Papua Explorers is one of Raja Ampat’s latest resorts but one that is already making a name for itself by providing exceptional customer service, amazing natural experiences for its guests and putting conservation and sustainable practices right at the heart of all that the resort does. Guests staying at Papua Explorers can relax and enjoy a massage, kayak along the coast or hike through the forests, learn about consrevation at the Raja Ampat SEA Centre and, of course, experience the incredible marine biodiversity of Raja Ampat’s dive sites that lie just a short boat ride away from the beautiful resort.

PAPUA EXPLORERS HIGHLIGHTS
  • A stunning resort built out over the sea along the edge of pristine Papuan jungle
  • Convenient location with easy transfers from Sorong and access to amazing dive sites
  • Sustainable practices and conservation at the very heart of the resort’s ethos
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Overview

Papua Explorers is located on the beautiful island of Gam at the very heart of Raja Ampat’s best diving and just 10 to 15 minutes away from famous dive sites like Manta Point and Cape Kri. The resort faces the Dampier Strait and is built on a jungle-clad peninsula that is home to bird’s of paradise and other incredible wildlife. The resort was constructed using traditional Papuan techniques and local, natural materials whenever possible, and - like many in Raja Ampat - makes every effort to reduce its environment impact and run the business in as sustainable manner as possible.

The resort’s 15 water bungalows are built along the edge of the island where the jungle meets the sea and designed to be in perfect harmony with the stunning surroundings of Gam. Guests are free to relax and explore the natural environment around the resort, as well as the local village of Yenwaupnor with which Papua Explorers has a close relationship. And with the Raja Ampat SEA Centre on site, guests can help to support the conservation of Raja Ampat’s extraordinary marine environment. The resort is “Committed to creating sustainable human-nature experiences while conserving one of the world's last remaining tropical reef strongholds - the epicentre of marine biodiversity. Our DNA is exceptional customer service and commitment to the marine conservation and social projects to help improve the livelihoods of our host community. Papua Explorers’ close proximity to the most beautiful dive sites and terrestrial habitats allow our guests to experience the best of Raja Ampat’s reefs and rainforests.”

Rooms

DELUXE WATER COTTAGE

The Deluxe Water Bungalows are built using local techniques and materials and are cool and comfortable without the need for aircon. These 72 square meter rooms are built over the water and have a large seating area with sofa and coffee table, private bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan, mosquito net, desk for working on your camera gear and a veranda with sun loungers and hammocks to watch the sunset from. Towels and environmentally-friendly natural shampoo, gels and soap are also provided. The Deluxe Water Cottages are available as twins or doubles, and can be fitted to sleep three people.

SUPERIOR WATER COTTAGES

The two Superior Water Cottages are identical to the Deluxe Water Cottages except in size - they are slightly smaller at 55 square meters. They have the same design and furnishings as the Deluxe Cottages, private bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan, mosquito net, desk for working on your camera gear and a veranda with sun loungers and hammocks to watch the sunset from.  Towels and environmentally-friendly natural shampoo, gels and soap are also provided.

Resort facilities

Papua Explorers resort is built at the edge of the jungle and combines traditional Papuan design with modern Western comforts. The spacious and comfortable water bungalows provide the perfect environment to simply relax, enjoy the view of the Dampier Strait, and listen to the sounds of the sea and the forest. Each bungalow is built using local, natural materials that emphasise natural cooling, and come equipped with fans and mosquito nets, en suite bathroom with hot water, a desk for working on cameras, seating area and a veranda with hammock - along with stunning views and direct access to the sea. The rooms are supplied with environmentally friendly soaps.

The resort’s beautiful, circular restaurant and lounge is built over the water, right at the edge of the beach where the forest meets the sea. Guests can enjoy stunning 360 degree views whilst dining on Indonesian and Western food - all freshly prepared at the resort - as well as snacks between dives. And for those who would like something a little different, the Papua Explorers Spa on they jetty, provides an amazing mix of Indonesian treatments along with beautiful views out over the Dampier strait - a great way to relax after a long day of diving.

Papua Explorers Resort offers free use of kayaks, twice weekly yoga sessions on the sun deck and scheduled transfers to the island from Sorong every Sunday and Wednesday.

General Airport transfers Gift shop Baggage storage Wifi
Food & Drink Restaurant Full board Buffet Vegetarian options Very good coffee
Outdoors Beach loungers Sunset terrace
Activities Water sports Snorkeling equipment Kayaks
Health & Wellness Yoga facilities Spa
Services Laundry services
Dive centre facilities

Papua Explorer’s dive team consists of a mix of both Indonesian and International staff, with 11 guides, 4 trainees, 4 dive instructors and a free-diving / yoga instructor. The PADI 5 Star centre offers a range of dive courses, including a 6 month Divemaster Marine Ecology internship programme. Guests at Papua Explorers are offered 3 boat dives a day as well as unlimited diving on the house reef and free nitrox is available for anyone suitably qualified. Snorkelers are also well catered for and are free to join the dive boats, or if in a group of 5 or more, are allocated a boat of their own.

Papua Explorer’s take safety very seriously and the dive centre, all 7 dive boats, 2 transfer boats and resort buildings are fitted with modern and well-maintained safety equipment. The boats also carry satellite phones when out on day trips. The rental equipment is up-to-date and well looked after and the staff undergo regular training updates.

Dive centre Nitrox House reef Night diving
Equipment Equipment rental Computer rental Camera rental DIN adaptors Equipment storage Camera wash tanks Camera room

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Papua Explorers

Conservation of the environment and sustainability are at the heart of all that Papua Explorers do as a business operating in the Raja Ampat Marine Park area. As the management of the resort states, “it is our belief that as divers, we have a duty of care to do what we can to conserve the areas in which we dive, and be ambassadors for healthy marine ecosystems the world over.”

Raja Ampat SEA Centre is a conservation initiative established by Papua Explorers Resort and dedicated to conserving Raja Ampat’s marine life through Science, Education & Awareness - SEA.  Working with collaborating scientists and local community members, SEA Centre serves as a platform to conduct conservation work and valuable scientific research into the marine ecology and environment of the region.

Papua Explorers Resort is determined to live in harmony with the local environment, and respectively with the local communities. This starts with the natural appearance of the resort, which was designed to blend in with the local scenery. Guests are also provided with environmentally friendly soap and shower gel free of charge and water is reprocessed by natural bacteria in septic tanks. Fish served in the resort restaurant is bought from the local fishermen that employ sustainable fishing techniques and vegetables are bought from the local farming families.

Over 50% of the resort employees are from the Raja Ampat area and the resort sets out to guide and empower them in everyday work-situations, and the staff in turn provide the resort management with insights into their culture. Local staff work in housekeeping, resort carpentry, or as mechanics and electricians, boat captains and crew. Some have also been trained as new dive guides, that now work alongside our experienced dive guides.

The resort also tries to give back as much as possible to the surrounding villages. and have a special relationship with the neighbouring village of Yenwaupnor. The resort provides the village with fuel for generating electricity as well as regular donations of clothes and stationery goods to the church and school. In return, the local dance and music group visits the resort to give demonstrations to the guests. Additionally, the resort invests in projects like building new sanitation, a library and playground for the school.

Sustainability

ENVIRONMENT

Papua Explorers do not use any single-use plastics in the resort and does all it can to recycle any waste, as well as requesting that guests take any waste they generate back with them - particularly such items as batteries and plastics that cannot be recycled in nearby Waisai. The resort requests guests bring only environmentally-friendly bathroom products with them and also provides these products for free in the rooms. All of the bungalows rely on natural cooling rather than aircon and the resort uses energy efficient appliances whenever possible. Water comes from a well and any waste water is recycled and cleaned in septic tanks.

SOCIAL

The local community and villages are an integral part of Papua Explorers business model. Many of the staff are from the local village and Papua Explorers runs a training programme for the villagers to empower them and provide them with employable skills - including as dive guides. The resort also makes regular donations of clothing and other items to help support the village church and school and encourages its guests to visit the village and learn more about Papuan life.

ECONOMIC

Papua Explorers supports the local economy whenever possible and purchases fish, fruit and vegetables from locals whenever possible.

MARINE

Conservation of the marine environments at the heart of Papua Explorers’ business. As divers and snorkelers, they consider themselves to be amongst the lucky ones, to witness first hand the incredible natural beauty of the marine world and as such, have a duty to care and conserve the areas in which they dive. Papua Explorers have established the Raja Ampat SEA Centre as a focus of their conservation efforts in Raja Ampat. Read more using the link below.

EXPERIENCES

The resort runs annual events such as Coral Explorers during which guests can learn about conservation and the reef environment from scientists and conservation experts.

Tailored for you
FEATURED PACKAGES

Explore Raja Ampat’s iconic sites with a week of diving from Gam. This package includes accommodation for 7 nights in a double or twin Deluxe Water Cottage, transfers to and from the resort on Sundays and Wednesdays, 3 boat dives a day, unlimited house reef dives and free nitrox. Single and triple room rates are available. The package also includes 1 day excursion to The Passage.

  • Scheduled island transfers every Sunday and Wednesday
  • Free nitrox, 3 boat dives, unlimited house reef dives.
  • Full board - all meals, afternoon snacks, free drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Free laundry service
  • Free bathroom amenities
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Raja Ampat Marine Park fees @ Rp 1,000,000, payable at the resort

Connecting people with nature

at Papua Explorers

Explore Raja Ampat's finest diving from Gam Island

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$2800
Diving

Extend your stay and take advantage of Papua Explorer’s midweek transfers to dive more of Raja Ampat’s incredible sites. This package includes accommodation for 11 nights in a double or twin Deluxe Water Cottage, transfers to and from the resort on Sundays and Wednesdays, 3 boat dives a day, unlimited house reef dives and free nitrox. Single and triple room rates are available. The package also includes 1 day excursion to The Passage.

  • Scheduled island transfers every Sunday and Wednesday
  • Free nitrox, 3 boat dives, unlimited house reef dives.
  • Full board - all meals, afternoon snacks, free drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Free laundry service
  • Free bathroom amenities
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Raja Ampat Marine Park fees @ Rp 1,000,000, payable at the resort

Extend your stay and explore Raja Ampat

at Papua Explorers

Extend your stay on Gam and explore even more of Raja Ampat's amazing diving

Duration
12 Days
11 Nights
Starts At US$4270
Diving