Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort is located on Gam Island in the Central part of Raja Ampat. The resort is a 30 minute boat ride away from the city of Waisai and about 3 hours from Sorong. The resort is situated on a white sandy beach, known locally as Pantai Yenanas, and right in the heart of Dampier Strait, only a few minutes away from the most famous dive sites of Raja Ampat. Guests can arrive at the resort daily. They have to travel by public ferry between Sorong and Waisai, where the resort picks them up.
The resort offers 8 cottages in three categories: 2 Deluxe Cottages, 4 Superior Cottages and 2 Standard Cottages. All cottages are built with traditional materials following the Papuan local architecture and are located right in front of the beach. All cottages are located on the beach front with stunning sea views.
The Deluxe Cottages have a private bathroom with hot and cold water shower. These rooms are very spacious (55m2) and located in the further end of the resort right in front of the beach. Bedding can be set up as double, twin, single or triple share. Guests choosing these cottages will have more privacy and quiet. They are equipped with writing desk and seating area inside the cottage. They also have two sun loungers in front of the cottage to enjoy a sunbath or just read a book.
The Superior Cottages are spacious (46m2) independent cottages located at the far end of the property. Bedding can be set up as double, twin or single. These cottages have an ensuite bathroom with cold water shower.
The Standard Cottages are one big cottage with two rooms (42m2) and shared bathroom with mandi style open shower and western toilet. One room is set up with a double bed. The second room is set up with 2 single beds. These rooms are ideal for families or a small group of friends.
The restaurant is also the meeting point in the resort. Here you will enjoy all the tasty and sumptuous meals right on the beach! Forget about wearing shoes or even sandals. You can feel the sand under your feet while you enjoy your meals.
Mostly traditional Indonesian food is served, with some international dishes. All the meals are prepared with fresh ingredients bought daily from the local market in Waisai town. Local fisherman often bring their catch of the day directly to the resort, so you will enjoy a lot of fresh fish! Vegetarians are easily catered for.
The restaurant provides 24 hours hot water so you can make yourself complimentary and unlimited coffee and tea. There are also drinking water and a refrigerator with beer, soft drinks and juices available.
Other facilities include a long desk for charging batteries, a bookshelf for trade and for reference, toilet and two seating areas, one inside the restaurant and the other one right in front of the beach.
Reception is located in the main building and open from 8am to 12noon and 3pm to 7pm. Staff is very helpful and can answer any questions you may have. Laundry services are provided. The resort runs on 24 hours solar electricity. Power supply is 220V. The outlets are for plugs with two rounded pins (European).
The resort uses the public fast ferry operated by "Bahari Express" between Sorong and Waisai for guest arrivals and departures. The ferry is comfortable, fast and new. It is air-conditioned and has a TV, cafeteria and toilet.
For all stays, the resort is using the daily ferry between Sorong and Waisai departing at 9.00am and 2.00pm (from Sorong to Waisai as well as from Waisai to Sorong). The trip takes about 2 hours one way.
Staff will be waiting for you at Sorong airport. For morning arrivals, they will take you to a hotel lobby to rest for a few hours. 30 minutes before boat departure, they will transfer you to the ferry terminal to catch the daily 9.00am or 2.00pm ferry to Waisai. From Waisai, guests will be picked up by the resort with the boat. The boat ride to the resort takes only 30 minutes.
Please refer to the public ferry schedule via the above subpage link.
If you are a nature lover, this is the right place for you. Besides diving, other activities on offer are snorkelling, bird watching and kayaking. There are 2 kayaks for rent: 1/2 day USD 15.00 or full day USD 20.00/kayak. The red bird of paradise is endemic to this area. Other endemic species which can be spotted in this region are spotted couscous, crested cockatoos, parakeets, frogs and snakes. The resort can organise guided jungle treks on request. Village visits are also offered to Friwen and Yenbeser Villages or Waisai. Island hopping tours are available.
The resort uses 3G or what they call 1/2G, this means that this would be enough to check emails and Whatsapp messages but not much more. The signal is open from 5pm to 7pm for guest use. If you would like internet access all day you can purchase an Indonesian Sim card (Telkomsel) and buy one of the internet packets. There is a phone signal on the island, but it is not always good. The best operator for the area is Telkomsel.
Your incidentals can be paid in cash or by credit card at the resort. They accept Euros, USD and IDR in cash. Cash notes must be new print, clean, crisp with no folds or marks. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at 4% surcharge. The resort uses its own conversion rates (IDR, USD, Euro) which may be different to the market exchange rate.
The resort is in an excellent location in the heart of Raja Ampat. Rooms are clean and spacious. Staff is friendly and helpful. The diving is amazing. Many exciting dive sites are only a short boat ride away from the resort.