantas and plenty of small stuff to occupy you. There is a camera room (not currently air conditioned but plans are underway to change that). Food is great and plan to stay away from the baked goods (especially the donuts -- which are to die for)!
Since the resort has an international flavor, guests are from around the world, leading to interesting conversations and the lack of feeling excluded no matter where you are from!
We heartily recommend this resort and will be back.
Two notes: it's very humid so it's best to pack clothing in air tight bags and assume that things might get a bit moldy -- easily taken care of when you hit the next spot which has a/c.
Websites Papua Explorers Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mozambique, etc. etc.
Closest Airport Sarong Getting There through Manado or Makassar

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions usually 60 minutes but often dives went longer based on diver experience
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments camera room with supplies but will be better if they set up a room with air conditioning
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