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Raja Ampat Eco Resort. The Concept 2018-07-04T09:37:27+00:00

Raja Ampat Eco Resort. The Concept

We are proud to be a fully ecological resort. Our resort is considered one of the leading eco resorts in Raja Ampat. Because we are proud of our eco friendliness, we want to show you here the main activities developed in our resort to be more eco friendly.

Here at Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort we take care of our customers, offering top quality and accommodations in an eco resort.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ECO RESORT in Raja Ampat?

We are proud to share that we have been selected one of the Best Eco Resorts in the Asia Pacific.

Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort was featured in the June 2015 edition of ScubaDiver Australasia Dive Magazine!

Read the full article in scubadiver Australiasia June 2015

We got the idea to write this article following many conversations with our guests. We have frequently been asked, “ Why do you have an eco resort?” Many guests choose us directly because they are intrigued by our Eco Concept. However, some guests are not as familiar with these environmental protocols we have in place, and therefore we want to take a moment to describe these eco friendly measures that we are proud of.

Being a Raja Ampat eco resort is no an accident, it is our choice, and we are happy to be involved in various activities to preserve Raja Ampat’s environment.

The scientific community agrees that coral reefs are the most biodiverse marine eco systems. The famed Coral Triangle represents the most bio diverse coral reef system on the planet, the epicenter being in Raja Ampat. Corals that produce reef structures are home to thousands of species; many are yet to be discovered. This underwater network of history and life is at risk, not only from immediate threats, but also from hazards from all parts of the world. Species across the globe, and in fact the entire planet, are at risk these days, due to a variety of consecutive pollutants.

It is difficult and painful to imagine these marine ecosystems completely eradicated during our lifetime. It is unfortunately all too easy for us to put the idea on the back burner, after diving in such healthy and vibrant dive sites. It is much too easy for us to turn our backs on something we don’t actually see falling apart with our own eyes. But it is this lack of being proactive in the present that will make us just complicit in the decline of such ecosystems in the future.

Guests are shocked when they come to Raja Ampat and find plastic bottles on nearby beaches, or when they see Indonesian people throwing rubbish out to the ocean. It is a somewhat surprising to see such careless and ignorant behavior, but it is not just these actions that we need to worry about.

Just because we don’t see these actions at home, doesn’t mean that even the most advanced nations aren’t responsible. What about nuclear waste disposals, houses that are air conditioned 24 hours a day, outsized automobiles, driving instead of walking, drying laundry with machines instead of the sun… etc etc…? So what are we really doing to help the environment, and which of these comforts are we willing to sacrifice before it’s too late?

With this in mind, we have taken a few measures to limit the impact of our activities in Gam Island; we would like to share these with you so you know why we are a proud Eco Resort in Raja Ampat. Hopefully you can also embrace some of this measures to limit the impact of your everyday activities on the island.

These are the measures we are taking to limit the impact of our activities. All of our guests appreciate the spectacular nature, rich habitat, flora and fauna, both above and below the water in Raja Ampat. We worry, though that many of these new guests consider today’s reality as the benchmark of extreme biodiversity and beauty. We cannot imagine how healthy these reefs were in the past, and what they could be like again! What we now consider good, may be considered poor, compared to a decade ago… You have probably also thought about this in the areas you are familiar with in your home country. With this in mind, we urge you to take a few simple measures to limit the impact of your activities, wherever you live.

We encourage you to help the environment in renewing itself. Nature somehow finds a way, but it cannot happen without our help.

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Our Latest Achievement in our Eco Resort

We are Using 24hrs of Solar Electricity!

We are happy to announce that, starting in July 2015, Raja Ampat Biodiversity is running a 24hr fully solar photovoltaic electricity solution to supply our electricity needs. This is a great improvement and continues to move us forward in our “Eco-Concept” Model to be one of the bests Raja Ampat Eco resorts. Of course, the electricity from the sun is very precious, so we kindly ask all of our guests to be mindful and not leave any unnecessary lights turned on.

We would like to thank all our guests for choosing Raja Ampat Biodiversity, an Eco-Concept resort, for your “green-diving” holidays. This achievement is made possible by your support in choosing us!

How Are We Trying to be the Best Eco Resort in Raja Ampat

  1. We are using traditional Indonesian ¨mandi¨ style bucket showers, limiting the amount of water our guests use for a shower, by avoiding standing under running water for a long time.
  2. Our WC is also bucket-style, instead of low-flow toilets or toilet tanks.
  3. All our faucets are low-flow, as well as our superior room showers.
  4. Bed sheets and towels are changed every three days.
  5. Direct rainwater downspouts into the gardens.
  6. We continually check for and respond to leaking faucets and toilets.
  7. Bed sheets are changed every four days and towels are changed every two days – less if requested by guests.
  8. We direct rainwater downspouts into the gardens and our vegetable patches
  9. We supply our guests with eco friendly body wash and shampoos to use in their rooms.
  10. We use natural sunlight to dry all our laundry to reduce our electricity use.
  • We provide recycling bins in public areas for glass and cans. Aluminium cans are sold in Waisai. Unfortunately, we cannot sell plastic products.
  • We make cloth rags from retired sheets.
  • We use our “dirty” oil from our generators and compressors as “wood paint” to protect the wood from the sun and rain.
  • We minimize the amount of paper used for each guest and in the office by emailing of invoices, and using wipe-clean systems.
  • We have eliminated small plastic bottles for amenities and replaced them with bulk water dispensers.
  • Plastic containers: For kitchen supplies we buy bulk products (tomato sauce, chilli sauce, cooking oil) and we have refillable containers for guest dining and the kitchen. The empty bulk containers are used for kerosene storage for our stove.
  • Machine Oil Containers: we buy bulk containers and use the empty containers for kerosene fuel storage.
  • Batteries from night dive torches: all of our torches use rechargeable batteries.
  • Plastic wrappers: we do not sell any products with plastic wrappers (except our t-shirts).
Mowed landscaping is being replaced by ground cover. Leftover wood from the construction process is reused for fertilizer and decoration in our garden.
  1. As of August 2015 we  are using full solar energy with technology advance Inverters. We have started using batteries to store the excess electricity from our generators.
  2. We use a generator from 17.00 – 22.00 hrs (peak hours of electricity usage) along with our solar panels to have 24 hours of electricity.
  3. By reducing genset hours, we reduce noise, pollution, and thus help our guests experience more contact with nature, promoting good sleeping patterns.
  1. We use traditional Papuan design & building materials, and sustainable building techniques.
  2. All our materials are sourced from local villages.
  3. Our accomodation has been designed for low visual & environmental impact following the natural lay of the land.
  1. We continually check our generators, outboard motors, and compressors, and provide maintenance before the required time, in order to reduce hazardous emissions and to offset their carbon footprint.
  2. All our machines have updated logbooks, with the number of hours of operation.
  3. We change the oil before the maintenance date recommended by the factory.
  1. We source everything we can locally, not only to reduce our carbon footprint and provide our guests with the freshest food possible, but also to support the local economy and give you the chance to try local products.
  2. We do not use MSG in the preparation of our food.
  3. We use locally produced coconut oil wherever possible, and NEVER use destructive palm oil products – we love Orang-utans and want their home to stay intact!
  4. We do not use any beef or pork in our cooking to try and optimize sustainability. (animal agriculture is the single most damaging industry to the environment)
  5. We do not have microwaves in our kitchen.
  6. We never use plastic straws
  7. Recycled kitchen oil is used for restaurant table lighting
  8. We don’t include shrimps in our menu – shrimp trawling is the most destructive and unsustainable type of fishing in the world with very high percentage of bycatch.
  9. Gluten free, Vegetarian & Vegan meals are available on request.
  10. All meals are homemade with 100% love
  1. Mowed landscaping is being replaced by ground cover.
  2. Left over wood from construction process is reused for fertilizer and decoration in our garden.
  3. All flower arrangements for rooms & the restaurant come from our gardens only
  4. Continuous planting – To encourage the local bird & butterfly population
  1. We promote local guides to take our guests to see different birds of paradise of the area, giving them the option of preserving this beautiful animals instead of hunting them for souvenirs.
  2. We help educate the local community to protect the marine life
  3. We support the local SASI boys campaign which installs bouys in front of coral reefs to discourage anchoring & fishing.
  4. We only buy and serve pelagic fish – never reef fish.
  1. We continually check for and power down unused resort equipment.

We have 90% LED light bulbs in guest rooms and communal areas. With LED bulbs we reduce energy use and maximise light output.

  1. As of August 2015 we are using full solar energy with technology advance Inverters. We have started using batteries to store the excess electricity from our generators.
  2. We use a genset from 17.00 – 22.00, and batteries the rest of the day. Soon we will use solar panels to increase the number of hours of electricity, with the goal of achieving 24hrs (depending on guests’ usage).
  3. By reducing genset hours, we reduce noise, pollution, and thus help our guests experience more contact with nature, promoting good sleeping patterns.
  4. Our energy consumption through mains power is limited to a max 7,200 wt
  5. We encourage guests to turn off their lights when not in use
  6. Energy saving & LED light bulbs only throughout the property
  7. We use natural gas for cooking
  8. All room diving torches are rechargeable

These are the measures we are taking to limit the impact of our activities on the environment. All of our guests agree that we are surrounded by spectacular nature, rich habitat, flora and fauna, in Raja Ampat, both above and below the water. We worry that the large numbers of these new guests consider today’s reality as being the benchmark of extreme biodiversity and beauty. We can only imagine what the health of these reefs were like in the past, and what they could be like again!

We encourage you to help the environment in recovering itself. Nature somehow finds a way, but it cannot happen without our help.

We hope you understand after this reading we are a truly eco resort in Raja Ampat, and why not? In the World!