Kri Island, Sorido Bay Resort

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Kri Island, Sorido Bay Resort



Sorido Bay Resort was built in 2004 on remote Kri Island in Raja Ampat, one of the most spectacular diving regions in Indonesia’s Far East, about 2 hours by boat from Sorong airport in West Papua, the former Irian Jaya. Sorido Bay’s picture perfect setting on a deep water lagoon combines luxury Western amenities with relaxed Papuan lifestyle.

Duration of Stay
Sorido Bay Resort offers free boat transfers between Sorong and Kri Island every Sunday, and to avoid very high transfer fees it is best to arrange stays of 7 nights minimum arriving on Sundays. There is also the possibility of returning to Sorong on Wednesdays if divers would like to stay for 10 nights. 10 night packages can also be arranged from Thursday to Sunday, however, a night must then be spent in Sorong because the boat departure to Kri Island on Thursdays is very early in the morning. For a 10 night stay, the best option is from Sunday to Wednesday as no extra nights in Sorong are required and only 1 Saturday is spent without boat diving.

Sorido Bay Resort is operated by one of the pioneers of Papua diving, Max Ammer and his team. They also run KriEco Resort which offers divers on a tighter budget a more rustic place to stay on the other side of Kri Island.

Facilities and accommodation
Sorido Bay Resort has been built for divers with the needs of photographers in mind. There are 7 beachfront bungalows with fantastic view over the lagoon. Each bungalow has ensuite facilities and a private courtyard.

There are two different types off bungalows:
Sentani 65m2 (215 sq ft), Kaimana 90m2 (300 sq ft)

All interiors are decorated in Papuan style using museum quality artefacts and offer the following luxurious amenities: .Air-conditioning, hot showers, television, in-room refrigerator and a special area for photographers – a spacious table especially set up for camera work with good lighting and 110V & 220V build-in electricity outlets. These camera tables also have built-in sinks and running water.

There are two main buildings completing the resort set up. There is a spacious dining area with splendid views over the bayThe other building consists of lobby, office, kitchen, library, internet lounge, shop and storage rooms.


The house reef
Sorido Bay Resort is surrounded by the most spectacular dive. More than 283 different species of fish during one dive on their house reef, Cape Kri. This made this not only the fish richest dive site known to science, but also the richest house reef anywhere!

The resort is so confident about their common manta encounters that divers who do not see any manta rays in one week do not have to pay their bar bill.
Special land excursions and village visits are planned each Saturday, since there is no diving that day.

Staying Connected
Sorido Bay Resort has stable mobile phone reception. Wireless internet connection is available in common areas. The resort also provides a fixed guest computer in the guest shop.

We think…
Sorido Bay Resort is the ideal destination for divers who enjoy peace and solitude on a deserted island surrounded by luxurious amenities and friendly attentive service. The diving facilities are top of the line. Kri Island is the best place in Raja Ampat to encounter mantas, sharks and pelagics.

Prices Sorido Bay Resort

All prices are per person

DIVE PACKAGES with Papua Diving

01 Jan 2012 – 31 Dec 2012

7 Nights Sentani Villa (twin) with unlimited** dives 3,227.00 AUD

7 Nights Sentani Villa (single) with unlimited** dives 4,137.00 AUD

10 Nights Sentani Villa (twin) with unlimited** dives 4,378.00 AUD

10 Nights Sentani Villa (single) with unlimited** dives 5,678.00 AUD

7 Nights Kaimana Villa (twin) with unlimited** dives 3,448.00 AUD

7 Nights Kaimana Villa (single) with unlimited** dives 4,494.00 AUD

10 Nights Kaimana Villa (twin) with unlimited** dives 4,679.00 AUD

10 Nights Kaimana Villa (single) with unlimited** dives 6,174.00 AUD

INCLUDED: accommodation in Sentani or Kaimana Villa, all meals, unlimited dives, tanks, weights, air fills, FREE Nitrox fills, return boat transfers from/to Sorong (7 night stays: Sunday to Sunday only; 10 night stays: Sunday to Wednesday or Thursday am to Sunday only)

No diving activities from Friday 6pm to Saturday 6pm

**for scheduled dives and unguided house reef dives between 7am and 9pm

Sorong hotel package (dinner, breakfast, airport transfers) – double room 60.00 EUR

Sorong hotel package (dinner, breakfast, airport transfers) – single room 45.00 EUR

EXTRAS payable locally (as of January 2012)

Raja Ampat Marine Park fee 1,000,000.00 Rp

Fuel surcharge for dive trips further than 10km from the resort

All prices are based on current exchange rates and may change at any time.

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