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Dive Review of Papua Diving in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Papua Diving: "Soared Bay Resort - don't waste your time", Oct, 2015,

by George S. Irwin, M.D., IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8534.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is an expensive resort. The food was roughly similar each day - buffet of overdone fish, chewy chicken and beef of some sort was the dinner choice. This was the worst resort food I have experienced. And all resort services stop on Saturday so that 1/7th of each week is wasted - mind that you have paid for a full week but really only get 6 days of services. Food was provided on Saturdays but just as poor as on all other days.
And Raja Ampat has been discovered and new resorts and many live-aboard now populate this once deserted area so that many divers are on "remote" reefs every day. On several days we needed to abandon a chosen site for an alternative one due to diver density. Cape Kri is the house reef for Sorido and is a spectacular dive but there were at least two live-aboards divings this spot each day. I have come to Raja Ampat over the years and enjoyed the solitude - those days are gone my friend. Even Sorong has answered the tourist call by building two new hotels to cover the increase in diver traffic.
Of the resorts in the central area of Raja Ampat, I can recommend Raja for Divers and would suggest you skip Sorido.
Websites Papua Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Caribbean, New Guinea, Egypt
Closest Airport Sorong, West Papua Getting There Via Singapore, then Manado, and on to Sorong. 2 hour boat transfer to island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The diving was safe and the guides well trained to provide a good under water experience. 60 minute dives to 30 meters was the rule.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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