Situated on a prime site in Raja Ampat is Sorido Bay Resort, in the heart of the greatest marine biodiversity known to science. 374 fish species recorded on their house reef in a single dive tells its own story. Despite its remote location, a vacation stay at Sorido Bay promises high comfort levels yet minimal environmental impact.
7 beautiful air-conditioned sea view cottages sit on the land, overlooking the turquoise waters of Raja Ampat. The resort is centred around a large open-air lounge with a wet area downstairs and dry area upstairs. Free WiFi is available in the lounge and cottages. There are TVs in the cottages, and the lounge which also features a movie library, shop and a museum full of WWII artefacts.
The resort suggests fixed dates for 7 and 10 night vacation packages, although with additional costs you can make your own itinerary. Because of the quality of sites right on your doorstep, most guests opt for the unlimited diving package with nitrox. Enriched air nitrox is complimentary to all nitrox-certified divers at this resort. While remote and surrounded by nature, the aim of Sorido Bay is to provide you with a service that is both luxurious and personalised.
Kri islands, Raja Ampat North (Diving environment: wall diving, drift diving, caverns, healthy reefs, advanced divers, off the beaten track; Highlights: shark action, manta rays, turtles, great macro life/marine diversity, schooling fish/big pelagics).
No diving on days of arrival and departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), unlimited self-guided dives from the jetty (07:00-21:00 hrs on diving days), night dives (within 10 km radius of the resort), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weight belts, scuba tax, drinking water, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):Dive insurance, scuba equipment (incl, dive computer: US$ 48 per day), Raja Ampat marine park fee (US$ 121 per year). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Optional extras:
Extra dives, torch, 15 litre tank. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, snacks, internet access, laundry, scheduled Sunday and mid-week transfers (only included for packages of at least 7 nights). Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Transfers other than those mentioned as included, single supplement on single travellers only, payable in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Single Supplement:
This is a compulsory additional charge on single travellers for the sole occupancy of double/twin accommodation. Optional extras:
Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Sorido Bay Resort is located on Kri Island, Raja Ampat, 75 km northwest off the coast of West Papua. The accommodation offers complimentary return boat transfers for Sunday arrivals (7, 10 and 21 night packages) from Sorong airport, West Papua. Complimentary transfers are also available for Thursday arrivals (10 and 17 nights stay). The journey takes about 2 hours by speedboat from Sorong at 09:00 am.
Scheduled Sunday transfer for stays less than 7 nights (US$ 84 per person per way). Non-scheduled transfer boat charter from/to Sorong (rental fee can be shared between guests) (US$ 690 per way).
Scheduled arrival /departure day is Sunday (for weekly packages), and Sun-Wed or Thu-Sun (for 10 & 17 day packages).
You can fly directly to Sorong from Bali or Jakarta. We recommend Sriwijaya Air SJ-598/570 departing Jakarta ~12:30 am arriving Sorong ~07:45 am; no overnight transit is necessary. Note that special private transfers can be arranged for arrival and departure from Monday to Friday at an additional cost. Please ask us for more details. For more information see our West Papua travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Pay for 8 guests or more and receive 1 extra place free of charge.
Sorido Bay's holiday accommodation consists of 7 cottages: 5 double/twin 'Sentani' cottages and 2 'Kaimana' cottages which can be double, 3-share or 4-share depending on the desired configuration. All are air-conditioned with king-sized beds (a single bed can be added on request), a minibar and TV. Private ensuite bathrooms featured in all cottages have hot water showers, hairdryers and towels. With high ceilings and wooden floors the accommodation at Sorido Bay is spacious and stylish while maintaining a light ecological footprint.
All the cottages have:
Air-conditioning with individual controls and electric fan
Most days consist of 3 guided boat dives (2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon) and an optional dusk or night dive. Most of the dives take place at the excellent local sites of the Dampier Strait with the dive boat returning to the resort after each dive. Sites include Cape Kri, Sardines, Manta Sandy, Blue Magic and Mioskon. There are 30 or so sites within a 10 km radius of Sorido Bay.
Saturdays are days of rest for the guides but if you have taken the unlimited diving package you are welcome to explore the house reef unguided as much as you wish. Trips to more distant sites elsewhere in Raja Ampat like the Jef Fam Islands, the Passage and Wai Island can be arranged at additional cost, if desired.
The eco-catamarans (used for the nearby sites) and the faster speed boats are small and built locally from fibreglass with 2 x 40 HP engines. They take up to 6 divers with a captain and 2 dive staff. There is equipment storage space, ladders, shade and Wenoll oxygen kits. Lunch (full day trip) or snacks (half day trip), and drinking water are provided on boat trips. These excursions leave between 07-08:00 am.
The resort dive facilities include complimentary nitrox, jetty shower, equipment storage, camera table & rinse tank, 12 litre tanks, emergency oxygen and first aid. All your scuba gear is washed by the staff and stored in the equipment room on the jetty. There's virtually no need for guests to carry anything. We recommend you bring your own equipment since scuba rental supply is limited and there are no wetsuits.
The snorkeling at Sorido Bay is outstanding. The reefs around and just in front of the resort are part of Cape Kri and are some of the best in the world. Turtles and sharks are almost always guaranteed and it's not uncommon to snorkel with schools of big bumphead parrotfish. You will be blown away by the amount, size and variety of fish and corals. A lot of the dive sites are also accessible for snorkelers, but not all due to depth and/or current.
Sorido Bay is a comfortable accommodation in a very remote and pristine environment. You can expect a high level of service but a relatively simple resort in terms of facilities. The ocean is your swimming pool, for example; tree kangaroos, the entertainment.
The main building is home to the dining area, lounge, library and museum. There is free WiFi both here and in the cottages, and a free guest laundry service. The majority of guests are serious divers who spend most of their time underwater and simply relax and enjoy the calm, natural surroundings during surface intervals.
Resort facilities include: Oceanview restaurant - Sun chairs - Lounge with TV & DVD player, comprehensive library, and water dispenser - Guest access computer & free wi-fi internet - Complimentary laundry service - Souvenir shop
Location: Kri Island, Northern Raja Ampat, West Papua Province, Indonesia
Meals are served buffet-style in the dining area in the main lounge building at Sorido Bay. You can look forward to a range of international cuisine and Indonesian specialties during your stay. Typically there will be choices of salads, pasta and rice dishes as well as meat, seafood and curries. Appetisers are served half an hour before dinner and a desert is created by the in-house patisier.
Fruits, coffee, tea and cookies are available throughout the day. Beers, juices and canned soft drinks are available for purchase.
Each day begins with a cooked breakfast including eggs, home-made bread, fresh fruit, muffins and some traditional Indonesian breakfast dishes. Freshly squeezed fruit juice, tea and coffee are also provided.
Given the remote location, effort will be made to cater to all dietary requirements and advance notice is highly recommended.
The nearest hyperbaric chamber and hospital is in Waisai, approximately 1 hour boat ride away. Dive insurance is mandatory.
The boats are equipped with GPS, flares, VHF radio, mobile phone, and an emergency first aid kit including oxygen. 1 guide is provided for every 3 divers. The resort has 76,000 litres of emergency oxygen, a first aid kit, and a satellite telephone for emergency use.
Sorido Bay has room safes for guest valuables. There is a police station 50 minutes away.