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Dive Review of Papua Diving/ Kri Island Resort in
Indonesia/Rajah Amphat, West Papua

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Donald Gard, Bangkok, Bangkok
Report Number 2176
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Many other places in Indonesia, Thailand, Malyasi, PI, and Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
28   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
3   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
see comments below  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
Lack of Management and Poor Organization Sinks Kri Island Trip

1st two weeks of November 2005

Diving Problems
1. Able to dive only nearby the resort for the first four days because of
engine difficulties that could have been handled in the slack weeks prior
to the arrival of 6 or 7 guests including myself.
2. Many delays at the dock because engine repairs or maintenance were left
until the last minute. 
3. No consideration for guests preferences in choice of dive sites 
   a.During the first days of my second week, the manager would     decide
on the dive sites according to his personal agenda.  He wanted to visit and
mark (via GPS) those spots that he was not familiar with. This was being
done for his future employer as he was quitting mid week.
  b.I resolved the problems about dive sites with the manager. However, I
was informed in the morning that the owner over ruled the agreement reached
the evening previous.
  c.When his manager left, the owner took over the management of the diving
and he, too, had his own agenda.  Instead of asking for guest preferences
and involving the dive guide, who was with the guests all day, the owner
would sell us on, great dive spots.   We were sent on long boat rides to
various damaged reefs.   All of these dives were adjacent to small
settlements where we stopped between dives.  Our stops at these settlements
seemed to be the reason for these trips. The owner may have had his crew
conduct some business at these places; there could have been some local
official to impress, or some other reason.  The trip was not for the
purpose of providing guests with good diving.
   d.Because of these inconsiderate actions I sat out 2 days refusing to be
charged 35 Euros for poor dives.   This proved to be futile, as I had
already paid for the dives.
Other Problems
1.Offered in-country arrangements at as much as 100% mark up.  Example: 50
Euros for a one-night hotel stay in Sorong; my walk in price at the same
hotel was $21.00.  Any airfares arranged by them were, also, marked up 20
to 30%.
2. Failure to be met at the Sorong Airport after being assured that this
would be done.
3. No manager on site for the first and last 3-4 days of my stay.  My
orientation to the resort was on the 4th day of my stay.
No problem
1. There were a number of other annoyances but none of them had to do with
the living facilities, the Papuan Staff, or the food.  

The reason for these problems is that the owner, Max Amer, is fully
occupied by another resort project about 500 meters down the beach.  He
doesnt have time manage the resort himself and he is unable to hold on to
any manager for more than a short while.  All of this leads to a troubled
atmosphere that is not new to this resort.  It is my assessment that these
problems will not be resolved soon and that a visit there is a real gamble
at this time.

I paid approximately $2400 plus travel expenses for a 13-day 24-dive
package.   Only 10 of the dives were in reasonably good locations.  Some of
the 10 were not so good because of the conditions but that is not the fault
of the resort.  At $240.00 per dive, a live aboard would have been a better

I would add that some the best dive spots are good but not great.  I agreed
with some Singaporean guests who felt that this area was overrated.

I suggest that divers be wary and hold off on visiting the resort Kri
Island Resort until the owner can show that he has some reasonable
management (not temporary backpackers working for free) in place.  A
written agreement to allow a prorated refund at any time during your stay
is a good idea.  


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