I stayed at the resort for 10 days, Monday to Thursday, unlimited diving package. As a single woman traveler I am very cautious of choosing the resort to stay. The followings are my experience and what I encountered during my stay at the resort.
The diving was perfect. The dive sites around the resort have their own uniqueness and beauty. The dive guides are wonderful and each has his own personality in finding things for you to see.
The cottage is spacious and cool enough such that you do not need a/c. On the second Monday of my stay when there was a big group of new guests arriving there was no evening turn down on mine and my neighbor cottage.
The food is very good but beware if you are out on night dive. When I went out for night dives I came back to just scrap of food left to eat 2 out of my 3 night dives.
Now the event that marred the perfectness of my stay at the resort which I will have to go into personal detail to describe the event. There are 2 kind of day diving at the resort. Local dive which you go out at 8am for 2 morning dives which you will mostly spend surface intval at an island close to the dive sites and come back to the resort around noon for lunch. Then you have a choice to do the afteroon dive. The other is when you go out to a distance dive sites which you go out at 8am and come back to the resort at around 4pm. I felt my short was damp while walking back to the cottage after lunch on the second day of my stay which I went to the local dive sites. Back at the cottage while changing into new dry short and panty I smelled urine from the damped short and panty. At that time I thought that I must had sit on the chair which the cushion was wet by the previous person who sat there. On the eighth day of my stay I also went to local dive sites. After a quick rinse to go to lunch, when I was going to get my panty which I used during the night and put in my carry on luggage (to separate it from the new/unuse panty in my checked luggage) I noticed that it was damped. It also had urine smell which masked by vinegar smell. I went to the office and told Leah, one of the resort manager, to go to my cottage to investigate. I was told to have my lunch while she would go to my cottage. I met Chris, another manager, and told him about the incident on the way back to the cottage after lunch. At the cottage I did not see Leah so she must had already done looking into what had happened. But when I was going to get something from the night stand I noticed that there was cigarette ash on it. My reading light bulb was also loosen. The most scary incident is when I was going to use the toilet. When I lift the cover I found urinate stain on the toilet seat and in the toilet. For me, it seemed like someone had left the marked to let me know that he had been messing around in the cottage. I told Leah to have someone come to clean up the cottage while I went for the afternoon dive to clear my head. Was I scared? Yes, I definitely was. At first I was going to cut my stay short but then it would be just 2 more days and I also got support from my neighbor German/Dutch couple. Leah also told me that from then on the house keeping supervisor would be the one cleaning my cottage. After the afternoon dive I asked Chris about what he found out of the incident. His answer was "I don't know what to say. This is the first time thing like this has happened."
The German/Dutch couple also told me that they got the same answer I got when they reported that there were things missing in their cottage. I will not write about what were missing since it was not happened to me and hope that the couple would spare their time to write.
A copy of this writing will also be sent to the resort head quarter with my name and contact information.
- 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