The sister to Kri Eco Resort, Sorido Bay Resort was built just over the headland from the original resort, and just tens of meters away from the world famous Cape Kri dive site. Sorido Bay was built with more discerning divers in mind - those looking for more comforts and amenities compared to Kri Eco Resort - and so the bungalows all have more space, aircon, private bathrooms and room service. Both resorts share the same diving and the same glorious natural landscape, as well as Papua Diving’s emphasis on sustainability and conservation. Sorido Bay offers luxury and amazing service amidst the beautiful jungles of Kri Island.

SORIDO BAY RESORT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stay in luxurious bungalows built along a beautiful beach
  • 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
  • Enjoy Papua Diving’s famous professional service, along with some amazing Papuan smiles
Ideal For
SINGLES
COUPLES
FAMILIES
GROUPS
Overview

Sorido Bay Resort is located on Kri island, just 1.5 hours from Sorong on the mainland. Nestled in lush green jungle and overlooking a beautiful lagoon, the resort is the sister to nearby Kri Eco Resort. 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. Sorido Bay was built as a ‘Home, far away from home’ with excellent service, modern amenities and more creature comforts compared to Kri Eco Resort - perfect for divers looking for a little more luxury. 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

SENTANI BUNGALOWS

The Sentani Bungalows are modern thatched rooms that offer guests a very comfortable stay, with fabulous ocean views. Each of the five bungalows sleeps up to 2 people and has aircon, private bathroom with hot water, wifi, fan, kingsize bed, camera workstation and camera taxi service, as well as a private sun deck overlooking the seas.

KAIMANA BUNGALOWS

The two Kaimana Bungalows are larger and have a separate living space that can be transformed into bedroom for families or two couples. Like the Sentani Bungalows, each has aircon, private bathroom with hot water, wifi, fan, kingsize bed, camera workstation and camera taxi service, as well as a private sun deck overlooking the seas.

Resort facilites

The resort buildings and rooms were built with the discerning traveler in mind. All of the 7 newly-built, spacious bungalows are cleverly designed with beautiful furnishings, aircon, camera work station, unlimited wifi and beautiful ocean views. The larger Kaimana Bungalows have a separate living area that can be converted into an additional bedroom and are perfect for families.

The spacious dining area at the heart of the resort was built to maximise the epic views out over the Dampier Strait, house reef and Cape Kri, and guests are served a mix of western and Indonesia dishes, along with some specialities such  as local fruit and vegetables. Close to the lagoon, divers can relax on the sundeck and ‘wet lounge’ - the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day. The resort also has a spa - the ‘Healing Hut’ - that offers a range of treatments and massages to soothe the muscles. 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 Safe / deposit box Wifi
Food & Drink Bar Full board Buffet Vegetarian options Other dietary requirements BBQ Very good coffee
Outdoors Beach loungers
Activities Standup paddleboards Snorkeling equipment Games Kayaks
Health & Wellness Spa
Services Laundry services Room service 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. Sorido Bay offers 3 guided boat dives a day, plus optional dusk or night dive. Saturday’s are the resort’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.

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 Rebreather support House reef Night diving
Equipment Equipment rental Computer rental Camera wash tanks

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Sorido Bay Resort

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 Sentani Bungalow, 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 larger Kaimana Bungalow. 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

Papua Diving's luxurious resort

at Sorido Bay Resort

Enjoy stunning diving and stay at the luxurious Sorido Bay Resort

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$3660
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 Sentani Bungalow, 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 larger Kaimana Bungalow. 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 on Kri Island

at Sorido Bay Resort

Extend your stay and enjoy more dives at the luxurious Sorido Bay Resort

Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Starts At US$5020
Diving