|Raja Ampat is Ultimate Diving Adventure
a new dive resort on Palau Pef, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja4Divers Resort - Pulau Pef is an exclusive private island under Swiss management, open year round, located 48 km south of the equator in remote central Raja Ampat West Papua, north of the Dampier strait, 109km from Sorong. Raja4Divers on Pulau Pef redefines the Raja Ampat diving holiday by offering an authentic Papuan experience, one with nature, without compromising on quality, comfort and service. The landscape of Pulau Pef consists of mountainous terrain covered in lush jungle, surrounded by spectacular bays, white sand beaches, coconut palms, pristine blue water mangroves, hidden lakes, blue lagoons, limestone mushroom islands, ancient rock art, incredible fauna and flora and some of the world's richest reefs in every direction.
In all aspects, Raja4Divers fosters co-operation with the surrounding villages, from the first traditional island blessing ceremony to the daily resort activities, supporting the local economy by buying fresh fish and produce and using local materials at the resort, as well as employing and training many friendly Papuans from the nearby villages. Along a palm fringed beach, the water bungalows are private and extremely spacious at 128sqm with en-suite indoor/open air private garden bathroom, large deck with incredible open views and Wi-Fi broadband internet.
The un-paralleled world class diving and snorkelling in the central Raja Ampat, is all about amazing diversity of species and habitats. A myriad of dive sites and snorkelling locations can be found around Pulau Pef, with a large variety of habitats and experiences: lush colourful soft corals and gorgonians, hard coral gardens teeming with life, large schools of fish, superbly fishy reefs, caverns and overhangs, sea grass beds, pristine blue water mangroves, world war II wrecks, adrenalin filled drift dives, walls and slopes, giant Manta rays, wobbegong sharks, endemic walking sharks, macro critters, dolphins and whale sightings and pygmy seahorses as big as a grain of rice.
The Dive Centre offers Nitrox free of charge, there are no fuel surcharges for dive trips and the unlimited diving package offers the freedom to dive as much or as little as required. Diving is tailored to suit a fair mix of logistics, weather conditions, and guests' wishes. Depending on the diving plan, surface intervals are often spent enjoying a picnic on a beautiful beach or exploring mangroves and islands.
For underwater imaging enthusiasts, Raja Ampat is a known to be a majpr hot-spot. The region is both a wide-angle feast for the eyes and a macro delight. Raja4Divers has an air-conditioned camera room where guest can store and set up there cameras. There is also an iMac free to use with PhotoShop installed. Guest can, for example, have a look at there pictures or work on them. If guests want to make a photo workshop or rent a underwater camera they are adviced to request in advance for availability.
Pulau Pef allows for a host of activities close to nature: Kayaking along it's many islets, bays, beaches, cliffs, lagoons and hidden lakes, for snorkelling, swimming, exploring, birding and photography; climbing to the top of the 'house' mountain for spectacular 360º views; hiking through the jungle; bird-watching; walking the jungle trail to private beach and aquamarine lagoon for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming; diving and snorkelling along the house reef's fishy colourful coral gardens, bommies and overhangs. Not to mention the many photographic opportunities: flora and fauna in the surrounding jungle, birds, views, beaches, islands and panoramic views on boat tours around the island.
Getting to Raja Ampat - International flights connect from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York or Houston, direct to Singapore. From there you can enjoy continuing jet service on Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) direct to Manado. Clients are advised to schedule at least one overnight in Manado before making the flight connection to Sorong, Indonesia. The Raja4Divers packages include round-trip transfers from the Sorong airport to the resort, and one overnight in Sorong. Island Dreams has a wholesale contract with Singapore Airlines and will gladly assist you with your flight reservations and ticketing.
Top Quality Jet service between Singapore and Manado operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; provided by award-winning Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary Scoot Air. You'll enjoy superior-quality service (and two checked bags at 50 pounds each) all the way from the USA to Manado. This wonderful ease of access is a money and time saving convenience over many other of Indonesia's favored diving destination.
Package Pricing - Your Raja4Divers dive package includes Sorong airport greeting and round-trip transfers, lodging with full board at the resort, and scuba diving services as defined. There is no additional charge for Nitrox fills. Each package also includes one overnight in Sorong, on the evening prior to your departing flight. Contact Island Dreams for pricing.
Island Dreams will create a custom Indonesia itinerary offering you maximum diving value, plus the option of rewarding topside touring to Bali and beyond. A wide variety of diving and touring options can be customized to suit your taste, budget, and time constraints. Contact the adventure experts at Island Dreams for complete details.
Follow these links for more Indonesia information:
- Indonesia Dive Report -- Manado, Bunaken, and Lembeh
Island Dreams owner Ken Knezick has made numerous, extended research trips to Indonesia. Read his most recent review of diving opportunities in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, with first-hand reports from Murex Dive Resort and the excellent new Lembeh Resort.
- Group Dive Tours to Indonesia -- Join us!
- Wakatobi Found -- A First-Hand Report from Wakatobi Resort
- Lembeh Resort, Sulawesi - Lembeh's Newest & Finest Dive Hotel
- Lembeh Strait Report -- Report by Indo-Expert Bruce Moore
- Beneath the Dragon's Realm -- Exploring Komodo Park
- Return to: Explore-Indonesia.com