It's very easy to rave about the wonderful, tremendous diving Raja Ampat offers and associate it with the resort. I'll be reviewing the the resort ONLY. This resort is a very cool place to base yourself while in Raja. Rey runs a tight ship on the dive boat which is good as he runs the diving operation in a very professional manner. All the equipment is top notch and he is big on dive safety which my friend and I found very reassuring as we're both inexperienced divers and the more cheaper diving outfits in Raja can be quite reckless. Dive sites are all really close to the resort, 5-15mins boat ride. The house reef is also pretty good, though no the best i've seen in the area.
The accommodation is really good and comfortable and most importantly, clean. The big appeal here is there is only 4 bungalows so you'll only ever get maximum of 8 people at the resort. This gives a wonderfull feeling of privacy and seclusion and it allows you to appreciate the region even more. The location of the bungalows also is excellent, just back from the beach. The beach itself is superb with nice white sand and lazy palms dangling down, and with minimal people there it really is special.
The food is mostly of pretty good standard with a variety of dishes served 3 times a day and there is always enough for seconds which I think is important. Drinks cost extra so maybe you'll want to bring drinks with you from the mainland.
The owners themselves are also very good and accommodating and mostly do their best to ensure you have everything you need.
The resort is definitely a cool place to stay, for sure! some only minor blemishes though, some of the food (desserts) can be a little hit an miss and the service may not be 5 star at times, considering the price you're paying to stay there these little things could be improved on. Also perhaps some hammocks right on the beach would seal the deal, other homestays/resorts around Raja do it. Lastly I came with a friend to stay here, none of the rooms have twin beds all are double beds. They were very good at providing a mattress for myself to sleep on, but having the option there of a twin room would be more appropriate.
Otherwise this definitely a top notch place, worth checking out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditionally, Raja Ampat was associated with a very expensive dive destination, only available for liveaboard diving and expensive resorts, for the selected few that could pay this, making it impossible for the rest. If you dont require the pampering, WiFi, umbrellas in your drinks and other luxuries, with Biodiversity Eco Resort diving Raja Ampat is within your reach!You can check out our location with the following coordinates: 0°27'4.90"S130°41'33.95"E ... more less