We were here during Dec 2021 and we knew right from the start we have to come back for another time. As usual the hospitality and dives were top notch! If given a third time and opportunity, we would definitely come back in a heartbeat. Big thank you to the team at Papua Explorers.
From the moment you step off the plane, the staff makes sure your experience is first rate. From the plane to the ferry to the boat to the resort, they take care of all your needs. The bungalows are simply giant and clean. Snorkeling, kayaking or lounging right from the bungalow. Food is far better than most dive resorts. And if you have any dietary needs they will take care of it. Desserts are as good—if not better than— any nice restaurant in a large city. We didn’t have any problems come up. But if you did I’m sure the staff would do anything in their power to make it right.
The most peaceful,relaxing holiday I've ever experienced. Heaven on earth. Apo, Figuan and the Papu Explorers team are AMAZING. Helpful, friendly and reliable. They go beyond the call of duty! THANK YOU!
This place is truly amazing! The team is excellent , run by APO who is on hand the entire time, everything runs smoothly and you know what is happening all the time. A very professional team, great dive and snorkel instructors and some of the best diving sites in the world! The accommodation is wonderful and you wake up to an incredible view every morning! The home reef is beautiful and it’s wonderful to swim around in the afternoons! Great team, we loved our stay and we will be back! Just a little advice, mix up the breakfast and give a few more options. Thank you for a wonderful holiday …….
Papua Explorers Resort is right in the heart of Raja Ampat, with all iconic and epic dive sites just a short boat ride away but it offers more than just that. The resort and bungalows are stylish but built with sustainability in mind. The food exceeded my expectations with Hamdi and the chef easily adapting to my vegetarian diet. I spent a wonderful week there, full of amazing underwater discoveries. The sheer number of species blows your brain away. Thanks to Beto, the dive guide, I improved my currents diving skills. I also did a Nitrox certification, so cool. Apo, the director, runs a tight ship, the dive centre and the whole resort tick like a clockwork. Everyone knows what to do and is incredibly helpful and welcoming. Travelling solo, in fresh post-pandemic time, has its challenges, but Papex team made everything easy and safe for me. Thank you and hope to be back one day! If you can, go now, before everyone is back. You will have Raja practically to yourself!…
Me and my wife stayed at Papua Explorers for two weeks and the resort is amazing. They will help you from arrival at the airport untill your first step in your spacious bungalow and of course during your whole stay. The team is incredible friendly, very helpful and always charming, the western and turkish inspired food is incredible tasty. Diving is great there of course! The dive team, guides and captain know exactly what they're doing and you feel safe even in strong currents because they brief well and take care of you. The free Nitrox is a game changer for more than two dives a day and we were very happy to dive with Nitrox. We will highly recommend the resort and can only recommend to stay with them!
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Papua Explorers and we could have chosen a better place for it. It was so wonderful - the place, the bungalow, the location, the sea, marine life, corals, fishes but most importantly, the staff and services were exceptional. The director pampered us never and organized amazing dives. It worth every pennies !!!
I spent one week at Papua Explorers Resort and was impressed by the friendly and excellent treatment. The facilities are ecological and nice, the bungalows comfortable and well equipped. I had a wonderful holiday, the food was very good, the diving sites are amazing. I can highly recommend this place.
I enjoyed every second in Papua Explorers. The resort was very beautiful, even you could see many blacktip sharks just in front of the bungalow and the restaurant. The foods were delicious. Salute to all the people in Papua Explorers (Apo, Figan, Hamdi, Revlon, Vian, Betho, Aten, Lamek, Herman, Volkan, Ifon, and many others that I did not mention the name here). They were the ones that made us feel at home there. The diving in Raja Ampat is absolutely one of the best in the world. I have been diving many places in Indonesia and in other countries such as Palau, the Philippines, Thailand, and Maldives, and still found Raja Ampat’s Dampier Strait is the best dives. Special thanks to Vian, my dive guide, who made the dive safe and enjoyable despite strong current in some of the best dive sites (yeah… prepare for diving in strong current in Raja Ampat). Special thanks to Hamdi and Revlon for all your hospitality. Special thanks to Volkan, to become a very good instructor for my friend to get his Open Water Diver. And of course, special thanks to Apo, the guy who has made Papua Explorers one of the best dive resort I ever visited, and I believe also one of the best in the world.…
I wish I could give more than 5 stars to this review. We were considering other resort in the vicinity however we chose Papua Explorers because we have read and heard many good things about it. And boy this has gotta be one of the best dive vacations we have. I do not need to elaborate much on the marine diversity at Raja Ampat, avid divers would know this is the place to dive once in your lifetime!!!!! Let me start from the beginning, booking process was seamless with the assistance from Nena. She answered our queries promptly providing us with information on our traveling arrangements due to the ever changing regulations of the government on domestic travels as the pandemic is currently still on going. Upon arrival, we were greeted with ground staff right and then brought to a hotel nearby for breakfast awaiting our transfer from Sorong harbour to the resort. Although there were slight delay (estimated departure was to be around 11-ish, we didn't depart until 12 pm plus) in the departure but we were okay with that because we are on vacation here and shouldn't stress over the small stuff. The journey to the resort from the harbour took about 1.5 hours, the transfer boat was comfortable and we are able to sit back and relax admiring the scenery along the way. As we arrived, we were greeted by the Managing Director Apo at the jetty and was whisked to the restaurant for checking in formalities and also lunch. We were given Pondok 14 which is one of water bungalows right at the end which gives us a lot of privacy and a great view of the Dampier Strait. The walk to the restaurant and jetty will take about 3 -5 minutes but we ain't complaining because it gives you the opportunity to admire nature and hear the birds chirping which is very calming for us. The rooms are spacious and clean equipped with a hammock in each terrace for your to relax let the sounds of lapping waves serenade you after those good dives you had earlier during the day. The resort provides eco friendly body wash, shampoo and conditioners. So I would recommend getting some eco friendly toiletries if you wish not to use those provided. We took the dive package so the resort offer 3 dives daily, 2 dives (starting from 8:00 am) out in the morning (usually a 2-tank dive) and you will be back at the resort for lunch. Third dive will be around 3:00 pm and if you are up for it, night dives are offered too at the house reef. Dive sites which are nearby usually is about 15 - 25 minute boat ride away. Our whole entire 11 days diving was one the best experience we had! Although one of days there was a storm and we had to stay in due to safety reasons. I would like to give a big shoutout to our dive guides Pak Edi, Pak Vian and Pak Marten also Pak Beto!!! We felt very safe and comfortable while diving with them. Not forgetting Pak Obaja and Pak Herman our boat captains ensuring us a smooth ride to the dive site. It was also a privilege to dive with Pak Edi as we were told that he was a co-founder of the very famous Blue Magic dive site in this area. Every single time when we return from a dive, Apo never fails to greet at the jetty checking with us on how are our dives, this is something I must applaud. The hospitality by the Papua Explorers team is way beyond my expectations. As we were there during Christmas and NYE, the resort put together very nice dinners on both occasions! On normal day, food is just as good with good selection of rice, noodles and Western options. What I most remember was the simit (a type of Turkish bread) that was prepared by the chef, I can still remember the taste which is very close to the original ones up to today! Pak Herman and Mas Roslan and the kitchen team ensure that we never go hungry during our stay there. The stay was made more memorable as we joined the resort folks to the nearby village of Yenwapnour on NYE to deliver some donations to them. Some of the villagers work at Papua Explorers and we can definitely feel the warmth and welcoming vibe from them. And with this I know that Papua Explorers truly cares and gives back to the community which is something that I felt really special. After 11 days of wonderful diving it was time to head back. The resort arranged our pickup from the harbour and also the pre-departure antigen tests. Just like our arrival, our departure was also seamless and stress free although traveling during pandemic times. So to the team at Papua Explorers, keep up the good work and we really wish to return someday!!…