RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

HOW WILL YOUR VISIT BENEFIT THE AREA?

Your visit allows us to contribute to the local economy in many different ways

  • Staff:

Most of our staff are local ethnic Papuan, from the neighboring areas to our resort. Most of our staff were hired without any previous experience in the hospitality/diving industry. We provide training for them in all areas: kitchen, restaurant, housekeeping, boating staff, and dive guides.

  • Fish:

Most of our fish come directly from the fisherman from neighboring villages. We have a strict policy of not eating reef fish.

  • Village Products:

1) Our cooking oil is directly from the villages around us. Cooking oil is 100% natural coconut oil from the surrounding villages; it’s made exclusively by women.

2) Vegetables: we often buy spinach, sweet potatoes, green papaya, chilies, and seasonal fruit from the villages.

  • Wood

We order all our construction timber from the neighboring villagers, and do not buy from sawmill warehouses.

  • Thatched Roof

We buy the thatched roof that we use in 90% of our facilities directly from the surrounding villages. Thatched roof production is another activity that is exclusive to women.

  • Construction Workers

All our traditional construction materials are produced by labor from the neighboring villages.

 

  • Jungle Treks

We coordinate with local village guides for Jungle Treks and Bird of Paradise Treks. While we do receive profits from these activities, guests pay the guides directly.

  • Village walks

We encourage our guests to visit the local villages and partake to some small extent in the life of a Papua family. This gives their visit a cultural, socially responsible, and personally enriching dimension.

These are the steps we are taking, in order to help the local people, to try and spread the wealth among the surrounding communities.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE VILLAGES

We make yearly contributions to two of our neighboring villages: Yenbeser Village and Friwen Village. Over the last two years we have given Christmas contributions consisting of: 700Kg of rice, 200Kg of sugar, 200Kg of flour, 50Kg of coffee, 20Kg of tea, 50lts of orange concentrate syrup, and 5 boxes of condensed milk.

This year we will make yet another type of contribution. We will give children, aged 1-6, school uniforms: shirts/blouses, skirts/shorts, and shoes. We are happy to thus support the future generation, as well.

Our mission statement, and core values, can be defined as follows:

Our intent, as divers and nature lovers, is to create a resort with environmentally sustainable tourism, managing natural resources in the best possible way to enhance the lives of the surrounding community, while maintaining the quality of the natural environment around the island of Gam. The layout of the resort is arranged so as not to disturb the native habitat and thus to support conservation of the flora and fauna.

Our priority is to minimize the impact of our presence, thus conserving the areas we visit. We therefore built all the cottages in the traditional manner, using sustainable materials and natural products, such as coconut wood and thatched roofs. We have tried to preserve the existing vegetation, cutting a minimum number of plants, thus integrating with nature to the fullest.We limit the consumption of plastics and encourage our customers to do the same, in order to preserve this paradise in its pristine state.

This is our formula of operation at Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort. We hope to provide you with a complete and memorable travel experience, both on and off the water.