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Exciting Tours to make the most of your stay in Raja Ampat

Papua Paradise Eco Resort is blessed to be located in one of the world’s most stunning natural environments, above and below the water. To make the most of your stay in this incredible region, besides our largest offer of diving experiences we are happy to offer you a number of exciting tours. Explore the neighboring islands, trek through pristine rain forest, go searching for rare and beautiful species of flora and fauna, and discover hidden waterfalls. You’ve come to the right place to witness nature at its most breathtaking.

At Papua Paradise we try to minimize our environmental impact by observing responsible and sustainable tourism practices. Our guides are educated in conservation and the best practices in this particular environment so you can feel confident that your trips are not damaging or disturbing the animal or plant life in the region.

Arefi Village Tour

Arefi Village Tour from Papua Paradise Eco Resort, Raja Ampat

Learn a little about the local people and culture on a trip to the small fishing village of Arefi. Many of the staff at Papua Paradise come from this village, which is just about 15 minutes by boat from Papua Paradise Eco Resort, and is home to around 600 people. This 2-hour tour, which is available upon request, includes a walking tour through the village. Guests have a chance to admire the enormous wooden church, the simple rustic cottages, and the rickety wooden jetties that are crowded with splashing children and villagers fishing with bamboo poles. The tour includes tea and coffee, a snack, a tour guide and your boat transfers. Don’t forget your your camera to take some pictures of the beautiful people and scenery!

Hornbill Island Sunset Cruise

Hornbill Island Sunset Cruise - Photo by Christoph Schreiner

Hornbills are one of the most incredible bird species in Raja Ampat, and there is no better way to see them than a cruise to one of their favorite spots to congregate. Leaving the resort at 5pm, the open-top cruise will weave through the islets and mangrove shores of Batanta to Hornbill Island. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the island, but there are plenty of birds and beautiful scenery to see along the way. By the time you arrive at Hornbill Island it is almost sunset. As the sun sinks behind the horizon, the hornbills start to appear, almost always in pairs, from all directions and descend on the small islet. The sound of their flapping wings makes a majestic sound that is magical heard in real life. Watch the hornbills come into roost for the night and listen to the evening sounds of the jungle canopy while you enjoy a complimentary beer or soft drink on board. This is the perfect way to encounter nature at its finest.

Red Bird of Paradise Trip

Red Bird of Paradise Trip, Raja Ampat - Photo by Christoph Schreiner

You don’t have to be a bird enthusiast to be enchanted by Papua’s endemic Birds of Paradise. Seeing these beautiful creatures in the wild is a must when you visit Papua Paradise Eco Resort. On the Red Bird of Paradise Tour you’ll leave before dawn and travel 30 minutes by boat to a neighboring island and then walk for around an hour through pristine rain forest. Along the way your guide will tell you about the animal and plant life of the jungle. When you arrive at the hide you’ll wait quietly for a glimpse of the elusive red bird of paradise. When your patience pays off and you see the flash of yellow around their head and dark red back and wings you’ll never forget the sight of this magnificent bird. The tour takes approximately 5 hours and you will be supplies with refreshments and snacks.

Wilson’s Bird of Paradise Tour

Wilson’s Bird of Paradise Tour, Raja Ampat - Photo by Christoph Schreiner

Wilson’s Bird of Paradise is one of the rarest and therefore most exciting species to spot in Raja Ampat. Endemic to the neighboring island of Batanta (and some remote areas on Waigeo), the trail to their nesting site is only 45 minutes by boat from Papua Paradise Eco Resort. Be ready to depart at 4.30am, and trek at dawn through pristine jungle and crisp shallow streams. After about 60-minutes, you’ll reach a steep hill known for the community of birds that frequent it. Your guides will follow the song of the birds and find the most likely spot to see the birds. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks will be available before you’ll begin the trek back. You will see local plantations and traditional wooden farmers’ cottages, and will get the chance to sample cacao fruit straight off the trees. This trip has some steep climbs, so requires a moderate level of fitness and good walking shoes.

Batanta Island Waterfall Trip

Batanta Island Waterfall Trip from Papua Paradise Eco Resort, Raja Ampat

Batanta Island is a beautiful island around 30 minutes by boat from Papua Paradise Eco Resort. Leaving at 8am the tour starts with a short walk through the mangroves to a small but beautiful waterfall. You can stop here to take photographs and admire the view before starting the 40-minute trek to the larger falls. You’ll need some good waterproof walking shoes as the terrain passes through clear jungle streams and forest paths, as well as some steep rocky terrain. When you get to the falls, you are free to swim in the fresh water, explore the cave behind or recline on the rocks around the falls. Photo opportunities are plentiful, and there are a wide variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife to see. Snacks and drinks are served, and when the group is ready, it’s time to trek back to the boat.

Mangrove River Bird Cruise

Mangrove River Bird Cruise - Photo by Christoph Schreiner

The mangroves around northern Batanta Island are abundant with unique bird life, best seen by boat slowly snaking through the river inlets. This dawn tour takes you around 40 minutes from Papua Paradise Eco Resort into the waterways through Batanta’s mangroves, where you will cruise for around 2 hours. From the comfort of the boat you may see brahminy kites, white bellied sea eagles, white reef egrets, rufous bellied kingfishers, beach kingfishers, dollarbirds, olive backed sunbirds, osprey, sulfur crested cockatoos, pied imperial pigeons, Pinon’s imperial pigeons, Papuan lorikeets and Blythe’s hornbills. Snacks, tea and coffee are served on the boat and you’ll be back in the resort in time for a full buffet breakfast. This is the perfect tour for birders or nature photographers.

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