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Dive Review of Sorido Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by scott johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 3811
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Sipadan, Palau, Truk, Red Sea, Costa rica, Cozumel, wakatobi and
a few others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes was max.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
They had a large wash basin and table for your cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Raja Ampat/Sorido Resort:

Had to get up at 2 am on December 30, leaving Lembeh to Manado to find the
flight delayed two plus hours to Sorong, I finally arrived at the Sorido
resort at about noontime. Quite an adventure to get there going through
Sorong to the boat dock and the boat that transports you there for the 3
hours. Max (owner) is putting a new boat in operation within the next
month. Maxs manager was on vacation so he showed me around the resort and
to my room. Nice resort the rooms are Modern, large, nice bathroom
facilities, plenty of storage space, a drying rack for your cloths, rinse
basin and table for your Camera, rooms are on the beach and TVs in Papua?!
All in the middle of a remote area on this earth. The only thing you have
to get used to is the sulfur smell of the running water. The meals were
plentiful and varied. Most of the dishes had an Indonesian twist to it
which meant a bit of spices, sometimes a bit too much for me (I am sure
they will accommodate your requests if needed). The area reminds me of
Palau, some rock islands and from what I understand the Papuans have
Palauan ancestry. Just wish it was as easy to get to as Palau!

It was time for lunch and then our first dive on the 30th. Max is very
thorough about looking at your dive logs and certification levels. The
first dive was on Kri reef. My experience for current diving includes
Galapagos, Palau, Rangiroa and Fakarava all of those locations can have
some wicked currents. My dive guide was Otto the head of the dive
operation. My first dive was a disaster, dropped into the blue and
immediately went down in about 90 seconds to 100 and swam over to the
reef. There was about a 2 to 3 knot current bearing down upon us. I
immediately started Finning up. Finally having to fill my BC to get back to
70. Then we turn into the current for about 5 minutes. Having blown
through half of my air in less than 9 minutes, I signaled to turn around
and do a drift dive. This was first time in 6 years I had a 30-minute dive
and I was diving a 15 liter or 100 tank! I was not a happy Diver and I told
them so! When telling them about my dive experience I forgot to mention I
am an Air Hog and not an Olympic swimmer!

The diving in Papua is incredible, i.e. on Kri and Sardines reef we saw
Bumphead Parrot fish, Black tip Sharks, Black & white tip reef sharks
Wobbegone Sharks, Sting Rays, Napoleon Wrasses, Sweet Lips, Groupers,
Napoleon wrasse, Giant Clams (biggest I have ever seen), large schools of
Great Barracuda, Batfish, massive schools of Yellowback fusiliers, Bait
fish, Jacks, Trevally, Emperors to Pigmy seahorsesand so much more. On
some dives you had to push the remains of gelatin egg casings from you
face. The only thing more I could have asked for is an additional 40
visibility. I have never seen so much on a single dive(s) anywhere. Did I
mention Corals? Every type of hard and soft coral I have seen anywhere.

The visibility was around 30 to 60, which was a major disappointment. I
was definitely hoping for better but there was so much in the water, I do
not know how much more you could take in. Water temperatures were 83 to 85
degrees and on some dives currents up to 2 or 3 knots. The weather was hi
overcast a few days with some sun and an occasional rain shower.
Temperatures were never to hot, very comfortable. Although it may seem like
moderate temperatures, you are within 49 miles of the equator. I was taking
Doxycline for malaria prevention and became very ill one day due to the
combination of Sun and Doxy, lost three dives. My plan was to do about 19
dives and got in only 15! Saturday is a day of rest so no diving allowed.

There were never more than two other people at Sorido when I was there. Max
is a great host. I was lucky he joined us for many of our meals and to talk
with him about his life, guests who have visited Sorido (he has had some
famous ones) and his diving experience is overwhelming. In addition, I was
able to see the future plans for his new liveaboard that is to be launched
in late 2008, this boat will be one of the finest on the water. I hope to
be back next year and doing a combination of his resort and liveaboard! 

Returning to Sorong had a few glitches. The hotel that Sorido put me in was
the J.E. Meridien in Sorong was great. I was put in this executive suite
overlooking the Airport! Upon arrival back in Sorong I saw the Sorido agent
about 30 seconds at the dock (if you want to call it thatLOL) and whisked
off in a taxi! One of the problems was lack of communication by the Sorido
staff upon the return. I did not have my plane ticket from Sorong to
Manado. I was told it would be at the resort. The resort said it would be
at the hotel. The Hotel had no idea and could not speak English. Fun!
Finally got a hold of the Sorido agent and my ticket. That could have gone
a lot smother. Then my biggest aggravation was with the Indonesian
airlines.All my connections were 2+ hours late and every airline I had to
pay an over weight charge for my scuba gear even one was not going to take
my gear. Indonesian Airlines are not flying friendly.

Any of the problems I encountered whether it was at Lembeh or Sorido, in
all fairness I must say many of the regular staff were on Holiday

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