Papua Explorers Resort is located on Gam Island, along the coast of world renowned Dampier Strait towards the north of Raja Ampat. The famous dive sites of Manta Point and Cape Kri are a short 15-20 minute boat ride away and most other dive sites are within 30 minutes by boat. The Passage, a thriller of a drift dive, is 45 minutes away by boat.
The resort has been constructed using traditional Papuan techniques and natural materials typical of the area, blending harmoniously into the natural surroundings.
The peninsula that Papua Explorers is located on is home to the endemic Red Bird of Paradise. Guests can observe this unique bird and its incredible mating ceremony on an early morning hike in the rainforest to the neighbouring bay. Flocks of parrots can also be observed during the day.
The genuine hospitality and friendliness of the Papua Explorers team, who all go out of their way to make your stay a most memorable one, will resonate throughout your time in Raja Ampat. The diving in Dampier Strait coupled with the knowledgeable, experienced and safety conscious dive team, make this an extremely desirable dive resort experience that is also suitable for snorkelers and birdwatchers.
The main entry point to Raja Ampat is Sorong, which can be reached from Jakarta, Manado, Ambon or Makassar via domestic flights within Indonesia.
Papua Explorers has scheduled transfers to Gam island from Sorong every Sunday and Wednesday with their own transfer boat. The boat leaves Sorong at 12pm at the latest. Guests should arrange their flights to arrive in Sorong prior to this. If you have an early morning arrival into Sorong on these days, you will be greeted by the resort’s ground crew and driven by private car to a nearby hotel with clean bathrooms and breakfast until it is time to transfer to the boat. The drive from Sorong Airport to the harbour is 10 - 15 minutes then depending on weather conditions the boat ride to the resort can take between 2 – 3 hours, having you arrive at the resort between 2 – 4pm.
The boat leaves the resort at 6am on scheduled departure days to reach flights departing from Sorong after 10am. If your flight is later in the day, you will be taken to a nearby hotel to refresh and relax in the lobby before being taken back to the airport to check in for your flight.
Non-scheduled transfers can be arranged at additional cost either by public ferry or by private boat transfer.
Papua Explorers has a large 300 sqm overwater restaurant and lounge designed to offer a relaxing environment in which to enjoy freshly prepared local and international dishes and as a space to relax in between dives with a snack or with a beverage after meals. The outside seating area is a great place from which to view the sunrise and sunset.
An open sided spa, with stunning views of the surrounding islands in Dampier Strait, is located on the jetty where you can indulge in a relaxing massage by a qualified masseuse.
Satellite internet via wifi is available in the main areas of the resort.
Cellular reception may be available subject to weather conditions.
The well-staffed PADI 5 Star onsite dive centre offers 3 boat dives daily and a guided sunset or night dive on the house reef, as well as scuba diving courses and freediving courses, scuba gear rental and snorkelling trips. Nitrox is included free of charge for certified Nitrox divers.
14 overwater bungalows constructed with local, natural materials collected from the surrounding villages, blend traditional Papuan style with the comfort of modern design features.
The bungalows are spacious and come equipped with en-suite toilet and shower, hot water, ceiling fan, mosquito net, working desk and a comfortable seating area. The large, private veranda has direct access via a stairway to the sea where you can relax on a sun lounge or hammock whilst enjoying a breathtaking Raja Ampat sunset.
Other features include: 220 V electricity with European type plugs, in room tea and coffee facilities, drinking water, environmentally friendly natural shampoo, shower gel and soap.
Scuba diving is a highlight of a stay at Papua Explorers Resort. The experienced and competent dive team will ensure all levels of divers are well looked after and are diving on sites suitable to their level of experience. With access to over 50 dive sites in the area, Papua Explorers will ensure their guests visit the many highlights the region has to offer. Dive excursions can be made to the gorgeous Fam Islands.
Papua Explorers also offers freediving courses and packages. On a single breath you can explore the pristine marine surrounds of Raja Ampat.
You may also discover the coastline by kayak. Guided kayak tours are available upon request.
Yoga sessions are run at sunset on the sundeck 2 – 3 times per week.
Another popular activity is birdwatching. Raja Ampat is a birder’s paradise and is home to three endemic species: Wilson’s Bird of Paradise, Waigeo Brush Turkey and the famous, crimson plumed Red Bird of Paradise. Colourful parrots and eagles soar over the resort. The Red Bird of Paradise lives up in the hills of neighbouring Yenwapnor village. Journey 5 minutes by boat to the village where you can observe male birds perform their famous courtship dances to attract females with the early light of the day. Whether you’re a birder or not, this is a sight not to miss.
For enthusiastic bird watchers, day trips to Waigeo Island to observe Wilson’s Bird of Paradise can be arranged.
Other birding highlights include Western Crowned Pigeon, Pheasant Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Great-billed Parrot and Moluccan Red Lory.
Wayag Island - known for its beautiful atolls and amazing underwater life covering a total area of 155,000 hectares with pristine beaches. The unique Karst islands look like mushrooms sprouting out from the crystal clear sea. Climb up to its highest platform to observe the surrounding panoramic beauty, coves and atolls.
Arborek Village - The village of Arborek is fast rising as a pioneer among the 18 beautiful villages in West Papua that have embarked on developing local regulations for community-based marine conservation. With the assistance of the national and local government, from research centres and non-government organisations, the local people have succeeded in formulating local regulations, naming their conservation region the Mambarayup and Indip.
Jungle Trail to Lake - A short walk in the jungle to the lake behind the resort, can be extremely rewarding for photographers. The island is inhibited by amazing creatures and flora such as blue tongue lizards, giant moths and cuscus.