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Papua Explorers Dive Resort

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3 Star
5 star dive center
House reef

Resort Highlights

  • Global epicentre of marine biodiversity, richest reef systems in the world
  • 1,300+ species of reef fish, 600+ species of hard coral
  • Sharks, mantas, dolphins, pelagics and pygmy seahorses
  • Rustic wooden bungalows with private verandas, direct access to the water
  • 300m² over-the-sea restaurant
  • Environmentally aware and sustainable ethos
  • On site spa with variety of indulgent treatments
  • Founders of the Raja Ampat SEA Centre conservation initiative
  • You can only arrive/depart on Wednesday and Sundays
  • All payments at the resort must be paid in cash (excursions, souvenirs, canned drinks etc.)


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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours


If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final


You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 89 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 97 days prior to arrival
  • 10% will be charged if you cancel between 97 and 67 days prior to arrival
  • 25% will be charged if you cancel between 67 and 52 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 52 and 37 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 37 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Papua Explorers Resort is nestled away in the islands of Raja Ampat, on the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua, Indonesia.

The resort consists of 15 over water villas, each expertly crafted using traditional Papuan construction methods and local, sustainable materials.

The intimate nature of the resort allows guests to become truly immersed in nature. Look out from your bungalow at unspoilt views of the crystal clear, biodiverse waters, or wander out back into the rainforests bursting with tropical bird song.

The resort is home to a 300m² restaurant, also built on wooden stilts over the ocean and serving freshly made international and local dishes throughout the day.

All elements of Papua Explorers Dive Resort have been chosen to create a relaxing and restorative environment- the perfect place to rest when not diving amongst the rich, local reefs and marine life!

Explore diving around the Papua Explorers Dive Resort

Best dive sites in Raja Ampat

Boo Rock / Boo Windows – One of Raja Ampat’s most iconic and most photographed dive sites, boo rock/windows takes its name from the two swim through holes in the rock. This dive site showcases the biodiversity of the Misool area with schooling fish, incredible corals and stunning underwater topography. Expect to see everything from the smallest of critters to passing pelagics. Cross Wreck – One of Raja Ampat’s most accessible wrecks is this Japanese Navy Patrol boat that sank close to the shore in WWII. The name, Cross Wreck, comes from a large cross on the shore nearby. The wreck lays upright and is now completely encrusted in coral and home to a plethora of marine life. Critters that have made this wreck their home include lionfish, moray eels, Napoleon wrasse, bumphead parrotfish, numerous nudibranch species and so much more. This site is a great introduction to wreck diving. Sardine Reef – This offshore reef is simply teeming with fish including huge schools of surgeonfish, jacks, batfish, fusiliers, rainbow runners, and trevally but surprisingly - no sardines! When you’re not looking at the tightly packed schools this is a great site for macro life including nudibranch, mantis shrimps, pygmy seahorses, octopus and cuttlefish but if that’s not enough, look out for the resting wobbegong sharks under the table corals. Cape Kri – With 374 species of fish being counted in one single dive, this dive site is an actual record breaker! The stunning reef top is a kaleidoscope of colours and healthy, vibrant soft and hard corals create a beautiful garden. Black and white tip sharks pass through, reef fish swarm around and turtles lazily cruise by. If you venture deeper you’ll find schools of sweetlips beside bommies which are literally shrouded in glass fish. This site is one of Raja Ampats most famous and never fails to impress even the most seasoned divers. Magic Mountain – Located in the southern Misool region of Raja Ampat, this impressive seamount and extending ridge is swarming with fish, It’s also a good site for spotting manta rays which come to a cleaning station here. On a good day you’ll see numerous manta rays, Napoleon wrasse, schools of snappers, jacks, trevallies, Spanish mackerel, barracuda and reef sharks all joining in on the action. Raja Ampat is a huge area and home to innumerable dive sites, which offer diverse topographies and marine life. Other notable sites in Raja Ampat include Blue Magic, Melissa’s Garden, Mansuar, Mike’s Point, The Passage, Fiabacet and Mioskon Island.

What to see

Raja Ampat dive sites are all about diversity and abundance. Whether you’re looking to dive with pelagics or critters Raja Ampat will deliver. Highlights include: Large schools of fish, manta rays, reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, walking sharks, turtles, Spanish mackerel, tuna, barracuda, pygmy sea horses, nudibranchs galore, ghost pipefish, cuttlefish, crustaceans and stunning pristine coral reefs.

Dive Center


  • Reefs home to 75% of all hard coral species in the world
  • 15 minutes away from Manta Point
  • Variety of dive excursions to challenge and excite
  • Maximum 6 divers per guide
  • Culturally and environmentally respectful philosophy
  • Free diving and yoga activities


Papua Explorers is a PADI 5 Star Dive Center providing a plethora of scuba and free diving excursions.

Set at the heart of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is world renowned for its high bio-diversity and pelagic sea life. Such a diversity of life is largely due to the area’s nutrient-rich waters created by fast moving currents.

This dive center is a great location for advanced open water divers, as a higher level of experience will allow you to explore more of the underwater world and trust that your buoyancy skills will protect the precious marine environment. 

Papuan Explorers strive to train and employ a majority of Papuans across all departments of the dive operation. There are 11 skilled Indonesian dive guides, 5 multinational instructors, a freediving (and yoga) instructor, 10 experienced boat captains, 10 boat crew members and a couple of compressor technicians.

All dives are expertly planned to take you on an underwater adventure without the need for a deco stop, though dive computers are mandatory.

In the case of emergency, a state of the art Hyperbaric chamber is now available in Waisai (45 minutes away via boat). 


PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Adaptors & tanks

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Camera Room
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Finnish
  • Indonesian
  • Turkish
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort


  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities


  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga


  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Equipment For Kids


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  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Idr)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking

How to get there

Papua Explorer provide free scheduled rountrip group transfer only on Sunday and Wednesday for guest staying a minimum of 7 nights.


  • Upon arrival to Sorong International Airport guests will be met by a ground crew who will escort them to a nearby hotel for joining a complimentary breakfast until the boat is prepared for departure and all guests have arrived .
  • The boat leaves at least at 12:00 pm and we strongly recommend to arrange the flights accordingly
  • If guests arrive late the staff will do the best to accommodate them;  however they can't wait for long time if there are other guest on board.  In this case special transfer need to be arranged for an extra cost.


  • On departure day the boat leaves the resort at 6:00 am  to reach flights departing from Sorong after 10:00 o’clock; please book you flight after 10:30 am


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