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Dive Review of Papua Paradise in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Paradise: "Raja Ampat -resort based world class diving", Apr, 2024,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 41 reports with 22 Helpful votes). Report 12953.

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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, unless you book the Garuda flight to Sorong which leaves from T3. However, moving between terminals is quick and easy as a Skytrain connects all terminals. We allowed 9 hours for our connection and took a day room at the Anara Hotel which is attached to T3. 4 hours would probably have been fine. You can get an Indonesian Visitor Visa in advance online. You avoid queuing at Jakarta airport if you do this, although the procedure is a bit clunky!

We were met at Sorong airport by representatives of Papua Paradise Resort, who took us to a nearby local hotel. Again, we booked a day room. Breakfast and lunch were complimentary. Papua Paradise appears to be the only resort in Central Raja Ampat which has a dedicated transfer boat from Sorong. Other resorts appear to requi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 28-29°C / 82-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Generally dives lasted 1 hour
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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