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“It's an underwater Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Papua Paradise EcoResort
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Birie Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia   |  
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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“It's an underwater Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I've 9 days trip to Papua Paradise Eco Resort I must to admit that the trip to arrived was exhausted . it's almost takes a day to arrived anyhow we cannot do nothing about that. but than when I arrived I forgot that long hours waiting. the only think I have in my mind "it's a real Paradise".

to me this place it's just perfect if you are really into diving you will find such fantastic underwater life there, the staff was so nice and helpful and the environment was so quite which is fit you very much if you really want to get away from crowded city. my trip was perfect to me.

my suggestion; would be nice to have the fresh towel on arrival on the boat instead when we arrive at Papua Paradise and maybe they can make simple way to close the door of the bungalow because of the wind you will find your door open every time.

at the end I can sum that it's was perfect diving holidays and I love the people there. Thanks for everything.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Terrace, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Awesome food, great people (Chris and Leah are excellent managers), amazing diving, beautiful resort! The resort caters mainly to divers, but the snorkelers can come on excursions (such as the dive with Manta rays at Manta Sandy, which is included in the one week price, or to Fam islands, which costs extra), or they can simply dive the excellent house reefs. I got the unlimited dive package for one week, which meant I dove 4 times every day (I think except for one day) which is awesome, but for those that don't feel like diving 4 times a day (it can get a bit exhausting), 11 or 13 dives would perfectly fit the bill (allowing for the 2 morning dives every day with some extra ones on the excursions). The resort is pricey (but so is every resort in Raja Ampat) and like one reviewer had mentioned, my only gripe would be that the excursions not included in the one week package (such as Fam islands, which are amazing and definitely worth it) are a bit expensive considering the price you're already paying (I think it was about 65 euros per person). They say the higher price is to cover fuel costs (which, granted, makes sense considering how remote Raja Ampat is). However, the price is listed at 100 euros per person if there's only 2 people going, then it drops down to 65 euros if there are more people going. On our trip to Fam about 12 people went, and so by that reasoning, shouldn't the price drop down further, say maybe to 30 euros per person? Ah well that's my only complaint and it's hardly a big one. Other than that, the resort is fantastic, the staff very professional, the diving great, food awesome, bungalows beautiful, etc. etc. You'll have an awesome time! I know we did.

- Patrick, Anthony, Erin, and Cecil (British Columbia, Canada)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nykoebing, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My husband and I had the great pleasure to stay 1 week in this fantastic place, arriving on New Years Eve 2012. We had a splendid dinner, but as everybody was so tired out from either diving, snorkelling or travelling, none of us were able to stay awake till midnight, so the champagne, kindly provided by the very kind and dedicated managers, Leah and Chris, had to wait till the following evening! We did 'only' snorkel, and allthough P.P.E.R. is mostly geared to divers, we had a lot of help and tips from all the staff as to were to go out.
The bungalows are beautifull, with big decks out over the water, where fish of all kinds were entertaining us, when we were relaxing, even baby sharks and bluespottet stingrays came by.

We could have wished for a little cheaper excursions though, as the stay in itself is rather expensive....

But we'd love to go back, it's an aptly named place, and the staff goes out of their way to help you feel at home.

Finn and Elsebeth Ludvigsen, Denmark

Room Tip: The snorkeling is best in front of the very last cottage!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bordeaux, France
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

What a surprise this fabulous resort was to us. It totally undersells itself on all counts. From the very welcoming and efficient Romy's meeting at the airport, we were delighted with every aspect of our three week stay.
The water cottages are lovely, very spacious, clean and well thought out with a desk, large wardrobe, cupboard for electronics and a mosquito net which was big enough to qualify as a room! The bathroom is stylish and works well with blessed hot water shower.
The balcony has a hammock, sunbeds and chairs, to greet the day, watch the amazing sunsets and search for fish swimming below - baby sharks, rays etc.
The gardens are fabulous with swept paths and interesting planting, and are full of wildlife especially hermit crabs and frogs. There are trails so you can have a look a bit further into the rainforest too, and a bird watching platform. More to do than just diving here!

The diving is tremendous. The reefs are healthy and full of fish, sometimes in staggering quantity. We saw mantas by the dozen, lots of sharks, turtles, bumpheads etc as well as the tiniest creatures. Every dive was an adventure and an opportunity to try to take a photo record of the holiday.

As well as the diving, an outstanding part of the holiday was the team. headed by Leah and Chris. Everyone worked hard to create a good experience for the guests. Everything worked like clockwork. From My organizing the diving from six each morning to Sylvain taking anyone on night dives, the dive centre is outstanding. Any problems with guests' equipment was dealt with cheerfully and Chris seems to be a particular genius with anything in the world that needs to be taken apart and fixed!

The diving pattern is either a two morning dives plus afternoon or three dive trip out further afield, both followed by a sunset and or a night dive. Breakfast snack is usually taken on a heart stoppingly beautiful beach or a jetty of a local village.
At the end of the holiday you receive a dive log with a map of the dive sites, just in case you didn't know where you had been....

The boat crews are fabulous, being very efficient and extremely good humoured. After a day or so they are happy to share a joke or two and really want you to have a good time. They are quick to provide water and fresh towels after a dive, strip down the equipment and get ready for the next dive.
Nimbert, dive guide extraordinaire, deserves a special mention for his ability to check currents and decide which way to go, as well as his spotting ability during dives. He introduced us to a new dive which was one of the highlights of the holiday.
My and Sylvain also are fantastic guides. They have different styles, but are both great at spotting fish and their passion for the underwater world is contagious. They are also always happy to play Name That Fish in the evenings when we reviewed photos taken during the day. I must say, though, that Leah wins fish naming challenges hands down!
We also dived with Leah and Chris who are also both accomplished guides. It was fascinating to see such professionals taking photographs too. We learned a lot from both of them about photography.
The restaurant is astonishing. How such delicious meals can be made for all the staff and guests three times a day is a miracle. Fresh pasta, wonderful vegetarian food and yummy cakes as well as lovely indonesian cooking meant that despite lots of diving there was no weight loss!

We feel very privileged to have been guests at PP. it is a dive centre on the up. Leah and Chris have introduced really good standards and procedures and are thorough in everything they do- but with a light touch so it all seems effortless. It is lovely to see the respect the staff have for them.

I hope the team are all still there next time we go, because we certainly will be back!

Room Tip: All the cottages are really nice and there doesn't seem to be any noise problem!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Biel, Switzerland
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Shortly arrived, I was welcomed by Chris and Leah, two charming and enthusiastic managers who started to run the resort a few months ago. Both are passionate divers and dive instructors, and they use every single opportunity to practice their skills in UW photography. The choice of the dive places is left to you, including for the night dives. Both macro and wide angle lovers have enough dive spots to choose from. The dive guides and the boat crew are quite friendly and helpful. If you are used to the kind of guiding that one finds i.e. in Lembeh (where the dive guides are searching for critters in and behind almost every single soft coral), then you will be disappointed. But this drawback is common to all of the three resorts that I visited in Raja Ampat in November 2012, and I do not doubt that in this respect the guiding will improve little by little. Anyway, Chris will be pleased to help if you are experiencing a technical problem with your diving or photographic equipment, and Leah will be delighted to put a name on the critters or the birds you have observed.
The bungalows are built in local style, at least for the outside part, and they are functional though not luxury. Do not expect rooms with aircon or TV.
In the alley, the two sedentary Palm Cockatoos are looking at you with curiosity, following all of your movements.
Cooking is excellent – if you like gnocchis (a kind of Italian pasta, pronounce it “nyokies”) ask for them – they are simply delicious, better than in the Italian restaurants I visited so far (and in Switzerland where I live, we have plenty of them). In front of the restaurant, dozens of juvenile black tip sharks are swimming around, adding a “touch of paradise”. If they are getting very shy as soon as you enter the water, they seem to share my opinion about the cooking skills of the chef...

Room Tip: As long as there is no camera room, it is advisable for photographers to chose one of the closest bu...
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Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Pasadena, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This beautiful small resort on Birie Island in the Raja Ampat area of Papua, Indonesia under-sells itself. The sea around this island has thriving, beautiful coral reefs - reportedly the healthiest in the world, and an abundant, diverse population of fish and bottom dwellers. My wife and I snorkeled, but most of the other guests were divers. The twice-daily boat trips took us to a different spot every trip, each of which we found fascinating.

The resort has 16 bungalows built over a coral reef. You can step out onto the deck and see small sharks and other fish swimming below you. The bungalows are roomy with teak flooring, a comfortable king-size bed and a nicely appointed bathroom.

The staff, led by Leah Sindel - the operations manager, are friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They were attentive to our individual interests about things ranging from food (which was very good) to specially arranged trips.

We highly recommend this resort and look forward to a return visit.

Daniel Flaming

Room Tip: All of the bungalows have the same design and all are built over the water. They are spaced far eno...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We can only highly recommend Papua Paradise to anyone who in holidays wants to feel like at home. Leah, Chris and their local team welcome you in their family.
The people you meet there (including the whole crew and hotel management) are all passionate by undersea magic and willing to share their experience.
Corals are truly amazing; we do not see how it can get better anywhere else. Aside of corals there are unique macro dives but not only. There are some good wide dives as well, especially at Manta Point where we were lucky to see the manta show.
The infrastructure will get better and better as they have plans to continue to raise the standards. A lot has been done already just over last year. Do not expect a Maldives like bungalow with flat screen, air conditioned, pool and all the rest that you get in any luxury hotel of big cities but expect the charm of a true place in sympathy with its environment.
Profitability, environment and passion are not mutually exclusive but is a challenge to combine. We hope you can preserve the spirit of this wonderful place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Birie Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Papua > Raja Ampat
Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Raja Ampat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built on an idyllic tropical island, surrounded with pristine reefs and unspoiled flora, Papua Paradise Eco-Resort, situated in the heart of Raja Ampat brings you closer to Mother Nature at her best. With all essential standards of service and comfort, combined with personalized service making Papua Paradise an unforgettable holiday for divers, snorkelers, bird watchers and nature enthusiast.Papua Paradise Divers is one of the very few PADI dive resorts in Raja Ampat. The diving facility operates according to best safety standards, tailor made service and professional approach. With this standard, numbers of divers diving at the same time are maximum 4 divers with 1 guide, guiding you through the underwater world of Raja Ampat, with over 1300 fish species and 540 coral species, considered as the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world.Our four vessels are purpose built for divers and all contain drinking water, coffee/tea and cakes, fresh towels, the latest safety equipment, and crew standing by for assistance. Small diving groups and experienced guides make your underwater experience unforgettable. Dive with manta rays, sharks, and shoals of schooling fish; explore the slopes of nudibranch, pipefish, and all the best macro in the region; discover the best of Raja Ampat diving in all its spectacular diversity.The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna. Just a short boat ride from the sites of several endemic Bird of Paradise species, the resort offers specialty birding trips, jungle treks to waterfalls, and world class diving in the heart of Raja Ampat.Built in traditional style, entirely out of locally-sourced materials, and in partnership with the inhabitants of the local island village, Papua Paradise offers an exceptionally high standard of comfort and service, while maintaining eco-tourism values.Our spacious sea breeze-cooled bungalows contain modern hot & cold fresh water showers, comfortable beds with bed veils, tea and coffee facilities, a hammock and cushioned deckchairs facing the sea. Directly beneath the room balconies our nursery of juvenile black tip reef sharks can be seen, and moray eels, blue spotted rays and various other beautiful tropical fish are a constant presence along the house-reef. ... more   less 

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