On a beautiful island in Raja Ampat, called Pulau Pef, well off the beaten track, is Raja4Divers. The remote, jungle-clad island has no inhabitants other than the residents of Raja4Divers.
Isolated with incredible reefs
Open year round, the resort is located 48 kilometers (30 miles) south of the equator in central Raja Ampat, 109 kilometers (68 miles) from Sorong.
The private boat transfer from Sorong to Pulau Pef takes 3 hours+ depending on weather conditions.
Raja4Divers supports the local economy, fostering co-operation with the surrounding villages, employing and training many friendly Papuans, embracing and protecting Papuan culture and actively conserving the natural environment of the Raja Ampat.
The entire island, with its mountains, islets, lagoons, bays, beaches, ancient rock art, flora and fauna, is open for the guests to explore.
Besides some of the world's best diving and snorkelling, Pulau Pef offers a host of activities close to nature: kayaking, snorkelling, volley ball, bird watching, jungle trails, photo trekking, private beaches and swimming lagoons and climbing for 360° views.
6 water bungalows are available for a maximum of 16 guests.
These are authentic Papuan style water bungalows on stilts and each bungalow measures 128 square meters, with the bedroom area being a spacious 48 square meters, the ample deck 24 square meters, and the lovely open air bathroom 44 square meters.
Spacious, light and airy, each bungalow offers accomodation for up to four guests and luxurious comfort, yet keeping a rustic Papua style: large beds, mosquito net, water dispenser, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator, safe, fans, writing desk and various recharging stations including adaptors, tablets & WiFi.
Guests will love the large sun deck with hammock, beanbags and loungers complete with steps leading directly down into the water!
The adjacent private indoor/outdoor garden bathroom offers hot and cold water, bath towels and swimming towels.
The resort offers a conveniently located professional dive centre, an air-conditioned camera atelier, satellite WiFi internet (but no telephone reception!), kayaks, a library, various board games, petanque, slack line, table tennis and chess.
The restaurant serves a delicious cuisine fusing local and contemporary flavours, with emphasis on fresh produce and local flavours. The ‘bar’ and the ‘sunset lounge’ is the place to meet and to share the experiences of the day over a cold drink.
• Water temperature is a constant 28° - 30° Celcius / 82° - 86° F, year round
• Visibility varies between 15 and 30m / 50 and 100ft
• A variety of dive-sites and habitats are available with incredible fish diversity
• A possibility of diving up to 4 dives per day (3 guided boat dives daily plus a night dive)
• A ratio of one dive guide to four divers with a maximum of eight divers per boat
• Boat rides to dive sites take between 3 and 60 minutes (no fuel surcharges)
• EAN 32 (Nitrox) is offered free of charge
• Easy access diving on the house-reef
Raja4Divers is open year round with good conditions for diving and snorkelling.
There is a great variety of dive sites in the immediate area surrounding Pulau Pef, from sites with lush soft corals, to spectacular hard coral gardens, slopes, critter sites and mantas, not to mention one of Raja Ampat's most celebrated dive sites 'The Passage' - a winding river-like gap between Gam and Waigeo, which is close by.
Diving is tailored to suit weather conditions, logistics and guests' wishes. On days when you choose to venture rather far from the resort for diving, surface intervals are often spent on beautiful beaches, sand-bars or exploring mangroves.
What will I see?
In the general area surrounding Pulau Pef, it is possible to experience a myriad of dive sites and snorkelling locations, with a fascinating variety of habitats and experiences.
During a typical week, it is possible to see varieties of schooling fish, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and small critters, wobbegong sharks, endemic Raja Ampat walking sharks, bump-head parrot fishes, turtles, giant trevally, barracuda, manta rays and just about every reef fish and critter in the book, set against a back-drop of healthy hard and soft corals.
The house reef of Pulau Pef offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities, with a great variety of fish and critters.
Night dives are convenient, colourful and productive, with the endemic Raja Ampat walking shark often sighted. At times a school of bat-fish reside under the pier making for good photographic opportunities, and often baby black tip sharks can be seen playfully hunting small fish in the shallows under the restaurant.
Conveniently located for ease of equipment storage and preparation, photo/video work sessions or presentations, the Imaging Studio is climate controlled to suit electronics and sensitive equipment with Wi-Fi internet for those using laptops or other imaging devices and a library of imaging and marine guides.
State-of-the-art rental systems are available for all levels of photography and videography, plus a wide range of Imaging Services on offer by the resident pros, adding value to divers bringing their own imaging equipment, or those wishing to learn or improve their skills.
Services can also be specially customised to the specific needs of those merely wishing to 'refine' aspects of their photography or videography.