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Dive Review of Voyager/Sorido Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat Islands

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dick Joseph and (see below), GA, USA
Report Number 2703
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All three Caymans, Tongue of the Ocean, Bonaire, Dominica, South Caicos,
Bequia, Carriacou, Palau, Tobago, Playa Chinchorro, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The Voyager provides spacious accomodations for each phtopgrapher including
charging stations. All of this was on the dive deck. Sorido Bay also
provides plenty of space in the room with good lighting and a sink, as well
as outlets for charging.
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 $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
  My wife and I spent 11 nights aboard the Voyager cruising the Raja Ampat
Islands off the coast of Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) followed by a 10-night
stay at the Sorido Bay Resort on Kri island during April of 2006.
  The Voyager is staffed by friendly folks and excellent dive masters. Our
cabin was reasonably spacious with an ensuite head providing hot water on
demand. The food was adequate and plentiful and there is wine and beer
available for purchase.
  The diving is extraordinary! Though not enamored of liveaboards - the
constant din of the deisel exhaust denies the sublime quiet of time at sea
- the opportunity to visit the variety of dive sites afforded by such
mobility makes the Voyager a must. The soft corals of Misool are
breathtaking, beyond words, and there's no other way to dive the site.
  On the negative side, the crew has no mechanism for dealing with
irresponsible divers. For example, an individual with a digital camera
would spend a considerable amount of time on a particular subject all  the
while destroying the coral in the area around his fins. After witnessing
this on repeated dives I spoke to the crew but they failed to intervene.
Sadly, other divers witnessed this same outrage but felt it was
inappropriate to address the issue, not wanting to "rat" on a
fellow diver. I loathe rules inhibiting accomplished divers but there comes
a time...
  The crew of the Voyager accomodated us by enabling a meeting at sea with
one of the dive boats from Sorido Bay. These boats are open to the sun and
weather and there is but one seat. This is the only down side to Sorido
  Each cabin is but meters away from the gentle loll of the ocean. Reading
on the chaise lounge on the porch following the day's dives often leads to
rereading the same page three or four times before giving in to sleep. The
bed's comfy and the shower's first rate with all the hot water you need.
The room has an AC but Max, the owner, suggests it only be used after 5
p.m. You will not wish it any other way.
  But you don't go half way 'round the world for a hot shower. The diving's
killer. Everything from absurdly small pygmy seahorses to two-meter
wobbegong sharks on virtually every dive. Wanna see mantas? You've come to
the right place. Cool stuff? Nothing takes your breath away like a juvenile
Barramundi or a juvenile Pinnate Spadefish. And the list of cool stuff is
only limited by the amount of times you jump in: a never-ending parade of
bizarrely respendent flatworms and nudibranchs, lionfish, stonefish,
pipefish, crocodile flatheads; the list goes on and on. And the corals!
Each dive different, each depth different. 
  Love those moments when your dive guide points directly at something and
you still can't see what it is? How about a pair of spiny waspfish looking
more like dead leaves than living creatures. The dive guides at Sorido Bay
are excellent spotters. The downside is that their command of English is
extremely limited. The upside is the resort's library; the most extensive
I've ever seen. 
  But wait! There's more!! Those who enjoy food should look forward to the
lunches and dinners, not to mention some yummy appetiziers. Scrumptious
local dishes await those with an adventurous palate (and there's tame stuff
for those so inclined). Lots of it too.
  One draw back: wine is hard to get in these remote parts so unless you
bring your own all you can get at Sorido Bay is beer. Fortunately, in
addition to the local stuff there's Guinness.
  We're goin' back. Can't wait.
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