Sorido Bay Resort – Raja Ampat

Sorido Bay, with a fantastic house reef, is the luxury brother of the Kri Eco Resort.
Travel period
All year round
Boatdiving, Shore diving
Starting at
14 days from €4374,- p.p

Sorido Bay Resort - Raja Ampat

The Sorido Bay Resort is the luxury sister resort of the Kri Eco Resort. Both are located on Kri Island, in the middle of all the special and famous dive sites of Raja Ampat!

Raja Ampat is an archipelago of about 1,500 small islands and coral reefs in the Indonesian province of West Papua. The area is known for its incredible biodiversity and 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.

Sorido Bay Resort is not just another resort. It is for the discerning diver who will lack nothing.

The Sorido Bay Resort offers comfortable and luxurious accommodation, including villas with sea views, a swimming pool and other amenities. The resort has a professional dive center with experienced dive instructors. There is also a Spa present where you can get the best massages, among other things, right by the water.

In addition to diving and snorkeling, the Sorido Bay Resort offers other activities such as jungle walks, visits to local villages and cultural performances.

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.

Sorido Bay Resort was built with nature in mind. From the materials used for construction, to the ingredients for meals.

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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 Sorido Bay 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. The Sorido Bay Resort crew will pick you up at the airport. Depending on whether to wait a while for more guests, you will first go to a hotel in Sorong to recover for a while or go directly by boat to the Sorido Bay Resort.

The boat normally leaves Sorong around 09:30 and then you will arrive at the Sorido Bay 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 do unlimited shore diving with your buddy (not solo) on the house reef.

The Sorido Bay 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 Sorido Bay. 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, but also as a marine environment, a haven of peculiar and unique microhabitats. 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

Sorido Bay Resort

The Sorido Bay Resort is located on Kri Island. Throughout the resort you will find natural and cultural influences of this particularly beautiful island. Whether it is the materials used in the bungalows, the food in the resort’s kitchen or the original Papuan smile of the staff that will stay with you years later.

Sorido Bay Resort has a total of 7 spacious bungalows (in 2 styles: “5x Sentani” and “2x Kaimana”) in a secluded environment with excellent service and modern amenities in close proximity to the richest reef in the World.

The resort offers selected and personalized service and – without compromising on comfort – is nestled in lush green jungle overlooking a kidney-shaped lagoon.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi Internet and an extensive array of international outlets to complete the technology menu.

Travel costs

What is included

This travel package is €4374 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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