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Dive Review of Papua Paradise Eco Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Paradise Eco Resort: "Gets better and better", Feb, 2015,

by Sue Hutchings, Grignols, FR (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 8183.

No photos available at this time

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 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After discovering this resort three years ago we have been back several times. It has just about everything we want in a dive resort. The island is lovely, wild and full of birds and other wildlife. The accommodation is great; the overwater bungalows are spacious and really comfortable, and very well maintained and cleaned. There are safes in each room, tea and coffee making facilities, water, fans, lovely balcony with hammock, and an umbrella.
The food is good and gets better on each visit. It's amazing to have fresh bread, home made yoghurt, delicious cake etc every day as well as really good meals. There are more Asian options now than on previous visits and there is always a good choice for anyone with specific needs.
The resort has grown, with some new luxury bungalows shortly to be available, a new camera room and dive centre, and plans for a bigger restaurant, a lounge and bigger jetty. The boats are all new, with reliable eco friendly engines. The guides are exceptional, both in terms of spotting and in their care of their divers, ditto the boat crew. Mostly you dive in groups of no more than four divers with a guide but often in smaller groups.
During our last visit a team based at the resort were doing whale research in the area and were finding lots of different whales. Also the management team do lots of understated and valuable work in the community; as a company they provide free health care for all staff - an indicator of their attitude.
The resort is very well managed and runs smoothly, being small enough to be friendly and full of delightful divers from all over the world. I can't think of any downside

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean-Dominica, Martinique, Maldives, Red Sea, Sudan, Mediterranean, Indonesia
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Internal flights from Jakarta and other Indonesian airports

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 27-30°C / 81-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Check dives then, due to small groups, lots of flexibility to dive. No deco diving. Most dives are around 60 minutes but depends on the divers and conditions. All dive guides are very happy to discuss what sort of diving you want and try to meet your needs
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera room,...Only air conditioned room on the island! Desks in each bungalow and plenty of charging points. Padded crates on the boats but no rinse tanks on boats. Staff will bring large cameras to the jetty in a special sort of wheelbarrow. Rinse tank on the jetty. Many but not all divers take photographs so it isn't one of those resorts where you have to be an U/W photographer, or have fancy equipment
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Subscriber's Comments

By Renee Ross in OR, US at Apr 25, 2015 23:36 EST  
Did you takes Anti Maleria melds before going?
By report author: Sue Hutchings in Grignols, FR at Oct 06, 2015 09:15 EST  
Sorry, only just seen the question. I take Doxycycline and my husband doesn't take anything. They have lots of sprays and things in the rooms and restaurants. Not had any bites there. There is malaria in Sorong so I would always do the utmost not to be bitten
By paul d moliken in OR, US at Jan 19, 2016 19:06 EST  
Very glad to read this. thanks. when did you go? we're thinking of december of 16. I believe that they can get you back to sorong in time for an early afternoon flight to jakarta. Does ten days sound right for a snorkeler and a diver?
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