Raja Ampat Package Tour from Bali

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RAJA AMPAT AND PAPUA EXPLORERS

Papua Explorers Eco Resort is located in the islands of Raja Ampat, which is on the northwest tip of the
Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua. Raja Ampat translates into English as Four Kings and gets its name
from a local mythology about four kings that occupy the four big islands: Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and
Misool. It’s a stunning archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, hosting thousands of species some
of which are endemic to the region.
Some scientific surveys reveal that Raja Ampat has 603 hard coral species which represents more than 75%
of all the species in the world. With its rich ecosystem and abundance of species, Raja Ampat is the bull’s eye of the Coral Triangle in every sense. Papua Explorers is located on the island of Gam and just along the
coast of the worldwide renowned Dampier Strait, only 10 to 15 minutes away from the most famous dive sites like Manta Point, Cape Kri…
As Papua Explorers Eco Resort, we are committed to creating sustainable and unforgettable human-nature experiences while conserving the waters of Raja Ampat and developing the local communities we are
surrounded with. The resort is built using traditional Papuan construction methods and local, natural materials. Our water bungalows are 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. The little peninsula that Papua Explorers Resort is located on is home to the endemic Red Bird of Paradise. This unique bird and its amazing mating ceremony can be observed after an early morning hike in the rainforest. This is also an excellent way to observe the amazing plants and creatures of the rainforest.

How to get 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 (UjungPandang) and below are some alternatives for the connecting flights:

  • Jakarta-Sorong direct flight: Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air,
  • Jakarta- Sorong through Ujung-Pandang (Makassar): Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air.
  • Jakarta- Sorong through Ambon: Lion Air
  • Bali-Sorong Through Ujung Pandang (Makassar)-Sorong: Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air.
  • Ujung Pandang- Sorong: There are international flights to Ujung Pandang from Singapore &
    Kualalumpur. 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.

There are airport hotels in Jakarta and Ujung Pandang (Makassar).
Rooms can be booked upon request.
Transportation in Indonesia is a growing and improving the sector,
however, the standards are still way below the Western world.
Therefore, it’s important to mentally prepare yourself for the
imperfections you may face during your travel. Be patient and stay
positive, remind yourself that you will be in heaven soon. Please note
that travel insurance is recommended for all guests to cover any potential loss caused by the airlines and for
unforeseen circumstances due to rescheduled, canceled, or missed flights. Don’t forget to lock your luggage
and housing cases.
Airplanes can be extremely cold on domestic flights. We’d recommend that you have a light jacket with you.
Domestic airlines can be quite tolerant about overweight issues occasionally. The cost for extra luggage is
usually around USD 3-4/kg for Jakarta-Sorong flights. Some airlines even have an extra allowance for
diving equipment.
Domestic flight tickets can be arranged by our company; a 20% booking fee is applicable on top of the ticket
rate.

TRANSFERS TO AND FROM THE ISLAND

Papua Explorers Eco Resort has scheduled transfers to the
island from Sorong every Sunday and Wednesday with our
own transfer boat. Our boat leaves at the 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 on 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. Therefore travel insurance is recommended for all our guests.

ACCOMMODATION

Papua Explorers Eco Resort is constructed using local architectural
techniques and natural materials. Walls are made from Daun Bobo,
roofs are made from Daun Nipa, and floors and windows, and door
frames are made from ironwood. These are the typical materials
used for traditional Papuan houses.
Our deluxe water bungalows are very spacious with their 72 m2
total area, which includes a 40 m2
room, WC, shower and hot
water, and a 20 m2
veranda.
There are slightly smaller superior water bungalows upon request.
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

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 of the most marine bio-diverse 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 color. 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
butterflyfish 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.

Papua Explorers Eco Resort
Raja Ampat, West Papua

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.
Located within 30 minutes of most of our dive sites, Raja Ampat’s spectacular underwater world is easily
accessible by boat. Highlights include:

Manta Point:      20 min         Mike’s Point:         10 min
Cape Kri:            15 min            Sardines Reef:     25 min
Mioskon:            25 min           Blue Magic:          25 min
Otdima:              5 min             Chicken Reef:       20 min
The Passage:    45 min           Hidden Bay:        30 min

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 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 currents in varying degrees, from mild through to very strong, depending on the tides and
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 currents to complete a week of 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. The closest
operational hyperbaric chamber is in Manado, and the costs for treatment and 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.

OUR PADI 5 STAR DIVE CENTER

The Dive Team
Our 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,
• 10 highly trained and experienced boat drivers,
• 10 helpful and attentive boat crew members,
• and 2 compressor technicians,

all of which are happy to assist you at our PADI 5 Star Dive Center.
The Papua Explorers management team consists of a variety of nationalities, namely Indonesia, Switzerland,
Germany and Turkey. We are determined to employ and train a majority of local Papuan staff in all
departments.

Equipment & Safety

Safety is very important to us at Papua Explorers Eco Resort. We maintain and review all our equipment and
facilities frequently with respect to safety. Also, we train our dive staff monthly in emergency oxygen
provider skills.
Our diving fleet is currently composed as follows: we have 8 daily diving boats (with a capacity of 6 divers
per boat) and 2 diving-and-transfer boats (for 8 divers or 14 guests during transfer), all of which are
equipped with DAN emergency oxygen sets, 2-way-marine-radios, emergency first response medical sets. In
addition, the guest transfer boats are equipped with GPS, life jackets, fire extinguishers. On full day trips we
equip the boats with satellite phones to provide extra safety.
All our facilities and bungalows are equipped with fire extinguishers and we implement and on-site and on-board emergency action plan in multiple languages.
Please refer to the section ‘Technical Specifications’ for more detailed information.

SNORKELING

For non-scuba divers who are interested in the marine life, then snorkeling is ideal for you. It is possible to
witness the abundance of marine and coral reef life in the area by snorkeling as well.
We welcome snorkelers to Papua Explorers and ensure that our snorkeling guests are equally as satisfied as
our diving guests. Snorkelers can enjoy our house reef any time and many of the dive sites we visit with our
boats are absolutely fantastic for snorkeling. In addition, the optional tours that we offer are a highlight for
snorkelers as well as divers. On all boat trips our snorkelers will be accompanied in water by one of our
experienced guides.

FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Raja Ampat is an underwater photographer’s haven for both macro and wide-angle photography. Huge corals in vibrant colors are perfect for wide-angle.
Most photographers are mesmerized by the density of fish and corals and focus
on wide-angle photography throughout their stay. However, Raja Ampat is home
to some endemic macro creatures, and using your macro lens can be extremely
rewarding.
Photography is not limited to underwater. Tropic birds, bats, and butterflies,
interesting rainforest creatures can be observed on our island, as well as wild
orchids and endemic black orchids. If you are interested in photographing the
Red Bird of Paradise, it is advisable to bring a tripod and telephoto lens with
you. Should you be interested in visiting the neighboring village, be prepared to
capture portraits of beautiful Papuan children.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES

The Raja Ampat islands are amongst the rarest
natural beauties in the world. Mushroom islands and
the depth of green melting into the bright blue of the
sea will make you feel like you’re on Pandora in
James Cameron’s Avatar. Excursions to the
mushroom islands are highly recommended.
If you are interested in bird watching, then it is
guaranteed that your stay in Papua Explorers will be
a very satisfactory one. We wake up to the amazing
sounds of the tropical birds. Flocks of parrots can be
observed during the day. Red Bird of Paradise is
resident at the neighboring bay.
You may also discover the surroundings of our resort using one of our kayaks or paddleboards.

MEDICAL
Raja Ampat is a remote area with limited access to medical care. Therefore, you are advised to bring your
medicine with you. If there are pills that you need to take regularly, please bring enough stock for all the
days of your stay. If you have any medicine allergies and you need to use special medications in case of
sickness, bring these with you as well.
Malaria: Malaria is more common in big cities and less of a threat in our resort. You may choose to take
preventive medicine; however, we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before using these as
they are known to have some side effects. Lariam has proven side effects for scuba divers, so we strongly
discourage the use of this medicine.
The best way to avoid malaria and all mosquito transmitted diseases is to get protection against mosquito
bites. Mosquito repellents are advisable for both direct use on body and for the room. Light, long sleeved
clothes are safest and best way to avoid mosquito bites.

VISA AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be able to enter Indonesia, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival
and you need to have a valid return ticket. Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country
here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Indonesia.
Many nationalities are newly eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days.
Others need to obtain a Visa on Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia. Visa on Arrival
costs USD 35 and it is advisable that you carry the exact amount with you. You will be given a pink
“arrival/departure” card on the plane. Please fill in these forms and make sure you don’t lose the “departure”
card, as immigration police will check it and take it back during your departure. For the address part of this
form, please write: Papua Explorers Resort, Raja Ampat.
Upon arrival, you need to go to the counter for Visa on Arrival and then proceed to the passport control
desks named “Foreigner”.

WEATHER / SEASONS

Raja Ampat can be visited any time of the year. The temperature is between 30-35 degrees Celsius and the
sea is at 28-29 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It is possible to have tropical rains any time, but like
most tropical rains, these will not last for too long.

FOOD

Our restaurant serves a selection of Indonesian and Western dishes. If you have special dietary requirements,
please inform us at least 60 days before your arrival to allow us enough time to make necessary
arrangements. We will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements and allergies, however we are
limited by what is available locally. We may not have access to particular food items or ingredients. If you
would like to consume special dietary products during your stay, we recommend bringing these with you.

OTHER FACILTIES

24 hours Electricity of 220/230 Volt is provided at the resort. Plugs are 2 round pin European type plugs.
Satellite Internet via Wi-Fi is available at main areas. Cellular reception does change day by day depending
on weather conditions but is generally available

GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL AREA

Papua Explorers Eco Resort is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of Raja Ampat while improving the
livelihood of local communities and empowering them in our journey of conservation and sustainable
tourism.
Papua Explorers started as a community project; the construction of the resort was commissioned directly to
different families in our neighboring village, so income was distributed to a wider population in the
community. Every department was appointed one trade professional and two local apprentices from the
village. The model worked with a good success rate and we have many senior workers that have been
fishermen before and now have much higher incomes in different roles as dive guides, captains, cooks,
carpenters, electricians, woodcarvers, and boat builders.
Our philosophy of eco-tourism is engraved in the whole operation as well as the design and construction of
the buildings. We provide environmentally friendly soap and shower gel for our guests to use for free and
our water is reprocessed by natural bacteria in our septic tanks. The fresh fish that we serve in our restaurant
is bought from the local sustainable fishers and many of our vegetables are from the local farmers.
We invest in a sustainable, long-term relationship with our neighboring village Yenwaupnor and other
surrounding villages of Raja Ampat. Over 50% of our employees are from the Raja Ampat area. We supply
generators and monthly fuel for Yenwaupnor as well as regular food donations to 8 other villages. We have
built toilets for the village school and we support the needs of students with regular school supplies and
clothing donations. Our Sunday school provides children an interesting environment to learn English, maths,
geography and conservation. Our field trips to clean up beaches, compare healthy reefs with unhealthy reefs,
and snorkel sessions with sharks and mantas provide a great opportunity for these kids to understand the value of
their home so they can protect it for the coming generations.

Papua Explorers Eco Resort is the main funder of our NGO, Papua Explorers Foundation which was
founded in 2018 to allocate more resources for our community and conservation projects. Our foundation
has successfully rehabilitated 5 hectares of the reef, trained 3 locals as coral gardeners, and expanded to the
project to another site at Sawanderek by planting more than 5000 coral fragments. Our ongoing Papuan Dive
The school trains local fishermen as dive guides and boat crew every year to provide the local workforce for the
growing tourism industry. Our Manta Sandy Ranger Station project is a successful model where locals are
empowered to protect and regulate nature tourism in their local habitat. We keep supporting other NGOs
and universities in their various research projects.
Every guest that stays at Papua Explorers and Coralia, directly contributes to and supports all these initiatives.
For further information on our projects and how you can support us, please visit the website of our Papua
Explorers Foundation SEA Centre: http://rajaampat-seacentre.org

 

 

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