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Dive Review of Papua Paradise Eco Resort in

Papua Paradise Eco Resort: "#1 on divers' bucket list", Sep, 2014,

by Connie Bowling, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 8024.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a 2 hour fast boat ride from Sorong. Resort is very accommodating with airline arrivals and has a rep waiting for you at airport. We were transported to a nice hotel in Sorong, given a nice breakfast and free wifi until the boat was ready to go to the resort. Larger boats are used for longer distances; I.e., day dives to Kri, Fam, Manta Sandy. These dive sites were 1-2 hours away and an extra fuel surcharge. Often times it was a rough boat ride and could be hard on your back. "Local" dives were in a small boat with max of 4 divers and 2 DM's. Actually we liked those dives best. Less current and nice coral, fish and macro. Fam, however is not to be missed. This is the classic picture of raja Ampat. New wooden steps (LOTS of them) take you to the top of the highest island for a great photo op between dives. No pollution here like we saw elsewhere in indonesia. No A/C, but no problem. Cottages over the water with great sunsets, great breezes and great fish/juvenile shark watching. Water is like a fish nursery. Great snorkeling, too. Especially liked the 5 minute walk to other side of the island for snorkeling. Birding excursions were also available though we spent our time diving. We did use deet spray, mosquito netting on bed and took malaria pills. Bugs weren't bad though. Dive masters good and finding photo ops. Also take coffee breaks between dives in their local villages which was fun. Very international clientale and staff friendly and accommodating. A real treat was complimentary laundry service. Really appreciated that after being on the road for weeks. Would definitely return here.
Websites Papua Paradise Eco Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Lembeh Strait, Bali, Caribbean, Cozumel, Keys, Mexico, Siladen/Bunaken Island
Closest Airport Sorong, west Papua Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank in dive shop area. No rinse facilities on boats. Really steep and narrow steps dock to boat. Dive staff helpful in carrying photo equipment to boat. Rooms have great setup for photo equipment and complimentary electrical multi adapters. You do have to carry all your equipment back to your room after dives.
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