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#1 giulian

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:41 PM

Raja Ampat land based resorts
 
I am planning a 14 day trip in late May 2013. Can anyone recommend a mid-priced resort that offers reasonable accommodation, but more important a good diving operation. All suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Robert

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:32 AM

The original people at kri island have two resort one upmarket and one medium

http://www.papua-diving.com/

Look for Kri resort, I checked this one but then ended up on a liveaboard they have a great reputation this is where dr Allen identified the most number of species on a single dive



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

We have just returned from our second trip to Kri Eco Resort.  Accommodation is basic, wooden huts on stilts over the water and no hot water; doesn't sound all that appealing but the huts are fantastic and we took a £5 solar shower which solved the hot water problem!  You can always do a night dive to get a hot mandi at the end of the day.  The food and the staff are fantastic.  Lots of people commented on how good and how varied the food was compared to other places. 

 

The diving was out of this world.  We dived with the oceanic mantas on 6 occasions and with the reef mantas twice.  We saw everything from tiny pygmy seahorses to huge shoals of bumphead parrot fish.  We did some long day trips to Fam and to The Passage and ticked off most of the 20 nearest dive sites to the resort.  Maximum is 6 guests to a boat usually with 2 guides and most sites are within 20 minutes.  I can get very seasick but didn't need my scopoderm patches at all. 

 

As I said, it was our second trip to Kri and things were certainly much slicker this time around.  We generally left on time, got to the site and our guides always checked the current prior to jumping in.  Boat cover was great and we rarely dived a site with other divers on it. 

 

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:49 PM

Thanks, interceptor and frogfone, Kri appears to be a popular choice. The use of a portable solar shower bag/pack is indeed a very good idea.

 

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:22 AM

Max Ammer, the owner of Sorido Bay and Kri Eco resorts is a very special man and I find it a privilege to spend time with him.


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:55 PM

I Have stayed at Paupa Paradise had a great stay and will be back there again later this year.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:05 AM

I stayed at Raja4Divers this past December and loved it, the resort is beautiful and the diving operation was very good i thought.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:52 AM

As other have said, Kri is special. They have Cape Kri as their "house reef", which during my 20 days stay in Raja Ampat was the best dive I did. Loads (4-5?) of pygmy seahorse, clown frogfish, blacktip, whitetip, napoleons, and very big schools of barracudas and snappers. And Max is a very nice host as well.

 

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:02 PM

Papua Paradise is very nice cabins which are separated from each other (ie no shared walls), the food was good and they didn't mind that we brought our own beer in from town and used their refrigerator to keep them cold. Nice diving there was only one dive that I didn't like (partly because mask broke). I would recommend doing the hidden bay and passage trip as this was very interesting and spectacular. You can see some of the diving that I experienced on the vimeo link below. The found was good and plentiful. I can't compare to a live-aboard in the area though it seems that sometimes they are on a strict itinerary with set dive sites which at times would not be at the best time for the tide or the fish life isn't there at time, we had a very good guide actually the site manager at the time who would check the dive site first before deciding on whether or not it was worthwhile.

 

 

And gallery of what I saw while there.

 

http://mattiovaska.com/gallery/119145

 

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:11 AM

Kri Eco Resort

basic comfort but friendly atmosphere

Not the place to stay if you need AC

Diving great - agree with frogfone. Oceanic mantas on Blue Magic were a wonderful experience, we didn't even bother going deeper than the reeftop and spent 75 fantastic minutes in their company 

 

Some of the live aboard vessels we saw seemed to be on a very limited itinerary and there was speculation that they were conserving fuel!

 

Hope you have a great trip



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

Hi,

Thanks everyone for their response and experience. We have followed up both kri and Papua paradise resorts and have selected Papua as they were able to fit within our itinerary ( we depart on 24 May for 14 days). We would have been quite happy to stay with kri. The last two years we visited Alor and Weda and hopefully Raja will be as pleasant as these. I will update the forum on our return.

Regards
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:10 PM

What is the preferred airport that one would fly into, Jakarta or Manado? I suspect that there are more flight options out of Jakarta. 


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:51 PM

As other have said, Kri is special. They have Cape Kri as their "house reef", which during my 20 days stay in Raja Ampat was the best dive I did. Loads (4-5?) of pygmy seahorse, clown frogfish, blacktip, whitetip, napoleons, and very big schools of barracudas and snappers. And Max is a very nice host as well.

 

/Björn

Was this unlimited diving? Or did you have to pay extra for house reef diving?


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:39 PM

Hi Joe,

 

There are a number of options to fly to Sorong. We looked at Bali, Jakarta and Manado. For us coming from Australia, jakarta was the better option as there were more services to Sorong and it avoided the need to stay overnight in Bali or Manado and possibly an overnight stay in Sorong. The package we got was unlimited diving which includes the house reef.

 

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:12 AM

Hi Robert,

 

How was the shore diving? I was comparing the two resorts and one appears to have a MUCH nicer house reef (the more expensive one, of course).  So do you have any opinion on the extra cost and whether it's worth it?

 

Thanks,

 

Joe


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:23 PM

Hi Joe

 

Sorry for any confusion, we arrive at Papua this week on the 24 May 2013.  I will up date you on our return.

 

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Robert