The younger sister resort to Kri Eco Resort, Sorido Bay Resort offers the same outstanding location, but with a much higher level of luxury, Sorido Bay Resort lies on the edge of the mountainous Kri island in northern Raja Ampat. It is approximately 75 kilometres northwest of Sorong. The resort buildings have been constructed with local natural materials using traditional design and methods combined with a contemporary design flair that has left the resort sheltered in the lush green Papuan jungle on a beautiful cape overlooking a deep lagoon, Sorido Bay Resort offers very incredible panoramic views.
There are two room categories at Sorido Bay – the Sentani bungalows, 65m/sq, designed for one to two guest, and the Kaimana Villa, 90m/sq, which has a living room area with satellite TV and can accommodate three to four guests. Each room is decorated and furnished in Papuan style using local artefacts and is equipped with air-conditioning, big bathrooms with double mirrors, washbasins and hot and cold water. There are top quality linens on huge king-sized beds, a mini-bar, fridge, and camera workstation. These spacious bungalows are built on the seashore with beach access, the villas are joined to the main buildings by a raised walkway which is lit at night and keeps you off the sand.
The main building at Sorido Bay Resort houses the lobby, office, restaurant, kitchen, storage rooms, library/computer-internet room/souvenir shop, as well as a mini museum of Max’s, the owner’s, WWII artefacts. Sorido Bay Resort has a spacious dining area, bar and relaxation area with splendid view over the bay where Wi-Fi is available to the guests. Tea, coffee, drinking water and snacks are available all day. All the meals take place in the restaurant, which has one big communal table. You get to meet and mix with the other guests and chat about the day’s diving. Sorido Bay Resort has a modern kitchen in where their well-trained chef prepares the meal which is using only produce bought locally from the villagers, or freshly caught fish from the local fisherman. The food is simple, tasty, Papuan dishes plus lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and there’s homemade dessert every night, sometimes the kitchen lady makes delicious butter and peanut butter cookies which make a very filling snacks after a ‘hard’ day of diving.
There are 7 shaded fibreglass dive boats that depart daily except for Saturdays when only diving off the jetty is available. Boat diving ends at 1800 on Fridays and commences again at 1800 on Saturday. A 1900 night dive is offered on a Saturday. Dive sites are mostly within 5 and 15 minutes boat ride of the resort. Up to 4 guided boat dives are offered daily and usually divers return to the resort between dives. Papua Diving has a rule that only 6 divers can be on a boat at once and at least 2 dive guides will escort these groups. All boats carry oxygen, first aid kits and radios. The offshore reef sites of Sorido Bay Resort, especially those near Kri Island are populated with megatons of schooling fish. Many different species school in the current so that sometimes a diver is surrounded by a chaotic mass of fish life. The most common to see are Barracuda, Jacks, Bannerfish, Surgeonfish, Fusiliers, Parrotfish and Snappers.
Occasionally full or half day trips to remote islands can be arranged. A limited selection of gear is available for rent so if you require it make sure to request it in good time. Nitrox is available free of charge.
Non-diving activities are also available such as kayaking, visits to other islands for exploring, walking and bird watching.
Sorido Bay Resort offers 7, 14 and 21 night packages that run from Sunday to Sunday. 10 nights trips are also available from Sundays to Wednesdays.
|Number of Lodgings||7||Cuisine type||Indonesian|
|Price range||€2045 – €7371||How served||Buffet|
|Transfer cost||Free with schedule|
|Minimum stay||7 nights||Other|
|Electric supply||24hrs 220v|
|Wifi||In Public areas||Spa||No|
|House reef||Yes||Courses offered||Yes|
|Shore Dives||Yes||Equipment Hire||Yes|
|Night Dives||Yes||No of dives /day||4 – unlimited|