Dear Readers, my apologies for the recent hiatus in blog posting. But.
• My dive resort had a very slow internet connection.
• Raja Ampat was so beautiful, words failed me.
• Back home I needed a holiday from the holiday.
• Then there were too many photos to choose from.
• Lastly, I’m a lazy person.
But by now I feel you all have deserved some more posts, so this writer’s block has to end. Still, please be patient as there is a lot to say…
First things first. I made my way from Bangkok to Papua Explorers on Gam Island via Jakarta, a night flight to Sorong, and two hours by speed boat. By then I was a bit tired, but not as much as some fellow travelers who came directly from Germany and took between 48 and 60 hours to get to Raja Ampat. I’m so privileged to be able to take it slowly!
Papua Explorers is located on Gam Island, Raja Ampat, about two hours from Sorong by speedboat. The boat is the only connection to and from the resort, there are no roads – or anything else – on the island apart from some coastal villages. All the famous dive sites of northern RJ are within reach.
The over-water bungalows are spacious and well-furnished, with glass sliding doors to a deck and direct access to the ocean.
There is a restaurant building shaped like a circle, a sunset deck off the pier, and nice details like flowers, papuan statues and hand-made lamps are sprinkled everywhere. And, there’s wine to be had for dinner 😉
And the food. Don’t get me started. Fresh warm donuts for breakfast, among other delicacies… I gained so much weight I’m on a low carb diet now.
Below the breakfast buffet. And the nice restaurant staff.
Diving details to follow in a separate post.
So, all in all, I would not hesitate to come back. Hell, I will come back, hopefully in 2018.
Date: March 12th to 22nd, 2016.