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.
The easiest way to get to Sorong is to fly via Jakarta or Singapore. Domestic travelers can also fly via Makassar or Manado.
From Jakarta or Bali: Merpati, Express Air, Batavia Air, Sriwijaya Air and Lion/Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Sorong (with stopovers in Ujung Pandang/Makassar or Manado)
From Singapore: Silkair operates regular flights from Singapore to Manado. From Manado to Sorong regular flights are offered by Lion Air and Merpati. Please note the flight times are subject to change without prior notification.
Trying to book through local airline websites from overseas can be difficult, and we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance and using a booking agent. Alternatively, we would be more than happy to arrange your domestic flights for you; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 the harbor for transfer on our private speedboat. For safety reasons, the latest scheduled departure time is 2:00 pm. Please advise your flight details in advance in order to arrange your transfer. The boat transfer takes 1 ½ to 2 hours, weather permitting.
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.
That depends on your Nationality. Some nationalities have a "Free Tourist Visa" meanwhile most others require a Visa to travel in Indonesia and for some of them 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.
(*Our local dive sites are stunning; however there are several other iconic sites 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 to cover fuel expenses.)
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 hot and cold water and 24 hours electricity in every bungalow.
220 Volt (CEE European plugs)
Our package offers unlimited dives. There are 4 opportunities to dive per day, two in the morning, one in the afternoon, 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.
Papua Paradise offers a full range of PADI courses from; Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, and a range of Specialties. To book a dive course during your stay, please advise us ahead of time to ensure a place.
(*Our local dive sites are stunning; however there are several other iconic sites 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 to cover fuel expenses.)
Papua Paradise has 4 dive vessels:
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. 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 pattern in the central Raja Ampat are much 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 no phone reception on the island; internet WIFI is available with additional charge. For further info please contact: email@example.com
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. 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 perches 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!
**We're a long way away from the nearest hospital or clinic. Your safety and health are paramount importance and we recommend that you take all safety precautions**
For any further inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.