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Dive Review of Papua Paradise in
Indonesia/Raja ampat

Papua Paradise, Jan, 2013,

by Sue Hutchings, Grignols, FR (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7241.

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 N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The atmosphere of the resort is delightful. Everyone is really friendly and helpful. The accommodation is lovely without being too chichi. Food is very varied and delicious and the chef genuinely likes feedback. The gardens and trails are great with a bird watching platform and lots of wildlife.
The diving is excellent with such a variety from muck dives to exhilarating currents and the team are happy to listen to what you want to do. Typically there are two boat dives in the morning with breakfast taken on a breathtaking beach in between dives, then an afternoon and dusk or night dive too. Sometimes the boat stays out if more distant sites are being visited and lunch is provided on a jetty or beach. It's all well organised and relaxed.
We stayed three weeks and had three different guides, all excellent and with good knowledge and all are keen to explore new sites and further their knowledge.
The journey to Papua Paradise is interesting but worth the effort. Flights from Jakarta to Sorong, usually with a change of planes in Makassar, then a boat ride of an hour or so. We bought supplies in Sorong to keep down the weight of suitcases. The internal flights have a limit of 20kg checked luggage but seem quite relaxed about carry on luggage. Tea, coffee and water are available in the rooms at PP.
You get the feeling that Leah and Chris really value and develop their team. The support to local villages is quite low key and played down which is quite nice. It is only on asking questions that you find out the extent of the company's involvement.
Trips to Fam Islands are a must! They also do trips to see birds of Paradise.
Overall this is a dive centre on the up. Perhaps I should have kept it a secret especially as it is brilliant value!
Websites Papua Paradise   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih in Indonesia, Maldives, Dominica, Red Sea, Menorca
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - M / - Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving, good dive briefings with clear explanation of sites and depths likely to be interesting. Very flexible guiding once they checked you out
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 5 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 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The managers are both talented UW photographers and really helpful underwater and on land. Staff are sensitive to needs of UWP too including guides who don't rush people wanting to lurk around for ages for the perfect shot of a mantis shrimp. Accommodation has a desk and enough sockets. Cupboards for equipment. Room for evening sessions on photography, fish naming etc.
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