My father and I spent a week at Raja Ampat Dive Resort from the 9th to 17th of February 2013 and can comfortably rate it as one of our best ever holiday together.
Location: Raja Ampat is probably one of the most difficult dive spots to get to in the world. From Singapore we took 3 flights and 2 boat rides from door-to-door with a total of 24hrs of travelling including layovers in Jakarta both directions. Once you arrive you see why people travel from all over the globe to be here. The quality of the water, marine life and surrounding islands is breathtaking...and thats before you even start diving. The Resort itself is about a 20min speed boat ride from Waisai (the closest major town). Waisai is about a 2.5hr ferry ride from Sorong the nearest major city.
The resort has been built alongside the water but not on the water (ie not like the houses on stilts that you can see). As a result you are more protected from the heat of the day and you like you are in your own private village. The actual beach is just 5m from your cabin doorstep but from the ocean the villas use of building materials mean it remains well disguised to passers buy.
Accommodation: The wood cabins are very comfortable with nice bathroom fittings, comfortable beds and adequate storage space. The accommodation is not hotel standard however for those with a priority towards diving, snorkeling and not spending their spare time in a room the facilities are more than suitable. Guest should note that there is no hot water. This might take a day or so to get used to but after a week of diving and swimming in the hot sun you learn to quickly look forward to a cool refreshing shower at the end of the day.
Diving: Amazing....absolutely brilliant...beyond words. in the 7 days we spent there we did about 20 dives and just under 3 a day. As well as all the classic dives like Mikes point, the passage etc etc we did a number of excellent lesser known dives that were, depending on the time of day and some luck, equally as impressive. All the big ticket items were seen in abundance. plenty of mantas, turtles, sharks, pigmy sea horses, giant sea slugs, stingrays and on and on... At this point i should make special note to Ariff who was our dive guide for the week. Ariffs knowledge of the currents, weather and underwater life made him a invaluable part of our holiday. Without his guidance and leadership it would not have been such an enjoyable holiday. At this point i should make ANOTHER note that all the staff at the resort were friendly and helpful. One final point is that at all times we were only diving with a max of 5 guests at the one time and 2 dive guides. Ariff and Sonny. Compared to the livaboards that we saw with up to 10 guests per dive master we were blessed for attention.
Recommendations and notes: The seafood meals could have been better. Given the resort is surrounded by some of the finest seafood in the world, we would have liked to had a bit more variety in the meals. However, the clockwork combination of fish, vegetables and rice meant we all lost weight!!
Overall: an amazing holiday! and while you are there be sure to sit out on the private jetty and watch the starts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Raja Ampat Dive Resort is located on the edge of the world famous Dampier straits on the South of Waigeo Island - the largest of the Islands in the park. This is a vast area of the equatorial Pacific Ocean known as the Coral Triangle which holds the title for being the heart of the world's greatest coral reef biodiversity - including 75 percent of all known coral species on Earth. Raja ampat Dive Resort - bungalows. We are located just a short drive south of Waisai (Capital of the Raja Ampat Regency, located on the island of Waigeo) ... more less
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