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Dive Review of Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort: "Paradise for Divers in Raja Ampat", Jan, 2020,

by Valera Sakhnenko, ON, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11471 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments This report is about our second visit to Sorido Bay Resort (SBR), with the first being a year ago for the same duration (18 days).

We learned about this resort from a French couple, whom we met at Misool Eco Resort in early 2018. They told us that they took about 40 diving trips to Indonesia, and, in their opinion, Sorido Bay Resort is the best. So my wife and I ‘took the dive’ and booked two and a half weeks with SBR for December 2018 and we were really glad we did.

RESERVATION
I made a reservation directly with the resort, which is my preferred way of booking. By booking directly with the resort you will automatically get ‘enrolled’ in their loyalty program, which will give you 15% off on the 2nd trip and 20% off on the 3rd trip.

Considering the remote location, I would recommend a minimum stay of at least two weeks. There are only seven bungalows at the resort - five Sentani (for 2 people) and two Kaimana (for up to 4 people). So, consider booking in advance, especially if you are planning to come over the holiday season. In our case, both of the times we booked almost a year in advance to ensure that we got what we wanted.

Communication with the resort via email was easy, their replies were quick and detailed. They accept several payment methods, and I used TransferWise, which made payments from Canada easy. I’ve been using TransferWise for overseas payments for several years now without any issues.

You should keep in mind that the resort does not provide regular diving trips on Saturdays, but you can dive at the house reef. Therefore, when you schedule your trip you may want to explore leaving the resort on Thursday rather than on Sunday. If you are leaving on Thursday, you could make three or four dives on Wednesday, but stay overnight in Sorong and fly the next morning.

ACCOMMODATION
SBR is a very small resort - maximum 18 guests, but it is rarely 100% full. This, along with the outstanding staff led by Chris and Jade, created a very welcoming, family-like atmosphere, where you do not feel like you are at a resort at all, but rather like you are visiting your best friends who would do anything to make your stay as ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Papua Diving   Sorido Bay Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, North Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Hawaii, Andaman Sea, Philippines
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Toronto-Hong Kong-Jakarta-Sorong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 28-29°C / 82-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-20 M / 49-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 30 m, 60 min, no decompression
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Each bungalow has its own ‘camera room’, which includes a long table, a camera washing sink, and both international and US receptacles. E ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By BRADLEY CONDOin CO, US at Apr 19, 2020 19:31 EST  
Batik - overweight baggage in Sorong? Your luggage is weighed and you pay the overage. Nothing to arrange, you only have to pay. At CGK, the staff weighs, calculates the overage and you pay at the adjoining counter. Could not be easier.
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