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Gurara Dive Resort – Waigeo Island – Raja Ampat

Whether you’re a tourist or traveling on business, Gurara Dive Resort Raja Ampat is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Raja Ampat. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 10km away, and it normally takes about 20 minutes to reach the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

At Gurara Dive Resort Raja Ampat, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. A selection of top-class facilities such as gift/souvenir shop, airport transfer, BBQ facilities, laundry service, 24-hour check-in can be enjoyed at the hotel.

11 rooms spread over floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as air conditioning, shower, mosquito net, shared bathroom can be found in selected rooms. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your reason for visiting Raja Ampat, the Gurara Dive Resort Raja Ampat is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.

Rooms and Rates:
– Deluxe – Direct Ocean View : USD 85/person/night/sharing room
– Deluxe Queen Room with window : USD 75/person/night/sharing room
– Single Supplement/no share : USD 35 + room rate above

Above rate including breakfast and taxes, we add USD 20/night/room apply from Oct 01-April 30 due to high and peak season.

 

 

 

Andi Hermansyah
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Paradise Resort – Birie Island – Raja Ampat

Papua Paradise Resort lies along the pristine shoreline of the uninhabited island of Birie, Raja Ampat. The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna, while the reefs in the surrounding area offer world class diving.

Built in traditional style, Papua Paradise offers an exceptionally high standard of comfort and service.

This ideal retreat away from civilization, echoing with only the sound of the birds and the lapping of the waves under the bungalows, Papua Paradise offers simple yet comfortable accommodation, and a high standard of service.

Dive with manta rays, sharks, and shoals of schooling fish; explore reef slopes with some of the widest diversity of corals in the world, and housing some of the best macro diving of Raja Ampat; and end the day with a perfect ocean sunset view from your private balcony.

Our resort, situated in the heart of Raja Ampat, provides all essential standards of service and comfort. Surrounded with pristine reefs and unspoiled flora, the island is a haven for both divers and non-divers.

The 16 waterfront bungalows overlook a long stretch of house reef that offers world class snorkeling, and the jungle paths around the border of the peninsula are surrounded by magnificent untamed wilderness, shrouded with enormous towering trees.

Through this jungle foliage a myriad of tropical birds can often be seen, including Blythes Hornbills, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Imperial Pied Fruit Pigeon, and a great deal more.

How to Get There:
Papua Paradise Resort is located in West Papua (previously known as Irian Jaya) province, in Raja Ampat shire, on the island of Birie.

The main airport in the area is Sorong and internal flights are provided by Sriwijaya, Lion Air, Merpati and Express airlines from Jakarta, Makassar, Manado and Denpassar-Bali. On arrival at Sorong airport you can make your way to the marina by taxi, where you can catch a boat to the island of Birie. The length of the boat trip is weather dependent and it may vary from 1.5 to 2 hours.

We are happy to provide help with internal flight bookings. In all cases our suggestion is to allow a 24hour time gap between the international and internal flights as the internal airlines may cancel or change flights without notice and refunds to customers.

The Restaurant:
Like the bungalows, our Seaview Restaurant overlooks the pristine house reef, the surface of which is constantly rippling with leaping baitfish and the lithe juvenile reef sharks that live in the bay.

We serve a variety of European and Indonesian Cuisine on an elaborate buffet, and no effort is spared in our kitchens to ensure the highest quality of the food and service to our guests. All locally grown produce available (such as bananas, jackfruit, cassava, water spinach, various other greens and more) is purchased from villages in the surrounding islands; many other vegetables and fruits come from our vegetable garden, while other items are purchased from the local port of Sorong.

Specialty items like yoghurt, all bread and cakes, as well as pasta and ravioli are all homemade and are served fresh.

The Bungalows:
Our local architectural inspired water bungalows with essential facilities are built on stilts and made with traditional materials from Raja Ampat. Featuring a total of 16 bungalows with spacious verandas overlooking the turquoise house reef and the Pacific Ocean, All rooms are equipped with:

– Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities
– Safety deposit box
– Pedestal fan
– Mosquito net
– Ocean view desk
– Long chairs and hammock on sunset veranda

Additional Services:
– Welcome drink and face towel on arrival
– Evening turn-down
– Bottled drinking water

PADI Dive Center:
Papua Paradise Divers is one of the very few PADI 5 star dive resorts in Raja Ampat. The diving facility operates according to best safety standards, with an emphasis on customer service and professional standards. We maintain a 4 guest to one guide standard to ensure the highest quality experience for divers.

Our dive vessels are purpose built for diving, and are each equipped with oxygen, first aid kits, fresh towels, hot drinks, snacks and fruit, as well as VHF Radio and standard marine safety equipment, and a crew who are standing by to assist guest in all aspects of the dive.

The reefs of Raja Ampat have long been feted and extolled. The region is known to be one of the most biodiverse in the world, and at least 75 percent of all coral species in existence can be found in Raja Ampat.
The marine life is equally spectacular, and the range of creatures from schooling manta rays, to minute, recently discovered pipefish and seahorse species, is astonishing. Schools of fish in the thousands writhe over coral reef slopes that offer sightings of turtles, eels, cuttlefish and sharks, including the famous wobbygongs; and after diving the various sites in the heart of Raja Ampat, a visitors conclusion is invariable – this truly is a magnificent epicenter of marine biodiversity

Facilities:
– Library with a choice of marine books
– Toilet, washing tubs and drying facilities
– New or well maintained Aqualung Rental Equipment
– 8, 12 and 15 liter aluminium tanks
– Valves with INT and DIN adaptors
– 2 Well maintained and well aerated Coltri compressors for safe air
– 1 Coltri automatic NITROX mixer
– NITROX 32% Free Of Charge for guest who pre book the Unlimited Diving package. Charge for Non Unlimited diving packages
– 1 Automated External Defibrilator (AED)

Our Boats:
All boats are designed and built for safe and comfortable diving. One of our following boats will be used during your stay.

– 1 Fiberglass boat with sundeck & toilet which can accommodate 8 to 12 divers, powered by 3 silent, 4 strokes Yamaha outboard Engines 200 HP
– 1 Fiberglass boat which can accommodate 6 to 8 divers, powered by 2 silent, 4 strokes Yamaha outboard Engines 115 HP
– 2 Fiberglass boats which can accommodate 1 to 5 divers, each powered by 2 strokes Yamaha outboard Engines 40 HP
– Safety equipment such as radio, life jackets, first aid kit, DAN Jumbo Oxygen twin tanks
– Extra diving equipment
– Binocular

Our Services:
– Fresh towels
– Drinking water
– Hot tea and coffee
– Fruits
– Snacks
– Padded camera crate
– Fresh water for camera upon request

Rates:
Divers packages/Person:
7 Nights Stay:
– Single Room : Euro 2.223
– Double Room : Euro 1.915
– Triple Room : Euro 1.679

10 Nights Stay:
– Single Room : Euro 2.993
– Double Room : Euro 2.553
– Triple Room : Euro 2.325

14 Nights Stay:
– Single Room : Euro 3.999
– Double Room : Euro 3.411
– Triple Room : Euro 2.955

NOTE:
– Unlimited Diving means maximum 4 dives per day.
– Rates include scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach to wel, water & fruits, hot tea
– NITROX Free of Charge, For Nitrox Certified Divers

Non Divers Package/Person
7 Nights Stay:
– Single Room : Euro 1.497
– Double Room : Euro 1.189
– Triple Room : Euro 953

10 Nights Stay:
– Single Room : Euro 2.023
– Double Room : Euro 1.585
– Triple Room : Euro 1.255

14 Nights Stay:
– Single Room : Euro 2.696
– Double Room : Euro 2.080
– Triple Room : Euro 2.625

High and peak season surcharge apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional charges, Divers Euro 45/person/day and non divers is Euro 30/person/day, Rates is not including Diving Tags to Enter Raja Ampat National Park with additional charge Euro 45/person valid for 1 year visit.

Note:
– Rates in Euro
– Inclusive 21 % services and taxes
– Price per person, in the indicated rooms on Full Board Basis ( Breakfast, Kyncy and Dinner )
– Afternoon Tea/Coffee and Cakes
– Unlimited Diving for diving packages

High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is Euro 25/person/night

 

Andi Hermansyah

Agusta Dive Resort – Dua Island – Raja Ampat

Agusta Eco Resort, in the heart of the untouched Raja Ampat marine park, West Papua, Indonesia, is going to be the only structure on an otherwise deserted island. Soon it will have wide cottages in a luxurious tropical vegetation, all facing a coral beach, with private diving center, restaurant, spa, fitness, swimming-pool. And of course the best dive sites of the world just around the corner…
Agusta Eco Resort is under construction, as this site is. Keep on following us, surely you wish to be the first to discover our tropical paradise.

P.T. Agusta, Waisai-Jl.Fatimah Rumbenwas – Raja Ampat, a regularly registered foreign company, is developing and managing Agusta Eco Resort.

The founders and owners of P.T. Agusta have a long-time experience in managing resorts, hotels and diving centres in Indonesia and in other geographic areas.

We at Agusta Eco Resort have the opportunity and the privilege to see our dream come true, in one of the wonderful sceneries of our planet. The beauty of Raja Ampat and of Agusta island lie in the untouched wilderness, in the relatively unimportant human impact, that here could not yet take advantage, changing the nature balance.

We are aware to be responsible of this little heaven, and we commit ourselves to bring forward in the time attention toward wildlife and toward local populations.

Agusta Eco Resort will be one of the few fully integrated resorts in Raja Ampat region (West Papua, Indonesia). Agusta Eco Resort will have:

  • 10 seaview bungalows with private beach and view over a fabulous sunset, luxury furnished according with the international standards of boutique-resort.
  • International diving centre with high level equipments and international affiliations.
  • Spa and beauty centre, with 3 therapy rooms , fitness center, Yoga room.
  • Thematic restaurant (40 seats).
  • Bar/lounge
  • Freshwater swimming pool.
  • First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

WE USE SOLAR ENERGY
All the needed energy to keep the resort working comes from solar panels! First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

ALL YOU NEED IS COMFORT!
Spacious cottages surrounded by green, all facing the beach, an excellent restaurant, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool… Agusta eco Resort will shortly become one of the few fully integrated structures in Raja Ampat, west Papua, Indonesia… What more for a perfect holiday?

LOCATION:
Agusta island is located 0° 38’ 57” S – 130° 34’ 37” E, right in the heart of Raja Ampat archipelago, among the 5 top destinations for scuba diving around the world.

Raja Ampat (Indonesian for “the four kings”) comprises about 1,500 islands, mostly mountain covered, in West Papua, Indonesia. The archipelago lays where Pacific ocean meets Indian Ocean, geographycally belongs to Australian continents. It is a true labyrinth of turquoise sea ways and little emerald green islands, surrounding the main islands of Misool, Waigeo, Salawati and Batanta (the four kings).

Being in the center of the so called “biodiversity triangle”, Raja Ampat offers to visitors the possibility of encounters with a huge variety of species, both underwater and on the land.

It is the ideal target for divers, but also for all who enjoy the untouched wildlife and the best white sandy beaches in all Indonesia.

Agusta, one of the deserted islands which sprinkle Raja Ampat sea, is a strategic destination under many points of view, for the lovers of adventure with some comforts, of sea, of leisure, and (more important) fr whom respects wilderness.

FROM A NATURALISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta lies in an area reknown for the highest marine biodiversity ever described by scientists, both for coral species number and for fishes.

FROM A LOGISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta is 50 miles away from Sorong airport. It can be reached flying to Sorong, via Jakarta or Manado. Once landed in Sorong, our staff will welcome you for a transfer, via land and sea, to the island that will be your home during your stay!

FROM A TURISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta island is deserted, the resort is the only structure, and guarantee you a vacation of complete relax, away from the noises and the crowd.

THE RESORT:
Agusta Eco Resort will be one of the few fully integrated resorts in Raja Ampat region (West Papua, Indonesia). Agusta Eco Resort will have:

10 seaview bungalows with private beach and view over a fabulous sunset, luxury furnished according with the international standards of boutique-resort.
International diving centre with high level equipments and international affiliations.
Spa and beauty centre, with 3 therapy rooms , fitness center, Yoga room.
Thematic restaurant (40 seats).
Bar/lounge
Freshwater swimming pool.
First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

WE USE SOLAR ENERGY
All the needed energy to keep the resort working comes from solar panels! First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

ALL YOU NEED IS COMFORT!
Spacious cottages surrounded by green, all facing the beach, an excellent restaurant, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool… Agusta eco Resort will shortly become one of the few fully integrated structures in Raja Ampat, west Papua, Indonesia… What more for a perfect holiday?

THE HISTORY:
P.T Agusta wants to enhance an eco-friendly and sustainable tourism in Raja Ampat region, to promote responsible business management under the environmental and socio-economic profile, passing through education, social development, local community involvement.

The project.
To realize an eco resort who become the right setting for a unique diving experience for all the international and local travellers, willing to explore the untouched, teeming with life, sea of Raja Ampat, at the same time offering new job opportunities to locals.

In the next gallery, we follow the birth of our resort, from the first wailing on.

 

Andi Hermansyah

Waiwo Dive Resort – Waigeo Island – Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Islands Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands are remote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection.

Waiwo Dive Resort is brand new dive resort in Raja Ampat Islands, Its located on the best part of Waigeo island on Waiwo beach. It has 10 cottages with shower and also has its own DIVE CENTER.

The resort is in a lovely quiet cove with a nice beach. They have left the jungle canopy in place above the huts so it’s nice and cool during the day and AC isn’t needed at night. There were surprisingly few mosquitoes. Utilities are very basic – cold water only and the power only runs from around 5pm to 9am. The huts are very nice, clean and comfortable with typical basic ensuite bathrooms (a western toilet and bin for the paper).

Room Rates and Packages for :
– Double Accupancy : Euro 100/person/night/bungalow
– Single Accupancy : Euro 115/person/night/bungalow
– Extra Bed ; Euro 75/bed/person/night
Room rates including 03 meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )

Dive Packages/Person:
– Package 10 Dives /08 Days 07 Nights: Euro 2.400/Person
– Package 12 Dives 08 D/07N Euro 2.550/person

Non Dive Package
05 Days 04 Nights Package
* Single Room : Euro 1.690
* Double Bed Room : Euro 1.500/person/twin share

Rates including : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Tea and Resort service charges

Excluded :
– Pick up and transfer to the resort and return fro Sorong using Public Ferry
– Soft drinks
– Beer
– Marine park Entrance fees
– Diving tags ( pay at the airport but we recommend you to pay in advance as we can arrange it ).

Extra Cost :
Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit Fee (per person) : Euro 50.00/person/one visit
Taxi from Sorong airport to harbour or harbour to airport (One way) : Euro 10.00/car/pax 04 people
Cabin on public boat from Sorong to Waisai or Waisai to Sorong : Euro 15.00/person/one way
Boat transfer Waisai – Mansuar (One way – shared between passengers) : Euro 90.00/person/one way

High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is Euro 45/person/night

 

Andi Hermansyah

Wai Eco Resort – Wai Island – Raja Ampat

Pulau WAI in RAJA AMPAT archipelago, West Papua, Indonesia. Around this wonderful island you found the richest reefs on the earth, a really incontaminate nature, friendly staff and more and more! This is the true HEAVEN!

The Wai Eco Resort – Scubacqueando Diving Raja Ampat, newly built in the papuan style, is the dream of a lifetime come true. Located on the beautiful Wai island, is surrounded by a incontaminate coral reef and a white beach. The resort currently has only 3 bungalows very spacious and finely finished and furnished, set in a lush equatorial nature and course overlooking the sea, to accommodate a few lucky guests.

Raja Ampat is an incredible stunning archipelago comprising over 1.600 islands, hosting thousands of species some of which are endemic to the region. Raja Ampat is located in West Papua, Indonesia, and it’s the true heaven on earth! Raja Ampat means Four Kings and gets its name from a Papuan mythological story about the four kings that in the past occupy the principal four big islands of this archipelago: Batanta, Misool, Salawati and Waigeo.

Some scientific surveys reveal that Raja Ampat has 603 hard coral species which represents more than 75% of all the species in the world. With its rich ecosystem and abundance of species, Raja Ampat is the true heart of the Biodiversity Triangle.

Accommodation:
The Wai Eco Resort currently has only 6 cottages on the beach, perfectly included into a fantastic equatorial garden and of course overlooking the sea, to accommodate a few lucky guests.

No phone and no TV in the room, only miles of unspoilt nature are the framework for this unique Resort.

The cottages fresh and ventilated, have an area of about 75 square meters: are composed of a raised spacious rooms with a double bed or 2 single beds (with the possibility of adding 2 single beds for family or friends), en suite bathroom on the ground floor with running water and hot shower, a raised covered terrace of more than 20 square meters, with a stunning ocean view. A special arrangement of windows and doors ensures the freshness of the ocean in the room.

The cottages are made in the traditional papuan style using local natural material, tastefully decorated with forniture built directly on the island with wood and bamboo and equipped with mosquito nets, fan, hammock, private beach and direct access to the sea.

The cottages are also embellished with driftwood, corals and shells from the sea and even the suite bathrooms are designed on the philosophy of eco-friendly Resort.

The suggestive over-water Restaurant offers an exquisite traditional Indonesian cuisine. Fresh fish every day and delicious homemade cakes for breakfast and snack!
The view here is truly unique: a large window overlooking a quiet paradise surrounded by the ocean, where the colors are the masters.

Location:
The island is a coral atoll entirely surrounded by a beautiful white sand beach, covered by lush equatorial vegetation, the kingdom of numerous exotic birds, coconut crabs (Birgus latro) and endemic spotted Cuscus (Spilocuscus papuensis). In the shade of large pine trees Cassowaries (Casuarina cunninghamniana), the cottages overlook an incredible turquoise lagoon that merges to the open sea with a spectacular House Reef rich in fishes and corals.

Rooms and Rates:
– Diver 8 Days 7 Nights Package : Euro 1.990/person/twin share ( Double Bed Room )
– Non Diver 8 Days 7 Nights Package : Euro 1.300/person/twin share ( Double Bed Room )

High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is Euro 50/person/night

 

Andi Hermansyah

Gino Feruci Resort – Urai Island – Raja Ampat

Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat will be comprised of 10 luxuriously designed resorts equipped with swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The establishment will also feature restaurant that can be used as meeting venue and services/facilities for diving enthusiasts wishing to enjoy the sparkling clarity of Raja Ampat’s underwater beauty. Guests will be able to enjoy various staying packages that include additional benefits such as tours, diving sessions, and complimentary transport/shuttle services.

LOCATION
Raja Ampat (“four kings”), is located off the northwest of West Papua province, and it is in here that Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat makes our home.. The name came from four main islands: Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, although Raja Ampat as a whole is a collection of over 1500 small islands.

Widely believed as the location with the highest amount of marine life diversity in the world featuring, amongst other, what is possibly the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world, Raja Ampat truly fits the definition as the Real Paradise on Earth, where exceptional beauty is never far from your reach! It is especially true if you are staying with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat, your luxurious haven perfect for a truly unforgettable and beautiful Raja Ampat Resort experience!

FACILITIES:
Dining:
Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat features an open-wall restaurant concept, and it is located only a few meters away from the gorgeous sparkling beauty of Raja Ampat seas, making our Raja Ampat restaurant a must try for real complete Raja Ampat Resort experience. Great food, great atmosphere, great time!

But Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat not only feature a great Raja Ampat restaurant for you to enjoy: our Resort also feature an exclusive and relaxing lounge/bar, located nearby the restaurant, perfect for all of your winding down and relaxing needs. With many selection of great drinks and also a direct view to the gorgeous seas of Raja Ampat, our lounge/bar is the perfect way for you to more fully enjoy a fantastic Raja Ampat Resort experience, especially with your loved ones!

Wellness:
Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat feature a fantastic spa services and facilities, which is truly a perfect thing to have to complete your Raja Ampat Resort experience, since little is more enjoyable than to take pleasure in relaxing spa treatment while surrounded by beautiful Raja Ampat surroundings.

Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat also feature a swimming pool with 5 x 8 meters size, and 1,5 to 1,8 meters depth, located right next to our restaurant, and as such, also has a perfect, direct view towards the incredibly gorgeous view of Raja Ampat seas. The swimming pool of Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat is the perfect choice for when you want to relax in an easy, good way, without having to dive into Raja Ampat’s beautiful ocean: easy, relaxing dip surrounded by great atmosphere!

EXPLORE AND DISCOVER
Raja Ampat holds many adventures just waiting for you to discover and explore. When you stay at Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat, all of the Raja Ampat wonders are never far from you. Enjoy the ultimate Raja Ampat Resort experience together with your loved ones only with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat!

From diving to canoeing to just enjoying the view, a stay with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat means that the best of Raja Ampat Resort experience is always close, always ready for you to be enjoyed, complete with all the incredible beauty and wonders of Raja Ampat, Earth’s Paradise! The following are just some of the recommendations for activities and places we at Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat recommend to you so that you can fully enjoy your Raja Ampat Resort experience with us!

ACCOMMODATION
Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat features a collection of 10 highly luxurious Raja Ampat Resort designed from the ground up as your luxurious haven right at heart of the illustriously beautiful Raja Ampat. Expect only the finest here, with establishment presented only with the finest details and care.

The exclusive Raja Ampat Resort collection from Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat consisted of three types: Deluxe, Executive, as well as the one and only VIP Resort, the best of what Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat can offer you which is just perfect if you only want the most excellent of all in your Raja Ampat Resort experience. Rest assured, however, that all of our Raja Ampat Resort are guaranteed to make your visit truly worthy to be called a visit to the Real Paradise on Earth.

PRIVATE ISLAND FOR HONEYMOON
Experience once in a life time, being only you in a wonderful empty island that has cristal shallow flat beach. in Raja Ampat archipelago, we recommend you to undergo the only few people on earth can experience. This especially fits for honeymooners (bulan madu), where you and your partner or special one will enjoy the 100% privacy.

We would drop and leave you alone the whole day or night in the island, of course we would provide you with full logistic including tent, to ensure your comfort. in a nutshell, what can be more privacy than being in a private island. For you to know, that is in Raja Ampat area, the best and the most beautiful archipelago in the world.

THE BEST IN THE WORLD FOR ISLAND HOPPING
Raja Ampat is an achipelago consisting of 644 island, 80 percent of which remain as yet unnamed. As the one and only archipelagic lanscape such as this, island hopping becomes another best attraction.

in Raja Ampat, we can certaintly guarantee that you would be witnessing the most beautiful marine scenery that our mother nature could create.

SNORKELING
There is no doubt about it – the best snorkeling and diving site in the world is in Raja Ampat. This eastern Indonesian archipelago contains more marine bio-diversity than anywhere else in the world – more fish, more corals. In 2002, The Nature Conservancy conducted a scientific survey of the Raja Ampat Islands to collect information on its marine ecosystems, mangroves and forests. The survey brought Raja Ampat’s total number of confirmed corals to 537 species — an incredible 75 percent of all known coral species.

Raja Ampat with six hundred island spread along the western coast of Indonesia is one of the last wild places in the world. It has the immense abundance of the Western Pacific marine ecosystem, from the tiniest bright-colored sea snails to huge pelagic fish. Topside, there are dramatic limestone islands, dazzling aquamarine lagoons, and fantastic birds including the endemic red bird of paradise. Close to the shore you can see Bluespotted Stingrays, Turtles, Crocodile Fish, Stone Fish, Batfish, huge school of Jackfish and sometimes even a school of Bumphead Parrot Fish. It is only in Raja Ampat.

BEST PLACE FOR TREKKING
For those who like to do trekking or mountain climbing, and at the same time enjoying the magnificent marine scenery, Definetly Raja Ampat should be in your first list. Raja Ampat has more than 640 island, where more than half consist of high hill or could be classified as little mountains.

In Raja Ampat archipelago, we guarantee that the scenery from on top of the hill that you climb is completely fascinating, since they are combinations of beach and foothill.

CULTURAL HERITAGES
Raja Ampat’s cultural heritage is rich and diverse too, ranging from neolithic shell middens and prehistoric cave paintings, through relics from the era of the Four Kings (Raja Ampat) who once ruled here and gave the region its name, to remnants of a more recent history such as the cave bunkers and seabed wreckage remaining from the Second World War.

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort completes your adventure in this unparalleled place by letting you witness the stone aged era of the mankind. Several activities await you such as visiting the sea cave skull cemetery, sacred stone, fish spearing, hot stoned cooking and so fort and so on.

BEST VIEW FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC HUNTING
Through its above and under water spectacular marine scenery, Raja Ampat could satisfy many people from many interest, one of them is photographer.

Prepare your camera, lens, filters and any other additional photograpghic tools well, cause you are going to have very limited time to shoot almost unlimited spectacular view around Raja Ampat, the best and the most beautiful archipelago in the world

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort could provide special package only for photographers, so you could maximaze your time taking picture around.

PACKAGES
7 Days 6 Nights Tour Package: USD 2.900/person/twin share

Rediscover your passion for true beauty by exploring the wondrous natural vistas of Raja Ampat and its surroundings, from the crystal clear water to its captivating landscape vistas and even to its natural inhabitants. Also, you can always be assured that you will always have a great cottage and great services to relax in after you are going on an adventure exploring the beauty of Raja Ampat, only with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.

  • FEATURING :
  • 7 days accommodation in Deluxe Cottage.
  • Welcome drinks.
  • Daily meals (3x a day including snacks.)
  • Fun activities and adventures: snorkeling, canoeing, trekking, and Urai Island photography tour (necessary equipments are provided.)
  • The beautiful Kabui Kaliraja tour including trekking and photo session.
  • The amazing Phonemo (Little Wayang) tour including photo session.
  • The enchanting Sandbank (Pasir Timbul Tenggelam) tour including snorkeling and photo session.
  • The exceptional Hidden Bay tour including photo session.
  • Cendrawasih’s natural habitat bird-watch.
  • 2 ways private speedboat transport from/to Waisai – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • NOT INCLUDED :
  • Airfare tickets.
  • Entry permits to Raja Ampat (IDR 1.000.000,-/person, valid for 1 year.)
  • Transport from/to Sorong airport – harbor – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • Ferry transport from/to Sorong – Waisai.
  • Sorong accommodation for connecting flight.
  • Personal expenditures outside the included features in the package.

Dive Spot Package 7 Days 6 Nights: USD 3.800/person/twin share

It is not an overstatement to say that Raja Ampat holds some of the world’s most beautiful and most ecologically diverse diving spots, and with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat you can now have the opportunity to explore and enjoy them at your leisure. Added with the comfy cottage and personalized service, this is truly a recipe for a really unforgettable experience.

  • FEATURING :
  • 7 days accommodation in Deluxe Cottage.
  • Welcome drinks.
  • Daily meals (3x a day including snacks.)
  • Complimentary Sandbank relaxing tour with photo session.
  • Fun activities and adventures: snorkeling, canoeing, trekking, and Urai Island photography tour (necessary equipments are provided.)
  • 12 diving sessions across 6 days of stay (guide, equipments, and boats are included.)
  • 2 ways private speedboat transfer from/to Waisai – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • Airfare tickets.
  • Entry permits to Raja Ampat (IDR 1.000.000,-/person, valid for 1 year.)
  • Transport from/to Sorong airport – harbor – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • Ferry transport from/to Sorong – Waisai.
  • Sorong accommodation for connecting flight.
  • Personal expenditures outside the included features in the package.

Full Board Package 7 Days 6 Nights: USD 4.750/person/twin share

Stay with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat and discover the real paradise on Earth, with the magnificent Raja Ampat offering virtually limitless pleasure to the senses for you to enjoy with its vast collection of incredible vistas and amazing natural beauty. Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat gives you the ultimate escape from the tedium of everyday life, and welcome you to a staying experience you will not soon forget.

  • FEATURING :
  • 4 days accommodation in Deluxe Cottage.
  • Welcome drinks.
  • Daily meals (3x a day including snacks.)
  • Fun activities and adventures: snorkeling, canoeing, trekking, and photography session (necessary equipments are provided.)
  • 2 ways private speedboat transfer from/to Waisai – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • NOT INCLUDED :
  • Airfare tickets.
  • Entry permits to Raja Ampat (IDR 1.000.000,-/person, valid for 1 year.)
  • Transport from/to Sorong airport – harbor – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • Ferry transport from/to Sorong – Waisai.
  • Sorong accommodation for connecting flight.
  • Personal expenditures outside the included features in the package.

 

 

 

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Raja Ampat Dive Resort – Waigeo Island – Raja Ampat

RAJA AMPAT DIVE RESORT
The Raja Ampat, or “Four Kings,” archipelago encompasses more than 9.8 million acres of land and sea off the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas around Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world.

The area’s massive coral colonies show that its reefs are resistant to threats like coral bleaching and disease —threats that now jeopardize the survival of corals around the world. In addition, Raja Ampat’s strong ocean currents sweep coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to replenish other reef ecosystems.

HOW TO GET THERE DIVE RESORT AT RAJA AMPAT
The easiest wayto get to Raja Ampat is to fly Sorong via Jakarta or Singapore. Domestic Travelers can also fly via Makassar or Manado.

From Singapore :
Silk Air operates regularly from Singapore to Manado. From Manado to Sorong regular flights are offered by Lion Air and Merpati. It is easiest to check with a local Indonesian Travel Agent or directly with the airline for the lastest domestic flights available.

From Jakarta or Bali:
Merpati, Express Air and Lion Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Sorong (with stopovers in Ujung Pandang/Makassar and/or Manado)

RAJA AMPAT DIVE RESORT SERVICES:

RESORT FACILITIES:
– All rooms with Fan and Air Condition
– Comfortable Bed Room
– Hot and Cold Shower/outdoor and indoor
– Verandah / Balcony
– Open air and Indoor Restaurant
– Long Jetty

DIVING FACILITIES;
– Diving Equipment/Dive Center/Dive Rental
– 02 Dive Boat with 150 and 200 Hp
– Dingy with capacity of 06 and 10 Divers
– Compressor
– Oxygen
– First Aid
– 03 Dive Master and 02 Instructor

SCUBA DIVING
Raja Ampat Island is the most western district of the Indonesian province of Papua. Raja Ampat consists of an area surrounding four major island off the western coast of Birds Head Panisula of New Guinea Island. The western half of which is Indonesia and the eastern half, Papua New Guinea. The province was called Irian Jaya, and it’s a cluster of over 1500 small Islands.

Raja Ampat is the most bio-diverse location in the world more than 3000 species of fishes and over 300 species of corals have been identified here, in a single one and half hour dive you can identified more than 282 fish species and more than 400 species. Till this very day the area is virtually unexplored and unknown due to its size. This area as there are still many remnants of WW II. The Roughest seas and decreased visibility in the Raja Ampat area are from mid-June until the end of August. During the rest of the year, the sea is mostly very smooth whit good visibility.

Dive Sites Approx max 02 hours from Our Resort:
– Waisai Bay
– Kri Island
– Manta Point
– Sardine Reef
– Kaboei Bay Rock Island
– The Passage
– Waigeo
– Fam Island
– Gam Island
– Mansuar Island
– Aljui Bay
– Kabui Passage
– Manta Ally – Southwest Waigeo

TRANSFER SORONG-RAJA AMPAT RESORT-SORONG
WITH PUBLIC FERRY:

Sorong to Raja Ampat Eco Resort Waisai Waigeo Island:
Depart every day but not on Wednesday at 14.00 Pm

Ticket one way : Rp. 650.000/person
Return Tickets : Rp. 800.000/person

Raja Ampat Eco Resort Waisai of Waigeo Island to Sorong:
Depart every day but not on Sunday at 14.00 Pm

Ticket one way : Rp. 650.000/person
Return Tickets : Rp. 900.000/person
All prices above including airport pick up and return.

BIRD WATCHING
Raja Ampat offers exceptional opportunities for bird watching and WWII wreck hunting. Spectacular bird species in the area include the common sulphur-crested cockatoo, the large flightless cassowary, huge sea eagles, shockingly colourful Eclectus parrots and the incredible red bird of paradise Paradisea rubra, endemic to Waigeo and Batanta.

If wreck diving is your cup of tea, you’ll go nuts over the P-47 D Thunderbolt “Razorback” lying on its back 20 metres off the Wai island reef.

This US Air Force single-engin\e fighter-bomber was one of seven (“Tubby Flight” of 311th Fighter Squadron) which took off from Noemfoor Island on a bombing and strafing mission to Ambon on 21 October 1944, and was subsequently ditched after running out of fuel. The plane is in perfect shape, with only a nicked propeller blade. All dashboard instruments and wing armament remain intact. There are literally hundreds of other well-preserved wrecks — boats, tanks, airplanes — to be seen in the region, but most require special trips.

Dive Packages :
05 Days 04 Nights including 3 meals and 3 dives a day: Euro 1.750/person/twin share

06 Days 05 Nights including 3 meals and 3 dives a day: Euro 1.990/person/twin share

07 days 06 Nights including 3 meals and 3 dives a day: Euro 2.150/person/twin share

08 Days 07 nights including 3 meals and 3 dives a day: Euro 2.350/person/twin share

10 Days 09 Nights including 3 meals and 3 dives a day: Euro 2.650/person/twin share

High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is Euro 45/person/night

 

 

 

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Raja Ampat Dive Lodge – Mansuar Island – Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Dive Lodge is located at the heart of the most spectacular diving in northern Raja Ampat. Mere minutes from the famous Manta aggregation sites and the fish-filled dives at the western edge of the Dampier Strait, our intimate lodge is the prefect place to experience the most bio-diverse reefs in the world. Fronted by a white sand beach and backed by the ever-verdant Papuan rainforest, the dive lodge is surrounded by natural beauty. Sit on your veranda and listen to the early morning sounds of the jungle as you prepare for another day of spectacular diving accompanied by our knowledgeable dive guides.

The duplex rooms at the Dive Lodge are comfortable ensuites furnished with either double or twin beds, tiled bathrooms and wooden interiors cooled by individual air conditioning units. In between dives you will feast on serve delicious, healthy meals utilizing the freshest local ingredients.

Currently, each bungalow will have a double bed and two twins. Plans include four more bungalows; two of the new bungalows will have a large double bed and larger bathroom. When completed, the resort will be able to accommodate 20 people.

Each bungalow is air-conditioned with ensuite facilities. Guests will receive a complimentary sarong with the resort logo.

The main lodge will include the dining room facilities and an area for relaxation that will include multi-format (PAL and NTSC) television and DVD sets, charging stations with protected electrical circuits for cameras and computers, and a boutique/drugstore. Wi-fi service is being planned.

A full line of Mares/Oceanic dive equipment (10 sets of BCDs, regulators, fins and masks) rental gear. Tanks and weights will be included in the dive package. At present , divers will only be able to get air fills, but plans are being made to offer Nitrox.

Three fiberglass speed boats with three 40 hp outboard engines and a sun awning will take divers (8 guests in each boat) to the Ampats world-class dive sites.

At the time of opening the Paradise Resort of the Raja Ampats will be just a land based operation. The future will include land and liveaboard dive packages aboard their fleet of well equipped Phinisi vessels. Lombok Tropic Holidays is able to put together special adventures to provide their guests with the widest range of dive experiences available in the Raja Ampat island complex of exceptional diving.

The staff of Raja Ampat Dive Lodge has been handpicked to provide the same level of service found on our popular liveaboard dive boats. We strive to offer our guests the best value in a diving holiday while ensuring that everyone who stays with us feels like part of our family.

NOTE:
* Meals and roundtrip Transfers between Sorong airport to our lodge are EXCLUDED.
* All the dive sites included in the diving packages are within 15 km range off RADL
* Our Standard 12x diving schedule for 8D-7N diving package :
day 1 Fri no dive (arrival transfer from Sorong)
day 2 Sat 2 x dive
day 3 Sun 2 x dive
day 4 Mon 3 x dive
day 5 Tue 2 x dive
day 6 Wed 2 x dive
day 7 Thu 1 x dive plus Bird Watching & Fish Feeding tour
day 8 Fri no dive (transfer back to Sorong)

* There is additional charge of US$ 500 per extra transfer beyond our regular Friday transfer
This is the charge for the 6 passengers capacity boat. If there are 2 persons or more than 2,
US$ 500 is divided among them.

High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is USD 45/person/night

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Kayaking Paradise in Raja Ampat Island – Papua – Indonesia

Raja Ampat is a spectacular tropical paradise. White sand beaches, crystal clear water that is teeming with a huge variety of fish and corals. The area’s reputation for having the world’s highest concentration of marine biodiversity has made it a diving hot spot for sometime.

Raja Ampat is a spectacular paradise, teeming with wildlife above and below the surface. The area has one of the world’s highest concentration of marine biodiversity and is a diving “hot spot”. The paddling is world class and with 1500 limestone islands to explore, the dazzling variety is overwhelming as we cruise through a maze of tiny islands. On this 11 day trip we enjoy 7 days of kayaking and spend 3 nights in local homestays, a fantastic way to experience the local culture and meet the people. We spend two nights in a hotel in Sorong and enjoy 6 nights of wilderness camping. It’s a true expedition in nature, and each day brings exciting new adventures.

We are way off the “tourist” path. With only subsistence fishing by local villagers allowed in the area, the ecosystem is largely undisturbed. Teeming with fish and colourful corals, we’ll snorkel at ever opportunity and take in the wonders of the underwater world. We’ll explore vast subterranean limestone caves, full of incredible stalactites and stalagmites which few people have set foot in. Your two guides will prepare all meals featuring a nice blend of Asian and Western cooking. We’ll serve dinner each night as the sun sets relaxing in one of the most spectacular dining rooms in the world. After 8 days we’ll return to Sorong, and enjoy a hot shower, cold beverage and a soft bed.

Kayaking, although new to the area is world class. With more than 1500 limestone islands to explore your senses will be overwhelmed as you cruise through this island maze. Each island has been sculpted by the wind and the rain into a variety of shapes and sizes.

Based on the island of Waigeo, next to the village of Saporkren, the Kayak4conservation project was founded by the Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre (RARCC) directed by expatriate Max Ammer, and is managed by Tertius Kammeyer and Jasmine Togeretz. K4C works together with local communities to support sustainable eco-tourism and community development projects in an effort to help protect and conserve the natural marine wonders of the Raja Ampat National Park.

The K4C team has circumvented Indonesia’s crazy tariffs by building their own kayaks, and work with local accommodation owners to provide a chain of guesthouses placed to take advantage of the best routes for kayaking in Raja Ampat. A not-for-profit venture, Kayak4Conservation provides support and advice to the local people who are establishing the guesthouses and who are working to guide the kayak trips.

Working with the project from its inception was another expatriate and longtime resident of Indonesia, Halim. An accomplished kayaker, Halim was keen to add Raja Ampat to the list of amazing Indonesian kayaking expeditions he had already undertaken and jumped at the chance to be one of the first to paddle out from Kri. Guided by Paulus Sauyai, Halim and paddling partner Sweena headed for the Kabui Passage and eventually decided to make a complete circumnavigation of Pulau Gam. You can see some great photos and read about this first Raja Ampat kayak expedition at Halim’s Playak page.

Raja Ampat sea kayaking trip information
– Kayak4conservation offers a number of scheduled trips of varying lengths.
– You can design your own itinerary, but must always employ a local guide.
– Accommodation is local homestay style.
– Camping gear is available for hire for tours in areas not serviced by homestays.
– 11 single and 4 double sea kayaks are available for rent.

The kayaks: In 2012 Kayak4conservation’s desire to supply top quality boats for kayakers was given a huge boost by Arthur and Tracey Fincham from Kaskazi Kayaks. Kaskazi donated moulds for their Skua sea kayaks and Arthur and Tracey visited to train the K4C Papuan fiberglass team to build the boats at the RARCC.

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Where the Money Goes from The Entrance Fees of Raja Ampat National Park

Where the money goes
The money collected from the tags is divided into two major components; the Retribusi fee which goes directly to the Dept of Tourism towards tourism development projects and the Non- Retribusi fee which is managed by a multi-stakeholder team, Tim Pengelola, and divided between conservation/MPA management projects and community projects.

Tim Pengelola, JE Meridien Hotel Sorong
Tel +62 951 328358 | Fax +62 951 326576

 

 

 

 

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Information On The Tags System For Tour Operator, Lodges & Liveaboards

Background information on the tag system for tour operators
The following information is provided in order to acquaint dive operators with the detailed justification and workings of the Raja Ampat Tourism Entrance Fee System. We have tried to design this system in a manner which is as flexible and convenient to dive operators working in Raja Ampat as possible; however, the very different operating environments of liveaboards and locally-based resorts means there are some complexities here which require some explanation as well as patience and consideration on behalf of everyone involved.

Why was the user fee created?
As most operators are aware, ownership and authority over reefs in Raja Ampat (and Papua in general) is more complex than in other parts of Indonesia. In Raja Ampat individual families or villages actually exert traditional marine tenurial rights over the reefs (ie, reefs are not an open-access resource as in most of Indonesia). At the same time, the Raja Ampat Regency government also has management authority over the reefs. Both of these important stakeholders have a variety of legal and moral rights to seek payment from users of the reefs – be those fisheries or tourism interests. Unfortunately, these overlapping authorities have resulted in a fair bit of angst and multiple demands for payments from dive operators – something which many of you most certainly have experienced in Raja Ampat.

Given this situation, Conservation International (CI), the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), and their conservation partners were requested by both villagers and the Raja Ampat government to facilitate the development of an entrance fee system which can accommodate the rights of the government and villagers to seek compensation for tourism use of the reefs while also not unnecessarily inconveniencing dive operators or diving guests to the region. Our interest in facilitating this system is straightforward; our institutions are focused on conservation and sustainable use of the globally-significant marine biodiversity in Raja Ampat, and we firmly believe that marine tourism is one of the economic development sectors most compatible with this mission. Hence, we are keen to facilitate sustainable tourism development in Raja Ampat and encourage both villagers and the government to prioritize this sector.

We have spent a considerable amount of energy, time and money to engage villagers and the Raja Ampat government in forging an agreement for a single fee system which is collected centrally with the benefits distributed to all of the villages in Raja Ampat – rather than having a potentially overwhelming number of separate fees for each reef in Raja Ampat. The result is that the single overall fee is significant (Rp 500,000), but we believe this is a small price to pay to encourage the stewardship and protection of the most biodiverse reefs on earth. We ask your support and patience in getting this fee system up and running and providing benefits to all of the involved stakeholders.

How does the tag system work?
After considering a variety of options, we have settled on the annual waterproof plastic entrance tag system (first developed in Bonaire and now widely used from Bunaken to Fiji to the Caribbean) as the most robust and convenient marine entrance fee system. The system is simple: guests purchase an individually-numbered annual waterproof tag which is affixed to their gear as proof of payment. The design and color of the tag changes on a yearly basis, and tags are valid for the calendar year in which they are purchased (eg, a 2008 tag will be valid from 1 January 2008 through 31 January 2009).

Tags are individually numbered and this information recorded directly on receipts and in a centralized database in order to prevent re-use of tags between guests. That is to say, tag #00001 is registered to Mr. John Smith from the UK, and cannot be transferred to other guests. This annual tag system is widely considered to be the most convenient marine entrance fee system yet developed and avoids a number of the hassles associated with systems that use daily fees. Tags can be purchased “on the spot” or pre-purchased in bulk by dive operators and re-sold to guests; the main “hassle” associated with this system is the requirement for operators to provide data back to the entrance fee management team on how the individually-numbered tags are assigned to specific guests (explained in detail below).

Why are there two receipts?
The purchase of a tag will result in two separate receipts which reflects the bipartite nature of the entrance fee: one receipt of Rp 150,000 for the tourism management fee (known locally as the “retribusi” to the Raja Ampat tourism department) and one receipt of Rp 350,000 for the conservation and community development fee (known locally as the “non-retribusi” fee which is used directly for programs in the 88 villages of Raja Ampat). Each receipt is in triplicate – one (white) for the visitor, one (pink) for the management team to enter visitor data into its database, and one (yellow) for the dive operator (provides an extra measure of “control” for dive operators to be able to compare back to the management team’s database in case of any suspicion of corruption). For more information purchase of tags and use of receipts click here.

Thank you for visiting Raja Ampat!

Tim Pengelola, JE Meridien Hotel Sorong
Tel +62 951 328358 | Fax +62 951 326576

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Raja Ampat Tourism Entrance Fees Information for Tourists

Raja Ampat Tourism Entrance Fee Information For Tourists
Why do I have to pay a fee to enter Raja Ampat? Raja Ampat is blessed with some of the highest marine biodiversity and healthiest coral reefs in the world. In order to protect this unique biodiversity, Raja Ampat has 7 nationally mandated and locally managed marine protected areas (MPAs). As with any park or reserve, conservation and tourism management costs money, and the Raja Ampat government is adopting a tool commonly used throughout the world for financing protected areas management – entrance fees.

Moreover, the villagers in Raja Ampat have traditional marine tenure rights over all of the reefs and are entitled to seek compensation from users of their reefs. In an effort to harmonize these various needs and avoid a very complex set of fees for tourism use of individual reefs, the Raja Ampat government and local communities have agreed to a centrally-collected single entrance fee of Rp 500,000/person/year (approximately US$55) for international visitors and Rp 250,000/person/year for Indonesian visitors.

Where do I purchase my Entrance Tag?
First check with your dive operator to see they have pre-purchased a tag for you. If not, the Raja Ampat entrance fee management team has established a booth at the Sorong Airport where arriving guests can directly purchase their tags. At this time, payment must be in rupiah, though we will endeavor to expand this to at least US$ and Euro in the future. In this case, the guest buys the tag and the receipts are filled in with the following information: guest name, country of origin, tag number, passport number, and email address (optional if the guest would like to receive further information about Raja Ampat conservation efforts). To ensure accountability the guest receives their copy of the 2 receipts, the accompanying dive operator representative (if present) receives their copy, and the management team’s copy is directly entered into the guest database.

How was the fee set?
Raja Ampat is huge, covering nearly 50,000 sq km, with a population of 32,000 spread over 92 villages and sub-villages. Managing such a large and diverse area is costly. Providing direct benefits to each of the 88 remote villages is especially costly, particularly given the relatively low number of tourists visiting Raja Ampat. In trying to convince the government and villages to prioritize eco-friendly tourism development over lucrative but environmentally-damaging sectors such as mining and forestry, it is important that they see real benefits from tourism. The result is that the single overall fee is significant (Rp 500,000), but we believe this is a small price to pay to encourage the stewardship and protection of the most biodiverse reefs on earth. Note that the fee system actually only contributes a small part of the overall conservation and management costs of Raja Ampat’s MPA system.

Why do I have to pay for a 1 year tag even if I’m only visiting for a few days?
There is a growing consensus among MPA managers that the annual waterproof tag system is the most efficient, robust and convenient method of collecting entry fees, avoiding the significant hassle and enforcement issues that arise with daily fees – especially in large-scale MPAs where guests do not pass through a central entrance gate on a daily basis.

Why was I given 2 receipts when I purchased my tag?
The fee has two main components: a governmental tourism management fee of Rp 150,000 and a conservation and community development fee of Rp 350,000. In order to ensure transparency and make it very clear where the money goes, each guest will receive two receipts, one for each fund.

Who manages the revenues from the fee system?
The Raja Ampat tourism entrance fee is managed by a multi-stakeholder team that is comprised of local community leaders, Raja Ampat govt. officials (from the departments of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Tourism, and Health) local and international conservation NGOs (CI, TNC, and the Papuan Turtle Conservation Foundation), and a rep. of the private marine tourism sector.

Where does my money go?
The Rp 150,000 tourism management fee enters the coffers of the Raja Ampat tourism department and is targeted at improving tourism management in Raja Ampat. The Rp 350,000 conservation and community development fee is split by law into 3 components: 40% for a community development fund for activities that benefit all 92 villages/sub-villages in Raja Ampat; 40% for a conservation and enforcement fund, and 20% for management of the fee system (including paying for the office and staff required to collect, manage, and distribute the entrance fee proceeds). The priority activities under the community development and conservation funds are determined on an annual basis by the entrance fee management team. For more information click here.

What are the initial priorities with the entrance fee funds?
In 2007, the conservation fund will be used to strengthen a patrol program to eliminate destructive fishing practices such as blast and cyanide fishing. In order to reach out to all communities in Raja Ampat and provide them some direct benefit from tourism, the community development fund will be used to re-establish the “Posyandu” system which brings basic health care to mothers and young children in every village. NOTE: as it will take time to accrue funds in the entrance fee accounts, the 2007 activities described above are actually being funded by grants from conservation NGOs; the revenues from the 2007 entrance fee will be used to fund 2008 activities in Raja Ampat, 2008 revenues will fund 2009 activities, and so on.

Why do I still see people fishing in Raja Ampat’s Marine Protected Areas?

Raja Ampat’s MPAs were only declared in mid-2007 and the zonation and management plans for each MPA are still under development. Local communities are still allowed to fish in their traditional areas and may continue to do so with certain agreed gear restrictions. That said, fishing activities including blast and cyanide fishing, trawling, and shark-finning are illegal throughout Raja Ampat. While a joint patrol team comprised of police, fisheries officers and community members has now been launched to confront these environmental crimes directly, the reality is that patrolling this huge area will always be a challenge and a system is being developed so that tourism operators can report violations.

How can I help Raja Ampat further?
As an honored guest to Raja Ampat please respect the rules and especially the reefs of the park. Avoid damaging corals and other marine life by controlling your buoyancy and not standing on or contacting the reef. Photographers should be especially careful and not manipulate marine life. Ensure boats follow the operator code of conduct and anchor in deep water >40m. Anchoring on the reef is the primary cause of tourism-related reef damage! Also insist that your operator does not dispose of solid wastes at sea, which is still a problem!

Secondly, consider donating to either the conservation or community development funds described above. The multistakeholder management team is developing a number of programs which you may like to support such as supplying library books to schools and villages and mosquito nets to reduce the threat of malaria. While we are working on setting up a system where you can donate directly through your operator, for now donations can be made at the entrance fee office at the Sorong airport. Similar to the transparency for the entrance fees collected, all donations are recorded and you will receive an official receipt.

Thank you for visiting Raja Ampat. We hope you enjoy your stay and aim to ensure it is even better the next time you visit.

Tim Pengelola, JE Meridien Hotel Sorong
Tel +62 951 328358 | Fax +62 951 326576


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