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Dive Review of Papua Paradise Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Paradise Resort: "World class diving in Raja Ampat", Nov, 2018,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 10669 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Getting there and away

It is a long haul to Papua Paradise Resort – no matter where you are coming from. You need to get to Sorong airport. There are direct flights from Jakarta, but only a couple a day (and they seem to all leave Jakarta at around midnight, getting in to Sorong around 0630). You can also connect via Makassar but most visitors are from Europe and the USA, making Jakarta the most convenient international airport for connectivity. I found Jakarta surprisingly easy to connect through. Most international flights arrive into Terminal 3, which is a nice, modern terminal. The domestic flights depart from Terminal 1 or 2. However, moving between terminals is quick and easy as a new Skytrain connects all terminals. We allowed 5 hours for our connection. 3 hours would have been fine.

Papua Paradise appears to be the only resort in Central Raja Ampat which has a dedicated transfer boat from Sorong. Other resorts appear to require you to get a local ferry.

A representative of the resort meets you at Sorong airport and you are transferred to a local hotel, which is perfectly good. We arrived at the hotel and were told that we could have both a complimentary breakfast, complimentary lunch and the use of the hotel facilities until we were picked up at 1230 for our 1300 transfer by fast boat to the resort. The transfer takes 1 and a half to 2 hours.

Resort facilities and food

Papua Paradise Resort has 16 “superior” and 10 “deluxe” over water villas ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Socorro; Palau; Sipadan; Truk; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Cuba; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain, Seychelles, Mauritius, Oman, GBR; Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There See report

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 29-30°C / 84-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-40 M / 49-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nominally 60 minutes but relaxed. We completed several 70-75 minute dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Separate area for UWP in dive shop. No separate tanks on boats but crew handled cameras carefully. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By peter bernstein in FL, US at Nov 22, 2018 07:50 EST  
Good report-- did you go to see the Birds of Paradise? How far does one have to go to find them ?? We are avid divers BUT wife wants to see a B of P !!
By report author: Graham McGregor in Kilmacolm, GB at Nov 22, 2018 08:11 EST  
I didn't go to see the Birds of Paradise - few guests appeared to. We spoke to one couple who were going. There appear to be two different types - both of which require a boat trip and a bit of hiking through the jungle to get to. The Wilson's Bird of Paradise is apparently the rarer. You need to leave the resort at 0430 and take a boat for an hour or so to the island where they are. Apparently the trip itself is lovely - very atmospheric. You then hike through the jungle for about 30 minutes arriving just after dawn. I didn't get the impression that the hike is terribly arduous but it does involve a bit of a climb. The Red Bird of Paradise trip is slightly shorter, involves a hike but not a climb. The resort website has some details.
By BRADLEY CONDO in CO, US at Nov 22, 2018 11:54 EST  
A ‘big’ 1.5 liter tank?
By report author: Graham McGregor in Kilmacolm, GB at Nov 22, 2018 12:27 EST  
Ah! Slip in the decimal place, thanks for pointing it out. Of course I’m referring to a 15 litre tank!!
By peter bernstein in FL, US at Nov 25, 2018 09:34 EST  
Thank you for your response- we plan to go on January
By report author: Graham McGregor in Kilmacolm, GB at Feb 06, 2019 09:29 EST  
Hope you enjoyed and your wife managed to see the Birds of Paradise?
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