There can’t be many dive resorts in the world that can compare to Sorido Bay, I love this place and would happily return every year without fear of tiring from the diving or the setting. The 40+ dives sites found within just 15km range of Sorido are by all accounts exceptional with most being just 20minutes or so by boat. Kri Island, where Sorido sits next to a tranquil blue hole, is located in the middle of the Dampier Strait, around 2 hrs from the town of Sorong. It’s this strait of water which feeds the Raja Ampat and is much the reason which marine life is so diverse throughout the region (Dr Gerald Allen, a renown ichthyologist, recently found more species of fish than any other site during a single dive – 374 in total. Nutrient rich waters are fed through the strait, channeled by deep ocean currents attracting huge schools of pelagic’s such as barracuda, horse eye jacks and trevally whilst coral bommies at Manta Sandy attract large numbers of manta. On a recent Trans Indonesia Tour we found 5 circling overhead, we spent a good hour with them taking photos and enjoying their peaceful presence. The reefs around dive sites like Arborek Jetty, Mikes Point and Blue Magic are also incredible with an abundance of hard and soft corals jostling for space, huge healthy gorgonian fans and all round stunning reefscapes, each and every dive from Sorido Bay can be breathtaking and only by spending a few weeks here do you start to understand how vast and pristine the region is.
Sorido Bay resorts consists of just a handful of cottages, the style is traditionally Papuan with a luxurious twist. Most of the staff are local to the region and the resort works closely with Conservation International funding projects both for the local community and the conservation of Raja Ampat itself. 7 nights in a Sentani Bungalow with full board and unlimited diving costs £1735.00 per person. Emirates fly to Jakarta from £550 per person with domestic transfers costing £350. More information can be found on out Sorido Bay Resort page click here.