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

Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort: "An Unusual Experience", Sep, 2016,

by Rose Mueller , TX, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9114 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most places it's warm
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There For the domestic airline ticket use ticketindonesia.info. The resort charges an extra 20% to book the flight. They also gave another agency that couldn't provide the tickets after the expense of bank wiring the money. Express Air is a direct flight from Jakarta but it's freezing as they don't turn on the heat. One NEEDS warm socks and a jacket with a hood.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The check out dive gives the dive master a good idea of one's capabilities. After that the chosen profile is allowed WITHIN reason. There is really no reason for deep diving. Most of the interesting beautiful schools of fish were above 50 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Our room had a camera station but there wasn't a bucket large enough with sweet water to soak my camera. They finally br ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments There really were no surprises when I booked this trip aside from choosing to forget the length of such a voyage. Even with the knowledge I had, it was difficult. The lodge has no sweet water for bathing or washing clothing. I felt like a salt factory. There is a need to establish a system to use the abundant rain water or put in a desalination plant. The food is basic. Perhaps too basic. Max, the owner, does care deeply about the people of Papua and the reefs surroundin ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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