we have just returned from 2 weeks at Papua Paradise and it really was amazing! On arrival we were greeted by Justin and Cheryl, the new resort managers, and a cold drink and refreshing towel. We were then shown to our room which is a cabin over the sea built in a traditional way with local materials. Considering this you have plenty of mod cons such as a fabulously comfy large bed with an amazing view the sea, separate bathroom with plenty of hot water on demand, fan, kettle with tea and coffee provided, safe and plenty of electric points to charge your camera, videos, laptops etc. A torch is provided as are umbrellas and there is also a water dispenser for fresh drinking water. Having unpacked we went out onto the verandah which has 2 sunbeds, 2 chairs and a table, a drying rail and a hammock! The views are to die for especially at sunset and there is also lots of activity to watch, such as fish jumping, sharks and rays swimming around, local fisherman heading out and about and passing whales!!!
We wandered down to the restaurant area which is set up so that guests sit together in small groups so you get to mingle and meet everyone as well as the managers. We were very impressed with the quality of every meal provided, especially the Indonesian meals and the spicy sauces that accompanied them! You have never tasted such amazing fresh bread and pastries either and it is also fantastic that the yummy doughnuts from breakfast follow you onto the dive boat!
The diving is of course incredible and the set up is very professional. There are 2 new dive centre managers, Matteo and Enya who are very keen to help you make the most of your diving. You have a very in-depth briefing from Matteo before you start and you are assigned a guide. We were so very lucky to have Deni who is the best guide we have ever had! His knowledge of marine life is unparalelled and he writes everything down for you on his trusty slate as you dive along. If you are into nudis please try to request him in advance as he knows every type you see by its latin name and can also spot a pygmy seahorse at a thousand paces! The set up for local dives is 2 in the morning, back for lunch, out again at 230 and then a choice of either sunset or night dive. Local dives tend to be more macro sites unless conditions are right for sea mounts such as paradise or bojo. There are day trips to Kri (which is fantastic for bigger fish, sharks etc) Manta sandy (speaks for itself) and Fam which has spectacular diving and a trip up a one of the islands to take pics. This is NOT to be missed! Each of the day trips get back in time to do a fourth dive if required.
We were here to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday which was whilst we were there. Justin and Cheryl couldn't do enough to ensure we had a very special experience. On the Sunday night the local staff had a sing along of local and western songs and the most amazing cake was brought out. All the staff and guests sang Happy birthday and we all sang and danced along with the band and it was a real party! On the Monday, which was his actual birthday I had asked for a meal to be served in our room on the verandah. Cheryl and Justin had a table set up, beautifully dressed with candles everywhere and waiter service of a 4 course Indonesian banquet which was simply stunning! All in all my husband had a very special and memorable 50th!
I cannot fault any aspect of our stay at Papua Paradise. The managers Justin and Cheryl really go out of their way to ensure your stay is perfect for you and if you have any concerns just let them know and they will do whatever they can to meet your requirements. Matteo and Enya are full of enthusiasm to make sure your diving experience is all it can be and all the staff at the resort are lovely and welcoming ensuring you really do have a wonderful trip! I would not hesitate to recommend this resort and look forward to coming back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on an idyllic tropical island, surrounded with pristine reefs and unspoiled flora, Papua Paradise Eco-Resort, situated in the heart of Raja Ampat brings you closer to Mother Nature at her best. With all essential standards of service and comfort, combined with personalized service making Papua Paradise an unforgettable holiday for divers, snorkelers, bird watchers and nature enthusiast.Papua Paradise Divers is one of the very few PADI dive resorts in Raja Ampat. The diving facility operates according to best safety standards, tailor made service and professional approach. With this standard, numbers of divers diving at the same time are maximum 4 divers with 1 guide, guiding you through the underwater world of Raja Ampat, with over 1300 fish species and 540 coral species, considered as the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world.Our four vessels are purpose built for divers and all contain drinking water, coffee/tea and cakes, fresh towels, the latest safety equipment, and crew standing by for assistance. Small diving groups and experienced guides make your underwater experience unforgettable. Dive with manta rays, sharks, and shoals of schooling fish; explore the slopes of nudibranch, pipefish, and all the best macro in the region; discover the best of Raja Ampat diving in all its spectacular diversity.The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna. Just a short boat ride from the sites of several endemic Bird of Paradise species, the resort offers specialty birding trips, jungle treks to waterfalls, and world class diving in the heart of Raja Ampat.Built in traditional style, entirely out of locally-sourced materials, and in partnership with the inhabitants of the local island village, Papua Paradise offers an exceptionally high standard of comfort and service, while maintaining eco-tourism values.Our spacious sea breeze-cooled bungalows contain modern hot & cold fresh water showers, comfortable beds with bed veils, tea and coffee facilities, a hammock and cushioned deckchairs facing the sea. Directly beneath the room balconies our nursery of juvenile black tip reef sharks can be seen, and moray eels, blue spotted rays and various other beautiful tropical fish are a constant presence along the house-reef. ... more less