Sorido Bay Resort | Dive Raja Ampat | Scuba Travel

Sorido Bay Resort | Dive Raja Ampat - Far East

  • Exclusive luxury for only 18 guests
  • 5 Sentani and 2 Kaimana bungalows
  • Island kitchen serving western and Indonesian dishes daily
  • Drinks with views over the Dampier Straight
  • Spa, island excursions, snorkelling, kayaks and SUPs
  • 3 guided boat dives plus a dusk or night dive offered 6 days a week / unlimited housereef diving 7 days a week
  • Meters from the famous Cap Kri house reef
  • 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.

Transfers between Sorido Bay and Sorong run on fixed days only.
Your stay will always start on a Thursday or Sunday
Your stay will always finish a Wednesday or Sunday
7, 10, 14, 17 and 21 night durations are possible
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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.

Spa

A variety of treatments, ranging from full body traditional massages to rejuvenating facials. Perfect to complete your relaxing holiday.

Enjoy the views and communal spaces around the resort.

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. International travel will resume using a traffic light system. The UK government will will set out by early May which countries fall into which category

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

Updated APR 16th 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

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. International travel will resume using a traffic light system. The UK government will will set out by early May which countries fall into which category

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

Updated APR 16th 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.

Travel

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.

Stopovers

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

Regular Entry 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

Insurance

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

Immunisations

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

Preparing to fly

Seating

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.

Lounge

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

Parking

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.

Transfers

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.

Departures

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.

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Tipping

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.

Currency

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 USD (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 )

Extras

Hire equipment

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

Extras

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

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

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

Payments

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

Discounts

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

Included

Our standard package includes 7 nights in a Sentani Bungalow on an full board basis - optional room upgrades available
free laundry service, free wifi
3 guided boat dives + 1 additional dusk/night dive per day (except: Friday evening and Saturday daytime) plus unlimited unguided jetty dives any day of the week. Free nitrox for certified divers
Boat transfers from Sorong to the resort are included on fixed days. Private off schedule transfers can be arranged for a supplement.

Excluded

A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases. Any additional services in resort (eg land tours) 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 Jakarta, or domestic flights to Sorong. We can book most major scheduled airlines including regional UK departures.


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. 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.

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. The house reef is a major attraction. This is the richest house reef of the world, holding the world record count by Dr. G. Allen of 374 different species. Having personally discovered many of the dive sites you will visit, these dive professionals live and breathe the underwater world. The majority of diving on offer is reef diving (often in combination with current/drift). But on request there is can muck diving, wall, wreck (P47 WWII airplane which is a deep dive), cavern (not always possible and depends on crocodile sightings), fluo, black water (Sorido Bay resort only).

The dive boats run with a maximum of 6 divers and minimum 2 guides (average diver to guide ratio underwater: 3/1). Divers are typically allocated to boats based on certification level & experience. From Sunday to Friday, every day there are 2 dives in the morning + 1 dive in the afternoon + optional dusk or night dive. On Friday evening there is no night diving and Saturday day-time no guided boat diving is offered. Guests that want to dive on Saturday can dive from the resort jetty on the house reef unguided (buddy team mandatory).

The normal daily boat departures dive sites in a range of 15 Km from the island, covering approximately 30 different locations. The travel time by boat is between 1 & 20 min. The special trips are half & full day boat excursions (additional fuel surcharge to pay locally) we operate in a range of approximately 60 Km around our island for a total of +100 different dive sites.

Cape Kri

Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 38m

Cape Kri is the Sordio Bay house reef. This is the dive site that put Raja Ampat on the map when Dr Gerry Allen smashed his record for total number of fish species on a single tank dive: 374 different species! At the Northeast point of Kri island the currents sweep into a channel between Kri and the small island of Koh. At this point beneath waters churning in the current, huge schools of Big-eye trevallies, Barracudas and Snappers can be seen hanging over the drop-off. At the base of the reef at 38 meters an ancient snagged anchor rests next to a bommie with a dense school of Banded sweetlips. A large shallow coral garden crowns the reef top with blacktip reef sharks patrolling amongst the overlapping maze of hard corals with feeding hawksbill turtles. Car-sized Queensland groupers down to the diminutive ever-present pygmy seahorse can be seen on this phenomenal and always-surprising dive site! Dawn and dusk are feeding time so divers can experience this site at its awe-inspiring best

Sardines

Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 30m

Sardines reef is quite simply one of the best reef dives in the world, where divers witness the phenomenal diversity of Raja Ampat at full force. Where the current strikes this offshore reef and splits, a dazzling array of fish congregate, audibly swarming fusiliers spin above, pursued by huge giant trevallies, packs of Bluefin jacks and huge Spanish mackerels. Batfish gather in the hundreds, while multitudes of schooling bannerfish feed in the current. Grey reef sharks, blacktips and whitetips can also be seen along with the wobbegong waiting in ambush on the sea floor. Coral bommies dot the slope covered with many colourful species of dendronephya soft corals and up to three separate species of Pygmy seahorses can be found amongst them. On the current-swept reef top a resident school of thirty massive bumphead parrotfish crunch on the coral, keeping the divers company on a safety stop who hang from their reef-hooks like kites in the wind.

Blue Magic

Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 30m

From Wobbegong sharks to tiny 2cm Denise Pygmy seahorses. The reef top is covered in hard coral with some big coral heads and some tabling Acropora corals well over 3 metres across. There is a resident school of Big eye Trevallies and many large Barracuda. Green Turtles can be found here as well as Black Tips, White Tips and the occasional Grey Reef Sharks. If you are very lucky even a Giant Manta Ray. The magnificent dive ends with a blue water safety stop drifting over and away from the reef.

Manta Sandy

Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 30m

There are two main manta sites just half an hour away. One, Manta Sandy, is a cleaning station where up to 10 mantas can be seen vying for a position above the two rocks where wrasses clean these giants. We get enormous 4 meter wide black mantas, looking like a negative photographic image, their gills are highlighted in white, along with the other more common white-bellied variety. Another site nearby, Manta Slope, mantas circle above in the sun while divers hook onto the reef while the current arcs overhead and down the steep slope below. Divers can be caught unaware while giant demonic-looking black mantas cruise by behind them. This trip is out of our 10km range, but is offered once a week without any fuel surcharges!

The Passage

Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 30m

This is a place where experienced divers and photographers enjoy the utterly different experience of diving in this truly one-of-a-kind location. Above water the sheer limestone cliffs make this a place where the sightseeing above water is also excessively beautiful. Guests combine this trip visiting the labyrinthine Hidden Bay, a maze of towering islets, and Kabui Bay where literally hundreds of mushroom islands create staggering scenery. This trip is out of our 10km range, but is offered once a week without any fuel surcharges!

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Your full board package includes 3 meals, snacks and fruits, tea, coffee, drinking water. All meals are served in the resort restaurant. Canned- and alcoholic drinks are availbe in resort for a local charge.

The Island Kitchen

Serving a healthy fusion of western and Indonesian dishes

Caters for all tastes

Don't forget to let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements

Local fresh fruits and vegetables

Tropical tastes with every meal