PAPUA EXPLORERS RESORT – Raja Ampat, Indonesia

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At the heart of  Raja Ampat is Papua Explorers Resort:  Connecting people to Nature, Breathtaking Scenery, Extraordinary Biodiversity Majestic Creatures, Unique Interactions, Amazing People, Eco Friendly.

Panemu Photo by Calvin Tang
Panemu Photo by Calvin Tang

To dive in Raja Ampat is breathtakingly spectacular and truly unforgettable. Lying in the heart of the Coral Triangle. Raja Ampat holds the prestigious title as the most marine bio-diverse place on earth.

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Raja Ampat casts a spell on all who descend into its abundant waters – scientists, photographers, novice and experienced divers alike. At its most recent count 2011 Raja was recognized to contain 1427 reef fishes, more than 603 Hard corals more than 75% of all species in the world. Not to mention the pelagic life that is abundant in the area.

Manta at Manta Sandy
Manta at Manta Sandy
Photo by Calvin Tang
Photo by Calvin Tang

The waters of Raja Ampat are highly rich in nutrients and the Dampier Strait ( the resort location) is especially nutrient rich due to its fast moving currents. Nutrient rich water and fast moving currents make the perfect environment for an abundance of marine life, including migrating mammals and pelagic species.

Papua Explorers Dive Resort
Papua Explorers Dive Resort
Room at Papua Explorers Dive Resort
Room at Papua Explorers Dive Resort

Papua Explorers Resort is located in the islands of Raja Ampat which is on the northwest tip of Birds Head Pennisula of West Papua.  The resort is constructed using traditional Papuan methods and local natural materials. The over water bungalows are designed to be in perfect harmony with the exotic surroundings allowing guests to feel the breeze from the rainforest, enjoy the songs of the tropical birds And soothe the souls with the flutter of the waves. The over the sea restaurant and lounge is designed to offer a relaxing environment to enjoy various international

Most of Raja Ampat spectacular dives sites are  located within 30 minutes boat ride.

Bungalows
Bungalows
Restuarant at Papua Explorers Dive Resort
Restuarant at Papua Explorers Dive Resort

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERINCE DIVING: Hard and soft corals compete for space on reefs bursting with life and color. Swarms of small such as damsels, fusiliers and anthias mill about on the flat reefs while not to far away the large schools of tuna, trevally and mackerel congregate. Batfish, surgeonfish and barracuda aggregate around the jettys and reef points, while angel & butterfly fish decorate both the reef flats and jagged coral towers are home to the abundant marine life.

The Passage in Raja Ampat
The Passage in Raja Ampat
Mike's Point
Mike's Point

Large fish species include napoleon wrasses, bumpheads and giant sweeplips, and being in a shark sanctuary not a day goes by where divers don’t spot one of the many species of reef sharks in the area. And of course there are the manta rays: reef mantas at nearby cleaning stations, the majestic oceanic manta gliding by and during the right season any given dive site may have magnificent mantas gliding by. There are  really no words to describe the diving in Raja Ampat, it must be experienced and is truly unforgettable, and diving over 50 sites in the area ensure all PAPEX’s guest all the abundant highlights of this region has to offer.

Photo by Calvin Tang
Photo by Calvin Tang
The Passage
The Passage

Bringing together over 25 years of dive industry experience from all over the world, their management team has years of experience working in the Raja region.  All the managers are passionate divers and nature enthusiast and take great pride in sharing their resort and region with all the guests.

Sweetlips
Sweetlips
Photo by Calvin Tang
Photo by Calvin Tang

Papua Explorers Resort takes great pride and joy in sharing their resort and destination.  And work hard to ensure that the resort and dive experience exceeds all guests expectations in every way.  The Papua Explorers management team come from all over the world, France, Germany, Australia, Turkey and…  The PAPEX family also includes between 70-80 local staff, 70% of whom come from local villages and their knowledge of the Dampier straits and surrounding area is exceptional.

Selamat datang at the heart of Raja Ampat – welcome to the Papua Explorers Dive Resort in the middle of the Dampier Strait. Home of the mantas and stunning and healthy reefs. The Papua Explorers Dive Resort is one of the most beautiful places on our blue planet. After your visit you can tick off an item from your bucketlist – definitely!
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March 27, 2017 |

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