Indonesia, Asia – Meridian Adventure Scuba Resort and Marina

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Meridian Adventure Scuba Resort and Marina

Indonesia, Asia

 

An Introduction to Indonesia

 

Becoming known as one of Raja Ampat’s best kept secrets, Meridian Adventure Dive Resort is located in Waisai, which is the Capital of the Raja Ampat Regency, on the island of Waigo.

Once you arrive, you feel immediately at ease by the natural warmth of the local staff and the clean, crisp, modern surroundings. With a focus on quality and comfort, the simplicity of the hotel provides the perfect base after a day of exploring the beauty of Raja Ampat both above and below the water. The rooms provide all the simple luxuries to make you feel at home, and with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi available 24 hours a day – all that’s left to do is just to relax and enjoy your dive holiday with Meridian Adventure Dive Resort!

Luxury Accommodation in Raja Ampat-Hotel

All the rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and 42 local and international channels. The modern, airconditioned rooms are serviced daily and includes imported Italian linen, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and amenities such as hairdryer, clock radio, safe and international plugs and USB ports.

Modern Restaurant and Bar in Waisai

The restaurant and bar are designed with international flare and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily as well as fresh infused teas and Italian coffees. The eco-focused resort grows some of its own produce and support local farmers in the area to bring the freshest flavors to your plate. The MAD bar is the only fully licensed bar in the area and serves some of the best cocktails in Raja Ampat.

Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat

Well-maintained, high quality dive equipment is included in all dive packages and the high-performance, low emission, custom-built dive boats have revolutionized the functionality and comfort of their dive operations. The space and long-range capabilities allow this machine to deliver divers in total comfort to more dive sites faster and more efficiently. In addition to diving excursions, PADI diving courses are also offered in the resort pool. The variety of dive sites ensure there is something for everyone, from macro photographers to Manta Ray lovers, and from beginners to experienced divers. Dive a World War II wreckage or simply ‘hunt’ for nocturnal creatures during a night dive. Some of the sightings that will make you stand out from any other diver at a cocktail party include Dugongs, Epaulette (Walking) Sharks, Pygmy Seahorses, Black Mantas, Electric (Disco) Clams and the newly discovered Mercy’s Garden Eel. Plus, you get to take all the GoPro footage taken during your dives from the local Dive Masters home for free.

What to do in Raja Ampat

Meridian Adventure Dive Resort has its main focus and passion poured into scuba diving as its location in Raja Ampat speaks for itself. With the idyllic tropical island setting, Raja Ampat has so much more to offer in scenery and wild life than just the diving. At Meridian Adventure Dive Resort, guests are offered an array of activities to pursue whilst exploring the region, during surface intervals and during the time frame when they can’t dive before flying.

If you are looking for a more affordable accommodation option that offers a combination of an authentic holiday experience and state-of-the-art dive excursions in Raja Ampat, then their Homestay scuba dive option is perfect for you.

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Waisai Adventures

Birds of Paradise Hike

Raja Ampat has long been famous for its Birds of Paradise, ever since the ancient trade in their feathers in the 18th Century. Over 250 species have been connected to the archipelago including the well-known Greater Bird-of-Paradise. Some of these species can be easily seen during a short excursion – but others will require an extended jungle trek.

The tour either starts in the early morning or late afternoon. Don’t forget to bring mosquito spray, binoculars, hiking shoes and be sure to wear dark clothing.

Blue River Excursion

Due to deep water and narrow channels flushing out the turbid water from the mangroves, areas like ‘The Blue River’ offer lighting that will truly leave you enchanted. Be greeted by a pool of blue water that is refreshingly cold to the touch, peacefully sleeping under a jungle canopy.

The guides normally prefer to go in the mornings when it is not too busy. Be sure to bring some cash if you want to buy anything from a local store in the village, as well as hiking shoes, mosquito spray and a swim towel.

Waisai Market Visit

This small local market offers a sensory experience filled with stalls of fresh seasonal vegetables, fruit and delicacies. Taste fruit that resembles a dragon’s egg (also known as Snake Fruit) or give your skin a Vitamin C boost with the sweet and sticky Matoa Fruit (looks like grapes and tastes like Lychee). Buy vendor food such as banana fritters and avocado smoothies or simply sink your teeth into a Purple Dragon Fruit (a local favorite).

Raja Ampat Homestay and Scuba Dive Adventures

Meridian Adventure facilitates the booking process and provides transport from their Waisai Resort to the various Homestays in the area. Once settled in, Meridian Adventure Dive supports your daily 2 tank dive experience, providing high-tech dive equipment, and high-speed dive boat transfers to and from the vast amount of dive sites in Raja Ampat.

What to expect at your Homestay in Raja Ampat

These are not homestays in the western sense, that is, you won’t be sharing a home, but you will still be a guest of an Indonesian/Papuan family. Accommodation is provided on the family’s land in the type of housing typical of the area, and 3 meals a day are provided, making it a true cultural experience. Read more on what to expect and what to pack for your Homestay Adventure in Raja Ampat.

The Raja Ampat family homestay option is a project that supports the community’s developing economy on their terms, and at a sustainable pace that meets their expectations. As part of this commitment, Meridian is partnered with a number of local Homestays in the Raja Ampat Regency.

With three different types of family homestay bungalows to choose from, you are sure to find something to suit your adventurous spirit and travel budget.

High-Tech Diving, Low-Tech Luxury Living; Luxury Tented Camps coming soon to Raja Ampat

Meridian is proud to be an eco-conscious resort and considers the environmental and socio-economical effect of every aspect of their operation. This is why they work closely with the local community, island villages and governmental decision makers in Raja Ampat to drive change and make a difference.

The High-Tech Diving, Low-Tech Luxury Living project is one that focuses on bringing sustainable accommodation options to the villages that will bring tourism to their doorstep. This project is the first of its kind in Raja Ampat.

The luxury tented camps will be launching soon across various island villages in Raja Ampat and we will be sure to update this with more information as it becomes available.

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An Introduction to Indonesia

Stretching between the Australian and Asian continental mainlands and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator lay the exotic islands that make up Indonesia.

The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: "Indos" meaning Indian and "Nesos" which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago (the world’s largest), as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands of which only about 6,000 are inhabited.

Five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes are home to the majority of the population. The main islands are Sumatra,  Kalimantan,  Sulawesi,  Irian Jaya  and last but not least Java, home to 70 percent of the country's population.  Indonesia shares Irian Jaya with Papua New Guinea and two thirds of the island of Kalimantan with Malaysia and Borneo.

Indonesia is at the heart of the triangle of the world's greatest marine biodiversity, boasting more amazing diving destinations than anywhere else on earth. Not only is diving in Indonesia on every semi-serious diver's 'Must do' list but there are also many great places for less experienced but no less enthusiastic divers. Areas like Komodo and Raja Ampat are becoming known as among the world's best live-aboard destinations, adding to places such as Sulawesi and Wakatobi which are already established as world class.

Indonesia also offers many delights for non-divers. Visitors can marvel at the spectacular Prambanan temples in Java: enjoy ancient music while watching traditional dancers in spectacular costume: visit animated floating markets: experience a close ecounter with the famous Kamodo dragons, spend time with enigmatic orangutans in their natural habitat: hike volcanic cones, forests and mountains.

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