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Papua Explorers Resort

Papua Explorers Resort is located in the heart of Raja Ampat, close to many of the famous dive sites of Raja Ampat. The resort is constructed using traditional Papuan construction methods and local, natural materials. Papua Explorers Resort’s water bungalows are designed to be in perfect harmony with the exotic surrounding, allowing you to feel the breeze from the rainforests, enjoy the songs of the tropical birds and soothe your soul with the flutter of the waves. After a days diving you can relax in paradise at the resort’s Spa. Located on the resort’s jetty, with stunning views of the islands of the Dampier Strait, Papua Explorers Spa offers a variety of spa services.

Papua Explorer Resort’s water bungalows blend traditional Papuan style with the comfort of modern design features. They are built by using local, natural materials collected from the surrounding villages. All bungalows are equipped with en-suite toilet and shower, hot water, ceiling fan, mosquito net, working desk and a comfortable seating area. The spacious veranda with direct access to the sea, allows you to enjoy the sun and sea in your own privacy. Other features include 220 V electricity with European type plugs, in room tea and coffee facilities, drinking water, environmentally friendly and natural soap.

Papua Explorer Resort’s large, over-the-sea restaurant and lounge is designed to offer a relaxing environment to enjoy various international and local dishes freshly prepared in their restaurant and to refresh and relax between your dives. You will never miss a sunrise or sunset with the unique, round shape of the restaurant. You can enjoy the beauty of the ocean and rainforest at the same time. You will taste examples of traditional Indonesian cuisine as well as international comfort foods – all freshly prepared by the kitchen team. You can gather energy enjoying the snacks between dives and chill out in the seating area after dinner.

Papua Explorers Resort is home to a PADI 5 Star Dive Center. Diving packages at the resort include 3 boat dives per day, unlimited house reef dives, “The Passage” day trip and Free Nitrox. The resort has 7 daily diving boats and 2 diving-and-transfer boats, all of which are equipped with DAN emergency oxygen sets, 2-way-marine-radios and emergency first response medical sets.

Diving Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is probably the hottest diving location on the planet right now, amazing scientists and divers alike, with its sheer number of species, big and small. In Raja Ampat screens of glassfish hide Tasselled Wobbegongs and at night the ‘Walking Sharks’ come out to play. Pygmy Seahorse cling to spectacular sea fans and there are unforgettable Manta congregations and Mushroom Island landscapes. Many underwater photographers testify that no where on earth can compete with Raja Ampat and they return again and again to produce stunning cover shots!

Most resorts are located in North Raja Ampat, this includes Papua Paradise Resort, Papua Explorers Resort, Kri Eco Resort and Sorido Bay Resort, whilst only Misool Eco Resort is located in South Raja Ampat. In the North of Raja Ampat the currents produce high adrenaline dives, whilst in the South the diving has a more relaxing feel. Some of the key areas in North Raja Ampat include the Gam Islands with the famous Passage dive site, Arborek Island with close by Manta Sandy dive site, and the Dampier Strait, home to Kri and Mansuar Islands. In the Dampier strait you can dive for day after day on the richest dive sites in the world – including Sardine reef, Cape Kri, Mioskon and newly discovered Roland’s Woho. Diving in the Dampier Strait expect large schools of Trevally, Barracuda, Fusiliers, Bumphead Parrotfish, Sweetlips, Batfish, Reef Sharks, Mantas, lots of Wobbegong, Pygmy Seahorse, Frogfish and on sunset and night dives, the Papuan Epaulette Shark, Ornate Ghost Pipefish and Toadfish! It was at Kri Island that the Ichthyologist Dr Gerald Allen famously identified 374 different species of fish on a single dive. Closer to Sorong is Batanta Island where macro enthusiasts can fill their cameras with photos of Wunderpus, Mimic Octopus and other critter favourites!

In the South of Raja Ampat the diving is focused around Misool and it’s small neighbouring islands and again it is the diversity of Raja Ampat that makes this such a special area. Photographers always love the South as there are less currents and a perfusion of fish life both big and small. Dive sites such as Nudi Rock, Yilliet, Magic Mountain and Boo Windows are always amongst the favourites.