Why we love it
Founded by two well-traveled dive instructors, this eco-resort is a gem for travelers: simple bungalows with nature all over and “à la carte” diving that will suit all budgets. If you’re looking for a friendly place, cozy, with a great atmosphere, you’re at the right place!
The layout of the resort is arranged so as to promote the conservation of the local flora and fauna. Sustainable building techniques, employment of the local community, 24 hours of solar electricity, recycling bins.
Who is it for?
For divers passionate about marine life and advanced divers who enjoy strong currents.
Non-diving partners can do many activities: kayak, bird-watching, photography, excursions on other islands, free-diving and snorkeling, relaxing on the beach
Prices and Dates
- Full board accomodation on a double occupancy: 3 meals, snack and unlimited drinking water, tea and coffee
- Two dives per day package: two morning dives.
- Three dives per day package: two morning dives, and afternoon dive plus unlimited unguided house reef dives
- Four dives per day package: two morning dives, afternoon dive and night dive
What’s not included?
- The Raja Ampat Marine Park Fee : 1000 000 IDR (about 60 euros)
Alcoholic and soft drinks.
- Transfers from and to Sorong: 40 euros per person per way
- Equipment rental, diving courses
- Additional dives on top of dive package: 40 euros each
- Far away dive sites: Fam (40 euros per person, with a minimum of 6 people), Manta sandy (20 euros per person with a minimum of 4 people)
- Night dive: 10 euros per person
- Fun dives without diving package: 50 euros per dive
- Single occupancy: supplement of 35 euros per night
- Extra trips and excursions
- Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels before or after the stay
- At the heart of the Coral Triangle
- 1427 reef fish, over 600 coral species, 75% of the world’s coral species
- Abundant pelagic life: many species of reef sharks, white and black tips, wobbegong sharks, bamboo sharks, reef mantas at nearby cleaning stations, and majestic oceanic manta in open water.
- Large schools of tuna, trevally, mackerel. Batfish, surgeonfish, angel and butterflyfish, napoleon wrasse, bumpheads, giant sweetlips, damsels, fusiliers, anthias etc. and also magnificent macro with the rare pygmee seahorses.
- Season: high Season from October to April, when plankton blooms reduce visibility but bring greater numbers of manta rays
- Currents: strong and changing - some dive sites are not suitable for beginners or anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable in currents.
- Visibility: nutrient rich water can sometimes mean a reduced visibility: 15 to 20 meters
- Water temperature: 28 to 29 degrees Celsius
- Depth: deep and shallow dives
- Located in the Dampier strait, with about 50 famous dive sites nearby
- Some of the dive sites frequently visited are: Batu Lima (or Five Rocks), Friwen garden, Friwen Wall, Mike’s Point, Mioskun, Koh Island, Cross Over, Cape Kri, Sardine’s reef, Chicken reef, Blue Magic, Saporkren
- Operation created in 2013
- Number of boats: 3
- Courses up to Divemaster
- Maximum number of people per dive guide: 4
- Equipment needed: a dive computer, a safety buoy, a whistle, a ‘reef hook’ (to use on rock only), and the usual diving equipment.
- Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
- Hyperbaric Chamber: in Darwin, Australia or Sulawesi, Indonesia
Visa, Flights & more!
- To be able to enter Indonesia, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival, you need to have a valid return ticket within 30 days and a full blank page in your passport.
- Many nationalities are newly eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Others need to obtain a Visa on Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia. Visa on Arrival costs USD 35 and it is advisable that you carry the exact amount with you.
- Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country.
How to get there?
- Take an international flight to Jakarta or Bali and then make a stop at Ujung Padang (Makassar) or Manado on your way to Sorong.
- Raja Ampat is subject to malaria. Take necessary precautions to avoid it (cover yourself, have mosquito repellent and take malarone tablets - Lariam has limited effectiveness in this area due to a resistant strain of Malaria and is not recommended. )
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rashguard, a sweater or a light weight jacket, some walking shoes