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Dive Review of Papua Explorers in

Papua Explorers: "Papua Explorers", Apr, 2024,

by Kendall Raine, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 12944.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments My wife and I stayed at Papua Explorers (“PapEx”) for nine nights late March/early April 2024. This was part one of a two part dive trip to Raja, the second part of which was aboard Coralia (separate report).

PapEx is located on the island of Gam at the northern border of the Dampier Strait facing the islands of Kri and Mansuar-a 90 minute boat ride from Sorong.

The layout of the resort is 16 spacious and nicely appointed overwater rooms “Pondoks.” The Pondoks are not air conditioned but this was not a problem given that there are two fans in each Pondok and bugs were a non-issue. They all have a private deck with stairs to the water (accessible at high tide) and are south facing across the Dampier Strait. All dining is done in the central dining room at the base of a pier at the end of which resides the dive shop. The dining room has pretty decent WiFi and I was able to send and receive documents. WiFi speed is insufficient for uploading large files like photos/videos.

Raja diving is incomparable and PapEx’s location is ideal for diving all the favorite spots in the Dampier Strait: Mioskon, Blue Magic, Sawanderek, Mike’s Point, Lau Lau, Cape Kri, Mayhem, Otima, Lumba Lumba, Yerbuda, Kuburan, Ransiwar, Chicken Reef, and Sardines. These sites are all within 15 minute boat ride from the PapEx dock and are included in the optional diver package, along ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Papua Explorers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Rangiroa, Morea, Huahini, Grand Cayman, Turks, Palau, Truk, Galapagos, Cocos, Cabos, California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Tulum, Cozumel, Bali, Lake Superior, Raja Ampat, Belize, Roatan, Andros, Nassau, Abaco, Bonaire
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There LAX-SIN-CGK-SOQ

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet and 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No rinse tanks on the tenders but the boat rides were short and cameras were handled with care. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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