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

Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort: "Sorido Bay Resort, Papua Diving, November 2015", Nov, 2015,

by C Leroy Anderson, UT, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8699 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Perfect coral. Tons of colorful reef fish in classic indopacific diving. Some unusual dive sites such as the Passage with very abundant soft coral. Extremely varied, abundant, and healthy coral and fish. Good shark and pelagic encounters. Lots of good has been said about this destination, it's all true. One comment which may be worthwhile is that I have gone to this destination several times with different operators including two liveaboard trips. Max and the staff and divemasters at Papua diving stand out in terms of service and their intent to help visitors maximize their vacation experience. Other dive operators had their agenda. Max and his staff put the customer first and the customer agenda is their agenda. I asked to see a Wobegong shark and in the first day of diving they found five different Wobegongs, and the dive guides seemed eager and pleased to do so. The food was great and the lodging at Sorido Bay Resort was very fine indeed. I loved the ability to call my wife daily with their wifi. A great, great dive vacation experience. The experience of the guides with the area really helped arrange for optimal conditions and visiting the very best sites at the best times to do so.
Websites Papua Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Everywhere
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There 5 flights from USA

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-120 Ft/ 15-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1hour dive times and no deeper than nitrox mix allowed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments You won't find better subject matter anywhere. Mainly wide angle, but of course lots of nudi's and pygmy seahorses for macro. Every room has a dedicated rinse tank for large cameras and camera bench with charging options for both US and european style outlets.
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By report author: C Leroy Anderson in UT, US at Nov 27, 2015 09:39 EST  
The form will not let me comment on "service and attitude" as above, but this should of course be set at five stars as per my other comments noted. I have never encountered a more responsive and competent staff in my diving experience.
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