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Sorido Bay Resort

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Sorido Bay Resort & "sister" resort, Kri Eco, located on the same island, are for those travellers interested in the opportunity to experience total escape ... and the legendary diving at Cape Kri.

"The best I can do here is to repeat the comments I made about Kri Eco Resort.  Few places on earth that I have visited are more serenely idyllic than Kri and Sorido Bay.  I can't recommend the two resorts highly enough for individuals who want to feel totally removed from the hectic pace of modern life and who are also seeking some of the planet's finest diving.  Sorido Bay is more sophisticated & refined than Kri but shares all of its impeccable magic!     Dominick Macan

Pristine elegance .... built by natives in a native style ... 

Kri Island is located about 75 km northwest of Sorong, which lies at the tip of the Bird's Head peninsula in West Papua, the island furthest east in the Indonesian archipelago. Kri Island is approximately 2 hours by private boat from Sorong.

The nearest habitation is at the airfield 75 km away, the resort is limited to 18 guests and you will never in the world find more exhilarating underwater experiences.

This is definitely a feeling of leaving the world behind! And, yes, it really looks like the photo above . . . True Paradise.

Sorido Bay Resort is the upscale option on Kri Island and offers two kinds of oceanfront bungalows, both very spacious and elegant. The "Sentani" is 65m² and the "Kaimana" is 90 m².

The resort has been built combining modern and traditional Papuan building styles and materials. Each bungalow has TV with individual satellite programs, plus air conditioning, large bathroom, and mini bar – and the bungalows are decorated with authentic Papuan artifacts.

For the photographer, there is also a 3 meter long camera work table with 220V and 110V power outlets and rinse sink in each bungalow. The resort is limited to 18 guests in total.


 Accommodation

Sorido Bay Resort is the upscale option on Kri Island and offers two kinds of oceanfront bungalows, both very spacious and elegant. The "Sentani" is 65m² and the "Kaimana" is 90 m².

The resort has been built combining modern and traditional Papuan building styles and materials. Each bungalow has TV with individual satellite programs, plus air conditioning, large bathroom, and mini bar – and the bungalows are decorated with authentic Papuan artifacts.

For the photographer, there is also a 3 meter long camera work table with 220V and 110V power outlets and rinse sink in each bungalow. The resort is limited to 18 guests in total.

The main buildings are also very spacious and have wireless internet connection. There is a dedicated library and a photo/video lounge (with 2 iMac computers) and the kitchen prepares delicious Asian meals. Vegetarian meals or other requirements on request. Fresh fruit juices and snacks are served after the dives.

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Diving

Papua Diving offers tailor-made diving with a maximum 6 divers in one boat with at least 2 dive guides for 6 people . The dive itinerary is developed based on the interests & requests of the guests and the dive packages are sold in 5, 10, 15 or any number of dives you may choose.

All divers and non divers visiting Raja Ampat will also need to pay an annual entrance fee for the Marine Park of 500,000 Rupiahs per person (Rp 250,000 for Indonesians). We collect payments from guests and Rp350,000 goes towards Conservation International for conservation purposes and the remaining Rp 150,000 goes to local government.

Raja Ampat's pristine beauty, both above the water and below the water, is truly unrivalled.

Diving conditions are good here all year round with visibility averaging 20 metres. Water temperature is a constant 28 or 29 degrees Celsius. There are also currents in this area and we plan the dives according to the tides and least current.

During a typical week guests can expect to see manta rays, various species of pygmy seahorse, wobbegongs & endemic 'Raja Ampat walking sharks', large numbers of schooling fish such as bumphead parrot fish, giant trevally & barracuda plus just about every reef fish in the book.

This is set against a vibrant backdrop of the world's healthiest hard and soft corals. The house reef at Cape Kri is where Dr. Gerry Allen recorded 283 different species of fish during ONE dive. This made Cape Kri not only the fish richest dive site known to science, but also the richest house reef anywhere!

The dives included in the package prices are for dive sites within a 10km radius of the resort. Outside of this zone there are fuel surcharges ranging from E20 p/p to E60 p/p for far-away dive sites such as Fam Islands and the Passage, although there is no charge for the first trip to Manta Point to see manta rays.

You do not need to go outside of the 10km radius as there are countless local dive sites which are so good that you will want to return to each several times.


No Diving on Saturdays

Papua Diving has a no diving policy on Saturdays, EXCEPT for diving on your own on the house reef, as this is the day of rest for all staff.  Accompanied diving is not offered between 6pm Friday and 6pm on Saturday, however night diving is possible at 7pm on Saturday.

You can have a trip to see the Red Bird of Paradise on neighboring Gam island on Saturday mornings. The transport is free but guests are requested to pay Rp 100,000 each to contribute to conservation of the birds. Saturdays are for relaxing & guests are invited to explore the island & to enjoy snorkeling or kayaking.

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