When to go
Papua, like the rest of Indonesia, has two monsoon seasons which are however more defined by wind than by rain. The northwest monsoon from December till March brings slightly stronger winds than the southeast monsoon. November, April and part of May are transitional periods and winds are generally light and variable.
This region has favourable weather all year round, with smooth seas almost all the time. Some waves are normally encountered from mid July till mid September, but very rarely jeopardize the diving.
Being a tropical region it rains frequently, but the short heavy showers, mainly in the late afternoon and evenings, are usually closely followed by sunshine.
In Sorong you will be picked-up and taken on a 2.5 hour journey by boat to Kri Island and the Sorido Bay Resort.
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However, provided you are patient and speak slowly with the locals, you will get by quite well with English or alternatively with your hands and feet!
There are very few mosquitoes on the islands and we believe that with a few basic precautions it is possible to avoid heavy medication. However, malaria is present in Papua, and this is a personal decision everyone has to make, so please consult your doctor before travelling. We strongly recommend NOT using Lariam, due to the severe side effects and limited effectiveness in this area (resistance). In any case, mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
Indonesia is a tropical country with low levels of sanitation and little education on hygienic issues. The biggest hazards come from contaminated food and water, whereas there is nothing for you to worry about if you are staying and eating in the tourist resorts. The food and drinking water at the resorts is absolutely safe, but you should avoid ice cubes in your drink if you are planning to have a drink in any of the local restaurants along the road.
The biggest risks run by tourists are dehydration and sunburn, so make sure you take a bottle of water with you wherever you go and keep the sun-block lotion handy.
© Photo by Gerry Allen
Time: GMT +8 hours
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Currency: Indonesian Rupees