Where is Raja4Divers? •Raja4Divers is located on a private island called Pulau Pef (Pef Island)located in central Raja Ampat, West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia.
Do I need a visa for Indonesia? •A 30 day non-extendable Visa On Arrival (VOA) is available for nationals of 63 countries (please check here) at a cost of USD 25 cash or IDR equivalent.
Do I need innoculations? •No innoculations are required for Indonesia.
Is there Malaria in Papua? •Yes, Malaria is present in Papua. Although there are surprisingly few mosquitoes on the island itself, it is recommended that you take care and exercise common sense, particularly at dawn and dusk. The liberal use of mosquito repellent is highly recommended, especially when passing through populous areas such as Sorong. Bear in mind that some malarial prophylactics cause adverse reactions in divers e.g. Lariam, so please discuss your travel plans with your doctor/travel clinic.
What day of the week do I need to be in Sorong? •Saturday - the scheduled boat transfer to the island is at 10:00.
Can I arrive on a different day of the week? There is a scheduled boat transfer only on Saturdays. The 1 week packages are always from Saturday to Saturday.
How do I get to Pulau Pef? •Make your way to Sorong, West Papua. •Ujung Pandang (Makassar, Sulawesi) is the recommended best hub in Indonesia for direct flights to Sorong. •Connect to Ujung Pandang from either Singapore or Jakarta. There are two best recommended options: •OptionA: Arrive into Jakarta on a Friday and then on Saturday morning at 00:30 connect to Sorong, via Ujung Pandang (Makassar, Sulawesi) using Sriwijaya Air night flight. (The reservations team will assist you with domestic flight ticket arrangements) OR •Option B: Arrive in Singapore on a Friday, connect same day to Ujung Pandang (Makassar) using Garuda Indonesia, over-night in Ujung Pandang, then on Saturday morning at 04:30 connect to Sorong using Sriwijaya Air. The scheduled boat transfer to Pulau Pef departs Sorong at 12:30. If Sriwijaya Air is delayed, the boat departure will be delayed until the guests have arrived.
What about the return? •All guests will be transferred back to Sorong by boat on Friday afternoon for an overnight stay in Sorong. •The following morning, Saturday, those on Option A returning to Jakarta would check in at approximately 09am for the Sriwijaya Air flight to Jakarta via Ujung Pandang, landing at approx. 15:20 in Jakarta. •Those on Option B returning to Ujung Pandang to fly direct to Singapore, would check in at approximately 5am for the flight to Ujung Pandang which goes via Ambon and lands in Ujung Pandang at approx. 08:40.
How do I book? and what about domestic flights? •Reservations will assist you with your booking, including the arrangements for domestic flight bookings on Sriwijaya Air. An average estimated rate is applied to the invoice, as rates tend to fluctuate without notice, and 30 days before departure the E-TICKETS will be sent to you via e-mail. Any difference in the ticket price will be settled at the resort as part of the extra charges invoice.
What happens when I land in Jakarta for Option A? •Depending on your arrival time you might want to spend some hours in a hotel room. We urge guests to make use of the Airport Hotel Jakarta due to its convenient location upstairs from the arrival gate. To check-in for the domestic flight you have to change to Terminal 2 which takes about 20 minutes by bus or taxi. If you stay in a hotel they can arrange the transfer for you. Reservations can be made online using www.jakartaairporthotel.com or on websites such aswww.Hotels.com or www.agoda.com.
What happens when I land in Ujung Pandang from Singapore, for Option B? •There is a very convenient Airport transit 'mini hotel' upstairs in the departure lounge on the 2nd floor, called 'Home In'. •It is open 24hrs for mini stay (6 hours) or longer. •Currently they do not have a website or e-mail address only Tel: +62 (0)411 3656123 •Ask Raja4Divers reservations to assist with advance bookings. •If you prefer the long haul into town for a Hotel - ask reservations for recommendations.
How much Indonesian Rupiah cash should I carry with me? •Carry a minimum of IDR 2 million in cash (roughly equivalent to USD 250) which should cover for Airport taxes, Marine Park fee, dinner in Sorong. (Please note: this is purely an estimation, and excludes extras like baggage fees, personal expenses, souvenirs and incidentals at the resort).
What do I need before check-in for the flight to Sorong? •Be sure that you have enough IDR (Indonesian Rupiah) cash on you for excess luggage charges and airport taxes. Mention during check-in that you have diving gear, occasionally the rate becomes negotiable. The rates in Indonesia tend to fluctuate without notice and depending on the airline/route/aircraft type rates are typically between IDR 30 000 and IDR 50 000 per kilo. The stipulated luggage allowance per person is between 10 and 20 kg depending on airline/route/aircraft type. Make provision for approximately IDR100 000 in cash per person, for domestic airport taxes round trip: Jakarta - Ujung Pandang - Sorong return, and approximately IDR 200 000 in cash per person, for international departure airport taxes.
What happens when I land in Ujung Pandang for transit on the way to Sorong? •If you have taken the Sriwijaya Air flight from Jakarta, there is a brief transit stop for re-fueling in Ujung Pandang (Makassar) South Sulawesi. The airport is modern by western standards, with a variety of souvenir/snack shops, mini restaurants, and toilets. You will be required to take all your hand luggage with you into the airport building and collect a transit card at the transit counter. Keep an eye on the monitors for any change in departure gate and time in case the announcements are not very clear.
How do I get my domestic airline tickets? •Reservations will send you E-tickets via e-mail, 30 days prior to departure. Only the Ujung Pandang - Sorong - Ujung Pandang tickets are paper tickets and will be delivered to you at your selected hotel in Ujung Pandang.
What happens when I land in Sorong? •You will need to land in Sorong on a Saturday, in order to take the scheduled 10:00 boat transfer to the island. At Sorong airport, you will be met by Raja4Divers staff. Please hand your passport and your numbered luggage tags to the Raja4Divers representative. You will be assisted with clearance and baggage. Please avoid crowding around the conveyor belt as porters will already have been assigned your numbered luggage tags to identify and carry your luggage to the waiting vehicle. You will then shuttled to the harbour for the boat transfer to the island. The boat will only wait for the Sriwijaya Air flight. You are most welcome to make alternative flight arrangements, but should you not make it for the 10:00 transfer, you would then have to arrange a private charter at your own cost and claim back from your travel insurance. (Please note: a one way boat transfer can be in the region of USD1500)
How long does it take to reach the island? •Approximately 3 hrs or longer depending on conditions.The boat cuts across the Dampier strait over generally calm seas, with Salawati and Batanta on the port side (keep an eye out for whales and dolphins en route), then enters Waigeo's Kaboei bay following in the scenic path of the explorer Alfred Wallace through the famed 'Passage', a river-like gap between Gam and Waigeo islands, continuing west in the direction of Pulau Pef.
What do I need to take with me on the boat transfer? •Sunscreen, sunglasses, a light waterproof wind breaker and your camera could all come in handy on the boat. •Refreshments will be provided on board.
Is there a toilet on board? •Depending on the boat used for the transfer, there may not be a toilet on board. Should this be the case, Raja4Divers staff in Sorong will let you know in advance and arrange a pit stop at the Raja4Divers Office before departure. Please be aware that the WC in Sorong airport is not pleasant to say the least, and you are urged to make use of the aircraft WC before landing in Sorong. A toilet stop could be arranged at one of the many beaches along the way, simply advise the crew if it is urgent.
What do I need to have ready on arrival at the resort? •Please have the following ready to hand in at the briefing shortly after arrival: Passport (for photo-copies, it will be returned to you as soon as photo copies have been made); 4 X passport photos per person (for registration and in order to arrange a Surat Jalan (Travel permit for West Papua)- free of charge); outbound domestic flight details; IDR 500 000 in cash per person for the Marine Park Tag (IDR 250 000 for Indonesian nationals) free of charge for children under 12 years of age; Scuba diving certification card; Enriched Air certification card for Nitrox users; Proof/membership card for valid diving insurance that covers emergency evacuation; for divers who have previously experienced DCS, a letter from a hyperbaric doctor clearing them for diving.
Why Raja4Divers? •Raja4Divers is unique in the Raja Ampat area, offering more than just the excellent diving and snorkelling. In a nutshell, Pulau Pef is a mini Raja Ampat all in one - a beautiful island, various spectacular view points, diving and snorkelling diversity, ancient rock-art, blue water mangroves, lush verdant jungle, blue water mangroves, white sand beaches fringed with coconut palms, rich exotic bird life, extreme nature to satisfy nature lovers and enthusiastic photographers both topside and underwater, as well a rare experience of authentic Papua, the people and their culture.A Kayaking trip exploring the entire landscape of Pulau Pef, is well worth the effort. Raja4Divers offers a wide choice of world class dive sites and snorkelling locations within easy reach, the resort is truly well located on a beautiful island and it exudes the spirit of authentic Papua without compromising on creature comforts for guests.
What is the best time of year to visit? •Open for diving and snorkelling year round, unlike other parts of Indonesia, weather patterns in the central Raja Ampat are much more stable, with less distinct dry and rainy seasons. Diving and snorkelling conditions are good year round and water temperature is a constant 28°-30°C (82°-86°F), with visibility averaging 10-20m.
What is included in the accommodation package rate? • Accommodation, all meals, extra snacks and fruits, tea, coffee, drinking water, Wi-Fi on Pef, laundry on Pef, unlimited diving, diving trips, tanks, weights and weight-belts, Papua travel permit and registration, Nitrox, 1 night hotel (bed and breakfast) in Sorong outbound, airport transfers Sorong, Airport porter fees Sorong and government taxes. See detailed list.
What is NOT included in the accommodation package rate? •International and domestic flights, airport taxes, hotel packages inbound, dinner in Sorong hotel outbound, visa and excess luggage charges, rental diving gear, rental imaging gear, Marine Park Fee, alcoholic beverages, canned/bottled beverages, scheduled boat transfer fee to and from Pulau Pef, non-scheduled boat transfer fee to and from Pulau Pef, special excursions, specialised services and all other expenses, gratuities. See detailed list.
What is included in the diving package rate? •Tanks, weights, weight belts, SMB's, reef hooks for use during the trip and Nitrox. The unlimited diving package includes 3 guided boat dives daily plus an optional night dive. There are no extra fuel charges for divers on diving packages.
What is NOT included in the diving package rate: •Soft-gear: wetsuit, mask & snorkel, fins & booties - please bring your own for your own comfort and convenience. Rental gear: BCD, Reg, Dive computer & Dive light - rental stock is limited so in order to avoid disappointment, please notify us 60 days in advance if you wish to rent these items.
What should I pack? •Everything that you will need during your stay as well as crucial spares as Pulau Pef is very remote - there is no supermarket, dive shop or pharmacy nearby. There is a limited supply of saleable snacks and sundries available on island. Bath towels, beach towels, shampoo and soap are provided in your bungalow. Dedicated dive towels are provided on the dive boat. See full Packing Check-List.
Should I bring my own towels? Towels are provided: bath towels and swimming towels are provided in the bungalow, and diving towels are provided on the boats.
What else is there to do besides diving? There are a host ofactivities including snorkelling, swimming, birding, climbing for views, jungle trails, sunbathing, volley ball, kayaking, different games and exploration.
What shall I take with me on the Kayak? Hat and sunscreen, rash-guard to protect from the sun, waterproof bag, waterproof camera, walking sandals and snorkeling gear. How do I make payment for incidentals incurred during my stay? •Any incidentals at the resort should be paid in cash (IDR, USD, EURO) before departure (bar tabs, souvenirs, gratuities, extra dives, rentals and specialised services). USD cash notes should be in pristine condition, un-torn, un-marked and printed after 2006, or they may not be accepted in Indonesia. Regret no credit card facilities, no traveller's cheques.
What if I have to cancel my trip? • See Terms and Conditions/Cancellation Policy Travel insurance is strongly advised for all guests, and should be purchased well in advance of their trip in order to cover for any situations beyond the guest's or operator's control including but not limited to ill health, inclement weather, airline strikes, flight delays/cancellations. and all other general mishaps which might affect a scheduled trip in any adverse way.Raja4Divers is not responsible in the event of any of the above.
How can I stay in touch with my friends and family while I am on Pulau Pef? •There is no cell phone signal and no landlineon the island. •However, we have broadband satellite internet, with Wi-Fi available in your bungalow. •If you do not have an internet connectible device with you (laptop, phone, ipad etc) then please tell your friends to use firstname.lastname@example.org, and the message will be printed and given to you.
What diving gear should I bring with me to the resort? •Soft-gear: wetsuit, mask & snorkel, fins & booties - it is highly recommended that you bring your own for your comfort and convenience. While thickness of wetsuit neoprene versus lycra skin is a personal preference, it is strongly advised to wear a full suit offering full body coverage, as a barrier against hydroids on the abundant reefs and the possibility of marine 'stingers' in the water. •A dive computer is mandatory for all divers (whether owned or rented). •BCD, Regulator, Dive computer and Dive light can be rented. Rental stock is limited, please notify us 60 days in advance if you wish to rent these items. A SMB (surface marker buoy) is mandatory, bring it if you have your own, if not a loaner will be issued. A reef hook is also issued for use during the trip, but if you have your own, do bring it along. •Dive knives and any other superfluous gear is not required. •Divers must present their Scuba certification card, Enriched air card (Nitrox users) and Dive insurance proof/membership card which covers emergency evacuation, with them to the resort.
I am a snorkeller, what should I bring with me? •If you have your own 'softgear' - wetsuit/rash-guard/lycra skin suit, mask & snorkel, do bring them with you. A lycra skin suit is highly recommended as a barrier against marine stingers in the water.
What should I NOT bring with me? •Dive gloves - the use of gloves is strongly discouraged to enforce protection of the reef. •Shorty wetsuit, as explained above. •Dive knife and any other superfluous gadgets that add unnecessary weight to your limited baggage allowance. •Please plan carefully in order to minimise non-biodegradable and non-recyclable garbage that remains on island, as this will have to be returned to Sorong. •Try to use rechargeable batteries instead of alkaline, but should you have used alkaline batteries, please take them back with you to your country for proper disposal. •Fishing/spearfishing equipment.
I have a regulator with a DIN fitting, do you have DIN tanks? •Yes, the tank valves can be adjusted to suit either DIN or A-clamp. You do not need to bring a DIN adapter.
What kind of electricity supply do you have? •220V, with round two prong plug.
How will I charge my batteries? •You can charge batteries either in your bungalow or in the camera room. The bungalow has several plug points for your convenience, and electricity supply is available 24/7.
Where can I safely store my expensive/sensitive camera gear? •You are most welcome to use the individual set-up/storage space provided in the climate controlled (dry/air conditioned) camera room which is suited to electronics or sensitive equipment, or in your bungalow (no air-conditioning). The camera room is secure, and open for pre and post dive equipment preparation from early morning until late evening as per guest requests.
I have bulky camera gear, how will I carry it to the boat? •Each bungalow has a dedicated padded 'camera taxi' (cool name for a wheelbarrow) for ease of transportation of equipment to and from the jetty, camera room or bungalow.
What is the best time of year for diving? •Raja4Divers is open year round. Diving and snorkelling conditions are good year round, with water temperature a constant 28-30°C (82-28°F) and visibility averaging 10-20m.
What is the ratio of divers to dive-guides? •Raja4Divers has a ratio of 1 dive guide to 4 divers.
How many divers on your boats? •A maximum of 8 divers per boat.
Where can I keep my dry stuff on the boat? •We recommend bringing a small dry bag with you, which comes in very handy to protect sensitive items on a typically 'wet' boat. However there is a small compartment in the bow of the boat, where compact items/topside cameras can be kept dry. If the boat is full, these personal bags should be kept to a minimum and as small as possible.
Where will my camera go on the boat? •There is a dedicated padded camera crate for large bullky camera systems, and smaller padded crates for compact systems.
What safety equipment you have on the dive boats? •First Aid kit, First Aid Oxygen, tools, compass and 2 way radio.
How many dives can I do per day? per week? •Per day: 3 scheduled guided boat dives daily plus a night dive (plus house-reef dives, if you can fit them in!) •Per week: 16 guided boat dives plus 5 night dives (plus house-reef dives, if you can fit them in!)
Can I do deep diving? deco diving? •The focus is strictly on non-decompression diving, with slow controlled ascents and safety stop, owing to our remote location. Deco diving is not permitted and maximum depth is 30 m/100ft.
What if I get sick or hurt during my visit? •The diving management team are qualified PADI Emergency First Aid Responders •Oxygen & First Aid kit is available on the boat and at the resort •In the event of a general medical emergency, the nearest hospital is in Sorong. •In the event of a diving emergency, your diving insurance provider will advise on the appropriate course of action. We highly recommend signing up for a DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance in your area, which covers emergency evacuation. •The nearest re-compression chamber is in Manado (Sulawesi), the next in Singapore, and the next in Darwin (Australia).
What if I have had DCS before? •If you have previously experienced DCS (decompression sickness), you must bring a letter clearing you for diving, from your Hyperbaric Doctor.
Is Nitrox available? •Yes. Nitrox is free of charge for certified Enriched Air Divers.
Can I do the Nitrox Specialty with Raja4Divers? How? •Simply contact the dive teamto find out more details.
Should I take precautions against Malaria? •We recommend that you always sleep under the large comfy mosquito net provided •Always take care and exercise common sense, particularly at dawn and dusk. •The liberal use of mosquito repellent is highly recommended, especially when passing through populous areas such as Sorong. •Some malarial prophylactics cause adverse reactions in divers e.g. Larium (mefloquine), so please discuss your travel plans with your doctor/travel clinic in advance should we wish to use prophylactics.
What can I do on Pulau Pef if I don't dive? •There is fantastic snorkelling around Pulau Pef or by joining the dive-boat on the scheduled excursions, you might find there are beach/island/mangrove interludes in between diving and snorkelling. •Topside, a tour of Pulau Pef itself will reveal the beauty and pristine nature of the Raja Ampat in a nutshell: spectacular bays, beaches, coconut palms, blue water mangroves, karst cliffs, ancient rock-art paintings, birds, wild orchids, hidden lakes, blue lagoons, limestone mushroom islands. Take a Kayak and go exploring. •There are amazing photographic opportunities at the view points on the climbable hills on the island, or views of the resort on the easily accessible cliff overlooking Pef beach. Bird lovers will be (bird) heaven with just the incredible early morning cacophony of bird sounds, and then finding quiet spots to do some bird watching. •Hot and steamy jungle treks will reveal enormous ancient hard-wood trees, strange brightly coloured wild mushrooms, thick bamboo forests reaching for the sky, mangroves with their bright red crabs, snails and mudskippers. Insect lovers will find a great variety of beautiful and strange critters if they care to take a closer look. •And of course, there is always the urge to relax...particularly on the inviting large private deck of your bungalow, where you can read or relax in your hammock or just enjoy the balmy tropical island.