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Dive Review of Sorido Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Sorido Bay Resort, Nov, 2010,

by Andrew Bernat, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5790.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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