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Dive Review of Raja4Divers, Pef Island in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Raja4Divers, Pef Island, Oct, 2012,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6797.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Thailand, Burma, Tahiti, Palau, Truk, Ponape, Hawaii, Cocos, Galapagos, Cozumel, Caymans, Bonaire, Belize, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression dives. Sport limits of 130 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
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 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Excellent climate controlled photo room with several individual stations(remember, there are only 7 cabins total), computer, huge monitor, etc.

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 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Fantastic! If you are reading this report, you are interested in finding the best place/way to dive in Indonesia. Look no further.
I sandwiched 2 weeks at Raja4Divers in between two liveaboard trips to Komodo and Raja Ampat. I prefer liveaboard diving, but this resort may end up converting me to shore based. The setting is simply breathtaking--"paradise" is often used by us guests. Take a look at their website--the setting, rooms and resort are even more beautiful than shown. The resort is run and owned by Swiss nationals who have lived in Indonesia/Raja Amphat for years. They have run and worked at many other resorts prior to building this one in 2010 and seem to have incorporated the best of all of them. After 14 days I was still noticing nice "details" in the decoration, etc. The resort, island hikes and activities were so good and the staff so anxious to make every minute of your stay enjoyable that I opted out of my usual 5 dives a day routine to enjoy my stay at this fabulous dive resort. Your significant other will be happy.
The dive operation is top notch. Many sites with a great variety of diving have been mapped out 2 to 40 minutes boat drive from the resort. Further trips are sometimes combined into a 3 dive trip with lunch on a beach. All morning dives have a beach break between them with cappuccino, tea, etc. Afternoon dives are usually single but a second boat dive is available if requested. Night dives can be on the boat or on the very good house reef. The house reef had batfish, huge cuttlefish, mandarin fish, sharks(black tip, wobbegong,bamboo) and more. Snorkeling was outstanding.
What else did I see? All the Mantas you want, 3 breeds of pygmy sea horse, schools of jacks and barracuda, turtles,giant clams, beautiful coral gardens with zillions of fusiliers,etc in them, nudibranchs everywhere,leaf fish, juvenile drum & batfish, sea snakes, etc., etc.--everything Raja Ampat is famous for.
Snorkling and certification courses are available for beginners.
Not only was this diving the equal of any I've done, but the overall experience was the most enjoyable ever.
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By Randall S Preissig in TX, US at Nov 21, 2012 10:04 EST  
Date should read October 2012!
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