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 accommodation 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:
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Transfers from and to Sorong: per person per way
- Equipment rental, diving courses
- Additional dives on top of dive package: each
- Far away dive sites: Fam ( per person, with a minimum of 6 people), Manta sandy ( per person with a minimum of 4 people)
- Night dive: per person
- Fun dives without diving package: per dive
- Single occupancy: supplement of 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: 15 to 20 m (50 to 66 ft) nutrient rich water can sometimes mean reduced visibility
- Water Temperature: 28° to 29°C (82° to 84°F)
- 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 Recommended: dive computer, surface marker buoy (SMB), whistle, ‘reef hook’ (to use on rocks only!)
- Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
- Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Darwin, Australia or Manado, Sulawesi - note that there is a chamber in Raja Ampat, but it is not certified or compliant with international standards
Visas, flights, and more!
- Many nationalities are 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 and usually can be extended for another 30 days.
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and have one full blank page
- Must be able to show an onward ticket that departs before your visa expires
- For official entry requirements for your nationality, consult Indonesia's Directorate General of Immigration
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 rash guard, a sweater or a light-weight jacket, some walking shoes