Kri Eco Resort – Raja Ampat

Kri Eco Resort was the first dive resort on Raja Ampat and is highly regarded. For the original Raja Ampat experience, this is the place to be.
Travel period
All year round
Boatdiving, Shore diving
Starting at
14 days from €2642,- p.p

Kri Eco Resort - Raja Ampat

The Kri Eco Resort was Raja Ampat’s first dive resort and one of the reasons why diving there has become so famous.

Raja Ampat is an archipelago of about 1,500 small islands and coral reefs in the Indonesian province of West Papua. This area is considered one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. For many divers, Raja Ampat is number one.

This is partly because Raja Ampat is estimated to have more than 1,700 species of fish, representing about 75% of all fish species in the world. There are many endemic species, meaning they are found only in this area.

Raja Ampat also has some of the highest coral reef diversity on Earth, with more than 600 species of hard corals. The reefs are healthy and colorful, attracting divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

The Kri Eco Resort’s jetty is famous because a record number of fish species (374) were once counted on reef around the jetty. The jetty is the “house reef” of the Kri Eco Resort and also the place where you can dive unguided at your own pace and as much as you want!

Best travel time: Diving and snorkeling can be done year-round. There is no specific season that is particularly dry or rainy. The summer months can be rougher and windier, but do offer the best visibility. A good season is also October to April but then there is less visibility due to plankton.

The Kri Eco Resort is built of natural materials and there is a relaxed bounty atmosphere. This resort has many repeat guests and wins several awards every year.

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Wetsuit advice for Raja Ampat

Our recommendation is a 3mm wetsuit, shorty or skin.

What will you experience on this trip?

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Day 1 & 2 - The journey to Sorong

At the Kri Eco Resort, there are two “standard” arrival days. Thursdays and Sundays. The trip is from Europe via Jakarta to Sorong. From Sorong, you will then sail by boat the final leg to beautiful Raja Ampat.

Usually it comes down to starting your trip on Tuesday or Friday evening and then arriving in Sorong on Thursday or Sunday morning.

We admit it, you really are traveling for a while…. but it’s so worth it.

Day 3 - Arrival in Sorong & Check in.

This morning you will arrive at Sorong early in the morning. Kri Eco Resort’s crew will pick you up at the airport. Depending on whether to wait for more guests, you will first go to a hotel in Sorong to recover for a while or go directly by boat to the Kri Eco Resort.

The boat normally leaves Sorong around 09:30 and then you will arrive at the Kri Eco Resort around 11:00. Here the staff is already waiting for you and you can check into your cottage after a long journey.

The rest of the day is at your discretion. Perhaps you are very tired after the long trip and want to relax more than anything else. However, it is also possible to go snorkeling or even diving.

Day 4 to 11 - Unlimited Diving

For the next 8 days, you will be doing unlimited diving on Raja Ampat. Daily you can do 3 guided boat dives and one night/sunset dive. In addition, you may also edge dive with your buddy (not solo) on the house reef unmolested.

The Kri Eco Resort is located in the middle of all the dive sites and therefore you can just rest in the resort between dives and not on the water.

Cape Kri: Cape Kri is the house reef of Sordio Bay and is less than a 3-minute boat ride from Kri Eco Resort. This is the dive site that put Raja Ampat on the map when Dr. Gerry Allen smashed his record for total number of fish species on a single tank dive: 374 different species

Blue Magic: From Wobbegong sharks to tiny 2-inch Pygmy seahorses. The top of the reef is covered with hard coral with a number of large coral heads and some tabular Acropora corals over 3 meters wide. There is a resident school of Large-Eyed Trevallies and many large Barracudas. Green turtles can be found here, as well as Black Tips, White Tips and occasional gray reef sharks. If you are very lucky even a Giant Manta Ray. The magnificent dive ends with a safety stop in blue water drifting over and away from the reef.

Manta Sandy: This sandy slope, just 25 minutes from Kri Island, is known for its manta rays. It is a polishing station. Here we see huge black manta rays 4 meters wide, looking like a negative photographic image, their gills marked white, along with the other more common white-bellied variety.

The Passage: As seen in many articles, including by David Doubilet in the September 2007 National Geographic, The Passage is a completely unique dive site. The narrow gorge 40 minutes away between Gam and Waigeo can be described as a river flowing between the two islands, as well as a marine environment, a haven of peculiar and unique micro-habitats. Above water, the steep limestone cliffs make this a place where the sights above water are also extraordinarily beautiful. Guests combine this trip with a visit to the labyrinthine Hidden Bay, a maze of towering islets, and Kabui Bay, where literally hundreds of mushroom islands create a stunning landscape.

Day 12 - Excursions and packing up

Kri Island is home to amazingly diverse flora and fauna. Today you cannot dive but can explore above water.

Probably the cutest inhabitants of the island are the Cuscuses. These furry marsupials are nocturnal animals and can often be seen at dinnertime when they visit the restaurant or walk along the rooftops to steal a banana they like to eat. If you are lucky, you may even come across our house tree kangaroo “Stinky.” There are also lots of birds. From loris, eclectic parrots, kookaburras and birds of paradise to glossy mantle manucodes and cockatoos – they all live on Kri. Don’t forget to bring your hiking boots, your binoculars and, of course, your camera.

Today is an ideal day to book a birding excursion. Unfortunately, the vacation is also almost over, and so you will also have to pack your bag today because tomorrow morning you will leave early for Sorong.

Day 13 & 14 - Return home

Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the mainland by boat transfer to Sorong airport. From Sorong, you fly first to Jakarta and then to Europe.

Good to know, there is also a direct connection between Sorong and Manado. So should you want to extend your diving trip you can do so by diving with the smallest special critters in Lembeh, the critter capital of the world. Or you can go to Bunaken, diving along steep drop offs with sea turtles and colorful fish. It’s all possible!

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The accommodation

The stay and surroundings

Kri Eco Island Resort

Deeply rooted in the local environment, the Kri Eco Resort is an integral part of Kri Island. The resort is made of locally produced and low-impact materials; shaped and equipped to withstand the excesses of natural forces characteristic of the coastal and tropical climate. The setting provides fantastic sunrise and sunset views and a gentle breeze in the evening.

Shady paths wind through the trees to the restaurant. The atmosphere is one of natural tranquility and total relaxation. The resort grounds have a wide variety of plants and wildlife:
Wild orchids, monitor lizards, furry marsupials, tropical birds such as parakeets, eclectic parrots, birds of paradise to glossy mantle manucodes and cockatoos. Eventually, you might even spot a Tree Kangaroo or Sugar Squirrel.

Travel costs

What is included

This travel package is €2642 per person based on two people in one room. The trip can be extended as desired. A number of things are included by default in this travel package.

Prices are subject to price changes, increases or changing exchange rates. Flights are always based on the cheapest possible booking class.

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This travel package is €1499 per person and can be expanded as desired. A number of things are included by default in this travel package. Prices are subject to price changes, increases or changing exchange rates.

This travel package is €1499 per person and can be expanded as desired. A number of things are included by default in this travel package. Prices are subject to price changes, increases or changing exchange rates.

This travel package is €1499 per person and can be expanded as desired. A number of things are included by default in this travel package. Prices are subject to price changes, increases or changing exchange rates.

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