We arrived here after a night at the rather dreary Dive Resort, and it was a relief to stay in brighter and more spacious surroundings. The room (beachfront villa) was spacious, with comfy beds with mosquito netting and a large bathroom. It was nice to have a kettle, tea and coffee too.
There was a good sized veranda with space for drying clothes. This was vital, as - although the end of April is supposed to be the dry season - it was very wet. We had one gorgeous day, but it then poured all night, was cloudy in the morning,then poured with rain all afternoon. We cut short our day out, just to get into warm dry clothing. Such a nice hot shower, then tea and afternoon banana fritters in the restaurant area. Lovely.
Note that the rain was set for a WEEK ... you should think hard about when to come to this area, as climate change is causing havoc.
That said, our one day out was wonderful. We snorkelled over healthy corals, with shoals of fish, and the colours of the sea and sand were absolutely beautiful.
The breakfast at the Dive Lodge was good, with lots of fruit and cereal. The dinner was not great for vegetarians, and although the staff made a real effort to cook alternative dishes for my veggie friend, they weren’t that great. For meat eaters the food was pretty good.
We didn’t visit the sunset bar but it looked very welcoming.
NB if you’re taking the Lion Air flight from Ambon, the connection to the Ambon ferry is tight. The airline has changed the departure time from 1220 to 1230, which doesn’t help with catching the 1400 ferry from Sarong. With an additional hour’s delay, thank you not, Lion Air, we missed the ferry. As we only had two days in Raja Ampat we forked out $700 for a private speedboat, which whisked us to our accommodation in 90 minutes. We were lucky to have booked everything through Signature Papua, and its staff arranged everything for us very efficiently. I’m not sure we will get that money back from our insurers though.