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. .
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!
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.
As standard, our holidays to Indonesia are quoted with London departures. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), 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
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.
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-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.
At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.
Included in your holiday
A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Any incidentals at the resort are payable via cash or credit card (master/visa card). A 3% charge applies for credit card processing (by Point of Sales or PayPal). They also accept cash in US$ (issued in 2006 or after) Euro/€ and IDR Rupiah. Please be aware a 10% sales tax is applied to all local payments.
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 )
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
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 charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
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 confirmationIf 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
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
- 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!
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.
- 1 days diving from: £75 (2 dives, 12ltr tank and weights)
- 3 days diving from: £216 (2 dives per day, 12ltr tank and weights)
- 5 days diving from: £335 (2 dives per day, 12ltr tank and weights)
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: £269 (inc. cert card, excl. full equipment hire)
- PADI open water course from: £635 (inc. full equipment hire, manual and cert card)
- PADI advanced course from: £348 (inc. cert card, excl. full equipment hire)
- Nitrox Specialty from: £135 (excl manual and cert card)
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): £32 (per day paid locally)
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.