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Pinsilim Bay, Yenwaupnor, District Meos Mansar , Kabupaten Raja Ampat Waisai, West Papua 98482 Indonesia
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#1 of 79 Specialty lodging in Raja Ampat
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Papua Explorers Dive 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.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free airport transportation
Foot massage
Mosquito net
Internet
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Snorkeling
Airport transportation
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Laundry service
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Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, German, Indonesian and 2 more

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Pinsilim Bay, Yenwaupnor, District Meos Mansar , Kabupaten Raja Ampat Waisai, West Papua 98482 Indonesia
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Scrab B wrote a review Feb 1
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What an excellent resort. We spent 7 days with our adult children and shared the family bungalow. Beautifully well appointed rooms with a central living space. Large deck and spectacular views. The amenities in the resort are beautiful and suit the environment The dive crew and staff are excellent at their job. This was the best pre dive and resort briefing we have had. My daughter being relatively new to diving was so well looked after. Hitting the water became second nature by the time we left. The buffet style meals changed each main meal giving plenty of quality choices. Ohh and the diving was so diverse. From micro to macro , just perfect
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear Scrab B, thank you so much for this wonderful review. We're thrilled to read you had such an amazing stay with us, and you enjoyed not only the family bungalow, but also the food and diving! It's great when newer divers become so comfortable in the water that it feels like second nature. We're glad we could be part of her journey in diving and hope she (and all of your family) continues to explore and dive more. It was a pleasure having you here, and we hope we can welcome you again in the future.
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MoragMcCrorie wrote a review Jan 2023
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4 contributions
I had a really great stay at Papua Explorers in December 2022. The resort is really well run, the bungalows are beautiful and the food was delicious. The resort team led by Kiani are very helpful and go out of their way to make sure you are well looked after. The sunsets are fabulous and can be enjoyed with a drink on the sunset jetty. The diving was excellent. I very much liked that we had the same guide for pretty much all our stay who then got to know us and the diving was organised very much with the experience and interests of the different guests in mind. We had a boat and a guide for just two of us so were able to really discuss where we wanted to do and what we wanted to see. Thanks to Ivan and all the dive team for the organisation, including some great sunset dives on the house reef. The trip to the Passage was an added bonus which we really enjoyed. Totally recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Morag, thank you so much for your great review. We thoroughly enjoyed having you here, and we're happy you had such a great time staying and diving with us. The entire team hopes we can welcome you again in the future!
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CAFam22 wrote a review Jan 2023
Phoenix, Arizona4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our second time there as a family (kids ages 10 & 12 in 2015 and now as teens) and this one exceeded our expectations! The diving and resort are wonderful but what makes PapEx special are the people. You are welcomed and treated like family. Can't wait to come back in 2024!!!!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear, It was a real pleasure having you and the kids here with us for the second time around. We are delighted to hear that you had such an amazing time staying with us and we truly can't wait to welcome you back in 2024! Thank you so much for the lovely review and we see you soon again.
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Patriciapj73 wrote a review Jan 2023
Munich, Germany57 contributions16 helpful votes
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Last November we stayed one week at Papua Explorers. This has been the best diving week of our lives, not only because of the impressive spots but also for the incredible team at Papua Explorers and the nice resort. The organisation is perfect at all levels. The transfers from/to Sorong were very smooth. The onboarding in the daily activities and the initial briefing for diving was great. The bungalows are so beautiful, cute, with so many details that you don't miss anything and can enjoy the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets from your terrace. Meals were good and you could choose from different dishes but the best ones were the "tee coffee cake" after the afternoon dive 😉 No enough words to describe fairly the divings the sites are so different, so full of everything: in a normal dive wobbagong, bumphead parrotfish, napo, turtles, school of Barracuda and couple of white tip reef shark... Beside the colorful corals, little fishes and many other creatures 🤔 Our dive guides were the best: thanks Yen and Nico, for taking care of us, for showing us so many things, for letting us having so much fun. In addition it is so great to know the different running projects with corals and the ecosystem, the interaction with locals. Thanks Apu for sharing all this with us. Great job and great team! Thank you! The only thing I regret is to have stayed longer...but next time!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear Patricia, thank you so much for this incredible review. We're so happy you enjoyed your stay and our food so much and that you had such a great time diving with Jen and Nico. We will continue with our projects supporting the local community and protecting our precious environment. And of course we hope to welcome you again in the future!
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Tamara c wrote a review Dec 2022
We have just returned from Papua Explorers in December 2022 and had an absolutely perfect experience. It is truly a fabulous spot for a family vacation, especially with teenagers! It exceeded our expectations in every way. This is an inviting and friendly resort, where the staff are genuinely gracious hosts and truly passionate about the preservation of the Indonesian coral reef. The food is delicious, fresh and healthy tasting with many options to cater for all preferences. We were there over Christmas and the staff hosted a magical Christmas dinner for all the guests. There is lots to do for kids, in addition to diving, including kayaking and snorkelling in the amazing house reef teeming with ocean life. The accommodation is very spacious and tastefully decorated. We had a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom bungalow that is ideal for families. We hope to return to Raja Ampat and Papua Explorers. Thank you!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded Dec 28, 2022
Dear Tamara, Thank you so much for this amazing review. It was our pleasure having Will, Leo, Max & you here with us over Christmas. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the food, our house reef and the resort so much, and we can't wait to welcome you again in the future. Have an amazing holiday season and wishing you nothing but health and love for 2023 from our entire Papex Team.
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Nicky wrote a review Dec 2022
Italy3 contributions
Spent 12 nights at Pap Ex: wonderful experience! All the staff is super kind friendly and helpful. My room, a pondok, was very nice, spacious, with a great veranda overlooking the marvellous sea and always perfectly clean. A big thank to Apo, Kiani, Ivan, to all our snorkelling guides ( special thank toPakis) to Rio for coming to Kali Biru, and all the staff that made my experience so00000 good!!!!! Loved it
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Dec 27, 2022
Dear Nicky, It was a real pleasure having you here! It's great to hear you had such an amazing experience here with us. We're very happy you chose Papua Explorers for your holiday, and we really hope we can welcome you again in the future! Happy holidays from our entire Papex Team!
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Blake H wrote a review Nov 2022
Los Angeles, California82 contributions41 helpful votes
This was our second trip to Papua Explorers since our first stay in 2016, and I am pleased to report that it is even better than before in so many ways. Apo, the general manager for several years now, has brought a level of professionalism and innovation to this remote outpost that is truly amazing. We came for the diving (excellent) but we want to return as soon as possible because of the people. The staff truly care that things are going well for you, and they seem to have a radar sense if anything is amiss. (It rarely was) This is an eco-resort (meaning No Air-Conditioning) but that was not an issue for us. A quiet fan placed so that it blows gently across the bed insures a good night's sleep. The rooms are huge and beautiful, made from local materials, using local labor from the villages nearby. Very clean, with maid service daily. The resort has helped support the village of Yenwaupnor for many years, and the people are outgoing and friendly. The dive boats are fast and small, seating a maximum of 6 guests with two dive guides and a boat pilot. Virtually all dives are drift dives, and you can cover a lot of underwater terrain this way. The diving? It was the best of all the places we went in Indonesia for the entire month of November. Every site is unique in terms of fish and underwater geography. You will not be bored, and most sites are less than 20 minutes away. Two dives in the morning, one in the afternoon, and a night dive as well, if you are so inclined. While my wife and I appreciated the quality of the diving and the excellent staff, we really appreciated this this operation is trying to make the lives of the local people better through empowerment and training and making the environment better through cleanups, reef restoration, habitat protection. Supporting this resort means supporting the natural environment and native people of this area in a sustainable way. Yes, there is always going to be impact to the environment with travel, but this place is doing it's best to treat the people and the nature with thoughtful respect.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded Nov 30, 2022
Dear Blake and Cathy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We were so pleased to welcome you again at Papua Explorers. We will continue with our efforts to empower the local people and take care of this wonderful paradise we can call our home. And of course we hope we can welcome you again sometime soon.
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Marco H wrote a review Nov 2022
2 contributions
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We experienced really great location and people it felt like home. Amazing staff, very good food and every thing is very well organized. Super nice dive sites just in front of the resort, super nice dive guides and supporting staff. Very nice, clean and large rooms. We really hope to be back soon.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Nov 30, 2022
Dear Marco, thank you so much for your review. We are glad you felt at home with us, and we hope to see you back again at Papua Explorers!
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Irene L wrote a review Nov 2022
Wollongong, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
The amazing staff, our dive guides Gabby and Elfrit, the best ever, we had so much fun with them. The restaurant staff so attentive at all times, and Donny can sing and play guitar, what a bonus. The room staff, our rooms were always spotless they were angels. The diving is some of the best ever experienced, every day was an adventure. We would love to come back sooner than later. Thank you, Apo, for always being there to help and love the work being done with the local village, amazing. Miss you all.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded Nov 30, 2022
Thank you for your incredible review. We're beyond grateful that you had such an amazing experience staying with us at Papua Explorers. Hopefully we can welcome you again in the future!
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George K. wrote a review Nov 2022
Berlin, Germany11 contributions
Incredibly nice place, excellent service and food. The dive sites are gorgeous. Finally I promise I will be back in paradise very soon!! Thanks a lot again to Apo and his team. They are just brilliant!!!!!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Nov 30, 2022
Thank you for this amazing review. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay at Papua Explorers, and we can't wait to welcome you back in the future!
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Top room amenities include a mosquito net, a seating area, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at Papua Explorers Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Papua Explorers Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Papua Explorers Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Papua Explorers Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, and Turkish.
Does Papua Explorers Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.