We have just come back from a week in Raja Ampat Dive Lodge. We had a great time here.
The rooms are nice with air conditioning and fans. There are plenty of power sockets for charging electrical devices. There are hot water showers with ok pressure. The rooms all have balconies overlloking the ocean. The food was all tasty. It is served either in buffet style or in individual courses, depending on the number of guests. All the staff were very friendly. There is free wifi in the restaurant. Some people had a mobile signal but not my phone so I guess it depends on your network. There is no TV or any entertainment apart from diving so bring something to keep yourself entertained when you aren't diving, eating or sleeping.
The dive guides are all very professional and looked after us really well. I was struggling a bit at times with the very strong current but they made sure I was comfortable and waited for me when I struggled to keep up with the rest of the group. They are all incredibly good at finding the tiniest critters underwater. We saw pygmy seahorses of various types on almost every dive (plus a variety of nudibranchs, crabs and shrimps). I was really blown away by the fish life. There were large schools of jacks, barracudas, sweetlips and many others plus thousands of different colourful reef fish. We also had some great manta dives where they came really close. The mantas were about 5 metres across and were totally unafraid of the divers. We also saw some turtles and reef sharks. Our favourite dive sites were Cape Kri and Blue Magic (we chose to return to both these dive sites). They sent our group of 5 divers out with 2 or 3 dive guides which was great as it meant we could split up a bit. They also tried to avoid the liveaboards so on most dives we were the only ones in the water which was nice. The boat crew were really helpful with getting the divers kitted up and lifting gear out of the water at the end of a dive. I really enjoyed the diving here (even though I'm not usually a fan of strong currents). The night dives usually take place off the resort jetty and are really good. We saw toadfish, blue ringed octopus, an assortment of crabs, shrimps, pipefish, scorpionfish, lionsfish plus mandarinfish.
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- Raja Ampat Dive Lodge Indonesia/Mansuar Island, Papua