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Dive Review of Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort, Aug, 2006,

by Wafa Abdelati, DC, USA . Report 3013.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Maldives, Sipadan, Similan Islands, Red Sea, Cayman, Maui, Manado/Bunaken/Lembeh/Bali.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions maximum dive time 70 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dive guides very knowldegeable and facilitate showing different sea creatures at same time so that photographers do not crowd each other out at the same creature.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my second time and even better than I remembered it 14 months earlier. It is a truly unique and exquisite place that is well worth the time to get there and I am very lucky to have had the chance to experience diving there.

Sorido Bay is a totally different experience than its sister resort, Kri Resort, which was featured in the May 2006 issue of Undercurrent. I was surprised to hear that subscriber Donald Gard found "damaged reefs that were not up to par". All my diving was with the divers from Kri Resort, who were very happy with the service and diving, and the only complaint I heard was the lack of warm water in the shower from one of the ladies. If comforts matter to you, then go for Sorido Bay, with large airconditioned rooms that are tastefully decorated and have a lot of privacy. Food was generally good, with some fantastic Indonesian dishes (notablly great soups at dinner and a salad with raw fruits and hot pepper sauce). But limited fresh salad and fruits, probably reflecting the transport distance for supplies. In spite of his overwhelming responsibilties supervising the expansion of the resort and initiating conservation projects in the area, Max Ammer was the most gracious host and his company and conversation unmatched by any other on my many travels.

All the dives were very good to excellent, with schools of fish swimming harmoniously back and forth. We had no trouble with old boat engines, although one or two new boats were on order and to have been delivered in September.

The service was excellent with everyone going out of their way to anticipate and accomodate your wishes, and to arrange for you to dive at the sites you choose or to join the dive group of your choice. I was especially lucky that I even managed to get some 6am morning dives even though these are not normally on the schedule (and rare in Indonesia). The exporatory trip to dive under the mangroves was quite a special treat as I'd never experienced that or imagined so much coral and sea life to live write under the mangroves roots.

All in all, my favorite dive destination and I cannot wait to return!

I hear it is going to be featured in an upcoming National Geographic article, and hope other divers enjoy it without spoiling its pristine marine eco-system.
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