Raja Ampat is one of the most beautiful destinations you can visit. It is popular for scuba diving, snorkeling, photography and other exciting activities. It is a relatively remote location, so it is important to consider what to pack and bring along. We from Papua Explorers Eco Resort have put together some suggestions in our Raja Ampat packing list. Hopefully they will make the preparations for your journey to our little paradise easier.
Raja Ampat Packing List – What to bring along?
Documents and Money
As you will be traveling to another country it is obviously important that you bring your passport. Make sure it is valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel. Further, you need to be able to show a valid return ticket to the immigration at the port of entry to Indonesia.
Passport holders of many countries can visit Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Other countries have to apply for a visa on arrival at the port of entry and pay 35 USD cash for it.
Please note these are the current regulations at the time of writing. To find out the most recent regulations please visit this page on Wikipedia. There you can also check which regulation currently applies for your country.
We also recommend to bring your insurance documents (travel, health, dive insurance). Having these kinds of insurance is highly recommended. At Papua Explorers, dive insurance is mandatory for scuba divers.
Further, it is useful to have some Indonesian Rupiah in cash even while traveling (e.g. to pay overweight luggage fees, or just to buy a bottle of water during transit).
Many resorts and homestays in Raja Ampat don’t have a credit card machine, or the credit card machine depends on the local cell phone signal. So it is helpful to have additional cash at hand for paying any extras that you didn’t prepay in advance.
Scuba divers, you should bring your dive certification cards, or alternatively an e-version of them. If you would like to dive with Nitrox, which we offer free-of-charge at Papua Explorers Resort, also bring your certification card along.
If you have a classic dive logbook, make sure to bring it as well. It is nice to get our Papua Explorers stamp after every amazing dive in Raja Ampat. And you can note down all the magnificent marine life you have spotted. An electronic dive log is also great of course.
Clothes and Protection
Although it is very warm in Indonesia throughout the year, you might consider bringing a jacket for the domestic flights, as it can get cold on board sometimes. It would be ideal if the same jacket can be used as raincoat, too. Then you can use it on hikes in the rainforest as well.
Sun lotion: a must-have on every Raja Ampat packing list. As our region is close to the equator, the sun is very strong here. Please make sure your sun lotion is environmentally friendly and ocean safe.
In the same vein, a sun hat and sunglasses make a lot of sense.
At the current time of writing, the corona virus is still an issue. Therefore gloves, facemasks and hand sanitizer especially during travel, should be on your Raja Ampat packing list, too. We will however provide ample hand sanitizer for you once you are at Papua Explorers Resort.
Mosquito repellant (although Malaria is not very wide-spread in the Raja Ampat region it is advisable to take precautions). At Papua Explorers, all our bungalows are equipped with mosquito net, electric mosquito repellant and will be sprayed with mosquito repellant in the evening. Again please make sure your repellant is environmentally friendly and ocean safe.
Bring some long-sleeved light clothes (another precaution against Malaria in the evening).
Obviously you would also bring your swimwear and a pair of sandals/flipflops. But being barefoot in the sand is very nice too. ☺ A pair of sturdy walking shoes is essential, in case you want to go for a hike.
Among others, sandals, sunhat, light clothes and of course a camera, are useful items to bring along and should not be missing on any Raja Ampat packing list.
Raja Ampat is so picturesque, above the water and below, so that a camera / underwater camera is a must-have on your Raja Ampat packing list. Make sure to bring any possibly necessary spare parts or add-on items, especially for your underwater camera. For a normal camera, you might want to bring a waterproof pouch to keep it dry on a boat.
Don’t forget to bring chargers for your electric devices that you will bring along. For example your phone and laptop charger.
Adapters for plugs that don’t match with the Indonesian ones. In the photo below you can see what they look like. German power plugs usually match with the Indonesian ones, so if you are from Germany you don’t need to worry.
This is what the Indonesian power outlets and plugs look like. They are identical with the German type.
Diving and Snorkeling Related Items for Your Raja Ampat Packing List
Your dive gear, if you have any. For our guests at Papua Explorers we can also provide rental dive gear. Just let us know during booking. When bringing your own dive gear, remember to consult your airline for possible luggage weight limitations.
Raja Ampat is a place where currentscan occur, so if you have your own reef-hook, safety buoy and a whistle, it is best to bring these items, too.
Bring spare parts for your dive gear, should you have any (e.g. spare mouth piece, mask strap, batteries).
Snorkelers are recommended to bring a rash guard. That is useful for sun protection while snorkeling. Also tiny stinging organisms won’t be able to get close to your skin that way.
Maybe you need contact lenses to wear under your mask, if you are usually wearing glasses?
A mask defog will be helpful, too. Currently in corona times, it is not recommended to use the ‘natural alternative’.
A waterproof pouch or dry bag will keep your small items safely stored while you are on the boat.
Your journey to Raja Ampat will involve airplane travel, so luggage weight limitations are certainly an important factor to consider. We recommend to check the specifics with your airline.
Medicine, Food and Necessities
If there are pills that you need to take regularly, please bring enough stock for all the days of your stay.
If you have any medicine allergies and you need to use special medications in case of sickness, bring these with you as well.
Something against diarrhea, just in case.
Seasickness medicine if you need it.
Food and Necessities
Any kind of necessities (deodorant, toothbrush etc.).
For the ladies: tampons or similar.
Special food you might need (e.g. if you are on a diet, like gluten-free cereals or bread).
Your favorite spirit from the duty-free shop (but we have beer, wine and a limited amount of spirits at Papua Explorers Resort). At the time of writing it is permitted to bring 1 liter of an alcoholic beverage to Indonesia. Please confirm customs regulations before buying though.
If you bring your child: all necessities, special food and medicine for the child.
Other Ideas of What to Bring Along
Anything else you might specifically need or cannot live without (laptop, cuddle-teddy, liquorice…).
Binoculars for spotting birds.
Some guests like to bring donations for our neighbor village Yenwaupnor (e.g. children’s clothes, pens, books, toys…). Do not feel obliged to do so, as we make regular donations to the village already. But some guests say, once they arrived here, that – had they known before – they would have liked to bring something along. That’s why we put it on our list. Please do not bring anything that is individually wrapped in plastic or any plastic toys or balloons.
Raja Ampat Packing List – What should I leave at home?
As you saw above, there are many useful and important things to bring along when traveling to Raja Ampat. However equally noteworthy are the things to better leave at home.
Towels: at Papua Explorers we provide towels in your bungalow and on all dive and snorkeling trips.
Water bottles: we give you a personal water bottle and provide water in the bungalows, the restaurant, the dive center and on the dive boats.
Also no need to bring warm clothes, as the temperature is between 30-35 degrees Celsius here.
Your dry-suit and your thick wetsuit can stay at home – the water temperature is between 28-29 degrees Celsius throughout the year. So, unless you feel cold very quickly you will only need a 3 or 5 mm diving suit.
Don’t bring many pairs of fancy shoes, as you might not be able to use them here. The path to the bungalows is sandy, our jetties are made from wood and the restaurant is a no-shoe-zone. Therefore you won’t find many applications for high-heels here.
Soap/shower gel/shampoo: we provide environmentally friendly shampoo, soap and shower gel in our bungalows at Papua Explorers.
Umbrellas: we provide them here as well.
Laundry detergent: our free laundry service will be happy to take care of washing your clothes for you once per week. We use environmentally friendly detergent.
Preventive malaria medicine that may impact diving. Rather discuss alternatives with your doctor at home.
No spearfishing equipment. Spearfishing is prohibited in the Raja Ampat Marine Park.
Please don’t bring diving gloves, unless you really need them for medical reasons. Divers that wear gloves are more likely to touch aquatic life that should not be touched.
Fish-ID-books: we have plenty here.
Drugs, weapons and all other stuff you are not allowed to bring into the country.
Hair dryer: we have a small stock of basic hair driers at Papua Explorers.
And most important: try to leave your stress at home. ☺
A Condensed Version of our Raja Ampat Packing List
If you are in a hurry and need the contents of this article in a condensed from, more in a check-list-style, you can download our Papua Explorers Info Document here. In the FAQ section you will find a shorter version of the same list to print out, along with a lot of other useful information.
In case you have any questions or you would like to book a stay with us, you can always contact us here. We look forward to your email!