Sorido Bay Resort is about as remote as you can get. It takes 4 days to travel there from San Francisco, where I live. In a small group of islands called Raja Ampat (Four Kings) in the northeast corner of Indonesia, this region has the highest diversity of marine species recorded on our planet and is a fantasy come true for scuba divers, myself included.
On tiny Mansuar Island there are 7 perfect beachfront bungalows, each with a private deck with a view just a few steps across impossibly white sand to the ocean. Every detail for the diver has been considered, from a private walled outdoor drying area for wet swimsuits and towels, to an in-room work area for photographers. It includes a dedicated sink for rinsing underwater camera housings and outlets for charging strobes.
A short walk through tropical rain forest full of singing birds and bright green lizards brings you to the second-floor dining room which is open to the sea breezes and serves local specialties and international dishes family style.
Spending the day cruising through the limestone rocks and islets is lovely enough, but slip under the surface for a scuba dive and you find such concentrations of fish that it’s difficult to see other divers through curtains of flashing blue yellow and silver. This is also the place to see such unusual creatures as pygmy seahorse, giant manta ray, blue ribbon eel and wobbegong shark.
I finished my adventure with a trek through a village to the interior of a nearby island where richly colored Birds of Paradise gathered to display their spectacular fountain-like plumage. It felt well worth it to travel to what seems like the end of the earth to see this haven of unspoiled nature.
Katie Stoyka, Product Manager
Reef & Rainforest Dive & Adventure Travel