Kri Eco Resort
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- Lovely traditional Papuan-style accommodation at Raja Ampat’s original resort
- Close access to the incredible dive sites of the Dampier Strait
- Total relaxation, surrounded by nature and free from modern distractions
- Cape Kri, just metres from the resort holds the record for the most fish species recorded on a single dive site
Built by Raja Ampat's pioneering dive company, Kri Eco Resort started as a simple dive camp but has since grown into a rustic yet comfortable base for exploring the Dampier Strait's stunning underwater world. Built with the environment in mind, the resort features beautiful views, white sand beaches, and cooling sea breezes, as well as winding jungle paths and perfectly preserved ecosystems both above and below the waves. Guests here also have close access to an incredible variety of dive sites including world-famous spots like Cape Kri, The Passage, and Hidden Bay. This is the perfect place to relax, unplug, and get back to nature, free from the distractions of modern life.
About Kri Eco Resort
Kri Eco Resort is located on Kri island, 90 minutes from Sorong by boat. Situated on a beautiful stretch of beach with cottages stretching out over the sea, Kri Eco Resort was the original resort in Raja Ampat and offers the same peaceful retreat into nature now as it did on its very first day. The design of the resort mimics local architecture and provides guests with a no-frills, close to nature experience - comfortable, peaceful and relaxing. Kri Island’s traditional ambiance has been incorporated throughout the resort, from materials used in the buildings to the produce in the kitchen and the genuine Papuan smiles of the staff.
Kri Eco Resort doesn’t try to impress guests with fancy decor and lush creature comforts. Instead, they focus on the beautiful natural environment of the island. This team of diving pioneers and local ecologists has developed a wealth of knowledge about the local environment and culture - with the aim of letting each visitor experience the real Raja Ampat. Dive, swim, and snorkel your days away here, or explore the island above water for a glimpse into the region’s stunning habitats and rare wildlife including monitor lizards, cuscus, tropical birds, tree kangaroos, and sugar gliders.
Explore the resort
All of this resort’s buildings and rooms were made from locally-sourced, low-impact materials and designed to take advantage of any natural cooling from sea breezes. The 13 thatched rooms blend seamlessly into nature thanks to their rustic and traditional design, yet boast modern conveniences like 24-hour electricity, warm water, camera tables, and wireless internet. They also boast beautiful ocean views and easy access to the island’s lagoon - perfect for early morning swimming and snorkelling sessions.
All meals at Kri Eco Resort are served in the overwater dining area and kitchen and guests are served a mix of western and Indonesia dishes, along with some specialities such as local fruit and vegetables. Further along the jetty is the dive briefing area and a covered ‘lounge’ area equipped with bean bags and sun loungers - perfect for watching the stunning Papuan sunsets. Both Sorido Bay and Kri Eco Resort also offer a range of different activities, including eco-tours and bird watching trips. And, each cottage includes the free use of watersports equipment including kayaks and paddleboards.
Diving from Kri Eco Resort
The resort’s dive centre offers guests easy access to the amazing sites of the Dampier Strait, including the likes of Cape Kri just metres from the resort. Plus, you’ll benefit from short boat rides to world-famous reefs and channels like The Passage, Fam, Wai, Hidden Bay and Batanta - famous for their powerful currents and big fish action. Kri Eco Resort offers up to four guided boat dives a day, plus optional dusk or night dives, and guarantees small group sizes with just three guests to each guide. Saturday’s are the resort’s off day with no guided diving, but guests are still welcome to dive from the jetty themselves.
Divers here have access to perfectly-maintained rental gear and computers, and comfortable custom dive boats outfitted with modern safety equipment. Plus, free nitrox for qualified guests, and speciality courses for those not yet certified. Thanks to Kri Eco Resort’s ultra-remote location, most of its nearby dive sites are in pristine condition, with just a handful of guests visiting each year. For divers, this translates to uncrowded sites teeming with marine life, and a relaxed ‘dive at your own pace’ atmosphere ideal for underwater photographers and anyone who likes to take their time underwater.
- Remember to bring cash, both USD and Rp - there are no banks or ATMs in the nearby towns.
- This resort closes on Saturdays, but you can still dive from the jetty - or simply relax and enjoy the stunning island scenery.
- Bring lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and plenty of sun protection for exploring the resort on foot.
- Keep an eye out for the resort's resident tree kangaroo - 'Stinky'!
Papua Diving has always strived to conserve the environment and provide a source of income for local communities. They have been involved in conservation for 20 years and donate 10% of all profit to local initiatives. 90% of the resort staff are local Papuan, and the company actively provides further opportunities for growth within the communities of Raja Ampat.
The Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre is located next to the resort. This project aims to protect and preserve the natural heritage of the Raja Ampat archipelago, encourage, assist and facilitate research on flora and fauna, and combat poverty among the local population. Their other projects include teaching the local community members sustainable use of their natural resources, promoting green awareness among the local population, and assisting the local population to work in sustainable tourism.
Kayak 4 Conservation is a community-based initiative founded by Papua Diving in partnership with the local homestays. These locally-owned guest houses have been selected to welcome sea kayakers to spend the night, without hauling around any large camping gear. Papua Diving now produces fibreglass kayaks for use by Kayaks 4 Conservation which are offered for sale to other resorts. This development initiative will help support the economy of the local area and provide alternative livelihoods.
Diving in Raja Ampat
Schooling reef fish
Plentiful reef life
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water