1 island, 2 resorts
Max Ammer, the founder of Papua Diving, first came to the region over 21 year ago following his passion to search for submerged World War II aircraft. After spending so much time in Raja Ampat Max fell in love with the Papuan people and started a number of initiatives to support the local Papuan communities. Papua Diving was one of the projects. It’s mission: to bring much needed money to the local people by enabling divers who had never heard of the region to be amazed by the wonders of the unspoiled aquatic world here.
Unique knowledge and insights about the area
Papua Diving is unique when compared to other land based and liveaboard operators in Raja Ampat. Not only thanks to our outstanding location – Today we may pride ourselves of having an unique knowledge about the area thanks to working so closely together with the Papuan people for many years. Choosing to stay with Papua Diving is more than an amazing tropical island and aquatic world experience. You will also directly contribute to local marine & community conservation activities. Compared to other operators in the area, we still stand by our credentials as:
- the being the pioneering hence the most experienced operator in Raja Ampat
- providing employment to more papuan people than other operators (90% of our staff are papuan)
- donating 10% of profit to conservation initiatives
- in addition to direct donations we invest more money into the local economy and other practical assistance to local communities
- we actively set up and support conservation initiatives and projects
Many of the today`s famous dive sites were discovered by Max and our team and retain the original names he gave them. The whole of our dive team are Papuan people. Many of them were previously fisherman that used highly destructive methods such as dynamite fishing or shark finning. Now they are amongst some of the most conscientious conservationists in the region helping to clean and monitor the marine park protected zones.
Today, he spends most of his time on the island between international meetings and expeditions into the interior of Papua.
Meet him at Sorido Bay Resort, as his main office is in the Raja Ampat Research and Conservation centre.
Sorido Bay Resort’s managers
Growing up in sub-tropical Zululand, South Africa, surrounded by beautiful beaches and wildlife parks, Chris always believed there was a way to earn a living whilst allowing him to follow his passion for the outdoors. He became a PADI instructor in 2008, and since then he has dedicated his life to the underwater world and to teach others not only to dive but also the importance of conserving the fragile ecosystems below the water’s surface.
Not long after becoming an instructor, every time he read a dive magazine he was overwhelmed with an urge to come to South East Asia. After working in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines, in 2015, he fulfilled his dream of working in Raja Ampat, which is – in his words – “the Holy Grail for nearly all divers”.
“I found myself falling in love with not only the diving, but also the land and the local Papuan people. This is why I have never wanted to leave and why I consider it not only a place where I work but also my home,” Chris added.
Favourite sea creature seen so far: dugong
Born in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Jade was a computer science graduate and violin instructor when she fell in love with scuba diving. She feels very fortunate to work in Raja Ampat with Max Ammer and the whole Papua Diving team since 2015.
She has fallen in love with Raja Ampat and everything that it offers – the ocean, the land, and its people. So now she finds it very difficult to imagine herself working anywhere else. Besides her love for the local people and their beautiful paradise, she also loves to share her passion in music and photography with people around her.
“I hope to continue to work in harmony alongside the local people in conserving this beautiful paradise that we are very blessed to be gifted by our Creator, and hopefully, share this wonderful place with the whole world,” Jade said.
Favourite sea creature seen so far: Cuttlefish