Kri Eco Resort (Papua Diving)

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Destination: Indonesia

Kri Island, West Papua (75 km west of Sorong) | Full-board + 3 dives from $271++/ppn

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Kri Eco Resort Quick Pitch

With its prime location, pristine white beach, 13 well-equipped bungalows and high standards of diving services, Kri Eco Resort is no less than a true paradise for your dream dive vacation in Raja Ampat.

 

What You'll Like About Kri Eco Resort

  • Free Nitrox for certified divers
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Best known for one of the world's highest biodiversity
  • Located in the center of the Raja Ampat Marine Park only 1.5 hours from Sorong
  • Proven safety record in over 20 years of experience
  • All-inclusive meals

 

How to Get There

You can reach Kri Island by taking an international flight to either the Jakarta or Ujung Pandang (Makassar) airport, and take a connection to Sorong (SOQ - Domine Edward Osok Airport). Kri Eco Resort provides free transfers on Sundays, Thursdays and Wednesdays. Terms and conditions apply.

 

Dive Overview 

Raja Ampat has one of the highest numbers of fish species of any place on the planet. Expect great macro and pelagic sightings, wonderful reefs and amazing corals. See wobbegong sharks, (skittish) reef sharks, Raja Ampat's endemic walking shark, jacks, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, trevally, bumphead parrotfish and more. Pygmy seahorses are found at most dive sites, along with a good variety of nudibranch.


 
Watch this awesome video to give you a great feel for what it would be like to stay at Kri Eco Resort!  
 
 

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Accommodations

Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Kri Eco Resort Room Overview

Kri Eco Resort has 13 rooms with 3 room types: 4x Papuan, 7x Superior and 2x Deluxe.

 

Papuan Cottage

  • Shared ‘mandi’ type bathrooms with western toilet & hot mandis after a night dive (an Indonesian mandi is operated by pouring water over yourself)
  • Electric fan (24/7)
  • Western-style bed & mattress
  • Mosquito nets
  • Camera table with several sockets

 

Papuan Cottage Photos

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Superior Cottage

  • Shared bathrooms ( 4 guests max.) with western toilet and warm shower
  • Electric fan (24/7)
  • Western-style bed & mattress
  • Mosquito nets
  • Camera table with several sockets
  • Direct access to the ocean via a staircase

 

Superior Cottage Photos

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Deluxe Cottage

  • Shared bathrooms ( 4 guests max.) with western toilet and warm shower
  • Electric fan (24/7)
  • Western-style bed & mattress
  • Mosquito nets
  • Camera table with several sockets
  • Direct access to the ocean via a staircase

 

Deluxe Cottage Photos

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Resort Facilities 

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Kri Eco Resort Features

  • Fresh drinking water
  • Soap, tissues and fresh towels
  • Free Wi-fi (250 MB per week)
  • Free Laundry service
  • Kayak and Stand up Paddleboard available for free 

 

Kri Eco Resort Non-Diver Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Wildlife and birdwatching tours
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding

 

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Packages & Rates

The actual rates are based in EUR. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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2019 Kri Eco Resort Rates

Kri Eco Resort Accommodation + Exploration Excursion Packages

Cottage Type

7N/8D

10N/11D

14N/15D

17N/18D

21N/22D

Papuan Water Cottage Double (p.p.)

€890

€1,210

€1,610

€1,916

€2,321

Papuan Water Cottage Single

€1,100

€1,510

€2,030

€2,426

€2,951

Superior Water Cottage Double (p.p.)

€1,089

€1,471

€2,030

€2,426

€2,951

Superior Water Cottage Single

€1,322

€1,791

€2,474

€2,837

€3,438

Deluxe Water Cottage Double (p.p.)

€1,357

€1,834

€2,520

€2,981

€3,683

Deluxe Water Cottage Single

€1,609

€2,194

€3,024

€3,593

€4,439

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Kri Eco Resort Accommodation + Unlimited Diving Packages

Cottage Type

7N/8D

10N/11D

14N/15D

17N/18D

21N/22D

Papuan Water Cottage Double (p.p.)

€1,667

€2,310

€3,155

€3,794

€4,634

Papuan Water Cottage Single

€1,877

€2,620

€3,565

€4,304

€5,264

Superior Water Cottage Double (p.p.)

€1,875

€2,581

€3,462

€4,171

€5,079

Superior Water Cottage Single

€2,099

€2,901

€3,907

€4,715

€5,751

Deluxe Water Cottage Double (p.p.)

€2,134

€2,944

€3,963

€4,761

€5,792

Deluxe Water Cottage Single

€2,386

€3,304

€4,467

€5,373

€6,548

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Dive Package

Book the “Unlimited diving package” (see accommodation + unlimited diving package) or book a number of dives up-front or simply “Pay for what you dive" at the resort. The rates shown below include tanks, weights, guides and free Nitrox for certified divers. Contact us for diving course / guided snorkeling / equipment rates.

No. of Dives

1 - 5

6 - 10

11 - 15

16 +

Price per dive

€53

€50

€47

€43

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Accommodation + Exploration Excursion Package Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Scheduled island transfers
  • Full board (all meals, snacks, free drinking water, tea, coffee)
  • Free laundry service
  • Free bathroom amenities
  • Kayaks
  • Free limited WiFi
  • Free access to computer for photo editing & internet access

 

Accommodation + Unlimited Diving Package Inclusions

  • Everything included in the Accommodation + Exploration Excursion Package
  • Air/nitrox cylinder, weights, belts and nitrox fills
  • Unlimited unguided jetty dives any day of the week
  • 3 guided boat dives + 1 additional dusk/night dive per day 

 

Package Exclusions

  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Marine Park fee (approximately €70)

 

Excursions

Kri Eco Resort also arranges various excursions - underwater and on-land. Contact us for more information on the packages and rates. oft and alcoholic drinks.

 

Transfers

  • Transfers on Sundays for stays of more than 7 nights are available free of charge
  • Scheduled mid week transfers for stays of more than 10 nights are available free of charge
  • Scheduled Sunday transfer for stays of less than 7 nights are available at 85 EUR p.p. one way
  • Non scheduled boat transfer from/to Sorong is available at 600 EUR one way (can be shared between guests)
  • Fast Public Ferry to/from Waisai and pickup/dropoff at Waisai harbor is available at 110 EUR p.p. one way 

 

Discounts

  • Children < 4 years: Free of charge; 4 - 10 years: 50% off; 11 - 13 years: 25% off
  • Returning guests: 1st time at 15% off and >2nd time at 20% off  

 

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Raja Ampat Dive Overview

  • Diving Season: All year round. Best in October to April for pelagic encounters. Visibility: Best in summer. 15-30 meters Currents: Can be strong
  • Water Temperature: 28-29 C Recommended Wetsuit: 3 mm 

 

Cape Kri

One of the favorite dives, Cape Kri is Sordio Bay’s house reef and less than 3 minutes by boat from Kri Eco Resort. This is the dive site that put Raja Ampat on the map when Dr. Gerry Allen smashed his record for the total number of fish species on a single tank dive: 374 different species!

 

[Check out this great video to find out what it is like to dive the amazing Cape Kri]

 

Sardines 

Only 10 mins from Kri Island, this submerged reef with a reef top at 5 meters, contains a very high biomass, one of the highest in Raja Ampat.

 

 

Blue Magic 

Only 15 mins from Kri Island, this small pinnacle has almost everything. From Wobbegong sharks to tiny 2cm Denise Pygmy seahorses. The reef top is covered in hard coral with some big coral heads and some tabling Acropora corals well over 3 meters across.

 

 

Manta Sandy 

Only 25 mins from Kri Island, this sandy slope is famous for its Manta Rays. It is a cleaning station where they come in to get cleaned.

 


The Passage 

As seen in many articles, including recently by David Doubilet in the Sept 2007 National Geographic, the passage is completely unique dive site. The narrow canyon 40 minutes away between Gam and Waigeo can be described as a river flowing between the two Islands, but also a marine environment, a haven of peculiar and unique microhabitats.

 


[Read More: Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide]     


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Dive Center Information 

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Kri Eco Resort Dive Center

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The dive center of Kri Eco Resort 

 

Dive Center Overview 

  • Free Nitrox
  • Only 1-15 minutes to the dive sites
  • Unlimited diving package available
  • 3 guided dives scheduled daily - from Saturday evening to Friday evening
  • Towels and fresh water on the boats
  • Experienced and service-oriented diving staff
  • Unguided jetty diving available 7 days a week
  • Diving insurance (mandatory) available at an extra charge
  • Available diving courses include: PADI Advanced Open Water, Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver and other specialty courses

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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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Underwater Videos

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Cape Kri 

 

Sardines 

 

Blue Magic 

 

Manta Sandy 

 

The Passage 

 

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Reviews (1)

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Kri Eco Resort, the final frontier.

Being a dive instructor myself doubled with a tropical marine conservation background, I have been around and seen some beautiful places, both above and underwater, and had high expectations in regards to nature & wildlife going to Raja Ampat.
What i got was way beyond my highest expectations, and even more.
After a 2 hours boat ride from the coastal town of Sorong, the beautiful and lush islands boarding the Dampier strait come to view, densely covered with a thick tropical vegetation and nearly no sign of human activity, one of the islands being Kri.

If you are a diver, be aware, once you've stepped into the blue there, no place will ever match the abundance and diversity of species you can find underwater. It was overwhelming, and being a keen underwater naturalist & photographer, there was so much to see that I thought I was gonna go epileptic, frantically pressing the shutter button of my camera !

Kri Eco Resort has the advantage of being central to most of the 'to do' dives in Raja Ampat, which are once again unrealistically rich.

They also organise day trips to dive some of the more remote places (the Fam islands, The Passage, etc..) which are most definitely worth the surcharge (about 60 Euros/person) as the topside scenery is always as stunning as the underwater part.

I was telling the dive guides -as half a joke-, after a couple of days "I'm gonna stop diving after this trip, there's no point in going anywhere else after that !".

The dive guides -the ones I dived with-, Ross, the English resort & dive manager, Melky & Eddy are professional, friendly and knowledgeable, able to find a Wobbegong shark or spot the tiniest pigmy seahorse.

Enough about the diving as I could go on and on for ages !

Regarding the resort itself, it only adds to the feeling of final frontier. Everything is built out of material coming from the island, yes, wood, and it gives an incomparable charm. So yes, everything is made of wood in a traditional Papuan style and perfectly blends with the environment.
It is basic, yes, but the rooms are spacious & clean, with 24 hrs electricity, equipped with fans. There is no hot running water: the bathrooms are the typical Indonesian 'mandi', which consists basically in pouring water over yourself using a bucket. Vivifying !
Oh, and you do get hot 'mandis' after night dives though !

The food is great and the Papuan ladies, bless them, cooked us basic but delicious & healthy meals 3 times a day, with a variety of veggies, fish, chicken, beef, pork and rice.

The founder & owner, Max is a friendly and singular character, somewhere between Indiana Jones and Doctor Livingstone.
He first came something about 30 years ago and never really left and has some incredible stories to share about his past adventures in the region.
He is also very keen on preserving the local environment and culture of the Papuans and is a pioneer in local conservation efforts.

The rest of the staff, mainly Papuans are extremely friendly, despite the language barrier and always helpful.

The bottom line is that when I first booked my stay there i thought "that's a lot of money" but once there, I thought it was worth every penny. It is not an easy operation to run, it is extremely remote, pretty much anything beside wood and fish has to come from the mainland.
More importantly in my opinion, it benefits the local communities by bringing jobs to several nearby villages.

Would I go back? In the blink of an eye ! I am actually already planning to go back later this year.

Having seen so many beautiful places in my travels, i had lost, somewhere along the way, the enthusiasm of discovering a new exotic place. Kri / Raja Ampat re-triggered this almost childish feeling of excitement and adventure.

Go there and you'll never forget it.

Visited on 05/2012 - Submitted on 03/01/2014

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