Papua Explorers

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  • Nitrox
  • Internet
  • PADI
  • Restaurant
  • Camera Station
  • Airport Transfer
  • Child Friendly
  • Spa/Massage
  • Bar

Papua Explorers is located on the island of Gam and just along the coast of worldwide renowned Dampier Strait, only 10 to 15 minutes away from the most famous dive sites like Manta Point, Cape Kri…
Each of the 15 over the water bungalows is designed to be in perfect harmony with the exotic surrounding, allowing the guests to feel the breeze from the rainforests, enjoy the songs of the tropical birds and soothe their souls with the flutter of the waves.

Accommodation

  • 1 Water Bungalow

    All bungalows are 72 m2 total area, which includes a 40 m2 room, WC, shower and hot water, and a 20m2 veranda. Each room has a bed with mosquito net, ceiling fan, desk and chair, a seating area consisting of a two-seater sofa and a coffee table. There are two sun loungers on each veranda as well as a hammock to enjoy the breath-taking Raja Ampat sunsets. There is a stairway straight to the ocean on the veranda. Towels, environmentally friendly natural shampoo & shower gel and soap are provided.

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  • 2 Superior Water Bungalow

    There are 2 55m2 superior bungalows, which includes WC, shower and hot water, and a veranda. Each room has a bed with mosquito net, ceiling fan, desk and chair, a seating area consisting of a two-seater sofa and a coffee table. There are two sun loungers on each veranda as well as a hammock to enjoy the breath-taking Raja Ampat sunsets. There is a stairway straight to the ocean on the veranda. Towels, environmentally friendly natural shampoo & shower gel and soap are provided.

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Dining

Enjoy the beauty of the ocean and rainforest and never miss a sunrise or sunset with the unique, round shape of the restaurant. You will taste examples of traditional Indonesian cuisine as well as international comfort foods – all freshly prepared.

Diving

Papua Explorers and it's PADI 5 Star Dive Center offers 3 boat dives daily plus unlimited house reef dives.
The dive team currently consists of:
11 skilled Indonesian dive guides, which are trained to up-to-date standards,
4 dive guide trainees from surrounding villages,
5 multinational PADI instructors, with various specialties,
one free-diving (and yoga) instructor,
10 highly trained and experienced boat drivers,
10 helpful and attentive boat crew members,
and 2 compressor technicians,

  • Free Nitrox
  • 1-5 Dives 64$
  • 6-10 Dives 56$
  • 11+ Dives 50$

Dive Courses

As a PADI Five Star Dive Centre Papua Explorers offer a variety of diving courses. There are 3 PADI scuba instructors and 1 freediving instructor at the resort which offer courses in English, French, German, Indonesian and Turkish.
PADI Divemaster, Rescue Diver and EFR Course „on request“

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving 110$
  • PADI Open Water 650$
  • PADI Advanced Open Water 425$
  • PADI Specialty Courses 213$
  • PADI NItrox Course 213$
  • PADI EFR
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI Scuba Review 78$

Freediving

Papua Explorers offers SSI Freediving courses and tours.

  • Discover Freediving 110$
  • SSI Level 1 Freediver 314$
  • SSI Level 2 Freediver
  • 1 – 5 Water Sessions 40$
  • 6 – 10 Water Sessions 34$
  • 11+ Water Sessions 30$

Equipment Rental

Equipment rental prices are per week.
Full Equipment: BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Mask, Snorkel, Fins

  • Full set 225$
  • BCD & Regulator 170$
  • Dive Computer 55$
  • Mask and Fins 90$
  • Torch 50$

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Dive Center
  • Camera Station

Services

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Massage
  • Yoga classes
  • Kayaks
  • Airport Transfer
  • Free Wi-Fi

Activities

Beside the daily dive activities, Papua Explorers offers varieties of soft adventure and cultural tours.

Getting There

The main entry point to Raja Ampat is Sorong, which can be reached from Jakarta, Manado, Ambon or Makassar via domestic flights. There are international flights to Jakarta, Manado and Makassar (Ujung-Pandang) and below are some alternatives for the connecting flights:
• Jakarta-Sorong direct flight: Express Airlines, Nam Airlines
• Jakarta- Sorong through Ujung-Pandang (Makassar): Sriwijaya Airlines, Merpati Airlines, Express Air, Garuda Airlines, Lion Air.
• Jakarta- Sorong through Ambon: Lion Air
• Ujung Pandang- Sorong: There are international flights to Ujung Pandang from Singapore & Kuala Lumpur. This option requires one night stay in Ujung Pandang.
• Manado-Sorong: There are direct flights to Manado from Singapore. This option requires one night stay in Manado.

Transfer To And From The Island

Papua Explorers Resort has scheduled transfers to the island from Sorong every Sunday and Wednesday with our own transfer boat. Our boat leaves at latest at 12:00 noon and we strongly recommend our guests to arrange their flights to arrive earlier than this. In case the guests cannot catch these transfers, we can provide special transfers at an extra cost. Although we do our best to accommodate late arrivals due to flight delays, we may not be able to wait for long if there are other guests in the boat. In these cases, special transfers will need to be arranged for the guests that arrive late. Our guests will be greeted by our ground crew upon arrival at Sorong and taken for clean bathrooms and breakfast (free of charge) at a nearby hotel until the boat is prepared for departure and all the guests have arrived. Our boat leaves the resort at 6:00 o’clock to reach flights departing from Sorong after 10:00 o’clock. Please kindly arrange your domestic flight tickets according to these transfer times. Please always take into account that we are operating in a remote area of the world, always try to plan your flights and connections leaving ample time for unwanted conditions that might arise during transfer. We would highly recommend travel insurance for all our guests.

Non-scheduled Transfer Options

Fast Public Ferry: From/to Airport/ Waisai by car, First Class Ferry Ticket (1:45 h), Resort Transfer Boat (45 min). Ferry does not operate on Indonesian public holidays.
Resort Transfer Boat: From/to Sorong airport, by A/C car & Resort Transfer Boat. Other paying guests might join. (This is not a private transfer. Minimum 2 persons)
Private Transfers: Costs might be shared with other guests. (max. 8 guests)

Non-scheduled transfer prices per person / per way

  • Fast Public Ferry 125$
  • Resort Transfer Boat 202$
  • Private Transfers 560$

Customised Packages Available Upon Request

  • 7 Nights Unlimited Diving

    price: 2630 USD

    Package includes:
    Twin Share Accommodation at Deluxe Water Cottage
    On full board basis (international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes
    Welcome drink
    Internet service & WiFi
    Laundry service
    50% off for children <10 years old in parent’s room
    Free transfer from Sorong airport to the resort and back on scheduled transfer days (see section “Transfers”)
    3 Boat dives per day (excluding arrival and departure day) at iconic Raja Ampat dive sites and unlimited House Reef dives (unused dives are not refundable)
    “The Passage” day trip free of charge (cannot be exchanged with another day trip other day trips are subject to a surcharge)
    Scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach towel, morning tea, coffee & snack
    Free Nitrox (excluding night dives)

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  • 10 Nights (Sun-Wed) Unlimited Diving

    price: 3645 USD

    Package includes:
    Twin Share Accommodation at Deluxe Water Cottage
    On full board basis (international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes
    Welcome drink
    Internet service & WiFi
    Laundry service
    50% off for children <10 years old in parent’s room
    Free transfer from Sorong airport to the resort and back on scheduled transfer days (see section “Transfers”)
    3 Boat dives per day (excluding arrival and departure day) at iconic Raja Ampat dive sites and unlimited House Reef dives (unused dives are not refundable)
    “The Passage” day trip free of charge (cannot be exchanged with another day trip other day trips are subject to a surcharge)
    Scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach towel, morning tea, coffee & snack
    Free Nitrox (excluding night dives)

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  • 11 Nights (Wed-Sun)) Unlimited Diving

    price: 4010 USD

    Package includes:
    Twin Share Accommodation at Deluxe Water Cottage
    On full board basis (international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes
    Welcome drink
    Internet service & WiFi
    Laundry service
    50% off for children <10 years old in parent’s room
    Free transfer from Sorong airport to the resort and back on scheduled transfer days (see section “Transfers”)
    3 Boat dives per day (excluding arrival and departure day) at iconic Raja Ampat dive sites and unlimited House Reef dives (unused dives are not refundable)
    “The Passage” day trip free of charge (cannot be exchanged with another day trip other day trips are subject to a surcharge)
    Scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach towel, morning tea, coffee & snack
    Free Nitrox (excluding night dives)

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  • 14 Nights Unlimited Diving

    price: 4895 USD

    Package includes:
    Twin Share Accommodation at Deluxe Water Cottage
    On full board basis (international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes
    Welcome drink
    Internet service & WiFi
    Laundry service
    50% off for children <10 years old in parent’s room
    Free transfer from Sorong airport to the resort and back on scheduled transfer days (see section “Transfers”)
    3 Boat dives per day (excluding arrival and departure day) at iconic Raja Ampat dive sites and unlimited House Reef dives (unused dives are not refundable)
    “The Passage” day trip free of charge (cannot be exchanged with another day trip other day trips are subject to a surcharge)
    Scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach towel, morning tea, coffee & snack
    Free Nitrox (excluding night dives)

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  • 17 Nights Unlimited Diving

    price: 5945 USD

    Package includes:
    Twin Share Accommodation at Deluxe Water Cottage
    On full board basis (international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes
    Welcome drink
    Internet service & WiFi
    Laundry service
    50% off for children <10 years old in parent’s room
    Free transfer from Sorong airport to the resort and back on scheduled transfer days (see section “Transfers”)
    3 Boat dives per day (excluding arrival and departure day) at iconic Raja Ampat dive sites and unlimited House Reef dives (unused dives are not refundable)
    “The Passage” day trip free of charge (cannot be exchanged with another day trip other day trips are subject to a surcharge)
    Scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach towel, morning tea, coffee & snack
    Free Nitrox (excluding night dives)

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  • 21 Nights Unlimited Diving

    price: 6950 USD

    Package includes:
    Twin Share Accommodation at Deluxe Water Cottage
    On full board basis (international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes
    Welcome drink
    Internet service & WiFi
    Laundry service
    50% off for children <10 years old in parent’s room
    Free transfer from Sorong airport to the resort and back on scheduled transfer days (see section “Transfers”)
    3 Boat dives per day (excluding arrival and departure day) at iconic Raja Ampat dive sites and unlimited House Reef dives (unused dives are not refundable)
    “The Passage” day trip free of charge (cannot be exchanged with another day trip other day trips are subject to a surcharge)
    Scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach towel, morning tea, coffee & snack
    Free Nitrox (excluding night dives)

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  • Raja Ampat Diving

    Diving in Raja Ampat casts a spell on all who descend into its abundant waters – scientists, photographers, novice and lifetime divers alike. Lying in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Raja Ampat holds the prestigious title as the most marine biodiverse place on earth - quite a title; but also a fact. At its most recent count in 2011 the region of Raja Ampat was recognized to contain 1427 reef fishes, over 600 coral species (75% of the world’s coral species can be found here), not to mention the pelagic life that is abundant in the area. To dive in Raja Ampat is breathtakingly spectacular, and truly unforgettable. Hard and soft corals compete for space on reefs that are bursting with life and colour. Swarms of small fish such as damsels, fusiliers and anthias mill about on the reef flats, while not too far away the large schools of tuna, trevally and mackerel congregate. Batfish, surgeonfish and barracuda aggregate around jetties and reef points, while angel and butterfly fish decorate both the reef flats and jagged coral towers that are home to abundant marine life. Large fish species include Napoleon wrasse, bumpheads and giant sweetlips, and being in shark sanctuary, not a day goes by where divers don’t spot one of the many species of reef shark in the area. And of course, there are the manta rays: reef mantas at nearby cleaning stations, the majestic oceanic manta in open water, and during the right season any given dive site may yield magnificent mantas gliding by. There are really no words to describe diving in Raja Ampat, it must be experienced and is truly unforgettable, and diving over 50 sites in the area we ensure all our guest visit all of the abundant highlights this region has to offer.

  • Currents and Diver Experience Level

    The waters of Raja Ampat are highly rich in nutrients, and the Dampier Strait (our location) is especially nutrient-rich due to its fast moving currents. Nutrient rich water and fast moving currents make the perfect environment for an abundance of marine life, including migrating mammals and pelagic species. However, such nutrient-rich water can mean low visibility at times (typically 15-20 m), and the majority of our dive sites will have current in varying degrees, from mild through to very strong, depending on the tides and the moon. For those divers who do not have reef hooks, we will provide these to assist you during dives with stronger current. Some dive sites are not suitable for beginners or anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable in currents. Our dive guides check the current direction and strength before the divers get in the water and change the dive plan or site if necessary. Our dive groups are maximum 6 people and we have a head dive guide and an assistant guide in each group. We have a check dive for everyone and we make the groups according to the level of experience. We ease all divers into the currents by starting the dives with sites that get mild currents. There are enough sites with mild current to complete a week diving without going to the dive sites that get strong currents. However, you might also miss some of the highlights of Raja Ampat. If you haven’t dived for 2 years or longer, we would recommend getting a refresher course to ease you back into scuba diving. We would also strongly recommend the Advanced Open Water Diver Course as it would enable you to dive to a bigger range of dive sites and maintain a perfect buoyancy to protect the pristine coral and marine life here.

  • Diver Safety

    All divers are required to bring their safety buoys and whistles with them when coming to our resort. It is mandatory for all divers to have dive insurance to be able to dive with Papua Explorers. Waisai (45 minutes from our location by boat) has a Hyperbaric Chamber, however, costs for treatment and further transportation can be extremely high in case of an emergency. Therefore, all dives are planned and executed without deco stops and it is mandatory for all divers to use a dive computer. All divers are required to follow their guide and guide instructions while diving with Papua Explorers.