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Raja Ampat – Papua Explorer Resort + Coralia: October 16-30, 2024

Description

This trip is currently being built and I am communicating with the resort/dive operator to make this booking.  Yes, this trip is more than two years away, but to get exactly what we want, that’s what it takes.  It is intended to be the most diverse dive trip to the Raja Ampat region, with a week at both an amazing land resort and on a dive liveaboard, that are co-owned and co-operated.  This adventure will go live soon.   It will be announced soon on my meetup monthly travel updates.

RAJA AMPAT ECO RESORT – PAPUA EXPLORERS DIVE RESORT


Papua Explorers Resort is located in the heart of Raja Ampat.  The region is the crown jewel of the Coral Triangle and the epicenter of global marine biodiversity.  Located on the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua. Raja Ampat translates into English as Four Kings and gets its name from a local mythology.  It is about four kings that occupy the four big islands: Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool.  As stunning archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, it hosts thousands of species some even endemic to the region.

Raja Ampat lies in the heart of the Coral Triangle. It holds the prestigious title as the most marine biodiverse place on earth. Further, many say it offers the best diving in the world.  In a count in 2011 scientists recognized the region of Raja Ampat to contain 1427 reef fish species.  Additionally, we find over 600 coral species (75% of the world’s coral species) here.  Not to mention the pelagic life that is abundant in the area.

The Most Famous Dive Sites Right at Your Doorstep

Make the most of your time above and under the water by staying at Papua Explorers Raja Ampat.  Our Raja Ampat eco resort is located in the south of Gam island.  More precisely we are just along the coast of worldwide renowned Dampier Strait.  That means close to the most famous Raja Ampat scuba diving and snorkeling sites.  Among them Manta Point, Cape Kri and many more.

Exploring Raja Ampat with Papua Explorers Eco Resort, you won’t have annoying, long boat rides.  It won’t take you hours to get to the dive sites.  Also, you don’t have to pay extra to dive at Dampier Strait.  Further we won’t limit the number of dives you can do at these sites.

Instead, you will have the freedom to choose from more than 50 dive sites around us.  Most of which are only 10 to 30 minutes by boat away and all are equally amazing.

Resort and Accommodation

We constructed our Raja Ampat eco resort using traditional Papuan construction methods and local, natural materials from Raja Ampat.  The spacious overwater bungalows are designed to be in perfect harmony with the exotic surrounding, allowing the guests to feel the breeze from the rainforests, enjoy the songs of the tropical birds and soothe their souls with the flutter of the waves.

Our 300 m2, over-the- sea restaurant and lounge is designed to offer a relaxing environment to enjoy various international and local dishes freshly prepared in our restaurant and to unwind and relax between the dives.

After a long day of diving or snorkeling our sundeck and spa on the main jetty is another great place to enjoy the sunset and beautiful tropical scenery of Raja Ampat.

Conservation Efforts and Eco-Tourism

As a Raja Ampat Eco Resort, we are committed to create sustainable and unforgettable human-nature experiences while conserving the waters of Raja Ampat and developing the local communities we are surrounded with.  Papua Explorers has received the ISTA, Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award in 2018 and ADTO Sustainability Award in 2019.

We engrave our philosophy of eco-tourism in the whole operation as well as the design and construction of the buildings.  We provide environmentally friendly soap and shower gel for our guests to use for free.  Natural bacteria in our septic tanks reprocess our water.  We buy the fresh fish that we serve in our restaurant from the local sustainable fishers and many of our vegetables are from the local farmers.

Additionally we try to minimize our plastic waste by using garbage bags made out of cassava and stainless-steel straws.  We have been distributing free reusable stainless-steel water bottles to our guests.  You will find refilling stations at the restaurant, dive center as well as all the bungalows and dive boats.  The shower heads and toilets are low flow to conserve water.  We harvest rainwater and use it for watering the food garden, also for the laundry and kitchen.

Papua Explorers Foundation

Papua Explorers Eco Resort is the main funder of our NGO, Papua Explorers Foundation which we established in 2018 to allocate more resources for our community and conservation projects. Every guest who stays at Papua Explorers, directly contributes and supports all these initiatives. For further information on our projects and how you can support us, please visit the website of our Papua Explorers Foundation SEA Centre.

Raja Ampat Overwater Bungalow Types

Our deluxe overwater bungalows are very spacious with the total size of approximately 72 square meters.  All our overwater bungalows are built on the water.  They are equipped with en-suite toilet and shower, hot water, ceiling fan, mosquito net, working desk as well as a comfortable seating area.  The spacious veranda with direct access to the sea allows our guests to enjoy the sun and sea in their own privacy.  Additionally sunloungers and a hammock invite you to linger and admire breathtaking sunsets of Raja Ampat.  Further, a stairway straight into the ocean makes it easy to take a dip and cool off.

Further amenities are in room tea and coffee facilities, drinking water and a room safe. We also provide 220 V electricity 24 hours a day with European type plugs.

ABOUT CORALIA

Coralia is a liveaboard that is committed to creating sustainable and unforgettable human-nature experiences, while conserving the oceans we cruise in and developing the local communities we work with.

As a classic Phinisi it was built in Bira, Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe, who have been building cargo ships for centuries. Blending ancient techniques and wisdom with modern design and safety features, Coralia is one of the few Phinisi equipped with two engines.

Coralia’s name comes from the word ‘coral‘ and the Latin ending of ‘-ia’, so ‘Coral-ia‘ means ‘Nation of Corals’.

ACCOMMODATION

Our eight spacious cabins, designed by internationally renowned Deidre Renniers, offer modern comfort and style while incorporating traditional details. Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer. Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.  A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.

Our four luxurious master cabins on the main and upper deck additionally feature each a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa, where guests can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.

All our cabins are named after coral species – a tribute to the stunning underwater world of Indonesia

Raja Ampat Diving Packages

This all-inclusive package includes accommodation and diving.  Therefore it is suitable for those that wish to get in as many spectacular Raja Ampat dives as they can!

Our Diving Package includes:
  • Water Cottage Accommodation with en-suite bathroom & hot water
  • Full-board meals (international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Water, tea, coffee & afternoon snacks
  • 3 guided boat dives per day at iconic Raja Ampat dive sites (excluding arrival & departure day)
  • unlimited guided house reef dives
  • Day trip to ‘The Passage’ free of charge
  • Free nitrox (excluding night dives)
  • scuba tanks, weight belts, air/Nitrox fills, guide, beach towel & snacks on morning boats
  • WiFi
  • Laundry service once per week
  • Free transfer from Sorong airport to the resort and back on scheduled transfer days (Wednesdays and Sundays)
Dive Package Does Not Include:
  • International flights Denver (DEN) to Jakarta (CGK)
  • Domestic flights Jakarta to Sorong (SOQ)
  • Hotels and meals needed to travel to Sorong
  • Rental dive gear
  • Scuba training
  • Crew gratuities
Complete Package Pricing – starting at $6445 (waiting for detailed invoice before final pricing)

Prices are per person in USD, based on double occupancy.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

Deposit:  $1000 to reserve your space (deposit is non-refundable)

Second Payment:

Third Payment:

Final Payment:  Balance is due on July 5, 2024

Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.

For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance.  Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!

To purchase DAN dive accident insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Join DAN Today!, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

To purchase travel insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Purchase Travel Insurance?, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN

Some sunscreen ingredients are not safe for corals; these include oxybenzone. Research indicates that these chemicals can cause DNA damage to corals, promote viruses in corals, and contribute to the bleaching of corals. So that we can help protect our reefs, we encourage our guests to choose and use a sunscreen that is “coral safe”.

To purchase eco-friendly sunscreen products, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the Stream2Sea banner link, use code, “cleanreef” for a 10% discount.

** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **

Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received. Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.

* Credit card or any payments made through the PayPal invoice will be charged an additional 3.5% (5% international payers). This fee covers the cost of the PayPal fee. Venmo, Zelle, Send Money to Friends and Family, and checks are always welcome.

If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to askuntz@yahoo.com, or call at 719-322-6941. This exciting trip will fill up fast.

Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.

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