Kri Eco Resort was the original resort in Raja Ampat and Max Ammer, the founder of Papua Diving, amongst the first pioneering divers to explore Raja Ampat. The resort started as simple dive camp but has grown into a rustic, simple and comfortable base for divers who want to explore the amazing local diving. Built with the environment in mind and incorporating Papuan design elements, the resort features beautiful views and winding paths through the forest, cooling sea breezes and total peace and relaxation - an extraordinary escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

KRI ECO RESORT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stay in Papuan-style accommodation at Raja Ampat’s original resort
  • Dive the incredible sites of the Dampier Strait
  • Cape Kri, just meters from the resort holds the record for the most fish species recorded on a single dive
  • The perfect antidote to stress - relax and unwind in Kri Island’s peace and quiet
Ideal For
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Overview

Kri Eco Resort is located on Kri island, just 1.5 hours from Sorong on the mainland. Built along a beautiful stretch of beach and out, over the sea, the resort is the sister to nearby Sorido Bay. Both resorts are managed by the pioneering Papua Diving and share the same extraordinary nearby dive sites and commitment to the environment and Papuan culture. Kri Eco Resort was the first built on Kri by Papua Diving and the original resort in Raja Ampat. The design of the resort mimics that of local traditional architecture and provides guests with a no-frills, close to nature experience - comfortable, peaceful and relaxing. Kri Island’s environment has been incorporated into the the resort whenever possible - be it the materials used in the buildings, the resources in the kitchen or the genuine Papuan smiles of the resort staff.

Just as the reefs of Kri are amongst the most biodiverse on the planet, the jungle that surrounds both resorts is home to some unique species of plants and wildlife. Wild orchids, parrots, lorikeets and cockatoos, cuscus, tree kangaroos and sugar gliders can all be found on Kri, and bird’s of paradise can be spotted on nearby Batanta. In fact, the surrounding area is well known as a ‘hot spot’ for birds and other species.

Both Sorido Bay and Kri Eco Resort don’t try to impress guests with fancy wines and imported coffee. Whilst they are both very comfortable resorts, they focus on the beautiful natural environment of the island, the fabulous diving literally just 10’s of meters away from the resort, and the amazing Papuan staff. The owner, Max Ammer, made the island his home over 20 years ago and, as well as being a diving pioneer, has developed a wealth of knowledge of the local environment and the Papuan culture - reasons enough to book a dive holiday with Max and experience the amazing hospitality of the Papua Diving team.

Rooms

PAPUAN BUNGALOW

The Papuan Bungalows are built on a jetty out over the sea and are designed to be cool and comfortable, with plenty of natural sea breezes. Each bungalow sleeps two people in a comfortable Papuan-style bedroom and has a shared bathroom with Indonesian-style ‘mandi’ showers, camera tables, fan, wifi and mosquito net.

SUPERIOR COTTAGE

The Superior Cottages are built along the edge of the beach allowing guests to step down from their cottage, straight into the sea. Each cottage sleeps two people and has a shared bathroom with hot water shower, fan, mosquito net, wifi and camera table.

DELUXE COTTAGE

The Deluxe Cottages are built on the beach and have an outdoor deck with lounge furniture and hammock. Like the other cottages, guests can step off right into the sea. The deluxe cottages have more space and each cottage has a private bathroom with hot water shower, fan, mosquito nets, wifi and camera table.

Resort facilities

The resort buildings and rooms were made from locally-sourced, low-impact materials and designed to last the tropical weather that is common in the areas, as well as take advantage of any natural cooling from sea breezes. The resort has 13 thatched rooms in three different categories - Papuan rooms built out over the sea, and the Superior and Deluxe Cottages built along the beach. All have electricity 24/7, Papuan decorations, camera tables, wifi and beautiful ocean views. The Deluxe Cottages also have private bathrooms.

All meals at Kri Eco Resort are served in the dining area and kitchen built over the water 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 kayaking tours and bird watching trips.

General Airport transfers Gift shop
Food & Drink Full board Buffet Vegetarian options Other dietary requirements
Outdoors Sunset terrace
Activities Standup paddleboards Snorkeling equipment Kayaks
Health & Wellness Spa
Services Laundry services Baby sitting
Dive centre facilities

The resort dive centre offer guests easy access to the amazing sites of the Dampier Strait - including sites such as Cape Kri that are just meters from the resort - as well as those further away. Both Kri Eco Resort and Sorido Bay offer 3- 4 guided boat dives a day, plus optional dusk or night dive. Saturday’s are the resorts’s ‘off-gas day’ with no guided diving, although guests are welcome to dive from the jetty themselves. The dive centre has well-maintained rental gear - including computers - and comfortable boats, fitted with all necessary safety equipment. Given its remote location, the resort has always been very safety conscious, and to add an extra layer of safety, all qualified guests are given free nitrox. For those that are not qualified, the resort instructor offers nitrox courses, although we recommend guests do the course via e-learning before the trip to make the most of the dive time at the resort.

The resorts guarantee a guest to guide ratio of 3:1 and have 8 guides and 2 instructors available.

Papua Diving also runs trips to The Passage, Fam, Wai, Hidden Bay and Batanta, snorkeling trips to mantas sites and has fluoro-equipment and SUPS and kayaks to rent.

Dive centre Nitrox Teaching room House reef Night diving
Equipment Equipment rental Computer rental Equipment storage Camera wash tanks

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Papua Diving

Papua Diving has always believed conservation of the local reefs and islands and support for the local community are integral parts of its business and the company has strived to conserve the environment and provide a source of income for local communities. They have been involved in conservation initiatives for 20 years and donate 10% of all profit to local communities and conservation initiatives. 90% of the resort staff are local Papuan and the company has set up a number of initiatives that provide further opportunities for growth within the communities of Raja Ampat. Amongst many of the company’s conservation initiatives are the following projects:

RARCC

The Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre is located next to the resort.  The centre’s aims are to:

  • Protect and preserve the natural heritage of the Raja Ampat archipelago
  • Encourage, assist and facilitate research on the flora and fauna
  • Combat poverty among the local population
  • Teaching the local community member in sustainable use of their natural resources
  • Promoting green awareness among the local population
  • Assist the local population to work in sustainable tourism
  • Promote the Raja Ampat to actively engage more institutions, companies and individuals with similar goals to work together in this unique area

Kayak 4 Conservation

Kayak 4 Conservation is a community based initiative founded by Papua Diving in order to support the local economy. This partnership with the local homestays directly supports those communities and helps them to participate in sustainable tourism by supporting them as they set up their own little business. A series of locally-owned guest houses have been selected to welcome sea kayakers to relax and spend the nights, without hauling around any large camping gear. Honouring the company’s founding vision, Papua Diving has set up a production facility with a team of local Papuans who now produce fibreglass kayaks for use by Kayaks 4 Conservation, and are offered for sale to other resorts - a development initiative that will help support the economy of the local area and provide alternative livelihoods.

Sustainability

ENVIRONMENT

Kri Eco Resort and Sorido Bay do not offer plastic water bottles or straws to its guests and recycle any waste material whenever possible including engine oil and batteries. They offer environmentally friendly bathroom products. the company uses energy efficient appliances throughout, and has installed solar photovoltaic panels and solar water heaters to reduce energy consumption.

SOCIAL

Over 80% of the resort employees are from the local community and the company provides employment opportunities in the resort and in its other businesses such as Kayaks 4 Conservation and the Mansoear Flying Club.

ECONOMIC

The resorts purchase all its supplies from local villages and fishermen, as well as from local markets at Waisai and Sorong. Papua Diving also support the development of local handicrafts for sale at its resorts.

MARINE

Papua diving enforces strict diving and snorkeling guidelines, has initiated mooring programmes throughout the area and is part of programmes such as the ranger station at Manta Sandy to ensure the impact from visitoring divers and snorkelers is kept to a minimum. RARCC is very much involved in marine conservation activities in Raja Ampat and the resort staff run weekly clean ups of the beaches and reefs, plus whenever necessary. Papua Diving work alongside and support conservation work by organisations such as WWF, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy and have received awards for the conservation efforts from CI.

EXPERIENCES

The local Papuan culture is an integral part of the companies business and Papua Diving has created opportunities such as Kayak 4 Conservation for guests to explore both the unique culture and natural environment of the local islands.

Tailored for you
FEATURED PACKAGES

Discover the incredible marine life of the Dampier Strait at the heart of Raja Ampat. This package includes accommodation for 7 nights in a Papuan Cottage, transfers to and from the resort on Sundays, 3 boat dives a day (except Saturdays), plus dusk or night dives, unlimited jetty dives and free nitrox. A single supplement is available as well as upgrades to the Superior or Deluxe Water Cottages. The package also includes 1 day excursion to Manta sites, Hidden Bay, The Passage and Mushroom Islands.

  • Scheduled island transfers every Sunday and Wednesday
  • Free nitrox, 3 boat dives +1 dusk or night dive (apart from Saturdays), unlimited jetty dives (every day).
  • Full board - all meals, snacks, free drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Free laundry service
  • Free bathroom amenities
  • Kayaks and SUPs
  • Free limited Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Free access to a computer for photo editing and Internet access
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Raja Ampat Marine Park fees @ Rp 1,000,000, payable at the resort

Raja Ampat's original resort

at Kri Eco Resort

Explore Raja Ampat's rich marine life at the Kri Eco Resort

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$2075
Diving

Extend your stay at the heart of Raja Ampat and take advantage of Papua Diving’s midweek transfer. This package includes accommodation for 9 nights in a Papuan Cottage, transfers to and from the resort on Sunday and Wednesday, 3 boat dives a day (except Saturdays), plus dusk or night dives, unlimited jetty dives and free nitrox. A single supplement is available as well as upgrades to the Superior or Deluxe Water Cottages. The package also includes 1 day excursion to Manta sites, Hidden Bay, The Passage and Mushroom Islands.

  • Scheduled island transfers every Sunday and Wednesday
  • Free nitrox, 3 boat dives +1 dusk or night dive (apart from Saturdays), unlimited jetty dives (every day).
  • Full board - all meals, snacks, free drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Free laundry service
  • Free bathroom amenities
  • Kayaks and SUPs
  • Free limited Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Free access to a computer for photo editing and Internet access
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Raja Ampat Marine Park fees @ Rp 1,000,000, payable at the resort

Extend your stay in Raja Ampat

at Kri Eco Resort

Explore Raja Ampat's rich marine life at the Kri Eco Resort

Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Starts At US$2870
Diving