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Dive Review of Raja4Divers in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Raja4Divers, Dec, 2013,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7479 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Caribbean, Fiji, Australia, Sulawesi, Komodo, Sarong, Ambon, Lembeh, Bunkga Solomons, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions diving briefing indicated "try to stick to 60 minutes" but no one cared and it was never enforced -- really quite the opposite
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 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
UW Photo Comments Each photographer was assigned a foam enclosed box (big or small depending on the camera(s) which was used to transport the cameras int ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I can't remember if I have reviewed this destination before, but I should have. Raja4Divers (on Palau Pef) is a very well run small resort (7 thatched huts currently, may grow to a total of 12 in five years). This was our third trip there, and we stayed for three weeks. The resort is located 3 hours by boat from Sarong, and of course flight logistics are cumbersome. But once you arrive, you're met by one of the staff, and your worries are over. The resort was started and is run by a Swiss manager(Maya), who's done a super job in combining professional management with local customs and sensibilities. The diving is s ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By carl berenson in WA, US at Feb 06, 2014 17:33 EST  
Have you dived with any other outfit in raja?
By Michael N. Hofman in CA, US at Feb 06, 2014 22:40 EST  
We've done a number of live aboards in raja (maybe 3 or 4) but this is the only land based operation. However, I feel it's equivalent to Misool, better than Papua divers and most likely better than the others, due to personal attention and maximum number of divers at the resort at any one time
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