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Dive Review of Sorido Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Andrew Bernat, VA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5790
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Fiji, Australia, French Polynesia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute dives but we frequently exceeded that. Folks could dive their own
profiles.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Box on boats for cameras but boat rides tend to be short. Dedicated rinse
on dock. Sink and fresh water in each room. Boat staff handled cameras very
carefully.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The reefs are outstanding - healthy, diverse and filled with fish. The dive
operation is both very careful of the reefs and very interested in your
dive experience. There are 3 daytime boat dives per day with night dives
upon request. Dive locations are dictated by conditions - particularly
currents. Dive equipment is handled by staff or by you, your choice. 

We did not do any of the extended day trips to see mantas or to the
Passage, although we did see a manta during one of our dives. We plan to do
the longer trips on our next visit - the local diving was so spectacular
that we wanted all we could get.

Be prepared for currents; we had roaring ones on some dives and some on
virtually every dive. Visibility was generally poor due to the protein
filling the water - and attracting so many fish.

Rude (Max's brother) was committed to our being well taken care of. One of
us has a food allergy issue and they carefully prepared separate dishes
(same food but prepared to avoid the allergen) for each meal - outstanding
care! There is a nice library of ID books available. People are genuinely
friendly.

Saturday is a day of rest for the staff; they will leave tanks on the jetty
if you wish to dive, but you will dive off the dock; rooms are not cleaned;
but you are fed!

It is a long way to Sorido Bay from the USA - it took us 3 travel days to
get there, but the quality of the diving and resort have us figuring out
how to get back. Indonesian airline flights are notoriously delayed (all of
our flights were, including both Silk Air flights), so do not plan any
close connections.

The resort requests only cash for paying the final bill (NITROX, t-shirts,
gratuity, etc.) which we were not aware of (despite checking beforehand) so
make sure to check their policy before you go. 

Overall, our experience at Sorido Bay Resort more than lived up to our
expectations.
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