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

Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort: "Raja Ampat is amazing", Nov, 2016,

by stefanie Fenton, NV, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9264 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Raja Ampat is amazing and the Sorido Bay Resort is a great place. I have been diving for many years and so I know what a safe, high quality dive operations looks like and Sorido Bay has their act together. The resort is run by a fellow named Chris who has a lot of passion for his work. In this report, I will tell you what I can about the diving and then the resort.

Raja Ampat is beautiful. The coral is healthy and the fish life is abundant. Manta's are there for the part of the year when there is a plankton upwelling. We did not see them (we were there in early Nov 2016), but still had a FANTASTIC time in Raja. In every dive, there is a ton to see, from pygmy sea horses and nudibranchs, to large schools of barracuda, snapper, tuna, reef sharks and pre-historic looking Wobegon Sharks. And there is every kind of reef fish you can imagine - 4 varieties of angelfish, butterfly fish, batfish, etc. The dive groups are quite small (3-4 divers max) and the dive guides have sharp eyes for finding critters. Most are local, so English is not their first language, but they make themselves understood, lead safe dives, and are fantastic underwater guides.

The Resort is on the same island as Kri eco resort, so go there if you want a rustic feel. Sorido Bay has very nice, very clean rooms, each with their own air conditioner and lovely back deck. The food is not gourmet, but it was tasty and plentiful. The other guests were all from various places in Europe. They were good company, good divers and had a great spirit of camaraderie.

It takes a lot of effort and time to get to Raja. So if you want to go, pick the right place for YOU to stay comfortably. We loved it at Sorido Bay - it was a great choice for us. It is a bit expensive and worth it for us because are past the backpacking stage of our lives. We will return.
Websites Papua Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving 325+ dives over 20+ years
Closest Airport Sorong, ID Getting There Flight to Sorong, resort arranged transport to their island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 28-°F / -2-°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40-90 Ft/ 12-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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