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Papua Explorers Resort

Pinsilim Bay, Yenwaupnor, District Meos Mansar , Kabupaten Raja Ampat Waisai, West Papua 98482 Indonesia
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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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Free internet
Free breakfast
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Free airport transportation
Foot massage
Mosquito net
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Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
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Full body massage
Head massage
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Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
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Sun terrace
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Private balcony
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Pinsilim Bay, Yenwaupnor, District Meos Mansar , Kabupaten Raja Ampat Waisai, West Papua 98482 Indonesia
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Around-the-world wrote a review Oct 19
Jakarta, Indonesia1 contribution
My family and I have lived overseas for 15 years now and have subsequently traveled a lot. This place is in the top 5 for us and our kids. The staff are exceptional and all work together so well. From the arrival at Sorong airport and return a week later, we were well taken care of. In the COVID era, we are hyper vigilant about hygiene and safety. Papua Explorers have planned everything possible to ease our concerns and yet somehow still manage to have a personal experience. Exceptional! I also sincerely appreciate how the management team also cares about the safety of their own staff, not just their guests. This is a gold standard for me to really examine the level of commitment to safety and hygiene. They passed my standard immediately and maintained through the 7 nights of our stay. A few other comments - Food was prepared fresh for every meal and served with a huge smile from the Chef and his assistant. Very good food. Of note and great surprise was how fresh and tasty the salads were. It's quite difficult to pull off the art-of-the-salad...lol but true! The diving speaks for itself in Raja Ampat. Sea turltes, mantas, sting rays, sharks...and on and on...so much to see! Also, they were certainly more family-friendly than I expected. 5 stars all the way!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: All rooms are above water bungalows (or Pondok) with their own staircase into the beautiful...
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PatB-traveller wrote a review Aug 2020
Buckingham, United Kingdom13 contributions7 helpful votes
What a fabulous resort! The moment we first spotted it from the boat bringing us from Sorong, we knew we were in for a treat. As the boat drew near to the jetty, we were greeted by all the members of staff singing a welcome song. We then followed them down the jetty to the restaurant where we had a very welcome drink and a briefing. The restaurant and all the guest bungalows are over the water, which is so relaxing in itself. During dinner, we could often hear nearby splashing and would go to the rail to see what we could spot – baby black-tip sharks and other critters. Our bungalow had everything we needed, including reef-friendly shampoo and shower wash. The large bed was very comfortable and each bungalow has its own verandah over the water, with a beautiful view of the ocean, the hills beyond and spectacular sunsets. Our bungalow had a hammock and daybed on the verandah. At high tide, it’s possible to swim from the verandah steps. The diving in Raja Ampat is of course always amazing and the tenders take the divers out for two morning dives, back for lunch, then out for an afternoon dive. The dive centre is at the end of the jetty, so straight from there into the tenders. Everyone has his/her own basket for dive gear. If you prefer, you can snorkel on the house reef, where there is lots to see. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming and always ready to help with anything. As for the food, oh dear, there goes the waistline again! Such a delicious spread at breakfast, lunch and dinner, all served buffet style. There are also snacks mid-afternoon. We were there in 2019 and would thoroughly recommend it. As soon as the world goes back to normal, we will go back.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Akın Y wrote a review Jul 2020
Istanbul, Turkey32 contributions1 helpful vote
Number 1 ranked Resort I have visited all around the world. Incredible under water habitat lots of dive spots with hundreds of fish and coral species including endemics. Not only big fishes as manta rays, reef sharks there’s also lot of macro critters all around. Big local designed bungalows on the water gives you all the luxury in the forgotten world. The resort director Apo is always by you with his smiling face. All the local dive guides are very good trained and they are always focusing to show you not only big fishes also the macro critters. Foods are very delicious and especially the homemade bread is very successful. Best of the best all around the world for divers👌👏💙
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
BertandErnie36 wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom27 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed at Papua Explorers in October 2019. It was the best diving my partner and I have experienced - better than Egypt or the Maldives. The reefs are vibrant and colourful, the fish and marine life is abundant. One of the best dives was when we watched several reef sharks hunt a school of jack fish. Equally terrifying and exhilarating! Before we went, I read about how Raja Ampat can have strong currents, which did make me anxious. But we did not experience any more current than we have done anywhere else, such as the Maldives. A reef hook, whistle and SMB are pre-requisites to dive. Anyway, drift dives are fun! Being used to liveaboards, we were worried that being on land and having to set up our equipment everyday, would be a hassle but we couldn't have been more wrong. The storage for gear is right next to the dive boats, you have your own basket to put your equipment in (or rather the crew do). The crew take the baskets from the storage area and set it up and even change tanks for you in the morning break (you have two dives in the morning and don't go back to the resort). Obaja was the best and most smiley skipper. Super cool guy 😊 There are approximately 40 + dive sites within half an hour of the resort, and if you're lucky like we were, you might see a pod or two of dolphins. I enjoyed the journeys to and from the resort, watching the scenery go by and looking into the crystal blue water. The dive boats are small - I think maximum six guests plus crew. There was plenty of room for all, and I believe now they have reduced the amount on the boats to help with distancing. Our dive guide Juliet was great. A happy, smiling and laughing young lady who could pick out the tiniest critter on the seabed and fish or sharks before we could. We never had a dull dive with her. We laughed under water - notably when we watched a turtle lay on the reef for several minutes … it didn't move, it was a bit boring to be honest … then it did a little jiggle and wiggle, pooped and went to the surface!! Now we all know what turtle poo looks like!!! Our water bungalow, number 15, was right at the end of the row of bungalows and furthest away from the main area of the resort. We definitely walked 10,000 steps a day to and from the dive center and restaurant several times a day! We did not mind being at the end and away from the main section, and in fact we felt more secluded. We snorkeled from the decking when the tide allowed and watched the most amazing sunsets and stars in the evening. The bungalow was clean and basic. It suited us fine for our dive trip. Probably a couple of things to point out in case you do like hotel comforts: • The water is brackish – so slightly salty. It does take some getting used to, but after a few days we didn’t notice the difference. • There is no air con, but the fans are effective. Again, it did not bother us. • Wi-Fi only works in the restaurant. But why go to paradise to look at your phone?? If you want a resort with all the mod cons, this is probably not the place for you. Look on a map and see how remote PapEx is and you will understand why it is the way it is! The resort is remote, and a couple of hours from the nearest main island. To get there you need to get a plane from mainland Indonesia – usually an overnight flight. Resort representatives meet you at the airport and take you to a hotel for breakfast where you spend a few hours waiting for everyone going to the resort to arrive. You can book a room for a couple of hours and get some sleep and a shower. You finally depart around midday and arrive at the resort around 2pm. I think … because our journey was not like that … We got about twenty minutes out and there was an issue with one of the engines. One guy seemed to have fixed it, and we carried on … then the boat stopped ... While all the new guests (about a dozen of us) were looking at each wondering what on earth was happening and how or if we were going to get to the resort that day, the guys from the resort were calling other hotels & resorts to see if they could borrow a boat and exploring all other options. Once back at our starting point, all the luggage was lugged off the boat and into the 4x4s again. Unfortunately, there was no other option but to get the local ferry. This was an experience I will not forget in hurry! The ferry was crowded and very hot. I have no idea how Eric (one of the resort crew) managed to get us ‘premium lounge’ tickets when it looked fully booked and get us seats in time before departure – with all the luggage. Plus, he got us all KFC!!! (Because we missed lunch at the resort.) What a star! We were taken to the resort in the dive boats from Wasai (where the ferry stopped) and arrived feeling tired and grateful at around 5pm. All of the staff had a smile for you whatever time of day. They made us feel at home within moments of arriving. We cannot recommend Papua Explorers highly enough. If you are prepared for a long journey to get there (we travelled from Switzerland & even stopped in Bali for a few days before the next leg), and don’t mind a resort without mod cons, you will be rewarded by meeting the most friendly & genuine people and experience outstanding diving. We travelled before Covid-19, so I cannot comment on the questions TripAdvisor is asking about their Covid-19 policies. But we did experience a clean and professional resort, and I have no doubt they will take all the precautions recommended by the authorities.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Stephany J wrote a review Jul 2020
Basel, Switzerland23 contributions7 helpful votes
Outstanding in every way. The dive centre is amazing we were there with our 16year old who is a day dreamer while I strongly encourage this above water under water it can be a little nerve wracking... they teamed us with the most caring, attentive and skilled dive master! We had an amazing time and I was able to totally relax and fully enjoy the amazing wildlife..... The food is great. The staff is phenomenal honest use of the superlative! The rooms/bungalows are clean and well maintained all the while being environmentally friendly. Best holidays EVER.... waiting to be able to go back
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Date of stay: July 2020
IndonesiaWest PapuaRaja Ampat
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Frequently Asked Questions about Papua Explorers Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Papua Explorers Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Papua Explorers Resort?
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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Papua Explorers Resort offers an airport shuttle 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.