The resort (S 0° 46' 238", E 130° 44' 737") is on the north-eastern peninsula of jungle-covered Birie Island. Located just behind the larger island of Batanta (one of the four Rajas), and is about a 2 hour boat ride from the nearest West Papua port of Sorong.
How do I get to Sorong?
The easiest way to get to Sorong is to fly via Jakarta or Singapore. Domestic travelers can also fly via Makassar or Manado.
Trying to book through local airline websites from overseas can be difficult, and we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance and using a booking agent.
Many international carriers provide baggage allowances for Scuba equipment, however domestic airlines are limited. At present the baggage allowance for Lion, Sriwijaya & Express Air are 20 Kg per person; the allowance for Wings Air and several smaller companies is 15kg; any excess baggage must be paid at the airport. Rates for excess baggage are subject to change without notice and vary depend on the airline, aircraft type and location.
Complimentary transfer from Sorong to Papua Paradise is presently scheduled on Monday & Thursday*; our staff will meet you at the airport and accompany you to a place to await the transfer. Our transfer departs at 2:00 pm on Monday & Thursday, and we kindly advise guests to arrange flights in good time to make this transfer. Early arrivals will be brought to a local hotel lobby where refreshments will be provided. The boat transfer takes 1 ½ to 2 hours, weather permitting.
Starting from 1st April 2014:
No more fixed transfer days to arrange your clients’ travel.
We grant daily transfers from/to the Resort for a flat transfer rate EURO 180.00/Pax/Return.
No minimum pax is required which means that “solo travelers” don't have to pay an extra cost to be transferred from/to our Resort.
*Please note that there will be no complimentary transfer available starting from April 1st 2014. See our price list for further information
Transfer from and to the resort any other day of the week is available on request and is chargeable. For further information see our price list.
For guest arriving on early morning flights who would prefer to await the boat transfer in a hotel room, our ground staff can assist with the booking of a local hotel (subject to room availability). To avoid disapointment, please inform us ahead of time if you would like to book this service.
That depends on your Nationality. Some nationalities have a "Free Tourist Visa" meanwhile most others require a Visa to travel in Indonesia, a Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) is applicable. At present the VOA charge is USD 25.00 for applicants staying in the Country for 30 days. Please click here for the complete list of Countries eligible for the VOA and its procedures. If you need additional information about Indonesian Embassies in your Country please click here.
*Starting from 1st April 2014: No more fixed transfer days to arrange your clients’ travel. We grant daily transfers from/to the Resort for a flat transfer rate EURO 180.00/Pax/Return. No minimum pax is required which means that “solo travelers” don't have to pay an extra cost to be transferred from/to our Resort
**Our local dive sites are stunning; however there are several other iconic sites such as Passage and Fam who are scattered over the enormous expanse of Raja Ampat that some guests may wish to see while here. We offer trips to these further sites for a surcharge
Any extras such as souvenirs, beverages, gratuities etc can be paid in cash at the resort - we accept IDR Rupiah, US Dollars, and EURO; however, when bringing foreign currency to the area, please be advised that local banks accept only pristine condition banknotes - folded, tattered or older notes (issued before 2006) cannot be accepted by the resort or any local banks in Indonesia. We have credit card facilities at our office in Sorong, which guests can use between transfers.
We have hot and cold water and 24 hours electricity in every bungalow.
220 Volt (CEE European plugs)
Our package offers unlimited dives which means that you have 4 opportunities to dive per day, two in the morning starting at 7.45/08.00am , one in the afternoon at 2.30pm, and one in the evening/or night (Dusk dives or night dives). There is a maximum ratio of 4 divers per guide.
No. Because of our remote location we dive very conservatively. We do not allow deco diving, and the maximum depth is 30 meters. We do not allow solo diving.
Our house reef is the perfect spot for snorkeling enthusiasts and can be explored by yourself free of charge. A guide can be hired as well as snorkeling equipment.
We’re also doing two dives in the morning which is also 2 times snorkeling if the boat can be shared and if the dive sites are suitable for snorkelers which can vary based on sea conditions (Not only big waves or current but also bad visibility), hence the reason why it’s better not to pre-book the snorkeling in order to avoid disappointment.
While relatively rare in Raja Ampat, it is possible to encounter occasional small jellyfish or mild stinging hydroids in the local waters after heavy rains, and we recommend that those predisposed to severe reactions bring wetsuits or Lycra suits for snorkeling activities.
See our price list for further information.
Yes (Free of charge for guest who pre paid the Unlimited dive package*)
*Nitrox will be free of charge for inhouse guest who dive with Papua Paradise no matter what kind of package starting from April 1st 2014
Papua Paradise offers a full range of PADI courses from; Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and a range of Specialties. To book a dive course during your stay, please advise us ahead of time to ensure a place.
(* All guests wishing to complete dive certification at Papua Paradise must produce a current ( not older than 6months) and valid Dive Medical, signed and stamped by a doctor. Please consult your health care professional for further information.)
Papua Paradise has 4 dive vessels:
All equipped with Oxygen, First Aid Kit, life jackets, drinking water and sun cover. Towels & padded camera crates are provided on all dive trips, and hot drinks and snacks are included in all morning dive trips.
For non-certified guests, Papua Paradise offers the PADI Discover SCUBA Diving program - with one of our qualified instructors you can try diving for the first time; no experience necessary and no certification required. There is beautiful snorkelling directly in front of the resort. There is also a bird watching platform overlooking the local jungle behind the bungalows, and extended bird watching, waterfall and island tours that can be arranged through the resort depending on weather conditions. And of course, there is always the sun-bed on the balcony of the room and a good book.
Each of the bungalows has a seaview desk next to a power outlet and multi plug power board. There are several "Camera Taxis" (padded wheelbarrows) and staff members ready to assist photographers transporting heavy equipment to and from the boat. A padded crate will be provided for you on the dive vessel.
Open for Diving and Snorkeling year round. Unlike other parts of Indonesia, weather patterns in central Raja Ampat are much more stable, with less distinct dry and rainy seasons. Diving and snorkeling condition are good all year round and water temperature is a constant 28° - 30°C (82° - 86°F), with visibility averaging 10-20m
There is some Malaria present in the Sorong region. The best protection against this is insect repellent and coils, mosquito nets (all provided at the resort), wear light colored clothing, cover up during evening and early morning. For further medical queries regarding travel to Raja Ampat, be sure to consult your doctor.
At present, the nearest recompression facility is in Manado, Sulawesi. In the unlikely event that you require transportation to a chamber, we will directly contact your dive insurance provider and follow their instructions to transport you there. Please be reminded that all certified divers are required to carry Dive Emergency Evacuation Insurance to engage in Scuba activities at Papua Paradise. There is also a local hospital in Sorong (1 ½ hours away by boat) - please check your insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all contingencies. We very much urge you to purchase DAN diving insurance. We would also like to remind you that this is a very remote part of the world, and prevention is the best medicine in this case!
Papua Paradise is not liable for the refund of any unused, pre-paid dives due to illness or other related indispositions; kindly refer to your travel agent policy, or dive/travel insurance provider.
**We're a long way away from the nearest hospital or clinic. Your safety and health is of paramount importance and we recommend that you take all safety precautions**
All senior staff members are certified PADI Emergency First Aid Responders
Oxygen, basic first aid supplies, as well as an AED (Defibrilator) are available
In the event of general medical emergency, you will immediately evacuated to the nearest hospital, which is in Sorong
In the event of a dive emergency, your dive insurance provider will advise us on the appropriate course of action.
You MUST have dive insurance which covers emergency evacuation.