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Dive Review of Papua Paradise in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Paradise: "Nice Resort Prequel for a Live Aboard", Dec, 2018,

by Michael Wood, WA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 10825.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A group of 8 of us took advantage of Papua Paradise as an "adjustment" time before our Dewi Nusantara Raja Ampat trip. We chose them because they are the only resort that has a daily fast boat transport that synched with our Dewi schedule. Because it's such a long haul to get to Sorong, we ended up being very glad we came in early for 3 days of boat diving in Raja.

The staff greeted our boat with a rousing song & dance, which was fun. All bungalows are all over-the-water, rustic but clean & comfortable beds. The termites are busy at night, as there was sawdust on the floors each morning, but the maids kept the place clean.

The diving was excellent, although the first checkout dive on the house reef had quit poor visibility, and we weren't happy that we didn't go to a different first dive site (we all were very experienced divers). The dive boats were fine, camera handling good. Peter the overall manager was extremely helpful and service-oriented, as were the staff in general. A very friendly place.

I'd go back as another prelude to a live aboard. I don't know that I'd spend two weeks here, but 3-7 days of diving would be a good amount of time.
Websites Papua Paradise   Papua Paradise

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, GBR, Philippines, Hawai'i
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Very long time to get here with multiple stops & an overnight flight from Jakarta or Denpasar (Bali)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-75 Ft/ 12-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally 60 minutes, with some flexibility.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Nice but smallish camera room. Great UW photo ops because it's Raja. Camera's handled well by staff.
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