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Dive Review of Raja4Divers in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Raja4Divers: "Trip of a Lifetime", May, 2015,

by HB Davidson, NY, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8212 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After seeing the best of the Caribbean we wanted to experience the South Pacific. From what we read the Raja Ampat region would have arguably the greatest concentration of fish and coral anywhere in the world. I knew it would be a long trip so I wanted to be able to relax in a classical South Pacific setting rather then be on a live-aboard. After searching the internet we decided on Raja4Divers.
The trip was indeed long. We spent 4 nights in Hong Kong for the experience and to get over the jet lag before continuing on to Indonesia. The resort helped imensly with planning out trip. When we finally arrived in Sorong they met us and took all our gear to their waiting boat. Here the magic begun as we we're accompanied by a dozen or so dolphins jumping on either side of our small boat. When we arrived the entire island welcomed us at the dock. We went on three dives a day with my wife and I having our own guide to ourselves the entire week. Unfortunately the density and variety of fish and coral was SO unbelievable that we are spoiled forever. At one point I had to duck as a Manta Ray larger than I dreamed existed swam right over me. We saw saw everything from pygmy seahorses to sharks and Mantas. Every dive was phenomenal. The resort is small so you feel like a guest of the family. It is run by a team of Swiss but 50% of the staff are Papuans who are the nicest folks. Every guest couple has their own very large bungalow authentically hand-crafted in Indonesian style. As we getting ready to leave I realized I had never felt so alive and so free of stress.
Even though it is an extremely long trip, was it worth it? Absolutely! We hope to go back again after I'm retired when we can take more than two weeks away. We were the only guests who were only staying one week. I'd recommend a 2 or 3 week stay. Study the website if you are interested. It paints a honest picture. When my wife couldn't make a dive, rather then adding me to the other two couples on the boat with their guide my regular guide still came out just for me. It's that kind of place!
Websites Raja4Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Little Cayman, Galapagos, Belize, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Roatan, Cozumel
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There We needed 4 flights and a 3 hour boat ride

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Urged everyone to use Nitrox if certified, no charge.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a building set up solely for photography. It had all the technology needed and was the only air-conditioned area on the island. Because the dive boats were so small the camera never seemed to be at risk.
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By Jack Pessia in OR, US at Nov 24, 2016 00:25 EST  
What dive sites did you visit and how far away were they? We were just at Papua Explorers right in Dampier but also on superb liveaboard Tigr Blue so were up by Palau Pef, altho did not see the resort.
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