ABOUT US – PAPUA EXPLORERS RESORT RAJA AMPAT
Arrive as a guest and leave as friend! Whether you are a diver, snorkeler, a couple, a group of friends, a solo traveler, or a family with teenagers. Our happy Papua Explorers dive resort team will make sure you feel at home at our beautiful Raja Ampat resort.
We are located in the south of Gam island and just along the coast of the famous Dampier Strait. This means we are very close to the best Raja Ampat diving and snorkeling sites. Among them Manta Point, Cape Kri , Mike’s Point, Mioskon and many more.
Exploring with Papua Explorers Dive Resort in Raja Ampat is easy. You have the freedom to choose from more than 50 dive sites around us. Most of which are only a short boat ride away.
We bring together over 25 years of dive industry experience from all over the world. The management team of Papua Explorers Resort in Raja Ampat is comprised of a team of 7. This includes 6 PADI instructors with many years of experience working in the Raja Ampat region.
All of our managers are passionate divers and nature enthusiasts. We take great pride and joy in sharing our resort and this region with all of our guests. As a diverse team, our managers come from Switzerland, Germany, Indonesia and Turkey. Together we work hard to ensure that our resort exceeds our guest’s expectations in every way. For example, at our restaurant, the luxurious water bungalows, and of course the diving and snorkeling experience.
Our Local Team
As an eco-resort, Papua Explorers is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of Raja Ampat. While improving the livelihood of local communities, we empower them in our journey of conservation and sustainable tourism. That is why the Papua Explorers Resort family also includes around 80 local staff. The majority of them come from the local villages of Raja Ampat. Together our knowledge of the Dampier Strait and the Raja Ampat area is exceptional.
Our staff are of a friendly, cheerful nature. No day goes by without jokes, and laughs, which creates a great team spirit and a lighthearted atmosphere.
We keep training and supporting our locals in their development. As a result, we have many senior workers who used to be fishermen before joining our team. Now they have much higher incomes in different roles as dive guides, captains, cooks, carpenters, electricians, woodcarvers and boat builders. They can now in their part help us training newer colleagues, passing on their knowledge in turn.
Our Papuan Dive Guide School trains around 4 to 6 locals every year. The curriculum focuses on conservation, sustainable and safe dive operation, dive guide training, customer service and English language. Through this program, we aim to provide a future for the indigenous community while they preserve their nature, and a local workforce for the growing tourism industry.
We invest in a sustainable, long-term relationship with our neighboring village Yenwaupnor and other surrounding villages of Raja Ampat. Further, we supply generators and monthly fuel for Yenwaupnor as well as regular food donations to 8 other villages. We have built lavatories for the local village school. Additionally we support the needs of students with regular school supplies and clothes donations. Our Sunday School at the resort for local children focuses on environment and conservation, while our Thursday support class at Yenwapnour focuses on literacy and numeracy skills. Our field trips to clean up beaches, compare healthy reefs and unhealthy reefs, snorkel sessions with sharks and mantas provide a great opportunity for these kids to understand the value of their home so they can protect it for the coming generations.
Papua Explorers Foundation SEA Centre
In 2018 we have established our own NGO, the Papua Explorers Foundation Raja Ampat SEA Centre, to allocate more resources for our community and conservation projects. Every guest who stays at our resort, directly contributes to and supports all these initiatives. For further information on our projects and how you can support us, please have a look at the homepage of our Papua Explorers Foundation SEA Centre.
After the success and positive feedback for our Papua Explorers Resort in Raja Ampat, we were encouraged to go a step further by creating a sustainable liveaboard in close collaboration with our resort and our foundation. Consequently the Coralia was born. As a classic Phinisi, it was built in Bira, Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe, who have been building cargo ships for centuries.
Coralia has officially started cruising in Raja Ampat and other parts of Indonesia in February 2019 and we are proud present her to you on her own website here.
Last but not least…
We hope you enjoyed learning more about our team and commitment to the environment. Please contact us here in case you have any questions about us, our resort or the area in general.
We would like to thank all our friends who have already visited us in the past seven years (especially those who have returned several times already) for their support in our endeavor. We feel blessed to have the chance to be in this wonderful environment and with your help we do as much as we can to conserve it for many years to come.
For those who haven’t visited us yet: Luckily numerous guests have taken the time to write us some positive feedback, and we invite you to browse their reviews on Tripadvisor, hopefully giving you an idea of what it’s like to spend a week or two of blissful holiday time at our resort from the guest point-of-view.
We look forward to welcoming you here at our little paradise, the Papua Explorers Dive Resort in Raja Ampat, and immersing you in the abundance of amazing places, above and below the water.