Papua Explorers Dive Resort, a 5 Star PADI dive resort, is located in a strategic position in the center of the Raja Ampat marine park, so they can achieve all the classic dives in the area. The dives are all extraordinary and among the best in the world. Raja Ampat is the place with most marine biodiversity.
The resort has 5 dive boats, 8m to 11m in length, with capacity of 6-8 divers per boat. Diver to guide ratio is 3 to 1 with max. 4 to 1 if the resort is booked out. Up to 4 dives are offered per day. 3 boat dives and unlimited shore diving. Nitrox (32%) is free for prebooked dive packages. No extra charges for 1 Passage and 1 Manta Point trips on prebooked dive packages. The dive centre has a camera room for photographers to work on their equipment.
All divers are required to bring their safety buoys and whistle. A dive computer is mandatory. The dive crew distributes reef hooks to all divers. 93x 12L aluminium tanks and 6x 15L tanks, 3 of them are Nitrox, are available. Tanks are all DIN/INT convertible. The dive centre only has a small stock of rental equipment because most divers prefer to bring their own equipment. If you’d like to rent any equipment from the dive centre, advance notice must be given.
It is mandatory for all divers to have DAN insurance to be able to dive with Papua Explorers. Closest hyperbaric chamber is in Waisai (45 minutes from resort) and is recently opened.
There are 3 boat dives and unlimited shore dives offered each day. The boats leave at 8am, 10am and 2.30pm and come back to the resort after each dive.
Raja Ampat waters are highly rich in nutrients and Dampier Strait is especially nutrient-rich due its fast moving currents. These currents attract a wide variety of species including migrating mammals and pelagic species. All the famous sites for diving are included in the daily dive plans. Here are some of these world renowned dive sites and the distance to them:
Manta Point: 20 min / Mike’s Point: 10 min / Cape Kri: 15 min
Sardine Reef: 25 min / Mioskon: 25 min / Blue Magic: 25 min
Otdima: 5 min / Chicken Reef: 20 min / Passage: 45 min / Hidden Bay: 30 min
Raja Ampat is an underwater photographers 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.