In 2010, before commencing with construction on Pulau Pef, permission first had be obtained from all the surrounding villages.The next step was to hold a Blessing Ceremony 'Upacara' for the island itself, attended by the Head of Traditional Law 'Adat', the District Chief, the Heads of all the villages and elders. An additional Blessing Ceremony 'Upacara' for the sea surrounding the island, was held a few months later.
Construction began in October of 2010, and with it a steady flow of villagers selling materials: wood, roofing, leaves for the walls, rope, bamboo. The villagers also began to slowly but surely supply fresh vegetables, fish and fruits.
Raja4Divers provides on-going support to the local villages by employing and training many people from the surrounding villages, by regularly buying baskets, floor-mats and hats for use at the resort, as well as the constant building materials and foods.
Raja4Divers fosters the up-liftment of the local people of the Raja Ampat, and is committed to employing a minimum of 50% Papuans. The company provides accommodation, food health-insurance, pension and a good salary for each member of staff. In-house training projects are continuously on the go, in diving, kitchen, house-keeping, boat driving and maintenance departments.