My three daughters and I stayed on thjis ownderful island for just 7 days - we wish it had been for much longer. Everything about it was amazing, from the welcome to the ambiance, the food, the staff and the diving. We could not have wished for anything better.
It is a very long journey to get to Sorido but the benefit of that is that you literally dont see anything or anyone else apart from the odd local fishing boat for the entire time you are there. The dive sites are pristine and will be kept that way if Max, Jimmy and Julia have anything to do with it. The variety of corals, fish and sea life that is there to see is second to none and you are guaranteed to be the only boat at the dive site every time.
The staff are all local apart from the managers and they are just so happy to make you feel welcome and do everything to make your stay perfect in every way. The food is extrememely good - all local and freshly cooked. Service is very laid back and friendly. Dont go to drink alcohol because along with all other remote dive locations in this area, it is hard to come by and expensive but soft drinks are very reasonable and there is an unlimited supply of free tea and coffee at all times of the day, including delicious free cookies and other snacks.
The Managers, Jimmy and Julia are very committed to the conservation projects on the island started by Max. They are also committed to making sure their guests have an amazing time, both under and above the water. Nothing is too much trouble and by the end of our stay, we felt like part of the family. They put themselves out to dive with us most days and seemed to genuinely enjoy our company. We had a boat to ourselves and two guides and they were completely relaxed about timing for the trips according to our requests. Dinner is also a family affair and we were lucky enough to be joined by Max on a couple of the days and were able to share his stories and knowledge which we all found fascinating and most educational.
The Saturday non-diving day was not a rpoblem to us at all as we enjoyed relaxing with the staff and enjoying the sunshine. It is also possible to dive from the shore should you wish and any assistance for that is more than forthcoming.
I took a walk to the Kri Resort and thought it was beautiful. However, I was pleased to have the en-suite rooms at sorido and the hot water showerws. The rooms were excellent and thoughtfully equipped, all being just a very short walk to the main lounge and eating area. Torches are provided for your walk back at night and all rooms have a beachfront access as well as a boardwalk from the main area.
We found the boat transfers to be on time and reaonably well organised. They do plan to run their own boat and in time a sea plane from Sorong which would be amazing. I would definitely avoid staying in Sorong if possible - better travel overnight as we did because you can realax when you arrive rather than wasting a night there.
All in all - I cant think of one single fault and it is one of the very few places I would definitaly go back and visit for a longer period of time.
Thank you to everyone for such a fantastic time
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Upscale Dive resort based on the private island of Kri. Located in the centre of Northern Raja Ampat with the famous Cape Kri as a house reef.Top quality diving and bird watching. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sorido Bay Hotel Supiori Island