Sorido Bay Resort | Dive Raja Ampat | Scuba Travel

Sorido Bay Resort | Dive Raja Ampat - Far East

  • Guests Exclusive luxury for only 15
  • Rooms 5 Sentani and 2 Kaimana bungalows
  • Restaurants Island kitchen serving western and Indonesian dishes daily
  • Food and Drinks Drinks with views over the Dampier Straight
  • FacilitiesSpa, island excursions, snorkelling
  • Diving 3 guided boat dives plus a night dive offered 6 days a week
  • Diving Extras Meters from the famous Cap Kri house reef
  • Internet Access There is wifi in the lounge and rooms

About Sorido Bay Resort

Sorido Bay Resort is situated next to one of the most amazing dive sites in Raja Ampat, Cape Kri. This is one of Indonesia's most remote diving resorts where mind blowing Pelagic encounters accompany the incredible reef diving and splendid Macro life. This house reef is where Dr. G. Allen recorded 374 different species of fish during ONE dive making this the richest dive site known to science, but also the richest house reef anywhere! Built and owned by the pioneering Max Ammer, Sorido Bay Resort is a low-impact resort, designed to blend in with the surroundings. Natural local materials, local craftsmen and traditional design create eco-friendly accommodation striking a balance between traditional and modern. There is no where on earth quite like Raja Ampat - discover it from the lap of island luxury.

There are 2 room grades at Sorido Bay - the Sentani bungalows and Kaimana Villa. The Kaimana Villas are larger with a living room area. Each room is decorated and furnished in Papuan style using local artefacts and is equipped with air-conditioning, hot showers, television and refrigerator. These spacious Bungalows are built on the seashore with beach access and provide a simply stunning view over this gorgeous bay. Soak up the view from your private sun deck. There is even a free laundry service! Built by divers for divers, Sorido Bay Resort is very photographer friendly. In each bungalow there is a 60 x 330 cm bench for camera work with good light, built-in sink, and 110V and 220V electricity outlets. The ever-helpful staff transport cameras to and from the jetty.

Sorido Bay Resort was built maintaining most of the original trees and bushes and because of this, the buildings are integrated into nature and partly hidden by lush vegetation. The whole area is literally carpeted with ground orchids and there are lots of birds (some even nesting!) within the resort grounds. The main building at Sorido Bay Resort houses the lobby, office, restaurant, kitchen, storage rooms, library/computer-internet room/souvenir shop, as well as a mini museum of Max's WWII artefacts. Sorido Bay Resort has a spacious dining area, bar and relaxation area with splendid view over the bay where Wi-Fi is available to the guests. .

Sentani Bungalow

A spacious double room - ideal for 1-2 guests. The Sentani bungalow (60m2) offers you all the comfort you need with splendid ocean views.

Kaimana Bungalow

A family sized room - ideal for 1-4 guests. The Kaimana bungalow (90m2) offers additional space for even more comfort. Just like the Sentani bungalow the room offers splendid ocean views. The bungalow has a separate living room that can also be transformed into an additional bedroom for adults with children. A very popular option for families or two couples spending their holidays together.


A variety of treatments ranging from full body traditional massages to rejuvenating facials are waiting for you. Perfect to complete your relaxing holiday.

Air conditioning, Wi-Fi (unlimited data usage), Kingsize bed, Extra bed on request, Sitting area, Electric fan, 24/7 power supply with 220V & 110V outlets, Shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shower gel, Minibar, Safety Box, Camera workstation, Camera taxi, Laundry service, Private sun deck, Kayak and Stand up Paddle board available for free

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

Covid Information for Sorido Bay Resort

Covid-19 update coming soon: once this destination reopens, we will update you with the in resort requirements

Country Covid Travel Information

International travel from the UK is prohibited until May 17th. Travel corridors are paused until this point.

On April 12th the UK government will update the rules for travel in 2021.

For British nationals, The Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office currently advises against all but essential international travel to Indonesia at the moment.

Updated 25th FEB 2021

2011-02-28 17:18:24

Tony recently went to Sorido Bay to find out just how good the diving was, read all about his trip on our blog here, Tonys trip Report.

Frequently Asked Questions


Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Covid Travel Information

International travel from the UK is prohibited until May 17th. Travel corridors are paused until this point.

On April 12th the UK government will update the rules for travel in 2021.

For British nationals, The Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office currently advises against all but essential international travel to Indonesia at the moment.

Updated 25th FEB 2021

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.


Flight options

Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.


With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.


At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.



Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


Any incidentals at the resort are payable via cash or credit card (master/visa card). A 3% charge applies for credit card processing (by Point of Sales or PayPal). They also accept cash in US$ (issued in 2006 or after) Euro/ and IDR Rupiah. Please be aware a 10% sales tax is applied to all local payments.

Phone coverage

This is a remote location and as such phone coverage can be patchy. Wifi is available in the lounge area and in rooms, but it is limited in capacity

Plugs and electricity

Round two prong plug 220V electricity provided by generators ( There are also 110V outlets available )


Hire equipment

A full range of scuba and snorkelling equipment is available on site - please ask for a local charge price list


PADI dive courses can be arranged - please ask for more information about pre-booking


The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site


Free Nitrox available for certified Enriched Air Divers PADI Nitrox courses are available at the resort


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Sorido Bay resort is £600-£1000 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation


Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices


Our standard package includes 7 nights in a Sentani Bungalow on an full board basis - optional room upgrades available
The standard dive package is 4 dives/day with unlimited shore diving and free nitrox
1 night Jakarta hotel (B&B) and return domestic flight to Sorong (fixed transfer days) to the resort are included. All excess baggage charge on domestic flights must be paid directly to your Indonesian airlines.


A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases. Any additional services in resort (spa, land tours, laundry) are paid for in resort. Alcohol and some soft drinks are an extra charge.

Special day trips are organised on site, kit rental and local park fees are paid locally.

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday. We can book most major scheduled airlines including regional UK departures to Jakarta.

In an ever shrinking world, scuba divers are always on the look out for that special somewhere for a resort diving holiday and it doesn't get much better than Raja Ampat in Indonesia. Make this your next dive holiday in Indonesia and you will have a diving holiday with distinction to remember for a lifetime. Raja Ampat boasts not only the impressive bio diversity so characteristic of Indonesian diving, but is also remote enough to truly feel like you have escaped to another world where the only demands made of you are to sit back, relax and let the splendour of the underwater world amaze.

Papua Diving have been pioneering scuba diving in Raja Ampat longer than anyone else and with over a decade of experience, no one knows the waters quite like this team. Having personally discovered many of the dive sites you will visit, these dive professionals live and breathe the underwater world. There are a max of 6 divers per boat which will have at least 2 dive guides per boat! Let their eagle eyes find those impossibly small critters or guide you to the points where Manta, Sharks and schooling fish play. All diving is completed with an eye on your safety at all times - this is a remote location after all - and nitrox is now available on site.

  • Nitrox available
  • Outstanding Photo Facilities
  • Bio-diversity central!
  • Stunning house reef
  • World class pristine reefs
  • Max 6 divers per boat with 2 guides!
  • Max 6 divers per boat with 2 guides!

Papua Diving have 7 custom built dive boats that head off for fresh adventure each day. Most sites are between 5 to 15 minutes away from the resort and offer world class pristine reef diving and your dive package includes sites up to 10km from the resort. Further excursions can be arranged (paid for locally). Drift diving is common in this area and the currents around Kri Island draw sharks, manta and other large Pelagics to the opulent reef walls. Turtles can be found chomping on the soft corals and banded sea snakes can be seen weaving between coral blocks before popping to the surface. The vast and sometimes overwhelming numbers of fish schooling around are spectacular. The macro life is no less phenomenal. Broad club Cuttlefish, Octopus and Wobbegong all hide away in the reef. No less than 3 species of Pygmy Seahorse are all found here, one of which was only recently discovered! Nudibranch, Flatworms and Blennies are found on every reef although there are some special critter dives where they are the stars of the show. Dive into paradise each day!

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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Sorido Bay Resort.

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