RAJA AMPAT AND PAPUA EXPLORERS RESORT
Papua Explorers 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 worldwide renowned Dampier Strait, only 10 to 15 minutes away from the most famous dive sites like Manta Point, Cape Kri, …..
Papua Explorers Resort is constructed 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. Our 300m2,
The sea restaurant and lounge is designed to offer a relaxing environment to enjoy various international and local dishes from
our restaurant and to refresh and relax between the dives. The little peninsula that Papua Explorers Resort is located 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. There is a pretty lake behind the resort that can be reached after a 5 min hike in the jungle. This short jungle hike is 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
(Ujung Pandang) and below are some alternatives for the connecting flights:
International, arrival to: Jakarta, Manado,Ujung Pandang ( Makassar) Connecting Flights:
Jakarta-Sorong direct flight: Express Airlines
Jakarta-Sorong through UjungPandang (Makassar): Sriwijaya
Airlines, Merpati Airlines,Express Air
Jakarta-Sorong through Ambon: Lion Air
Ujung Pandang -Sorong: There are international flights to Ujung Pandang from Singapore & Kualalumpur. This option requires onenight stay in Ujung Pandang.
Manado-Sorong: There are direct flights to Manado from Singapore and Kota Kinabalu (AirAsia).
This option requires one night stay in Manado.
There are airport hotels in Jakarta and Ujung Pandang. Rooms can be booked for 6 hours upon
request. Airport hotel in Jakarta is located on the second floor of Terminal 2, between gates D and E.
Hotel can be accessed after going up 1 floor with the escalator.
Airport hotel in Ujung Pandang is located on the 2nd floor, right in the middle of the terminal.
Transportation in Indonesia is a growing and improving 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. We would highly recommend that you have travel in
insurance to cover any potential loss caused by the airlines. Don’t forget to lock your luggage and housing cases.
Airplanes can be extremely cold in domestic flights. We’d recommend that you have a light jacket with
you. Domestic airlines can be quite tolerant about over weight issues occasionally. The cost for extra luggage is usually around USD 5-7/kg for Jakarta-Sorong flights
TRANSFERS TO THE ISLAND:
Papua Explorers Resort has scheduled transfers to the island from Sorong every Sunday and Wednesday with our own boat.
Our boat leaves at 12:00 at noon and we strongly recommend our guests to arrange their flights to arrive earlier than this. In case the guests can not catch these transfers, we can provide special transfers at an extra cost. Scheduled boat transfers leave at 12:00. Although we do our best to be accommodating for late arrivals due to flight delays, we may not be able to wait for more than hour if there are other guests in the boat. In these cases, special transfers will need to be arranged for the guests that arrive late.We don’t have a huge stock of rental equipment because most div
ers prefer to bring their
own equipment here. So if you’d like to rent any equipment from our dive center, please book them 60
days in advance.
FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHERS:
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 u
sing your macro lens can be extremely rewarding. Photography is not limited with underwater. Tropic birds, bats, moths 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.
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. if you’re not into scuba but interested in the marine life, then snorkeling is ideal for you. It is possible
to witness a serious amount of the marine and coral reef life by snorkeling as well. Gui ded kayak tours are available upon request at an extra charge.
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. Medication for diarrhea is a recommended one for all trips to the tropics 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 mo squito bites.
VISA and ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Most nationalities can get Visa On Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia.
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 return ticket. Visa On Arrival costs USD 25 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”. We also need to get another document called Surat Jalan for you to be able to enter Raja Ampat. Please bring 3 copies of your passport and 3 pictures with you.
Raja Ampat can be visited any time of the year. The temperature is between 30-35 degrees and the sea is at 28-29 degrees throughout the year. It is possible to have tropical rains any time, but like most tropical rains, these will not last for too long.
Our restaurant serves a selection of Indonesian and Western dishes. If you have special dietaryrequirements, please inform us at least 60 days before your arrival to allow us enough time to make necessary arrangements.
Papua Explorers Resort is constructed using local architectural techniques and natural materials. Walls are made from Daun Bobo , roofs are made from Daun Nipa, floors and window and door frames are made from teak wood. These are the typical materials used for traditional Papuan houses. Our water bungalows are very specious with their 72m2 total area, that includes a 40m2 room, WC, shower and hot water, and a 20m2 veranda. There are single or double rooms upon request. Each standard 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, shampoo, shower gel and soap are provided.
Rates are per person in Euro
– FOR NON DIVERS
7 Nights Package:
* Single Room : Euro 1.770
* Double Bed Room : Euro 1.600
14 Nights Package:
* Single Room : Euro 2.470
* Double Bed Room : Euro 2.100
21 Nights Package:
* Single Room : Euro 3.490
* Double Bed Room : Euro 2.650
* Triple Room : Euro 2.025
– FOR DIVERS ( 3-4 dives a day )
7 Nighst Dive Package:
* Single Room : Euro 2.130
* Double Bed Room : Euro 1.850
14 Nights Dive Package:
* Single Room : Euro 3.770
* Double Bed Room : Euro 3.210
21 Nights Dive Package:
* Single Room : Euro 5.190
* Double Bed Room : Euro 4.350
– 21 % Services and taxes
– Transfer from/to Sorong Airport by A/C Car and Speed boat on SUNDAYS
– On full board basis ( International buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner )
– Afternoon tea/coffees and cakes
– Welcome coconut drink & fruit basket upon arrival
– Internet service & WiFi
– Laundry service
– Free of charge for max. 2 children <12 years old in parent’s room
– 50% charge per child for max. 3 children <12 years old in a separate room
ROOM RATES ONLY
Daily Rate :
Single Room : Euro 240
Double Room : Euro 185
Triple Room : Euro 135
RAJA AMPAT NATIONAL PARK:
Conservation and diving tags @Euro 85/person valid for 1 year visit
– Scuba Tanks, BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Mask, Snorkel, Fins : Euro 35/day
– Dive Computer : Euro 30/day
– Mas, Snorkel, Fins : Euro 20/day
– Torch : Euro 10/day