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Sorido Bay Resort
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We just returned from one week at Sorido and loved it. If you like diving you can't help fall in love with this place.

At first we were slightly put off by the booking process and having to pay the full amount 1 month before going. However, the process was smooth and their reservation team (Inke and Josephine) answered emails promptly. Although it was still a bit of a pain to make the bank transfer in Indonesian rupiah (i.e. bank transfer charges twice)...

The transfer to/from the island was well organized and seamless. When we arrived we were immediately blown away by the beautiful jetty and scenery of the island! We were met by Jutta and Steve, the couple managing the resort and filled out some paperwork. I was impressed with their attention to details – they explained every single thing we needed to know, recommended some activities and sights around the resort, personally verified our dive certification and asked for our preferences for the dives. They are really professional and focused on safety as a priority. Jutta then gave us a quick tour around the resort. All the meals take place at the restaurant which has one big communal table. You get to meet and mix with the other guests (max. is only 14) and chat about the day’s diving. The food is simple, Papuan dishes and it keeps you full. There's homemade dessert every night which was very nice. If I must be picky, the food does get a little boring after a few days. But given how remote this island is and how limited resources are on the island, they're already doing a fantastic job. The kitchen lady makes the most delicious butter and peanut butter cookies which make very filling snacks after a 'hard' day of diving.

The bungalow is very spacious, clean and well kept - kudos to the housekeeping staff. The bed is comfortable, you’ve got the AC, hot water, a huge charging station and a lovely sundeck with beach access – what more can you ask for? We enjoyed very much just chilling and watching the sunset from our sundeck. The view was incredible.

Where do I even start with the diving?! It is simply superb!! We saw manta rays (spectacular dives!), sharks, turtles, and just about every fish you can name and even spotted some dolphins and a whale! There are lots and lots of fish everywhere. The sheer variety of the things you can see is breathtaking. The dive guides are knowledgeable and the dives were well planned. We dove a variety of sites and never repeated over the course of the week. Thumbs up to the dive manager, Otto, and his team (Eddy, Ullis, Salmon etc.), we had a great atmosphere on our boat (Tenggeri). Definitely try to dive with Otto, he's a really cool and funny guy and knows every dive site inside out, making each dive trip memorable. There was one assigned dive guide for every group (Ullis for the 2 of us) and they’re very professional, always checking if you're ok and your air consumption. Their rental dive equipment are very well maintained but rental is quite expensive (about 35 EUR per person per day) so try to bring your own gear. And they tag everything (even the towels and water bottles) so you use the same set throughout the week. Before each dive, the crew prepares everything for you. You don’t ever have to stress – just relax and enjoy the diving! We’d like to thank the guys on the Tenggeri boat for taking the time out to let us snorkel with manta rays and chase a whale we spotted on the way – it was not part of the itinerary but they were extremely dedicated and committed to ensure that we had the best time. And we did!

What really makes this place great is their little thoughtful touches – a small welcome drink, refreshing juice after diving, Valentine’s day table setting, beautiful songs sung by the staff underneath the stars, and the interaction with the local people (staff quarter is very close to the guest bungalows)...during the week the satellite TV was broken but we had constant access to Internet. Anyway you have so many other things to do (snorkelling around the house reef, kayaking) that by the end of the week we didn’t even realize we hadn’t switched on the TV the entire time. We were also lucky to have spotted some of the local animals - cuscus, lizards, tree kangaroos...they were fun to watch.

There's no diving on Sat so we walked over the hill to Kri Eco Resort. It is also very nice with little bungalows over the water. But there's no private bathroom (you come to appreciate a private hot shower after diving in salty water) and has a more backpacker vibe. If I had to choose again I would still go for Sorido. Personally I think it's a more intimate resort and you can really enjoy a relaxing holiday besides just diving.

We were impressed by how well the resort is managed, thanks to Jutta and Steve. For such a remote location, it's truly amazing how efficient things are organized and happening. Jutta is wonderful; she is very nice and caring for each guest’s needs. Steve is also very nice and helpful. The staff are so genuine and super friendly. In short, impeccable service, excellent diving, friendly people – we had the most amazing week! Thanks Sorido and we hope to return soon!!

Room Tip: Every bungalow has beach access, you can't go wrong.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Sugarplumcici
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Max and his team first set up shop at Kri forever ago, and a few years ago at Sorido.
They know this area inside out and you couldn't really ask for better.
The resort infrastructure is for the long term and the result is strong, sturdy, we'll laid out bungalow and social areas.
From the sundeck by the jetty, to the covered area adjacent, to the three different seating areas upstairs they really do cater for all.
The dive set up is superb, all at the end of the jetty, with every detail thought of.
The single offering for improvement would be to make the bungalow sundeck a tiny bit more open and therefore allow for private Sunbathing.
On the first day Jutta said to be sure to shout if something was wrong, we foolishly waited a couple of days to comment on the water pressure and temp thinking it was par for the course but within hours of commenting we had gallons if hot pressured water. So do what Jutta says and be sure to shout if anything is wrong!
Food was excellent, communal dining which works well with such a small group. Max joined most meals and was a pleasure to listen to.
The dive guides are outstanding, and Otto the most famous wasn't even there. Incredibly experienced, know the reefs like the back of their hands, read each guest within two dives and tailor to their needs. The location is perfect, with very close (practically house reef) sites sitting in world class status.
All the staff from housekeeping to FOH were clearly happy, and went out of their way to help you.
Steve was a superstar and recovered lost files from a scan disk - thank you, thank you, thank you.
We had a transfer arranged from another resort which turned out to be almost 8 hours late. The whole team were incredibly hospitable, had lunch, drinks, got our room back to freshen up, stayed in contact with other resort, couldn't have been more helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank gillandderek44
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

That's all folks. Come here and you'll have serious problem in finding a better place where to dive.
The resort is well managed, the rooms are very large and very confortable, the food is very good. But to justify a 18.000 km travel from Europe that's not enough. You can find many not so far places in the world with the same quality above the water.
But if you put together above and below the water, this place gets to the top without dicussions.
The diving staff will help you to get the most of this underwater paradise. Nobody knows these reefs like the Sordo staff, and this is essential, because the it's not easy to organize the dives with the local strong currents. If your parnter is only snorkeling, don't worry: they will help him/her to find fantastic snorkeling places.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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8  Thank WallyRoma
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

During my stay for 6 days, everything was amazing. Very helpful and super friendly staffs, amazing Indonesian food. Very convenient place to relax and enjoy the beauty of underwater paradise! The dive masters; Edy and Ulis, were very nice. Steve and Hutta were also very professional. You can do kayaking or snorkling to the nearest resort, such as: Kri Eco Resort (the same owner, Max Ammer). Or do a bird of paradise hunting in the other island.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank humairo_dina
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

In more than 20 years of diving, my week at Sorido stands out as one of the most amazing experiences ever. While getting there from Mumbai in India was cumbersome, the magic started with meeting Jim and Julia on the jetty - the couple in charge at Sorido who were exceptionally warm, helpful and competent. My large, well-furnished and air-conditioned bedroom (bungalow-syle) was very comfortable and the public areas (the lounge/bar & dining area) were inviting. The buffet-style meals were plentiful and good. The dive operation was well-equipped and run with professionalism.

The high-light, of course, was the diving which surpassed all that I had read or imagined about Raja Ampat. Isaw magnificent varieties and profusion of both hard and soft corals as well as fish on just about every dive and Sorido's Cape Kri must be one of the most incredible 'house-reefs' in the world! While some of the local Papuan dive guides had very limited English, their experience and local knowledge more than made up. All I can say is that I certainly plan to go again to Raja Ampat and stay at Sorido Bay.

The only down-sides here are if one is not a diver and is looking for some other forms of active amusement - Sorido has no swimming pool, spa, tennis, dedicated restaurants or water sports, apart from diving and snorkelling. Some may also consider its remote location a disadvantage but I think it is its location which keeps it so pristine and unspoilt.

Room Tip: The first bungalow after the public area has some wi-fi signal which, I am told, the other bungalows do not have.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Dhruv K
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